What will Parisians do after COVID-19 Confinement?

Hello Cocktail Lovers! 

We continue to explore how the COVID-19 virus and travel restrictions have affected France. For this episode we are taking a lighter approach and asking fellow Parisians what they plan on doing once confinement is lifted and some of their favorite bars and restaurants they will want to visit as soon as they reopen.

Show guests include:

Gail Boisclair of Perfectly Paris Apartment Rentals

Gail Boisclair is the owner/manager of PerfectlyParis, a company specialising in furnished lets for short/medium/long term) mostly in Montmartre and Les Batignolles. She is originally from Toronto and has lived in Paris since 2001. She also has a fun Facebook page that is all things Paris. She also has a great Perfectly Paris Facebook page where she posts all kinds of interesting tidbits about Paris from pretty pictures to exciting events. 

She’s set up a small, private group of small business owners in Paris to discuss how to deal with the new COVID-19 climate in the city. If you’re a small business owner looking to hear more about that, do send her a message through her website or Facebook page to find out more.

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, she’s looking forward to heading to:

Aux saveurs d’italie
Maison Dong
Autour de Yangtse
Sunset bar and restaurant
Terrass Hotel rooftop bar
Lulu White cocktail bar
Dirty Dick tiki bar

Lily Heise of Je T’aime, Me Neither, author, tour guide, journalist

Lily Heise is a Canadian writer and tour guide who’s been living in Paris since 2000. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Business Insider, CondeNastTraveler.com, Frommer’s, Playboy.com, Fodor’s, among others. She is also the author of two lively books on searching for romance in Paris and runs an award-winning blog, Je T’Aime, Me Neither, focused on offbeat romantic Paris and beyond. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic she’s been writing a short story per week based on her readers favorite places and things to do in Paris. Read, watch or listen to them here

She has recently written an article for Hip Paris site on what Paris personalities will be doing post lock-down and others on how to bring a little Paris into your home.

Follow her on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, she’s looking forward to heading to:

The Friendly Kitchen
Urban Greeners
Rue Montorgueil is the street for a few fun cafe terraces and people watching 
Au Petit Montmartre cafe
Sunset for cocktails

Laetitia Leonhardt of Secrets de Polichinelle podcast and Laetitia’s Escapes blog

Laetitia was born in Paris, but travels the world. She always has a lot of interesting projects on the go, but you might especially enjoy her new podcast series and her blog. She’s also very busy on Instagram and always posting something worthwhile, so follow her at @laetitiasescapes for more fun French and world-wide adventure.

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, she’s looking forward to heading to:

Ibrik cafe for turkish coffee and pistachio cafe
Le Stube, Franco-german cafe with great pastries 
Red House bar
Indian Streeat for authentic North Indian Cuisine

Cliodhna Fullam, Executive MBA student and good friend

Cliodhna Fullam is not just my very good friend. She is also an Irish woman whose love affair with France started when she was seven years old on a holiday in Brittany when she informed her mother that she wanted to live here. Currently taking a break from her professional career in international  marketing and business development, Cliodhna is studying for her Executive MBA at NEOMA business school in Paris and figuring out her next move. She loves to take advantage of city-dwelling and explore all the great restaurants and bars that Paris has to offer with her hubbie and her foodie friends. 

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, she’s looking forward to heading to her local bars and restaurants like:

Nishi Sushi 
Sale e Pepe for pizza
La Rallonge
La Mascotte Montmartre
Soukothai

Fred Guittard, Paris Police Officer

Fred Guittard is a policeman in Paris and is still working during the COVID-19 Confinement, but he’s looking forward to catching up with his tribe when he can.

Christophe Jumentier of Heads and Legs Agency

Christophen Jumentier is the founder Heads and Legs, an agency, specializing in the spirits on trade from the top to bottom. Heads and Legs studies brands and their worlds in order to offer human and strategic solutions adapted to the achievement of objectives through recruitment, skills development of employees, and development of your brand activation projects

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, he’d love to be able to shuffle around the globe for a visit to New Orleans for their cocktail bars or to New York for cocktail bars like Mace, Attaboy, or Nomad Hotel

Here in Paris he’s looking forward to revisiting local bars and restaurants like:

Marrow
Combat
Calbar
Hard Rock Cafe
Rosebud

Oliver Gee of the Earful Tower

Oliver Gee, Australian in Paris,  is the man behind The Earful Tower, an award-winning podcast (and more), where he figures out France, usually with the help of guests who know best. “It’s not hard to imagine being transported to Paris while listening,” said The New York Times when it recently ranked The Earful Tower among the world’s “most transportive” podcasts.

Oliver’s story was the basis of his new book, Paris On Air, a self-published memoir that went wild on Kickstarter and has top reviews from readers all over the world.

You can check out the episode I did on his show on a bar for every Paris arrondissement or the episode on speakeasies and hidden bars in Paris.

