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Formally opened in spring 2012 and now in its closing section, Paris’ ultra-trendy and über-contemporary Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design (The Docks – Metropolis of Vogue and Design) is the place to be seen. Whether or not you fancy submitting up on vegetarian fare, sunbathing whereas nursing a cocktail as you gaze out onto the River Seine, dancing the evening away or indulging in hula-hooping, yoga and Saturday afternoon buying, the big cubist lime-green caterpillar crawling alongside the quai d’Austerlitz (Austerlitz quay) has emerged as one of many metropolis’s hottest spots.

Paris may be well-known for its 1800s Haussmannian structure, infinite boulevards and meticulous gardens, however the Metropolis of Mild is slowly altering. The development of Beaubourg in 1971 kicked off a radical change within the cityscape. A yr in the past, the audacious Cité de la Mode et du Design opened after an in depth transformation and now goes by the title of “Les Docks,” a nod to its historical past as an outdated Parisian port space.

Initially in-built 1907 by architect Georges Morin-Goustiaux as a riverside warehouse within the port space, Les Docks has come a good distance. Architectural agency Jakob + MacFarlane (additionally behind the Centre Pompidou’s rooftop restaurant, Georges) renovated it, holding the unique industrial construction, however including a lime-green “pores and skin” that hauls it into the twenty first century. In addition to being a brand new playground for the locals, the avant-garde constructing affirms itself as an emblem bridging the hole between previous and future like no different within the metropolis, making it a Paris landmark in its personal proper.

The 161,459-square-foot modernist hub homes the scholars of l’Institut Français de la Mode (the French Institute of Vogue),  however the remainder of the constructing is a dynamic city playground the place almost something is feasible: Store for furnishings at Silvera; uncover the newest style at Bleu de Paname; or eat meat-free quick meals on the first Paris outpost of Brooklyn-based M.O.B. Imagined by urbanist Cyril Aouizerate (founding father of standard Mama Shelter inns), M.O.B has lastly opened its very fashionable doorways to a curious crowd desirous to dig into guilt-free veggie burgers and desserts, together with the mouthwatering cheesecake.

Not too long ago debuted as a part of Les Docks’ closing building section is the sprawling rooftop, which boasts panoramic views of the Seine. Restaurant and bar Le Nüba — by the crew behind Le Baron, one in all Paris’ trendiest golf equipment — serves burgers out of a picket shack and high-end fare within the indoor eating room (reservations are important as there are few tables inside). Again down the steps and up the opposite facet of Les Docks’ rooftop is the Moon Roof, the place cocktails, hookah, stay music and stand-up comedy are on the menu each evening.

Downstairs, on the decrease deck, is famous Wanderlust, the place the get together is energetic sufficient to rival Europe’s largest venues from London to Berlin with day and evening events hosted by digital music DJs. Within the mornings, extra sedate yoga and hula-hooping courses happen, in addition to workshops for adults and the little ones, and meals and clothes markets. Whereas the Wanderlust terrace is closed for the season (it’s open April 15 by way of Sept. 15), make sure to put it in your checklist for subsequent yr’s spring or summer season go to.

As for meals, the connoisseur restaurant We, a part of the Wanderlust terrace, is open for dinner year-round and is headed by high modern cooks who rotate with the season. Final spring, Bertrand Grébaut, the palate behind Septime, oversaw the kitchen, whereas this fall, it’s Arnaud Daguin (as within the brother of Forbes Journey Information Tastemaker Ariane Daguin), and winter will carry Alexandre Gauthier from La Grenouillère.

Images Courtesy of Wanderlust, M.O.B. and Les Docks Cite de la Mode et du Design