Paris, France
Sati, 31
Skater & Cafe Owner
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a bit about Sati

What are you working on these days?

Currently opening a new café in Paris focused on local ingredients, veggie-based menu, tranquil space – and also hosting a variety of art and food projects.

What drives you mad these days?

Parisiens, bureaucracy, bad food. Also, my washing machine is broken.

What makes you happy?

Rad babes, good grubs, dinner with homies, good lighting, biking, fun nights. Like last night, at the end of the night we partied so hard at CN for Noodles & Funk Night. We were 20 people who had just finished eating spicy noodles and were fully fueled to shake our asses to an epic album, Soto Soto (African funk).

When was the last time you cried?

Last week I found out my best friend back home in California was between life and death and there’s nothing I can do about it. The latest update was that he was in coma but needed to be. He kept waking up and coming out of it which is very much like him – stubborn as fuck. We’ll see how things play out. “0 to 100 ****** real quick.”

What is playing on repeat in your earphones nowadays?

A few things: Fishmans- Baby Blue, Arthur Russell -Make 1,2 and this Japanese record I found at the flee market on sunday. It’s like 1950s Japanese mafia music, for sure.

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

Shit, hard to remember. I don’t go to the movies much. I prefer older movies or unconventional ones. I did see a screening of a friend’s film at Gallery OFR in 3eme recently. It was cool, I liked the way the camera moved, and it’s always fun to watch friends on a screen.

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

Thrift that – Guerrisol. Or for long johns you can get rad ones in CPH (Denmark). I like wool, denim and natural fabrics.

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

I’ve got a few that I visit just as frequently as they offer different vibes (Boot Café, Marcovaldo). I guess it also depends on what area we are in: your go-to spots end up depending on the quartier.

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?

I have a few but one of them is Faubourg Saint Denis – it’s like, super gritty (the part after the arch towards Le Gare) but at the same time getting bloody trendy. Still it holds onto that grit no matter what, and has the dopest Turkish soup spot known to mankind…. cheap, too! Also, on the other end of the street (other side of arch) there are Chinese clothing shops and “mature” prostitutes (wtf). That’s kind of the beauty of Paris, such a cluster fuck of all things.

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

One of the best things is a picnic in the park or along the canal. I guess I do that but only when it’s not freezing and grey out. We would even picnic along the Seine when I first moved here, now I stay away from all things Seine. Also, I used to do more urban exploring, climbing on buildings and descending into the depths of the catacombs. The real catacombs are sick: its completely quiet at times and pitch dark. On my first time I spent six hours there, it just goes on and on and keeps changing.

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

I don’t have so much faith in heroes but I would take Arthur Russell and Bill Murray (after he dies) out together to my soup dude and Turk pizza guy. One of my good friends Pandora introduced me to this ritual: we go on Faubourg Saint Denis to our Turkish wrap guy then take our 2.5€ wrap to Baris, who runs Mardin Korba Salonu and makes us feel like we are at our great aunt’s house. Such good vibes. We would sit eat, laugh and sneak some beers from under the table. Fuck yeah.

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

I had a few over the summer. Best homies around, great drinks/food from the local markets and chilling in the park (Belleville or Butte de Chaumont) or in Deborah’s backyard in Aubervilliers.

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

Museums – this city has some epic spaces and pieces and they usually can afford to have nice temp regulation. Another nice idea is to go get some pho soup (warms up the soul).

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

My favorite spot in the city is at my friend’s bar Chambre Noire, but it’s closed on Sunday morning. Last week we were doing some organizing and then got hungry, so I cooked a solid meal: fried eggs, purple cauliflower sautéed with white wine garlic, pork belly and some nice bread. We opened up the door half way, moved a table right into the doorway, set the table, put on an old album on the fisher-price record player and just had a proper mellow meal. The sun was out that day but it was clear and crisp. That was something just for us. Aside from that there are some dope rooftops with rad views that are not for everyone.

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

Probably just as any other day, go to a homie’s cafe for some good coffee, then meet with some friends, if the weather was nice maybe have a drink along the canal, then cruise by a friend’s house for lunch and maybe if it’s my last day have some sick dinner at a proper spot like Chateaubriand or if he was there I would definitely eat at the Casanova guy’s spot Tete Dans Les Olives. He has a 1 table restaurant but is hardly ever around to open. That would be nice. Then after we would have to have dance party at a homie’s place, CN or L’Embuscade.

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

Aubervilliers just so I could say “neuf trois”. Represent, we comin’ up.

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

Mac Do, Champs Elysée and The Tower.

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

Leaving town, trips, flying, biking, car, whatever.

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

I would go to sit up on the hill, in the big garden, with Deborah, Basma, Ben, Fab, Louis and the rest. We would have a barbecue, it would be sunny and again – Arthur and Bill Murray could totally join.

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

I don’t go out that much. I go to friends’ spots or if there is a proper function, expo or whatever. I’m usually at the same spots and on weekends I end the night with some wine at Le Verre Vole baby!

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