The Fashion Week frenzy has already started: but what to explore between one Fashion Show and the next? Swide’s list of favourite places where you can enjoy Paris from a different point of view…
La Table de Cybèle
La Table de Cybèle is a 4-star gastronomic pop-up dinner party hosted by a globe-trotting chef from San Francisco and her French husband. The way it works is just like going to someone’s beautiful apartment to taste delicious food and a long natural wine list. Being a pop-up, of course, the location keeps changing but not the quality of food. For more info visit the La Table de Cybèle website.
Looking for a place that has old style feeling and contemporary fun? Le Cinquante is what you are looking for. Situated almost in the Canal Saint-Martin at rue de Lancry – at number 50, of course – this place offers dinner, cocktails and live music. With a 50s style table and two off-street rooms, Le Cinquante is a perfect bar to meet friends, a loved one, an informal work meeting... or an illicit rendezvous?
Le Cinquante, 50 rue de Lancry, 10eme, Tel. 0033 01 42 02 36 83
Searching for shopping inspiration? The Haut Marais district around rue Charlot (3rd) the best designers in town: with numerous one-off boutiques. Yves Andrieux & Vincent Jalbert recycle vintage to create accessories, Monsieur is a tiny jewellery shop you’ll fall in love with, N°60 is definitely for cutting edge clothes lovers. Merci is Paris’ first ‘charitable’ concept store, where a percentage of profits go to charity.
Haut Marais, Rue Charlot
MEP, Alice Springs
The wife of Helmut Newton, Alice Springs began her own career as a photographer in Paris in 1970, receiving many commissions for portraits, some of which were to become legendary. The exhibition, produced by the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, reflects forty years of work and presents publicity and fashion photography as well as nudes and portraits. A must-see, in the city's most important photography museumì.
MEP, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 27 juin – 4 novembre 2012, 5 Rue de Fourcy, Tel. (0033) 01 44 78 75 00
Place Vendôme is the renownded for jewellers, but tucked away behind this architectural wonder there’s another type of gem: Aquamoon. This women’s only spa with pool, 12 treatment rooms and a vast menu is the newest on the Parisian scene. Everything is rigorous at Aquamoon, from the initial assessment and ensuing recommendations on what the type of package is best suited to one’s lifestyle and needs. These can be treatments focused on either slimming, vitality, distressing or anti-aging. Of course for those looking for an instant de-stress or the travelling fashionista, the a la carte menu is well stocked: Californian, Balinese, Thai and Tibetan massages. Other services include reflexology, Reiki, Shiatsu for the face and body, treatments involving water, a couple of types of yoga and manicures.
Aquamoon, 19 Place Vendôme, 75001. Tel. (0033)1 42 86 10 00