Newly opened Shakespeare & Company Café lives right next-door to -- you guessed it -- the famed bookstore that carries the same name on the bord de la Seine in the 5th. The bookstore has quite the long history: American expat Sylvia Beach opened the original Shakespeare & Company bookshop at 12 rue de l’Odéon in 1922, its home until it was closed during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Beach published the first version of Joyce’s Ulysses, lent out novels to Hemingway for free, and ran in the circles of writers such as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Man Ray. Ergo, she was connected.
In 1951, late New Jersey native George Whitman opened his quaint bookshop at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, and named it after Beach’s establishment. “I’m going to open a literary café,” Whitman said in 1969. Forty six years later, his daughter Sylvia and Marc Grossman, realized his dream.
With a (book) selection ranging from Whitman to Twilight, this is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon leafing through the classics while sipping a Café Crême. Oh and while people watching, of course, thanks to its perfect location.
Shakespeare & Company Café
37 rue de la Bûcherie
+33 (0)1 43 25 40 93
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Le Bistot is currently experience a renaissance in Paris. Another fine example is this bistrot du quartier, La Bourse et La Vie. Located on one of my favorite streets in Paris (and a hop, skip and jump from my perennial fave Le Bistrot Vivienne), it was opened by celebrated Spring chef Daniel Rose and brings a certain level of sophistication and detail to this very historical and traditional French culinary experience. The interior reminds me of many of the classic "grands restaurants" on the Champs Ellysées with the archways, crown molding, the over use of mirrors, and sobre color palette. However here it has been done on a small, cozy scale.
La Bourse et La Vie
12 rue Vivienne
+33 (0)1 42 60 08 83
This luxury hotel-spa appears to be carved into the canyons of the American southwest. Nestled into a protected valley with sweeping views, the resort offers views of the surrounding dunes, plateaus and mountain ridges, and sprawling embracing the region’s rawboned aesthetic. Definitely a get-away-from-it-all place that should be on everyone's bucket list.
1 Kayenta Road
Canyon Point, Utah 84741
Tel: (1) 435 675 3999
What started as an adult drinking game in Japan in the 1700s has become the worldwide phenomenon that is kendama. Show off your skills with this eye-catching toy by Sweet Kendamas. This kendama features a tama painted with a brilliant sunset color fade.
KENDAMA by Sweets Kendamas
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KENDAMA by Sweets Kendamas
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This townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, was recently completely gutted & renovated in a style that reminds me of many of the apartments where I have stayed in Paris: the wood post & beams, the chevron wood flooring, the use of white, and the minimalist decor all make me want to dip pieces of baguette into a café au lait. Designed by Elizabeth Roberts for a couple and their growing family, the existing garden shed was replaced with a new structure that serves as a writer’s cottage in the garden. Très cozy.
It's no secret that the 11th arrondissement is not lacking in new, fresh spots to eat or drink. But with so many locations cropping up with international bends, it’s nice to find a place that is hell bent on keeping the one culture that we all love and flock to Paris for: French. Tucked away in a nondescript side street off of the southern end of boulevard Voltaire, À La Française is a very French neighborhood favorite with a twist: incredible craft cocktails at exceptionally reasonable prices. Since the age of 17, owner Stephen Martin has worked in numerous high-profile bars throughout Europe. He saw a lack of the true presence of French culture in bartending, so he has dedicated ALF to the art of classic French cocktails. Going back to the French Racines, perhaps.
À La Française
50 rue Léon Frot, 75011, PARIS
+33 09 82 49 02 69