Wanderlust in Paris reveals its secrets

Wanderlust in Paris reveals its secrets

It’s often healthy to have a certain cynicism about the promise of a new ‘creative space’, but the arrival of Wanderlust to the shores of the River Seine in central Paris can surely only be a good thing.

It has the promise of becoming one of the French capital’s hottest hotspots, managed as it is by the Savoir Faire Group, who currently look after the city’s hip nightclubs Social Club and Silencio, the latter a project with cult film director David Lynch.

With the largest terrace in Paris (1600 square meters), an 80-seat open-air cinema, a club, a bar and a restaurant run by the talented Benjamin Darnaud, Wanderlust already has an awful lot going for it. Architects Jakob+MacFarlane describe it as ‘a multidisciplinary space mixing relaxation, leisure and culture’, and the programme of events lined up for the opening of the venue in the 13th arrondissement certainly follows that brief.

The evenings will play host to nights like Soiree Ete d’Amour, set up by Respect each Wednesday and a haven for electronic music lovers. There will also be a weekly event centred around fashion with film shows, interactive courses and performances hosted by Olivier Saillard (Musee Galliera) and in collaboration with the Paris Institute of Fashion and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The weekend programme begins with health mornings (yoga, pilates) followed by a brunch, creative workshops, performances, DJ sets and kids activities. Wanderlust will also have food, flea, and vintage designer clothes markets, combined with a regular pop-up store.

Just what to expect from Wanderlust on any given day may be a little hard to guess, but one suspects that the location alone will inspire both performers and visitors to this creative space. Even cynical ones. With a 6am finish most days, it would appear difficult to arrive late.

Opening late May: Wanderlust, 32 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6am.

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