Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
The Americans have Labour Day weekend, the French have “la rentrée”. If you ever happen to be in Paris at the beginning of September, you’ll feel it in the air: they are all back in town. The Parisians still show off their insolent complexion and their good mood. It’s as if nature, after long hibernation, finally shows up again.
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Of course, it’s not nature; it’s urban life we are talking about; it’s people moving on, changing and creating.
Now you might wonder what’s new in a city that hasn’t changed much since Baudelaire. Well, a lot, I’d like to respond. Today, let’s start with the restaurants:
The event most eagerly awaited is by far the opening of La Dame de Pic, the first Parisian venue of “World’s best female chef” Anne-Sophie Pic from Valence. The multi-starred chef will propose a more casual version of her Valence restaurant: “refined, creative cooking in serene and elegant atmosphere”, as she announces on the website of the restaurant. The opening was scheduled for mid-September, but in view of the photos of the renovation Mrs. Pic published on her website showing the state of the place on 20, rue du Louvre, I would say: no way. October, probably.
Another top chef is just changing décor and menu: Guy Martin from Grand Véfour is changing his second address, Sensing in Montparnasse, a restaurant, which becomes Guy Martin Italia (19, rue Bréa, 75006 Paris, Tel. 01.43.27.08.80.) As the name suggests, you can imagine, what it’s all about – it’s molto, molto italiano. In other words: pasta, pesce, pane e tutti quanti. The price of a lunch menu is less Italian, more Parisian: count 50 Euros.
Located in the socially remote 13th Arrondissement on top of the recently opened Cité de la mode et du design, Wanderlust is THE place to be. Imagine a sprawling terrace where you can have a beer or do some sun salutations (free yoga sessions, imagine!). But there is also the restaurant: Benjamin Darnaud, finalist of Top Chef, the French version of Chopped, is chef de cuisine here. For the Wanderlust restaurant he has created a menu that values local products and has an international touch.
At the famous flea market Puces de Clignancourt at Saint-Ouen everybody waits impatiently for the opening of Ma Cocotte. Philippe Amzalak, already supervising the trendy Bon in the fancy 16th arrondissement, asked famous designer Philippe Starck to decorate the immense place. Prepare to be surprised.
Last but not least there will be a second restaurant in the Palais de Tokyo. After the renovation and huge expansion of the museum for contemporary art, Tokyo Eat, the “über-trendy spot with highly polished décor” and “slightly unpredictable menu”, as fooding puts it, will have to share the crowd. It’s Gilles Malafosse, owner of the famous brasserie Petrus, who’ll sign the contract.
Now you’re in in the know. Enjoy!