Cart is empty
Paris-born designer Christian Louboutin’s signature red-soled creations are the shoe of choice for The City of Light’s well-heeled women. Here he gives an insider guide on where to eat, drink, stay and play in the French capital.
Sport a pair of “Pigalle” pumps – the show girls of the Folies Bergère were Louboutin’s early inspiration – and make a start on his personalised checklist for a weekend in the French capital.
Christian Louboutin’s Favourite Places in Paris
InterContinental Paris Le Grand: “It’s not a new scene, but it’s close to my place and I really love the area. The view of the Palais Garnier is fantastic.”
Le Bistro Volney: “A typical Parisian bistro quite close to my home. The wine selection is very good.”
Divellec: “A great spot in the 7th arrondissement. I really like the fact you have different salons with different atmospheres.”
The Ritz Paris: “The terrace presents an idyllic vision of Paris; the Bar Hemingway is charming for a cocktail.”
Le Café de l’Époque: “At the end of Galerie Véro-Dodat you’ll find this typical Parisian brasserie. Go there at the end of the day; the sunset light is beautiful.”
Serpent à Plume: “A cocktail club on Place des Vosges. My dear friend Vincent Darré decorated the space, it’s eclectic and cosy.”
Le Piaf: “The atmosphere is muted with red velvet curtains and sofas, typical Parisian moldings on the ceiling and crystal chandeliers.”
Hôtel Drouot: “This auction house is not a proper store but it’s one of my favourite places to find antiques. The selection changes every week, each room immerses you in a new world; it’s quite exotic.”
Arturo Arita: “Arturo Arita’s flower shop on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Arturo has a great understanding of how to mix colours and textures.”
Palais de la Porte Dorée: “I grew up very close to this museum and used to go there almost every Sunday. I was inspired by the magnificence of this 30s building, the richness of the frescos and the bas-relief.”
La Villette: “The selection of art pieces here is mind-blowing. Visit the Tutankhamun exhibition before it closes at the end of September. It’s the last time that the Tutankhamun mask will travel before the reopening of the Grand Egyptian Museum.”
You May Also Like
You know how you have that one incredible friend who knows their city inside out? That’s us. We take the world’s most dynamic destinations, hand-pick the best bits and give them to you in one place. This is the kind of guide that you don’t need to run by a local – it was written by one. Eat your heart out, shop until you drop, drink like a fish, dance your socks off, sleep – then repeat.
Embrace the adventurous appetite of the next generation with an annual subscription. SUITCASE Magazine challenges travel perceptions with thought-provoking photo journals, city guides and articles by award-winning international writers.
We'll tell you where you can find the perfect boutique hotel in Paris for under £150, if you tell us about the best dive bar in your city. Deal? Share your stories and photos with #SUITCASEtravels.