A petite goutte at Café Aéro on Place de Passy. You don’t often eat lunch here; you usually déjeune at home as normally there’s a woman that comes in and cooks. One time she suggested making couscous but you suggested otherwise. It’s not that you’re not open minded it’s just that you’re used to certain things. In fact, you’ll go as far as saying that there is most definitely a correct way of doing things. You’ve been coming to Aéro for as long as you can remember; in fact, you husband took you here when you were courting, at Aéro, they treat you correct. People say the 16ème is boring but you just think that they can take their clichés and keep them east of the Seine. The 16ème is all about families, strong families. There is a certain comfort in knowing that you’ll run into the same people all the time. Sometimes you even run into your son and his new wife. She’s a nice girl, even if her parents are artists. She’s a bit giddy and shops too much, but she’s still a newlywed. It seems like when you were newly married you bought all of the Chanel and Yves-Saint Laurent one could possibly need. Couture doesn’t go out of fashion even if it’s thirty years old; neither do the right sunglasses. Style, like proper schooling and good manners, is timeless. Just like life in the 16ème.
Our favourite places to spot a Old Paris
Image: Daniel Schoenen The far east of France, Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace-Lorraine, a region that has changed hands between the Germans and the French over history, which gives the city a bi-national flavour in its quaint wooden architecture, language, food and culture in general. Strasbourg is also the seat for the European… Read more
The official Paris markets website states that the Raspail bio market is the “most chic in Paris”, and who are we to argue with them? This market has a slightly less chic (or at least less bio) version held on Tuesdays and Fridays, but Sunday mornings are where it’s at – the biggest bio market… Read more
Perhaps it’s not technically a market, but the pedestrian thoroughfare near Villiers metro situated amongst the subdued chic of the 17th arrondissement definitely has a village feel. Weave amongst young families, nannies and the odd well-established expat and peruse the goods displayed on the street. Besides the usual suspects of cheese shops, bakeries, wine shops… 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