The Paris Hipster Guide
From the Marais to the 11th, Paris is packed with boutiques and restaurants that define what’s cool now. Here, many of Paris’s more envelope-pushing spots (and a lot of the health food joints, too, a concept that’s finally reached France).
Les Bains du Marais31 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, 4th | +220.127.116.11.02.02
This warm and moodily-lit subterranean space is the full expression of a traditional Moroccan hammam, from the tile work to the treatments. Scrubs, massages, and a series of steam and sauna rooms will lull the knots out of your back: And when you're done with it all, you can opt for hair and nail treatments as well. There are days designated solely for men, and days designated solely for women, as well as a few swimsuit-required unisex sessions on the calendar.
Kshanti Yoga13 Rue du Vieux Colombier, 7th | 18.104.22.168.89.95
It’s appropriate that this beautiful, cozy yoga studio that focuses on patience and benevolence is in an old church. The studio’s goal is to help you find the right practice for you, so the instructors teach many different styles of yoga, including Jivamukti, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Chromayoga; the studio also offers circus-inspired classes to get kids involved at a young age. Everyone is welcomed with a pair of slippers, and the vibe is so relaxed that it’s hard to resist hanging out for a post-class snack in the adjacent Maisie Cafe. For those visiting in August, classes resume on the 20th.
Le Tigre Yoga Club19 Rue de Chaillot, 8th | +22.214.171.124.17.34
Take your pick from yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, as well as sessions for kids), Pilates, meditation, massage, and chiseling bar classes at this atmospheric studio in the Marais. Subdued lighting, gorgeous earth tones, and Asian sculptures set a soothing vibe. There’s a luxurious, rejuvenating hammam; a shop stocked with essential oils, candles, yoga mats, and beautifying potions; and a café that serves incredible organic lunches.
Mirz Yoga6 Rue Arthur Rozier, Place des Fêtes
Plagued by stomach pains, Marine “Mirz” Parmentier found relief in yoga and became obsessed, leaving her communications job to train in India. She founded Mirz Yoga, where you can take Vinyasa, Hatha, and Jivamukti classes designed for all levels, including prenatal and children, along with a signature, beyond-fun hip-hop Vinyasa flow. Mirz also has her own yoga line, handmade with ethically sourced fabrics in France, and there's an amazingly delicious vegetarian café (the falafel bowl is especially good).