The FIAC will be held in Paris from the 24th to the 7th October and gathers the most important and promising galleries and contemporary artists. An unmissable event for any art lovers.
Why not taking this excuse to enjoy a long weekend in Paris? I share with you some of my best addresses in the French Capital, far from the touristic hotspots – l’Avenue – L’Hotel Costes – Le Fumoir.
Day 1 – Thurday evening:
you’re supposed to be here for the FIAC. After the VIP preview at the Grand Palais, I’ll suggest you to cross the Seine for a dinner in the 7th arrondissement, at the feet of the Eiffel Tower .
- Le Café de l’Alma (5 avenue Rapp, 75007), near the metro station Alma-Marceau. This cosy and trendy brasserie is crowed of popular visitors of the neighbourhood and a few tourists. You can dine on the heated and comfortable terrace or inside. The menu offers a daily course and a “classic” carte. My favourite: the salmon. Plus: a porter service – Open until midnight. Safer to book – private dining room on request
- La Fontaine de Mars (129 rue Saint Dominique, 75007): a typical French brasserie. Became especially popular when Barack and Michelle Obama had a dinner there during their first official visit in France.
- Les cocottes (135 rue Saint Dominique, 75007): at the bar, traditional French food served in cocotte. Annoying: no pre-booking and always a long queue.
Drink out: if you still have the energy for, we suggest you to have a drink at the trendy cocktail bar Prescription (23 rue Mazarine, 75006) Black window, no outside sign: the Prescription is inspired by the Prohibition. The bar stretches on two floors, separated into small lounges. Large choice of excellent cocktails. International and eclectic atmosphere.
Day 2 – Friday:
To follow your thematic weekend on contemporary art, begin your day with a tour at the Jardin des Tuileries to see the outdoor exhibition organized by the FIAC.
To discover young artists, you can have a view at Art Shopping, in the Carroussel du Louvre.
Lunch: For a fast lunch located in the area, try Le First, right in front of the Jardin des Tuileries. (234 rue de Rivoli, 75001). Lovely boudoir style decoration and thematic menus (champagne, veg or healthy menu).
Shopping: Here some of my best shops in the area:
- Chez Colette, concept store ( 213, rue Saint-Honoré)
- Marc by Marc Jacob (place du Marché Saint-Honoré)
- Ba&sh (rue Saint-Honoré)
- Pain de Sucre (rue Saint-Honoré) for its swimming clothes.
- Barbara Bui (rue Saint-Honoré)
- Le Carré des feuillants (14 rue de Castiglione – 75001): Perfect service for this Two stars restaurant, hidden at a few meters from the Place Vendôme.. You’ll enjoy a non-conformist, creative and modern food. Also recommended for the lunch menu at 60€.
- To taste a cultissime and elegant Parisian restaurant: Lapérouse (51 quai des Grands Augustins-75001). If needed, you can privatise a dining room. For the little legend of this three-centuries old place: courtesans, who checked if their gifted diamonds were real, made the scratches on the mirrors.
Drink out: le Pompom (39 rue des petites écuries, 75010): this casual bar is located in the background of a Synagogue in an evolving arrondissement.
- one of the most exclusive club in Paris is the Montana (opened by the owner of the famous Baron), just behind the Café de Flore on the Boulevard Saint Germain, where actors, models, fashionistas and other hipsters have their habits. Enter by the black door, and discover an intimate bar . There, a couple of tables where you can sit and enjoy a cocktail. The dance floor is at the lower ground floor. Caution: nitpicker doorman (explained by a max capacity of 50 persons – the required ingredient for proximity)– recommended to present yourself at an early hour.
- Le Chacha Club (47 rue Berger, 75001) is a friendly club divided into several intimate lounges with different atmospheres. Good Dj
Day 3: Saturday
Brunch: Pershing Hall (49 rue Pierre Charron 75008); the design bar-restaurant Pershing hall propose a courtyard with one of Paris only vegetable walls, like a quite oasis of fashion .The brunch is generous, with a large selection of teas.
If you like cashmere: a stop at Franck Namani for its elegant outfit (4, rue Marboeuf – 75008). I love the white fear Chapka with coordinated gloves, a must have for this winter.
My coup de coeur: right after the Pershing Hall, a new shop offering amazing creator shoes and party dresses.
Beauty pause: A massage at the Ritz Piscine (place vendôme) is the best thing to relax. Unfortunately the Ritz is closed until 2014. Instead, you can try the Spa Valmont at the Meurice (+22.214.171.124.10.77)
- Le Market (15 avenue Matignon, 75008 – tel: 0033 1 56 43 40 90): a little bit surfait, but known for its truffle pizza.
- La Cigale Récamier (4 rue Récamier, 75007): usually popular with people and politics. Lovely terrace. Famous for its salty or sweet soufflés.
Shopping: I propose you to spend the afternoon near Saint Germain, there you can have a look at the Saint Sulplice Church, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and have a stop at Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle on the île Saint Louis. In this area, you’ll find numerous of shops:
- Le Bon marché (24 rue de Sèvres)
- Louboutin (40 rue de Grenelle)
- La Cerise sur le chapeau (11 rue des Cassettes): sur-mesure and customized capeline and panamas for winter and summer.
- Chatelles (61 rue de Varennes on appointment) for its customized slippers
- Jonak (rue de Sèvre): every-day shoes
- The Kooples (rue de Sèvres)
- JB Guanti (rue de Sèvres) for its multicolore and super feminin gloves.
- Sandro (rue du Vieux Colombier)
- American Retro (10 rue du vieux colombiers) to buy your fluo outfits.
Dinner: Paris is famous for its gastronomy and offers multiple choices of gastronomic and stylish restaurants.
- L’Arpège (84 rue de varenne-75007): three stars gastronomic restaurant of the Chef Alain Passard.
- La Dame de Pic (20 rue du Louvre – 75001): one star gastronomic restaurant/ Modern, delicious. A must go.
- L’Atelier Saint Germain de Joel Roblechon (5 rue de Montalembert- 75007): Two stars. Diner at 6.30 pm. only
Other: Le Cinq Mars (51 rue de Verneuil, 75007): trendy and tasty, in the mood bistronomie.
Night Out: Le Madam (128 rue de la Boétie) between les Champs-Elysées and the rue de Ponthieux. Parisians took the habits to go there– even if I don’t see anything special nor innovative in this club.
Day 4: Sunday
Brunch: Café Marly (93 rue de Rivoli) a classy Costes Restaurant with a standard Costes menu and a fantastic view on the Louvre’s Pyramide.