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Discovering the Parisian markets…

2 years ago - Pauline P.

It cannot be any more typical to discover the bubbling heart of a city by diving into the neighborhood markets. The Parisians are particularly attached to this legacy of Old Paris, and walk every weekend through the alleys of the 82 food markets of the capital. To live an authentic Parisian experience, follow our guide to the discovery of the most convivial or remarkable spots! Traditional and well priced The Marché d’Aligre, abundant In the heart of the 12th arrondissement, the Aligre market, set in the middle of a charming square surrounded by cafés and shops, is reputable. A few years ago it was one of the cheapest markets in Paris but now it has been "classy-fied" recently but remains a genuine and abundant market. Stalls of local fruits and vegetables of different provenance and market antiques come together, for the happiness of a varied clientele coming from the 4 corners of the capital. As soon as the sun appears, the surrounding terraces fill up, adding to the friendliness of the place. The Marché d’Aligre – 3 Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris – Metro: Ledru-Rollin – Open every day (except on Mondays) from 7h00 to 14h The Marché de Belleville, cosmopolitan The best value in Paris for this market where all cultures and nationalities come together. Next to first-class stands of good quality and impeccable freshness, we also find a lot of second-class products, the unsolds of Rungis, at prices that are unbeatable. At the end of the market, the prices are intensly reduced, in an electric and friendly atmosphere. The Marché de Belleville – 63 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris – Metro: Couronnes or Belleville – Open Tuesday and Friday from 7H00 to 14H30 The Marché de Barbès, The best priced It is under the aerial metro where this large market is installed, the cheapest of Paris, whose motto could be "1 euro per kilo! ". Result: the atmosphere is more crowded to stroll in than the market i.e.; The atmosphere is frenetic; Agoraphobes abstain. We leave a bit bruised due to pushing and feet stepping, certainly, but with three bags full for 15 euros. A multi-ethnic capital of the capital! The marché de Barbès – Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018 Paris – Metro: Barbes-Rochechouart – Open on Wednesday from 7h to 14h30 and on Saturday from 7h to 15h The Posh The Marché des Batignolles, in the honor of Organic The market of Batignolles is the benchmark of ecologists and followers of organic items. This large market has a special charm with its wide selection of fruits and vegetables and its merchants who interact with their regular customers. A bit of militancy and a lot of advice brought by these very nature traders. We talk about sprouted seeds, vegetable milks and gluten-free bread, and the more daring will test a juice of freshly pressed herbs. At the Batignolles, it's organic, it's good, and it's expensive! The quality, and the trend, undoubtedly have a price... The marché des Batignolles – 64 rue des Batignolles, 75017 Paris – Metro: Rome, La fourche Open on Saturdays from 9h to 14h The Marché des enfants rouges, the oldest in Paris In a quiet corner of the Marais district, you will find the oldest food market in Paris, the Enfants Rouges. The market was founded in 1629 and was named in honor of children from the orphanage, who were dressed in red uniforms. Today, we find fresh food, but also and above all stands of cooked dishes from the 4 corners of the world. A gigantic open-air dance hall, you can sit here with your family or friends to taste Moroccan, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese or Caribbean dishes. Success obliged, it is necessary to arrive early to find a table... The Marché des Enfants Rouges – 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris – Metro: Filles du calvaire – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: from 8h30 to 13h and from 16h to 19h30 – Friday, Saturday: from 8h30 to 13h and from 16h to 20h – Sunday: from 8h30 to 14h The chic The Marché Saxe-Breteuil, The most beautiful view This magnificent market which stretches along the Avenue de Saxe offers a superb view of the Eiffel Tower. Very pleasant, not too crowded and with a wide choice, this market offers high quality products, at prices adequate to the chic of the neighborhood and the clientele. A beautiful walk very close to the Champ de Mars. The Marché de Saxe-Breteuil – Avenue de Saxe, 75007 Paris – Metro: Ségur –Thursday and Saturday from 7h to 14h30 The marché Raspail Organic, again more organic, and especially fashionable, 2 steps from the Bon Marché, the most exclusive department store in the capital. The Raspail market is the best known, oldest and most classical organic market in Paris. And also one of the most expensive, but the products offered are of excellent quality, Whether you are looking for food, beauty products or maintenance products, everything here is guaranteed GMO free, pesticide free and not tested on animals. The marché Raspail – Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris – Metro: Sèvres-Babylone –Sunday (9h00 to 14h00) The originals The puces de Saint-Ouen, Paradise of antique hunting Clothing, antiques, vintage objects ... you can find everything in this flea market, among the most famous in the world. Enthusiasts of antique hunting and passionates of flea markets will find their happiness in Saint-Ouen, between small affordable rooms and monuments of design. Porcelain, musical instruments, antique linens, design icons, bird cages, military uniforms, diversity is well there on 7 hectares and 1300 shops on the market. An appreciable thing, the salesmen are quite discreet and let you look around in peace. The puces de Saint-Ouen – Rue Jules Vallès, 75018 Paris (between the Porte de St-Ouen and the Porte de Clignancourt) – Metro: Porte de Clignancourt – Open Saturday (9h00 to 18h00), Sunday (10h00 to 18h00) Monday (11h00 to 18h00) The Marché Saint-Pierre, The temple of fabric It's not a market, but it's just like one, and it bears the name. The market Saint Pierre, on the Montmartre hill, is the temple of fabric. Of all the materials, all the colors, at all prices, small creative hands and famous designers invest this store of 6 floors to find inspiration and get to work. The Marché Saint-Pierre – Rue Charles Nodier, 75018 Paris – Open from Monday to Saturday (10h00 to 18h30) The Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux, Poetry in its raw state In the heart of the Ile de la Cité, 2 steps away from Notre-Dame de Paris, an island of poetry and sweetness ... The market consists of two large buildings and dozens of small stands, in which roses, orchids, Lilies, tulips, bulbs, bird cages and books on gardening are sold by enthusiasts. If the market is accessible every day, the salesmen of the stands are there only on Sundays. They sell pigeons, parakeets and many other exotic birds. The marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux – Louis Lépine, Ile de la Cité, 75004 Paris – Metro: Cité – Open every day

