Our fashion director Krystle Kemp shares three of her go-to spots to eat, work and chill during the hubbub of Paris Fashion Week.
This tiny jewel on the Rue de Charonne in the 11ème does really, really good seafood and plant-based small plates. The little sister of Septime—the official/unofficial coolest/best/hippest restaurant in Paris—Clamato packs most of Septime's goodness into a low-key setting where it's a little easier to score a table. Yeah, it's named after the clam and tomato juice beverage beloved by Michelada-drinkers around the world, and yeah that makes it just that much cooler.
There's no use arguing about which cafés are Paris' very best—every neighborhood has a gem or two, and there's practically no bad coffee anywhere. For fashion week, though, we especially dig places that are casual, cosmopolitan, and cool and that work equally well for meeting up with friends, impromptu meetings, and laptop time. The café at the Broken Arm fits the bill perfectly, with its chic (even by Paris standards) crowd, sunny space, healthy menus and strong brews.
Though the Centre Pompidou's masterpiece skeleton façade looms largest over the Place Georges Pompidou, we find the most inspiration in the humbler structure in the middle of square. Constantin Brancusi's atelier was elaborately reconstructed there and contains a menagerie of his work and tools, in a beautiful light-soaked setting. It's a great space in which to contemplate shape and color and a perfect counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of fashion week.