INSTAGRAMMABLE CAFES AND COFFEE SHOPS IN PARIS
All over the world, we have seen an impressive collection of flagship stores and boutiques of the most established and iconic luxury fashion brands. However, many have not stopped at showcasing their pieces in well-designed, immersive, often over-the-top spaces, also known as the brand's universe - some have even taken it a step forward and created their own cafes and restaurants, taking experiential marketing to a whole new level. The maisons have scattered their cafes and restaurants in various destinations around the world. However, Paris holds one of the most unique and varied selections of them. From small, coffee-to-go corners to brunch spots and restaurants, these stylish establishments are truly the top finds for the never-ending hunt of Instagrammable fashion spots in the city.
Here is LFA's choice of Paris' must-see designer culinary spaces:
SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE TAKE AWAY COFFE SHOP
Attached to the Saint Laurent boutique on rue du 29 Juillet, the petite coffee shop offers a glimpse of the brand's DNA through its dark aesthetic, embedded in its culture and being spotted in all of its designs, from ready-to-wear to its designer handbags and accessories. Complemented by bright red neon lights, the YSL cafe immerses customers into an edgy space offering a selection of hot and cold beverages, as well as pastries. Even though there are no sitting spaces available, Jardins de Tuileries is just around the corner, so grab your lattes and enjoy them in one of Paris' most picturesque spots. Pro tip: find a seat by the fountain, and if you are really going for the authentic French girl vibe, get a pack of Marlboros and a YSL lighter to go with that dose of caffeine.
Having multiple locations in Paris, Cafe Kitsuné offers coffee lovers a mixture of American and French options with a touch of Japanese influence. In their cool, minimalist locations, you can find anything from French patisserie classics to Dorayaki pancakes to what some might call the best iced coffee in Paris. Calling out all streetwear lovers! What’s better than an all-in-one coffee run and shopping spree you can get by visiting the 208 Rue de Rivoli location, where you can find both the cafe and the Kistuné store.
DIOR 30 MONTAIGNE RESTAURANT
Located at one of the most iconic and adorned with luxury brands presence boulevards in Paris, the 30 Av. Montaigne flagship hosts the Dior cafe, as well as their restaurant. The venue welcomes at the same time fashion enthusiasts, sweet-tooths, and last but not least, foodies. On the ground floor, Dior proposes a chic patisserie offering a delightful range of desserts, teas, and coffees, while on the first floor. Customers can find the miason's first ever Parisian restaurant, Monsieur Dior, with a menu signed by chef Jean Imbert. The establishment is also a host to one of the most exclusive Dior item selections, from accessories to home articles; this particular store is one of our top picks. While you're at it, make sure you drop by the Galleries Dior, the fashion house's new museum, which is right next door, where you'll find an exquisitely curated collection of ball gowns, among other Dior treasures.
CITRON RESTAURANT AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE
As the new Galeries Lafayette opened on Champs Elysees, Jacquemus took the opportunity to open a unique, French-style cafe and restaurant in the heart of the department store, designed by Simon Jacquemus himself. While the chic decor embodying the brand's DNA is enough to please the eyes of the passing shoppers, the famous lemon-shaped desert created by the famous pastry chef, Cédric Grolet, is a must. To celebrate the south of France, the restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired architecture and menu.
Now that quiet luxury brands are taking over, many of us turn to Ralph Lauren, and since this American brand is all about lifestyle, what could be a better way to continue one's experience than dining? Located in a romantic and elegant setting of the Saint-Germain Ralph Lauren store, the restaurant is home to traditional American cuisine, wrapped in “glamorous, informal sophistication,” of course closely tied to the brand’s equestrian aesthetic. The elegant yet rustic decor of the space is in perfect harmony with their menu. Once you step inside, you will instantly escape the Parisian lifestyle and enter a sophisticated, old-money-like universe. After an intense round of shopping at the location’s boutique, make sure to grab their famous burger. Trust us; you won’t regret it!
All this food talk must have made you hungry because it surely made us. Thankfully, you now have a stylish and delicious selection of venues to try out on your next Paris outing.