Lindsay McCallum

Correspondent

  • Paris, France, EUR

Lindsay McCallum is a Forbes Travel Guide Correspondent who is based in Paris and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. A fashion, food and travel journalist, she made the move from Austin, TX to the City of Lights after graduating college. On a constant quest to discover the best restaurants, shops and places to be, Lindsay has established herself as the go-to insider for all things Paris. With a background in communications and PR, and a love for travel and restaurants, Lindsay began compiling travel guides to Europe for the trend forecasting company Stylesight, and is now the Editor in Chief of the luxury travel magazine LUXOS. She also writes tips on hot restaurant, bar, and store openings on her blog, Girl Meets Whirl.

  • On May 26, 2013
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    What are the best spas in Paris?

    Royal Monceau: My Blend by Clarins

    Inside of the Royal Monceau- Raffles Hotel, newly renovated at the hands of Philippe Starck, is one of the most heavenly spas in Paris. The My Blend by Clarins Spa is unique because the treatments are adapted specifically to your skin’s needs. While waiting for your rejuvenating tri-active facial, such as the Jet-Lag Refresher, or the Luminosity Restorer, take a relaxing dip in their indoor pool, or lounge on their plush canapés. After being treated with the utmost service at the Royal Monceau, My Blend by Clarins Spa, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed like never before.

    Mandarin Oriental Spa

    A stylish sanctuary located just steps from the haute couture heart of the city, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris offers a luxuriously holistic experience of pure serenity and rejuvenation. Many of the spa’s unique treatments have been developed with a sense of place. Their wonderful body therapy ‘Paris Passion’ combines a fabulous anti-aging pomegranate and honey scrub with a replenishing wrap, leaving the skin feeling nourished from head to toe.

    Westin Paris Vendôme: Six Senses Spa

    Bamboo has been used in Asia as a massage tool for years, and represents good luck, long life, peace and harmony. Nothing rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit as much as a warm bamboo massage at the Six Senses Spa. Designed to target specific areas of stress in your body, the bamboo massage will bring relief and rejuvenation in its most natural form. The Six Senses Spa is an amazing zen escape in the heart of the 1st arrondissement. 
  • On May 20, 2013
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    What are the best outdoor activities in Paris?

    No matter the season, Parisians love to be outside. Whether dining en terrasse, or playing tennis in the Luxembourg Gardens, there is an abundance of outdoor activities in Paris.

    One of my favorites is strolling the weekend markets, like the organic market on Boulevard Raspail near the Bon Marché in Saint Germain, or the immense market at Bastille. On a sunny day, any season of the year, these markets are so lively and full of amazing produce, cheeses, flowers, and specialty souvenirs, that you can't help but carry the positive energy throughout the rest of your day. 

    Another great outdoor activity, particularly once we shed our winter layers, is picnicking in the park or on one of Paris' waterways, like the Seine or the Canal Saint Martin. As far as picnics go, you can't beat the view from the Western tip of Île Saint Louis as the sun sets behind the Eiffel Tower and Pont des Arts. With a baguette, a wheel of brie, and a bottle of wine, you're set for an evening of al fresco fun. 

    We are quite lucky in Paris to have so many parks to choose from on a nice day. When you're looking for that outdoor fix, head to the Buttes Chaumont park to lounge on the sloping lawn, or the Jardin de Reuilly and get a drink from Paris' only sparkling water fountain. The Tuileries is a great park for people watching, as is the Luxembourg Gardens. For a beautiful, sprawling view over Paris, the Belleville park sits atop the 20th arrondissement and has unobstructed views to the East, South, and West.

    Another great outdoor activity is walking down La Coulée Verte in the 12th arrondissement, an over-street walkway that runs from the Jardin de Reuilly to Bastille. Similar to the Highline in New York City, this walkway is a treat. 

    Lastly, grab a vélib, the public bikes scattered around Paris, and explore the city on two wheels. You can reserve on line or use your credit card (it must have a chip in it, fyi) at the stand. Rates are very low for one day or one week passes.



  • On May 3, 2013
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  • On May 1, 2013
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    What are quirky local customs in Paris?

    Someone once told me that when I arrived in Paris, I should be sure to not look anyone in the eyes if I didn’t know them. I found this ridiculous, considering in America eye contact is key. After three years here, I can understand why they told me this, but I don’t think you need to worry about it when visiting the city. This warning was my first introduction to the privacy of the French, which is evident in the way they keep to themselves and don’t like to be asked about their personal lives unless they know you. (I find the privacy of the French kind of ironic considering they are also the culture the most likely to exhibit PDA...but that's another story).

