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PARIS FASHION WEEK SURVIVAL GUIDE, BY JESSIE BUSH

30.09.15

Renowned for being the chicest city in the Fashion Week line-up, Paris - although at the end of the month - is a much anticipated event. Aside from the shows and the street style, the destination itself is especially charming, and if you have the time, it's definitely worth immersing yourself in. We asked Paris resident and expert, Jessie Bush from We The People Style, where she heads to in the city for the essential Fashion Week fixes, from the perfect coffee to a great tailor. Follow Jessie Bush on instagram.

TO PICK UP SUPPLIES

Unlike New York and London, Paris isn’t heaving with organic supermarkets, but they do exist. Head to Bio c Bon (which you can find in most parts of Paris - just enter into Google maps) for the closest thing you’re going to get to Wholefoods.

 

TO GET THE BEST MANI-PEDI

Finding a good nail salon isn’t the easiest task - but Prana on Rue Dupetit Thouars does an excellent pedicure and gel nails. The place is small so it pays to call ahead and make a booking. It’s also conveniently located next door to Fondation Cafe for a quick coffee pitstop afterwards.

12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Pari  

FOR THAT ADDITIONAL LAST MINUTE BEAUTY FIX

La Sultane de Saba in the 2eme is fast, professional and always good for a last minute booking. 8 Bis Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris

TO GET AROUND PARIS

Parisian subways aren’t exactly the cleanest of places and Fashion Week traffic can get a little crazy, so without a doubt the best way to get around Paris is via bicycle. French drivers may have a reputation for being angry, but provided you are confident and have your wits about you then I say go for it. Plus there are plenty of dedicated bike lines along Canal St Martin and River Seine which make for beautiful riding. Pike up a Velib from any docking station around Paris.

FOR A TRUSTWORTHY TAILOR

Head to  Sinten on Rue Saint Roch. It's reliable, great quality and easy to find.

23 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris

FOR THAT MORNING COFFEE

Head to the coolest new spot in Le Marais, Ob-La-Di. With it’s slick interiors and small but delicious menu, this hole in the wall is well worth a visit. If you’re hungry don’t miss their smashed avo on toast.

54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

FOR A RELAXED BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER

Newly opened Season reflects the new face of Paris - it’s healthy, serves fresh juice, great cocktails and is almost always open (aka non stop service, 7 days a week). Head here on a sunny day and pick a perch by the window for some people watching in Le Marais.

1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris

TO GET A FEW HOURS WORK DONE

Cafe slash co-working space, Craft has fast wifi and makes a mean iced latte. Spend 3 euros at the bar for an hour working in the shared space out the back.

24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris  

TO WIND DOWN AFTER A LONG DAY AT FASHION WEEK

After a long day, cocktail bar Artisian in Pigalle makes a strong (and carefully prepared) drink just when you need it. For about 12 euros a pop, Artisian mixes up traditional cocktails with a fresh new twist. 14 Rue Bochart de Saron, 75009 Paris