After coming to the half way point of my time in Paris it is definitely safe to say that time is flying by. I now feel truly settled, enjoying my course, absorbed in the world of Fashion and could easily call my little apartment home. During my time so far I have marked on a map all my favourite café spots and so have decided to share my best ones with you all:
25 Place des Vosges
This is without doubt my favourite go-to restaurant in Paris. Established in 1927 this Parisian tea room is located in the heart of the Marais overlooking place des Vosges. The menu includes several classic French pastries as well as an amazing selection of teas and lunches.
38 rue de Bretagne
It may be because this restaurant has my name or its liquid chocolate hot chocolates but this has very quickly become one of my favourite little cafes to go to. This former bakery which has been converted into a bar-restaurant is impossible to miss. Charlot has become the perfect place for some amazing people watching as all the Parisians walk by. Breakfast, lunch or dinner this is a go-to spot.
14 rue Jean-Jacques
Breakfast or brunch Claus is the place to go. Tucked away by the Louvre, Claus has become well and truly part of my tour of Paris when visitors come and stay. Here they only serve organic products that are hand-picked by the owner, as well as the house’s specialities. More of an English take on breakfast rather than the Parisian breakfast of croissants. Also perfect when desperate for an afternoon snack!
128 Avenue Jean Jaures
Café Merci is the little treasure chest of Paris. A concept store full of beautiful interior inspirations, innovative fashion designs, modern expositions as well as its three little restaurants, café Merci has it all. The Used Book Café: Rendez-vous over a cup of coffee, at brunch or for a quick lunch where you will find the pleasure of a soft-boiled egg or in the afternoon tea-time gourmet scones. Cine Café: Bright and open on the terrace and the boulevard, Ciné Café is the place to meet for lunch around a plate of charcuterie, salad or soup. The Merci canteen: Opening onto a small garden, the canteen offers a balanced and healthy lunch everyday. You will find fresh produce vegetables, and vitamin packed fruit cocktails: a varied menu based on the seasons offerings and the temptation to give in to the delicious homemade desserts.
yum. yum. yum.
THE money shot at this morning’s Giorgio Armani show was the finale look: a shimmering, shining bejewelled being complete with a bob of beads. She encapsulated the glamour of Armani and the designer’s inspiration this season: the sea, the sand and the landscapes they shape.
He started proceedings with a short film directed by the Oscar-winning Paolo Sorrentino and in it, we saw a mystery couple lying on the beach, hand in hand, with only rope to protect their modesty. Had they come from the deep blue sea? Were they from this world of Armani that Sorrentino was introducing? Were they simply on a nice beach day out?
Regardless, when we did get into that Armani water world, the designer took his theme and ran with it – to create multiple dresses that riffed on jellyfish proportions, shapes and movement. Pronounced short skirts splayed over sheer trousers (still an idea that might need some time to catch on) to perfectly replicate the entity in clothes. Fringes trailed from long skirts to reincarnate fish tails and scales and trousers came with pleats that looked like sand ripples – just as though the tide had come in.
The trousers here were mostly cropped and tapered, jackets languid and loose – a series of white suits were particularly beautiful – and shoes flat throughout. This style note helped to keep the collection feeling fresh and youthful too – those glistening dresses somehow seeming less obvious as obligatory eveningwear.
Armani isn’t the only designer diving deep this season – Philipp Plein made his own splash in Milan last night while back in London Ryan Lo took the plunge in his own irreverent way.