Old Paris

Old Paris Paris Personnage

Illustration: Elliot Elam

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 Old Paris

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Outdoor Swimming

Text: Nick Forrester Swimming isn’t really the same in summer unless you can do it outside. But where can one possibly hope to find outdoor swimming in central Paris? There are 30 or so public swimming pools located within the Périphérique, all very well priced at around 3 Euros for a one-off entry. However, most of them are serious indoor … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Classic Parisian Movie Houses

Text: Brian Clark Slipping into a small theatre at two in the afternoon to catch a beat-up 35mm print of an old movie is probably one of the most authentically Parisian activities still available in the city. On any given day in Paris, there are at least four or five amazing movies from the past waiting to be discovered or … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

Text: Nick Forrester  A trip to Auteuil racecourse can feel a bit like going to a village greyhound race, in Brittany, in the 1970s. Taking a bus out to the track with Paris’ oldest and smelliest racing enthusiasts, all peering at a well creased Equipe or Figaro, incredibly folded into a small rectangle, you’d easily forget you were 3 km … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Text: Tiffany Tang Situated in the Louvre’s nineteenth-century Rohan and Marsan wings is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum of decorative art and design that houses over 150,000 objects, showcasing collections of antiquities and modern designs from the Middle Ages to the present day. The collections encompass a vast diversity of decorative objects including furniture, tableware, carpets, stained glass, … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Text: Chris Holt Paris is home to dozens of museums catering to all tastes and interests. Those passionate about hunting and nature should most definitely visit the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in the Marais. The museum first opened in 1967 as part of a foundation created by François and Jacqueline Sommer. Since 2007 it has been … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Herboristerie de la Place de Clichy

Herboristerie de la Place de Clichy has one of Paris’ most beautiful shop facades. The wooden interior from the 19th century will take you back in time and houses 900 different types of plants to aid you with any kind of health complaint or beauty need. You are able to have a little consultation with the chemist himself with the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

AMAP For Your Organic Veggie Baskets

AMAP, Associations pour le Maintien d’une Agriculture Paysanne, is a system of community-supported agriculture, which maintains a direct relationship between farmers in the Ile de France region and consumers in Paris. Consumers sign a contract, committing to the purchase of a certain number and choice of fresh products (milk, eggs, poultry, bread, jams, apples, cheeses, etc.) to be collected on … [CLICK TO READ MORE]


Looking for a Paris souvenir that has it all, then head over to Fragonard. Founded in 1926 in Grasse, France’s perfume capital, the shop sells loads of fabulously chic yet reasonably priced items: perfumes, creams, candles, soaps – but it’s their line of 100 % cotton, hand-embroidered drawstring travel pouches that really caught our attention. Retailing at around 20 Euros … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Venue Review: La Maroquinerie

Text: Jayson Harsin  From the vantage point of Pere Lachaise in the 20th, in the closing pages of Balzac’s delicious Pere Goriot, the hero Rastignac looks down into the mudpit of Paris, seething with moneylust threatening to devour the grand monuments and traditions of an overgrown bourg. Refusing to let it tame him, he vows to don his galoshes and … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Porthault – Fine Linens

Jackie O, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn were Porthault addicts. If you enjoy getting up close and personal with high thread count bedsheets follow in their kitten heeled footsteps down avenue Montaigne to the hôtel particulier, which houses this haut de gamme specialist in linen, Egyptian cotton (406-thread count) and dentelle de Calais. These sumptuous linens can be printed, embroidered … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Les Salons du Palais Royal – Serge Lutens

Stroll into the wonderful Palais Royal, a few steps from the Louvre but quite off the tourist beat; in the Galerie de Valvois running down the right-hand side is Les Salons du Palais Royal. This exclusive perfume emporium conceived by Serge Lutens of Shiseido will take your breath away. The boutique itself is a perle rare, the purple art deco … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Thé Mariage Frères

This famous company carries exclusive teas with great packaging and a huge range of flavours. Try Thé du Nil or “Marco Polo” (mélange parfumé fruité). Not only is it a fantastic place to shop for treats and presents at the Comptoir du Thé, but there is a little Salon de Thé where you can sample the different products. Mariage Frères … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Fondation Cartier

For the last few years the Fondation Cartier has seen consistently good shows and an investment in young artists. Check out the “Soirees Nomades” multi-media evening events. The beautiful building was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Fondation Cartier 261 boulevard Raspail, 14th Ph. 01 42 18 56 50 Hours: Mon – Closed, Tues 11am -10pm, Wed – Sun, 11am … [CLICK TO READ MORE]


This legendary shop has been crafting signet rings and official decorations since 1803.  One of their more recent creations is “Lune de Miel”, a gold disk that can been worn as a bracelet, necklace, pendant or ring. He also has locations in the 16th and 8th arrondissements. Arthus-Bertrand 54 rue Bonaparte, 6th Ph. 01 49 54 72 10 Hours Mon … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Musée du Louvre

Text: Pamela Price I once read somewhere that museums in big cities like Paris and New York were the number one “pick-up” spots, especially if you want to talk about the latest exhibition over a cup of coffee with a complete stranger. If you’re a college student under 25-years-old and you can’t seem to find someone who shares the same … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Sunday Market at Marche d’Aligre

For East Parisian thirtysomethings, there’s only one place to be seen on a Sunday morning — Marche d’Aligre, schlepping around in their trendy sandals for the week’s groceries. The market is one of the less chi-chi in Paris, and the stall-holders are pretty aggressive when it comes to marketing their wares. Some will stop you on your way past and … [CLICK TO READ MORE]