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Discovering the Parisian markets…

Discovering the Parisian markets…

Night Life

Night Immersion in the center of Paris

2 years ago - Ludovic M.

Expert night owl, do you dream to discover Paris when tourists are asleep and the streets deserted? The darkness that shadows buildings and gives them a mystical look fascinates you? Then follow our best monuments and unusual places that open their doors at nightfall... The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur Overlooking Montmartre, the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur is the second most visited Catholic building in France, after Notre-Dame of Paris. Continuously open from 6 am to 10.30 pm, its white domes and interior frescoes are magnified at dusk by lights. By visiting the basilica at night, you will enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the capital asleep but yet sparkling. For the catholic among you, the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur is also accessible throughout the night via the prayer relay that goes on. Housed at the Home reception of the Basilica, the faithful follow one another to pray throughout the night. The Louvre To discover the Louvre's masterpieces from a different angle, take advantage of the night openings on Wednesday and Friday evening: unprecedented guided tours are organized, to browse the collections under optimal conditions. The Seine by night If the riverboat cruise is one of the classics to any visit to the capital, cruising Paris at night offers another look at the city, with its bridges and illuminated monuments. Paris then takes on the aspect of an immense décor of cinema. Paris at the time of crime Dark alleys, lugubrious squares and cutthroat passages, discover another face of Paris during a nocturnal tour organized by “Paris à pas contés”: the Paris of crimes. This original and frightening guided tour will allow you to admire the neighborhoods of the Louvre, Châtelet and the Ile de la Cité under the firmament, to discover forgotten sordid facts. The international market of Rungis For lovers of French gastronomy, the market of Rungis is paradise. It is the only market in the world to present such a wide range of fresh produce: fish, meat, dairy products and cheeses, fruits and vegetables and cut flowers, which are all transported by trucks every day on some 230 hectares of market area. In Rungis, each year, food alone accounts for 1,500,000 tons, and 32 million flower boots are cut. And this very special and professional world now opens its doors to the general public for visits that start at 5 a.m: you will visit the pavilions of meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables and cut flowers, to top it off you will finish your immersion with an invigorating brunch.  A unique experience! The Cité universitaire of Paris The Cité universitaire of Paris is one of those unknown places that deserve to be seen. It is the whole world that has been invited to the capital, thanks to these university residences that welcome students from the different corners of the world. Sweden, Japan, Argentina, India... the pavilions come together in a joyful blend of architecture. Some houses have been built or furnished by illustrious architects, such as Le Corbusier or Jean Prouvé. The Cité organizes guided tours, day and night. Thanks to the darkness of the night, projections made on the facades of some houses invite you to discover the history of renowned artists, former residents or not, whose work still nourishes the humanist spirit of the place. Meeting with Senghor, Salgado, Cortázar and the Japanese painter Foujita.

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Night Immersion in the center of Paris

Night Immersion in the center of Paris

News

A magical atmosphere in Paris for the end-of-year celebrations

2 years ago - Pauline P.

