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Welcome To Paris—Joakim’s Personal Vector On The World Map

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Joakim, head honcho of Tigersushi Records, has long been a staple on Paris’ musical landscape. He’s a musician, a producer, a DJ and a live performer all rolled into one. Not to mention one of the most in demand remixers in the world of electronic music—DFA, Get Physical, Ed Banger, Modular, Polydor, Virgin (to name but a few), have all called upon him for remixes. His fourth studio album Nothing Gold will be released in September via his own Tigersushi imprint. In celebration of said release, we asked Joakim to give Magnetic readers a personal tour of the place he calls home. Please note that the following feature is not meant to be a cool test in any way shape or form. Think of this as a hometown primer. A way to give you, the reader, an intimate look at a city through the eyes of an artist…and perhaps establish a bit of a personal connection outside of their creative realm. The platform is open to love and hate.Welcome to Paris—Joakim’s personal vector on the world map...

"Forever Young" (Extended Afro Mix)

Here’s a DJ set recorded at Sao Paulo's Ibirapuera Planetarium in May 2011. This performance was an improvised live collaboration between Joakim and the Planetarium scientists projecting images and interacting with the music. There were two 45-minutes sets this is the second one.

Favorite Hangout:
There's this place, it's right in the center of Paris. It’s very quiet, with lots of sunlight, and a nice view of a weird 80s building and trees. The food is super fresh and delicious, the coffee is outstanding and it's my favorite places to hang out. It's called home.

Winning Restaurants:


Le Chateaubriand:150 Rue de Tocqueville, 75017 Paris (+33) 01 47 63 96 90
Le Chateaubriand wins (and I’m not saying it because they're my friends).

Chez Chartier:7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris (+33) 01 47 70 86 29
This place loses. It's a popular old school brasserie with a beautiful décor. But last time I was there, these were cockroaches in the basket where they store forks and knives. Downer.


I love...

The pace of Paris, grumpy people, its size that makes walking easy, food, spring when girls put on their first summer dress. And most of all, Im never bored of how beautiful it is.

I loathe:

Taxis (or lack thereof), grumpy people, traffic, bad brasseries and almost no decent place to eat after 11 pm.

How to kill time without blowing the bank:


Walking is the cheapest and best activity in Paris. There's always a new street, a new corner, or perspective that you didn't notice before. I especially recommend the walk from Right Bank to the Left Bank, crossing The Seine near The Louvre or Ile Saint Louis, ideally at sunset after a warm summer day. The ultimate romantics stroll.

Best place to people watch:

Just right down the street where I live. It's probably one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Paris, very popular and with people coming from all around the world. You can walk down the Rue Du Faubourg du Temple, or to the wild illegal flea market on Boulevard de Belleville, or just sit at a café terrace and enjoy watching the buzzing city life for hours. There will always be something happening. Not for faint-hearted, or glam tourists though.


Favorite Bar:

Le Phenix:18 Rue des Panoyaux, 75020 M Menilmontant

I love this tiny hidden bar in Menilmontant, specially in the summer time when they open their backyard terrace. It makes you feel like you're in a secret hidden place.

Best bookstore:

That kind of depends on what you're looking for. Centre Pompidou has a fair selection of Art books, for novels and philosophy I would go to La Hune in St Germain, which is also an excuse to have an expensive drink at the infamous Café De Flore. For more arts and design/graphics books, there's Artazart on the Canal St Martin, which is also a nice neighborhood to hang out when weather's nice. But my actual favorite must be Librairie Florence De Chastenay in the 5th Arrondissement, who specializes in weird, esoteric old books.


Place Georges Pompidou:75004 Paris (+33) 01 44 78 12 33 (Mon, Wed-Sun 11 am - 9 pm)

La Hune:170 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris (+33) 01 45 48 35 85

Café de Flore:72 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris (+33) 01 45 48 55 26 (daily 7 am - 1:30 am)

Artazart:83 Quai Valmy, 75010 Paris (+33) 01 40 40 24 00 (Mon-Sat 9 am-6 pm)

Librairie Florence De Chastenay:76 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris (+33) 01 43 54 05 78

Best boutique:


Tigersushi Furs27 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris (+33) 01 42 77 20 15 (Mon-Sat 9 am - 6 pm)
Well, this has to be Tigersushi Furs, in Le Marais. Records and great clothes (especially the artists-designed t-shirts). Ask for Laurene, and you might get a discount!

