Wanderlust is a new creative space that just opened on the banks of the Seine, at the Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 13th arrondissement. Run by the same group that owns the hip Parisian nightclubs Social Club and Silencio, Wanderlust promises to be a unique mix of music, fashion, art, cuisine and film. The location features a 1600 square meters terrace (the largest in Paris), an 80 seat open-air cinema, a club, a bar and a restaurant.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, each day has a loose theme. The soirée on Wednesdays is called Eté de l’Amour while the activities for Thursdays center around different local artistic collectives. Fridays are dedicated to fashion and include film screenings and workshops. The weekends offer more family-friendly activities during the day, such as art workshops and yoga for kids and adults alike. Every evening, a different electronic music DJ keeps the party going until the early morning hours.
We went to Wanderlust this past weekend, hoping to check out “Rivage,” a selection of different activities billed by the Wanderlust team as “designed to bring well-being and balance” to visitors. Our first stop was the restaurant, managed by chef Benjamin Darnaud, to indulge in very Parisian weekend activity: Sunday brunch. Upon entering the restaurant, a waitress quickly apologized for the lack of menus and the slightly unfinished feel of the space. She explained that opening of the restaurant had been rushed in order to correspond with the beginning of the other activities and they were still working out a few kinks. Despite this, the interior was quite chic and industrial with little touches that made it feel like we were on the terrace, such as the wood paneling on the bar or the chairs around the table which reminded us of those found in the jardins around Paris.
We had pancakes served with a bowl of maple syrup on the side, which were deliciously light and fluffy, however the small serving size left us wanting more. The fruit salad was full of large pieces of melons and pineapple sprinkled with a layer of ground pistachio nuts, which were very refreshing and the perfect summer treat!
Being a mostly outdoor event, Wanderlust has unfortunately been plagued since its opening by rain and cold temperatures. On the day we visited, many of the activities had been moved indoors due to the threat of rain, although there were quite a few people enjoying their brunch outside and listening to the DJ. There was one booth set up offering hair cuts to anyone who was interested and a massage booth which had been moved inside to a corner of the restaurant. We heard from several people that the soirées have been very well attended. We will definitely be heading back to check out the night life!
We enjoyed the unique vibe of Wanderlust and think that as the season goes on, it will become the place to be on the weekends in Paris. Planned by the Wanderlust team for future weeks are a pop-up shop, vintage clothes sales, organic food markets and much more.Wanderlust 32 quai d’Austerlitz 75013 Paris Continuing all summer until September or early October Wednesdays-Saturdays: noon-6am Sundays: 11am-2am http://www.wanderlustparis.com/