The end-of-year celebrations are approaching, and the capital takes its finery. Discover what Paris has to offer for a more magical and wonderful Christmas... Dreamlike Illuminations The City of Light bears its name even better at the end of the year, and a stroll at nightfall takes you on a magical journey. Follow our stunning itinerary: Start your walk on the Grands Boulevards: the department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps will amaze young and old with their illuminated façades and their window displays with hundreds of puppets and automatons each year. Do not miss the inside of the Galeries Lafayette and the giant Christmas tree of 20 meters high, a true work of art on its own. Walk down from Rue Tronchet to Place de la Madeleine, where luxury caterers compete to showcase festive delicacies. After the church of La Madeleine, take rue Royale and do not miss the “Village Royal”, a small illuminated passage where you will find luxury boutiques. Further down, you will come to the illustrious “Place de la Concorde”, where the Ferris wheel is waiting for you to discover Paris from above. The panorama on the Champs Elysees, the Tuileries and the Louvre is superb, but cover yourself well, it is very cold once up there! End your walk with the Champs Elysées big Christmas market and admire the illuminations of the most beautiful avenue in the world. A classic itinerary but one that will make you discover the best of the Parisian spirit of Christmas. Museums in celebration Two events not to be missed during this holiday season: The nave of the Grand Palais hosts an exceptional event each year. One of two years, it turns into a covered fun fair. Great wheel, carrousel and other iconic rides take place under the illustrious canopy of the Grand Palais, a masterpiece of architecture. The following year, the nave becomes a gigantic Ice palace, hosting the largest indoor ice rink in the world! events to be enjoyed during a nocturnal opening for even more magic... In 2016, le Grand Palais des Glaces, from 14/12 to 2/01 We have already told you about it, but we are really big fans of the musée des Arts Forains near Bercy. And the end of the year is the only period when this magnificent collection of art forain dating from the 18th century to present day; is open to the general public, without reservation. Have fun with family on these rides of another time... Festival du Merveilleux, from 26 December 2016 to 02 January 2017 Delicious and luxurious delights After a long walk in the cold, nothing like a gourmet break to warm up. And to rejoice your pupils, give in to the delicious tea times of Parisian palaces, you will be dazzled by the festive atmosphere of these exceptional establishments. At the Peninsula: the classic tea-time of this palace transforms during the holidays into "Christmas Tea Time". A jazz orchestra and a children's choir accompany this great luxury cocooning moment, where mignardises, exceptional log and rare teas will delight your taste buds. 55 € per person, from 15h to 18h At the Shangri La: 100% vegan tea and 100% delicious, this is the originality of the Shangri-La palace in Paris. No animal protein but flavors that will explode in your mouth that’d be as well for the 3 pastries, biscuits and mini-sandwiches that accompany the excellent Sri Lankan teas from Dilmah. 45 € per person, from 15h30 to 17h30 At the Buddha Bar: mini truffle burger, foie gras cake and smoked salmon brioche, this is a salted and refined entrée that proposes the Buddha Bar for its Christmas tea time. Then  2 delicious pastries to choose from, accompanied with a hot drink, in the comforting atmosphere of the bar Le Quatre. 28 € per person, from 15h to 18h every day except Sunday.

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A magical atmosphere in Paris for the end-of-year celebrations

A magical atmosphere in Paris for the end-of-year celebrations

Culture & Art

Paris, Capital of Cabarets

2 years ago - Pauline P.

The symbols of glamor and festive spirits are tied to the French capital; the Parisian cabarets make tourists from all around the world dream of coming here. Revue, burlesque, circus, magic... there's something for everyone, with a common denominator: the happiness of having fun and filling ourselves with wonder all together! The Paradis Latin, The oldest Parisian cabaret Founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Paradis Latin is at the time the most popular place in the capital. Its history is closely linked to the cultural life of Paris: many artists, intellectuals, politicians, and journalists would go there; Balzac, Dumas father and son and even Mérimée are regulars, but it is Gustave Eiffel, figure of the Parisian landscape, who rebuilt this cabaret after a fire, all at the same time he was building the iconic Eiffel Tower for the 1889 universal exhibition. After a long period of closure and abandonment of the premises, from 1894 to 1977, the Paradis Latin is reborn once more to host music hall revues, shows combining songs, magic and circus acts. The cabaret has regained the splendor of its debut, attracting more than ever the immense crowds... The Paradis Latin, 28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine 75005 Paris. Diner at 20h, show at 21h30 The Moulin Rouge, From the Belle Epoque to present day At the foot of the Butte Montmartre, a place of celebration and art since the end of the 19th century, the Moulin Rouge reinvented the spectacle in 1889, with extravagant magic and circus numbers. Then the revues debut, and the biggest names of the French scene begin and firm their success on the stage of the Moulin Rouge: Goulue, Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier then later Edith Piaf, Yves Montand or Charles Aznavour. This Cabaret welcomed the Queen of England for a private show, and multiplied the gala soirées, inviting the greatest international stars: Liza Minelli, Ray Charles and Elton John who performed on this mythical scene. A myth that lasts until today, with revues that are regularly produce abroad, and a French Cancan that is always and still is iconic. The Moulin Rouge, 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris. Diner at 19h, show at 21h or 23h The Lido, Glitter and Glamor on the Champs Elysées On the Champs Elysees, the most beautiful avenue in the world, The Lido opened its doors in 1946, and from then on, all spectators from all over the world are dazzled with the extravagant costumes and talented dancers that perform there. The Bluebell Girls company has become a true myth: these dancers with endless legs (they must measure at least 1.75m to be able to integrate in this troop) and of legendary elegance offer each evening an exceptional representation. 200 kilos of feathers, an ice rink, 300,000 bottles of champagne a year... the Lido is the temple of excess, to delight and astonish all spectators. The Lido, 116 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris. Diner at 19h, show at 21h or 23h The Crazy Horse, strip-tease glamor in Paris A true temple of chic eroticism, the Crazy Horse was created in the 50's to renew the genre of the cabaret, mixing the art of striptease with polished and sophisticated aesthetics. Dazzling heels, fringed wigs and exaggerated false eyelashes, the dancers of the Crazy Horse are plucked into an atmosphere of shadows and lights. Guest-stars are regularly invited to join the troop, to make the show even more unforgettable... The Crazy Horse, 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

