Josipa Haller

  • Dancer
  • sweet tooth
  • art lover

Josipa was born in Croatia but has never stopped moving since birth. What a bundle of energy and happiness!

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My 24 Hours in Paris

Wake up and go for an extended run in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, afterwards visit one of the many food markets (Marché Bastille) and get some amazing treats for your subsequent picnic. Or if you decide to have brunch instead of a picnic go to Rose Bakery, because everything you get in there tastes amazing. On Sundays I love having brunch at the hotel Auberge de Flora. Great interior and huge range of choice!

Visit an exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, which is the most creative and fun museum in Paris, or one at the Museé Galliera, a paradise for those who appreciate fashion.

Go bargain-hunting in vintage shops like Son et Images or go to the Limited Edition Square, which is a shop in a gallery. Everything in there is “Made in France” and designed by young, up-and-coming designers. Beautiful fashion pieces and each one is very individual. Or find a unique item at the flea market (there are plenty of street markets: especially on weekends).

For a quick lunch, I’d recommend Café-Bistro Abri as I especially love their sandwiches.

Chilling on a beautiful terrace or rooftop while having a drink with friends, that is how I imagine a perfect start to a good night out. A beautiful venue for having an after-work drink or sundowner is La Bellevilloise, where you meet wonderful, interesting and kind people.

After watching the sun go down I’d start preparing some great food for those I love to treat them, or meet them for dinner somewhere nice, at Lao Siam for example. They have the best Thai food in town and definitely the best Bo Bun you can find. Before hitting the clubs I always like to have drinks at the Le Paloma bar or at the wonderful bar Le Comptoir Général. Two of the best clubs for getting all dressed up and dancing until the sun comes up (or even longer) are Concrete or the Rex Club.

The last and best thing: cycling back home on my bike. Happy, a little tipsy and enjoying the deserted streets of a Paris which is still asleep.

Locations



Parc des Buttes ChaumontParc des Buttes-Chaumont, Rue Botzaris, Paris, Frankreich

Different to the typical landscaped Parisian parks - wilder and more romantic!
Marché Bastille8 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris, Frankreich

A street food market with heavenly treats.
Palais de Tokyo13 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, Frankreich

Museum for contemporary art.
Museé Galliera10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris, Frankreich

This museum is all about fashion.
Son et Images77 Boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris, Frankreich

A vintage shop with lots of great and very unique stuff.
Limited Edition Square3 Rue Eugène Varlin, Paris, Frankreich

Made in France fashion inside a gallery.
La Bellevilloise19-21 Rue Boyer, Paris, Frankreich

A nice place to hang out and have drinks to live music.
Lao Siam49 Rue de Belleville, Paris, Frankreich

Fine Asian cuisine in the heart of France.
ConcretePort de la Rapée, Paris, Frankreich

All day long parties right next to the Seine.
Rex Club5 Boulevard Poissonnière, Paris, Frankreich

Dance the night away!
Rose Bakery46 Rue des Martyrs, Paris, Frankreich

Organic breakfast menu and delicious cakes.
Auberge de Flora44 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris, Frankreich

A nice hotel which also offers their delicious brunch to non-guests.
Bistro Abri92 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, Frankreich

The best sandwiches you can get in Paris!
Le Paloma74 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris, Frankreich

It’s a tiny bar, but super cosy, and you will always find wonderful people to talk to there.
Le Comptoir Général80 Quai de Jemmapes, Paris, Frankreich

A wonderful place to eat, drink, dance and hang out with a bunch of friends. The interior is somewhat special!
‘I prefer inner beauty.’
  • Smelling freshly baked bread always gives you a Sunday morning kind of feeling.
  • A true emblem of Paris: macarons.
  • Le Comptoir Général is one of the coolest places to hang out, eat, drink, and dance.
  • Paris can be wild and messy but always in a catchy way.
  • Different art movements are to be seen throughout the city.

My thoughts about Paris

What do you love about your destination?

The fact that it is just too easy to find amazing food and great wine. The easiness of forgetting the passing time.

Which music fits best to your destination?

All of Beirut’s songs, and it might sound super obvious but yes: Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack to “Amélie.”

I love unique accessories.
In Paris you feel like a princess automatically, you can’t help it.

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What’s your background?

I am a design strategist currently lost in Shanghai.

What is the best moment of the day?

That moment that moves you to utter happiness, as you realise how well life is treating you. Starts with an inkling and bursts out within minutes, making you smile all over your face. What I do then is turn on loud music and dance without any control; that is the moment where I celebrate life!!

What inspires you?

Cooking, beautiful people (here I prefer inner beauty), the smell of nature, contrasts; I can’t think of anything which doesn’t inspire me, as it is not about what you see, feel or taste but how you perceive it....

How would a good friend describe you?

Energetic, walking on the sunny side of life, positive, gentle, outgoing, inspiring.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Wonderland, Colourful, Contrasts, Curiosity, Challenge

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Paulo Coelho (esp.: ‘the Alchemist’, ‘Eleven Minutes’), ‘IQ84’ by Haruki Murakami, I appreciate every work of Hermann Hesse but ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’ is my favourite, I love authors who give me a different angle to look at some things and magazines that tickle the brain and inspire, such as: brand eins, Novum, SZ Magazin, Vogue, Jalouse. Monocle, Fast Company, Harward Business Review, The Economist, medium.com, Business Punk, Die Zeit and currently literature related to service systems, psychology, innovation and digital user experience.

Which films blow your mind?

Tim Burton is one of my favourite directors. ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ reflect the way I want to see the world, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Amèlie’, some of Woody Allen’s movies, ‘The Lives of Others’ (one of the best movies I’ve ever seen).

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Dalai Lama.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Stockholm, Barcelona, Sarajevo, London, New York, Berlin, Siena, Munich, Istanbul, Japan (searching for beauty in Kyoto), Italy (I want to eat all the food in the South), UK (London is always a fantastic idea), Croatia (my home).

Your life philosophy?

‘Happiness is a choice in life’ and ‘What goes around comes around’.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

Weekender.

What else should we know about you?

I am passionate and infinitely curious.

Life is…

a matter of perception.

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