“But what about us?” / “We’ll always have Paris […]”. These iconic lines from the movie “Casablanca” might have forever established the city of light as the most picturesque backdrop to the perfect love story and whirlwind romance, fictional or real; but the time has come to venture down under and fall in love with the true gem of the South of France, a diamond (proudly) in the rough, Marseille.

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As the oldest city in France – it was founded by the Greeks in 600BC – Marseille doesn’t lack character nor edge. For the past few years however, the city has smartly beautified its Vieux Port (the old port of Marseille), stepped up its wining and dining options, and made it nice in several key areas, to the delight of locals and tourists alike. So much so that Parisians even gladly spend their Summer break exploring the calanques, checking out new cocktail bars, and dancing the blazing sunset away on sandy beaches in the “rival” city. Here are 8 reasons why, just like Carrie in “SATC”, you should take the city itself, Marseille, as your ultimate Mediterranean lover!

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The Calanque of Morgiou and the Blue Cave

The series of beautiful inlets that pearl the Mediterranean coastal landscape between the city of Marseille and the town of Cassis are far from a hidden gem. The dramatic rocky cliffs cradling heavenly carved bays, filled with crystal-clear water are a sight to be seen, and prove a deserving reward after hours of hiking through the national park under the blazing sun. The most breathtaking of them all is Calanque of En-Vau, no doubt. But, it can also be very crowded… like CROW-DED. That’s where Calanque of Morgiou comes in, and might just be the smartest pick. Why? Simple: this spot has the right balance between gorgeous scenery, turquoise water, a tolerable amount of people, and a reasonable hiking distance on safe terrain. Might we add that if you make a reservation at the restaurant located right by the little fishing port of Morgiou, you’re allowed to drive all the way down to the beach, thus avoiding the aforementioned hike. You’re welcome. And, if you’re feeling adventurous and just have to get that epic Instagram picture, you may venture further away towards Calanque of Sugiton and reach the Grotte Bleue (or Blue Cave). Beware though, you can only access the actual cave by sea – you’ll have to swim or canoe into it. Make sure to go early to soak up all the beauty of the locale, uninterrupted.

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The Panier, the oldest district in Marseille 

Merely climb the stairs behind the Town Hall and you’ll enter Marseille’s lively and historic Panier (the Basket, ndlr). First a fishermen’s village, the Panier quickly became a welcoming haven for immigrants from Italy, Corsica, and Northern Africa. The ever-evolving neighbourhood has now become the ideal area to stroll around and explore narrow streets, colorful murals, tiny cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and step away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Copperbay Marseille

We’ve already mentioned our love for the magical vessel that is Copperbay Paris in a previous article focusing on the best cocktail bars in the French capital – check it out. Its little brother (or sister), Copperbay Marseille, does not disappoint one bit. The cocktails are still bespoke and delicious, the staff lovely, the interior design exquisitely Instagrammable from every angle, and the playlist is always on point. We mean the right kind of late 90s-early 2000s bops that’ll put any of us in the mood for an all nighter. Copperbay Marseille is the place to be, point blank.

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Ourea

The fairly new eating spot may evoke Ancient Greece and mythological legends, but the menu however proves quite contemporary and straight to the point. Tasty roasted wild vegetables, juicy freshly-caught grilled fish, and mouth-watering flower-infused roasted poultry make a sample of all the deliciousness that Ourea offers to locals and travelers alike. The wine selection is not too shabby either. Our personal favorite, Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil la Dilettante. When in Marseille, don’t think twice and book a table at this lively, tasty, and affordable restaurant.

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Les Bords De Mer Hotel 

Saying that Les Bords De Mer is our favorite hotel in Marseille would be an understatement. We’re simply obsessed! Perched between sea and sky – literally, this 50s-inspired, pastel-colored, beauty of a place treats his guests to the most epic and dreamy view over the Mediterranean sea from pretty much anywhere. We mean, from the rooms, to the restaurant, bar, and panoramic rooftop infinity pool. What else, you ask. Nirvana?! Well, the relaxing sauna, elegant hammam, mineral spa, and REN Clean Skincare beauty rooms might just take you in 7thheaven after all. 

