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Paris Now

We spent last week in Paris for some R&D. Here are a few of the places that raised our eyebrows. 

L’Eclaireur

L’Eclaireur’s flagship store on Rue Boissy d'Anglas is a series of moody, richly furnished and perfectly-lit rooms filled with the world’s most adventurous fashion, ceramics, jewels, and furniture.  The vastness of the collection is on par with the best high-end fashion department stores in Japan, and visitors are in the hands of some of the most experienced people in the industry. The scale and opulence of this ‘boutique’ space – including a huge, perfectly appointed bar  – defies belief. 

L’Eclaireur 
10 Rue Boissy d'Anglas, 75008 Paris

Mokonuts 

It’s nestled on a very unassuming strip in a somewhat listless arrondissement, but Mokonuts is some of the best eating to be had in Paris right now.  Every morning Omar Koreitem creates a simple and completely delicious French, Middle Eastern, American and Japanese-inspired two-dish lunch menu based on what’s freshest at the market that morning. A few hours later these delicious creations are presented to the packed tables in the small, casual and decidedly un-French café by his unfailingly upbeat partner and expert pastry chef Moko Hirayama – a former lawyer from New York. Mokonuts is especially known for their melty, quirky cookies (enlightened students drift in all through lunch service to take a few emporter) so order these with your main to make sure you don’t miss out.

Mokonuts
5 Rue Saint-Bernard, 75011 Paris
Lunch only.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent

Because the Marrakesh outpost is the more famous of the two YSL museums, the Paris one flies a little under the radar – which means visiting the designer’s former atelier is a strangely intimate experience.  The Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent is committed to exhibiting works from the vast YSL collection, and the current exhibition based around the Mondrian dress from his 1965 collection is meaty. But the best part is Yves’ old atelier upstairs. There is something wonderfully unsettling about standing in front of the mirror where the designer nipped, tucked and pleated some of the most defining garments in modern fashion.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent 
5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

Mamiche

The French won’t queue for much.  But they will for Mamiche. Their glossy cinnamon buns, with their perfectly spiced, warm stretchy dough, is what made them famous, but under no circumstances should Mamiche's croissants be forsaken.  

Mamiche
45 Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris

Jadis et Gourmande 

In 2016, after a quiet meeting on Rue de Richelieu and alongside a cup of hot black coffee, one of the most perfect chocolates ever known to Australian tongue appeared. The bad news is that there’s no way these perfect, elegant treats would ever survive a trip to Australia. The good news is that this perfect Parisian boutique is not going anywhere.  These are chocolates that will put an end to any notions you might have about the quality of the chocolate you eat on a regular basis.  Visit at your peril.

39 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris

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