Paris born & raised Jordan Henrion guides you to his favourite places in the City of Light!
Meet the influencer
Jordan Henrion is the face behind the blogger duo Les Freres Ainsworth. Together with his photographer brother Yannis, he shares his Parisian passion about street fashion, art, travel and photography. He’s a sophisticated young guy with an innocent charm, and has numerous creative collaborations with some of the biggest brands worldwide to his name.
Paris is always a good idea, they say. And I think they’re right. As a Parisian, I tend to forget that I live in such a nice city as I cross its streets every day when I go to work or go out for a meeting. But after visiting all of my favourite spots in one weekend, it’s clearer than ever - my city is pretty cool.
If you want to start off your day in a good way, you’ll be needing a good brew. And I can’t imagine a better place for coffee than Ten Belles. Rockstar barista Thomas Lehoux founded this spot in 2012 and he’s put together a very friendly team to serve you well. If you’re lucky you may even get a quick latte-art lesson. I like the relaxed atmosphere, which has a lot to do with the neighbourhood. It’s close to République and the Canal Saint Martin, where the streets are less crowded.
Palais de Tokyo
Once you’ve had your morning coffee, you can take the subway (line 9 / Iéna and Alma Marceau stations) to go to Palais de Tokyo! One of the most intruiging cultural centres for modern and contemporary art in Paris, they specialize in the emerging French and international art scene. Seeing as they don't have a permanent collection, it's hard to classify them as a museum as such.
Just outside of the palace, you can check out the skaters practice their own artform on the stairs. Good to know is that they're open until midnight, so you can easily drop by after dinner for some late-night inspiration! Don’t forget to take some silly pictures with your friends in the photo booth once you’re inside. The museum restaurant is called Tokyo Eat, and is a nice place to unwind and read the book you might have just bought in the gift shop - which is an attraction by itself.
After that, walk a few meters outside of Palais de Tokyo where you will find what is easily the most photogenic set of stairs in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Brut, for burgers and more
After feeding the soul with a cultural visit, your stomach might also be asking for some attention. If you decided to skip Tokyo Eat I can recommend Brut, the place to score a damn good burger in Paris! Good grub at a fair price, what more do you want? A nice interior, you say? No worries, the place is decorated like a hip school canteen, you can sit at one of the long picknick tables and dig your teeth into their mouthwatering burgers. No fan of burgers? No problem. The menu is varied and offers something for everyone.
The best things come in small ... bars
Boot Café is a lovely hole in the wall that serves up the best flat whites in town. One thing to point out though, soy sorry but no soy. The Australian owner is quite the character as well, who will happily seat you at one of his two tables. A less cramped choice is to enjoy a coffee to-go and wander around one of the hippest hoods in Paris - Le Marais.
Best rooftop bar in town
In the late afternoon, pay a visit to Le Perchoir, which is also located in Le Marais. It's one of the hippest rooftop bars, and as such a great place to watch the sun set over the capital city. There’s no better place to enjoy a fantastic dinner accompanied by an overwhelming view over Paris than at Le Perchoir. Perched, no pun intended, up on the 7th floor of a seemingly residential building, it is one of the hottest places in Paris. You’ll probably have to wait for a table, which is the perfect opportunity to order your favourite cocktail at the bar. Don’t forget to ask for a bowl of seared tuna potato chips to go with it.