Your natural sunrise alarm clock just went off. You got it because you hate getting up to a ringing sound. This is more natural, more détente, less… boulot. You grind your own fair trade Guatemalan coffee and get your iPad. You read the latest edition of Paris Match online while listening to France Inter. You’re part of a generation that is quite branchée; you can do many things at once, as long as they involve technology. After a quick shower with some olive oil soap you hop onto your fixed gear bike — the black one with tan leather grips. You’re a graphic designer at this boutique agency in the Haut Marais so naturally you get invited to the vernissages where Michel Gondry plays the drums for Oui Oui, or where you once met Bambounou, and now you play his music at work on the soundcloud app you downloaded. You are a noteworthy office DJ. Did I mention that your iPhone is connected to the office speakers via WiFi? In fact, most things you use are connected to other things via WiFi. You and your partner don’t believe in marriage, but you do believe in finding a nicer loft maybe further into the 10ème, but not too far from the Canal because you like to meet up at Chez Prune at five. You don’t have a child yet, but you hope that Zadig et Voltaire will make baby clothes by the time you do. People call you a Bobo but really you’re just a creative mind with a good salary.
Our favourite places to spot a Bobo
Set in the opulent surroundings of the 17th-century place des Vosges, perched on the corner of Rue du Pas de la Mule beneath the vaulted arcades, Café Hugo reopened its doors to the public this summer... Read more
Words and Images: Jill Pope If it sometimes feels like the bohemian hey day of the 6th and 7th arrondissements is behind it, Restaurant Sauvage has brought back a rather contemporary reinterpretation of that free and easy lifestyle. The small space is smartly kitted out with plywood tables and long benches along one wall, which gives a… Read more
Text: Jill Pope Image: Alain Bachellier There’s nothing quite like waking up at a civilised hour on a Sunday morning and heading to the market to get inspired for something to put on the stove for dinner that night. Bastille market is my favourite Sunday market, mainly because it means I can justify having one… Read more
Words: Jill Pope The Marais, which spans the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, is far from a homogenous bloc, but a collection of neighbourhoods with their own character. The eastern part of the 4th arrondissement – that is, the ‘lower’ part of the Marais, with its feet still firmly on the rive droit, before you hit the Seine and the… Read more
With Emile Zola’s ‘belly of Paris’, Les Halles, reduced to a grim, labyrinthine shopping complex and a hunk of land permanently ‘under construction’, Parisians were in need of another market standard. Thus Marché d’Aligre, situated near metro Ledru-Rollin in the 12th arrondissement, has taken over and been nicknamed the ‘little’ belly of Paris. Aligre, which is… Read more