Christian Louboutin’s Insider Guide to Paris

Wed, 4 September 2019
christian-louboutin-paris-insider-guide-travel-explorePhoto: Francisco Nogueira

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.”

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