In the heart of the vibrant Parisian art district, nestled between the iconic Centre Pompidou and Arts et Métiers, lies a hidden gem that seamlessly blends the world of photography and bistronomy - L'INAPERÇU. Founded in 2023 by the visionary owner, Christine YE, this unique establishment has quickly become a heaven for art enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike.
Photobooks, when created thoughtfully and with artistic intent, can transcend their function as mere compilations of photographs and elevate into an expressive and visually compelling medium. This transformation occurs when the photobook becomes a carefully curated and aesthetically arranged collection of images, exhibiting a coherent narrative, theme, or emotion. Such photobooks evoke emotions, provoke thought, and convey artistic vision, much like traditional art forms.
L'INAPERÇU's photo-bookshop is a true celebration of the art of photography. Stepping inside, you'll be captivated by the absence of conventional bookshelves, as the curated selection of limited-edition photography books is beautifully displayed in a manner reminiscent of an art exhibition. The back corner, adorned with book covers akin to a kiosk stand, adds a touch of artistic flair.
Christine YE's profound belief that "a photobook is the same as a work of art" shines through as the bookshop operates as a platform for curated selections based on different themes. Currently gracing the shelves are around 50 books meticulously chosen by the esteemed photo critic, Valérie Belin, under the title "Women and Photography." This thematic approach adds a unique touch, allowing visitors to explore the diverse dimensions of the photographic world.
Notably, L'INAPERÇU is more than just a repository of contemporary masterpieces; it also proudly boasts a collection of out-of-print and rare books, some acquired from passionate collectors. Additionally, experimental works like the captivating "Until Death Do Us Part," a cigarette-box-sized book portraying a Chinese wedding, find a home in this extraordinary bookstore.
L'INAPERÇU holds an unforgettable memory of the pre-opening when the legendary Christopher Anderson, an influential figure in photography, stumbled upon his own book amidst the collection. Touched and moved, he remarked, "I saw the real one for the first time in 10 years!" Such a touching moment exemplifies the essence of L'INAPERÇU - a place where photographers, artists, and enthusiasts alike can experience a genuine connection with the art form they adore.
Adjacent to the captivating bookshop, L'INAPERÇU's restaurant beckons patrons with its delectable offerings. The interior pays homage to the rich history of cameras, creating a unique atmosphere that captures the imagination of guests. The luminous celadon blue, which serves as the restaurant's signature color, sets the tone for a memorable dining experience.
When it comes to gastronomy, L'INAPERÇU leaves no stone unturned. The owner, Christine YE, places a strong emphasis on maintaining a balanced diet, offering dishes that tantalize the taste buds while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The menu features modern French cuisine, expertly prepared with fresh, seasonal vegetables. Each dish is aptly named after its key ingredients, adding a whimsical touch that enhances the overall dining experience. Don’t be frightened by the dishes name on the menu, they are named after the vegetables but they are not vegetarian!
Celebrates the essence of simplicity and elegance. Ancient tomatoes blend harmoniously with smoky hay mozzarella, roasted pistachios, and a vinaigrette infused with raspberry, sherry, and sage. A true delight for the palate.
Showcases smoked duck breast, served with a refreshing cream of peas and tangy pickled red cabbage. A delightful combination of flavors and textures awaits in this dish.
Offers a tantalizing symphony of flavors. Roasted monkfish complements tender courgette and vibrant Chioggia beets, while yuzu-spiced sauce and black sesame seeds elevate the dish to a culinary masterpiece.
Presents a delectable blend of flavors and textures. Tender octopus cooked in two styles harmonizes with confit fennel, basil pesto, piquillos, and pastis foam for a Mediterranean-inspired delight.
A divine dessert masterpiece. The pavlova adorned with luscious raspberries pairs flawlessly with mascarpone mousse, while the basil-infused red fruit coulis adds a refreshing finishing touch. Exquisite indulgence awaits.
A heavenly treat. The matcha lava cake oozes decadence, complemented by toasted pecans, and a peppery chocolate sauce. A delightful symphony of flavors awaits with each spoonful.
The beverage selection is no less impressive, featuring oriental teas and nature wines thoughtfully selected in collaboration with sommelier Jérémy Lipszyc and tea historian Arnaud Bachelin.
Beyond being a remarkable blend of a restaurant and photobook shop, L'INAPERÇU unfolds yet another facet of its allure as a delightful tea salon. In the tranquil afternoons, this hidden gem beckons tea enthusiasts with an extensive array of tea types, each carefully selected to ensure a symphony of flavors and aromas. From delicate THÉS BLANCS & JAUNES to vibrant THÉS VERTS, soulful THÉS BLEUS, robust THÉS ROUGES, and timeless THÉS NOIRS, the tea menu promises an enchanting journey through the world of tea. Whether you seek moments of relaxation or the pleasure of discovering new tea sensations, L'INAPERÇU's tea salon awaits to indulge your senses in the refined art of tea appreciation.
Since its inception, L'INAPERÇU has emerged as a cherished gathering spot for Parisian art industry professionals and enthusiasts alike. It exudes an aura of creativity and passion, where visitors can satiate their senses and immerse themselves in the captivating world of photography culture. The seamless fusion of a photography bookshop with a bistro-style restaurant creates an ambiance that is both stimulating and comforting.
In the heart of the Paris, L'INAPERÇU stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Paris. This exceptional establishment is not merely a restaurant and a bookstore; it is an artistic haven that beckons travelers, photographers, and food lovers from all corners of the world.
For anyone seeking to unravel the enigmatic beauty of photography while relishing in the art of French bistronomy, L'INAPERÇU promises an unforgettable experience, hidden away like a precious secret waiting to be discovered. Step inside and embark on a journey of creativity, flavors, and memories at L'INAPERÇU.
Photos: Thuy & Yuka
Address: 65 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Satruday 12:00–22:30, Sunday 12:30–19:00
Transportation: Metro line 11 Rambuteau station / Metro line 3 Arts et Métiers station / Metro line 1 Hôtel de ville station