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The Cabanon de Paulette

In need of a little “scene”, come close and listen. The Cabanon de Paulette offers refreshing drinks, yummy snacks, dance-worthy music, and most importantly a spectacular view of the sunset at dusk. Chat, laugh, and dance with locals, Parisians, and travelers from all over Europe on the warm sand. You’ll for sure make friends with everyone at the end of the night.

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The Cite Radieuse

Taking the elevator to the rooftop terrace of the Cite Radieuse is like boarding a spaceship to the most peaceful and poetic brutalist space station ever. If the 360º panoramic view over the South side of the city of Marseille doesn’t take your breath away and cure your depression, maybe Ora Ito’s Modulor art gallery which features world-renowned architectural geniuses will do the trick. On your way down, stop on 3rd and 4th “street”. The two indoor promenades house a bakery, a restaurant, a hotel, a bar, several shops and amenities, as if you truly were outside on a commercial street. For any #ArchitectureLover, the Cite Radieuse is simply a must-see.

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The Chateau La Coste 

Speaking of art, we cannot NOT mention Chateau La Coste, our very own version of New York’s Dia Beacon, but better. Because, it’s also a winery! Not technically in Marseille, but close enough by car (approx. 45 minutes), the massive property houses said-winery, a hotel, several restaurants, two art galleries, and an art and architecture walk. A true #PromenadeArchitecture of 2.5 hours. Endless fields of grapevines and olive trees cradle monumental as well as more intimate modernist and contemporary art installations by international artists such as Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois, Ai Wei Wei, Alexander Calder, Tracey Emin, Tunga, and Frank Gehry. An experience you won’t easily forget.

So, see you down South!

By PK Douglas

In our Instagram-fascinated era, exhibitions and events are often curated to be aesthetically pleasing on social media. That’s how pop-up museums are thought of with the visual aspect very much in mind (and sometimes the sole reason of their creation). While they are moving around, and most are gathered in the US, this list focuses on the current pop-ups to check out in New York City.

Instagram has become the go-to place for selfies or beautiful pictures and while sometimes the quest for the perfect background leads to death, some are much easier to find. Colorful or breathtaking experiences are especially created to look good on picture and on social media. The dream machine @inthedreammachine with its rainbow wall might be the best known of such places, together with the @museumoficecream with its enormous ice cream statues and ball pits.

Get a drink at the Rosé Mansion

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Rosé has become the staple drink of summer and the Rosé Wine Mansion is taking advantage of the trend. After a very successful run last year, the Mansion is back in the city for the summer with many pink backgrounds and rosé cocktails to try while learning a little more about the wine.

Choose your color at the Color Factory

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Created in San Francisco, this interactive art space can now be found in Soho (NYC). There, 16 rooms in color are waiting to be the perfect background to your new favorite Instagram picture. From the balloons with students’ wishes to the blue ball pit, there is something for everyone. There is also a location in Houston, Texas.

Menesunda Reloaded, the updated exhibition

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Marta Minujin is one of the most prominent Argentinian artists, and her famous 1965 exhibit La Menesunda (meaning “a confusing situation”) is making a come back. Then, it made the visitor think about the consumer culture and urban life. Now, updated to respond to today’s world, Marta Minujin: Menesunda Reloaded confronts the viewers about social media and celebrity culture. It is on view at the New Museum until Septembre 29.

Winky Lux

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The Winky Lux Experience Store is in Soho. The beauty brand has created a beautiful space in 8 rooms and an immersive brand experience. You can play with the products or showcase your love for your bed with the mural “namastay in bed”. A $10 ticket is necessary but the money is credited towards in-store purchase.

Explore the deep seas at Ocean Cube

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The Ocean-Cube exhibit is an immersive deep-sea experience perfect to feel like the Little Mermaid. Whether you enjoy the coral tunnel, the jellyfish station or the bubble mall, you will get amazing pictures for your feed. The exhibit runs until Octobre 23.

