LES SOLDES: Everything You Need To Know About the Sale in Paris

 

 

Les Soldes” are a 5-week long sale periods held twice a year, once in the summer (end of June) and in the winter (early January) in France. The bi-annual sale brings madness and frenzy into the city of Paris, as department stores, boutiques, and outlets clear out items from the previous season. If you are in France during this period, here are some tips for you to take advantage of the sales:


DATES FOR 2019: JANUARY 9 ~ FEBRUARY 19

 

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1. LEADING UP TO THE SALES
 Few days prior to the official sale period, most stores (both on/off-line) will start the so-called “private sales” where you will be able to get a head start on your sale shopping. Make sure to sign up for an account prior to this period as these private sales are open to members only.

 

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2. EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM
 It’s highly likely that the first day of sale will have the greatest selections in stock. I suggest going on the first few days of the sale to do some scanning and research – see the availabilities, but wait it out because…

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3. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
 Shops have several price markdowns and gradually slash prices over the course of the sales period. I remember my IRO coat on sale at -20%, but after the second markdown, I was able to get it at -30%.

 

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4. READ CAREFULLY
Some items bought during the sale periods are sometimes final sale and are not refundable/exchangeable.

 

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5. DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF TO CLOTHES
Even the neighborhood small boutiques will have some sort of promotion going on, whether it’s home goods, electronics, or even vintage!

 

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6. KNOW WHEN TO SPLURGE
 It’s easy to get wrapped up during these crazy sale periods, but shop smart by knowing when to splurge. Just because it seems as if everyone is shopping and getting good deals left and right, does not mean you have to and it is OK not to buy anything.

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+ Here are some of the brands I always check out during these sale seasons:

* A.P.C.
Maison Kitsune
* Sandro
* IRO
* Repetto

 

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Stay in Paris: Terrass Hotel

 

 

 

 

First opened in 1911, Terrass Hotel is a historic hotel situated in the vibrant district of Montmartre.

 

 

 

 

 

The 85 rooms and 7 suites have all been re-designed with contemporary elements, taking inspirations from the spirit of artistic Montmartre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hotel’s airy location on top of Montmartre allows guests to enjoy views over Paris from most of their rooms, some with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.

 

 

 

On the 7th floor of the hotel is the beautiful rooftop restaurant + bar with a boasting panoramic views over Paris.

 

 

 

The leather and wooden decor creates an industrial chic feel, where the atmosphere is reminiscent of a bustling Parisian bistro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERRASS HOTEL (@terrasshotel)
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

Stay in Paris: Hotel Lutetia

 

 

 

First opened in 1910, the iconic Hotel Lutetia has finally opened its doors again after 4 years of major refurbishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built by the founders of Le Bon Marche, the famous Parisian department store just a few steps away, Hotel Lutetia has not only been known to play a major role during World War II, it has welcomed guests like Pablo Picasso, Charles DeGaulle, Peggy Guggenheim, to name a few.

 

 

 

Now the iconic landmark has been carefully and beautifully renovated with contemporary details, while preserving the heritage and the spirit of the historic building.

 

 

 

 

With 184 rooms, Hotel Lutetia offers a variety of room types depending on your needs and tastes; Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite, One-Bedroom Suite, some offering a balcony with a view of Saint-Germain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With numerous dining options, it is safe to say that Hotel Lutetia takes gastronomy quite seriously.

Intimate and refined, Le Saint Germain offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner under the historic glass roof.

 

 

 

 

Al-fresco dining is also available in the new art deco patio.

 

 

 

 

 

Peaceful and ethereal, L’Orangerie is a beautiful space for breakfast and brunch on weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tribute to Joséphine Baker, Bar Josephine is a modern bar combining historical heritage and contemporary aesthetics. In a beautiful jazz-setting, the bar offers scrumptious cuisine ranging from sushi rolls and bao buns to langoustines and caviar. The drinks menu also takes you on a whirlwind tour of the world by offering a variety of drinks from all over the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, the famous Brasserie Lutetia will return at the end of the year with the 3 Michelin starred chef Gérald Passedat. 

 

 

 

 

 

Downstairs at Hotel Lutetia lies a holistic haven. Embodying the Indian philosophy of Akasha, which is based on four elements (air, water, fire, earth), Lutetia provides tranquility in all areas of its Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center — pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, treatment and fitness rooms. 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Hotel Lutetia for the incredible stay and making my experience truly a memorable one..

