Paris, loved and admired by many, is also often criticized. Its sometimes stressful way of life, its crowded transportation, its fast-paced energy, etc. Living in France’s capital, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, also means being able to get out of your house and discover new things every day. It means taking advantage of the many cafés, restaurants, museums, parks, monuments, exhibitions, bars, concerts and more. Paris is the capital of culture for a reason. Here are some gems to visit in Paris.
A vintage fashion address in the Marais
Located in the Marais, Plaisir Palace is an extraordinary neo-pop nugget, halfway between a boutique and a gallery. Didier Barroso, after working for fifteen years in contemporary art (Palais de Tokyo, Yvon Lambert galleries, then Art Concept) chose to return to his passion: fashion. He has been collecting designer clothes since he was a teenager: André Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, and Yves Saint Laurent in particular. He opened Plaisir Palace at the end of 2020 and brought together iconic high-end fashion pieces and crazy accessories from the 70s to 2000. Plaisir Palace is getting noticed by the cinema, becoming a must for stylists who imagine vintage looks: Audrey Lamy in Alex Lutz’s film La vengeance au triple galop, or Lily Collins for Emily in Paris season 2. This is the fashion address to discover.
3 rue Paul Dubois, Paris 3rd arrondissement
When sport becomes fashion
Riise Yoga Studio
If unfortunately you missed the Hermès Fit event at the École des Beaux-Arts, and you like novelty, here is a small selection of original sports practices.
Here are a few activities to get you moving, open from 10 am to 8 pm.
– Riise yoga: the alliance of Vinyasa yoga and the world of indoor cycling. For 50 minutes, this class promises an effective urban detox. With Vinyasa and cardio flows, the session takes place in the dark.
Everyday at Riise,
9 rue Charlot, Paris 3rd arrondissement.
Price: €27 per session
– Pinch boxing is a fun workout that mixes boxing and muscle strengthening. The studio is plunged into darkness, lit only by electric blue neon lights. The session lasts 50 minutes and is broken down into circuits. The combinations follow one another: right, left, uppercuts added to mountain climbers, squats, or burpees.
Everyday, from 7 am to 8:30 pm at the Punch Boxing Studio
3 rue de Richelieu, Paris 1st arrondissement.
€29 per session.
Going out in Paris: Yves Saint Laurent aux Musées
The exhibition YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES exhibition is now on display at six Parisian museums: the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée National Picasso-Paris and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. To celebrate an important date, the 60th anniversary of the first Yves Saint Laurent runway show. On January 29, 1962, the 26-year-old designer presented his first collection under his name. From that day on, Saint Laurent seized upon a vision and a style that became his staple throughout his career and until 2002, forty years in which he broke down barriers and introduced bold new forms.
To tell the story of the inspirational bond the couturier had with art, a selection of garments, including some of his most iconic designs, and the permanent collections of six prominent Parisian museums will be on display.
Where you can see this exhibition:
Opening hours and days vary by museum.
Free for students, or those aged 26 and younger. Varies by museum.
The capital offers a huge range of entertainment. But the great advantage of going out in Paris is to be able to get away from the media hype and discover fashion, food or cultural nuggets, in more confidential corners, at the bend of a street.