Nice Places - Episode 03
This city is probably one of the places we've visited the most in recent years. And our project's relationsship with this city is a long love story that will stand the test of time. Paris is not only light; for us, it's inspiration, friendship, history, fantastic exhibitions and a lot style. We've struggled to pick just six nice places in a city where every corner is special. Here are our top picks.
The same thing happens with places as with music or smells, they create memories; they evoke past situations that we have established a connection with. With Nice Places, we want to put those places on the map, places that we want to share with you all for being a part of our story and that we are certain you will like.
Spot 1/6 · Shakespeare & Co
This place just had to make our shortlist. We visited and met its actual owner, Sylvia Whitman, a few years ago and were lucky enough to interview her, which you can reread here. Her father, George, started this project in 1950, inviting artists to live in the bookshop for a short time in exchange for a one-page autobiography. It is now one of the world’s best-known bookshops. It’s worth queuing to visit this eccentric spot brimming with history.
Spot 2/6 · Pont Neuf
Despite its name, Pont Neuf is actually the oldest bridge crossing the River Seine. Many of the bridges offer a fantastic vista, but this one has the best views across Paris. Its emblematic balconies invite us to relax and take a break from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Spot 3/6 · À La Petite Chaise
Very close to our shop is a restaurant that was founded in 1680. À La Petite Chaise is a small Parisian oasis where one can enjoy delectable French cuisine without being rushed or battling against the masses, typical of modern, touristy establishments. This spot has so much history, and the service is impeccable.
Spot 4/6 · Deyrolle
Our next stop is another Parisian icon, given that it’s virtually unique. Located on 46 Rue du Bac is Deyrolle, a paradise for anyone who loves “cabinets of wonder”, taxidermy, entomology and natural sciences. This charming, traditional building filled with history houses one of Paris’ most peculiar collections.
Spot 5/6 · Officine Universelle Buly 1803
Our next stop is on the same Rue Bonaparte as our shop: Officine Universelle Buly 1803. This perfumery and self-care paradise with beautiful aesthetics and design offers soaps, perfumes, combs and even a calligraphy corner, where specialists personalise your purchases with the charm of years bygone.
Spot 6/6 · Parc Monceau
Far from all of the other stops and located in the 8th Arrondissement is this wonder: Parc Monceau. An English-style park with a romantic feel, this place is full of history, as it was commissioned in 1778 and featured in many of Monet’s works in 1876 and 1878. Some of the park’s original structures are now lost, but the impressive Roman colonnade around the pond – the Naumachia – still stands proudly.