Fashion month (that’s right, four weeks in four cities) has arrived, and stylists, editors, writers, bloggers and celebrities around the world are packing their (insanely chic) bags and heading to New York, London, Milan and Paris to spend a whirlwind of 30 days attending shows, presentations and parties. But where do they refuel? We asked a few of the fashion trendsetters for their picks of the best places to grab a bite to eat in Paris during fashion week, and they delivered. From Thai cuisine to fried steaks, here are a few of their favorites.
Elie Top, jewelry designer
“For restaurants, I like the poetic and delicious institution that is The Mediterranean– the murals of Vertes and Bérard watch over the intellectuals and the artistic types who meet there to socialize. The most Parisian terrace in the city is at Cafe le Nemours, which is near the Comédie Française and the entrance to the Palais Royal. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Louis Malle and Serge Gainsbourg, the best bar is the one in
, off the Arc de Triomphe.
Isabel Marant, designer
is the oldest covered market in town and one of the best places to eat on a Sunday afternoon. ”
Elizabeth von Guttman, co-founder of System magazine
“My usual favorite spot is Café de Flore, where you can sit and watch the world go by. It’s excellent anytime, from breakfast to a drink before dinner. For lunch I love the little Italian restaurant Raw, which offers the most delicious organic dishes. Unlike a lot of fashion people, I love my pasta! For dinner I go to my usual haunt, Pink. This is a Thai restaurant, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is always fun and very relaxed which is necessary after running all day.
Aurélie Bidermann, jewelry designer
“For breakfast, I like to go near my apartment at the Café des Beaux-Arts in front of the
near the Pont des Arts. I always order a Parisian breakfast with a café au lait and a baguette with butter and honey. If I’m in the office at lunchtime, I go to the Colette water bar, this is my canteen. The servers are very nice and the food is really good (especially the corned beef hash). For dinner, if I’m with friends, I go to The Midi-Seeker which is one of my favorite Italian bistros in Paris, or for a special dinner that I can’t resist The Arpège, which is an amazing vegetarian restaurant. And when I’m with my family, my favorite restaurant is
– paneling on the walls, white tablecloths – everything is so authentic. This is THE real Parisian bistro!
Miroslava Duma, fashion consultant
“Can a Russian girl skip dinner at a place that serves high quality caviar like Kaspia Caviar? The answer is no! But it seems that I am not the only one who is totally enchanted by this place. Caviar Kaspia has become the perfect place for designers / brands and fashion houses to organize intimate dinners and events. I also like Behind. I only discovered this place recently, and I have to say that every time I go it always surprises me. The shabby chic decor of this “apartment style” restaurant makes it one of the coolest places in Paris, especially during fashion week. And finally, Chateau. It is the most exclusive and lively club in Paris. As a mother of two and workaholic, I’m not much of a party girl, but when my invite says Castel, I know I can afford to stay a bit later.
Originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler