Over the last two weeks, I was lucky enough to spend my time in Paris for fashion week. Between fashions shows, trips to the museums, and endless shots of espresso and baguette sandwiches, I was able to do quite a bit of exploring outside the center of the city. Fortunately, the Metro in France is extremely tourist friendly. After a few days, I received a message from a friend who had just been honeymooning throughout Europe. He gave me an address. and said, "It's Paiko Paris!"
I got off the train at Jacques Bonsergent and found myself in an area that at a glance appeared to be your standard Parisian neighborhood. As I walked around some more, I started to notice that a lot of the shops were tiny speciality shops much like the shops you find scattered throughout Kaka'ako (only Frencher!). More importantly, there were no tourists. I finally reached rue Lucien Sampaix, a busy little side street filled with tiny bistros and lined with mopeds. About halfway down the block, I saw it: Atelier GREEN FACTORY.
So basically, if Paiko made its main (and only) focus the DIY terrarium bar and found an adorable whole-in-the-wall spot in the trendiest little neighborhood in Paris, you would have Atelier Green Factory.
The simple, minimalistic layout of the shop makes the small space, feel bright and airy. The walls are covered in strategically placed wood shelving filled with the most beautiful, self sustained terrariums. For the plants that require more light, solar panel covers are also available for purchase to keep your plants happy and healthy.
So next time you hit the streets of Paris (2016 goals anyone?!) be sure to check out this neighborhood and this shop! You won't be mad.
Photos and Story by Kenna Reed