    The French culture is very different from the American, and the Parisian culture is even more different from that in the rest of France. Depending on which region you’re in, the local custom of  ‘bisous’ or cheek kisses can vary. In Paris, you can generally count of giving or receiving one kiss on each cheek, although it can be as many as four. For the first kiss you head to the right, and the second to the left, however in the South of France, this is often opposite!

    Another quirky custom in Paris involves cell phones. Most French people are very private about their phone conversations, and can even be found whispering into the phone while they’re talking- how the person on the other end can hear them is still a mystery to me!

    Other quirky customs include Parisians’ tipping policy. While the general understanding is that you don’t have to tip in Paris, the status-quo is actually changing. In France, servers are paid a higher hourly wage than in America, but this is supposed to include the tip. While service in Paris can often be quite abrupt, and not ‘worthy’ of an additional tip, it is welcomed and encouraged to leave something for your server to let them know you appreciate their help. I encourage diners to leave anywhere from 1€ to 20€ depending on the meal (lunch or dinner?), the type of restaurant (a corner cafe or a nice restaurant?), what you ordered (just a drink or a three-course meal?). Tipping here isn’t left as a percentage of your total, but rather as a symbol of your appreciation. If you have a fabulous three-course dinner at a restaurant, I suggest leaving upwards of 10-20€ for your waiter (assuming they were courteous and made your dinner more enjoyable). If you just got a drink at a bar or a quick sandwich, an additional tip isn’t really necessary, but of course, always welcomed.

    Another custom in Paris is the habit of saying "bonjour madame" (or monsieur), as well as "bonne journée" (have a nice day) or "bonne soirée" (have a nice evening) upon entering and leaving a store or restaurant. If you are not greeted, or if you do not greet the shop keeper or the restaurant staff upon entering or leaving a place, it is considered very rude. While at first you might feel like a broken record, it does feel nice to make contact and be wished so many 'good days' in a row! 
  • On May 1, 2013
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    What are the best souvenirs to buy in Paris?

    My favorite souvenir I have from my first trip to Paris is a painting of some French buildings that was done by an artist located along the Seine. We stumbled upon him on Christmas Eve, and he was not only charming, but also very talented. I think that taking home some original art is always a good idea in Paris. There are so many artists with their easels and brushes set up in various neighborhoods around the city, that you can choose the one who reminds you most of a special place or experience.

    Another souvenir I recommend bringing home with you is a box of specialty chocolate or macarons. While the macarons are more difficult to keep fresh during your travels, chocolates will stay good for longer (if you can resist eating them all!). The first bean-to-bar chocolaterie to open shop in Paris is La Manufacture by Alain Ducasse, the famous Michelin starred chef of the Plaza Athénée and le Jules Verne. In his East Paris chocolaterie, Ducasse’ team roasts, grinds, and melts chocolates and other chocolate-based sweets daily. It’s a truly special product to take home with you.

    I previously wrote about luxury souvenirs to take home with you from Paris, including items like a pair of Christian Louboutins from the flagship store, or a hand-painted Goyard bag from their historic boutique on rue Saint Honoré. Another luxury souvenirs I suggest taking home is perfume, as there are many French perfumeries whose scents will always remind you of your trip to Paris.
  • On May 1, 2013
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  • On May 1, 2013
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    When is the best time to visit Paris?

    Paris has its advantages every season of the year, depending on what you are looking to do while visiting. Springtime is a great time to visit Paris, as the flowers begin to bloom and the restaurants open their terraces to diners. It’s difficult to guarantee that the weather will be warm, as Parisian winters have a tendency to linger well into May.

    As for summertime, it’s probably the most crowded time of the year for visitors in Paris, but also one of the most enjoyable for the sunny weather and abundance of exhibitions and activities.

    My personal favorite time to visit Paris is September or October. During the early fall months, Paris is absolutely beautiful. The leaves begin to change colors, but the weather hasn’t turned cold and grey yet, as it does in the winter.

    August is probably not the best time to come to Paris for your first time, as many restaurants and shops are closed during this month for the national vacation period.

    Winter is another lovely time to visit if you don’t mind bundling up. There is a romance that emerges during a Parisian winter as the city is blanketed in snow and the fireplaces inside restaurants and bars make them that much more enjoyable. Plus, the Christmas lights decorating the city are always stunning.
  • On May 1, 2013
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    What are the five best Paris food experiences?