Best coffee shop:

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Café Marly:93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (+33) 01 49 26 06 60
Paris is often considered as a great city for coffee. I often wonder why it is that 90% of cafés serve an awful espresso then. I like to drink an early morning coffee on the terrace of Café Marly though, just because it's kind of magical to see The Louvre and its glass pyramid at that time of the day when it's not crowded yet.

Favorite place to take a date out:

You may try going to Montmartre at night, after 3 am, when this super touristy neighborhood becomes a ghost town. I love the atmosphere then (and only then), it's all surreal and doesn't look like Paris, or any other town. Walk from Abbesses metro station up to Montmartre through rue Lepic and then to the Sacré Coeur to enjoy a stunning view of Paris, without the thousands of tourists.

Favorite place to take out a visiting friend:


Breizh Café:109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris (+33) 01 42 72 13 77 (Wed-Sun 12 pm-11 pm)
I usually bring my friends to Breizh Café, a crepe restaurant in Le Marais, which is probably the best in Paris. It’s now almost world famous, as they opened a branch in Japan! I never found real Breton Crepes outside of France, and even in Paris it's hard to find good ones (you'd have to go to Brittany for the real thing). But this place is outstanding, they have special combinations like smoked tuna/asparagus/eggs or the sweet Salted Caramel ones, and most foreigners never experienced or even know what a Breton crepe is, so it's always a nice discovery. And it's not too expensive.

Place visiting friends most want to see:


Le Chateaubriand, basically because it's almost impossible to book a table (if you're not a good friend, ha ha)!

The best place to see the sunrise/sunset:

Sunset on The Seine is magical because it sheds an amazing light on all the most beautiful buildings of Paris. For sunrise, it's harder since I'm almost never awake at that time of the day. But I would try Les Buttes Chaumont, Paris' nicest park, which is on a high hill, so I guess you get a pretty great view of the sunrise.

Best club night:

There's not one club night that is regular and where I'd go without wondering if it's gonna be good or not. Chez Moune is usually good if you're looking for a cool underground tiny club. Le Pompon too, but it’s a bit younger and hipper. Then you just have to look at who's playing where basically and make your choice.

Chez Moune:54 Rue Pigalle, 75009 Paris (+33) 1 45 26 64 64

Le Pampon39 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris (+33) 1 53 34 60 85

Best live music:


Theatre Le Trianon:80 Boulevard de Rochechouart, 75018 Paris (+33) 1 44 92 78 00
I would say Le Trianon, not because great bands play there. It's unfortunately mostly bad commercial bands, but the venue is the most beautiful in Paris, easily.

Best hotels:


Hotel Ritz Paris15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris (+33) 1 43 16 30 30
As I live in Paris, I don't much know about the hotels. I slept once at the Ritz, the original one, and I must say it's magical. Especially since it hasn't been renovated in a long time, so everything looks timeless. They have the most beautiful suites I've ever seen.

Take on the weather:

Mild, winter is not so cold, summer not too hot, with a few exceptions.

General posture/character of police:

Coward zealots.

General attitude of populace:


The city is most alive on:

Spring is wonderfully alive, any day of the week (except for parties). The hormones do their thing, and people are still working but already thinking of their holidays. In the summer, students approach the end of their year and people gather on terraces for aperitifs...

The city is dead on:

Sundays are pretty dead in some neighborhoods and there are usually no decent parties from Monday to Wednesday. Restaurants are closed on Monday, and the first two weeks of August are when most Parisians are out of town.

Best way to get around town:

Favorite market:

Alibert Market: In front of Saint-Louis Hospital, on rue Alibert, 75010 Paris. (Sundays, 7 am -3 pm)
The one I go to is tiny but has got everything I need: good organic vegetables and fruits, good cheeses, great super fresh fishes. It's rue d'Alibert on Sunday mornings.

Raspail Market: Boulevard Raspail, between rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris. (Sundays, 9 am - 3 pm)
But as a tourist, I'd probably go to the one Boulevard Raspail where you can spot famous people and spend a fortune on a homemade muffin.


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