Start the new year in style with our guide to the best things to see and do in the French capital this January. This month marks the return of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and the city streets will be filled with editors, bloggers and influencers showcasing the biggest fashion trends. Paris’s famous Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle) gets another top store this month from Philipp Plein while the winter sales offer big discounts from designer and high-street brands.
6 January: Try galette des rois
If you are in Paris this January make sure you try the classic galette des rois king cake. A traditional French delicacy, the cake is traditionally baked for Epiphany on 6 January and is eaten all month long. Made with pastry and almond cream, this is a perfect January treat and a must on any visit to the top patisseries in the city.
10 January: Winter sales
The city’s famous winter sales begin on the 10 January and are the ultimate place to pick up some top designer buys at discounted rates. From leading department stores and big brands to unique boutiques offering exclusive Parisian labels, virtually all the stores in Paris take part to some extent, making it one of the best, not to mention busiest, shopping times of the year.
22 January: Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
One of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the fashion calendar, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runs from 22 to 25 January this year. Top couture houses such as Chanel and Dior will showcase their striking collections to some of the world’s most influential fashion writers, bloggers and editors. The streets around the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées and Palais de Tokyo will be transformed into catwalks in their own right, with the very best street-style fashion on display.
Philipp Plein opening
The Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle) is one of the best places to head for designer shopping and now the prestigious area has another top store. The new Philipp Plein boutique is located on avenue George V and will offer the brand’s signature black and rhinestone aesthetic. Customers will be able to shop the label’s collection and state-of-the-art screens will show previous catwalk shows.
Philipp Plein, 44 avenue George V, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4720 0237
Hotel des Grands Boulevards
The Experimental Cocktail Group is behind some of the coolest boutique hotels in Paris and this month it opens its third property, Hotel des Grands Boulevards. Located in the second arrondissement, the hotel is accessed by a secret passageway and is perfect for those looking for a romantic hotel in the city. With décor inspired by France in the late 18th century, the hotel is incredibly chic and the restaurant and terrace bar have everything you need for a perfect night in.
Hotel des Grands Boulevards, 17 boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris
Le Sirenuse takes over the Ritz Paris
The Ritz Paris is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and it is also highly acclaimed for its fine dining. This January, Ritz Paris welcomes chef Gennaro Russo from Le Sirenuse, the celebrated Positano hotel and restaurant on Italy’s Amalfi cost. For the perfect special occasion, dine at one of the most iconic hotels in Paris while sampling the talents of this world-renowned chef.