Anouska Beckwith’s Insider Guide to Le Marais, Paris

Anouska Beckwith’s Insider Guide to Le Marais, Paris

a British photographer living on Place des Vosges in Paris, Anouska Beckwith is the perfect guide to the
(upscale) bohemian dream that is the neighbourhood of Le Marais.
Known in particular for her nude photographs, Anouska often shoots
the natural world and focuses on the cycles of life and death, of
rebirth and transformation.

Anouska is also the founder of the all-female artists’
collective World Wide Women, and the group has
recently exhibited at the Ritual exhibition curated by Andi
Potamkin at Cob Galleries in London. Anouska continued to promote
female empowerment and equality within the contemporary art world
at her solo show Transcendence at Three Squares Studio in New York, which
featured one of her muses, the musician Flo Morrissey. Anouska will
be travelling to Ibiza
and LA for work later this year, and there’s always a project on
the horizon. Look out for her upcoming installation room called ‘I
am the other you’, which will consider mankind’s relationship with
nature and the importance of the rainforest to our planet.

I met Anouska in her apartment, filled with prints by Egon
Schiele and Yayoi Kusama alongside antiques, crystals and Buddhist
icons. Wearing patterned flares and a trilby for our stroll around
her neighbourhood, both Anouska’s sartorial choices and lifestyle
reflect a nostalgia for the 1960s and 70s. As we set off, it felt
like taking the hand of a present-day Jane Birkin. Anouska led me
through Le Marais, pausing in artisanal jewellery shops and
healthy-living haunts like Café Pinson, where we had a matcha

Where do you go to see photography?

I love Earth Gallery, which just opened and is run by
my friend Anna Pahlavi.

Where do you buy your jewellery?

I love Hod Jewellery because the entire shop is so
beautifully curated and the jewellery is other-worldly. You want to
take everything home with you.

Where is the best brunch in Le Marais?

My favourite brunch place is Café Pinson as they do delicious food all day. My best
girlfriend Flo Morrissey and I just adore it, especially for the
matcha lattes.

Where else do you go for a healthy pick-me-up?

Wild and the Moon is incredible for healthy food,
drinks and sweet treats. Their granola is delicious.

Where’s your favourite spot to shoot your photographs?

I love to take photographs in Bois de Vincennes forest, because
it’s very wild and untouched.

Where do you go to exercise?

I love to be outside, so I’ll walk along the Seine with my dog
Gigi. I sometimes head to Rasa Yoga for some yin yoga classes or gong baths. If
you want deep relaxation then Les Bains du Marais is wonderful for hammam.

Which is your favourite art gallery?

Gallery Da-end for contemporary art.

Where do you go for dinner with friends?

Soma is a wonderful tapas restaurant with Japanese fusion

Where is the best date spot in Le Marais?

Le China for its live music and food.

Where is your favourite place to go dancing?

Le Mano, because my friends Cosmo Gonik and Pablo Saavedra de
Decker are the DJs and it’s super fun. They play a mix of Latin and
rock n’ roll.

Where is the best place to go and see a film?

La Pagode cinema with its velvet seats and Japanese tea

Where do you go to buy presents?

The chocolate shop Meert is undeniably charming.

Where do you like to go for drinks?

I love the Sherry Butt cocktail bar.

Where is your favourite place to buy clothes?

Mes Demoiselles with its wearable
and beautiful fabrics from Asia with a fusion between Japanese and
French design.

Which is your favourite spot for a picnic?

Butte Chaumont park, because there is an incredible waterfall
and lots of romantic little spots. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy is the
founder of

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