Calexico Director Nicky Charman travels to Paris at least once a year for buying trips and to rendezvous with upcoming designers and brand creatives hoping to win over an Australian audience.
It’s not all work and no play though! In true French style, Nicky and the team always make time for food, fun and exploration.
Here’s an abridged list of winners when you’re looking for places to eat, stay and stay well.
“Contemporary design hotel hidden in the heart of Paris. You’ll find it on a narrow street in the Montorgueil area – one of the city’s most lively and typically Parisian neighbourhoods.”
“Elegant and poetic digs in the Marais district with a look and feel dreamed up by designer Philippe Starck.”
“Beautiful bedrooms in the trés cool former red-light district of Pigalle. You don’t have to be a Soho House member. Non-members can access accommodation by adding a Soho Friends membership when booking.”
“Historic bathhouse turned incredible boutique hotel in a neighbourhood where there’s a lot going on in terms of food, bars and shopping.”
“Classic French fun in central Paris recently overhauled by Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège.”
“Amazing hip restaurant and bar beloved by locals and fashion insiders.”
“Upbeat eatery across the road from Café de Flore serving French favourites with a classic interior of mirrors and decorative tiles.”
“Get your pizza and pasta in this light-filled trattoria with glass ceiling in Pigalle.”
, 107 Rue de Rivoli 75001
“For lunch after the Louvre, everyone loves this elegant restaurant in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.”
“Bistro at its best with a cute dining room and delicious steak frites, andouillette, soufflé and tarte tatin.”
Rose Bakery, 46 Rue des Martyrs 75009
“My go-to for a healthy breakfast and coffee.”
Café Kitsuné, various locations around town
“French-Japanese lifestyle brand doing exceptionally good coffee.”
Hoy Paris, 68 Rue des Martyrs 75009
“Love the vibe of this yoga and wellness hotel yoga serving up delicious plant-based meals.”
Studio Rituel, 16 Rue de la Grande Chaumiere 75006
“Recover from your flight at this yoga and Pilates destination, which also does Xtend Barre and Gyrotonic classes involving fluid movement and targeted stretches.”