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viewpoints • vintage • chinese food • korean food • street food • thai food • dumplings
What do you do and why do you do it?
Being an asian foodie traveller, I love exploring new culture, new "gastronomie" and also new people. Been living in Paris for more than 4 years, this beautiful city becomes my second home with many of laughs, love but also sadness. And after all, I am just a student who love budget but original restaurants. Moreover, being a solo traveler girl, I am seeking to many cultural activities where you can meet and talk to people. That's the reason why I want to become cousin and be able share my experiences and learn from others.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Broken hearted is when I need some "alone" moment in order to heal my heart. So my track list would be soft indie and vintage music (In my head - Far Places, Mountain Twin - Joel Porter, etc.). Sometimes, I also listened to classical French music (Edith Piaf, Jaques Brel, etc.)
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Being an Asian, my best TV shows of all time is Running Man - korean variety shows. Their concept is that the team and guests will have a missions and complete it. Normally, its aim is to promote Korea (but also Asia) Tourism and Culture by having missions in these spots. Being a traveler, I learned a lot through this show. That is the reason why this TV show is the best for me.
Name some spots in Paris that are good for a Tinder date.
Ranked as most romantic city in the world, Paris won't disappoint you for a Tinder date. Loving history and vintage architecture, you can go to the center of Paris (where located Palais Royale, Louvre, Opera Garnier, Châtelet, or Notre Dame de Paris). Loving some romantic and quite artist style, you can go to Republique where located many great restaurants (Canal Saint Martin) or Montmartre (18e District) where you can find many great music bars and architecture. It is quite hard for me to tell you all great spots in Paris, since there were too many.
Who’s your hero and where in Paris would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don't have a particular hero (except my mom). But if I meet an independent and inspired travelers, I will absolutely go out with them.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Vintage shop !! ("Fripperie") and Paris has plenty of these type of shops. The best budget shop would be in Marais, near Saint Paul where you can buy everything from 5€. But there are many shops located in this areas. So check them out with my map !!!
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Saint-Denis, I guess
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Fall in love in Paris :) (I will absolutely do it soon)
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Paris and where did you get it?
Big Fernard Burger (you can find it everywhere in Paris). Their menu is simple but their burger is really my guilty pleasure.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Paris that you particularly like?
Not really a hole or hidden bar but at Louvre court, you can see a statue of Louis XIV, from there you can see Jardin de Tuileries, Concorde, and also La Défense.
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 think the most expensive restaurant I've tried is "Le petit Rétro" in 15th District. Normally their course is about 20€ per plate which can cost you up to 80€ per course. My course is: Kir cassis, Home-made semi-cooked duck foie gras, roasted fruit & sweat breton bread, Semi-cooked tuna breaded with sesame seeds, virgin sauce & fried sucrine salad, Thin crust caramelized apple tart, salted butter caramel & Bourbon vanilla Ice cream, Rhum Digestif. It was so great as experiences.
What restaurant in Paris looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
There are Thai Restaurant (Lad Thai) in Chinatown Commercial center - Just near Chinese Supermarket Tang Frères which does not look very great but their food is undeniable.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Paris? Which one do you like?
Piano Bar - Saint Michel - Cooktail: Cosmopolitan
Where would you take your partner in Paris if you wanted to really pamper them?
Depends on what food he likes to eat but definitely a restaurant that I will take him to. And then, a small walk around Paris would be awesome.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Foie gras / Pâté
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Paris?
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Paris?
Near Eiffel Tower (where many couples takes their pictures there)
What are the Paris spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Tour Montparnasse, where you can see all Paris and understand why it is also called a capital of "Lumière". And Versailles is the indispensable spot because this castle is so beautiful.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Paris. How do you spend it?
Eat all the food I love, Go out with friends and wandering around Paris
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Being a traveller, I don't have particular choice since every city has its own beauty but Paris would be my first choice since all my youth was there. The second would be Heidelberg because it is where I discover my passion in travelling.