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Kai Jünemann: My Paris

Kai Jünemann has photographed some of the most distinguished names in art, music and fashion, from Hubert de Givenchy to Charlotte Gainsbourg. He takes Global Blue on a tour of the last remaining truly bohemian parts of Paris

City Guide

by Paulina Szmydke
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Photographer Kai Jünemann

Photographer Kai Jünemann

Where were you born?
Düsseldorf.

Where do you live now?
I divide my time between Berlin and Paris. In Paris I live in Gambetta, where I love the international mix and the city’s incredibly well-preserved architecture.

Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
Berlin, because the mixture of improvised DIY and luxury existing side by side really intrigues me.

Which are your favourite Paris stores?
The Merci concept store, to look and marvel; Comptoir Général, to rummage in and relax; American Apparel, to stock up on basics.

And your favourite restaurants?
Chez Nenesse is simple, good and typical; Aux Petit Oignons has old-style, traditional French atmosphere with excellent service and a good mix of people; Vivant is a beautiful venue with delicious food and fabulous wine.

Do you have a favourite local café or bar?
Café Cannibale – I appreciate its overall character of good music, interesting people and the restaurant/bar combo.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
Around the canal and to the Marais. You will find a whole bunch of eclectic cafés and shops there – and it’s not snobby yet.

Where do you like to celebrate?
Silencio – early in the evening it’s fairly private, with a little movie theatre, concerts and great cocktails.

Do you have a favourite Paris walk?
Along the canal.

In your opinion, what’s the best attraction in Paris?
The banks of the Seine at the weekends, when they close the streets to traffic. That’s a beautiful walk, too, with the best view of old Paris.

Which do you think is the best museum in Paris?
The Palais de Tokyo.

What insider tip would you offer to visitors?
Explore the city on foot – stroll from quarter to quarter. You will see each one of them has its own charms. And, unlike other cities, Paris’s neighbourhoods are quite small.

Where do you most like to travel for inspiration?
Berlin.

What can’t you live without?
Photography books on real paper!

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