Paris Fashion Week is on the horizon so we've taken a sneak peak at the 'in the know' places to go when you're not easing your way to the front rows of the fashion shows.
To get in the zone for plush grandeur take a trip to the Palace of Versailles, southwest of the city centre. As in the couture of today, no expense was spared on the 15th century palace, so indulge in a walk through the Golden Gate of Honour or practice your ultimate selfie in the palace's Hall of Mirrors. If you happen to arrive on a Saturday, you can see the 'Fountains Night Show', a stunning visual and musical display in the palace gardens ending in a crescendo of fireworks.
Give your fabulous pied's a rest at Café de Flore, a famous old Parisian hot spot frequented by Pablo Picasso, which still entices famous faces. Sit back with a cocktail in the art deco interior or people watch 'al fresco' on the terrace.
Boost your artist savoir faire walking through the Jardin des Tuileries, past sculptures by Giacometti, Rodin and Maillol, and then head west across the gardens to the Musée de l'Orangerie for a feast of painting’s by Monet, Cezanne and Matisse.
Recharge your batteries with a stylish organic feast at Season, a restaurant known for serving the best salads in town. They work around the concept that produce is seasonal and therefore the menu changes regularly, ensuring there is always something new. The interior alone has featured in Vogue and Elle.
Paris is synonymous with fashion and whilst we love the classic fashion houses of Hermes and Balenciaga on Rue Saint-Honoré, the shopping possibilities are never ending! For a contemporary hit visit the new Stella McCartney boutique where the store aesthetic is as impressive as the clothes – dreamy and arresting!
Address: Stella McCartney, 231 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, Paris
Whilst Paris Fashion Week will showcase who, what, when & where for spring summer 2018, we are seeing the colour red trending now. Dior is hot on the trail, launching 2 new lipsticks in the lead up to PWF, and of course, the star shade receiving all the attention is red. And word on the street is every girl needs a pair of red shoes too. So why not go matchy-matchy to coordinate your lips with your feet. Drop into the Dior boutique for some inspiration.
Address: Dior, 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
For evening drinks venture to Le Ballroom, a hidden cocktail bar where you can order the most incredible Gin Mule and more. Part of the Beef Club group and the same people behind the ECC, these guys know the essential ingredients for a perfect soirée and will keep your feet tapping late into the night.
Address: Le Ballroom, 8 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
And as the weather becomes crisp, don’t forget to check out our guide to get organised for the winter season.