A-listers are shopping up a storm, soaking up the sights and finding romance in the super-stylish French capital.
A-listers are shopping up a storm, soaking up the sights and finding romance in the super-stylish French capital. Fashion is the focus in Paris until Oct. 6, as stars like Claire Danes and Eva Mendes hit the town to see ready-to-wear collections from the world-class fashion houses, including Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. These labels and more have made the City of Light the style capital of the world. But the stars don’t just visit Paris to shop. Kate Winslet and new beau Louis Dowler took their romance to a whole new level with a Sept. 11 dinner at Le Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, where Tom Cruise once famously proposed to Katie Holmes.
INDULGE YOUR SENSES
For a mix of old-world glamour and cuttingedge amenities, John Travolta and Sharon Stone opt for the InterContinental Paris Le-Grand hotel (paris.intercontinental.com). Surrounded by some of the city’s best theaters and shops, the 470 rooms and suites are opulently decorated in Napoleonic style. The hotel’s indulgent I-Spa by Algotherm offers state-of-the-art, sea-based body treatments along with a 24-hour gym. Le-Grand also houses the glamorous Café de la Paix brasserie. Try the decadent mille-feuille vanilla slice while people-watching across the Place de l’Opera. (cafedelapaix.fr). For even more high-end dining, Victoria and David Beckham love the Cristal Room at Baccarat, a semisecret dining room inside the famous crystal maker’s elegant townhouse boutique (baccarat.com).
ABSORB THE CULTURE
There are plenty of ways to see the city. You could explore on foot like Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, or try a dinner cruise along the Seine River like Jennifer Aniston. Invest in a Paris Pass for discount access to the city’s top galleries and historic monuments (parispass.com). Save some energy for the chic Paris nightlife. Kate Hudson and Paris Hilton love hip club VIP Room (viproom.fr), while Jennifer Lopez has been spotted at trendy supper club Les Bains Douches (lesbainsdoucheshref=”http://). For a hot cabaret show, try out Crazy Horse, where burlesque star Dita Von Teese loves to perform (lecrazyhorseparis.com).
SHOP LIKE A SUPERSTAR
Stars like Leighton Meester, Kim Kardashian and Charlize Theron love to shop the city’s homegrown luxury labels, such as Louis Vuitton and Lanvin, centered in the golden triangle formed by the Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue Marceau. Fashion editors head straight to the museum-like concept stores in the neighborhood called Le Marais, such as Hotel Particulier, which houses the hippest new fashion and design finds (hotelparticulier-paris.com). Julia Roberts took the whole family to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market,where budget-friendly pieces include vintage jewelry (parispuces.com)