The Paris Review

Exchange rates be damned! We went back to Paris. And shopped and shopped. Et voilà, the essential list.


For Fashion Hounds
Stylists and editors score cutting-edge labels at L’Eclaireur (3 ter rue des Rosiers; +33-1-48-87-10-22), then hit Kabuki Femme (25 rue Étienne-Marcel; +33-1-42-33-55-65) for shoes and bags. Stroll rue de Grenelle for shoes — and don’t miss posh Iris (28 rue de Grenelle; +33-1-42-22-89-81).

surface to air!

For Style Savants
Fashion pioneer Surface to Air (46 rue de l’Arbre Sec; +33-1-49-27-04-54) sells lines before they arrive stateside. FrenchTrotters (30 rue de Charonne; +33-1-47-00-84-35) stocks innovative wares (Burfitt dresses, Gaspard Yurkievich flats, Servane Gaxotte doll necklaces) and affordable art. Designers find inspiration at vintage emporium Kiliwatch (64 rue Tiquetonne; +33-1-42-21-17-37).

But the most interesting stuff is happening at fashion-meets-art design collective shops like Spree (16 rue de la Vieuville; +33-1-42-23-41-40), Bless (14 rue Portefoin; +33-1-48-01-67-43), and Black Block (13 avenue du Président Wilson; +33-1-47-23-37-04).

For Sunday Bestkiliwatch!
Most shops are closed — except in the Marais. Our favorites: Ba&sh (22 rue des Francs Bourgeois; +33-1-42-78-55-10) for unfussy of-the-moment clothes, Manoush (75 rue Vieille du Temple; +33-1-44-54-54-59) for beautiful dresses, and K. Jacques (16 rue Pavee; +33-1-40-27-03-57) for sandals.

Or take a day trip to the outlets at La Vallée Village (3 Cours de la Garonne, Serris; +33-1-60-42-35-00), where you can snag labels like Christian Lacroix, Cacharel, and Givenchy at serious discounts.

galerie maeght!

For Design Snobs
Who doesn’t want to live with a little bit of Paris? Find lithographs at Galerie Maeght (42 rue du Bac; +33-1-45-48-45-15), decorative pillows that look like art at Maison de Vacances (63-64 Galerie Montpensier; +33-1-47-03-99-74), artsy books at Artazart (83 quai de Valmy; +33-1-40-40-24-00), and instant-chic home trinkets at Ugly Home (108 rue Saint-Honoré; +33-1-40-26-18-51).


le placide!

Bed down with the fashion elite at Azzedine Alaïa’s 3 Rooms-5 Rue de Moussy (5 rue de Moussy; +33-1-44-78-92-00), where full-floor apartments are complete with kitchens and chic, minimalist furnishings. Or get scent to bed at The Five Hotel (3 rue Flatters; +33-1-43-31-74-21): You select the fragrance (gourmand, tonic, relaxed, natural, sensual) you want diffused into your room. For lefties, Hotel Le Placide is conveniently located near Le Bon Marché (6 rue Saint Placide; +33-1-42-84-34-60).


unico!We like the Italian at Casa di Delfo (10 rue La Trémoille; +33-1-47-23-53-53) and the people watching at La Coupe d’Or (330 rue Saint Honoré; +33-1-42-60-43-26). Critics and trendoids love the Argentine fare at down-to-earth Unico (15 rue Paul Bert; +33-1-43-67-68-08). You’re still hungry? Hit Livingstone (106 rue Saint-Honoré; +33-1-53-40-80-50) for Thai and Pizza Positano (15 rue des Canettes; +33-1-43-26-01-62) for a slice.

Le Tout-Paris meets for nightcaps at Hotel Amour (8 rue Navarin; +33-1-48-78-31-80). If all goes well, you can get a room.

You always need something unexpected on your to-do list.