Hello dear readers! I am so excited to be introducing one of many blog posts in my new series: An Editor’s Guide, where my editor pals from around the globe share their industry insights, inspiration, and tips and tricks for editing. Today I had the opportunity to take a peek into the world of French editor, Jasmine Perrier, who is the creative mind and editor-in-chief of Paris based magazine, Grumpy Magazine. I’ve been a huge fan of Grumpy since its first release and was so excited to feature Jasmine on my blog where she showed me her favorite spots in Paris for exploring the city and finding creative inspiration. Read on to learn more about Jasmine and the most inspiring spots in the City of Lights. With love, Giselle.
words by Jasmine Perrier
Greetings from Paris! I’m Jasmine, the founding editor-in-chief of Grumpy Magazine, a quarterly publication focused on entertainment and fashion that I make from France with creatives based all over the world. Initially, Paris isn’t my hometown but I’m grateful to my parents who introduced this fabulous city to me from an early age. I come from a small town in the French countryside and growing up, Paris has never stopped fascinating me. When I was watching movies like Ratatouille or The Devil Wears Prada showcasing the City of Lights from its most beautiful side, I’ve always thought that one day, I’d live there. It has been two years now since Paris became my second home as I moved there for my studies and I still feel the magic when I’m in the middle of its streets. Therefore I gathered for you five places that make me more fall in love with Paris everyday.
Jardin des Tuileries
Let’s start with my favorite green space in Paris. The ‘’Jardin des Tuileries’’ is the perfect place to have a breath of fresh air in the middle of the urban environment. Located in the heart of the city, it’s also right near the iconic Louvre Museum and the Champs-Élysées. It’s my happy place when I want to go for a walk and be in my ‘’zone.’’ In addition to that, you can see the Eiffel Tower from there and if you are a sunset lover just like me, this spot offers a breathtaking view when the sun goes down.
Jardin du Tuileries / photography by Jasmine Perrier
Jardin du Luxembourg
On the other bank of the river Seine, there is the ‘’Jardin du Luxembourg’’ that is as lovely as the Tuileries Garden if you are looking for a connection with nature. I’m lucky to have this spot in front of my university. When the sun is out, I like going there in between classes, to study or just to chill out. A couple of months ago, it was all covered with snow which made the place even more charming.
Jardin du Luxembourg / photography by Jasmine Perrier
If you go up the Luxembourg Gardens, you will come across the neighborhood Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It’s a very chic district full of history, known for being the intellectual centre where French poets like Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud reunited to discuss literature and arts. It’s probably one of the best places to feel authentic Parisian vibes with the architecture, book stores and famous luxurious coffee shops like ‘’Le Café de Flore’’ or ‘’Les Deux Magots’’ which welcomed some of the greatest minds of this world.
Saint Germain-des-Prés / photography by Jasmine Perrier
If you are familiar with the French movie Amélie, then you should have heard about Montmartre. From the Sacré-Coeur basilica, you have a unique panoramic view on the Parisian roofs. However, getting lost in the streets of Montmartre is even more pleasant to escape the crowd. You feel like you are in the middle of a film taking place in the 50s with all the artists, painters and vintage storefronts based in this area inherited from the past. That’s the old world charm, as we use to say. I think I would go there every evening if my apartment wasn’t located at the opposite side of the city.
Montmartre / photography by Jasmine Perrier
PNY - Paris New York
Allow me to conclude this list with my go-to place for a lunch break: the ‘’PNY - Paris New York’’ restaurant. Indeed, there is one thing for which French people are undeniably good at: food! As the huge burgers lover that I am, the PNY has always been my top choice to eat gourmet burgers thus far. Not only it’s tasty, but they welcome you in a youthful and friendly atmosphere. They have several locations in Paris, but their restaurant in the Marais is probably the one not to miss because of its 60's American Diner vibes.
PNY / photography by Jasmine Perrier
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