City of Culture Guide: How young creatives are reinventing Paris

There is something inherently chic about Paris. It’s welcoming, there’s incredible energy in the arts and culture scene, and it’s a great city for young creatives. Many of my favorite places here are historic institutions that haven’t changed for many years, which I find extremely charming. And while I love that you can always feel the tradition of the city, this guide to what to do, where to stay and what to see will focus on the places that inspire me now, new ideas designed by young people, mostly friends, who have pushed through the origin of the city of love to make their contemporary creative visions come true. Despite its history, and thanks to the productions of the next generation, reinvention is constant in Paris.

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Maison Bréguet.

Where to stay

Created by two young real estate entrepreneurs, Maison Bréguet is a beautiful hotel which opened its doors very recently. Contemporary in its design and equipment, it is located in the 11th arrondissement, a place for parties and cool kids, and is a short walk from a wide variety of galleries, bistros, museums and the Opéra Bastille .

For a more intimate formula, stay at Cour de Vosges, a very special hotel on one of the most beautiful squares in Paris. The interiors of the 12 rooms and suites give you the impression of being in your own pied-à-terre, a haven of peace in the center of the lively Marais district.

luxury hotel suite cour de vosges in paris

Photograph by Guillaume de Laubier. Courtesy of the Cour des Vosges.

Where to eat

Onii-San is a izakaya designed by Olivier Leone, artistic director and co-founder of the shoe brand Nodaleto, and Arthur Cohen, expert in Japanese cuisine. Besides the delicious cuisine in the restaurant and the great selection of sakes, the trendy young clientele makes this place one of my favorites in Paris.

Located at the Museum of Modern Art, the brutalist interior of the new Forest restaurant rivals the view of the Eiffel Tower and teenagers skating on its spacious terrace. The concept and menu of the restaurant were created by Julien Sebbagh, the charming young star of Middle Eastern cuisine in Paris. Although it opened just a few months ago, Forest is poised to be one of the hottest bookings in town.

modern gourmet meal with eggs and edamame and radish on an oyster-like wooden plate at the Parisian restaurant FOREST

Photograph courtesy of Forest.

What to see

Untitled is the gallery of young curator Marie Madec whose attention to young international artists at the start of their career means that the visit is always an act of discovery. It started out as a nomadic art space with exhibitions hosted in a variety of atypical gallery spaces, but has now found its permanent home on the bustling rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin.

In a 17th century Parisian mansion, a new fashion and design concept store is born. 3537 is a division of Dover Street Market and is engaged in the production of exhibitions, concerts, fairs and other cultural events. With Crosby Café, a cafe that also doubles as a furniture showroom for designer Harry Nuriev’s Crosby Studios, the venue is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion, art, and Nuriev’s signature electric blue.

Wooden wave sculpture by tanja nis hansen in the untitled gallery in paris

Tanja Nis Hansen, The benign tumor, 2019. Installation view, Untitled (2016), Paris. © Aurélien Molé.

What to explore

A quick getaway to a Parisian suburb on the banks of the Seine brings more adventurous tourists to a must-see art venue. In 2010, Anatole Maggiar, founder of La Sira, 29, transformed a building without running water or electricity into a living art space reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s factory. Within a converted warehouse of nearly 37,700 square feet, one can now find a variety of workshops with different artists, from young to highly recognized, as well as a rooftop terrace and a vegetable and herb garden. .

About an hour from Paris, the Italian art space Galleria Continua has opened its third location, after San Gimignano and Beijing. Galleria Continua Les Moulins takes full advantage of its magnificent location in the French countryside. With large indoor and outdoor spaces, the old factory was inaugurated to display large-scale works by local and international artists.

view from gallery to gallery continues in giant cartoon mushroom mills

Installation view, Carsten Höller. Continua / Les Moulins Gallery. Photo by Oak Taylor-Smith.

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