Feel like Alice at Wonderworld

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Entering WonderWorld Space is entering a world of magic and fantastic. First opened in 2018 at Andy Warhol’s Studio, WonderWorld is back in New York City until October. Eight NY-based artists have created the eleven spaces that feel like walking inside a dream.

Many more immersive experiences are popping up all over New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, especially in the summer. Please note that the TV show Friends is celebrating its 25th birthday next month and that Central Perk pop-ups are incoming in NYC and LA.

Article by Juliette Cardinale


While the white buildings and blue sea of Santorini are the stuff of dreams, there is more to Greece than the famous island. Here is a selection of less-visited spots than Athens, Mykonos, Delphi or Olympia to check out for your next journey to Hercules’ country.

Meteora

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An ensemble of Eastern Orthodox monasteries on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Meteora can be found in central Greece. The rock formation makes for an amazing landscape, with six monasteries left (from the original 24) on top of huge natural pillars.

Temple of Poseidon

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This ancient Greek temple was built between 444 and 440 BC. Now in ruins but with very well preserved columns, the Temple of Poseidon dominates a beautiful view of the sea. Perfect for a day trip from Athens, the sunset is breathtaking but the area can get crowded.

Mystras

Mystras © Cecile Cardinale

Mystra is a perfect destination for hiking and medieval town lovers. After a 15-minute drive from Sparta, the climb to the top of the rock is about one hour. Churches and buildings from the 14th and 15th century make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, and the Pantanassa and Peribleptos Monasteries are well worth the hike. 

Myrina, Lemnos

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A working fishing port, Myrina is the main city of Lemnos, an island mainly spared by the waves of tourism. Walk along the port and watch the fishermen coming back to shore or go visit the ruins of an old Venetian castle, visible from the city of Myrina. 

Tilos

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Part of the Dodecanese islands, Tilos only has a population of 780 (in 2011). The small island is known for its green landscape and rich wildlife, with many flowers and birds to be admired. Go on a hike or walk in the small villages before hitting up the quiet beaches. Old monasteries and the ruins of medieval castles can be found around a corner of this natural reserve. 

Telendos

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The island of Telendos is about 0.6 miles off Kalymnos (from which the above picture was taken). Not much else than a mountain, Telendos is car-free. While many visitors come for day trips, you can stay on the island, and enjoy the quiet, the wildlife and the hikes it has to offer.

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Every year, European cities are bustling with activity in summer. Music, theatre, dance festivals, exhibitions or concerts… Hot summer evenings seem to be the perfect time to take to the streets or dance throughout the night. Discover a selection of events from Paris to Venice to spice up your European August.

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For a musical summer

There are plenty of music festivals every summer, the difficulty is to choose which one to attend… The Sziget Festival, from August 7th to 13th in Hungary, welcomes Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Macklemore and many others. 

Every year, the Reading and Leeds (England) rock festivals are held simultaneously and share a program (on different days). From August 23rd to 25th, the Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots and The 1975 will be on these stages. 

Also in the United Kingdom, the Beatles’ hometown is celebrating the Fab Four from August 21st to 27th. The streets of Liverpool will resonate with Hey Jude and such during The International Beatleweek Festival.

In France, during the Rock en Seine Festival, The Cure, Jorja Smith or Major Lazer will take to the stage from August 23rd to 25th.

For electro music lovers, you will have to go to the Netherlands to discover Martin Garrix or Diplo at the Mysteryland festival from August 23rd to 26th. 

For theater and dance enthusiasts

Opera, theatre and classical music will be featured at the Salzburg Festival in Austria from July 20th to August 31st. 

The city of Edinburgh is becoming a cultural hotspot through various festivals from August 2nd to 26th. The Edinburgh International Festival offers dance, theatre or music representations, while the Edinburgh Festival Fringe presents sometimes experimental works and numerous street performances. Note that the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (a festival of military bands called “tattoo”, it’s not about skin of tattoos!) takes place over the same period near the door of Edinburgh Castle.

