T+L Reports: Out of Paris
Published: April 2009
Frenchwoman Valérie Schlumberger—a part-time resident of Île de Gorée, off the coast of Dakar—is bringing African culture and style to Paris. On behalf of her organization, La Compagnie du Sénégal et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (www.csao.fr), Schlumberger has opened several storefronts on Rue Elzévir, in the Marais. La Boutique (1-3 Rue Elzévir) is a bazaar stocked with imported goods: handwoven cotton bedspreads, platters fashioned from tin cans, baroque resin furniture, batik fabrics. German-Nigerian singer Ayoo regularly lives up to her billing as "the soul music revelation of the year" at Le Jokko (No. 5), a languid bar and performance space down the street. Lychee ice cream and grouper with cassava and rice are some of the native specialties prepared at Le Petit Dakar (No. 6; lunch for two $41). And La Galerie 3A (Nos. 15-17) exhibits driftwood sculptures, beadwork, and reverse paintings on glass, all by emerging African artists.