My City: Paris
By Laurent Albert, Global Head of Execution, Natixis Asset Management Finance
Best thing about your city?
Definitely the architecture and its many restaurants. Paris is a multicultural city with a wonderful diversity of neighbourhoods ranging from colourful Montmartre to the historical “Quartier Latin” without forgetting the authentic Chinatown of Paris, there is always something new to discover.
Worst thing about your city?
People use to say the taxi but I guarantee you this is not true. With the emergence of ride-hailing services like Uber and private drivers, the competition has had a beneficial effect!
Getting to work?
I use public transport because it is for me the fastest and most efficient way. Paris is also a city very well served by transport.
View from your desk?
We look out onto the Austerlitz train station that provides us with the ability to escape the Paris hustle and bustle if need be! Our setting also provides us with great views of the city, especially on a clear day.
Where to take guests to dinner?
The train bleu with its majestic décor and is located close to our offices! Or the Georges restaurant on the roof of the George Pompidou Museum for its magnificent night view of Paris.
Relaxed spot with family or friend?
Hôtel Costes In a neo-baroque setting by Jacques Garcia, here you are in a unique patio, surrounded by small lounges and more intimate spaces that transition to a lively atmosphere at night!
Best place to stay when visiting?
The 6th arrondissement (Boulevard St Germain) is a neighbourhood very popular with Parisians and tourists alike. You are next to the Seine river, and can combine shopping and sightseeing, visit Luxembourg gardens on foot and walk along the river to the Louvre Museum. Bistros and restaurants are everywhere, with lots of great addresses and culinary references.
Best tourist site?
Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, simply UNIQUE. I would also recommend the streets and alleys of the “Quartier Latin” for a truly authentic experience.