For dance lovers, Berlin is hosting the Tanz Im August from August 9th to 31st. A retrospective dedicated to the American dancer Deborah Hay is to be discovered between two new dance creations.

The US Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale © Francesco Galli

Photography or contemporary art

Take advantage of August to visit the must-see Rencontres de la photographie dArles, where each year splendid photographs are exhibited and rewarded. The 2019 edition runs until September 22nd. And if your interest is more in contemporary art, the Venice Biennale will be held until 24 November. The Picasso, Obstinately Mediterranean exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Paris will delight fans of the Spanish artist until October 6th. While the exhibition In Real Life at the Tate Modern in London highlights works that play with the light of the artist Olafur Eliasson until next January.

Some different celebrations

The annual Notting Hill Carnival celebrates London’s multiculturalism. On August 25th and 26th, the western streets of the British capital city will be filled with brightly coloured outfits, aromas of traditional meals and lively rhythms.

On August 20th, head to Budapest for a huge celebration. St Stephen’s Day celebrates the anniversary of the Hungarian Constitution. Music invades the streets and a huge fireworks display is fired in the evening on the Danube.

Discover also the Tomatina, an unusual festival that is the annual meeting place for tomato lovers. On August 28th, a giant battle where tomatoes are weapons will paint the streets of Buñol, Spain, in red. Make sure to wear an outfit you don’t care about too much but remember that a white t-shirt is mandatory!

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The aperitif, in French referred to as the apéro, is a moment of great relaxation: there is nothing better than sharing a plate of saucisson, hams and a beer with friends, during the golden hour… However, sometimes we like to switch out the usual beer and meat combo for something different. We are in luck, with the summer season come new adventures, encounters, and apéro spots. Below, a selection of the best aperitifs of the moment in Paris.

Istr for an oyster apéro

Istr means oyster in Breton, a nod to the origins of the three creators of the restaurant. Inspired by New York’s oyster bars, you can taste oysters – at the counter or at your table – in a chic backdrop. All the products from the sea-infused menu are of top notch quality, from the lobster, shrimp to the ceviche. We love to go there every Sunday from 6 pm onwards, for Oyster hour: all oysters are sold for one euro, and the cocktail for nine!

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NOUS RESTAURANT for a healthy apéro

Nous is very meticulous about the quality of its ingredients. The fruits and vegetables are all organic, the beef and chicken are raised in open-air, the wine is biodynamic, and all of it comes from France. Put into practice this makes for a plate of marinated salmon, with its mint yogurt sauce; fried vegetables of the season with raita or a trio of cheeses accompanied with fig and nut jam. And of course a healthy cocktail to sip with all of this, like a Mojitea.

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Papadoom Kitchen for an Indian apéro

Come experience a contemporary Indian cuisine at Papadoom Kitchen. Here, each room is decorated differently to explore the multiple colors of India – from the terracotta Papadoom lounge, to the pink Jaipour living room. For the aperitif there is a selection of small plates to choose from, such as lamb samosa, and also delicious vegetarian options: such as Masala Vadai, doughnuts of lentils and split peas, with mint yogurt sauce. Yummy.

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LITTLE ITALY for a good mozzarella / Aperol spritz

For a tasty Italian aperitif, we recommend having some super fresh mozzarella di buffala, with an Aperol spritz. The famous spritz is available in  multiple versions, for the more adventurous there is the spritz bella rossa or the mandorla spritz julep to try!

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Ground Control for an artistic and casual apéro

Ground Control, located in a huge covered market, is one of the most dynamic and creative spots of the capital. We like to meet friends here to share something to eat, and try from one of the many food offers. The keyword here is choice, between the wine bars, beers, Asian or European food, vegetarian or gluten free options. You can daydream in the sun on the terrace or discover the Zone Franche, where activities, conferences and exhibitions are organized.

