Monday, February 8, 2016

PARIS - Travel Guide for Lolita / J-Fashion / Japan

Since I already visited Paris several times, I want to give you some tips on what you have to check out when you are in Paris! Here I present you shops, restaurants, cafés, events and museums which might be interesting for you.
(If you know an awesome place that I didn't mention here, please feel free to leave a comment, so I can add it to my list ^_^)

Last update: 29. January 2017


SHOPPING

Angelic Pretty
Description: Japanese Lolita brand for Sweet Lolita. If you see something interesting in the online store and are afraid that it might me sold out when you arrive, you can always write them an e-mail and ask them to reserve the item for you!

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 11:00 - 19:00

Adress: 3 rue St Roch, 75001 Paris

Metro stations:
Pyramides (M7, M10)
Opéra (M3, M7, M8)


Baby, the stars shine bright
Description: Japanese Lolita brand, mainly for Sweet, Classic and Gothic Lolita. If you see something interesting in the online store and are afraid that it might me sold out when you arrive, you can always write them an e-mail and ask them to reserve the item for you!

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 12:00 - 19:00

Adress: 72 avenue Ledru Rollin, 75012 Paris

Metro stations:
Ledru Rollin (M8)
Bastille (M1, M5, M8)

Website: http://babyparis.blog99.fc2.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paris.bssb


Manga Café V2
Description: Here you can find a real manga café like in Japan. You pay a fee per hour and then you can read as many mangas as you want, play with their PS2 and PS3 or use their arcade machines. They also have a Purikura machine and in their shop you can buy japanese sweets, Bento stuff, toys etc. However the shop is quite expensive.

Opening hours: 
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 - 22:00
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 - 23:00
Sunday, 10:00 - 20:00

Adress: 9 rue Primo Levi, 75013 Paris

Metro stations:
Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand (M14, RER C)

Website: http://www.mangacafe.fr/V2.php


Extra Life Café
Description: A very new manga café, opened in November 2015. You pay a fee per hour and then you can read as many mangas as you want, play games or use their arcade machines (they have Dance Dance Revolution). They also have an actual café were you can buy cakes and drinks.

Opening hours: 
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 - 22:00
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 - 23:00
Sunday, 10:00 - 20:00

Adress: 9 Passage des Patriarches, 75005 Paris

Metro stations:
Censier-Daubenton (M7)
Place Monge (M7)

Website: http://www.extralife-cafe.com/


Junku
Description: a japanese book store where you can buy all the Lolita and J-Fashion magazines, mooks and books. They also have cute stationary.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 20:00

Adress: 18 rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris

Metro stations:
Pyramides (M7, M10)

Website: https://www.junku.fr/fr/index.php


Discover Japan
Description: The old location of the Angelic Pretty & Putumayo Pop-up store. You can find here traditional japanese stuff from different designers. Check their Facebook page to find out their current stock.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 12:00 - 20:00

Adress: 12 rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 Paris

Metro stations:
Pyramides (M7, M10)
Opéra (M3, M7, M8)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/discoverjapanparis


Rue Keller
In this street, you can find a few stores which sell Manga items and J-Fashion. Here are some of them:

Adress: rue Keller, 75011 Paris

Metro stations:
Ledru Rollin (M8)
Bastille (M1, M5, M8)

Black Sugar
Description: They sell Cosplay outfits and accessories. But they also have a few j-fashion clothes, Ita dresses, Maid clothes, wigs and jewellery.

Opening hours: 
Monday - Friday, 13:00 - 19:00
Saturday, 11:00 - 19:30

Adress: 27 rue Keller

Website: http://www.mangasfantaisie.com/


Manga Neko
Description: They sell Manga goodies, Cosplay items and gothic fashion.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:30 - 19:30

Adress: 22 rue Keller

Website: n/a


Manga Toys
Description: They mainly sell Manga figures. Some items are 2nd hand, so you can grab some figures for a good price.

