Off duty in Paris during Fashion Week? Paris Fashion Week 2014, Flickr/Fabio Sola Penna

Off duty in Paris during Fashion Week?

In town for Paris Fashion Week? Lucky you! Here are the best ways to spend the hours between the shows...

Fashion week has just kicked off in Paris, with all accompanied excitement of catwalk shows, models, bloggers, street style and paparazzi. If you're in town for the event and looking for a way to spend your downtime you're in luck...

Party like pro

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After the decadence of the shows, the frantic dash from place to place and the general stress overload, make sure you know where to go and where to be seen during each evening during Paris Fashion Week. Here's our guide to tackling the city's craziest week like the in-crowd.

Where to be seen during Paris Fashion Week

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Paris' night scene is as diverse as the city's inhabitants, a place where you can begin your evening sipping cocktails at the Chez and ring in the dawn at Faust. Whether you're yearning to mingle with locals, be seen by the in-crowd or bunk down in a cosy café, we've found the place for you in night-time Paris.

Paris' best night spots

Unwind

L’Echappée urban spaL’Echappée urban spa

The frantic rush from show to show takes it's toll on even the most hardened fashionistas. If you're looking for some downtime then pop into one of these luxurious independent spas for a much needed recharge.

5 of the best day spas in Paris

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It can be tempting to forget your exercise routine while travelling, especially in a city like Paris where wine flows freely and baguettes are their own food group. If yoga is your thing then check our local recommendations, so you can enjoy those eclairs without guilt.

Where to do yoga in Paris

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Alternatively, if your feet are still in working order, get yourself away from the hustle and bustle to explore a more relaxed side of the city.

5 walks to remember in Paris

Something a bit different

weirdmuseumsMuseé des Arts Forains: courtesy of the Paris Tourist Office, photographer Daniel Thierry

As the home of the Louvre, Paris is well known for having an amazing collection of museums and art. But Paris has more to boast than the Mona Lisa. We searched the city for some of our favorite unusual Parisian museums, from magic to taxidermy. 

Paris' weird and wonderful museums

filmloversguideSarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, HBO

Movie fan or not, some of these spots, immortalised forever on celluloid (or something rather more digital these days) are definitely worth adding to your ‘must see’ list in Paris. From entire neighbourhoods like Amelie’s Montmartre to the chicest of hotels made famous in Sex & The City or the cosiest of bookshops, as we all know, Paris is packed with the most picturesque of places.

A film lover's guide to Paris

CabaretMoulin Rouge

Ever since the days of the Moulin Rouge, Paris has been associated with puffy skirts and fishnet stockings. Maybe its not what the Parisians choose to do on a Friday night, but if you love dancing and tradition, you can't miss the cabaret.

Cabaret in Paris: one hundred years of fun

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