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El Sol for an Iberian apéro

At El Sol you can taste the best Spanish specialties: the taste will transport you South. Cured ham, Galician squid, morcilla, escalivada… if you do not know what it is but the name still makes you drool, we feel you. The tapas are obviously to be enjoyed with a glass of Spanish wine, olé!

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Your mother always told you to eat your greens and you never wanted to but now that we are all grown up we are willingly choosing plates filled with all kinds of green vegetables! Many cafes are trying to be as sustainable and as healthy as possible to give everyone healthy and nutritious options when eating out. Here are some of our favorites on Paulette Map!  

PAPILLES – NYC 

A French fine dining restaurant located in the East Village of New York City. They have partnered with local farmers to bring you all the best organic, non-GMO, fresh and seasonal ingredients. All of the meat that they use is grass-fed and come from antibiotic-free farms. This is where you want to be for the ultimate French dining experience in New York. 

METTA – NYC 

Mettā holds sustainability and plant-forward dishes at the forefront of their restaurant. Everything on their menu is locally sourced and they purchase raw ingredients in their peak seasons. Their goal is to reduce waste as much as they possibly can and work with farmers who have the same ideals. 

THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER – NYC & VENICE 

Known for the best avocado toast in the city The Butcher’s Daughter has a menu full of healthy food and juice. Everything sourced locally. It is a plant-based cafe and they call themselves the “vegetable slaughterhouse.” 

FARM GIRL – LONDON

Confronted with the raging brunch culture Farm Girl wanted to create healthy and honest food. They only make dishes with high-quality and sustainable ingredients. They serve vegan and vegetarian meals but also locally farmed chicken and beef. 

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Are you mad for matcha? This specific form of green tea is becoming all the rage with its unique taste and its proven health benefits. Not to mention that matcha-based recipes often look aesthetically pleasing! When drinking the high-quality tea – that was turned into powder, you are actually ingesting entire tea leaves. That’s a way more potent source of nutrients than your usual green tea! It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The antioxidants found in matcha protect against heart disease and cancer, can regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce blood pressure as well as the effects of aging. One more important thing: matcha has caffeine in it, thus providing other ways to fight drowsiness! What more can we ask for?

HOLY MATCHA – SAN DIEGO

Geraldine Ridaura started this cafe after finding inspiration from her frequent trips to Japan. She discovered the many health benefits of matcha tea and fell in love with the taste. Now, she wants everyone to get on board with it and enjoy the experience of drinking green tea daily. Here, you will find lattes, ice-cream, chia puddings, matcha lemonades, matcha morchatas and avocado toasts!

CHA CHA MATCHA – LA & NYC

Cha Cha Matcha created a space where people can not only enjoy the intriguing taste of matcha but also truly enjoy their time inside the cafe. Cha Cha Matcha continues to experiment with new ways to serve the powdered goodness. You can also buy their high-quality matcha online and in store to make yourself some at home.

KOVA PATISSERIE – LONDON

If there were a king of matcha pastries, Kova Patisserie would take the crown. This bakery offers a wide range of matcha-based pastries and, of course, the matcha latte that comes with it. They have it all, from cakes, rolls, tiramisu to crepes and tarts!

UMAMI MATCHA – PARIS

This cafe’s goal is to familiarize the French crowd with matcha in a different kind of way. Not only do they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they also have a small space where you can do your grocery shopping and buy imported goods. At night, they offer gastronomic tastings as well as gatherings with matcha producers. They also host conferences. Enjoy an authentic Japanese meal here with your matcha latte or dessert.

SHORTSTOP – MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

You can never go wrong with coffee and donuts. Short Stop offers fresh, home-made donuts throughout the day. They only use high-quality products with natural ingredients. They use organic milk and source their coffee from specialty roasters. You can enjoy a tasty matcha donut and latte or pick from the many other options they provide.

For more excellent food recommendations all over the world, check out Paulette Map! You’ll be able to experience our discoveries and hidden gems for yourself!

