Hackney Wick has the highest concentration of creative practitioners and artist studios anywhere in Europe, which makes it the perfect place for curious urbanites to gatecrash for a day. Bars, shops and restaurants are popping up among the warehouses and beside the canal, so you'll be rewarded should you make the effort to head out east of East London Take the Overground to Hackney Wick Station — or better still, join the Regent’s Canal at Broadway Market and enjoy the 45-minute hike along the towpath (where you can keep a look out for wild terrapins) and into the neighborhood. Largely filled with live/work spaces and studios, the spoils are spread out in Hackney Wick, so it's worth knowing where you’re going once you’re there. Start at Counter Café, a relaxed waterside brunch spot to fuel up at. Try the poached eggs, potato cakes and smoked salmon for an alternative to the same-old appeal of Eggs Benedict. Having sampled the salmon, head to the source — the… Read more
NEW SHOP PARIS
Tombées du Camion
Fittingly located in neighborhoods like the gritty Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen and vibrant Montmartre, Tombées du Camion (literally translating to "fallen off a truck") gives justice to the saying, “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” Since 2006, owner Charles Mas has been hunting down unwanted items in bulk from factories all over France, comprising the inventory at his one-of-a-kind boutique. Wooden crates are filled with broken doll's heads, rusty pharmaceutical pill boxes, skeleton keys, empty spools, coffin handles, and even packets of 1930s toilet paper. The walls feature visually striking displays of dolls, beads and buttons, and several carousel cars can even be spotted on the boutique's mezzanine. Price are as varied as the merchandise itself - you can score three plastic rings for a euro, while retro toothpaste posters could fetch around twenty. Most clients spend time looking through the steel typographic letter plates, forming names of their loved ones that make for a unique present. Skirting between clutter and found art, these seemingly useless trinkets pull at the strings of nostalgia and poetry, awakening the inner hoarder in all of us.