Paris, France
Gabriela, 30
Journalist
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a journalist who currently works with digital communication. I think it is incredible to use technology to make people reconnect in real life.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I have a playlist called "saudades", a Brazilian word that means nostalgia, or when you miss something or someone. It has a lot of sad and amazing Bossa Nova, a bit of samba, but also some indie pop.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Master of None is seriously the best portrait of my generation. It is so real, sad, funny and clever. It brings all the paradoxes of being a millennial. Black Mirror, I might say though, is my favorite Tv Show ever, because we can actually see the crazy era we are living in from the outside. It looks so close to reality it scares me!

Name some spots in Paris that are good for a Tinder date.

La Halle Pajol - first eco-neighborhood in Paris, you can walk there, sit and have a drink, eat and even dance later. I would also say Le Parc Belleville, a nice park from where you have the most amazing view from Paris. Also on my list, En Vrac, a charming wine bar and very nice price.

Who’s your hero and where in Paris would you take them out for a serious hang?

My dad, he raised two young women to believe that everything is possible. I would take him to Le Bouillon Chartier, one of the oldest restaurants in Paris. It has become quite tourist lately, but still very charming, and you can get real french food (and wine) at a very fair price. The experience itself in this historic breweries is amazing.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I have a romantic style, and I usually wear basic cloths with that unique piece I can only find in a second-hand shop! Check Kilo Shop and you won't regret it!

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

The 16th arrondissement

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Swimming in an opened-air pool!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Paris and where did you get it?

The most decadent I would say, ANY kebab place on the street that looks good when you are drunk and need something to eat. The most extreme would be "Pedra Alta", a Portuguese restaurant that serves the best (and cheapest) sea fruit in Paris (but not only). Everytime I go there, I feel that I ate too much because everything looks so delicious. I also take the leftovers with me and I have my next meal all set! 11 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75004 Paris

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Paris that you particularly like?

Yes!!!! This place called "Le Tribal Café", a hidden bar in a passage, where the beer is ridiculous cheap and you get free food on wednesday, friday and saturday after 21h. I go there every time time I can, the atmosphere is great, specially during summer that everyone is outside.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Paris? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I rarely do expensive activities in Paris, but I would say a Hamman in La Grande Mosquée de Paris (39 rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire 75005 ). It is not that expensive, 18€ the entrance and if you want a massage or a scrub you will pay for the service.

What restaurant in Paris looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Tintin, a Chinese restaurant in Belleville, on my opinion, the best place to have Chinese food in Paris. 17 Rue Louis Bonnet, 75011 Paris

Where can you get the best cocktail in Paris? Which one do you like?

Earth's Kitchen - 5, rue Daunou 75002 I loooooove the bloody mary there.

Where would you take your partner in Paris if you wanted to really pamper them?

First take a walk at Canal Saint-Martin and then, eat delicious hamburger at Rosa Parks (46 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris).

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

First of all, eat cheese! Second, do not leave France without having REAL crêpe and macarons.

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

La Brasserie Barbès (2 Boulevard Barbès, 75018) is a very fancy place in the chaotic Barbès neighborhood. People say a lot of good things about it, truth is, the food is not that good and the prices too high, I was very disappointed I must say.

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

Aux Folies (8 Rue de Belleville, 75020) is so cool that is one of those places we want to keep to ourselves. Cheap beer, great vibe, huge terrace next to the charming Rue Dénoyez. From the outside it looks quite decadent, but seriously, have a beer there and you will understand.

What are the Paris spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

I am not saying Eiffel Tower because I know you will go there anyway. So let's say : Get lost in le Marais, cross Paris by foot following the Seine river, visit Musée D'Orsay (my favorite museum in Paris), Buttes Chaumont Park, drink wine by the Canal Saint Martin, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Jardin du Palais-Royal, La Maison des Artistes in Chatelet.

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

I would go to Buttes Chaumont in the morning read a book, have lunch at my favorite crêperie, Crêperie Bretonne Fleurie de l'Epouse du Marin (67 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris). Go to la place de la République and admire the square. Then I would take a walk by the canal, would have a beer at Le Point Ephémère. I would have dinner at le Siseng, they make the best Bao Burger and are so lovely. I Would go dancing at Le Café Chéri and then enjoy my apartment that I love so much!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Barcelona, it has everything there! Beer, food, beach, history, art, old and new. It is amazing!

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