Saint Germain des Pres, Latin Quarter, Chinatown
The girls from Rosa Bonheur have opened their second outpost and word is spreading quickly because Paris. But this ideal outdoor venue on the banks of the Seine is attracting a decidedly different crowd to the hillside hipsters who populate the original: the after-work corporates [forehead → table]. If, for any reason, you’re not so keen to wait in the endless drinks-line and be forced to talk about shares/the hot new secretary, come here at around 5pm for a relaxed apero on the wooden benches and actually enjoy yourself. The tapas menu offers charcuterie, cheeses, and terrines, and whilst it’s not as cheep and cheerful as we’re used to from Rosa Bonheur, the view of the Pont Alexandre and Grand Palais leaves nothing to complain about. It’s also one of the loveliest summer spots for a morning coffee and viennoiserie.
Grazie mille, Italy. Paris is indebted to you for two very good-looking, very identical reasons. If you don’t know who Adrien et Anthony « Les Jumeaux » are, it probably means you don’t get out much.
Born and raised in France to Italian parents, the dynamic frèros have carved an impressive empire out of Parisian nightlife, by combining their DJ skills, hardcore networking, two matching sets of creative eyes and a natural ability to organize soirées that bring together the city’s hottest men and women who you don’t otherwise get the opportunity to come across during the daylight hours.
If you’re looking for something new to chew on in the Paris pastry scene, your sweet tooth is in luck. Or at least it will be after a visit to the recently opened Maison du Chou, Paris’s new left-bank address for fans of the cream-filled gourmandises.
One bite into these crumbly, moist, succulent puffs that are prepared-to-order in front of your eyes, and you’ll be saying « Ladur-was » and « Pierre has-been » before you’ve even swallowed.
Over the past few months, BWGH has consolidated his place among the Parisian avant-garde brands. We could meet them a few months ago at the « Don’t Believe the Hype » fashion fair. These days, they opened their first pop-up store, ideally located in la Cité de la Mode between the French fashion institute (IFM) and the Wanderlust.
Maki with attitude and waitresses without, this is definitely a first for Paris. And so it is at Blueberry – the snazzy ‘imaginative maki’ restaurant that opened its Saint-Germain doors in April.
After a number of rather unpleasant experiences involving smoked salmon, cream cheese and sweet soy sauce, my tryst with souped-up sushi in Paris was almost at an end. But Blueberry has restored my confidence – the maki is creative, original and most importantly, totally divine.
It’s a rare enough occurrence, but as for Melinda Gloss a few weeks ago, another of our all time favorite Parisian brands is opening a new shop on the left bank ! Surface to Air is known for the quality of its clothes, its multiple collaborations with cult hipster artists like Justice, Kid Cudi, Leigh Lezark, and Kim Gordon, and its activity as a creative agency for brands including Givenchy.
If you’re going to indulge in some diet-crashing treats in Paris, it’s worth seeking out the good ones. And if you’re a breakfast junkie, you’ll find that and more at Colorova, a promising newcomer with a modern take on the pastry/ salon de thé scene, tucked away in a quiet street of Saint Germain des Prés.