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Boho Breaks: Paris

Paris Fashion Week has arrived and with it comes a whirlwind of fashion shows, happening, parties, and dinners. For those fashionistas with slightly more bohemian taste, we have scoured the city to find some zen places for you to escape to.

Paris Fashion Week has arrived and with it comes a whirlwind of fashion shows, happening, parties, and dinners. For those fashionistas with slightly more bohemian taste, we have scoured the city to find some zen places for you to escape to.

 

Paris Fashion Week Boho Breaks Guide

 

 

Antik Batik

Born with the bohemian spirit in her blood, Antik Batik designer Gabriella Cortese has traveled the world and back in search of beauty, art and adventure. Her intense travels led her through Asia, in Bali and Tibet, in India, Morocco and through South America. Having discovered her talent as a designer and her ability to filter her diverse, global inspirations into beautiful clothing and accessories, she decided to create her company, Antik Batik in 1992. Over twenty years later, Antik Batik is like a love letter to kindred bohemian spirits everywhere. Her shop in Le Marais district of Paris displays her coveted hand embroidered and beaded dresses, peasant blouses, soft printed trousers in her trademark batiks. This is a true hippie-haven, so restraint will be necessary. 
 
 
Antik Batik
Address: 18, Rue de Turenne, Marais 75004
Phone: 01 44 78 02 00
 
 
 
 
 
Merci Merci
A trip to Paris for business or pleasure requires a visit to the Merci Merci store. Opened in 2009, its creators Marie-France and Bernard Cohen, founders of Bonpoint, decided to give shoppers something a little different. Set in a large, open-air, warehouse-style space, Merci Merci offers a unique mix of art and commerce -- their themes and displays are fabulous. The easy, industrial yet shabby-chic boutique offers an interesting mix of women?s and men?s fashion, home goods, objects, stationery, beauty, and accessories, as well as three eateries -- should you require a little sustenance. Check the designer roster and you will find plenty of new, under the radar talents instead of the usual suspects. We love Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer?s boho-inspired jewelry collection of delicate tassel earrings, necklaces, and bracelets for 5 Octobre, as well as Merci Merci?s own brand which offers easy separates and accessories that are the building blocks of every cool girl?s wardrobe. Proceeds from the shop fund an educational endowment for the south-west region of Madagascar. Shopping with a heart. Merci, Merci!
 
Merci Merci
Address: 111, Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
Phone: +33 1 42 77 00 33
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
Hammam Pacha
Paris: the finale in a world-wind tour of cities, shows, and parties. Before you head home, refresh your body and mind with a quiet trip to the beautiful Hammam Pacha in the Left Bank. An exotic yet modern-Moroccan environment, the Hammam offers the classic, traditional experience in a series of rituals that cleanse, steam, massage, rest, and nourish the body. We suggest their Beauty Package (no appointment necessary) which treats you to a well-deserved black soap and hammam glove exfoliation and massage, finishing it all off with a satisfying, healthy meal. We also can?t resist the Oriental Epilation, which combines the unpleasant business of hair removal with caramel, sugar and lemon. You will be delicious inside and out.
 
 
Hammam Pacha
Address: 17, Rue Mayet, 75006
Phone: +33 1 48 29 19 66
 
 
 
 
Sabbia Rosa
Monette Bismuth changed the face of lingerie 30 years ago when she launched Sabbia Rosa. This highly coveted collection of silk slips and undergarments has a huge celebrity following including Madonna, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Nicole Kidman. We love this lingerie for its wearability. Delicious colored slips double as slip dresses, the camisoles are the perfect luxe-bohemian answer to a basic cotton tank. Just slide one under an oversized cardigan and pair with some delicate jewelry. Once you?ve indulged in Sabbia Rosa lingerie, your plain cotton undies will never look quite as good.
 
 
Sabbia Rosa
Address: 73 Rue des Saints-Peres, 75006
Phone: +33 1 45 48 88 37
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
L'Oeil Du Silence
In the Montmarte district of Paris lives the eclectic local book and music store L?Oeil du Silence. A wonderful place to hang out and discover the diverse selection of hard to find music and books, this is one of those unique shops that is off the beaten track and serves up loads of Parisian atmosphere alongside old pin-up posters of Betty Boop and Betty Grable.  You?ll find experimental music, vintage record albums, first editions on art, film and culture, plenty of used and discounted books, as well as small art exhibitions that regularly take up space on the shop walls. 
 
L?Oeil du Silence
Address: 91, rue des Martyrs
Phone: +33 1 42 64 45 40
 
 
 
 
Take a boho-stroll through... 
 
Porte De Vanves Flea Market
The Puce Vanves began back in the 1920?s and is still going strong as one of the best Paris flea markets to visit. Stroll the streets where you will find table after table of interesting, eclectic goods. The Puce Vanves has everything from the furniture you crave to vintage Hermes bags. Treat yourself to a stroll through the odd bits and bobs, vintage clothing, paintings, books, old jewelry, toys, furniture, and global collectibles. Happy hunting!
 
Puce Vanves
Address: Located at Avenue Marc Sangnier & Avenue Georges Lafenstre 14th 
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
 
 
In the City of Light, gather up your boho-booty in one of Joli?s embroidered Market Shree Bags, the perfect travel companion for holding all your new treasures.
 
 
 
What to Wear
Top left: Muzungu Sisters Black Sandra Bolero, then clockwise: From The Road Maribel Black Crochet Cap, Moon River Turquoise Radhika Earrings, The Base Project Herero Headdress Bracelet