How to Do Paris Fashion Week Like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
From Hotel Costes to Balmain's flagship boutique, these are the hotels, restaurants and shops to haunt for a glimpse at the famous couple — or if you just want to experience the City of Light like them.
The fashion flock has descended upon Paris for the fourth and final leg of the spring/summer 2017 collection shows, and along with them, the celebrities designers have wooed — whether by virtue of personal relationships or something more financial in nature — to their front rows. The biggest celebrity “get” of all? Kanye West and his reality TV star wife, Kim Kardashian West, of course.
If you happen to be in Paris this week and want to catch a glimpse of the much-photographed couple — or perhaps just want to experience Paris a la Kanye and Kim on your next visit — these are the hotels, restaurants and shops to haunt.
Hôtel Le Royal Monceau, 37 Avenue Hoche
Located on one of the main boulevards radiating from the Arc de Triomphe, this five-star hotel — with its mid-20th-century decor, French and Italian restaurants, and private lifts for guests staying in its presidential suites — is a favorite of the Wests, who stayed there during their fashion week tour last spring.
Hôtel Costes, 239-241 Rue Saint Honoré
Nestled among the many high-end boutiques that make up Paris’s famous shopping thoroughfare, this hotel is the gathering place for fashion’s best-known designers and editors during fashion week. It’s also a good place to spot the Wests, who have both stayed and dined there in recent years.
Ferdi, 32 Rue du Mont Thabor
It’s the gourmet burgers that have repeatedly drawn KimYe to this cozy, velvet-chaired establishment, located just a three-minute walk from Hôtel Costes, since 2012. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
L'Avenue, 41 Avenue Montaigne
This 8th arrondissement hotspot has attracted a host of celebrities of late, including Rihanna, Justin Bieber and a sizable portion of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. While diners rave about the food — particularly the tuna tartare — prices do run on the high end. Or as one Foursquare reviewer put it: “Don't expect cheap. Do expect delicious.”
Balmain, 44 Rue François 1er
Rare is the Kardashian-West fashion week trip that doesn’t involve a trip to Balmain’s flagship boutique, situated just off the Champs-Élysées. The duo tend to frequent other stores in the neighborhood, too, including Givenchy and Hermes.
While the Wests aren’t typically spotted at the city’s many famous galleries and museums, they have been sighted at Louis Vuitton’s two-year-old museum in the Bois de Boulogne, where West performed in 2015. You might not catch them there this time, but the Frank Gehry-designed space is worth a visit for its architectural merits alone.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.