An Insider’s Guide Along the Seine River
Ready for a date with the City of Light? Our travel experts handpicked a few off-the-beaten-track spots in Paris for you to discover this autumn. Hop on a boat, ride a bike, or simply take a casual walk like a true flâneur, and let the Seine River take you on a journey filled with fashion, history, art, and culinary delights.
FIRST STOP: FLUCTUART URBAN ART CENTER
The Seine is not only dotted with many historical landmarks and museums on both sides but also brimming with life and energy. Docked at the foot of Pont des Invalides, the Fluctuart Urban Art Center is a floating art gallery that showcases pioneering street art against the breathtaking backdrop of the river. It has become a trendy spot for Parisian art lovers to hang out since its opening in 2019. Don’t forget to check out the 9-meter-long rooftop bar, where you can enjoy a break with gourmet bites and innovative cocktails in the mesmerizing autumn breeze.
Decorate your phone with a statement "coque" (phone case in French) from La Coque Française and capture your beautiful moments in Paris. The brand offers different capsule collections in collaboration with fashion creators. With over 100 models of jewelry chains and ring cases to choose from, you'll easily find the perfect one that complements your unique style.
Address: 2 Port du Gros Caillou, 75007
Opening hours: Summer (until Oct 28), daily from 12 pm till late;
Winter: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 pm - 1 am
SECOND STOP: MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS
Go east along the left bank from Pont des Invalides, and take your time to admire famous monuments on the way such as Palais Bourbon and Musée d'Orsay. Cross the river at Pont des Arts and get ready for an immersion into the world of French fashion.
Quietly sitting next to the tourist-packed Louvre Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a must-visit for global fashion enthusiasts. In anticipation of the 2024 Olympic Games, the museum presents a major exhibition that highlights the remarkable connection between sport and fashion, spanning eras from the past to the present. Be dazzled by over 450 pieces of sportswear, accessories, and artworks from esteemed fashion names like Jean Patou, Gabrielle Chanel, and Elsa Schiaparelli.
Address: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
THIRD STOP: LA SAMARITAINE
Only 300 meters east from the Louvre, Samaritaine, the splendid new department store adjacent to Pont Neuf, is an ultimate shopping haven that houses over 600 iconic and avant-garde brands, along with Europe's largest beauty space.
Its reopening in 2021 after years of restoration was a grand event for the country that transcended mere retail. Standing at the heart of Paris, Samaritaine unveils a stunning revival of its iconic Art Nouveau architecture, featuring intricate mosaic façades, floral motifs, and a grand glass canopy—an exquisite treat for both history buffs and fashion aficionados.
Delve into the brilliant mind of Virgil Abloh with Assouline’s "Louis Vuitton Virgil," the first book on the visionary designer since his passing in 2021. Browsing through over 250 images and personal anecdotes from the late designer's inner circle, you'll bear witness to how his boundary-breaking creativity forever changed the course of fashion history.
Bring a piece of Paris home with you. Samaritaine offers an extensive selection of exclusive items that will enhance your trip and make it even more unforgettable.
MORE TO DISCOVER:
Little Croissant, Jellycat
Set of 3 Chocolate Tabs, Le Chocolat des Français
Eiffel Tower Music Box, Wooderful Life
Candle Samaritaine, Private Label
Address: 9 Rue de la Monnaie, 75001
Opening hours: Daily 10 am - 8 pm