    1.Eating a crêpe on the street- This has got to be my number one favorite food experience in Paris for its simplicity and accessibility. A warm crêpe, whether filled with sweet Nutella or savory jambon et fromage, is delicious at any time of the day. Luckily, crêpes are available in every neighborhood of Paris, but if you want to try one of the best, head to L’avant Comptoir in Saint Germain. You won’t be disappointed!

    2. Picnicking on the Seine- there is no better way to soak up that enchanting Parisian vibe than to have a picnic at sunset on the tip of the Square du Vert Galant on the Île de la Cité. From under the weeping willow, you have a view onto the Pont des Arts, where silhouettes fade as the sun goes down behind the Eiffel Tower. It’s truly magical. Grab a baguette, a wheel of brie, and a bottle of wine (don’t forget the opener!) to complete the experience.

    3. A classic brasserie- A brasserie is a full-service restaurant that serves classic French food all day, any day of the week. A brasserie is a cultural gem in France, and respected as a culinary institution. The word brasserie comes from the word to brew, as they would brew beer at brasseries in the past. The  menu at a brasserie is generally very classical, and heavy on the meats. For a wonderful brasserie experience, and a fabulous steak, head to Au Boeuf Couronné. Their burger with brie and caramelized onions is killer, as is their hefty entrecôte for two. Other classic brasseries in Paris include Brasserie Lipp, La Coupole, Au Pied du Cochon, Chartier and Wepler. 

    4. Hitting the boulangerie while it’s hot- There is nothing quite like delving into a croissant or baguette while it’s still hot from the oven. I never make it home with a full baguette, I just can’t resist biting into it while its still hot. The inside of a baguette should be tender and springy, while the outside should be nice and crispy. As for a ‘baguette traditionelle’ to be sure you get the best.

    5. Le Grande Epicerie- One of my favorite food experience in Paris is taking a trip to the Bon Marché Grand Epicerie in Saint Germain. The mecca of food, this major grocery store is full of specialty products from around the world. You can find prepared foods to take on a picnic or grab some fresh produce, meats, and cheeses to take back and prepare yourself. They also just opened a massive wine section in the basement, where you could get lost for hours amongst the 2,000+ bottles.
  • On May 1, 2013
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    Where is the best nightlife in Paris?

    Le Carmen The Northern 9th arrondissement is my go-to neighborhood. It’s called SoPi (taking inspiration from SoHo) because it is located South of Pigalle. Pigalle, known for being the home of the Moulin Rouge and several gentlemen’s clubs, is not the area I’m talking about. Just South of Pigalle, however, is a totally different vibe, with quite a few great bars and clubs to choose from. For an after-work beer, or a chill Friday night with friends, we almost always end up at Le Mansart. The crowd is young and the beers are (pretty) cheap. Once the Mansart winds down, we either head to Glass (the second bar by the Candelaria team) or to Le Carmen. Le Carmen is a club located inside the mansion of Georges Bizet, the composer who wrote the eponymous opera in 1875. Needless to say, the architecture inside this club is unlike any other you’ve ever seen, and the cocktails are delicious. As for Glass, well I couldn’t have picked  a better ‘neighborhood bar’ if I tried. This bar has it all- great beer on tap (we can thank them for importing Brooklyn Brewery to Paris), inventive cocktails, hot dogs, cute bartenders, and great music. Only downside is it’s a little small, so if you’re adverse to tight spaces or crowded bars, then head elsewhere. Another new bar that opened across the street from Glass is The Dirty Dick- and no this isn’t one of the gentlemen’s clubs I was talking about, it’s a tiki bar. The tiki-themed cocktails and bartenders’ Hawaiian shirt uniforms are kind of kitsch, but also kind of awesome.

    Another great area of Paris to head out for drinks is called Oberkampf. It’s named for the closest metro station, and is located in the 11th arrondissement to the east of Paris. Here, you’ll find streets upon streets of bars open late, which is rare in Paris, unless you’re on rue Princesse being overrun by study abroad students... Oberkampf is an area where you’ll find a mix of hip music venues, like the Nouveau Casino, bars with food, like Chez Justine, bars with dancing and sometimes live salsa music, like Alimentation Generale, but also bars with awesome artisanal beers on tap, like La Fine Mousse. I love this hood because it always has something to suit my mood.

    There’s only one rule to remember when going out in Paris- pick one neighborhood and stick to it. Unfortunately, Paris isn’t known for its abundance of taxis or late public transportation system, so when you’re heading out for a night on the town, just remember to try to plan ahead of time which bars and which neighborhood you want to explore. That way, you won’t wind up searching for a taxi or a new bar at 1:30AM on a Saturday.


