Where to spot the cream of the fashion industry during lunch break? Here's a shortlist of the cafés and restaurants where the entire fashion sphere congregates, with a peak celebrity presence during fashion week. Being seen and seeing others during fashion week, it all happens here!
The place. Head to the Tuileries Gardens, adjacent to the Museum of Decorative Arts. This is THE Parisian rendezvous that this magnificent wing of the Louvre deserved : a breathtaking setting designed by Joseph Dirand, all in marble, Saarinen chairs, 60s touches, and Art Deco details with an incredible view of Paris.
Who do we meet? The chic Parisian crowd and neo-coquettes who love to be seen and see others. The fashion elite is also here, often cited as the most frequented place during fashion week! Olivier Rousteing is a fan...
Food from twigs. Truly delicious worldly delights by Benoît Dargère that cater to all appetites, from slender to hearty eaters. Specifically : fried calamari (€26) or a chilled tomato, melon, watermelon, raspberries, olives (€25), purple artichokes raw, aged parmesan, virgin olive oil (€27), truffle pizza (€50), or the fabulous veal Milanese alla saltimbocca (€42). For dessert, indulge in cream-filled chouquettes, to be dipped in chocolate (€15), or share a large pavlova with red fruits (€45).
Loulou, open every day from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM and from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st.
© Loulou (@loulourestaurants), Romain Ricard and Matthieu Salvaing.
The place. Adjacent to Café de Flore, does the iconic Montana even need an introduction? After two years of renovations, the legendary Montana has just reopened its doors with a cocktail bar, a restaurant on the upper floor, and a rejuvenated rooftop in 2023 style under the guidance of Romain Taieb (founder of Doki Doki handrolls, former director of Piaf...). Attention to partygoers: the club's reopening is not scheduled yet.
Who do we meet? You tell us! In its prime, Montana was a haunt for friends of Jean Dujardin, Nicolas Duvauchelle, and Gilles Lellouche. The beloved spot for celebrities has just reopened, promising to attract the Parisian elite, especially during fashion week.
Food from twigs. In the kitchen, Roman chef Francisco Raul Conforti, a luminary who trained at Pellicano and under Anthony Genovese, offers heartwarming recipes: stuffed zucchini flowers (€20), clams with Espelette crumble (€20), line-caught sea bass with confit fennel (€38), and olive oil chocolate mousse (€15); to be accompanied by a Negroni or a mandatory Margarita (€18).
Montana, 28 rue Saint-Benoît, Paris 6th. Open every evening. 01 88 40 62 50.
The place. This is THE new must-visit address of this fashion season : Siena, a slice of Tuscany in the heart of the chic 8th arrondissement. The brainchild of Mehdi Abdelhedi, owner of the unmissable César (12 avenue de Wagram), invites you to an intimate, almost exotic interlude, blending authentic and generous cuisine.
Who do we meet? The biggest celebs of the moment. The Hadid/Jenner clan, Kaia Gerber, cover girl Amelia Gray, sport-fashion icons like Kylian Mbappé and Serena Williams, or even Selena Gomez, basically the entire front-row team.
Food from twigs. Classic Italian cuisine executed to perfection: linguine cacio e pepe (Linguine, pecorino and pepper sauce, served in a pecorino wheel, €28), la milanese (Veal chop Milanese style, cherry tomatoes, rocket, €32), and grilled octopus (stracciatella, Datterino tomatoes, preserved lemon, gremolata, €32). For dessert, go for the pistachio profiteroles (€15) or guilt-inducing hazelnut churros #guiltypleasure (€14).
Open daily from 11:30 AM to 2:00 AM.
Siena, 35 place du Marché Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st. 01 88 83 00 88.
The place. Just hoisted to the 16th floor of the SO/Paris hotel facing the Seine on the Quai Henri IV side , the new Paris Society address promises to attract fashion fans during this Paris fashion week. With the Ile Saint-Louis at her feet and a breathtaking view of the most beautiful Parisian monuments, Bonnie displays an atmosphere with 60's accents with, on the terrace, a mind-blowing mirror installation by Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Benham .
Who do we meet? Throughout the week, the hotel rooms will be packed with models , buyers and stylists from all over the world. In the evening, festive address obliges, we will find as always its share of actresses, sportsmen and socialite artists inclined to be seen in the most hype places of the moment.
Food from twigs. Festive dishes that don't weigh you down: that's the mojo of #PFW. So, share a tuna tartare, avocado, ginger vinaigrette (€32), cod back, raw and cooked fennel, white butter (€34), crispy sweetbreads, cherry tomatoes, preserved lemon, capers (€46), or a roasted sea bass, artichoke, sauce vierge (€46), and a great selection of meat dishes. For dessert, order roasted apricots, almond milk ice cream, honey, thyme (€16).
Bonnie, 10 rue Agrippa d'Aubigné, Paris 4th. 01 78 90 74 74.
The place. A decorum and a menu unchanged since the 1930s which welcomes the most prominent personalities of the moment. Its bubbling and authentic atmosphere embodies the capital to perfection, intellectual, worldly and casual.
Who do we meet? Parisian elite frequent the political establishment there, from François Mitterrand to Emmanuelle Macron , popular literary figures from Verlaine to Beigbeder , the most bankable fashion week tops from Kate Moss to Emily Ratajkowski , and even the J. Lo and Ben Affleck incognito on their Parisian honeymoon, like all the eccentric and passionate left bank night owls.
Food from twigs. The certified vintage menu remains timeless. Herring Bismark (€12) and the plate of genuine Parisian ham (€15) showcase dishes like stuffed pig's trotters (€24) or cold chicken quarter with mayo and salad (€25.50). For dessert, the coffee parfait (€10.90) competes with the timeless iced profiteroles (€12.50).
