ask Esther about
record stores • asian food • coffee shop • walkways • dance bars • vintage • café
a bit about Esther
What are you working on these days?
I work as a social media manager for an amazing new start-up called KEAKR, the social media for hip-hop culture, coming soon to a city near you ;) Also still trying to improve my DJing skills
What makes you happy?
Three simple things: cheese, hip-hop & buying a lot of useless stuff like these new emoji cushions I just bought or this lamp in a shape of an ice-cream. Seriously, isn’t it amazing?
When was the last time you cried?
I think it was a few months ago, after a trip to Tel-Aviv. Two of my closest and best friends live there now so it was a little bit hard to leave. But like Drake said, I used to call them on my cellphone, late night when I need their love.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
Wow so many stuff! Drake of course (in case you still haven’t noticed I’m a fan), Future, Kanye West, Majid Jordan, Khadja Bonet (you should listen to her she’s amazing), Kelela, Sango and a lot of French rap. Oh and Kaytranada as well. I'm also currently entering my cuffing r&b season with dvsn, Sabrina Claudio, Brent Faiyaz and his amazing group Sonder. And, let's be honest, I never say no to some Justin Bieber. But nothing compares to any Stevie Wonder songs. I could give you so many more music but I’m stopping there or I could spend hours talking about it.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
Actually, the last movie I saw wasn't a new one but an "old" one I consider as a classic: "Do the right Thing" by Spike Lee. It's a very complex and yet "funny" movie, full of references and I love watching it again and again.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
Urban Outfitters, Topshop and American Apparel for the day-to-day clothes. I also like vintage clothes from brands like Adidas, Fila etc. which I find online or at specific second-hand vintage shops. I also have a true and passionate love for sneakers but that’s another story! I also recently discovered this scandinavian brand “Samsoe & Samsoe” which has a lot of unique, designed and shaped clothes.
What’s your go-to café in Paris?
The Loustic Café or the BlackBurn Coffee. Those coffee shops are the perfect balance between the cool and the not-too-hype places. Not only the coffee is very good there but everything is set to make you want to spend your entire day there.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
Probably Le Marais. Although it might become a little bit noisy and touristic, you can always find quiet streets to wander, hidden gardens or new shops that pop up out of nowhere. There's always something new. I think it’s also one of the neighborhood that keeps its charm all year long, no matter the weather. I always try to ended up there no matter the place I was in Paris before.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Paris but never actually do?
Walking. It might sound a bit cheesy but by walking I mean walking without any goal or direction in particular. Paris is probably one of the few cities in the world where you can still get caught up and amazed even in your most usual places or neighborhoods. And with all the day-to-day life, the work and all the urban stress, I actually never take the time to simply walk and admire my city.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
It’s not my hero but I’ve always had this weird dream of chilling with Snoop Dogg so I’d love to take him out on a ride with me in Paris. First, I think I will take him to the Opera Garnier to watch a ballet. Then, we'll walk along the Canal Saint-Martin - where all the parisians hang out on summer nights - beers in hand. As we'll probably be hungry at some point, we’ll end up at Mesken Borek Salonu,a little turkish place, one of the few opened all night long where you can have the best “borek”(a kind of stuffed pastry with cheese, spinach, meat etc.) at a very small price. If all those things happen I'd have to make a documentary out of it.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
Movies. Movie theaters are so comfy it feels like a second home. It’s the only place I can accept going to and affronting the rain.
What’s that place in Paris you feel like only you know about?
There’s a small street in the 12th district called Rue Crémieux. The particularity of this street is that all the houses are colored with very bright colors (rose, blue, green, yellow), have different optical illusions on their walls (we called it “trompe-l’oeil”). It feels like you’re in some kind of imaginary land and if you want to have a new profile picture, this is definitely the place to go! As it’s still a little bit unknown the street has a more charming aspect too.
If tomorrow was your last day in Paris before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I think I'll go to places where I can have an entire view of Paris. I'll start with the Eiffel Tower. I think she - yes, that tower is a real lady - deserves a proper goodbye. I'll take its famous elevator and go up to the 3rd floor. The view from there is amazing! Then, I'll go to this café called Mon Coeur Belleville in the 20th district. The particularity of this coffee is that it's located on a very high point of Paris so you have an incredible overview of the city. Finally when the night falls, I'll go to the Sacré-Coeur. Not only the view is stunning but all the ingredients are gathered to make you realize what it means to be a Parisian
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Probably the 11th district. It’s one of the few district in Paris where it’s both popular, young and trendy. There’s a lot of different places to eat, chill and party (especially in Oberkampf area) with different ambiances so I think it’s the perfect balance for a cool mayor like me!
What’s the spot in Paris you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
The Champs-Elysées. I think every local person will advise you not to go to the most touristic places of their city. Of course, if it’s your first time in Paris, the Champs Elysées and the Triumph Arc are a must-see but please do not stay there too long. To me, the Champs-Elysées are no longer representative of what Paris really is. Also, no chance to find me in Saint-Germain neighborhood. It’s very charming and all but I have a feeling of “déjà-vu” when I’m around, like nothing has changed for years.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I will definitely celebrate it with food! Probably at OberMamma, one of the best italian restaurant in town. The buffala and the truffle pastas are divine! And what about the tiramisu...Anyway, then, to really start the night, I will probably go for a frozen margarita at Candelaria. And like any good evening should end up, I will go dancing. Either at the Workshop Paris which has a great hip-hop selection or wandering in some of the late-night bars in Rue Oberkampf.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Hmmm, first I really love listening to music. It might be kind of cliché or work related sometimes but I take that as a real passion. Especially with the internet era, I can spend hours on Soundcloud/Youtube or whatever listening and discovering new artists. It's like a cycle that never ends and I like having this little routine. Also, as I'm suffering of a severe of FOMO, I love discovering new things to do so I'm always up to every kind of new thing to test (new restaurant, coffee place, museums, new apps and so on) even if I have to do it all by myself.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
I will go to a hip-hop party for sure. And for that, I'll go to the Bellevilloise in the 20th district. It's usually one of the most hip-hop and funk place in Paris with a lot of great parties with great and famous hip-hop DJs. I like this place because it has vibes and for a good night out, that's a necessity!