  • On May 1, 2013
    Lindsay McCallum answered the question: Lindsay McCallum

    Where is the best nightlife in Paris?

    Le Carmen There’s only one rule to remember when going out in Paris- pick one neighborhood and stick to it. Unfortunately, Paris isn’t known for its abundance of taxis or late public transportation system, so when you’re heading out for a night on the town, just remember to try to plan ahead of time which bars and which neighborhood you want to explore. That way, you won’t wind up search for a taxi or a new bar at 1:30AM on a Saturday.

    As for my favorite areas of Paris to get a drink with friends...

    The Northern 9th arrondissement is my go-to neighborhood. It’s called SoPi (taking inspiration from SoHo) because it is located South of Pigalle. Pigalle, known for being the home of the Moulin Rouge and several gentlemen’s clubs, is not the area I’m talking about. Just South of Pigalle, however, is a totally different vibe, with quite a few great bars and clubs to choose from. For an after-work beer, or a chill Friday night with friends, we almost always end up at Le Mansart. The crowd is young and the beers are (pretty) cheap. Once the Mansart winds down, we either head to Glass (the second bar by the Candelaria team) or to Le Carmen. Le Carmen is a club located inside the mansion of Georges Bizet, the composer who wrote the eponymous opera in 1875. Needless to say, the architecture inside this club is unlike any other you’ve ever seen, and the cocktails are delicious. As for Glass, well I couldn’t have picked  a better ‘neighborhood bar’ if I tried. This bar has it all- great beer on tap (we can thank them for importing Brooklyn Brewery to Paris), inventive cocktails, hot dogs, cute bartenders, and great music. Only downside is it’s a little small, so if you’re adverse to tight spaces or crowded bars, then head elsewhere. Another new bar that opened across the street from Glass is The Dirty Dick- and no this isn’t one of the gentlemen’s clubs I was talking about, it’s a tiki bar. The tiki-themed cocktails and bartenders’ Hawaiian shirt uniforms are kind of kitsch, but also kind of awesome.

    Another great area of Paris to head out for drinks is called Oberkampf. It’s named for the closest metro station, and is located in the 11th arrondissement to the east of Paris. Here, you’ll find streets upon streets of bars open late, which is rare in Paris, unless you’re on rue Princesse being overrun by study abroad students... Oberkampf is an area where you’ll find a mix of hip music venues, like the Nouveau Casino, bars with food, like Chez Justine, bars with dancing and sometimes live salsa music, like Alimentation Generale, but also bars with awesome artisanal beers on tap, like La Fine Mousse. I love this hood because it always has something to suit my mood.
  • On April 29, 2013
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in Paris?

    Photo by Yanidel Luckily, between the foie gras and impressionist museums, there are actually quite a few things to do that will please the little ones. Here are my suggestions for the top five things to do with kids in Paris:

    1. Tuileries Gardens: This is one of the best places to take the kids on a nice day, as there are several activities to do. It has a gated play area, free trampolines, a beautiful vintage merry-go-round, and toy boats to rent. Plus, after all that playing, you can enjoy an ice cream together on the lawn.

    2. Cooking Classes: If you see a bit of foodie in your kids, then they might enjoy taking a cooking class while in Paris. Les Coulisses du Chef is a great place to test their culinary skills, as they offer classes for kids every Wednesday from 3-5pm. 

    3. Le Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes: This is the oldest working zoo in the world, that was opened just after the French Revolution. It's a great place to take the kids as it has easy stroller access and picnic tables for lunch in the park. 

    4. Le Jardin d'Acclimation: On the west side of Paris is one of the largest parks in France, where you'll find over 50 activities to do wtih kids. Some of the highlights include a lake where you can rent kayaks, theaters that host puppet shows, trampolines, pony rides, miniature golf, outdoor and indoor playgrounds, and an enchanted river trip. The park also has a roller coaster suitable for children between 6 and 8 years old.

    5. Les Bateaux Mouches: No trip to Paris is complete without a ride down the Seine on the famous Bateaux Mouches, the oldes boat cruise in the city. Offering rides throughout the day, it's a great way to see monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the famous bridges of Paris while relaxing atop the long barge. 
  • On April 29, 2013
    Lindsay McCallum answered the question: Lindsay McCallum

    What are the five best things to do with kids in Paris?

