The last week of this whirlwind of Fashion Month is finally upon us, and on Tuesday, the fashion crowd will leave Milan and head to Paris. Paris marks the culmination of four wildly busy Fashion Weeks, and when they arrive later this week, a weary group of fashionistas will be ready to relax in the city of lights. Here's where they'll be eating, drinking, and hanging...
[Kanye West, Anna Dello Russo at Paris Fashion week, photo via]
Brasserie Lipp, 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris: Brasserie Lipp has been the place to see and be seen since the late 1800's. Particularly popular with the fashion crowd, you're sure to see a few faces fresh from the runway here during Fashion Week.
Le Pompon, 39 rue des Petits Ecuries, Paris: There's no sign to mark this 10th arrondissement bar, but if you can find it, you'll be pleasantly surprised with an interesting mix of local Parisian scenesters. On the ground floor level you'll find a quiet and unpretentious bar, but the basement level boasts a lounge/club with a variety of guest DJs on the weekends.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 Avenue George V, Paris: The wonderfully chic Four Seasons is just steps from the Champs-Elysees and the Place de la Concorde, where many of the Fashion Week shows take place. Right off the lobby of this over-the-top hotel is a bar and a dining room, both of which are great spots for a post-show drink or bite to eat.
Hemingway Bar, Hotel Ritz, 15 Place Vendôme, Paris: Named for the American author who spent so much time in the Ritz Hotel's bar, Hemingway Bar brings a bit of storied American charm to Paris. The Hemingway Bar is tiny, so if it fills up early head across the hall to the glamorous Ritz Bar.
Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris: Café de Flore sits on a busy corner in the bustling 6th arrondissement, directly opposite its rival restaurant, Les Deux Magots. Both spots have been popular watering holes for French intellectuals since the end of World War II, but in recent years, Café de Flore has come to attract a more fashionable crowd than its neighbor.
Bar 8 at the Mandarin Oriental Paris, 251 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris: Paris' Mandarin Oriental only opened in 2011, and with so many top-notch hotels close by, the Mandarin could have had trouble drawing in stylish and attractive guests. But one of the hotels four bars, Bar 8, proved to be innovative enough to lure even the most dedicated George V and Ritz regulars to this Saint-Honoré newcomer.
Davé, 12 Rue de Richelieu, Paris: This Chinese restaurant located only a few blocks from the Ritz is Paris' #1 gathering spot for the fashion crowd. Designers, models, and editors slip behind Davé's red velvet curtain and enjoy his Hong Kong-style Chinese food year round, and it's even more difficult than usual to get a reservation during Fashion Week. Check out the polaroid-photo covered walls in this restaurant, where owner Davé displays pictures of himself and his famous guests.
[Brasserie Lipp, photo via]
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