Poppy in Paris: A March Tribute to the City’s Women

Poppy in Paris: A March Tribute to the City’s Women
Working as an au pair in Paris, Poppy Pearce explores the city in her free time. She documents her favorite finds – exhibitions, restaurants, boutiques, day trips – in an exclusive Bonjour Paris column. Find previous editions here. Earlier this month, on March 8th, International Women’s Day was celebrated all over the globe. French feminism, which has its roots in the French Revolution, has had a significant impact on the rights of women in the 20th century, particularly via the writings of Simone de Beauvoir. And so I thought it was only right to theme this month’s column in tribute to the women of Paris. Several places I highlight below are found in the Latin Quarter, as it is here where women’s history and influence has become particularly apparent.     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Tu viens ce soir mon Bichon? (@bichettesrestaurant) Restaurant of the month: Bichettes 11 Rue Marie et Louise, 10th Tuesday to Saturday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Nearest Metro: Jacques Bonsergent (line 5), Goncourt (line 11) 60% of the streets in France are named after men and only 6% after women. In Paris, this statistic is even more measly at 2%. Rue Marie et Louise is one street in Paris that contributes to this 2%, and it is on this road that you will find my restaurant of the month, Bichettes, meaning “does” (or female deers) in French. This restaurant isn’t just an homage to women, situated on one of the few Paris streets named for a woman, it’s also run by women.

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Inspired by the rich culture that France has to offer, Poppy Pearce moved to Paris as an au pair in August 2022. Having gained a degree in Theology and Religion with Arabic from the University of Exeter, Poppy has a passion for languages and experiencing new cultures. When she’s not working, Poppy loves to explore everything that Paris has to offer, from exhibitions and museums, to restaurants and second-hand clothing stores.