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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 cafe, 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.

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

Jefreys 1
Jefreys 2

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 decor 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
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