Where: The Marais, still the go-to zone for new shops, eateries and cafés.
Shows in the area: Acne Studios, Facetasm, Alyx, Cmmn Swdn and Lemaire.
What not to miss: Looking for a bite to eat between Facetasm and Acne Studios? Leg it to Raw to Go, a new takeaway spot opened by culinary duo Marie and William Pradeleix that specializes in raw food — think sashimi, beef tartare, cold-pressed juices and cacao bars. For a spot of shopping, new men’s concept-store La Garçonnière carries more than 200 brands, including Danish outerwear label Rains, funky eyewear styles by French start-up Izipizi and the ubiquitous — and sustainable — Veja sneakers, as well as a barber shop. As happy hour comes closer, check out the new bar Cambridge Public House, which was opened on Jan. 14 by Hyacinthe Lescoët, former head barman at the Mary Céleste. “Fancy cocktail places can be a bit intimidating, so we wanted to recreate the vibe of an English pub, with cozy furniture and an open mindset,” said the drinks maestro. Good to know for Dry January: around a quarter of the creative cocktails listed on the menu will be spirit free.
Raw to Go, 56 Rue de Turenne, 75003. Open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
La Garçonnière, 47 Rue des Archives, 75003. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cambridge Public House, 8 Rue du Poitou, 75003. Open Monday to Sunday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: The 9th arrondissement, spanning trendy South Pigalle to the departments stores on the Boulevard Haussmann.
Shows in the area: Misbhv, Christian Dada, Maison Kitsuné x Boiler Room party.
What not to miss: After partying the night away in the South Pigalle area, head over for breakfast at local coffee shop Papilles. The place opened in 2017, but has just introduced a breakfast menu conceived by star chef Céline Pham, who trained at Saturne and Septime: choose your pick between a sweet potato tortilla, a Swedish-style smorrebrod or a typically French croque-monsieur made with the incredible bread from hip boulangerie Mamiche, located just around the corner. If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, try the Pigalle Fromage Club. Since its opening last September, this small plates restaurant has been shaking up the local foodie scene by pairing artisanal cheese with the finest Japanese saké and biodynamic wines. Find yourself in need of a haircut? Alexandre de Paris has just launched Alexandrom, a pop-up hair salon and barbershop dedicated to men’s grooming located on the first floor of the Galeries Lafayette Homme.
Papilles, 77 Rue de Rochechouart, 75009. Open Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pigalle Fromage Club, 35 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009. Open Monday to Sunday, 6 to 11 p.m.
Alexandrom, until Jan. 31 at the Galeries Lafayette Homme 48 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009. Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a. m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The 16th arrondissement, a former bourgeois enclave that is slowly attracting a younger population.
Shows in the area: Heron Preston, Rick Owens, Boris Bidjan Saberi, AMI, Casablanca, Balmain Homme.
What not to miss: The area has seen a series of exciting new spots pop up since 2016 and the opening of Holiday magazine’s eponymous café, which was followed by a concept-store in October 2017. Last fall, celebrated designer Philippe Starck opened the futuristic-looking Hôtel Brach, complete with 59 rooms, a restaurant — headed by chef Adam Bentalha, who uses produce from the hotel’s rooftop garden — and an all-day pâtisserie. Chic Parisians all flock to Beige Habilleur: The men’s wear retailer, which added a physical store last October 2018 to its e-commerce site, carries a selection of specialist brands from all around the world, from Mackintosh to Camoshita United Arrows and niche eyewear label Jacques Marie Mage. Just around the corner, pop in to vintage expert Gauthier Borsarello’s showroom Le Vif for a peek at his latest finds from the Seventies to the Nineties, some of which are listed on his Tumblr. For an evening drink after the Balmain show, Cravan, named after Surrealist poet Arthur Cravan, offers a selection of carefully crafted cocktails on the ground floor of a building designed by Art Nouveau architect Hector Guimard.
Hôtel Brach, 1-7 Rue Jean-Richepin, 75016. Rooms from 500 euros.
Beige Habilleur, 83 Rue Chardon-Lagache, 75016. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Le Vif, 101 Rue Boileau, 75016. Open Wednesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p. m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cravan, 17 Rue Jean-de la Fontaine, 75016. Open Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The border between the 19th arrondissement of Paris and the suburban town of Pantin, right next to the Parc de la Villette.
Shows in the area: Han Kjobenhavn, GmbH.
What not to miss: The area is gearing up to become a major foodie zone as Taku Sekine, founder of cult restaurant Dersou, has revealed he will be taking over Chinese restaurant Le Cheval d’Or in February. In other news, cult bookstore 0fr has just opened a second address at the 104, a cultural center dedicated to contemporary art a stone’s throw from the Canal de l’Ourcq, the higher part of the Canal Saint-Martin. The area is one of the best spots in Paris for drinks, with a number of cool bars lining the Canal from Stalingrad metro station all the way up to the suburban town of Pantin.
0fr 104, 5 Rue Curial, 75019. Open Monday to Friday, Midnight to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The 13th arrondissement, located on the Parisian Left Bank.
Shows in the area: Hermès
What not to miss: Hop on the metro for a short ride to Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the monumental library and its four book-shaped towers located on the left bank of the Seine. Last November, the Mk2 cinema at the foot of one of the towers opened one of the city’s most exquisite concept stores, simply named Mk2 Store. Curated by creative director Clarisse Demory, the 7,500-square-foot space carries everything from artisanal jams to delicate ceramics and edgy design pieces, with a huge section dedicated to books and independent magazines. Our favorite pick: One of the tongue-in-cheek unisex T-shirts produced especially for the store, printed subtitle-style with the sentence “Upbeat jazz music playing.” The matcha cookies at the café at the space, run by famous Marais eatery Bob’s Café, are also worth a try.
Mk2 Store, 128-162 Avenue de France, 75013. Open Monday to Thursday, Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bob’s Café, open Monday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.