EVERYONE thinks they ‘know’ The City of Lights but how can you ever truly know a city as mysterious, enigmatic and beguiling as Paris? It’s a place where no-one wants to look like a tourist, where everyone secretly wants to be mistaken for a Parisian. Your chances spike significantly with the help of Paris Precincts: A curated guide to the city’s best shops, eateries bars and other hangouts by Donna Wheeler (Hardie Grant). Using the book as our guide, Le Journal has plotted the perfect day in Paris.
Ease into the day in the Nouvelle Athenes district at this elegant tearoom situated in a walled garden laden with blooms and a 1930s villa. Formerly owned by the painter Ary Scheffer, this is where Rossini, Chopin and Liszt would drop by for a Friday night tipple. But this morning, it’s all about the tea, birdsong and the smell of roses.
Un The Dans Le Jardin
Musee de la Vie Romantique
16 rue Chaptal
Donna Wheeler says Paris is in the “throes of a transalpine culinary crush”, so head to East Mamma where you can nibble authentic, handmade ravioli or pizzas, sip an Aperol spritz or regional Italian wines and refine your plan – you know, the one where you get to live in Paris for the rest of your life. East Mamma refers to itself as ‘trattoria populare’, but Wheeler describes a more sophisticated vibe.
133 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
It’s been a long day, but nocturnal Paris is waking up. Called one of Paris’ “unsung attractions”, this is the place where both local and international acts can be seen on any given day, playing mostly indie and electro. Set in the former Charonne Railway station (and named for a London-bound train), this iconic live music venue is equally known for its fantastic atmosphere and Mama Shelter, the bar situated right across the street.
La Fleche D’Or
102 bis rue de Bagnolet, 20e