TOP 10: PARIS
BY 10 DAYS IN PARIS FOUNDERS RUBEN & ARTHUR
By Ryma Chikhoune
Photos by Clara Abi Nader
Born-and-raised Parisians Ruben Nataf, 26, and Arthur Mestrot, 28, met their last year of high school: "We were both always seated in the last row, near the heater and discovered a mutual passion for Jodorowsky and Swedish girls." Soon, they founded Ten Days In Paris, a mega guide/party coverage site showcasing the best of Parisian art, culture, and nightlife. So, who better than these two to provide us with a top 10 list of their favorite, "classic" Paris spots? Find it below, following a quick chat.
Paris is clearly divided between the right and left banks, but it seems more fitting these days to distinguish a separation between the West and East of Paris. Which neighborhoods do you find yourselves spending most of your time?
Our office is on Faubourg Saint Denis in the 10th. We get after work drinks in the area at L'Inconnu (17-19 Rue de Mazagran, 75010) or Le Mauri7 (46 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010).
You have a piece on the site questioning whether "bobos" are killing Parisian nightlife, following the closing of Jackets, which is reopening I hear. So, what's a "bobo"? Are they ruining everything?
A bobo is 30ish, most of the time, in a relationship, has a baby. The man is usually a creative in an ad agency, and the woman runs some cheap, ethnic jewelry brand. They know the cool areas, decide to live in those areas, Faubourg Saint Denis, Pigalle or Marais, but once they can't go out anymore, because they have children and wake up at 7 a.m., they decide to call the police [on people outside bars to complain about noise] at 10 p.m., because they can't bear it that people are having fun, while they're watching their favorite TV shows. There are so may neighborhoods where nothing happens, like the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th... We strongly advise them to move to those areas, since they would have no problems sleeping.
It's hard to talk about Paris without mentioning food. In recent years, there's talk of a shift in the restaurant scene. More young chefs are opening foodie-type joints, similar to what's happened in Brooklyn. On my last visit, I discovered Bones (so good!) in the 11th...
Yes, there's this nouvelle vague of indie chefs cooking classic french food with a modern twist. We sometimes go to Bones (43 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011), but are really into getting big steaks, like the ones at Beef Club (58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001).
Beef Club! OK, I'm sure you've had countless late-night Parisian adventures. What's been your craziest to date?
One of the wildest was the party we were hosting at 79 Club (22 Rue Quentin-Bauchart, 75008) for the release of the Is Tropical music video by Megaforce [Records]. 79 is the tackiest club in town, and we brought a different crowd making it the strangest mix in the world, and it got wilder when Guy-Manuel from Daft Punk came for a surprise DJ set and played "Get Lucky."
There was also a Carine Roitfeld party during last women's fashion week, but it's less surprising...lots of models and champagne. But still, it was fun to party with Cara Delevingne, Lenny Kravitz, and spend the night hitting on Bianca Brandolini.
Le Baron: "A classic nightspot, every night during fashion week."
6 Avenue Marceau, 75008
Le Montana: "Actors, models, and lots of fun."
28 rue Saint-Benoît Paris 75006
Galerie Perrotin: "To see the latest exhibit."
76 Rue de Turenne, 75003
Café de Flore: "For a Meteor beer before Le Montana."
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
Balzar: "A classic Parisian brasserie, less famous than Brasserie Lipp. It's really close to where we live."
49 Rue des Écoles, 75005
Le Progrès: "For tartines and pre-party drinks."
1 Rue de Bretagne, 75003
Le Bon Marché: "Arthur's girlfriend works there, so we have discounts."
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007
Le Faust: "Soon to open restaurant/club/terrace in time for summer. We're going to take care of the artistic direction of the terrace."
Under the Pont Alexandre III, 75007
Le Pompon Pigalle: "Cult Strasbourg Saint Denis club that's reopening in Pigalle. It's the best hip-hop in town, and there's always cute girls."
(Stay tuned – you don't want to miss this reopening.)
Jackets: "New York-type rock club, reopening on Rue Montmartre in May."
(Another one of those you don't want to miss situations.)