My Paris finds
Sydney interiors stylist, photographer and now author Pia Jane Bijkerk is known for her flair for turning the everyday into something extraordinary. And where better to find inspiration than the city of light? Pia moved to Paris in 2007 where she established herself as a freestyle photographer and editorial producer. Now back in Sydney, Pia reveals her favourite Parisian haunts…
Pia with her book (Paris: Made by hand) displayed in a bookshop window.
French Touche: This is where I go to find the latest creations from French artists and artisans, including clothing, homewares, stationery, and jewellery. Tucked away in the 17th arr, which is well off the tourist trails, this fabulous boutique is full of affordable treasures. frenchtouche.com.
The Collection: This is an awesome space. There are handmade wallpapers, light features, children’s toys and kitchenware, all beautifully crafted and designed in Europe. Owner Allison Grant has a fabulous eye, making the boutique an always inspiring place to peruse. thecollection.fr
ABOVE Rue du Pot-de-Fer: This is one of the most picturesque restaurant avenues of Paris that is always bustling with locals. It’s where we meet friends for a casual meal of pot au feu, or to enjoy an aperol at one of the bars. BELOW L’Atmosphere: Right across the road from canal Saint Martin in the 10th arr, is one of my favourite cafes. I especially love the cafe gourmand dessert plate. latmosphere.fr.
Café Louis Philippe: Straight out of the early 19th century, this ‘resto-bar’ is one of our favourite lunch spots when in the 4th arr. It serves traditional French dishes like oeuf durs mayonnaise (eggs with mayonnaise), endives au bleu et aux noix (endives, blue cheese and walnut salad) and boeuf bourguignon, all at reasonable prices. cafelouisphilippe.com.
Philippe le Libraire: Just around the corner from L’Atmosphere is our go-to place for the latest French comics, many of which are limited edition and hand-printed works of art. In France, comics are very popular, and this tiny shop is filled with the best collection.
Ultramod: This treasure chest of new and old ribbons, silks, felt and buttons is the most amazing ancient boutique (it’s been selling haberdashery since 1890!). What can I say, I just adore this place.
Square Gabriel Pierné: Named after the early 20th century composer Gabriel Pierné, this pocket-sized park is truly one of the sweetest little corners of Paris. The benches are in the shape of open books and are nestled under the shade of stunning cherry blossoms whose petals float around your feet in spring.
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