Paris, France
Patrick, 33
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a bit about Patrick

What are you working on these days?

In front of 0fr Librairie, Patrick's favourite book shop

What drives you mad these days?

Gentrification. I was born in Paris and it’s changed a lot in the past 20 years. Diversity is a keyword for me.

What makes you happy?

Talking to strangers and receiving packages in my mailbox.

When was the last time you cried?

We have this TV show in France about troubled teenagers tormenting their family. Most of the time the kids’ background story is terrifying. Violence makes me cry.

What is playing on repeat in your earphones nowadays?

I’ve always been a Bob Dylan/Cat Stevens kind of guy. But since I bought amazing headphones I dig much more into bass-based music. Aquarius Heaven – Can’t Buy Love. Helps me wake up on my way to work. Buraka Som Sistema on my way back!

What was the last movie you went to and was it any good?

“Blood Diamond” with Leo. Man, I was not ready for that. Action-packed movie based on a true story: totally my kind of movie.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I’m pretty much buying clothing twice a years, during the sales’ period. I have a very clear agenda: COS – NIKE – Carhartt – and COS again to be sure I didn’t miss anything.

What’s your go-to café in Paris, to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?

For TOP SECRET meetings I love to go to Le 17. I call it the Bunker. Small café in a small street with small prices and small terrace. Perfect for planning your next attempt to take over the world.

Where’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander in Paris – the street or neighborhood that you won’t mind taking a detour for, just to walk through it?

As I love street photography, I like wandering in places where I’m not supposed to be. Either chasing suits in La Bourse district or sitting down for a style competition between African hairdressers in Chateau d’Eau.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Paris but never actually do?

I love taking the bus in Paris. It’s so slow! Elderly people are always up for a random talk or complaining. I love this vibe.

Who’s your hero (alive or dead)? Where would you take them out to eat or drink and why would you choose that place?

An old Turkish mom used to have a restaurant on my street. She used to hug me and serve me huge plates of food for free every time I came by. I was in love with her. When she retired, an overpriced al’taglio pizzeria took her place with an annoying owner. I think I would take her to this very same pizzeria just so we can make fun of the new owner together.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

I would start the day with breakfast outside at Holly Belly, then go for a walk on the Canal Saint Martin until the next flea market on boulevard Richard Lenoir. After lunch at Paris Feni I would go sit in the sun at La Place Verte with friends. After a few drinks at le 17 I would go eat and drink at les 2 amis. I would probably end the day at Point Ephemere to dance to some concert right back on the Canal Saint Martin.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

If this ever happened (which is almost impossible – taking myself outside in the rain) I would probably go to Starbuck coffee with my Ipad for a white coffee and go have a look at La Tete dans les Nuages. It’s an arcade game place with dozens of video games. And if I’m still not done I would go read a book at Centre George Pompidou Library before going to the movies at my favorite cinema: max linder panorama.

What’s that place in Paris you feel like only you know about?

Le Refuge. It’s a very small bar right outside the Lamarck Caulaincourt metro exit in Montmarte. As the name implies, it’s a shelter for lost souls. If I ever feel bad or need to forget about my troubles while drinking whiskies with strangers, I definitely go there. Stay late and enjoy being in one of the most genuine cafés of the capital.

If tomorrow was your last day in Paris before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would grab a couple of friends for a last night in Pigalle. Going from bar to bar until I forget my name, my address, and about my flight.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I would probably be mayor of the 10th cause the city hall of the 10th is one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris.

What’s the place (or places) in Paris where you’d never be caught dead?

On the Champs Élysées!

What do you love doing the most that is not work, relationship or family related?

I love street photography. Wandering in Paris’ streets with a camera catching situations and decisive moments is my passion.

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place that you usually consider going to and why?

I like to go straight from outta work to bars. I would never pass by the house before going out. Therefore I need areas with lots of bars and clubs so I can just walk from place to place. I would probably go to Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis for a night out. Bars are located one after the other and there are 2-3 nice clubs from soft (l’Etoile) to hardcore (the Rex Club).

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Anywhere ! When you’re in an open and good mood Paris is always here to spoil you!

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