Since always, two moods fight each other in Paris: Rive Droite versus Rive Gauche. It’s your choice… At My Parisiennes, we can’t be totally Parisiennes if we’re not slightly both.
The adventure My Parisiennes mostly started with an illustration by Hossein Borojeni, “Pause au Luxembourg” (“Break at Luxembourg”), on the Rive Gauche (left bank) of Paris.
We made it our logo, our inspiration which allowed us to visualise more clearly this online store that we are launching.
It is therefore normal to begin Le Magazine with a Rive Gauche Mood, to share with you our Parisian crushes, the places not to miss, make you feel and experience the emotions from My Parisiennes…
LE BON MARCHE
On Rive Gauche, it is also about visiting one of the most beautiful and elegant large stores of Paris.
Imagine yourself in the XIXth century, time where Aristide Boucicaut and his wife transformed a simple workshop into a big store and disrupt all of the codes of fashion and design with a modern idea.
This is occurring in 1852 and this is nearly the only thing we talk about in the world.
Marker of good taste, sophistication and elegance so particular to French people, the customers of the time are mainly women.
Le Bon Marché also becomes more cultural with the creation of a gallery available for artists in 1875.
RUE DU BAC
After a visit to Le Bon Marché, there is nothing better than a walk in the streets of Paris.
We forget the metro and we walk fifteen minutes to find Rue du Bac, 7th arrondissement, perpendicular to Rue de Sèvres. Chic and discrete, this street full of charm abounds of good places.
If you are looking for lunch in a chic bistro, My Parisiennes advise you to go to Gaya Rive Gauche.
For the more gourmet and for tea time, you can still go satisfy a little craving in Pâtisserie des Rêves (Bakery of the Dreams), 93 Rue du Bac, founded by Philippe Conticini, pastry chef, and Thierry Teyssier.
Their idea: “to bring back pastry to the taste of children and help them to create new gourmet memories by revisiting and modernising the great classics of French pastry”, and it is such a success.
Our crush: La maison du Bac, a historical place from 1826 revisited and rethought by two sisters Cécile and Octavie, who offer objects of unique design sharing a real passion for beautiful objects.
Finally, if we have the courage, we can even make a detour to visit Rodin Museum, Rue de Varenne.
LES JARDINS DU LUXEMBOURG
After a day full of shopping, tasting and discoveries, we continue our little physical exercise with a walk to the Luxembourg Gardens, to stroll and relax on the grass reading a good Balzac novel.
The gardens have been created by Marie de Medici in 1612 and were the first French gardens inspired by Italian baroque style. Today, the Senate is found there.
But let’s go back to our lecture…
By the way, isn’t it this good old Balzac who once said
“Parisian women are unexplainable. When they are passionately love, they wish to be loved reasonably; and when we love them reasonably, they blame you not to know how to love”.