Paris

Street Food by Yannig Samot

Paris is known for its grand restaurants, great chefs and Michelin Stars. But some of the best food is the most simplest. In this decided cool foodie tome Yannig Samot documents the slow – but sure – diversification of the Paris food scene. It includes a mix of recipes and addresses for the less-known players on the French gastronomic scene – from purveyors of bubble tea to the much-hyped food truck Camion Qui Fume. …

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Books, films, music, art and big ideas to get you into the Paris headspace...

Bonnie And Clyde by Gainsbourg & Bardot

It’s 1968 and at the student riots in Paris, the cry is “Under the pavement, the beach!” The lawless antics of Bonnie and Clyde strike a chord with a revolutionary wave of youthful rebellion… This film clip of the duet by Serge Gainsbourg & siren Bridget Bardot captures a sexy, restless energy and a certain pathos …

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Caché (Hidden) by Michael Haneke

Set amid the boho milleu of middle-class intellectuals in Paris, Michael Haneke’s unsettling film, Hidden, raises issues of hypocrisy and personal responsibility in conflicts and circumstances that are largely, but not entirely, beyond our control. Touching on the thorny and painful tensions between France and the former colony, Algeria, it shows how unresolved secrets from the past continue to poison the present. Starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche Hidden is rather dark, but it’s far from Haneke’s most disturbing film! …

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Double Game by Sophie Calle

Parisian artist Sophie Calle is probably the only person to have slept at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Or rather not. For her work Room with a View she set up a bed on the Eiffel Tower and invited people to come and tell her stories to stop her from sleeping …

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Je Kif Electro

Spanish-born, Paris-based choreographer Blanca Li has worked with some of the biggest names in the music world for video clips and promos – Daft Punk, Beyonce, Gold Frapp and Kayne West – for starters. Electro Kif is her own production featuring Parisian dancers recruited largely from local electro dance competitions and battles …

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Graff collective

When it comes to the French graffiti scene there are two names that come to mind: Blek le Rat and JR. However, should you find yourself walking around the Paris suburb of Belleville keep an eye out for the winsome wildlife-inspired stencil art by Mosko art collective.

Grand Corps Malade

Grand Corps Malade (‘Big Sick Body’) is a French spoken word artist who fills stadiums. Known for his witty and inventive play on words he creates snapshots of life in and around Paris. Je Viens De Là (‘I come from there’) is a sort of love letter to his cité that acknowledges strife while suggesting a more complex reality that overturns the well-worn cliches. …

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I Love You by Mathieu Boogaerts

Mathieu Boogaerts, may not have reached the same level of popularity as his friend and fellow musician ‘M’ but we find his particular take on French chanson – charming, quirky, awkward – to be extremely endearing. Keep an eye out for a new album.

Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas

Archeologist turned detective writer, Fred Vargas, is one of our all time favourite writers. Have Mercy on Us deals with familiar themes of media-drive crowd hysteria in an unusual context – fear of the plague in Paris – in a sort of precursor to recent health panics (avian flu etc). No matter than the plots rarely add up, the charm of Vargas’ ‘cloud shovelling’ detective Adamsberg more than compensates …

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Josephine Baker: Danseuse Sauvage

So you think you can dance? Every move you’ve ever made was done first, and probably better, by Josephine Baker, in Paris during the 1920s …

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La Haine: Three Reasons to Watch

This day in the life of three disenfranchised French youth of mixed origins  – Jewish, Arabic and Black – exposed the banlieues  the outer-city housing estates bordering Paris, to the the wider world …

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Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin

Nin and her broke bohemian friends wrote erotica on demand for a wealthy collector who paid cash. Erotic, exotic and quixotic, all manner of fantasies are explored in the Delta of Venus collection but with artistry and a humane undercurrent …

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