Open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Brasserie Lipp 151 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6e
The place . “ Make Food Not War ”. In Beirut, Kamal Mouzawak worked to reconcile peoples through the sharing of good and land in his restaurant Tawlet . Now based in Paris, the iconoclastic cook has opened a little Parisian sister to his legendary restaurant in the 11th arrondissement, a “ free table ”, as he likes to claim, where one finds a taste for generosity and celebration, the excellence of the Lebanese tradition and the humanist flavors of Kamal.
Who do we meet? The ultimate fashion gang of Kamal's friends: the great fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz , Sophie Fontanel , Clara Cornet , Pierre Touitou...
Food from twigs. As is the tradition on holidays in Lebanese families, the feast is offered in the form of a buffet where the staff prepares your plate before bringing it to the table : soups, tabbouleh, tomato/olive salad, hummus, stuffed vine leaves and traditional dishes (€29 for lunch and €39 for dinner). Special mention to the hot vegetarian dishes every day and the sublime white coffee. To be tested absolutely: brunch like in Beirut on Saturday and Sunday (€42).
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tawlet Paris 2 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris 11th. 01 48 06 42 89
The place . Since the opening this summer of the Place de la Concorde museum, the Hôtel de la Marine has become the most popular meeting place this fall. Especially its dining room, a new stronghold of fashion and couture in a spectacular setting by Cordelia de Castellane (DA of Dior Maison). Special mention to its interior terrace, a haven of peace and chic.
Who do we meet? Olivier Rousteing , Antoine Arnault, Natalia Vodianova, and of course the Dior team .
Food from twigs . Stars of the menu, the soft-boiled eggs garnished with truffles, bottarga and caviar are sensational. Another safe bet: the croque-monsieur. But unanimously, people come here more to “ see ” than to feast.
Open Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight
The place. It was the headquarters of Christian Dior and his models during his lifetime. The Relais Plaza , the legendary brasserie of the palace, endures in haute couture perfection with a magical and inimitable glamorous atmosphere. After the Ducasse years, the arrival of Jean Imbert in the kitchen creates more than ever the event, supported by the more than perfect service of Marie Sauvage, Parisian figure par excellence.
Who do you meet there? All the fashion fauns of the Marais are already in a hurry, delighted to be able to show themselves as a satellite of the Nodaleto team: the DA of Vuitton Nicolas Ghesquière , Sarah Andelman (colette), Clara Cornet, Emmanuelle Alt , the photographer David Sims, Adrian Joffre (Comme des Garçons) and a daily army of stylists and models.
Food from twigs . More than just another sophisticated sushi counter, Onii-San plays the izakaya card, those famous Tokyo pubs where you come to nibble on small plates and sip beer or sake with friends : lacquered eel, sansho pepper, smoked black tea (€31), seriole sashimi, trout eggs, miso cream, and wasabi, toasted buckwheat, mirin sauce (€27), toro sando – an insane XXL sandwich (€28) or an Onii Rice pudding, black sesame crumble, kiromizu sauce, kinako (€12).
Open Monday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 11.30 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11.30 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Onii-San , 82 rue des Archives, Paris 3e
Le Relais Plaza
The place. The Relais Plaza , the legendary brasserie of the palace, endures in haute couture perfection with a magical and inimitable glamorous atmosphere. After the Ducasse years , the arrival of Jean Imbert in the kitchen creates more than ever the event, supported by the more than perfect service of Marie Sauvage, the Parisian figure par excellence.
Who do you meet there? The All-Paris (actors, journalists, politicians, businessmen) but also the very high-flying American jet-set of the palace, fan of Jean Imbert.
Food from twigs. Imbert has brought Granny's cooking to the brasserie : lobster mayo (€46) and Pont-Neuf apple tartare (€42). For dessert : minute floating island (€28 for two) or fig tart (€36 for two) on every table.
Open Monday to Sunday, between 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m., then between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Thursday Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. by reservation
The Relais Plaza , at the Hotel Plaza Athénée, 25 avenue Montaigne, Paris 8th
The place . The Water Bar is dead. Long live Marco ! The Parisiennes of the high mourned the closing of the canteen of Colette. Its creator Marc Giami opened the same concept just a stone's throw away!
Who do we meet? Sarah Andelman , Leïla Bekhti , Sarah Lavoine … In short, beautiful people at the gate.
Food from twigs. A menu curated with big names in food: Caesar salad with its famous "Costes sauce" (€20), Mar'co plate (starting at €19), Sébastien Gaudard's croque-monsieur (€21.50), or Jean-Paul Hévin's cheesecake (€12.60).
Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Marc'o 4 rue de la Sourdière, 75001 Paris
Hotel Grand Amour
The place . The trendy Auberge Espagnole is home to the most rock and roll dining room in Paris. The infernal trio formed by Thierry Costes , André Saraiva and Emmanuel Delavenne receives a high-flying audience there in an atmosphere that flirts with the Palace and Studio 54.
Who do we meet? The tycoon Olivier Zahm ( Purple organizes its fashion week evening there every year), the Kate Moss of tomorrow (IMG and Elite agencies), and all those who weigh in on the fashion sphere.
Food from twigs. House pastrami and pickles (€15), roasted eggplant, sesame, and pomegranate (€11), ricotta/lemon and arugula/almond ravioli (€19), and a roasted fig with honey, miso, and vanilla (€10) to finish.
Open every day on reservation in continuous service from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (01 44 16 03 30)
Hotel Grand Amour , 18 rue de la Fidelite, 75010 Paris