When in Paris... Frame of mind's ultimate city guide
While there is no shortage of guides on how best to spend your time in Paris, the chances are everyman and his dog have also read ‘Top 10 things to do in Paris.’
If you want to avoid the ‘I heart Paris’ t‑shirt wearing, selfie stick holding tourists read below to discover Frame of Mind’s Paris go-to guide.
Food: Wild and the Moon
French cuisine is enough to make any palette water at the thought of freshly baked baguettes, buttery croissants and an array of rainbow colored macaroons. But if you’re searching for a healthy alternative, finding quinoa in Paris can seem as difficult as finding that vintage Chanel coat you’ve been dreaming of in the kilo shops. Wild and the Moon offer all vegan freshly made alternative meals for breakfast and lunch. Serving matcha lattes on almond milk, raw treats and super food salads, the staff is also extremely happy to speak English. While they lack macaroons, they do have an array of rainbow coloured fresh juices!
Time out: Jardin Luxemburg gardens
This is one you probably will find in the ‘Top 10 things to do in Paris,’ but we guarantee it is worth every selfie stick bombardment. Luckily the gardens are extremely spacious and you can find a quiet secluded spot to munch down your baguette and grapes. Wander over to the Medici Fountain and feel as though you’ve stepped into an alternative century.
Urban exploring: Marne-La-Vallee
Leaving the city center, Paris’s outer suburbs contain a unique contrast of complex structural mass housing buildings in an array of pastel colors. Reminiscent of a scene from a post apocalyptic movie, Marne La Vallee is the polar opposite to the 17th century buildings located in the city arrondissements. Built between the 1970s and 80s, a group of young architects produced these futuristic mass housing high rises as a revolt to the ‘functionality’ of modernism.
Discover: Petite Ceinture
Although you can never get that authentic old time Paris, you can visit the abandoned railway that ran through the city from 1862 to 1934. If you’re an avid urban explorer you can access the closed tracks through the nine arrondissements and experience the huge overgrown vines and colorful graffiti that surround the railway. The easiest access point is at Villa du Bel Air near Porte de Vincennes.
Art exhibition: 59 Rivoli
Post shopping bliss exists within the Rue de Rivoli where one of Paris’s artists squats has been transformed into a collective art gallery for artists. 59 Rivoli began in 2006 when the city reclaimed it from a squat group hosting performances that attracted over 40,000 visitors a year. It now houses studios for minimal rent and hosts free exhibitions.
Cover image by Laurent Kronental