Paris Picks for Fashion Week

February 26, 2014

New York, London, Milan… Paris! As fashion month arrives in one of our favorite cities, we have some insider tips on how to make the most of your visit and keep you happy and healthy between runway shows. And if you won’t be sitting front row this week? The same tips apply for your next vacation!

Across the Atlantic, spinning has been taken to a whole new level. Let off some steam with an aquabiking session and trip to the sauna at Aqua by. This new hotspot (a favorite of Parisian women), has the biggest pool dedicated to aquabiking in Paris—and an organic juice bar.

A quick, healthy meal may sound like a challenge, but in the Marais, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Step inside the new Le Mary-Celeste or the cozy Café Pinson, go organic at Nanashi, or keep energy high at the crowded Cantine Merci. Our go-to? The open-air market Le Marché des Enfants Rouges (literally, “The Red Children’s Market” – don’t ask us why!).

After a packed schedule of shows (best navigated on Vespa!) the afternoon calls for a sweet treat. Channel a Mediterranean summer’s day at La Tarte Tropezienne, which has brought its namesake pie (brioche filled with custard!) to Paris.

For culture–beyond fashion culture—we love “Terre de Départ,” Angelika Markul’s exhibition on nature, technology and humanity, at the Palais de Tokyo.

After 3 weeks of fashion “week,” relaxation and restoration are a must. Get a Shiatsu massage (Diane’s favorite kind!) at the serene Assa Spa.

For exceptional gifts to bring home, the Serendipity boutique, dedicated to children of all ages, features designer furniture in a renovated garage in the charming 6th arrondissement.

And for a dinner that won’t disappoint after such action-packed days, book a table at the quirky new rooftop hotspot Le Perchoir. Never mind the absence of a sign–just cross the courtyard and jump in the elevator to the 7th floor. When you arrive at the top the view above Paris is stunning, but that’s not the only surprise. The menu is a secret until it’s been served!

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