Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Yasiin Bey and other hip-hop stars have long frequented Paris Fashion Week. But when they aren’t sitting front row, they’re about town enjoying a meal, getting some shopping done or hitting the bar. Ahead of Paris Fashion Week this fall (Sept. 25-Oct. 3), insiders weigh in on some of the city’s tried-and-true favorites and offer a few new hotspots for musically inclined fashion followers.
Where To Eat: Ferdi
The tiny and whimsically decorated spot, located in the center of the city, is a favorite of West’s and offers a burger said to be the best in all of France. “We go in there and have feasts,” says Atlanta rapper Reese LaFlare, who travels to Paris regularly for fashion week. “We’ve stayed there until two hours after it closed, getting drunk.”
Where To Shop: Nous
LaFlare and others still mourn the loss of Colette, the insider-y emporium known worldwide for its selection of cutting-edge brands. This summer, former employee Sébastien Chapelle opened streetwear-focused men’s boutique Nous, seen as Collette’s most worthy successor.
Where To Shine: Dolly Cohen
An appointment with Cohen, the former dental technician turned designer focusing on custom-made grills, is a hot commodity for artists visiting Paris. One of Cohen’s original gold-and-diamond grills can be spotted in The Carters’ “Apeshit” video, while Minaj, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna have also worn her pieces.
Where To Party: Le Comptoir Général
Paris native and Roc Nation signee Young Paris, who will soon shoot the video for his track “Fashion Week Paris” with Trinidad James in the city, frequents Le Comptoir Général, an under-the-radar bar in the laid-back Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood. “It’s an off-the-grid nightclub that invites a high-end crowd,” he says. Entertainers like Bey and Zoë Kravitz have partied there, but “it’s cool because still no one really knows about it.”