Tonight Wanderlust, the very highly anticipated new club and restaurant concept from the Savoir Faire team - the guys responsible for Paris' unrivaled nightspots Silencio and Social Club - opens to the public for a summer full of Seine-side fun and frolics.
Housed at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, an impressive, serpentine building designed by architects Jakob +Macfarlane on the banks of the river Seine, Wanderlust boasts the largest terrace in Paris: 1600m2 of wood-decked space, kitted out with a bar and murky-grey (Seine-coloured?) tables and chairs, creating a space for river-side drinking, lounging and dancing. Films and light shows will also be projected on to the vast back wall in this area.
Inside, there is a room dedicated to clubbing with fluorescent lighting and angular furniture that recall the futurist decor of the Social Club, which will welcome an eclectic range of DJs to welcome a broad range of guests. Wanderlust also includes an indoor/outdoor restaurant, helmed by the affable - and very talented - chef Benjamin Darnaud, who previously starred on France's Top Chef and whose cuisine will reflect the eclecticism of the space with a global and innovative menu.
Wanderlust will be open throughout summer, come rain or shine, from midday until 6am, Wednesday to Sunday. Each Wednesday, veritable summertime clubbing institution, Eté d'Amour, will bring their electro beats to the club, and every week a fashion themed event (cinema, performance, interactive workshops) will be organised in association with the Musée Galliera, IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) and the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum, London). The weekends will be kicked off gently with a "Beauty Morning" of yoga or pilates followed by brunch, creative workshops, children's activities and DJ sets. There will also be a pop-up shop, and events such as a vintage clothes sale and a food market - it's basically going to be chock full of fun, dynamic and contemporary things to do for every type of person, at any point in the day. We just found our new favourite summertime hangout in Paris.
at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design
32 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013, Paris
Open Weds-Sun, midday-6am
Consult the full programme here: Wanderlust Programme
All photos copyright Kim Laidlaw