Food, fun and more to see in Paris this Fashion Week

Forget the cold: Paris is nothing but cool this winter, with an abundance of new fashion boutiques, restaurants and art exhibitions. Here are some of the most recent.


Jewelry label from Berlin Gemvst teamed up with Crosby Studios’ Harry Nuriev for an immersive pop-up in the Palais-Royal Gardens until March 28. The sleek, silver-colored space around a fountain houses the brand’s latest collection, available for pre-order and inspired by the 16th century. century French tapestries, cave paintings, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the legendary Berghain nightclub.

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Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka transformed a former radio station into a sleek industrial space Issey Miyake‘s new flagship. The traditional Parisian facade has been retained, while the interior has a sunny citrus punch with an orange-tinted anodized aluminum wall. From scent to many folds and all the brand’s lines in between: it is an immersive Issey world.

Heritage menswear house Cifonelli has moved its flagship to Guy Laroche’s former couture district. The four-story building brings the 140-year-old brand together under one roof, with ready-to-wear, tailoring and tailoring on separate floors. The doors of the minimalist space will officially open during Paris Fashion Week. Race on — Cifonelli is also the official tailor of Le Mans for the third year in a row.

For the first time in retail outside Japan, heritage kimono house Yamato has opened a pop-up in the Marais. The century-old brand, now led by the founder’s great-grandson, presents its two contemporary lines: the menswear label Y. & Sons and the womenswear label Kimono by Nadeshiko. The minimalist space is open until June 30. — Rhonda Richford and Lily Templeton

Avgvst x Crosby Studios, until March 28
16-17 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001

Issey Miyake
28 Rue François 1er, 75008
Tel.: +33 1 48 87 01 86

35 Rue François 1er, 75008
Tel.: +33 1 42 61 50 34

Yamato, until June 30
1-3 Place de Thorigny, 75003

To enjoy

At Koningsstraat 3, Maxims has been reopened and restored to its Belle Epoque glory thanks to a feather-light overhaul signed by Cordélia de Castellane, artistic advisor of the new operator Paris Society; a menu full of hyper-traditional French dishes, ranging from soups named after royal mistresses or former presidents to frog legs, and a bar with live music open until the small hours.

Halo is not just a restaurant: this 18th-century mansion with an Eiffel-era glass roof also houses a concept store with an emphasis on circularity and a private table. Served here is the cuisine of Victor Blanchet, a rising star whose inspiration stretches from the Basque Country to the Mediterranean coast.

Also worth a visit: L’Envol atop the Philarmonie de Paris, with a menu signed by Michelin-starred and sustainability-focused chef Thibaut Spiwack. – LT

Maxim’s de Paris
Koningsstraat 3, 75008
Monday to Sunday, 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM Bar: 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Tel.: +33 1 42 65 27 94

12 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002
Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Wednesday to Saturday, 6:30 PM to 11:15 PM

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Calling all coffee lovers! The Left Bank now features the permanent outpost of Paris Ralph’s coffee, with its organic house mix and sweet treats, such as Ralph’s Brownie, and its famous carrot cake. Meanwhile, on the right bank, a line of half a block rings out the Cédric Grolet Café. This is the ‘It’ pastry chef’s third address and where you can find the enormous pizza-sized cookies making the rounds on Instagram. – LT

Ralph’s Coffee Paris
173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Cédric Grolet Café
Rue Danielle Casanova 6, 75001
Wednesday to Sunday, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm


Just a stone’s throw from the 43-room Porte de Versailles exhibition center Kraft Hotel is influenced by the idea of ​​artistic works in progress. Thanks to the 24-hour luggage facilities and reception, this new address of the Machebert catering group is a logical choice for the fashion world.

For those who want to mix Haussmannian grandeur with a touch of Art Deco and ’70s flair, there is the 39-room Hotel Florida which was once visited by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It is home to Nepita, the Michelin-starred Mediterranean restaurant led by chef Amandine Chaignot. – LT

Kraft Hotel
Rue du Hameau 37, 75015
Tel.: +33 1 44 19 62 82

Hotel Florida
Malesherbes avenue 12, 75008
Tel.: +33 1 42 65 72 06


Another Paris icon that has been given a makeover is the Lido, now baptized Lido2Paris. The famous cabaret on the Champs-Élysées, bought by the Accor hospitality group, has been completely redesigned by French designer Alexis Mabille and architect Philippe Pumain. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” can now be seen through April. – LT

116 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008
Tel.: +33 1 53 33 45 50


Perfumer, filmmaker and world wanderer Rami Mekdachi launched his Lola James Harper label from ten years ago. Now the scents and candles with names like “The Surf Shop in San Diego” and “The Fun Fair of Les Tuileries,” all meant to evoke memories of time and place, have a permanent home in Paris. For the opening, Mekdachi collaborated with K-pop star Joshua Hong on a fragrance that mimicked Seoul’s Han River. Next up is The Smashing Pumpkins’ Chicago studio. Prints from his and his daughter Lili Mekdachi’s travel series hang on the walls, along with books documenting their retro-tinged road trips across the United States.

Within walking distance of there, a French niche fragrance brand BDK has just opened the doors of its first freestanding boutique, on Rue Saint-Honoré. That is the first time that the olfactory universe has been brought together under one roof. To celebrate the sleek two-story, 600-square-foot store, founder David Benedek created a perfume called 312 Saint-Honoré. – Jennifer Weil and RR

Lola James Harper
Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 78, 75001

BDK Perfumes
312 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Tel.: +33 1 88 61 35 17


Paris is buzzing with new art exhibitions opening just in time for Paris Fashion Week. At the Maison Europane de la Photographie “Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon,” with almost 150 vintage fashion photos by Irving Penn and Horst P. Horst, among others, taken between 1935 and 1955, from the model’s collection.

“Annie Leibovitz x Ikea” is part of the home furnishings giant’s Ikea+ project, inspired by its research showing that 48 percent of people around the world feel their home lives are not represented in the media. The final 28 images from Ikea’s Artist in Residence collaboration with Leibovitz will take over a showroom at 28 Rue de Lappe.

Edward Enninful has curated an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe‘s fashion photography and portraits, nudes and still life photos in the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery. – JW

“Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon”, February 28 to May 26
Maison Europeène de la Photographie
5-7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004
Tel.: +33 1 44 78 75 00

“Annie Leibovitz x Ikea,” February 29 to March 3
28 Rue de Lappe, 75011

“Robert Mapplethorpe,” edited by Edward Enninful, March 2 to April 6
Thaddeus Ropac
7 Rue Debelleyme, 75003
Tel.: +33 1 42 72 99 00

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