32, Stylist, Designer & Consultant, Paris - France
Paris, the city of lovers…in every possible sense! Lovers of art, lovers of style and of course, lovers of good food. Beyond the glamor of the Champs-Élysées, beyond the glitter of the Eiffel Tower and beyond the crowds backed up around the block from Notre Dame, there is a whole new world of creative quirkiness lurking in the shadows. Who better to guide you through Paris than the emerging stylist, designer and consultant, Josia.N?
Brasserie "Aux Folies Belleville" is open from 7am to 2am and yet I can’t seem to decide which of those 19 hours I best like to spend at this typical Parisian place. The former cabaret in the 20th arrondissement is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for meetings in between on the cozy terrace or to spend some quality time during the nights with friends.
- Monday-Sunday 7.00am-2.00am
A true alliance between creativity, art and decoration, L’Encrerie is the creation of two men: Leo Gavaggio and Jeremy Talaud. And even if you’d never in your wildest dreams contemplate getting a tattoo, you might think otherwise after catching a glimpse of this pair’s work. Furthermore you can also find plenty of garments and other merchandise on sale that capture the spirit of the brand.
- By appointment only .
One of my favorite hangouts, this independent record store has been spinning at both 33- and 45-rpm vinyl records since 2005. Thanks to an incredible standing collection and regular new arrivals, customers are always satisfied. The joint’s founder, Slimene, loves to share his obsession with music and will play you a snippet of something you’ve never heard before.
- Tuesday-Saturday 2.00pm-8.00pm
A true oasis, right in the middle of the 18th arrondissement. This new cultural center has transformed the former Ornano train station into a haven for organically-minded diners and environmentally-conscious consumers. A place to share, come together and celebrate life, founded on the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Monday-Wednesday 7.00am-12.00am
- Thursday 7.00am-1.00am
- Friday-Saturday 7.00am-2.00am
- Sunday 7.00am-10.00pm
Broken Arm is a new Parisian concept store founded by three friends, all interested in fashion and trends. With its vintage and colorful decoration, the store offers a varied selection of wonderful creations from both well-established brands and up-and-coming young designers.
- Tuesday-Saturday (cafe) 9.00am-6.00pm
- Tuesday-Saturday (store) 11.00am-7.00pm
Another Parisian concept store that needs no introduction! Colette is famous for giving full support to emerging artists, it is right on the cutting edge of fashion and design, offering extremely limited edition items.
- Monday-Saturday 11.00am-7.00pm
A place that understands how to put a face to fashion! La Shaperie is a cross between a barbershop, hairdresser and an optician. Founders Jeremy Taltaud & Hedi Hamdi, will help you to find your perfect look, matching everything from your (facial) hair to your eyeglasses to your headwear and other accessories.
- Monday-Saturday 11.00am-8.00pm
If you adore Kitsuné as much as I do, it’s gonna be love at first sight when you walk into Café Kitsuné. Besides offering an exclusive selection of the label’s compilations and accessories, this energetic yet cozy place offers a great selection of teas, coffee and juices to go with the gluten-free cakes prepared by the Noglu restaurant.
- Monday-Friday 9.30am-6.00pm
- Saturday-Sunday 10am-6.30pm
La Fête des Tuileries is an annual summer fair that transforms the famous Tuileries gardens into a mad mix of colorful sights, culinary delights, and of course flashing lights. You can come here for the incredible views from the Ferris wheel, or to learn how to scream in French aboard the Ghost Train. But I admit, as a food lover I am mostly attracted by the traditional fairground goodies like waffles, toffee apples and candyfloss.
- Monday-Sunday 7.00am-9.30pm
To all music lovers out there, I strongly recommend to go to La Cité de la Musique. All types of music are promoted here in the annual program as well as in the various festivals they organize. Each season a theme is chosen by the French Ministry of Culture that leans close to current concerns.
- Tuesday-Friday 12.00pm-6.00pm
- Saturday-Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm
Centre Pompidou, Centre Beaubourg or simply Beaubourg is more than just a library, museum, exhibition space, theater or concert hall. It is the living, breathing, beating heart of contemporary Paris. Make sure to go to the top for a breath taking view over the impressive romantic capital.
- Monday 11.00am-10.00pm
- Wednesday-Sunday 11.00am-10.00pm
Coquette covers any and every possible intolerance under the skillful, creative and slightly humorous direction of head chef, Julien Gasperi. It’s also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t be surprised to see me here at any hour of the day, on any day of the week.
- Monday-Sunday 7.00am-11.00pm
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Photography by Romain Ro