One day in Paris and its region
Each month, France lovers share with us the best of their region. Louvre, Champs-Elysees, Sacre Coeur, Paris seems to hold no secrets for anybody...and yet. Hamid Kamil, Promotions and Business Tourism Director at the Paris Region Tourist Board, will prove us wrong!
Atout France: Describe your favorite view in Paris
Hamid Kamil: Instead I’ll talk to you about the last place I went to: the Cite de la
mode et du design and its amazing rooftop! First of all, it’s by the Seine and
I like strolling on the quays. Second of all, it is now a must-see where you
can meet a lot of young artists and creators, particularly during the Paris
Design Week in September. There are several restaurants and atmospheres on the
roof between le Nuba, le Moon Roof or the Wanderlust. We are immersed in an
AF: If you only had 24 hours in Paris, where would you eat and drink?
AK:That’s quite a challenge! I love both tradition and novelty. Having a
coffee early in the morning at Café de la Paix is a must. The place is elegant,
full of history. I often schedule appointments there before going to the
office. I like having lunch at Ma Cocotte, close to the flea market at Saint
Ouen. It’s a balanced place with traditional cooking and the design of Philippe
Stark. For dinner, I recommend Les Ombres, the restaurant of the Musee du
Quai Branly: a previously unseen view of the Eiffel Tower, a diversified and
quality food offer.
AF: When is your favorite season in Paris and why?
AK: Without hesitation, I would say spring. Paris is the City of Light, of all
the lights in fact, but the one in spring is distinctive. It illuminates our core.
It makes us want to linger again at terraces after work. The mood is light and at the same time, spring
brings out the best in us. We can fully enjoy the city, and particularly the
quays of the Seine and of the left bank, which are open to pedestrians. During
the week-end, I leave the capital; I walk along the Seine to follow in the
footsteps of the Impressionists’ and see Paris in their light.
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