Words by Kate Miles
Heading to Paris and Milan four times a year means the buying team at Adam Heath know the best places to eat, drink, shop and stay. Long days with back to back appointments call for somewhere special to discuss the collections and what will work best for YOU, our clients back home. We've rounded up our favourite spots in Paris that you should pay a visit to, the next time you're in the neighbourhood.
PARIS: DAY ONE
On arrival in Paris Judy, Ange and I had a wander in the 3rd Arrondissement and found ourselves at Hotel Costes (239-241 Rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris). This place is a Parisian institution and is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner or just a drink. We managed to spy Australian stylist Christine Centenera and model Bella Hadid having a meal after the Louis Vuitton Mens parade.
Alain Ducasse's Aux Lyonnaise is Judy's favourite place to eat in Paris for it's typical Lyon-style cuisine. The old world facade still has the original sign from the restaurant's late 1890's debut, and the belle époque interior (mirrored walls, intricate tile floors and an original wooden staircase) makes you feel like you have stepped back in time.
In between appointments on our third day we squeeze in a visit to the Rose Bakery Tea Rooms in Le Bon Marche. It is the best place to go for a yummy lunch and spot of shopping. Their healthy salads with crunchy veg are just what we crave after eating lots of heavy French food, however its hard to go past the gourmet pastries, yummy cakes, scones, lemon meringue pie and the most incredible apricot cheesecake - it’s a must-visit. Le Bon Marche is the ultimate luxury shopping destination and an institution in Paris. The store boasts an enormous and regularly refreshed collection of ready-to-wear designer brands such as Dries Van Noten, Marni, Celine and Balenciaga to name just a few.
On the way to dinner on our second night we popped into Ralph's, by Ralph Lauren (173 Boulevard Saint-Germain) for an aperitif. This is a must do! it boasts the most divine courtyard setting in the 6th arrondissment. The staff are all dressed in Ralph Lauren riding gear complete with knee high riding boots and jodhpur's.
Another iconic Parisian institution is L'Avenue. We sat upstairs and ate steak and pomme frites with the lovely girls from Queensland boutique Toscani, and looked out on the heavenly Avenue Montaigne. For the best people watching reserve a table right in the front terrace.
On Sunday after all of our appointments in the Marais we stopped to have a drink and something to eat at one of our favourite spots, Chez Julien which is situated at 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe 75004, Paris. We had the most amazing veal chops and more pomme frites!
Situated next to Musée des arts décoratifs LouLou Paris is a gorgeous place to have lunch or dinner. There is so much to love about this restaurant, from the location to the mediterranean style food, the people watching and the service. In spring and summer book a table outside in the courtyard and soak up the views of the stunning grounds and beautiful people. We had a really fun night catching up and talking shop with Australian fashion designer Lee Mathews and her team.
One of the highlights from our recent trip to Paris was viewing the Diane Von Furstenberg Resort 19 collection inside the iconic designer’s home. The apartment featured incredible works of art from Andy Warhol, beautiful interiors and intimate family photos framed in all the rooms. We were so lucky to experience this!
We spent a quick 36 hours in Milan where we visited some incredible showrooms to preview Resort 19 collections. We also managed to squeeze in some gelato, and a spot of shopping at one our favourite haunts 10 Corso Como and Via Montepalone. Da Giacomo is in our top 3 favourite places to eat in Milan for their incredible seafood and pasta, not to mention that dessert trolley.