It’s no secret that that although Paris is known for elegance and style, the French capital is also an art and culture hub.
Fashion Week returns to Paris on 27 February running through 6 March. In addition to the great designers showcasing their fall collections, up-and-coming designers will also present their collection a specially-dedicated showroom.
Whether or not you’re in town for the collections, February is a good a time as any to discover the City of Light. Here are five things to do in Paris during fashion week.
1. Indulge your inner fashion maven
Don’t have invitations to attend the official Fashion Week shows? Improvise an offline version at Galeries Lafayette to discover the latest trends. You’ll most likely want to do a little shopping and there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re most certainly in the right place, where Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Céline, Chloé and more await you. Enjoy an exclusive experience with personalized service and fashion experts to guide you in your choices.
If you love haute couture, don’t forget to visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, which opened its doors just three months ago.
2. The Némo Biennale
Through 25 March, 130 events dedicated to digital creation will be waiting for you at the Biennale Némo. This internationally renowned festival is at the crossroads of various art and digital realities. Exhibitions and conferences are on the program of course in addition to shows, concerts and many other surprises. The merging of modern disciplines is a central theme of this Biennale since, after all, the future is now, isn’t it?
3. David Goldblatt at the Centre Pompidou
Come and discover or rediscover one of the most beautiful museums of Modern and Contemporary Art in Europe: the Centre Pompidou. They don’t call it the European MoMA for nothing! Discover the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions as well as the Kandinsky Library, one of the most important art-centric libraries. With more than 100,000 works, the Centre Pompidou covers all fields: Plastic arts, drawing, photography, new media, experimental cinema, architecture, design and industrial foresight. A true cultural interlude! And from 21 February, don’t miss the retrospective on the work of photographer David Goldblatt.
4. Satisfy your sweet tooth
Another creative universe of renown in Paris that’s just as elegant and refined as fashion is the world of gastronomy! Surrender yourself to the sweet pleasures of the palate and discover three brand new recipes during the 2018 edition of La Quinzaine des Éclairs (Fortnight of Éclairs). Éclairs are emblematic of French pastries and from 24 February to 11 March, Parisian pastry masters will offer four limited edition éclairs in honor of the festival! If these flavors have whetted your appetite, take a Paris food tour to discover the best master chocolate makers and confectioners of the Capital.
5. Marie Curie at the Pantheon
Until 4 March, Marie Curie will be honored at the Panthéon in Paris. Learn more about the life and scientific work of the only woman and first person in the world to receive two Nobel Prizes. A legendary figure, she is the first woman to enter the Pantheon on her own merits, as much for the advancement of progress in physics and chemistry as for her struggle for women’s rights. Take a look at the permanent exhibition that details the lives and works of the personalities buried in the Pantheon and end your visit by exploring the necropolis. Don’t forget to stop in front of cellar VIII, where Marie and Pierre Curie are buried.