PARIS An Artist's Guide to Paris

Where do the modern-day Monet's hang-out?


An Artist's Guide to Paris

Where do the modern-day Monet's hang-out?

An artist's life in paris

In the first part of this series, we heard from contemporary artist Athier Mousawi about life as an artist in Paris, but where do the modern-day Monet’s hang out?  Athier shares his paint-splattered black-book on his favourite art-inspiring spots and the hiden places where creatives go to connect.  Consider this your ultimate insider artist’s guide to Paris. 

The Best Galleries in Paris

“Artist Kader Attia recently opened a really cool multi-purpose place called La Colonie in the 10th arrondissement near Gard du Nord.   He is a North-African artist who won France’s prestigious Marcel Duchamp prize in 2016, which was quite a statement. It’s a really cool, dynamic space that is opening up the dialogue around the social and racial fragmentation that exists in Paris. I love exploring the galleries in the Marais, it’s one of the best things about living there. Try catching a night when there is a vernissage and you can hop between them all and soak up the scene. My favourites are Almine Reich, Thaddeus Ropca, Perrotin Galerie and the Frank Elbaz Galerie

Galerie Almine Reich - Showcases big names like James Turrel in a minimalist two-storey apartment in the Marais.

64 Rue de Turenne, Marais 75003

Thaddeus Ropac - Expect fabulous exhibitions of contemporary art in the Parisian outpost of one of the world’s most successful galerists, Austrian Thaddeus Ropac

7 Rue Debelleyme, Marais 75003

Perrotin Galerie - Combining quirky Japanese art with France’s big-names, this chic gallery is a fore-runner for the hottest in town.


Frank Elbaz Galerie - One of the first influential galleries to open over a decade ago in the Marais, this contemporary gem specialises in French and US influencers, as well as rediscovering past-greats.

66 Rue de Turenne, 75003

La Colonie - Part restaurant, part art-space the hybrid gallery provides a platform for dialogue and interaction between African and French artists.  

128 rue La Fayette, 75010 

The Best Museums in Paris

“If I was to buy a property in Paris, I would like to buy an apartment in the 5th arrondissement, near the Jardins du Plantes.  I love that you are surrounded by this huge conservatory and a Museum of Geology and Rocks - it feels ancient, like the Natural History Museum in London. Even if you don’t go inside, it emits this calming air to soak up. I also love the Museu de Pronlie, the Rodin Gardens, the Monet Gardens and the Brancusi Atelier.  His former studio is opposite by DIY shop and its free to go in, so I usually stop by for some inspiration.”

Jardin des Plantes - Fabulous gardens originally planted as Louis XIII medicinal herb gardens that lead onto Paris’ Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens.

Place Valhubert & 36 rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire

Musée Rodin - One of Rodin’s favourite spots, it was here that he chose to place his sculptures, which you can now find woven through the 3 hectare gardens.

79 Rue de Varenne, 75007

Monet Gardens - You may need to travel 50 miles outside Paris to witness the natural splendour that inspired much of Monet’s work, but it’s well-worth the adventure.

Atelier Brancusi - Considered to be a work of art in its own right, Brancusi used the studio to explore the relationship between the space and his sculptures.

Place Georges Pompidou, 75004

The Coolest  Hang-outs, Coffee-Shop and Bars:

Comptoir Générale - Queues can form around the block for a spot in this shabby-chic hipster spot set in a 600 sq metre barn behind Canal St Martin. The African-French brunches on weekends are legendary.

80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010

Cité des Arts - Welcoming 1000 international artists per year to 325 studios set on the banks of the Seine in the 4th arrondissement, this is the place for cross-culture creation.

18 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004

Le Bellevilloise - Housed on the site of the city’s first worker’s association, this multi-use bar, restaurant, club and gallery hosts regular film nights, hip djs and Sunday brunch jazz sessions.  

19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 

Le Perchoir - This vast roof-top offers 360 degrees across Paris. Come before sunset or after supper to ensure a spot.

14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011

Fragments - With the air of an artist studio, the avocado toast and tart-tartines are among the highlights at this cosy speciality coffee shop.

76 Rue des Tournelles, 75003

Le Caféotheque - Run by the former French ambassador to Guatemala, Gloria was amongst the first (and still the best) to educate Parisians on the art of organically sourced and single-origin beans from across the globe.

52 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004

Le Barat - This beautiful wine bar is a great spot to discover new wines. Half shop, half bar - tell staff how much you want to spend and they’ll select you the best bottle to enjoy next-door over dinner.

Clown Bar – It’s no longer a secret, but there are many reasons why this remains one of the most hyped spots in town since opening in October 2016.

114 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris

The Broken Arm - Fashion store meets coffee shop at this hip, light-filled space in the trendy Marais

12, rue Perrée, 75003

The Beans on Fire - A strong contender for the best coffee in town, expect friendly staff and a great breakfast menu.

7 Rue du Général Blaise

Coolest insider artist's hang-outs Paris black book Athier Mousawi