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Where to go in Paris for an al-fresco swim

We may not have a coastline in Paris, but there’s still the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor swim, if you know where to go. Here we reveal a few of the best spots…  Read more

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

Micro-quartier profile: Saint-Paul/Place des Vosges

Words: Jill Pope The Marais, which spans the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, is far from a homogenous bloc, but a collection of neighbourhoods with their own character. The eastern part of the 4th arrondissement – that is, the… Read more

Marché d’Aligre

Words: Jill Pope With Emile Zola’s ‘belly of Paris’, Les Halles, reduced to a grim, labyrinthine shopping complex and a hunk of land permanently ‘under construction’, Parisians were in need of another market standard. Thus… Read more

Micro-quartier profile: Clignancourt-Jules Joffrin

Words: Jill Pope Image: Aurélien Michaud There’s more to the 18th arrondissement than Montmartre and Pigalle! Head north from Sacre Coeur and discover the other side of the ‘butte’ – neighbourhoods like Clignancourt Jules Joffrin, huddled… Read more

Parigot

You stop at the tabac for a packet of Gitanes and a croissant aux amandes. You get up, you go to work, you come home, bref, you know what I mean... 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

Little Jaffna – métro La Chapelle

Image: Flickr In “Little Jaffna“, around metros Gare du Nord, La Chapelle, and Louis Blanc, you’ll find shops selling handmade Saris (Saree Palace, 182 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis), cheap and cheerful supermarkets, jewellery shops, Indian… Read more

Marché de l’Olive La Chapelle

Text: Emily Sands-Bonin The recently-refurbished Marché de l’Olive has been hailed as very “Baltard” by Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, an allusion to French 19th century architect Victor Baltard, designer of Les Halles, Paris’ mythical… Read more

Marché Saint-Quentin

Text: Brendan Seibel Image: Dale Calder Today it’s hard to imagine Les Halles as anything other than an architectural disgrace. Centuries ago it was the “Belly of Paris”, but now teems with a distinctly different… 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

Le Beverley Cinéma: Last Porn Theatre in Paris

Text: Brian Clark Image: Alaina Lele Upon taking a seat at Le Beverley Cinéma, the first thing I notice is that all of the patrons except my girlfriend and I choose to sit at the… Read more

Louxor – Palais Du Cinema

Text: Aidan Mac Guill Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra On the corner of Boulevard de la Chapelle and Boulevard de Magenta, at the heart of noisy, relentless Barbès, stands a building. Amidst the clatter of the overground… Read more

Manouche – gypsy jazz venues in Paris

Text: Nick Forrester Image: Ricardo Although you’re unlikely to see any of the grey flannel suits and pencil moustaches that one might associate with the Parisian Jazz scene there are a number of cafes and… Read more

Le Centquatre

Text: Tiffany Tang Developed as one of the cultural projects by the Mairie de Paris with the vision of reviving the city’s contemporary art scene, Le Centquatre – its name taken from the street number 104, Rue d’Aubervilliers… Read more

Au Bonheur du Jour

Image: Au Bonheur du Jour An intimate art gallery Au Bonheur du Jour, directly opposite the site of mythic brothel Le Chabanais, is run by dedicated historian of French erotic life – Nicole Canet. The gallery… 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

La Maroquinerie (and other right bank music venues)

Text: Jayson Harsin  From the vantage point of Pere Lachaise in the 20th, in the closing pages of Balzac’s delicious Pere Goriot, the hero Rastignac looks down into the mudpit of Paris, seething with moneylust… Read more

The Centre Musical Fleury-Goutte d’Or-Barbara

The Centre musical Fleury-Goutte d’Or-Barbara aims to accompany artists, and schedule, coordinate and broadcast slam, rock, pop, reggae, rap, funk, R&B, gospel, electronic music, popular French music and blues.  With a surface area of 1,500… Read more

Guignol: A Classic French Puppet Show

Words: Pamela Price  “Guignol, Guignol, Guignol, Guignol!!!” My ears ring with the sounds of children screaming French comments at the puppet characters on stage. No this is not a nightmare, it’s the adventures of babysitting… Read more

Parc de la Villette

Image: Martyn Davis In the Parc de la Villette, which was the site of Paris’ old abattoir, you’ll find a multitude of things to do.  The area was part of a local urban regeneration plan… Read more

Jean Bart Bistro

On a budget? This cute and rumbunctious little Breton dive in the Marais might be more about atmosphere, but it’s a rare reasonably-priced option amongst the prime real estate of the Marais. Don’t get it confused… 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

Bouillon Racine

Most beautiful art-nouveau decor and a great lunch time prix-fixe. Bouillon is ancient term for brasserie – this one was built in 1906. A tribute to the history of fine dining in this city. Bouillon Racine… Read more

Le Petit Marcel

You’ve just seen an exhibition at Pompidou or caught a film at MK2 Beaubourg? This is a good little spot to debrief, grab a coffee, drink or something to refuel. A typical bistro with a… Read more

Abracadabar

The kind of 19th arrondissement dive bar where you never quite know what will happen. It’s guaranteed you’ll have a night full of surprises and get to know the locals. Rock, rap, jazz, electro…even tarot… Read more

Les Catacombes

3 to 5 metres deep, 300 km long, the city of Paris is sitting on a lacework of stone, much of which was used as a crypt when cemeteries were at breaking point. Delve deep… 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

La Fourmi

The atmosphere in this bar on the edge of La Butte Montmartre is unlike any other in Paris. This bar/restaurant is named La Fourmi, a tribute to La Fontaine’s famous poem. It’s a big jumble… 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

Marché aux Puces/The Best Flea Markets in Paris

Image: Jori Avlis Flea markets are a Paris institution. The love of antiques and vintage items – not to mention the treasure trove that some people with family heirlooms are sitting on – make these… Read more

20 Paris Literature

Words: Susie Hollands Below is a list of essential Paris reading (the first section you should go out and find tomorrow, the second can wait for your next holiday) compiled after polling friends and clients.… Read more

The Old Navy

Words: Susie Hollands If you are desperate for a drink in the Latin Quarter you can always count on this bar, it’s a mecca for anglophone bar staff from other pubs in central Paris, sells… Read more

Parigot