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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

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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

04 Nov. 2016 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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