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Guillaume

A Parisian cocktail: 1/5 geek, 1/5 daydreamer, 1/5 hedonist, 2/5 curious. A hint of gin, a zest of lemon. Stir. Enjoy.

Although not originally from Paris, Guillaume has been living for more than fifteen years in ‘Paname’. He’s developed a real passion for the city and its many faces and atmospheres, that he keeps exploring and collecting like as many pictures of a souvenir album. He launched Paris Bonne Nouvelle to share this passion and bring travellers to discover all these faces of the City of Lights.

What brought you to Paris in the first place?

Work brought me there. Early in my career I was told my job would be moved to La Défense. I was a bit scared at the beginning and awed by everything I had heard about the hostility and the stress of living in the capital. But once settled in a cosy little flat in Montparnasse, I started to really enjoy my Parisian life, offering the comfortable amenities of a ‘vie de quartier’ on the one hand and so many grandiose sightseeing, exciting venues and fascinating cultural events on the other hand.

How would you describe your love affair with Paris?

It’s been steadily growing stronger, as I get to discover new charms every year. I was lovestruck by its sheer beauty at first, but in time learned to appreciate its other sides, more intimate, more authentic.

Are there any of these sides that you dislike?

As a smalltown provincial guy, I didn’t like the rough and sometimes rude treatment you’d get from stressed Parisian people. Don’t know if it’s me who adapted, but I feel it’s somehow got better these last years. Traffic, too, has always been a mess, but then I don’t have a car anymore, ahah

What’s your favorite Parisian movie scene?

Mmm, can I choose 3 of them? I’d say the one in the garden of the Musée Rodin in Midnight in Paris, the one behind Notre Dame in Lune de Fiel and the one in Inception where the whole neighborhood seems to roll itself over (it’s actually just a stone’s throw from where I live)

If Paris were a song?

It would be something atmospheric, grandiose, powerful, groovy and emotional at the same time, dunno, like a Arcade Fire song: Reflektor, maybe?

Guillaume's picks

    Copper Bay

    Bright and Beckoning Cocktail Bar in Paris

    Castor Club

    Creative Mixology in a Parisian Hunting Lodge

    Cimetière du Montparnasse

    Artists' Resting Place in Paris

    Septime

    Gastronomic Lunch in the Countryside

    Monsieur Bleu

    Artsy and Elegant Restaurant in Paris

    Bluebird

    Gin Lover's Paradise in Paris

    Le Fumoir

    Cozy Club Atmosphere in Paris

    Caffè Stern

    Venitian Baroque Gastronomic Wonderland

    La Belle Hortense

    Best Book Bar in Paris