Paris city guide: What puts the “gay” in Gay-Paree

A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to indulge in a girls-and-gay-best-friends weekend in Paris. The plan was to see and do as much as possible since one of the girls (Hoa) was a Paris virgin, but somehow we ended up spending most of our time at GBF’s place stuffing ourselves with foie gras … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: La Bellevilloise

Paris Hotspot Find: La Bellevilloise |

A really special place with a tangible creative spirit. The venue hosts club nights, lectures, art exhibitions, film screenings and concerts and even includes a restaurant. Best bit: I can’t speak for the entire venue’s music policy but given I have been to see shows with Onra, Jessie Boykins III and Floating Points, I think … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Pho Banh Cuon 14

Paris Hotspot Find: Pho Banh Cuon 14 |

Easily the best Pho in Paris. The metro ride out there and time spent waiting in line are well worth it. Best bit: Simple. The Pho. 129 Avenue de Choisy 75013 Paris, France +33 1 45 83 61 15     LETS GET SOCIAL! Follow on the social web to keep up to … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Comme a Lisbonne

Paris Hotspot Find: Comme a Lisbonne |

This hole-in-the-wall specialises in Portuguese custard tarts and there’s a reason why they have an eager line waiting out front as soon as a fresh batch leaves the oven. Best bit: They are ALWAYS fresh out of the oven.   37 Rue du Roi de Sicile 75004 Paris, France +33 7 61 23 42 … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Surface to Air

Paris Hotspot Find: Surface to Air |

A trip to Paris is not the same without a trip to Surface to Air in Le Marais. Something about this shop makes me spend money each time I walk in. Best bit: A Parisian Alexander Wang   108 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris FRANCE +33 1 44 61 76 27     … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Merce and the Muse

Paris Hotspot Find: Merce and the Muse |

A very un-Paris cafe. Reminds me of a cool cafe you would find in Melbourne, Stockholm or New York. The cappuccino is good too. They also bake their own cakes and if it’s on offer, don’t turn down the ridiculously moist coconut cake. Best bit: Bohemian Paris and good coffee.   1Bis Rue Charles-François … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: French Trotters

Paris Hotspot Find: French Trotters |

Where men with style shop for clothes. Best bit: Surface to Air and APC are on either side of French Trotters – so no need to wait for your man!   30 Rue de Charonne 75011 Paris, France +33 1 47 00 84 35     LETS GET SOCIAL! Follow on the social … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Isaac Reina

Paris Hotspot Find: Isaac Reina |

I randomly found my beloved Isaac Reina leather coin purse in New York, wondered if I would ever see their products again, then stumbled across their flagship store in Le Marais – what luck! Best bit: If you’re on the look out for beautiful crafted leather-goods, classically designed but with a modern, architectural twist, you … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Restaurant Derriere

Paris Hotspot Find: Restaurant Derriere |

The idea for this apartment-style venue was to be able to entertain friends “at home” every night. The name comes from its location, right at the back of 404 (a great Morroccan restaurant) and Andy Wahloo (for drinking and dancing after dinner). The décor and furniture are an eclectic mix of styles and the food … Continue reading

Paris Hotspot Find: Nanashi

Paris Hotspot Find: Nanashi |

Perfect healthy hangover lunch spot. Fuel your body with organic Japanese fusion food and spoil yourself a little with one of their delightful cakes. Best bit: Who said hangover-cures have to be greasy? All the organic veg and fresh juice will leave you hangover-free and ready to shop.   57 Rue Charlot 75003 Paris, … Continue reading