Parigot Paris Personnage

Illustration: Elliot Elam

Putain! It’s almost 8h and you still have to catch the métro into Châtelet. Normally you wouldn’t worry because the ride is only 25 minutes — du coup you might have to add an extra 15 minutes, but you never count them. Mostly because you stop at the tabac for a packet of Gitanes (Gauloises if it’s sunny outside) and a croissant aux amandes. You may not be rich but you can treat yourself. There is no better breakfast than bread and a smoke. The stomach can’t handle more at that hour. Voilà quoi! There’s nothing to it. You get up, you go to work, you come home, you feed the kids, bref, you know what I mean. You’re a parigot tête de veau. Or at least both your potes make fun of you for that. But whatever, they’re the same as you. You grew up together. En fait, they’re practically like family, or at least good friends who appreciate the classics like you do. PSG isn’t doing so good, but you’re from Paris, what else are you supposed to do? Putain mec! C’est claire, fin, tu vois? Win or lose, you listen to Piaf after every game over drinks at Aux Folies and non, tu ne regrettes rien.

Our favourite places to spot a Parigot

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In the Garden

Words: Jill Diane Pope Image: In the Garden Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hectic pace of life in La Capitale and go, like the famous theme song says, somewhere where everybody knows your name. I can’t vouch that people will know your name the first time you go to pint-sized rock ‘n’ roll bar In the Garden, but if … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Little Jaffna – métro La Chapelle

In “Little Jaffna“, around metros Gare du Nord, La Chapelle, and Louis Blanc, you’ll find shops selling handmade Saris (Saree Palace, 182 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis), cheap and cheerful supermarkets, jewellery shops, Indian music stores, travel agencies (with good deals on flights to India around 600 euros), and restaurants offering authentic Indian and Sri-Lankan cuisine. France’s first Hindu Temple, Sri … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

A Taste Of Africa In Paris

Text: Ndali Amobi Home to over 5 million people of African and Arab descent, France enjoys a rich culinary diversity; and where better to experience this than in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Paris. Stroll around any of the 20 arrondissements and you’re bound to find a restaurant serving up authentic African dishes. Yet despite the popularity of such eateries, it’s … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Marché de l’Olive La Chapelle

Text: Emily Sands-Bonin The recently-refurbished Marché de l’Olive has been hailed as very “Baltard” by Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, an allusion to French 19th century architect Victor Baltard, designer of Les Halles, Paris’ mythical central market. But if Les Halles, destroyed in 1971, has given way to the Forum des Halles, a tacky shopping district located in the heart … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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]

Marché Saint-Quentin

Text: Brendan Seibel  Today it’s hard to imagine Les Halles as anything other than an architectural disgrace. Centuries ago it was the “Belly of Paris”, but now teems with a distinctly different commerce. The tradition of visiting the neighborhood grocer, seeking advice from the opinionated fromager, the friendly conversations between people brought together by exchange, buckles under the weight of … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Le Musée d’Edith Piaf: a little-known Paris museum

Text: Sara Waldron Tucked away in northeastern Paris’ Ménilmontant neighbourhood is the Musée d’Edith Piaf, a small, unassuming collection of mementos of the singer’s life and work.  Truly one of the city’s musées insolites, the only thing that hints at its location from the outside is a plaque marked, “Les Amis de Piaf,” an association that maintains this museum as … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

The Smoking Museum: for Les Fumeurs and Les Non-Fumeurs alike

Text: Sara Waldron At first glance, the Musée du Fumeur, a tiny museum near Père Lachaise, has a bit of a head shop feel – with cigarettes, lighters, and all manner of smoking contraptions for whatever your choice of poison on sale in the boutique.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it also boasts an interesting little collection, … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

C’est L’Amour: Last Porn Theatre in Paris (Is More than Just Porn)

Text: Brian Clark Upon taking a seat at Le Beverley Cinéma, the first thing I notice is that all of the patrons except my girlfriend and I choose to sit at the back of the theatre.  I immediately realize our blunder – after all, why come to “couples night” at the last true “Cinéma X” in Paris and then sit … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Paris on Film: Chacun Cherche son Chat

Text:  Christophe Dumay This is the second in a monthly series about Paris on Film: a cinematic tour of Paris by a lifelong Parisian (and film buff) to explore and discover the world’s most beautiful film set. The southeast corner of the 11e arrondissement known as Bastille is a tasty melting pot of youngsters and wannabe hipsters, a perpetual hotspot … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

L’Apollonide: secrets of a house of pleasure

Text: Tristan Stansbury Worthington Fin de siècle would seem to be something of a fashion in visual media at the moment: first Maison Close, Canal+’s successful television series about a 19th-century Parisian brothel and now L’Apollonide: souvenirs d’une maison close, Bertrand Bonello’s new film… about a 19th-century Parisian brothel. Given the boost Mathieu Almaric’s Tournée gave to Paris’s burlesque scene, … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Jossot’s Lessons From The Past

Text: Elliot Elam Image: Le président s’adressant au principal accusé lui dit, 1905 Liberté, egalité, fraternité: it’s a phrase that may trip off the tongue. But in France votes are still cast in their thousands for far right parties, the UN recently noted a “resurgence in racism and xenophobia”, and the country’s Interior Minister was fined for racist comments before, only … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Moebius – Transe Forme

Text: Elliot Elam Even back in the late fifties, Jean Giraud was going places. Drawing professionally since his teens, he’d been receiving plaudits (and even work) from great bande dessinée artists such as Jijé. He’d even been published in the Journal de Spirou, the Belgian comics weekly that was also home to Tintin, before he turned twenty. But as much … [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]

Louxor – Palais Du Cinema in Barbès

Text: Aidan Mac Guill On the corner of Boulevard de la Chapelle and Boulevard de Magenta, at the heart of noisy, relentless Barbès, stands a building. Amidst the clatter of the overground metro and the chatter of the traders lining the market below, and the unnatural din that emanates from the bazaars, cafes, stalls and kebab shops, and endless crowds … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Gypsy Jazz, Alive and Well in Paris

Text: Nick Forrester   Although you’re unlikely to see any of the grey flannel suits and pencil moustaches that one might associate with the Parisian Jazz scene there are a number of cafes and brasseries around the capital that are populated, on the occasional night, by large Frenchmen and Jazz Manouche kings. With a smattering of dark overcoats and Borsalino … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Le Centquatre – Artistic Establishment of the City of Paris

Text: Tiffany Tang Developed as one of the cultural projects by the Mairie de Paris with the vision of reviving the city’s contemporary art scene, Le Centquatre – its name taken from the street number 104, Rue d’Aubervilliers – is an artistic hub for up-and-coming artists sharing creation space and synergy, under the glass ceiling of recently restored unique nineteenth … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Au Bonheur du Jour

In an intimate art gallery Au Bonheur du Jour, directly opposite the site of mythic brothel Le Chabanais, is run dedicated historian of French erotic life – Nicole Canet. The gallery presents a range of exhibitions, usually including drawings, paintings and objects of curiosity from the 19th and 20th centuries. Au Bonheur du Jour 11 rue Chabanais, 2nd Ph. 01 42 … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Les Halles: Plastic Surgery for the Belly of Paris

Text: Michael Herrman    Nearly two years after the Conseil de Paris approved the makeover plans for Les Halles, the looming question is whether 40 years of discontent will finally end. A massive renovation of this centrally located area of Paris began in early 2010. Les Halles served as Paris’s food market since the Middle Ages. In the 1850s, elegant glass … [CLICK TO READ MORE]