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Citizen Hip: Paula Goldstein’s Parisian Postcard

Paula Goldstein divides her time between her home city of London and her adopted city of Paris as the Creative Director of Purple Fashion’s Digital Projects.  As a style savvy gal about town and an elite member of the Purple Magazine cool clique, she’s got more than a finger on the pulse of all that is happening in the worlds of art and fashion. Whether it’s noodles and nightclubs in Paris or hidden London lairs, she’s out to have fun and she wants you to come along for the ride.

PART ONE: PARIS


Kunitoraya 2
5 rue Villedo 75001 / +33 (0)147030774
Neighborhood: Opéra
This is my favorite restaurant in Paris. It is the bigger, newer and more grown up sister of the popular Japanese canteen on Rue Sainte Anne, and is situated in the Opéra neighborhood, where the Purple offices are based. This whole area of Paris has a wealth of Japanese spots, and I actually eat more noodles in Paris than anything else. I actually find myself having to make a special effort to seek out steak frites! Finally the staff is amazing and super patient with my bad French/bad Japanese comprehension.


The Ritz Paris
15 Place Vendôme 75001 / 33 (0)143163030
Neighborhood: Vendôme
Yes it may be ridiculous in it extravagance, but I adore it for that very fact and that you get petit fours when you order a coffee. It’s an easy escape into the world of Coco Chanel who lived here for a time, 1930s lovers and trunks full of gowns. As Caroline Gaimari the director of Purple says, “Lunch is never a chore when it’s lunch at the Ritz.” By night The Hemingway Bar does some wonderfully dangerous cocktails…which I advise you do not attempt to Velib home after consuming! …And of course the people-watching is something extra special.


Centre Pompidou
Place Beaubourg 75004 / +33 (0)144781233
Neighborhood: Beaubourg
The Centre Pompidou is amazing, both as a building and of course for the art. It has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, with nearly 60,000 pieces.  I love to while away the hours there…my favorite memory is when the Eurostar broke down and I was trapped in Paris. I ended up at the museum and watching the city get covered in snow from between its red, space age Christmas trees.  It holds a special place in my heart as a sort of concrete refuge.


colette
213 rue Saint Honore 75001 / +33 (0)155353390
Neighborhood: Saint-Honoré
Still up there as Paris’s coolest fashion store – Sarah and her mother’s vision is something special and they always manage to be at the forefront of pretty much anything new in the city from fashion, to art and music. I also love the fact it has such a varied price point making it something for everyone.  I would come as a fashion student and buy tote bags and badges – nowadays, though, it tends to be a bit more dangerous for my bank account!


Le Baron
6 Avenue Marceau 75008 / +33 (0)147201825
Neighborhood: Montaigne/Champs-Elysées
Fun nights at André’s little party place — go late! It gets packed fast and draws the best mix of people from impossibly and effortlessly French libertines to Kanye West. All night dancing in the little red room means it tends to be hot with sexual frisson and that certain French  je ne sais quoi?


Le Montana
28 rue Saint-Benoit 75006 / +33 (0)144397100
Neighborhood: Saint-Germain
Olivier (Zahm) co-owns this club so it is always a Fashion pack favorite, and he is one of my favorites – so enough said: ENJOY!

To be continued for PART TWO: LONDON…

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