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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)
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!
As someone who has lived in and thought a lot about Paris, it is so refreshing to be reminded of the innovation and creation taking place in a city that can often seem stagnant and stuck in its ways. Tramuta's thoughtful research and writing illuminate the relationships she's forged in this city over the last decade with both people and places, and is illustrative of the possibility of truly finding a sense of home and belonging in a once-foreign place. Her writing about Paris makes it appear a sentient being, endlessly transforming and having new life breathed into it by the people and movements she introduces us to. My list of Paris restaurants tripled in size after reading this book last year. Tramuta masterfully blends personal writing with history, interviews, and analysis in the most engaging way, and reminds me what I love so much about this city.
There's a mountain of material on Paris, but I was drawn to Lindsey's book in my search of something more current. As promised by the title, Lindsey's book offers the latest in food, wine, tech, and more in Paris. Following up the read with a tour of her website is highly recommended to better track the various restaurants, for example, that she references in the book. I can say, fresh off my Paris trip, that her recommendations do not disappoint.
It looks like a gorgeous coffee-table book, but reads like your best friend's trusty guide to her beloved metropolitan hometown (if your best friend happened to be a professional writer and an expert chronicler of movements). Lindsey Tramuta masterfully makes stodgy and stately Paris feel approachable, warm and familiar. Using the universal languages of food, fashion, cocktails and coffee, she exposes the secrets of the city to those of us lucky enough to be let into her world.
I have lived in Paris for a year now, and I still come back to this book time and time again for the best recommendations. The New Paris provides a refreshing and modern take on Paris as it is today. It can be read for pleasure or used as a guide for your culinary exploration through the city. Lindsey is an exceptional writer and her recommendations keep you out of tourist traps and in the best expressions of the city itself.