And we’re also looking at doing a bit of an epic bar crawl together when this is all over and maybe some sort of international pub run!

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, he’s looking forward to heading to local bars and restaurants like:

Mansart

Anthony of Le Cocktail Connoisseur

Together with his partner, Mel, Anthony started the site Le Cocktail Connoisseur, where they compile interviews with bartenders they meet on their global travels to highlight creative people who make the cocktails we love.  And they have another exciting project with Top 500 bars!

These are a couple of my favourite fellow professional Paris hoppers so follow along on their social media for more cocktail fun on You Tube, Instagram or Facebook.

They have also been on a past episode of Paris Cocktail Talk, How Cities Shape Cocktails.

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, he’s looking forward to heading to local bars and restaurants like:

Little Red Door
Dirty Lemon
Cambridge Public House
Bisou

Shayan Sanyal of Epicurean Living

Shayan Sanyal of Epicurean Living is your go-to guy when it comes to where to eat and drink in Paris, London and many other fabulous spots around the world. He works a day job at Amazon, was previously a concierge for Barchick and is now working on his new project Epicurean Living. And he’s just a great guy to have a cocktail with!

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, he’s looking forward to heading to local bars and restaurants like:

LIttle Red Door
Bisou
Cambridge Public House
Divine for chicken and waffles brunch
Combat (with me!)
Syndicat Cocktail Club

Heather Stimmler-Hall of Secrets of Paris

Established in 1999 by Heather Stimmler-Hall, Secrets of Paris the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Today it remains the trusted reference for alternative news, original feature stories, useful sightseeing advice, reviews and recommendations, and insider information about Paris written by professional journalists, travel writers and local experts living and working in Paris. 

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, he’s looking forward to heading to local bars and restaurants like:

Season Square
Station F

Kasia Dietz, handbag designer, travel writer, fashion tours

Kasia Dietz is a New Yorker who followed her heart to Paris where her love of art, design and fashion inspired her to launch Kasia Dietz handbags. The hand-printed canvas totes are inspired by prints designed by Kasia’s mom in the 70’s, evolving into her own individual style. Each canvas bag is hand-painted, resulting in a unique piece of wearable art, reversing to reveal another one-of-a-kind creation. Kasia is a multi-talented woman who also writes about travel, lifestyle, fashion and food for media including Architectural Digest, BBC Travel, Air Mail, Thrillist, Evening Standard, SilverKris, Metropolitan, Hemispheres, The Independent, Fathom, Luxos, France Today, and Hemispheres. Read all about her life and travels on her award-winning blog, Love in the City of Lights. Kasia is also a regular contributor to HiP ParisBonjour Paris, Urbansider and Paris Perfect

She holds bag painting workshops in Paris as well as fashion tours (including new virtual fashion tours) To book a tour or workshop, email her directly.

Find out more about Kasia and her projects on:

Kasia Dietz website (featuring her bags and writing)
Love in the City of Lights blog
Kasia Dietz Workshops for her workshops and tours

During lockdown, Kasia and her husband have been shopping for food supplies at the local Italian specialty food shop, Paisano

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, she’s looking forward to heading to her local bars and restaurants like:

Lustic cafe
Cafe Mericort
Les Resistants
Hollybelly
Chameleon restaurant

Thibault Devillers, Self-Employed Project Manager, also my guy

Thibault Devillers is a French self-employed  project manager in Paris for digital projects for web and mobile applications. He is also my guy, my partner, my French PACS hubbie. <3 And he also handles the tech development for Paris Cocktails, iOS app guide to Paris cocktail bars.

When the Paris bars and restaurants open back up following the COVID-19 confinement, he’s looking forward to heading to local bars and restaurants like:

Les Deux Coupoles for post volley ball drinks
Afaria for duck and fries for two cooked over vines

Forest Collins (that’s me!) photo credit: Carolyn Wyatt

I second all of the bars already mentioned by my guests, especially Red House and Dirty Dick.  And I’m looking forward to getting back to some other fun cocktail bars post COVID like:

Sister Midnight
CopperBay
Mabel Cocktail and Rum Bar

And I want to do some good restaurants in my neighbourhood in the 15th arrondissement like:

La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix
Radis Beurre
La Cave de L’Os à Moelle

Cocktail of the Episode

Pitcher of Margaritas

2 part tequila
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1 part Cointreau

Mix together in large pitcher with lots of ice and serve in glasses with salt rims.

Optional twists:

Add a little cucumber slice for a cooling garnish or infuse the tequila with ginger or jalapeno before making them to give it some heat.

Swap out the tequila for mezcal for something smokier and a twist on the usual.

Thanks to….

Thanks to all of my guests. 

Thanks to Son Little for music.

As always, thank you cocktail-loving listeners for tuning in our downloading.  

Don’t forget to drink responsibly!

More 52 Martinis:

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