Sunday, October 24, 2010

Indie Guide to Blogs in Paris: My Little Paris and Merci Alfred

How Two Websites will Lead you to the Secret Side of Paris

Some alleged cool kid (friend of a friend) asked for advice on where all the other cool kids hang out in Paris. He was visiting from London from Toronto and he was of course doing the obligatory tourist obstacle course of La Tour D'Eiffel, Arc de Triomph, le Louvre blah blah but he wanted the underground and non touristy stuff as well. Naturally, I started him off with the A Poor Student's Restaurant Guide for sweet, authentic and affordable eating and thee best and easy to use Guide to Clubbing for electro-lites, minimalists and indie kids but he wanted daily cool activities too, which my travel guide doesn't quite do.

This blog is thus taking the opportunity to a acquaint you with a couple of neat little Parisian websites that do exactly that, give you the secret gems that the city has to offer on a weekly basis for young intellectual and artistically inclined gens.  

The websites are My Little Paris, which is oriented towards female ideas of cute Parisian adventures but also exclusive parties, and Merci Alfred the recently launched male counterpart. The concept is that you sign up to their email list and you get mailed a secret address or quirky idea. This coolness happens twice a week, first "to colour your semaine" and the second to "spice up your weekend."



In Merci Alfred, you can find yourself in a plethora of chic, cool and  efficient restaurants (hard to find in France) to take an important colleague for a business lunch, or if you're a traveler this could be a great list of where to bring French contacts you are looking to impress with your Parisian knowledge.

In an interview with the man behind 'Alfred' he described the site as, "That friend of taste to show you where the wild things are."After being approached by the ladies of MLP looking for someone with some balls, literally, this young trendsetter has made Alfred a way of life and has dedicated himself to showing the classy man a different side of Paris.

Other suave ideas include where to find the oldest and classiest Squash place in the city and one of Alfred's favourites, a tour of La Tour D'argent wine cellar. Pretty much if you are a young Don Draper in the making (Pete Cambell?) and visiting Paris this website will keep your brown loafers busy around town.


For the moment though you''ll have to rely on your highschool French skills to navigate the site, but hey, the crucial info is in the addresses so with a bit of common sense you should be okay. 

 In the more universal version, My Little Paris, discover exclusive parties with hidden addresses you can receive only by text  or resto gems with the best patios when you're looking to escape the busy streets and hide yourself amongst lattes and flowers.  Regarding the nightlife, "Take me the 7eme Ciel," was one text you could have received for a secret concert on the rooftop of an apartment in Montmartre. Other parties included a giant apartment party in an unknown location hosted by Vitamin Water with the address sent only by email. Paris has so much to offer that you will never read about in your guidebook yet My Little Paris  gives the trendy soul a small, time sensitive portal into this world.

Photo: Sitting down with the man behind Merci Alfred, Super Klaude. Vernissage at the Ukrainian Embassy


Bref, these sites are a great resource if you're just passing through the city or here for the long haul on an internship or exchange and looking for chic and trendy adventures. Although Lil'Fel Rocks the World does not focus on weekly activities, hopefully it has given you a good start to finding the secret Paris and thus the real reason that Paris is the best city in the world.  


Our own hidden night of fun in Paris. Fashion Show at the Ukrainian Embassy

Other Useful Ways to Find the Scene

ETE D'AMOUR: Summer is over now so tant pis, but this group hosts all sort of wicked parties during the summer along the Seine with the Eiffel Tower showing off in the background to cool boat parties with great DJ's. Fan this on facebook for updates.


See Also...
A Poor Student's Restaurant Guide to Paris


Hype Clubbing in Paris. Don't go where the tourists do.








Photo Essay: A Night of Secret Art and Fashion Shows




For your listening...

This will make you want to ride bicyclettes and indulge in fromage saint nectaire along the Seine. Yum. Plus it will give you a bit of retro French music culture that isn't just Edith Piaf. France Gall rocks.










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