Article by Katie Chaplin

Paulette Map brings all you carboholics the tastiest Italian restaurants from many different locations. We can never eat enough carbs, right? All of these places are to die for and are going to make you want to eat your heart out! The more pasta the better!

CATERINA RESTAURANT

From Naples to Paris, Caterina is bringing you the best flavors of Italy to satisfy your pasta cravings! The Chef Nicola named this restaurant after his mother and daughter Caterina. He incorporates his family heritage and traditions into every dish. Every dish is served with attention to detail all the way down to the delicate porcelain detailed plates. 

The Grand Épicerie Rive Droite – 80 Avenue de Passy 

Monday to Saturday 12H-15H | 19H-23H

OSTERIA TRATTORIA DA FORTUNA

It doesn’t get much more authentic than this. Right inside of Rome you will find fresh homemade pasta and real Roman cuisine! Raviolis, gnocchi, tiramisu! Everything your heart and stomach desire while in the beautiful country of Italia. 

Via del Pellegrino, 11/12 00186 Roma RM, Italy – Open Everyday 12H-1H

DON ANGIE

Started by husband & wife Scott Tecinelli and Angie Rito they bring you a modern Italian-American restaurant in the West Village of NYC. They make their own creative take on antipasto salads, braille, lasagnas and chicken scarperiello. They even created a stuffed garlic flatbread! Who could resist. They have been written about in the NY times and continue to gain popularity through Instagram. 

New York City – 103 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY

Open 15H-23H Sunday-Monday, Open until 24H Thursday, Friday & Saturday

MOZATTO

Ultimate food porn of all kinds of mozzarella dishes. They offer a wide array of plates to engulf your taste buds. They also offer delicious breadsticks, sashimi stracciatella and Piadina. A special dish originally created in Rome. 

63 rue Mercière, Lyon | 3 rue Bachaumont, Paris 

All found on @Paulette_map! Check out the Instagram for more delectable foodie options. 

Article by Katie Chaplin

Are you still mourning the sudden loss of Colette? Cause we are! Let’s pour one out for the OG Paris concept store… I mean, where else could you shop the freshest sneakers, listen to some cool tracks, while checking out a photo exhibit… and next thing you know, you’re bumping into Bella, Gigi and Kendall, casually going through the pages of CR magazine, looking for their latest spread. Side note — the next day I got a DM from a friend asking me how in the world was I all over paparazzi pictures, with Jaden Smith, on justjared.com. Oh yeah, he was also there and we briefly chatted. Colette was such a breath of fresh air when it first opened years ago and quickly became a beacon of coolness for Parisians and tourists alike. Don’t get me wrong. I do love to check out the latest collections at Nous – a direct offspring of Colette, the Broken Arm, or l’Eclaireur. As a matter of fact, many European capitals have places that cater to a crowd looking for the perfect synergy between fashion, design, art, culture, music, and food all wrapped in a bow of swag. Let’s explore our options.

London

Across the pond, Dover Street Market has recently relocated to a new building in London’s Haymarket. The eclectic mix between Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo’s aesthetic and other brands’ visual identities, makes DSM a joy to shop, and hang out in.

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Milan

10 Corso Como is the alien the term “concept store” was first coined for, and for that it’s worth a visit when in Milan. The rooftop garden terrace is a must-see! When you’re done Instagramming the cute little view, head down to the several beautifully designed spaces to shop for fashion, accessories, design, art, and much more.

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Berlin

It’s no surprise you’d find the perfect place to shop the latest local and international brands in fashion and design in Berlin. Add curated art from upcoming artists and yummy food from Cecconi’s, and you get Store X, perfectly located in the Soho House Building in Mitte. A similar space also opened in central London.

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Copenhagen

When in the Danish capital, it would be blasphemy not to check out a design store. Hay provides a bright open space designed as an apartment, where you can admire and shop all the straight-forward, functional and minimalist furniture Scandinavia has to offer. If you still want to shop for clothes, head next door to Illum. Not quite a concept store per se, this department store does however house the coolest Scandinavian fashion brands alongside furniture, sneakers, and beauty products. Simply walking through the newly renovated space is a pleasure. The rooftop view, accessible through one of the cafés on the top floor, is not too shabby either.  

