Sweat. Work. Play. That’s what members do inside the walls of 449 14th Street. When we travel, we take these passions with us, and most of us hope to discover some new ones, too. I recently spent a month in Paris, visiting family and working remote. While there, I found places to keep alive the active and productive spirit I nourish at The Assembly. Next time you’re in the French capital — a favorite among The Assembly staff — check out these spots.
Exploring a city by foot is one of my favorite ways to get a workout. But if you need something more dedicated, we got you.
21 Boulevard Richard Lenoir. 11th Arrondissement.
Originally started in Canada and with locations in NYC and LA, Modo Yoga has an outpost in Paris’s trendy 11th Arrondissement. It’s hot yoga, so come prepared with a water bottle (the temperature is below 100 degrees, lower than standard hot yoga). Modo has classes in English every day, noted on the calendar. But you should be able to follow along in the standard ones, too, since instructors aren’t afraid to clarify something in English.
You’ll get a good workout, and after you can freshen up in the clean locker room and shower facility. It’s 19€ for your first class, which includes a mat and towels. Expect more Canadian friendliness than stereotypical French snobbiness from the staff, who are happy to welcome visitors.
The outer perimeter of the park works perfectly as a running track. You might not notice the throngs of Parisians jogging, but they’re there. Throw on some workout clothes and join them. The loop is about 1.2 miles. After your run, grab a chair to people watch in the middle of the park.
People don’t typically huddle behind their laptops in French cafés like we do at coffee shops in San Francisco. If you find yourself needing some consistent wifi and a quiet space to focus for a few hours (or more), check out these vetted co-working locations.
14 Rue des Carmes. 5th Arrondissement.
For 5€ an hour you get outlets, good wifi, and all-you-can-drink delicious espresso drinks (I average two cappuccinos when I work here). Nuage Cafe also offers savory and sweet French snacks you can help yourself to at no extra charge. The front desk staff is friendly, and you won’t feel out of place among the mix of business school students, French creatives, and English-speakers.
Anticafé at Station F.
55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol. 13th Arrondissement.
A similar concept to Nuage Cafe, you pay 5€ an hour for internet, coffee, and snacks. There are multiple Anticafés located around Paris, but check out the one near Station F, a burgeoning startup campus where some of France’s most exciting entrepreneurs work. While in the area, you can also check out the La Felicità restaurant at Station F, the largest restaurant in all of Europe!
This should actually be called Shop and Eat, two of the best ways to play in Paris.
2 Rue de Marseille. 10th Arrondissement.
The team behind ethical-sneaker brand Veja opened the Centre Commercial concept store more than five years ago. The mission: to share other stylish brands that are dedicated to ecological and fair trade practices. A great excuse to shop.
Oh My Cream!
3 rue Tournon. 6th Arrondissement.(Closed Sundays and Mondays)
With six locations in Paris, Oh My Cream! is the French answer to San Francisco-based Credo Beauty. The bright shop located right by the Luxembourg Garden is filled with only clean beauty brands. There, you can discover French cosmetics free of toxic ingredients.
11 Rue du Château d’Eau. 10th Arrondissement. (Closed Mondays)
If you don’t have your dream home yet, you can still buy your dream home goods at this bazar of household goods. The pottery and dish towels at La Trésorerie will bring modern French charm anywhere.
1 Rue Saint-Fiacre. 2nd Arrondissement. (Closed Mondays)
Sézane is a brand I like to call “The French Madewell.” While it’s available online in the US, take the chance to see the coats, bags, and shoes IRL at the beautiful “apartment” store. It’s crowded, but you might be treated to fresh scones like I was when you walk in.
Big Love Caffè.
30 Rue Debelleyme. 3rd Arrondissement.
Need a break from heavier French food? Check out Big Love Caffè, a gluten-free pizza spot from the Big Mama Group, the restaurant team behind some of Paris’s trendiest restaurants, including La Felicità at Station F. Any pizza lover — GF or not — can appreciate it.
76 Rue des Tournelles. 3rd Arrondissement.
A favorite among Instagram-travelers in the Marais, Fragments is worth the hype. I recently waited 15 minutes for a simple shot of espresso. When I got it, the smooth full flavor made it all worth it. The chocolate-chip cookie didn’t hurt either.
Any favorite Parisian spots to add? Say “bonjour” and let me know next time you see me around the clubhouse!