Paris is a wondrous place. But sometimes you need to feel like you're somewhere else altogether — without getting on a train or a plane. We've rounded up our favorite places in Paris that feel like an escape to a different latitude, minus the jet lag. This is the beauty and strength of our city: Striking design, rich history, sparkling culture and invigorating diversity coalesce to make it so very Paris.

Sawa Shoes

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Put some colors in your life and your wardrobe with Sawa Shoes, a brand of African-made sneakers. Showcasing the craftsmanship and vibrancy of the continent, the sneakers are available in a plethora of styles such as trendy, classic, throwback, glamorous or with wax fabric, and will punch up even your most casual outfits. Our favorites are the retro-inspired Dr Bess sneakers, which will bring a touch of the tropical to your day.

Where: 37 rue Myrha, 75018 Paris &
 2 rue de la Feronnerie, 75001 Paris
When: Mon-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: 
+33 01 71 27 71 76 & +33 01 76 53 94 06; sawashoes.com

 

 

Baton Rouge

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For a taste of Louisiana, your best bet is Baton Rouge Pigalle. Sample from the wide bourbon and rum selection or try a Louisiana-inspired cocktail like the Pomegranate Julep. With a voodoo-esque ambience and retro tunes, Baton Rouge is your gateway to the Deep South. Soak up the spirits with ribs or traditional Louisiana sandwiches such as the po' boy and muffuletta. 

Where: 62 rue Notre-Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris
When: Tues.-Sat., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
More info: +33 
06 52 90 36 42; Facebook

 
 

Hardware Société

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Sunny Melbourne, with its hipster vibe and strong coffee culture, invites itself to Paris with Hardware Société. At the legendary coffee shop near the Sacré Coeur, you can enjoy the Australian passion for coffee and have brunch all day long just like they do it Down Under. The food menu fuses French and Australian flavors to offer original nibbles ranging from poached trout to a spiced banana-pineapple "hummingbird cake."

Where: 10 rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris
When: Mon. & Weds.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
More info: 
+33 1 42 51 69 03; Instagram

 

 

Mexico in the Metro

If you think art and culture are available only in museums and galleries, it's time to step outside the hushed halls. Take time to admire the beautiful shamanic art of the indigenous Huichol people of Mexico, readily available in the Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Station. La Pensée et l'Âme Huicholes is a mosaic made entirely of pearls. This meticulous work by shaman Santos de la Torre Santiago was donated to the RATP by the Mexico City metro, while an Art Nouveau entrance was installed at the metro station next to the opera house in Mexico City. The fresco pays tribute to the Huichol culture, an indigenous community in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Where: Palais Royal Musee du Louvre Station

 
 

The Berlin Wall in Paris

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Paris is home to two pieces of the historic Berlin Wall — one was hosted at La Défense in 1990 and installed in front of the Coupole gallery in 1996. The monument has a fresco signed by German artist Kiddy Citny. The second piece was acquired in 1989 and installed at the Porte de Versailles in 2009, at the Parc des Expositions. After checking out the remnants of the wall, celebrate Germany in a most proper way: with a currywurst at Wunderbär

Wunderbär​
Where: 16 rue Beaurepaire, Paris 75010
When: Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., noon-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., noon-midnight
More info: +33 9 81 26 88 53; wunderbar-paris.com


 

Maison de la Culture Arménienne

Behind the imposing dark green door on rue Bleue, across the courtyard, is the Maison de la Culture Arménienne on the first floor. The inviting and spacious restaurant, decorated with Armenian and French flags, doesn't have a menu. With a simple welcome and a wide smile, the owner announces the dishes of the day, cooked by her husband in the kitchen. Expect classic, homestyle food and a friendly ambience.

Where: 17 rue Bleue, 75009 Paris
When: Mon.-Sat., noon-9 p.m.
More info: +33 1 48 24 63 89


By Nicky Adle

A political observer, spiritual devotee, design addict and travel master, Nicky currently lives between Paris and Tehran with her new husband, Amir. She's a digital consultant working on strategy and marketing for her clients between Europe and the Middle East.