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday, 10:30 - 19:30
Saturday, 10:00 - 20:00

Adress: 11 rue Keller

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Manga-Toys-Paris-324203904267976/


Boulevard de Magenta
In this street, you will find many bride and groom shops for turkish(?) weddings. If you are looking for some crafting materials like glittery flowers, butterflies, feathers and similar stuff, you might find something here.

Adress: (127 - 168) Boulevard de Magenta, 75010 Paris

Metro stations:
Gare du Nord
Barbès-Rochechouart (M2, M4)

Disney store
If you like Disney, you have to check it out, but if you are just looking for cute accessoires, you won't find anything here (the Paris store is not like the ones in Japan). There is also a store at Lafayette.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday, 10:00 - 23:00

Adress: 44 avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris

Metro stations:
Franklin D. Roosevelt (M1, M9)

Website: http://www.disneystore.fr/


Closed Shops:
You might find some old shopping guides with shops that don't exist anymore. These are:
Axes Femme, guiq'chaq, Boddywood, Harajuku, Little Tokyo, Queens House, Book-off (with the japanese books), Putumayo Pop-up store


FOOD

Rue Sainte-Anne
Rue Saint-Anne is a long street with many japanese restaurants. You won't only find Sushi there but also many other traditional japanese dishes. Tap water is usually served for free, but if you are unsure, ask the staff. Here are some recommendations:

Adress: rue Saint-Anne, 75001 Paris

Metro stations:
Pyramides (M7, M14)
Opéra (M3, M7, M8)

Aki Boulanger
Description: A very delicious japanese bakery. Besides the usual melon pan, chocolat cornet and soba pan they also sell a variety of cakes, bentos and matcha drinks. Important: the bakery has 2 prices for all foods and drinks. If you want to eat at the bakery ("sur place"), it is more expensive than take-away ("à emporter"). Make sure you pay the right price, otherwise they can get a little angry.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 7:30 - 20:30

Adress: 16 rue Saint-Anne

Website: http://akiboulanger.com/


Sapporo / Kadoya
Description: Both restaurants offer nice menus, not only for lunch but also in the evening. For example: Tonkatsu (pork) with rice, a small salad and a miso soup for 12€. However if you are a vegetarian, the selection might be small.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 11:30 - 22:30
(not 100% sure, I have the feeling they are always open xD)

Adress: 37 / 28 rue Saint-Anne

Website: http://sapporo.fr/ / http://kadoya.fr/


Princess Crêpe
Description: A very cute café which sells authentic japanese crêpes. The owner of the café is also the owner of Btssb, so you will see a lot of cute Btssb decoration, and the waitresses even wear Btssb dresses and aprons! Important: the sauce of the crêpes is dripping A LOT! Many Lolitas already had many accidents, so I recommend to eat the crêpes very carefully and to ask for extra paper tissues! Despite the dangerous sauce, the crêpes are very delicious.

Opening hours: 
Tuesday - Wednesday & Friday - Sunday, 13:00 - 19:00
Monday & Thurday closed

Adress: 3 rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris

Metro stations:
St-Paul (M1)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/princesscrepe/


Kawaii Café
Description: A small restaurant and cocktailbar. They offer a few burgers, ramen, finger food and a bigger selection of cocktails. They also have several events like karaoke nights, game nights, movie nights and small concerts. Check their website for announcements.

Opening hours: 
Monday - Friday, 16:30 - 02:00
Saturday, 13:00 - 02:00

Adress: 20 rue de Nemours, 75011 Paris

Metro stations:
Paramentier (M3)
République (M3, M5, M8, M9, M11)

Website: http://www.kawaiicafe.fr/


Ladurée
Description: One of the most famous cafés in the world with the best macarons in the world. It is pricey but still worth a visit if you love fancy cakes and bisquits. (They have several shops and cafés in Paris, but I only list the most popular one. Check their website for the other shops.)

