Eva Galambos, the director at luxe Sydney fashion boutique Parlour X, visits Paris four times a year on buying trips. Here, she nominates 29 of the coolest restaurants in the world’s fashion capital.
A very cool new restaurant on the Left Bank, overlooking the Seine with a great vibe and food to match, this is often on the top of my list when attending Paris Fashion Week. I come here with Australian designers Kym Ellery, Luke and Anna from Romance Was Born, Toni Maticevski and Christopher Esber.
20 Avenue de New York, 75116, Paris
With people waiting up to six months to get a reservation at Frenchie, try to book as far in advance as possible. Superb food, atmosphere and service.
5-6 Rue du Nil, 75002, Paris
Le Perchoir is a cool new restaurant on a huge open rooftop with a 360-degree view of Paris. So picturesque.
14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011, Paris
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A favourite in Saint-Germain; a little piece of Paris. Its beautifully ornate interior takes you to a different place and time.
4 Place Saint-Germain des Pres, 75006, Paris
After shopping on Avenue Montaigne, have lunch at L’Avenue and sit in the front terrace so you can people watch. You may want to come back here for dinner, too! A Parisian institution.
41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008, Paris
Make sure to check out the many rooms within this ultra-cool restaurant, especially the smoking room upstairs. Dinner is the best time to dine here.
69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003, Paris
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Located just behind the Marais, Chez Julien is one of my favourite spots in Paris for lunch or dinner. Seated inside or out, the atmosphere is completely charming.
1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris
Le Café Marly
Great place in the 1st arrondissement for lunch and has wonderful views of the Louvre and its courtyard glass pyramids. Despite the “Café” title, this is actually quite a formal restaurant, always full of chic folk during Fashion Week.
93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris
Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, make sure you sit in this restaurant’s terrace because the hotel has a beautiful courtyard in the centre. The hotel bar is also fun to sit at for an evening drink.
239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, Paris
Dinner is always a delight here and you must visit the bar. Situated in the beautiful Pershing Hall hotel, the restaurant features a brightly lit vertical garden at one end of its patio. A stunning dining space.
49 Rue Pierre Charron, 75008, Paris
Cha Cha Club
This is a fun restaurant/bar/club. Owned by the same people from Hôtel du Nord, this one’s best at night. Book a table for dinner late and then just before midnight watch as they clear the tables and everyone starts dancing as the place turns into a nightclub.
47 Rue Berger, 75001, Paris
Le Jules Verne
Located 125 metres up in the Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne is a treat for at least two senses. Awarded a Michelin star, the restaurant’s food is as extraordinary as the view.
Tour Eiffel, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007, Paris
While shopping on Avenue Montaigne, stop in at La Maison Blanche and dine out, not only on a lovely lunch or intimate dinner, but on a seriously spectacular view.
15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008, Paris
An upmarket restaurant in a 16th-century building, specialising in North African cuisine, great service and a lively atmosphere. Dinner is the best time to go.
69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003, Paris
Gorgeous Philippe Starcke-designed restaurant that serves incredible Eurasian-style cuisine. A new favourite!
51 Avenue George V, 75008, Paris
If you love seafood, in particular caviar, then this restaurant is not to be missed. It’s a little old-world but great in the cold months because it’s cosy and intimate.
17 Place de la Madeleine, 75008, Paris
Mama Shelter is known for its Sunday brunch but it’s just as fantastic at dinner. The décor is a highlight – designed by none other than Philippe Starck.
109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020, Paris
Visit the Mandarin Oriental, which is relatively new and quite beautiful and have a drink at the bar in the terrace. The hotel is also a great central meeting point.
251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, Paris
Le Restaurant Café Georges, located at the very top of the Centre Pompidou, has fabulous views of Paris and amazing food. Often used as a film location (you might recognise it from Sex and the City), this restaurant can have a touristy vibe but the view and experience is worth it.
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004, Paris
Head downstairs from street level and visit the Colette café for lunch. Yummy vegetarian food and a great atmosphere.
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, Paris
A high-concept club conceived by film director David Lynch? You’d expect it to have a quirkily creative and slightly dark style – and Silencio doesn’t disappoint. A mega-cool nightspot with a difference, open to the public from midnight onwards.
142 Rue Montmartre, 75002, Paris
Café Charlot is a great destination café in the heart of the Marais. Make sure to stop here for brunch/lunch and sit outdoors because it’s great people-watching fare on the weekend. Dinner is always fun, too, on any night of the week!
38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003, Paris
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Also in the Marais, the Rose Bakery specialises in all-natural and fresh ingredients and is great for brunch/lunch. Get in quick as it gets very busy from lunchtime onwards and the space is small. The food here is absolutely delicious.
46 Rue des Martyrs, 75003, Paris
Café de Flore
Café de Flore is a great meeting place for a drink and snack. Very touristy but a wonderful place nonetheless. You will often find renowned creative and “artsy” types here.
172 Boulevarde Saint-Germain, 75006, Paris
Ladurée Bonaparte Nouveau
The best macaroons in the world! Take away or you can sit inside the fab teahouse and enjoy lunch and dessert.
21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006, Paris
For a fun and different cabaret night out, go to Crazy Horse. It’s a big laugh and much better than Moulin Rouge. Very much worth doing.
12 Avenue George V, 75008, Paris
Hôtel du Nord
Great for large group dinners, this is an oldie but still a goody and pulls a cool crowd. Best for dinner.
102 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010, Paris
Le Square Trousseau
Modern French with a traditional feel – you may bump into designers Isabel Marant and Jerome Dreyfuss here as it’s their favourite local spot.
1 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012, Paris
A great restaurant in the 6th arrondissement with an eclectic range of dishes. Enjoy cocktails before a night out or have dinner here and make an evening of it.
1 Rue de Conde, 75006, Paris