The Mariage Frères tea house in Le Marais has been in the same building since 1854, selling more than 500 fine and exotic teas to go as well as having a chic tea salon. The oldest tea importer in France, having started in the 1660s, it is notable for its colonial décor of potted palms and rattan, and servers dressed all in white.
Paris – Photo Tip

Understand the place you're photographing

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Paris – Photo Tip Understand the place you're photographing

I first visited Paris with my father when I was 12 years old. My second time, I was 15 and went with two friends, spending many hours on the steps of Sacré-Coeur.

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

The third time I went,, I was 20 and hitchhiking through France when a guy from Paris gave us a ride. He became one of my dearest friends. Since that third visit, I have lost count of how many times I have been.

I have learned that Paris is a synonym for savoir vivre and lots of that revolves around food. Not just the quality of food, but the willingness to spend a good part of each day enjoying food.

Once you understand this, you start seeing signs of the importance of food everywhere. The many specialist shops stand out as do the sheer number of restaurants, cafés and brasseries. And the marvellous thing is that all of these places are as attractive as the food they have on offer, and that they are begging to be photographed.

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A waiter in Paris smiles, supposedly a rare sight. Being a waiter in Paris is a lifetime professional career, not a temporary job for students as in many other countries, and they are not dependent on tips for wages. They also believe strongly in the middle part of the French motto: Libertie, Egalitie, Fraternitie – Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Aperture
ƒ/4
Exposure
1/30
ISO
100
Focal
32 mm

A waiter in Paris smiles, supposedly a rare sight. Being a waiter in Paris is a lifetime professional career, not a temporary job for students as in many other countries, and they are not dependent on tips for wages. They also believe strongly in the middle part of the French motto: Libertie, Egalitie, Fraternitie – Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood.

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