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11ème Arrondissement

Le Musée d’Edith Piaf: a little-known Paris museum

Words: Sara Waldron Tucked away in northeastern Paris’ Ménilmontant neighbourhood is the Musée d’Edith Piaf, a small, unassuming collection of mementos of the singer’s life and work.  Truly one of the city’s musées insolites,the only… Read more

VDB

Words: Jill Pope VDB is a bit of a sleeper. On a side-street off the more well-trodden ‘lower’ Oberkampf, of Aux Deux Amis et al, I had been meaning to check out this open-fronted cave… Read more

Vee Hair

Words: Jill Pope Images: Hotze Eisma You would think, in a city teeming with immaculately groomed people, that good hair salons would be easy to find in Paris. Why is it then, that if I… Read more

In the Garden

Words: Jill Diane Pope Image: In the Garden Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hectic pace of life in La Capitale and go, like the famous theme song says, somewhere where everybody knows your name.… Read more

The Smoking Museum: for Les Fumeurs and Les Non-Fumeurs alike

Words: Sara Waldron At first glance, the Musée du Fumeur, a tiny museum near Père Lachaise, has a bit of a head shop feel – with cigarettes, lighters, and all manner of smoking contraptions for… Read more

International Bar

Text: Joel Ma Image: Valentin Ottone For those who acquaint themselves with a city by the pulse of its live music, Paris can leave the average punter a little cold. Openied in 2008 and located… Read more

Maison des Métallos

Text: Anna Bromwich Maison des Métallos is perhaps best described as a cultural venue with a social conscience. It’s various spaces stage exhibitions, theatre and concerts with strong political themes and host creative workshops for… Read more

Sheger

A “hole in the wall” Ethiopian restaurant in the 11th arrondissement with some outstanding flavors. The main course is served on a single large plate whether you order one or several dishes. Try the Yebeug… Read more

JM Video – last video shop standing?

Image: Susie Hollands Hark back to a time when your favourite films were not accessible at the click of a button. JM Video has survived (so far!) the internet age and is one of the oldest video… Read more

The Nouveau Casino

Text: Jayson Harsin Nestled in the briar patch of branchitude at 114 rue Oberkampf is a former 1930s cabaret. The building later became an artist atelier. Then in 2001 it opened as home to what… Read more

Bistro des Peintres

Cute stop-off around Ledru-Rollin, the grand fin-de-siècle interiors and terrace make it a popular choice for locals and visitors to the area. Their food might not be at the same level as other local heavy-hitters,… Read more

Chez Paul

Deliciously heavy on the fat content but very atmospheric – it’s as if the gastronomic renaissance in this neck of the woods has happened all around this place.  A great place to take visitors who… Read more

Le Fanfaron

A kind of locals rock-a-billy dive bar with posters of great musicians all over the nicotine stained walls; Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and other greats. Le Fanfaron 6 Rue de la Main d’Or, 11th Métro:… Read more

Vide Greniers and Brocantes in Paris

This is a type of French garage sale (or car boot/jumble sale if you’re British)– the phrase vide grenier means”attic clearance”.  Read more

Paris Libraries

Image: Matthew Black My world expanded somewhat when I found out about Paris’s libraries. And all for free. There are even specialist Libraries in different arrondissement – 1er Music, 4eme Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History of… Read more

Planète Mars

Planète Mars was the scene of many escapades as it is situated right next to the original Vingt Paris Galerie at 25, rue Keller. Efix and Cedric brought their punk sensibilities to this superior pick… Read more

11ème Arrondissement