The Goutte d’Or (literally the ‘Golden Drop’) has historically always been a district of immigration –first European, then from Maghreb and Africa– to nowadays become one of the most authentic ones in Paris, as well as one of the very few to somehow still resist gentrification. You can find there a multitude of different nationalities that colour the district with their own cultures, creating an original bubbling mix nowhere else to be seen in Paris. It is also a place for experimentation for the city on the social level –with many citizen groups– as well as on the architectural one –with a lot of social housing buildings of remarkable shapes. Not to mention the local private initiatives that in a very short time have shaken up the small world of Paris fashion and design, as many young creative minds gather in the district, looking for its low rents, but also and above all for its specific neo-Parisian, modern and mixed atmosphere and lifestyle.
Frederic lived in this constantly mutating district for almost 2 years and wanted to propose a very personal itinerary focused on the different evolutions of the place since its connection to the district of Montmartre to create the 18th arrondissement. Following his experience in architecture, but also his will to find people back behind the city, Frederic talks about a façade or a cup of mint tea with the same passion and will help you peel off the ‘salvage’ label that has been sticking to the Goutte d’Or for many years. You should therefore not be surprised to discover the largest open-air African market outside Africa, the last poultryman in Paris, some contemporary building of elegant simplicity or even a workplace to recycle orphan socks!