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Amsterdam

Hutspot’s concept is to showcase young designers and artists alongside established brands, while providing a great grooming opportunity with a barbershop parlor as well as tasty food in a friendly hangout space. The Hutspot brand also includes a location in Rotterdam. One more stop on our Euro trip.

Credits: Hutspost

See you at the boarding gate!

By PK Douglas

Long gone are the days when the only options available to travelers and locals alike on a night out of bar hopping in Paris were “Vin rouge ou vin blanc ?” (Red or white wine?). Dark times indeed, particularly when red wine makes you hella sleepy. Thankfully, Paris has stepped its pussy up! – offering a plethora of cocktail bars staffed with award-winning mixologists, a top-notch selection of revamped hotel bars that lost all stuffiness, and various choices of exotic restaurant bars that’ll take you on a flavor escapade.

In the spirit of keeping it “cas”, I’ll spare you a detailed breakdown of every ingredient you’ll find in your cocktails and leave this task to the experts in situ – you know, the award-winning mixologists. Instead, let’s dive into an easy-to-navigate list of my favorite spots in the city. A perfectly balanced cocktail is only as good as the overall experience. It’s all about “the moment, dahling” (in the words of Mariah Carey). Great visual appeal, yummy drinks, mixed with a chill vibe and a good ol’ funky time is THE winning combo. Plus – plot twist – the new generation of cocktail bars changes their drink menus twice to four times a year! And honestly, we love it.

#ParisBestView

Hotel National des Arts et Metiers (credits Hotel National Paris)

Slowly sipping on a refreshing cocktail in the Paris spring air may sound nice, but doing so while enjoying an uninterrupted 360º view of the city at sunset on top of Hotel National des Arts et Métiers in the heart of le Marais is pure magic. Trust me. Make sure to show up early to this newly renovated and intimate rooftop terrace bar. Side note, don’t locate where you are when posting on social media, and see your DMs blow up with inquisitive messages.

Perruche (credits @perruche_paris)

If patiently waiting in line for a spot at the HNAM is way above your tolerance level, try Perruche Paris. The newly renovated space on top of the department store Printemps is home to a restaurant and a beautifully set up beach bar giving you all the St Tropez vibes you didn’t know you needed. Take in the breathtaking view of Opéra Garnier, the Louvre, the Madeleine church, and the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant side is equally gorgeous with a postcard view on Montmartre. What else did you expect?

Terrass Hotel (credits Terrass Hotel)

Speaking of Butte Montmartre, you might want to brave the famous Parisian hill for a drink on the 7th floor of Terrass Hotel. The chic but not pretentious restaurant and bar designed in the style of an artist’s loft with large windows give you all the feels with yet another plunging view on the capital.

OFF Paris Seine (credits OFF Paris Seine)

Suffering from acrophobia? Don’t be alarmed. OFF Paris Seine is meant for those who wish to remain at sea level. The fairly new Parisian spot offers an unusual experience since this hotel bar sits literally on water. Comfortably seated on either side of the central rectangular pool, you’ll enjoy a stunning view of Austerlitz Bridge, Notre Dame, and the elegant ballet of boats gliding up and down the Seine.

Leave it to the pros!

Experimental Cocktail Club (credits Experimental Cocktail Club)

When it comes to signature cocktails, Paris boasts an armada of talented bartenders who rival in mixing and matching alcoholic elixirs with unconventional ingredients, making you wonder, “What in the Project Runway is going on?” Props shall be given to the OG cocktail bar that made it all possible, Experimental Cocktail Club. The speakeasy-like bar introduced a new generation of Parisians to bespoke concoctions found nowhere else at the time.

Little Red Door (credits Rachel Rebibo and Chloe Lederman)

One of Experimental Cocktail Club’s many offsprings, Little Red Door serves equally clever cocktails that might not be what they seem. “Conformity” is hardly conformist, but a rather “layered” drink. Hush though, you didn’t hear it from us.

