City Insiders: A Guided Tour of Paris [Part 1] by Cem Cinar, Commercial Director of Y/Project

SEPTEMBER 2014

Will you be in Paris for the Fashion Week?

Y/Project Commercial Director, Cem Cinar, has all the details on what you must do and what you must see when in town:


"Before exploring the city, I would like to present myself: My name is Cem, and Cem has many pronunciations. Pick one. I currently work as a Commercial Directorin Paris, while I am also a Designer producing art projects from time to time.

At first, my knowledge of Paris did not stretch any further than the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees and back. Having arrived here from the Netherlands five years ago with a big suitcase and much bigger dreams, I located myself in a tiny studio on Rue d' Aumale. The discovery of new and exciting spots has not ended since.

Paris is irresistible, and we know it, we feel it. It's the center of the world. Art! Fashion! Theatre! Galleries! Books! Antiques! Bistro's! Cafés! And the list goes on...

Spending time alone in Paris is so easy. Whether it is in a bar, a restaurant or even a night club, not many Parisians fear of doing it all solo. I have travelled alone quite extensively and in no other place have I been more comfortable lunching or simply having a coffee by myself as I am in Paris!

You might already have felt it during one of your visits - Paris is a city that involves a million different vibes. All of them very easy to discover one after the other, around the corners, a few blocks away… Best done by foot!

Starting from the 9th Arrondissement which includes the beautiful and lively Pigalle area, you can explore the street to find a bit of everything. Stroll around to discover the notorious “sleaze” still very present at the foot of Montmartre, the cute cafés on Rue des Martyrs and the group of neoclassical streets called 'Nouvelle Athènes'.

La Maison Mere

Starting from the 9th Arrondissement which includes the beautiful and lively Pigalle area, you can explore the street to find a bit of everything. Stroll around to discover the notorious “sleaze” still very present at the foot of Montmartre, the cute cafés on Rue des Martyrs and the group of neoclassical streets called 'Nouvelle Athènes'.

Make a pit-stop for dinner or lunch at the cozy spot offering comfort food galore, called “La Maison Mere” - the Mother’s House - and –trust me- it certainly feels like it.
Tip: Try to make a reservation for the communal table on the second floor; it does not take too many wines before you start picking up and participating in conversations of the company nearby.

4 Rue de Navarin
75009 Paris
http://lamaisonmere.fr/

Musee Gustave Moreau

If you find yourself in the area, don’t forget to pay a visit to the discreet yet beautiful museum of Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, which combines the small private apartment of the painter with the vast gallery he built to display his work - set out as a museum by the painter himself, and opened in 1903.

14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld
75009 Paris
http://www.musee-moreau.fr/

La Machine du Moulin Rouge

If you get caught in the area during the evening, the place to be for some serious fun is La Machine du Mulin Rouge, the sister-club of the famous next-door cabaret. With space for eight hundred people, the 3-floor venue plays host to some of Paris’ swankiest parties and hottest bands, not to mention the high-energy DJ sets and dancing till dawn.

90 Boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris
http://www.lamachinedumoulinrouge.com/en


Le Fumoir

Eat & drink comfortably while enjoying a distinct environment. Considering the high number of tourists around the 1st Arrondissement (L’Opera), I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is not a tourist trap. On the contrary, it gives out the right Paris feeling. Do not hesitate to go in past dinner time for a B52 shot, or two.

6, Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny
lefumoir.com/


When it comes to more food and drinks, the true center of it all to me is Le Marais, spread across the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements. The vibe here is quirkier as the area is well-known for its eclectic shops, endless café-windows and open-minded gay life. To me, the street that does it better than the rest, is the Rue Quincampoix: art galleries, stores, restaurants, hip cafés. Here you can really find little bits of everything.

La Flaq Paris

A cultural space slash bar, open from early afternoons, where you can enjoy different projects (such as art exhibitions) and connect with an imaginative crowd.

36 Rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
http://www.flaq.fr/

Anti-Café Beaubourg
Step into what I like to call ‘a public livingroom’. In Anti-Café you basically pay for the time that you would like to spend in the space. You are free to do and bring with you whatever you like. Work on your computer, eat, make yourself a coffee, print/scan your documents and mingle with other guests at the same time.

79 Rue Quincampoix 75003 Paris
http://anticafe.eu/

Demory Paris
Demory loves to mix and attract a diverse crowd and is all about beer, brewed in Paris. My favourite time to visit is in the evenings, when I can both enjoy the nice decor and the fun-loving crowd.

62 Rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
http://demoryparis.com/


If you get hungry during your exploration of Le Marais, try one of the following places:

Le Marché des Enfants Rouge

Great for lunch time, this is actually a food market enriched with little different stalls offering food from around the world. Pick one and have a sit. An interesting fact: Le Marché des Enfants Rouge used to be an orphanage, and its name comes from the red capes the orphans used to wear.

39, Rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris

Robert et Louise
Great choice for meat lovers, excellent cozy atmosphere with a fireplace and open kitchen. Try the steak with frites on the side. Definitely make a reservation for yourself + entourage.

64 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
http://robertetlouise.com/

Nanashi

One of my favorites. Packed with fashion-week crowd when the time is there, and loyal locals throughout the year. Suggestion: Chirashi saumon.

57, Rue Charlot
75003 Paris
http://www.nanashi.fr/

Galerie Rabouan Moussion
While you are in the area, make sure to take the time to visit Gallery Rabouan Moussion*. One of my favorite Art galleries in Paris, where I have especially enjoyed the Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf's expositions.

121 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
http://www.galerie-rabouan-moussion.com/

...to be continued!

Comments (1 Response)
Claus   /  September 23, 2014

Thx, Joanna, for posting this. Makes me feel homesick for Paris instantly. Hugs, Claus



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