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Lutetia (@hotellutetia)
45 Boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay in Paris: Nolinski

 

 

Nolinski is a 5-star luxury hotel situated just moments away from the beautiful Parisian landmarks such as the Opera, Louvre, and Palais Royal. Through the main entrance on the bustling Avenue de l’Opera lies the enchanting atmosphere of Nolinski, almost as if entering a whole new world.. 

 

 

 

 

Bright and luminous, the rooms and suites at Nolinski are stylishly decorated with contemporary artworks and custom-made furnitures and is the epitome of Parisian elegance. While each and every room offers its own color scheme and unique experience, they all have one thing in common: a special sense of indulgence and serenity. 

 

 

 

 

The Brasserie Rejane at Nolinski offers a traditional French brasserie experience with a modern twist in a sophisticated setting for whatever the occasion: a classic Parisian breakfast, business lunch, or a post-theatre dinner.

 

 

 

 

The wide menu offers plenty of options to choose from; ranging from fresh seafood and meat plates to Parisian specialties of stewed dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

With its swivel velvet armchairs and bronze fireplace, the Grand Salon is definitely my favorite area at Nolinski. The attention to detail is to be appreciated here in this room; from the spicy and musk scent and the blue and emerald green hues, to the precious velvet and tweed materials used in the custom-made furnitures and furnishings. They all harmoniously work together to exude an intimate atmosphere while providing secluded comfort..

 

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Nolinski Paris (@nolinskiparis)
16 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

Eat in Paris: Poké Bar

 

 

 

Coming from New York, I was in dire need of searching for the best poké here in Paris.
After trying almost every poké spots, I have finally found my favorite: Poké Bar.

 

 

 

 

With 3 locations in the city (and expanding), Poké Bar Paris provides excellent poké bowls with the freshest ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can choose from the signature menus, or even create your own bowl.

 

 

 

The menu ranges from classic options such as salmon and tuna to seasonal ones like daurade and even offers vegetarian options, such as tofu.

 

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My go-to is the Salmon Oahu, where all of the ingredients work together to create refreshing flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poke Bar Paris (@parispokebar)
OPERA: 24 Rue du 4 Septembre, 75002 Paris
MADELEINE: 3 Rue Vignon, 75008 Paris
LAFAYETTE: 60 Rue de Provence, 75009 Paris

 

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Eat in Paris: Klay Saint-Sauveur

 

 

Klay Saint-Sauveur is a restaurant-bar (and also a sports club) located in a quiet street in a bustling Montorgueil district.

 

 

 

 

In the inner patio, the ambiance is tropical and welcoming with beautiful plants and greens.

 

 

 

 

 

The menu offers light dishes such as salads, superbowls, and eggs, as well as main dishes like meat, fish, and vegetables.

 

 

 

 

We opted for the Klay’s Caesar Salad, Avocado Toast, and Raspberry Quinoa Superbowl.

 

 

 

 

 

My personal favorite was the avocado toast, which came with crabmeat.

 

 

 

 

For dessert, we decided to share the Mango & Coconut Pavlova, which is a meringue-based dessert, and quickly after our first few bites we regretted ordering just one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klay Saint-Sauveur (@klaysaintsauveur)
4 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

 

 

 

 

 

Eat in Paris: Restaurant Anne

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Anne is a newly opened restaurant at the beautiful Le Pavillon de la Reine.

 

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We sat down in the stunning courtyard under the sun..

 

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We opted for the tasting menu, which consisted of
– Lightly Cooked Langoustines
– Filet of Sole Meunière
– Roast Palette du Béarn
– Lemon Bontemps 

as well as some a la carte dishes…

Click HERE to see the full menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrées  Foie Gras / Langoustines

The Langoustines were light and refreshing, perfectly preparing me for the next course..

 

 

 

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Plats Filet of Sole Meunière / Roast Palette du Béarn / Saddle of Lamb with Estragon

The Roast Palette was scrumptious with its flavorful glaze, but my favorite was surprisingly the Saddle of Lamb, as I am not usually a big fan of lamb in general. It was perfect cooked, and the gnocchis were the most wonderful companion.

 

 

 

 

Desserts  Gariguette Strawberries / Lemon Bontemps

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Anne (@pavillon_de_la_reine)
28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

 

 

 

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