    Photo by Yanidel Luckily, between the foie gras and impressionist museums, there are actually quite a few things to do that will please the little ones. Here are my suggestions for the top five things to do with kids in Paris:

    1. Tuileries Gardens: This is one of the best places to take the kids on a nice day, as there are several activities to do. It has a gated play area, free trampolines, a beautiful vintage merry-go-round, and toy boats to rent. Plus, after all that playing, you can enjoy an ice cream together on the lawn.

    2. Cooking Classes: If you see a bit of foodie in your kids, then they might enjoy taking a cooking class while in Paris. Les Coulisses du Chef is a great place to test their culinary skills, as they offer classes for kids every Wednesday from 3-5pm. 

    3. Le Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes: This is the oldest working zoo in the world, that was opened just after the French Revolution. It's a great place to take the kids as it has easy stroller access and picnic tables for lunch in the park. 

    4. Le Jardin d'Acclimation: On the west side of Paris is one of the largest parks in France, where you'll find over 50 activities to do wtih kids. Some of the highlights include a lake where you can rent kayaks, theaters that host puppet shows, trampolines, pony rides, miniature golf, outdoor and indoor playgrounds, and an enchanted river trip. The park also has a roller coaster suitable for children between 6 and 8 years old.

    5. Les Bateaux Mouches: No trip to Paris is complete without a ride down the Seine on the famous Bateaux Mouches, the oldes boat cruise in the city. Offering rides throughout the day, it's a great way to see monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the famous bridges of Paris while relaxing atop the long barge. 
  • On April 29, 2013
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    What are the best wine bars in Paris?

    Le Grand Fille et Fils
    This  wine lover’s paradise is tucked away in the beautiful Passage Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement. A true family business, the space has been owned and operated by the same family for over 200 years. It was originally an exotic spice shop, where the owner would import spices from around the world.  Today, stocking the most prestigious French wines, as well as some smaller producers, Le Grand Filles et Fils is the kind of place where you can sit at the bar, pick a bottle from the shop (at retail price!), and enjoy it over some charcuterie, cheese and olives. The staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming, and more often than not, you’ll end up in a friendly conversation with the other wine-enthusiasts at the bar. They also offer courses in wine & champagne tasting at their école du vin.
    1 rue de la Banque, 75002

    Verjus
    What I love about Verjus is the atmosphere, always lively yet not overly loud, and of course, very warm and inviting. The way the candlelight reflects across the stone arched ceiling creates an intimate feeling, illuminated upwards by the stainless steel stools and counters, and sparkling glassware against the mirrored bar.  Just through the back wall is a spiraling iron staircase, which leads upstairs to their beautiful menu-fix gastronomic restaurant. Etched on the chalkboard wall are their daily offerings of wines from around the world, but mostly France, with glasses ranging from €6-12.  A clipboard is placed in front of each stool, home to a short but creative list of tapas-style seasonal dishes. I generally order one of everything, because it’s all delicious and perfect for sharing. Some of my favorites are: burrata mozzarella, with wild greens, smoked almonds, and crimini mushrooms…buttermilk fried chicken with napa cabbage slaw & micro greens…and skillet broccoli with korean rice cake, anchovy and parmesan. 

    Frenchie Bar à Vins 
    Considering Frenchie, the restaurant, single handedly started a food revolution in Paris when it opened in 2009, just imagine what their wine bar did just two years later. The wine bar, located just across the street from the restaurant, offers seasonal small plates (many of which resemble the most popular items on the menu at the restaurant) that perfectly complement their international wine list. The atmosphere is cosy and bustling, perfect for an evening catching up with friends. Plenty of wines by the glass, as well as by the bottle, this wine bar just underwent a makeover which expanded its capacity by at least twice. Frenchie wine bar is one of the places in Paris where I feel at home, thanks to the warm team, who strives to get to know your taste in wine and will never suggest you something you don’t like.  All of these accolades could only add up to one thing- Frenchie wine bar is nearly everyone’s favorite. So, be sure to head there between 7-8pm to snag a table, otherwise you can add your name to the wait list which hangs outside on a string.
    6 rue du Nil, 75002

    La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
    While the Experimental Cocktail Group is all about cocktails, they forayed into the art of the wine bar with this swanky left-bank location. Incredible wines are served both by the glass and bottle, and the list changes daily. Velvet-swathed cushions, a friendly bar staff, and candlelight are all you need to feel at home here. (OK- some creamy burrata and truffled jambon doesn’t hurt either!)
    7 rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris

  • On April 26, 2013
    Lindsay McCallum answered the question: Lindsay McCallum

    What are the best stores for designer clothes in Paris?

