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04 March 2016

The parisian city break of Laurence Gounel for Plume Voyage

To mark the release of her Parisian guide to the Shangri La in Paris, journalist lifestyle and our faithful collaborator Laurence Gounel offers us his city break in the capital.

It was during her many travels, the need was felt: imagine a city guide of a new kind. With a serious bias and 10 geographic or thematic walks, punctuated Address and especially rhythmically in time. Seduced by this project different, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris finally commanded the exclusivity of this guide provides a non tourism vision and off the beaten path of the capital. A nice gift for its demanding customers. Interview with a Parisian kid.

Couverture Le city break parisien de Laurence Gounel pour Plume Voyage mars 2016. @plumevoyagemagazine © Romain Bigot Laurence Gounel Publishing 2015
City of birth: Paris
Journalist: Sport&Style, The Menlook Tribune, Châteaux & Hôtels Collection
Editing: first city guide for the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris


  • How long have you been a Parisian for?

    I was born in the 15th arrondissement, and even today, I do not see myself living anywhere else … Paris is definitely my city at heart.

  • What kind of Parisian are you?

    Obviously in a hurry (what are we running after in this city, anyway?), But contemplative almost every day. Unless I have to cross the capital, I try to walk from an appointment to another. This is also why I am often wearing sneakers! Walking in the city, it is always the opportunity to think wisely … And when it’s nice outside, I choose a neighborhood to “discover” for a Sunday stroll.

  • What are the places that represent, according to you, Paris?

    The Seine, bistros, the Marché des Enfants Rouges … There are multiple and possible “postcards”, but we should overcome clichés and monuments. Some moments mainly, embody Paris: coffee at the counter in the morning, deliveries days in certain shopping streets, aperitifs on the terraces when the first rays of sunshine are out …

  • How was this collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel, Paris born?

    For a long time, I had the idea of ​​designing a slightly different guide from academic guides and those which, conversely, exclusively focus on addresses. I travel a lot and I regret never finding the ideal sesame that would replace the “local friend” to take me by the hand and introduce me to his/her city as he/she likes it, with a real bias. I talk to the Shangri-La, Paris about it who was immediately seduced by the idea of ​​being able to “offer” to its customers a beautiful object, which would deliver a personalized view of the city.

  • Give us a secret place?

    … It would no longer be. But a « secret” place can be a friend’s terrace at whom you arrive and discover an unusual or extraordinary point of view, again, pushes you to remain amazed. The view over the rooftops of Paris always moves me.

  • A magical place?

    This is the hour at which we found ourselves there that makes it a magical moment: at the top of the Sacré-Coeur steps, in the early morning and if possible on a weekday… We get the impression to have Paris at our feet for ourselves only. Everything seems possible.

  • Best breakfast?

    Chez Claus, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This is a typical Parisian address, landmark of small-breakfast lovers.

  • A place for lunch?

    It depends of the day, the season … But I like the mob atmosphere of bistros

  • At the Shangri-La Bar, Paris. Not by connivance, but really because I love the work by Pierre-Yves Rochon who was inspired by a Napoleonic tent to create an intimate and refined place. Specifically, I find this bar very “Parisian”. And because the cocktails and service are up to par.

  • A dinner ?

    Brasserie, bistro, starred restaurant … it depends on the context or mood but what matters is the sincerity behind all this. We can immediately feel it! In Paris, we are spoiled, whatever the budget. I like the places that have a history, such as l’Ami Jean, Astier or Benoît and many others, more contemporary: Bronco, Grand Coeur, the Pantruche, the Baratin … Besides all the small wine bars and cellars where to eat. For this, I am a true Parisian, I can not help myself « testing” everything.

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