Paris. A city I always loved for its vibe, its diversity, for its complex art scene, its cinemas, for its bars and cafés, its architecture, its gardens, and for its freedom. I visited the city regularly since I was a teenager, and I saw it evolve through the years (or maybe it was me?) for the best but also for the worst sometimes. What is certain though, is that Paris is never boring and that simply strolling around its streets with no particular goal is all you need to do to experience the city and live like a local for few days.
When I was younger I always used to stay in the 5th arrondissement just between la Sorbonne and les Jardins du Luxembourg, it was a perfect location not too far from le Quartier Latin and all its little cinemas. There I saw some classics like Morte a Venezia or Bande à Part on big screens (I was very much into cinema back then and was literally spending my life watching movies thinking that one day I would try my luck and enter a film school), walked around the city for hours to visit museums, and ate a lot of bad Chinese food. In the more recent years I mainly stayed in le Marais, and recently discovered more deeply the 10th arrondissement, Pigalle, and the Strasbourg Saint Denis area which I really like because it’s super lively, it doesn’t feel fake or staged like some neighborhoods in Paris which are there just to appeal to tourists (not a critic, it’s the same in London).
Sharing with you all my favourite spots in Paris would be a bit crazy because there is too many, so I mixed up some of my go to art, coffee/food/, shopping places. Hope you like it!
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Les Deux Plateaux (les colonnes de Buren at Le Palais-Royal)
And of course art galleries like Almine Rech, Yvon Lambert (visit also the bookshop), Thaddaeus Ropac, Marian Goodman, Kamel Mennour, Perrotin, or Galerie Jocelyn Wolf.
C O F F E E
But also Umami for a delicious matcha, Hotel Grand Amour for the decor (not the coffee), and Café Loustic.
O T H E R
Reading at Les Jardins du Luxembourg
Eating vegan at Hank
Watching films at Le Champo
Shopping at Merci or at Empreintes
Apéro at Le Progrès
Eating pasta at L’Osteria dell’Anima
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