Paris, France
Francesca, 35
Creative Director and Hospitality Entrepreneur
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What are the Paris spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Definitely wandering in the Marais area. Then a stop at the Jardin du Palais Royal, a very iconic but hidden garden in Louvre area to feel the evident but discrete charme of Parisian elegance.

Do’s and don’ts in Paris: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Do's: when passing through a metro door, remember to keep it open for the next passenger; always say "bonjour" when you enter a place. Don'ts: don't wear too casual or with 0 style if you want to be taken seriously, don't talk too loud in restaurants if you don't want to be labeled as "another tourist".

What do you do and why do you do it?

I do consulting for Hospitality Industry in order to not have the same boring and soulless places. I travel, read and study a lot for inspiration. I try to make projects with a meaning and when possible, with a social purpose. I'm also launching a blockchain powered platform for solo travellers.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Unfortunately around 70 euros. The city is expensive, and my personal taste is too.

Which Paris shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Tom Greyhound at the beginning of the month, the Marché aux Puces flea market at the end of the month when the pockets are empty.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

The impossible question. I'd say John Coltrane, Sonic Youth, Giorgio Moroder, Gil Scott-Heron, Astrud Gilberto, Nina Simone, WhoMadeWho.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day: the Marais area. Night: South Pigalle and the 9th arrondissement.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Tour Eiffel Area or the 13th arrondissement.

What’s the one place in Paris you think is underrated?

The Barbès area. A shot of vitality and messiness.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Picnic at the sunset on the Seine on Ile Saint Louis, then jump on a cab to go to a movie at an old essai cinema like the Accattone.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Paris?

Definitely to rue du Faubourg Saint Denis to grab a tasty kurd sandwich at Urfa Durum in Faubourg Saint Denis. Then, you can keep going drinking in the area.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go to Palais the Tokyo, visit the current expo, buy art books in the bookshop and then eat at its restaurant or coffeeshop.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I grab a good pastry at Carette to eat on a bench at Place des Vosges, then walk through Les Archives in the Marais.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Holybelly or Fragments for an American/Australian brunch, Balagan for a Mediterranean one.

Your perfect night out in Paris includes:

A long walk on the Seine, an excellent Italian dinner in a traditional french gallery like Racines, then a concert in a small venue (Badaboum, le Pop-up du Label), than a goodnight cocktail in Pigalle or Le Marais.

Which local creators do you admire?

I'm in love with two iconic "Pierre": the Maison Pierre Frey and its astonishing interior fabrics and wallpapers, and Pierre Hardy, with his masterpiece shoes

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The view from above the Parc de Belleville, or the one from the rooftop of residential towers in Telegraphe.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Urfa Durum, Kurdish take away in rue du Faubourg Saint Denis.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Paris. How do you spend it?

A quick walk in Jardin du Palais Royal, an ice cream in the Marais, and a picnic on the Seine at Sunset.

You’re meeting the mayor of Paris - what constructive criticism would you give them?

The ban of petrol fueled cars and free and kid-friendly co-working places in empty buildings owned by holdings.

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