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Paris, Capital of Cabarets

Paris, Capital of Cabarets

Shopping

Our favorite places to adopt Parisian chic

2 years ago - Pauline P.

American, Japanese, Brazilian... all over the world, women agree that the French, especially Parisian women, have this "something " that makes them stylish for any occasion. A falsely neglected look, crazy heels or denim sneakers, a relaxed attitude but always refined... The Parisian woman seems comfortable everywhere, free and liberated from conventions. To find the icons of this inimitable style, follow our guide to the best shops and the little known essential places that make the style of the Parisians... Le Bon Marché, The absolute must of Parisians If Parisians have gradually deserted The Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps, foreigners visiting Paris have made it their favorite shopping destination. But Parisians have remained faithful to the only department store on the Left Bank, Le Bon Marché. Founded in 1852, Le Bon Marché at the time revolutionized the business world by offering an unparalleled selection to its customers as well as highly innovative commercial methods. Today, this department store remains unique in Paris and is positioned as the most selective address of the capital, combining art with fashion, design to beauty and to gastronomy. Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, 24 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris From Monday to Saturday: 10h to 20h. Until 20h45 on Thursdays and Fridays L'Exception, 100% French select store Located in the heart of the new Canopée des Halles, the concept store “L'Exception” combines the best of French design: designers, ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories ... the forefront of the independent French fashion meets the icons of the "French art of living." From the timeless elegance of Carven to the bucolic Cacharel, to the rock style of Jerome Dreyfuss and the ethnic chic Kenzo, all styles are represented, but always with the same concern for quality and made in France. For Homeware; ambient candles and decorative items are well so attractive they get easily bought  and brought to regain some of that “Frenchie” spirit, for home... L’Exception, Canopée du Forum des Halles, 24 rue Berger, 75001 Paris From Monday to Saturday: 10h to 20h, and Sunday from 11h to 19h Ines de la Fressange, The chic Parisian boutique A true Icon of Parisian style worldwide, Ines de la Fressange embodies since over 30 years the uninhibited chic of the Capital: free, spiritual, funny, relaxed but still refined, she has alternately dazzled the Chanel catwalk, in which she was the muse during the 80s, she fascinated young women with collections she created for big brands such as Uniqlo or Bensimon. By publishing the bestseller “La Parisienne” in 2010, she became the fashion guru to thousands of young women, who have rushed to shops she’s recommended. What more natural for her then to combine in her own shop her designs and her favorite ready-to-wear creations as well as favorite decorations, well in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés? Fashion, leather goods, accessories, decorations ... the selection is always at point and of high quality. Inès de la Fressange Paris, 24 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris Open from Monday to Saturday: 11h-19h Officine Universelle Buly, Dive in the Paris of Balzac This is an atypical place nestled in the 6th arrondissement, both quaint and innovative: the Officine Universelle Buly, created in 1787 rises from the ashes and combines the old tradition of French luxury with the latest cosmetic innovations. In a shop all dressed in marble, lined from floor to ceiling of large candy jars containing rare and mysterious powders and oils, we plunge with delight into the Paris of Balzac and Flaubert, and discover natural cosmetics and ancestral beauty accessories. A real trip back in time at the service of beauty! Officine Universelle Buly, 6 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris Open on Mondays: 11h – 19h, from Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 – 19h00

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Our favorite places to adopt Parisian chic

Our favorite places to adopt Parisian chic