Paris Expat Guide
Paris may not have London’s insatiable appetite for the new, but there’s still a hunger in the city for just-launched spots in which to wine, dine and shine. Packed with fabulous shops, hip bars and culinary gems, the Right Bank is still a playground for plucky young stylists and brilliant chefs. Whether you’re hitting the culture trail in the Marais or looking for the best snack in town, there’s bound to be something you missed on your last visit.
Here are five of our favourites.
Le katsu sando: Café Panache1, rue Geoffroy-Marie, 75009
As any Instagrammer worth their salt will know, the katsu sandwich is having a bit of a moment – and in-the-know Parisians head to Café Panache for their fix. The club sandwich here is a toasted masterpiece filled with omelette, red cabbage and golden-crumbed chicken. It’s the latest hit from the inspired Levha sisters, the culinary duo behind Le Servan and Double Dragon – both also worth a visit.
The blogger’s shop: Make My Lemonade61, quai de Valmy, 75010
DIY queen Lisa Gachet has made the tricky transition from blogosphere to bricks and mortar with aplomb. Unabashedly girly, her new shop sits on the ever-trendy Canal Saint-Martin. We love the Hollywood-glam changing rooms, but the veggie coffee shop, stripy jumpsuits and embroidered t-shirts are also right up our street. Crafty? Bag an easy-sew pattern with a retro vibe.
The bachelor pad: La Garçonnière47, rue des Archives, 75003
Newly moved in to expanded digs on rue des Archive, La Garçonnière is a one-stop shop for the dapper Parisien. Pick up Scandi holdalls, clever slogan jumpers, or oversized teddies for your mini-me. Linger in the deli corner, before a shave and a trim at the barber’s. The concept store also hosts seasonal pop-ups, whisky-tasting evenings… and spirited table-football matches.
The culture fix: Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
A temple to the candid photographer’s oeuvre, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson has joined the ranks of cultural hotspots in the Marais – the new locale has twice the exhibition space of the old HQ. Proceedings kick off with a retrospective of Martine Franck’s work, seven years in the making. Expect tender, sculptural work from the prolific photographer who was so much more than Henri’s wife.
The hotspot: Déviant39, rue des Petites Écuries, 75010
The tout-Paris rubs shoulders at this swish granite and marble joint, open right onto the street. It’s standing room-only, and you’ll need sharp elbows to make your way to the bar – but that’s all part of the fun. Wash down small plates (chickpea galette, scallop tartare) with a fine selection of natural wines, then party the night away at Hôtel Bourbon, handily at the same address.
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