Bisou (credits @bar_bisou)

Bisou is as fun and sexy as it sounds. The rosy façade and millennial pink neon lighting complement one-of-kind cocktails that a charming bartender will concoct just for you according to your mood and taste. I was suspicious at first with this no-menu cocktail joint. But after one sip of my drink, all that I could say was, “Bisou to you, bartender!”

Copperbay (credits: Copperbay)

Copperbay has to be the best-kept secret in Paris. Located on a side street off the bustling boulevard Saint Martin, the nautical-inspired cocktail bar makes you feel like you’ve boarded an elegant sailing boat heading to a far-away island inhabited by mermaids. Along the way, enjoy seasonal cocktails that are to die for, while the staff caters to your every need. Wait, did I forget to mention that this magic vessel does reach its destination… if you take a couple of steps downstairs to a pearly white sand-filled space resembling an uncharted beach? Now let yourself be carried away.

Spirited away!

Comptoir General (credits @lecomptoirgeneral)

An escape is exactly what you’ll find when entering the Comptoir General just steps away from the trendy Canal Saint Martin. In this part “ghetto museum”, part cabinet de curiosité, part time capsule to Sub-Saharan Africa in the ’70s, you can sip on an exotic drink at the newly renovated bar, now in the shape of a pirate ship, taste some delicious snacks, and shimmy shake the night away.

Paris, le 8 juin 2017 : Pavillon Puebla (Photo Sebastien Rande / Studio Cui Cui)

Off the beaten touristy path, you might want to venture out to Parc des Buttes Chaumont to Pavillon Puebla. Surrounded by trees and covered in ivy, the Napoleon-style country house is equally a Moroccan-inspired get-away, a Mediterranean garden oasis, and a summer open-air dancing spot.

Baranaan (credits Baranaan)

For those who enjoy a little treasure hunt, Lavomatic and Baranaan make you work for it. First, try and find which washing machine is actually an entrance door to the fluorescent-light modern space that is Lavomatic. Or, push the back door of what looks like a tiny Indian street food joint and enter a train-inspired bar and restaurant speeding through the Indian countryside! Seasonal and classic cocktails await at both locations to quench your thirst for tasty preparations and Instagrammable moments.

“We’ll always have Paris.”

Le Tres Particulier (credits Hotel Particulier Montmartre)

In this tender age of Tinder, one might have to squeeze in a date (or two) with the dashing Frenchman they’ve matched with on what was supposed to be a short trip to Paris with girlfriends. To contribute to the suggestion talk, you may want to recommend the red-velvet bar at hotel Le Très Particulier in picturesque Montmartre. Cocktails are delicious. And the glass atrium surrounded by lush vegetation makes the atmosphere just right.

Le Syndicat (credits Le Fooding)

Le Syndicat also provides some cheeky intimacy, if you succeed in spotting the graffiti-covered nondescript entrance. Even locals get lost. Once you’re in, the gold and quilted interior is as alluring to the eye as the signature cocktails are to the lips. If you’re lucky, you’ll be seated in the back room on the banquette, shoulder to shoulder with your date for the night.

Mary Celeste (credits @lemaryceleste)

Opting for a more casual encounter or to blend in with the locals? Mary Celeste is a great option. People flock to this neighborhood bar for the delicious cocktails and tasty food. Its location in the Haut Marais also makes bar hopping easy breezy.

Deviant (credits Xavier Girard Lachaine)

Speaking of keeping it cool and fun, Deviant might be the only place in Paris where you can cheer with a refreshing drink, share delicious cod fritters, while standing at a marble counter and not feel awkward at all. Okay, you might find more wine than cocktail options here, but hey, ici c’est Paris (You’re in Paris after all!). Deviant in a nutshell is lots of laughs and lots of flirting. If all goes well, just head next door to Hotel Bourbon and let the ravishing Frenchman rock your boat… on the dance floor.

By PK Douglas