The Sunken Chip Mer-veilleux featured

On the one hand, with the London-Paris love affair blossoming more than ever, it’s a wonder that the French capital hasn’t adopted a few more British traditions. That being said, of all the potential cultural imports, food must’ve ranked somewhere near the bottom of the list. Not to be put off by prejudices of the Gallic tongue, two plucky young Brits decided to introduce a culinary classic of the Victorian seaside to the modern-day shores of the Canal Saint-Martin.

And what would you know, it’s only proved a rip-roaring success. Parisian foodies, and even some mortals without a blog, have been battering (pun intended) down the door since summer 2013. No wonder either. The fish (hake, haddock or catch of the day) is melt-in-your-mouth fresh having been delivered directly from the net of a Breton fisherman. The radioactive-looking mushy peas make for a perfectly green companion to the hand-cut chunky chips, and to wash it down, there’s a raft of British fizzy pop faves. For the unacquainted French out there, the Dandelion & Burdock is an absolute must-try—though best not to ask what’s actually in it.

In winter, as the seating is both limited and communal, you better not have an aversion to playing footsie with the hip starlets of the 10th arrondissement. But then come summer, the world is your oyster (last pun, promise) so you can take out the food, as is traditional, and eat your salty nosh by the canal.

The Beef Club Carnivore HQ featured

Paris used to be bona-fide brasserie territory, but not anymore. The international food trends have found a way in, and they’re forcing the city’s food scene to change its ways. Exemplifying the shift in the established culinary order is The Beef Club —a new-school gourmet burger and steak joint masterminded by the entrepreneurial souls at the Experimental Cocktail Club.

Make no mistake, that name is as literal as literal gets. The menu in this place reads like a carnivore’s wet-dream—sirloin, rib-eye, tenderloin and rump steaks (all served charred on the outside, pink on the inside), and big burgers garnished with bacon, pickles, grilled onion, Red Leicester cheese and whiskey sauce.

The surrounds suit the red meat eats as well. Like the ECC’s international array of speakeasy-style haunts, The Beef Club is warmly but lowly-lit, creating shadowed nooks in around the white-bricked, tile-ceilinged and floor-boarded space. And the similarities extend into the cocktail list as well. Inventive concoctions such as a sherry, Peychaud’s bitters, cognac, grapefruit juice, and house-made almond syrup combo can be enjoyed at your table or ensconsed in the special subterranean cocktail quarters of the Ballroom du Beef Club.

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.

The Broken Arm Fashion is life featured

There’s a new generation of boutique storekeepers in town and their credo is simple: Fashion is life. And The Broken Arm is where they’re preaching from. The physical manifestation of website De Jeunes Gens Moderne, this multi-brand, male-and-female-friendly synagogue of style boasts stock from a host of young and exciting designers—Aurélie Bidermann and Christophe Lemaire amongst. And the buck doesn’t stop there though, far from it. With a swish cafe out back and collaborations with creatives across the city with similar sensibilities as the founders (architects Marine Delaloy and Mathias Gervais De Lafond for example), The Broken Arm is establishing itself as the future of fashion shopping in the world’s fashion capital.

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.

Club Silencio It's no longer your film featured

David Lynch has switched his focus—once consumed by mystifying moviegoers with subversive, surreal film, it’s Paris nightowls who are now ripe for some existential confusion. Club Silencio, owned by the man himself, is his eponymous version of the bar in ‘Mulholland Drive’, hidden in the subterranean depths of a building that has a grande amount of cultural va-va-voom to speak of itself—old headquarters of leftie rag L’Aurore, and where French electronic-duo Justice recorded their debut.

Intimate, golden and shrouded in artificial lighting, in truth Club Silencio doesn’t plunge the ultimate depths of Lynchian weirdness—there’s no red-suited dwarves lurking about—but it’s got the atmosphere bang-on. The mission is creative expression, stretching from the concert hall and private theater to the constantly-evolving cocktail menu. The big task—getting membership. Pre 12am, Silencio is a highly exclusive spot for top creatives to mingle, and maybe, just maybe find some divine inspiration for their pet project.

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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