Paris is my hometown, and is always lovely to go back to. I now see it with new eyes and try to find new interesting experiences when I am not relaxing in my old fav spots.
This October led me to three food & drinks spots, two being new and one being an institution. Daroco is the latest sister concept to Roco, Roca and Rococo and sits in the former and impressive Jean-Paul Gaulthier's shop in Galerie Vivienne . It is a modern Italian tratoria boasting stunning decor, lovely staff and hip clientele. 'Le tout Paris' of the fashion world was there during Fashion Week.
Umami Matcha Cafe just opened behind place de la Republique and is for matcha (fine Japanese green tea powder) fans like me. Capucino, latte, flat white... there are all available as matcha drinks and a simple healthy Japanese menu is on offer.
Le Select is one of Paris' iconic grand cafes / brasseries in Montparnasse since 1923. It is less pretentious than Cafe de Flore (although I must admit I love its vibes). It had famous customers from Man Ray to Scarlett Johanson. I like this type of atmosphere and menus on a Sunday lunch when you've had a busy weekend and just want to relax in a simple and authentic venue.
London is always bustling whether it is with new food concepts, art exhibitions, dance shows, pop ups, ...
October was no exception with plenty of activities to keep ourselves entertained and intellectually motivated.
Royal Academy's 'Abstract Expressionism' (until 2 January 2017) is one of the most interesting exhibitions they have had in a while. It explores the American art movement born in New York in the 1940s with famous figures including Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning.
Damien Hirst's recent Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall hosted Jeff Koons' NOW exhibition. The next exhibition is Gavin Turk (from 23 November). The gallery's restaurant is Pharmacy 2, the super hip concept from the 1990s that Hirst revived. It is a fun place to grab a drink or lunch.
Barbican permanent associate Michael Clark performed in October his new show 'to a simple, rock'n'roll...song' to Erik Satie, Patti Smith and David Bowie's tune. Check out Michael Clark Company's next performances around the world, they will blow your mind.