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Paris’ Best Barbershops: From Tradition to New Wave

Paris Barbershops, Alain Maitre Barbier Coiffeur

Alain Maître Barbier Coiffeur

There is a certain sensation that comes from stepping out of a barbershop completely refreshed and tailored, a feeling that, for the gents, doesn’t quite seem possible when leaving a regular hair salon. Like many cities around the world, Paris has experienced a revival of traditional barbering methods in recent years. Hand razors, shears, hot towel wraps, and aromatic oils are all creeping back into the grooming routine of the everyday man.

Whether you are a traditional gentleman sporting a slick back style, a modern man with a classic fade, a proud bearer of a full beard, or a younger dude pulling off something a little bolder, Paris has a great selection of barbershops to suit your style. Here are my top three picks.

Paris Barbershops, V.B.S

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Uptown Restaurant, Montmartre, Paris

Uptown Restaurant

Far from the bustle of central Paris’ boulevards and train stations, Uptown hides in the Northern part of the 18ème, one of a few areas in the city to retain a quiet, village-like ambiance over the decades. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small, sharing plates, that changes monthly.

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Hardware Societe, Australian Breakfast arrives in Montmartre

Hardware Société

Hardware Société, a Parisian outpost of its Franco-Australian founders original Melbourne location, is the most exciting thing to happen to Parisian breakfast since Holybelly and Eggs Benedict. Located on one of the most hidden-in-plain-view streets in Paris, rue Lamarck just east of the Sacré Coeur, Hardware Société remains a hidden gem.

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Oscar Wilde L'impertinant absolu at Petit Palais & Maxence Cyrin

October Events in Paris

Oscar Wilde, L’impertinant absolu at Petit Palais, MMM Matthieu Chedid Rencontre Martin Parr at the Philharmonie de Paris, PARISARTISTES#, MAMA Festival, Brocante Design d’Achille, Fiesta Dia de Los Muertos at L’Alimentation Generale, FIAC, Salon du Chocolat.

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Mesdemoiselles Madeleines, South Pigalle, Paris

Mesdemoiselles Madeleines

Realising that Marcel Proust’s tea-time treat had become a shrink-wrapped, artificially-flavored mass-produced cake in modern-day France, Steve Seremes, a former financial consultant with a penchant for fine food, has set out to make Parisians rediscover this classic delicacy. Mesdemoiselles Madeleines is his tiny boutique on rue des Martyrs that only sells gourmet madeleines.

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Stationery stores in Paris

Best Paris Stationery

You might very well be reading this post on your iPhone, iPad, or some other portable piece of technology. Sure, that’s the world we live in, where we can receive and record information with the touch of a screen. However, if you are anything like me, perhaps you still occasionally relish in the tactility of textured paper, bound in covers of something equally as practical as it is creative.

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Natural winemaking in France and where to drink in Paris

Natural Wine in Paris

Ever since discovering natural wine in 2012, I have begun to seek it out as a sign of quality and good food and drinks to come when choosing where to eat. I confidently choose restaurants and bars with a solid selection of natural wines when I’m travelling and this method rarely lets me down. It also often brings welcome surprises, such as encounters with inspiring food industry professionals and discoveries of off-the-beaten-track addresses.

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Archipel Paris; Handmade leather bags by Sebastien Cordoleani

Archipel

Tucked away in a secluded garden on top of the hill of Montmartre is the joint home-studio of Sebastien Cordoleani, sole designer and craftsmen at Archipel, a new Parisian brand presenting a range of innovative and elegant leather bags. Sébastien, an industrial designer, holds a dominant presence within the French design scene, after having trained at the ENSCI – Les Ateliers.

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Muse Florist, Montmartre Paris

Muse Flower Shop

There’s a secret garden on rue Burq. It’s cool and fragrant, and as colorful as an artist’s daydream. “I absolutely think flowers should be a part of everyone’s daily life, says Majid Mohammad, the force behind this ever-changing, ephemeral garden, Muse, Montmartre’s neighborhood flower shop, where he designs bouquets and arrangements for every occasion and budget.

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