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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

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