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Restauranteur Sébastien Foulard shows us his favorite parts of Paris

Where to go in the French capital when you've already hit up all of the tourist hotspots (twice).

The one thing you’ll nev­er have to wor­ry about when vis­it­ing the City of Lights? Not hav­ing more than enough cool places to go/​see/​do. But when you’re spoiled for choice, there’s some­thing to be said about culling rec­om­men­da­tions from an in-the-know insid­er. As such, we got restau­rant own­er Sébastien Foulard to divulge his favorite quarti­er, his go-to café, and the per­fect park in Paris.

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My favorite dis­trict is…

Mon­torgueil in the 2nd arrondisse­ment — a large part of the cos­mopoli­tan com­plex­i­ty of Paris is con­cen­trat­ed here. The heart of the dis­trict looks like a vil­lage, the peo­ple are nice, there are many restau­rants and bars, the nightlife is intense, and there are new open­ings every month.

It’s also the neigh­bor­hood where I work, being the hap­py co-own­er of Jefrey’s Cock­tail Bar, where we imag­ine tech­ni­cal craft cock­tails cou­pled with cre­ative experiences. 

I find inspiration…

On the streets at the mer­chants who open ear­ly (before the rest of the neigh­bor­hood ris­es), and in many of the stun­ning street art works. 

My urban oasis is…

Le Parc des Buttes-Chau­mont in the 19th dis­trict. Just me + a good book + a bot­tle of wine = a per­fect­ly lazy after­noon spent lounging.

1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris

The best place to watch peo­ple is…

Café La Per­le in Le Marais. Grab a seat on the ter­race and order a drink; pre­pare to watch a parade of styl­ish fash­ion­istas and beard­ed hip­sters stroll by.

78 Rue Vieille du Tem­ple, 75003 Paris, @cafelaperle

— Le Jardin du Palais Roy­al and Les Jardins du Lou­vre are the most pho­to­genic places in Paris.

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When you want to work remotely…

Grab your lap­top and head over to Wild & The Moon, where they have every­thing you need to get you through the day — a per­fect cof­fee range, veg­etable-based drinks, fresh juices, and gluten-free dishes.

55 Rue Char­lot, 75003 Paris, @wildandthemoon

When you want to relax…

Unwind after a hard day of work at the bar of the Exper­i­men­tal Cock­tail Club. I rec­om­mend order­ing a local beer and a mez­cal Negroni cocktail.

37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris, @experimentalcocktailclubparis

When you want to hear live music…

Restau­rant slash night­club Le Duc des Lom­bards is the best place to hear live jazz tunes.

42 Rue des Lom­bards, 75001 Paris, @ducdeslombards

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When you want to hang out with locals…

Long-estab­lished locals hang out at La Tour Montl­héry — Chez Denise, one of the old­est restau­rants in Paris. They serve large por­tions of authen­tic French cui­sine, they haven’t changed the décor in decades, and they’re open until late — 5 a.m.

5 Rue des Prou­vaires, 75001 Paris

When you want to watch the most beau­ti­ful sunset…

The best spot is along the banks of the Seine Riv­er, between Le Pont Neuf and Le Pont des Arts pedes­tri­an bridges. Grab some friends and have a picnic!

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24 Feb 2019 · neubau eyewear