Opening hours:
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 - 20:00
Sunday, 10:00 - 19:00

Adress: 16-18 rue Royale, 75008 Paris

Metro stations:
Concorde (M1, M8, M12)
Madeleine (M8, M12, M14)

Website: https://www.laduree.com/


Planet Sushi
Description: A sushi restaurant which also sells Nutella sushi and other sweet sushis. I personally didn't liked it but some of my friends love it to death, so if you are open to new experiences, I would give it a try.

(They have many restaurants in Paris, check their website for the adresses.)

Website: http://www.planetsushi.fr/


Chinatown
Paris has a Chinatown ("quatier asiatique" in french), where you can find many chinese, vietnamese and thai restaurants and supermarkets.

Adress: avenue de Choisy & avenue d'Ivry

Metro stations:
Porte de Choisy (M7)
Porte d'Ivry (M7)

Patisserie de Choisy
Description: This small chinese bakery sells the traditional super fluffy bisquit cakes in all variations. They are so fluffy you think you would bite in a cloud. You can also buy other chinese food there.

Opening hours:
Monday, 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 19:00
Tuesday & Sunday closed

Adress: 62 avenue de Choisy

Yelp: http://www.yelp.fr/biz/p%C3%A2tisserie-de-choisy-paris-2



EVENTS

An important date is the first weekend in July, where the annual Japan Expo takes place. Around this date, several other events are also organized, especially for Lolita. Here are some events which might happen, however they might not be organized every year. Please check the websites for announcements.

Japan Expo
The biggest japan-related convention in Europe. They have a nice shopping area with many j-fashion indie brands and also offer fashion shows from japanese brands. Sometimes you can also meet famous Lolita models there, especially at the NHK Kawaii International booth.

Website: http://www.japan-expo-paris.com/en/

Baby, the stars shine bright - Tea Party
Usually announced on a very short notice (4-6 weeks before it happens). Also the day varies every year, usually between Friday - Monday.

Website: http://babyparis.blog99.fc2.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paris.bssb/

Angelic Pretty - Tea Party
Usually announced on a very short notice (4-6 weeks before it happens). Also the day varies every year, usually between Friday - Monday.

Website: http://www.angelicpretty.com/

Lolita Convention or Tea Party by RDRR
RDRR is the french Lolita association. They organize events with japanese guests, japanese brands and indie brands.

Website: http://rougedentelleroseruban.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lempire.desdentelles

Lolita Event or Tea Party by French Café
French Café is a french community, mainly based in Paris.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1421163041468650/

Angelic Pretty & Putumayo pop-up store
Website (Angelic Pretty): http://www.angelicpretty.com/
Website (Putumayo): http://putumayo-home.com/

Events that take place at other times of the year:

Baby, the stars shine bright - Winter Tea Party
Usually in February.

Events by RDRR
All year round, also in different cities of France.


MUSEUMS

Musée des Arts Forains
Description: A museum about antique funfair objects, like old carousels and stuff. The best thing is you can even play with the machines and ride the carousels! The entry is quite expensive and you can only visit it with a guided tour, which is in french. However if you are a lager group, you can try to request an english tour in advance.

Opening hours: You have to book a tour on their website before you visit.
However during Christmas (December) and European Heritage Days (September) you can visit it for cheaper and without a tour, but you cannot try as many machines and carousels.

Entry fee: 16€

Adress: 53 avenue des Terroirs de France,  75012 Paris

Metro stations: 
Cour Saint-Émilion (M14)

Website: http://www.arts-forains.com/


ENTERTAINMENT

Disneyland
Description: Who does not love Disnayland?! However be aware that you cannot wear crazy Lolita outfits in Disneyland, because they might not let you in. Check this guide to choose an appropiate outfit: http://kirakirashoujo.blogspot.de/2015/02/a-guide-to-lolita-disneybounding.html

Entry fee: 47€ and more

Access: 35 min by train from Paris

Website: http://www.disneylandparis.com/

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