The mission of our Apéro team is to share inspiration and we hope that the various subjects covered so far, from street-style to street politics, were an interesting read for you.
This week we want to try something different. A shorter and more light-hearted format with our top picks from the past month. Enjoy and feel free to complete our list with your own top picks!
1. Autumn’s hottest new novel release: “Un certain M. Piekielny” by François-Henri Désérable. A literature piece that questions the limits between fiction and fact. Written with a delicate sense of humour and a palpable curiosity that draws you in.
2. Le Champo, an independent cinema with a great choice of eclectic art-house movies and discounts to early morning spectators.
3. The “Forest” : a timer-app to help concentration. If you touch your phone for another quick Instagram scroll or a Watsapp reply, the virtual tree that you planted will die. An emotional thriller and a great help to keep your hands off the phone! By the way, you earn coins that you can then spend on actual real-life tree planting.
4. The “Women House” exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris: an artistic representation of the female gender in the context of a domestic setting. 39 female artists of the 20th and 21st centuries interpret this subject in their works. The highlight: the star of social media this past month – the impressive giant spider by Louise Bourgeois. Exhibition ongoing until the 28th January 2018.
1. The Singaporean photographer @_nguan_, whose pastel colours of everyday life have captured the imagination of over 100 thousand Instagram followers and the New Yorker team (he took over their Instagram account in 2016 for National Day week).
2. Lena Dunham’s podcast on friendship, love, work, and other important themes.
3. “A Strangeness in My Mind” by Orhan Pamuk, a novel about the modern day Istanbul and its inhabitants.
4. The “François I and Dutch Art” exhibition at the Louvre, which covers the epoch of Dutch and Flemish artists during the Renaissance at the French royal court. Open until 15 January 2018, this is just in time if you’re looking for a cultural experience over the holidays.
1.“The Cod House” – a new addition to the Parisian eating out scene. Japanese-style tapas and amazing cocktails in a beautiful setting. Think of booking in advance: this place has already gotten the attention from the in-crowd.
2. Waiting on Santa to deliver one or two (or maybe three-four) new pairs of shoes for the festivities? Take matters into your own hands: the great Jonak has an outlet store! The offer is good, but be prepared for some waiting and digging. Princess-like attitudes, please abstain. Address: 44 Boulevard de Sébastopol, 75003 Paris.
3. There is of course the Christmas markets and Galeries Lafayette for getting into a festive mood, but I know where I’ll be going this December: the less known covered passages of Paris – Passage Jouffroy and Passage Panoramas.
4. My boyfriend has great taste in music and this month he’s introduced me to “La Femme”. This French band mixes various styles (for example, 60’s surf and psych rock) for a recipe of indie electronic rhythms that are oh-so-addictive.
5. Latest cinema release I am in love with: “The Battle of the Sexes”. Based on a true story of two American tennis players: Billy Jean King (Emma Stone) fighting for female equality on the tennis court and a retired Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) trying to reanimate his star status.
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