Your perfect Friday in Paris
© Jacob Khrist
A world away from his fashion photography and garish remakes of famous works of art, industrial landscapes are the focus of American photographer David LaChapelle’s latest exhibition ‘Land Scapes’. The photographer’s characteristic love of bright colours, gloss and the artificial are still going strong, but in this exhibition they are layered over a dark and bitter irony. At first glance, his pictures appear to be elaborate mock-ups for ultra-sophisticated petrol stations, refineries and nuclear centres. But take a closer look and LaChapelle’s infrastructures are made up of striped straws, clothes pegs...
The idea of a commerical centre might not appeal to fans of concept boutiques, but don’t speak too soon – Centre Commerical in the Rue de Marseille will thrill fans of quality fashion. The shop's founders also created Veja, the famous brand of hip, affordable trainers. Sébastien Kopp, one of the co-founders, has embraced a socially and ecologically conscious type of fashion for trendy youngsters; however annoying young hipsters might be, at least they don’t buy ‘made in China’. Inside the beautifully designed space, where you never have to jostle between two clothes racks, you'll find brands from the 'made in France' movement including Bleu de Paname, Repetto, St. James or Roseanna, and other well-known sustainable labels...
- 2 rue de Marseille, 10e
The Abbesses neighbourhood in Montmartre is one of the hippest parts of Paris, teeming with crowds of people and filled with bars. But wander up the quite side street that leads to the iconic Windmill de la Galette and you arrive at one of the city’s most famous art house cinemas, Studio 28. Walk past the ticket office and a long corridor brings you out into a hidden jewel, a magical covered interior courtyard that opens up every afternoon as a bar, salon du thé and restaurant. The cinema has been owned by the Roulleau family since 1948, but when Alain Roulleau took over in 1996 he wanted to do something special...
- 10 Rue Tholoze, 18th
You can kiss the bog standard bar scene’s endless stream of mojitos and caipirinhas goodbye. After the Experimental Cocktail Club’s mixes, you’ll never go back to the boring drinks that are to cocktail bars what McDonald’s is to Michelin stars. Paris has been slow to host the type of venues that are so fashionable in NY – 'mixology’ bars that re-invent cocktails with strange spirits, fresh fruit juices and subtle spices – but now we have, for example, the Tommy’s Margarita Especial, an insane 100% agave tequila Arette mix with lime juice and organic agave honey, infused with Bourbon vanilla and cloves. Or perhaps the Bee’s Kiss, a balance between the Jamaican rum Appleton VX, cream, organic floral honey and crushed Indonesian pepper.
- 37 rue Saint-Sauveur, 2e
If you want to party through the night and into the day, then head to Concrete. Once every two weeks, the boat is open on Friday and Saturday nights, and on alternate weekends is open from 7am on a Sunday until 2am the next morning. Dress well as the bouncers are a little picky and the usual crowd is dressed to the nines. People go to Concrete for a sensational night of dancing to world-famous techno artists or emerging Parisian DJs: this spot has something of Berlin about it – and we like it.
- 69 port de la Rapée, 12e