POST–SHOW PARIS: A SAMPLING

Byline: Alicia Drake

PARIS — When trade show visitors aren’t traipsing up and down the aisles between exhibitions, they can explore a city that remains inspirational for trends and forecasting — as well as enticing in its restaurants and hotels.
After several tepid seasons, the Paris retail scene is also heating up with a rash of international designer store openings.
Here’s an eclectic list of choices for spare time scouting and relaxing.

HOTELS
The hippest place to stay in Paris is the Hotel Costes, which reopened last year. Decorated in sumptuous Second Empire style by Jacques Grange, it’s also a great place to dine or drink, and the restaurant stays open until 2 a.m. It’s at 239 Rue Saint-HonorA, 75001, telephone 01 42 44 50 00, fax 01 42 44 50 01.
Another fashion favorite is Hotel Montalembert, on the Left Bank, right around the corner from the Missoni store and designed by Christian Liaigre. Address: 3 Rue de Montalembert, 75007, telephone 01 45 49 68 68, fax 01 45 49 69 49.
Also on the Rive Gauche is the Hotel L’Abbaye, which is well located for doing the Left Bank stores and has a pretty courtyard garden. Address: 10 Rue Cassette, 75006, telephone 01 45 44 38 11, fax 01 45 48 07 86.
The Hotel Notre Dame Rivoli is situated in the heart of the Marais and is intimate with smallish, well-decorated rooms. Address: 19 Rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 75004, telephone 01 42 78 47 39, fax 01 40 29 07 00.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS
For a pure fashion scene and wicked margaritas, dine at Anahi on 49 Rue Volta, 75003, telephone 01 48 87 88 24. Also in the Marais, both Chez Omar and 404 are great for atmosphere and spicy Algerian or Moroccan cuisine, at 47, Rue de Bretagne, 75003, telephone 01 42 72 36 26, and 69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003, telephone 01 42 74 57 81, respectively.
For classic French cuisine and an uptown crowd, try the Brasserie de Balzar, 49 Rue des Ecoles, 75005, telephone 01 43 54 13 67, or Le Voltaire, 27 Quai Voltaire, 7500, telephone 01 42 72 66 55. Dave is a fashion institution serving Chinese food at 39 Rue Saint Roch, 75001, telephone 01 42 61 49 48.
The new Buddha-bar is the current Paris bar-restaurant for aspiring celebrities at 8 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008, telephone 01 53 05 90 00, while Cafe Marly has the perfect location in a wing of the Louvre to dine or drink, Cours Napoleon, 93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, telephone 01 49 26 06 60. To break from the stores, stop at Salon de The Bernardaud, in the most prestigious tabletop gallery in Paris at 11 Rue Royale, 75008, or indulge in macaroons at La Duree, 9 Rue Royale, 75008.

STORES
The average customer age on Avenue Montaigne is plummeting. Prada has opened an enormous two-floor store selling both the women’s and men’s collection at 10 Avenue Montaigne, 75008, telephone 01 53 23 99 40. Dolce & Gabbana has opened a Baroque-style shop in a former bank selling its men’s and women’s collections at 2 Avenue Montaigne, 75008, telephone 01 47 20 42 43. Meanwhile, Calvin Klein is slated to open on the avenue in 1997.
Martine Sitbon has recently opened her first-ever store, which is slick yet stark and stocks the whole Sitbon collection. The address is 13 Rue de Grenelle, 75007, telephone 01 44 39 84 44. Just down the street at 76 bis, Rue des Saints-PAres, is the first MAC Paris store.
Printemps department store has spent $40 million and ripped the place apart to raise its fashion credibility. They have taken the store directional, with a superb designer line-up that adds Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan to the existing Martin Margiela, Costume National and Jean Colonna. It’s at 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009, telephone 01 42 82 50 00.
Former fashion editor Anne Severine Liotard designs massive sculptural candles and has just opened a store in the Marais, at 7 Rue St. Merri, 75004, telephone 01 48 04 00 38.
For high street happenings, check out Et Vous, which now has Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno designing the collections for women and men, at 25 Rue Royale, 75008, telephone 01 47 42 31 00, and also at 64 Rue de Rennes, 75006, telephone 01 45 44 23 75. For more mass market, see the Spanish chain Zara, which has French retailers running scared with four Paris stores, competitive prices and trend-led, high-fashion offerings. One store is at 2 Rue HalAvy, 75009, telephone 01 44 71 90 90.
For club, street and thrift-store trends, the two essential stores in Paris are Le Shop, a multibrand street and clubwear emporium, and Kiliwatch. They’re located at 3 Rue d’Argout, 75002, and 64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002, respectively.

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