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The View from Here

It’s an insider secret that the rooftop of Printemps has some of the best views of Paris. The access to the roof via the escalators going up to the ninth floor is free and attached to the cafeteria. There are also benches to sit on to enjoy the view. I hadn’t been in years and […]

Go Go Gaultier

The phenomenal show that has wowed over a million visitors worldwide, “The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” finally arrives in Paris with a special edition. One of the longest-enduring fashion icons, Jean-Paul Gaultier, the original bad boy of Paris fashion, the exhibition tracks his roaring success from haute couture […]

New Girls in Town

Many new gourmet shops have opened on rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement; it seems as though a new one pops up every few weeks. I stumbled upon a most adorable pastry shop, Mesdemoiselles Madeleines. A recent trend in pastry shops in Paris is taking a classic pastry, such as éclairs and cream puffs, […]

Lanvin in the Limelight

Celebrating the oldest French fashion house still in existence, the Musee Palais Galliera has put together Jeanne Lanvin, the first full-scale exhibition of the designer. It has more than 100 garments from its own archives and from Lanvin. Alber Elbaz, the current artistic director of Lanvin, has worked closely the with museum to curate the […]

Fashionable After All These Years

Pierre Cardin, one of the most prolific fashion designers of the 20th century and the first designer to mass market his name and products, is still going strong at age 92. His latest project is a fashion museum in a former factory in the Marais. Last week at the museum I time traveled to the […]

Ready, Set, Soldes!

The annual winter sales start in Paris TODAY.  Now is the time to make your plan of attack or risk losing out on the best deals or your favorite pair of shoes.  To get started, take a look at what Amy Thomas had to say in her article on the Girls Guide to Paris site a while back. […]

Holiday Happenings

There is no shortage of websites telling you what to do in Paris for the holidays. Generally you will have a ton of Christmas markets scattered around town, some open until Christmas, some through the New Year, and the ones on the Champs-Elysées and La Défense (suburb on Line 1 metro) are by far the […]

The Angel Being: A Concept Shop

In a world of globalization with familiar chain stores and high fashion brands invading even the remotest places, it’s always nice to see new shops with individual owners who have a singular vision. Off the pedestrian Place Catherine in the Marais is the charming L’Etre Ange, a hybrid home design shop, café, and restaurant. I […]

Halloween Costume Shopping

Parisians aren’t really into Halloween,  but what if you are invited to a costume party? Where will you find a costume? For those of you on the eastern half of Paris, you have the boutique Cotillon Moderne. They also sell online! In the 17th–metro Brochant–you have an address for a real costume shop. Smack dab in the center […]

18th Century Indoor Malls

If you don’t know about the passages, you must learn. I don’t mean to sound professorial, but I made the same mistake—coming to Paris for an embarrassingly long time before I finally made the discovery. The passages are old-fashioned shopping malls from the late 1700s and early 1800s that provided cover from rain, mud and […]

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