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The New Paris is an ambitious, exhilarating book that goes far beyond a charming collection of hidden treasures. With an astute mind, a discerning eye and a huge heart, Lindsey Tramuta adeptly explores the exciting movement happening in Paris right now and brings it to the forefront, with beautiful imagery by Charissa Fay that feels like the Paris we already know, but a fresh and forward thinking version. I have just returned from my sixth trip to the city and really wish I'd had this book to inform my visit and take it to a level I have not yet experienced, but have found myself longing for - one that until this book I didn't know existed to this extent. But there will be a next time and thanks to The New Paris I cannot wait to meet my new Paris.
I have always been fascinated by Paris, but originally this was mainly from a historic and architectural perspective. Having been lucky enough to re-visit the city many times, I found myself drawn more frequently to the 3rd and 4th arrondisements and then further into the 9th, 10th and 11th without fully knowing why. This book explains and expands on what it was that seemed to be beckoning to me from this part of the city - the sense of experimentation and new things happening on nearly every corner.
The New Paris can be read as a guidebook but it works equally well for anyone curious about the people and forces that have absorbed traditional French culture and adapted it, added to it and sometimes defied it to create new restaurants, shops, bars, hotels, etc., infusing the city with a renewed sense of vigor.
The writing is clear and always interesting - I found myself reading the section on shopping (not one of my interests) even more intently than the cocktail section (definitely an interest).
In The New Paris, Lindsey writes about the individuals and businesses working to make their city better, to help move her beyond her mythical past and who “have already made great inroads into leading it beyond its assumed role as a time capsule”. Far from being stuck in the past, Paris now is a “dynamic, vibrant place bursting with energy and ideas, a city open to what the rest of the world has to offer it and far more cosmopolitan in attitude than ever before.” This new creative movement, in part fueled by the economic crisis (la crise) of 2008 has given birth to a whole new way of (approaching) life.
The book features a thorough look at the rapidly evolving worlds of food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion, and design (if you follow Lindsey on Instagram, many of these places will already be familiar to you, her feed is a veritable dynamic travel guide) and highlights places, ideas and people making their mark in Paris today with this new creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
Chapters include: Food & Dining, Coffee, Sweets, Libations, Shopping & Crafts and Places & Spaces and there’s a special section highlighting Lindsey’s favourites which could totally be the only “travel guide” you need for a trip to Paris (Lindsey’s recommendations have always been solid – from coffee to sweet treats, her ideas have fuelled (literally) a number of “research” sessions when I’ve been in Paris!).
(I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but I also purchased a copy of this book for myself)
A beautiful, informative treat - this is much more than your average guide book. Lindsey Tramuta and Charissa Fay transport us to the most magical, unchartered corners of Paris. A joy to read, and just as joyful to devour each photograph in all of their detailed glory - cozy unexpected nooks, unusual architectural details, glorious food up close and personal - all of it inviting us to pull up a chair and find our own perfect spot in Paris. Highly recommend!
SO happy with this purchase! I frequented a lot of the spots listed in The New Paris before I read the book but found so many new places I want to visit next time. Honestly, it is very thorough with GREAT writing and I was unexpectedly transported to the author's world. For any Francophile out there or for someone who wants a beautiful coffee table book (the spine is yellow just so you know), this is a great addition to anyone's collection. Lindsey takes you to Paris with a bird's eye view, the local perspective. The book sort of serves for a beautiful representation of the places we got to visit as well.
On a more important note, the places she recommends are places where I felt like I belonged/was most welcome. Although I would like to just walk into any shop as a visitor and feel 100% comfortable, the mentioned cafés or restaurants she lists ( i.e. Holy Belly, Cafe Oberkampf, Septime, Boot Café) are places where I could still pretend I was fluent in French and not feel like I was an annoying tourist.
As I mentioned above, her writing is also impeccable and I found myself being transported by mentions of authors or other places she's lived. I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to her next book. In the meantime, I also follow her on social media (Instagram etc.), her podcast, or her blog. She is always updating her recommendations. As someone who visits about once a year or every other year, I find her advice and suggestions useful.
Lindsey does a wonderful job with the book in documenting and highlighting the changes that are afoot in Paris. I love her writing style and I LOVE all the stories she tells about the people behind the evolution. Bring this book on your next trip to Paris. It is the only way to explore the new Paris and to really understand all the cool things happening behind the scenes. This book is an inspiration. Kudos!
An insightful, enlightening and thoroughly delightful tour through the new cultural landscape of Paris. Ms. Tramuta's articulate, witty and sometimes wry observations on the myths and current realities of life in this glorious city are refreshing and essentially relevant. A vital addition to every Paris book collection.
After visiting Paris numerous times and thinking I knew many things about Paris, this book showed me how little I knew about the new modern rejuvenated Paris. Entrepreneurs, Chefs, Brewers, Cocktail masters & so many innovators are changing the city and making it exciting to explore every area & not just the same old tourist sites. Go & wander different quarters visiting shops, cafes, pastry shops, natural wine bars & cocktail bars. If you are heading to Paris and looking to experience the new vibrancy of the city then this book is for you!