    Shopping in Paris is an experience unlike in any other city, and there are several multi-brand stores that you can't miss if you're looking to buy designer clothes while visiting.

    Merci: a well-edited concept store located on the Eastern border of the Marais neighborhood. Here, you'll find brands like Carven, Jerome Dreyfuss, and Aesop, plus a gorgeous collection of homewares and specialty products. There are also three restaurants associated with Merci, including a charming café in a library full of used books for sale, a healthy bistro next door to the shop, and a cantine on the bottom floor. The proceeds from the sales at Merci go towards a charity that helps underpriveleged children in Africa. Plus, they have rotating art exhibits in the entry of the shop, making it a must visit for many reasons!

    Merci
    111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris
    Tel : + 33 (0)1 42 77 00 33



    Montaigne Market: Located on the bourgeois Avenue Montaigne, this multi-brand store  carries super luxury brands like Brian Atwood, Prabal Gurung, and Worth. Amongst the many luxury shops on the street, Avenue Montaigne stands out for its nicely selected collections, modern decor and a truly luxurious shopping experience.

    Montaigne Market
    57 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
    Tel: +33 (0)1 42 56 58 58

    Colette: One of the most iconic shops in Paris, Colette just celebrated its 16th anniversary. Over three floors, Colette is the queen bee when it comes to art-meets-fashion collaborations and keeping the fun in shopping. On the basement floor, there is the Colette Water Bar, a great place to refuel in between shopping binges. The ground floor is where you’ll find things like quirky books, the Colette surprise bag, mens fashion, candles, watches, and other accessories like Lomography cameras. In the back of the ground floor are more products like makeup, perfume, and other goodies. The top floor is where much of the magic happens, as it is where the  designer goods are sold- including bags by Proenza, Céline, Givenchy and Saint Laurent, plus lesser known brands like Maripol. I love how their mannequins change each week to feature different outfits highlight new designers. Colette is also perfectly located, as it’s on rue Saint Honoré and is surrounded by some of the best designer shopping in Paris. 

    Colette
    213 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris
    Tel: +33 (0)1 55 35 33 90



    L'Eclaireur: Armand and Martine Hadida now have four branches of L’Eclaireur, a luxury multibrand
    boutique established 30 years ago, across Paris, stocking edgy designers such as Ann
    Demeulemeester and Dries van Noten for the discerning fashion crowd. Their boutique inside of the Royal Monceau Raffles hotel is incredible, as there is a full-length 3-sided digital mirror, which can project images thrown on it from an iPad. They also stock homewares and their Marais boutique is dedicated to mens fashions. Each of L'Eclaireur boutiques has a unique vibe and a different stock, so be sure to check out each of them!

    L’Eclaireur
    8 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris
    tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 03 70 

    Le Royal Eclaireur
    39/41, avenue Hoche 75008 Paris



  • On April 24, 2013
    Lindsay McCallum answered the question: Lindsay McCallum

    What new museum exhibits are in Paris?

    Haute Couture at l’Hôtel de Ville
    Through July 6, 2013

    In an exhibition sponsored by Swarovski, the Hôtel de Ville serves as the platform for one of the most exquisite exhibitions of French couture ever seen in Paris. The exhibtion curated by Olivier Saillard from the Musée Galliera and supported by Swarovski uncovers the exceptional arts & crafts of Haute Couture by showcasing 100 dresses from the late 19th century through present day, from the house of Worth to Schiaparelli, Balmain, Dior, Chanel and Lanvin,


    The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy
    La Cinémathique Française
    Through August 8, 2013

    Dedicated to the whimsical filmmaker Jacques Demy (who often worked with the beautiful Catherine Deneuve), this exhibition will combine a series of videos, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures all created by the artist himself and artists who have inspired him- Jean Cocteau, David Hockney, Alexander Calder, Raoul Dufy, and Niki de Saint-Phalle. Before visiting the exhibition, download the iPad application with supplemental information and interactive games to get you in the Demy rhythym.  

    Mannequin: le corps de la Mode
    Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design
    Through May 19, 2013


    As the Musée Galliera, Paris' fashion museum, is undergoing renovations, they are hosting a series of off-site exhibitions like this one Models: The Body of Fashion. Hosted at Les Docks, the new design and cultural center on the East side of the left-bank, the exhibit presents over 100 images of fashion models from various mediums, combined with live mannequins in an effort to explore ideas of body, personality and artistic expression. The exhibition includes the works of Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Nick Knight, Corinne Day and Juergen Teller.