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Pâtisserie des Martyrs Gaudard's house

Seldom has there been such a commotion surrounding a pâtisserie as the one that engulfs this one. Such furore is owed chiefly to the name that sits emboldened above its awnings: Sebastien Gaudard. Dubbed the ‘little prince of pastry’ after his exploits in Bon Marché’s Délicabar, Gaudard has skyrocketed to full-on celebrity-style prominence in the Parisian pastry-making scene (no mean feat, of course). All the hype should be starting to make sense right about now however.

Does Pâtisserie des Martyrs live up to it? Hell yes it does. The pale-blue hued interior, presided over by hanging glass lamps, is chock-full of display cabinets. And that’s where your eyes should be wandering, because they’re holding a sweet payload of pastry. From filled-to-bursting eclairs through mille-feuille and fruit-topped cakes to classic tarte citron, the quality of everything on offer is exceptional. For those not in the market for something so full-on, there’s also a selection of chocolates and boiled sweets (all produced on-site) that afford a smaller taste of the action.

La Sundae Seriously good vibes featured

If your perfect Parisian Sunday is all about brunching in bistros then you missed the goddamn memo. ’Cos these days in Paris, the day of rest has been put to rest—but it isn’t resting in peace. And you’ve got La Sundae to thank for that. Born out of the frustration with the stagnant mid-noughties scene and a desire for music and freedom outdoors, La Sundae has transformed the Sabbath into open-air rave day; making so much noise that it inspired others, including big-bad boat-party baron Concrete, to follow suit. Now the leafy, marquee-dotted expanse of space on the Seine is one of the the go-to spots in Paris’ resurgent party scene, holding fortnightly all-day (and night) parties throughout the summer. Anchored around house music, you can expect to find some of the foremost electronic music talents here—either working the turntables or playing live. And as for work on Monday morning, well, bon courage – which roughly translates as – suck it up.

Electric A forest of creative connections featured

Drawing Paris’ culturally clued-up crowd to the outlands of the 15th arrondissement is no easy feat, but Electric—the city’s new, futuristic focal-point of bohemia—has got them flocking south-west in their droves. Billing itself as an ‘alternative cultural center’ (part geographical jape perhap?), the venue plays host to a variety of bespoke cross-disciplinary events—ranging from fashion trade fairs to late-night party blowouts. It’s the space itself though that’s been sending shocks through the Parisian landscape. The 1000m2 main room, with its gnarled fibreglass tree centrepiece, affords stunning panoramic views over the city that a trip up the Eiffel Tower would have trouble bettering. Add to that a 400m2 adjoining balcony, a gargantuan 22,000m2 outdoor esplanade and a lighting system based entirely around video projection (the first of its kind in the world), and it’s not hard to see why Electric has the scope to indulge the wildest of ambitions that other more centrally located venues couldn’t indulge in their wildest of dreams.

L'Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Let's push things forward

The Paris base of the gastronomical God made flesh Joël Robuchon, L’Atelier Saint-Germain reflects the Michelin mastery of a chef with more stars than any other. Raising a few eyebrows when it opened back in 2003, this red and black lacquered new breed is a stark departure from the white-tableclothed world of the classic restaurant Français—boldly pushing the boundaries of modern haute cuisine in the same way it boldly pushes the accepted notions of restaurant decor. Set up more like a tapas bar with high stools round a U-shaped bar, L’Atelier packs an oft-changing menu filled with traditional Robuchon specialties as well as more nouveau creations (caramelized quail stuffed with foie gras par example). It’s all so good that you’ll be pushing some limits of your own—that of acceptable behaviour, as you lick the last drops off your plate.

Concrete Hard like Sunday morning featured

Parisian parties took a serious nosedive somewhere in the noughties. Everything was all becoming a bit samey until Concrete blew a massive boat-sized hole in the city’s nightlife. So much so that it isn’t even at night any more. With a game-changing Seine-side locale, they can max out their Funktion One speakers for one filthy 19-hour mashup, and there’s not a peep out of the neighbors, simply ‘cos there aren’t any. Thoughts of this being some dark ’n loud after-hour gurn-fest, should be (at least partly) erased from your mind however. Lots of light reaches into the venue and in the summer, well, it’s all feet on deck! The techno-house soundtrack is marshalled by some real international ringers—no space to drop names here though, the word count won’t allow it. And everything takes place on the sleepiest of family days, so get your Sunday dinner excuse in early.

L'Arpège Get your greens here

Vegetarians can often feel like meat-heavy Paris is out to get em’, but L’Arpège acts as a refreshing riposte to this. Stemming from chef Alain Passard’s love for the humble vegetable, L’Arpège is a cozy meat-free establishment acclaimed worldwide for its innovation and the sourcing of its produce – Passard’s own biodynamic garden just 200km southwest of Paris. With the light touch and flawless presentation expected of Parisien haute cuisine added to the equation however, L’Arpège is much more than a vegetable-themed novelty.

Wanderlust Along the Seine, out of the box featured

Along the Seine and adjacent to the Cite de la Mode et du Design is a burgeoning creative space, an experimental gastronomic experience as well as the largest riverside terrace in Paris. Though its space is certainly big, Wanderlust treads an even wider amount of territory with its full array of cultural and couture-addled pleasantries. An open-air cinema, outdoor bar, club and a restaurant led by rising celebrity chef Benjamin Darnaud explains the allure of this center dedicated to unconventionality amidst a city better known for its long-standing traditions.

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