10 unique places to go if you’re young, fun and in Paris


Some lomography double exposures I took in Paris

I lived in Paris as an Au Pair for a year and these are a collection of my favourite cafes, shops and bars in Paris. Forget about the touristy places that you read about everywhere, these are the places to go if you’re young, fun and in Paris:

  1. The Nail Club- A cosy café where you can paint your nails and have a cup of coffee for only 4 Euros (it’s a nice, cheap alternative to going to a salon).
  2. Balades Sonores- Very cool vinyl record and clothing shop near Le Bastille. They have such a good range of records and lots of arty French clothing.
  3. Saint-Ouen flea market- Sadly I only discovered this market in my last few weeks in Paris so only visited once. It was the best market I found while I lived there because of the sheer range of objects you could buy. Walking into the market is like walking into Aladdin’s cave.
  4. Café des Chats- You can have a cup of coffee whilst cuddling a cat, it’s an adorable concept. They also have one in Lyon (which I of course visited). Not a good idea if you’re allergic because they will climb onto your lap!
  5. Rex Club- Techno music club near Bonne Nouvelle. A great night as long as you like that sort of music, it also hosts music events and well known DJs.
  6. Le Roi Henri- This was my local karaoke bar in the suburb Saint Germain en Laye, if you live nearby I fully recommend it, but it’s quite a way out of central Paris. Even if you don’t want to sing, just go to watch drunk French people singing Celine Dion!
  7. Bird On The Wire- Cute little shop which sells alternative gifts. It was one of the first little shops I went into when I first moved to Paris, but then I kept returning to buy birthday and Christmas gifts.
  8. Cinemachine- Second hand vintage clothes shop in Montmartre. I found some amazing clothes here for very cheap, a must-visit for anyone who loves thrift store shopping!
  9. Ex & Terr@- Alternative shop which sells recycled magazine purses and bags. If you like all things hippie, grunge or hipster then this is the shop for you. I’ve never found a shop like it in England.
  10. The Lomography Shop- Since we don’t have one in London, the Lomography photography shop was really exciting for me to discover. They sell lomography cameras and accessories and can print your photos for you. It’s a bit of a niche market, but if you haven’t discovered lomography yet, it’s worth having a look at.


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