Sleep on a cloud above Canal Saint Martin!

The urban community of Bordeaux has recently opened the mysterious refuge above Point Ephémère in the 10th arrondissement in Paris.  Between April 26 and May 15, 2013, dreamers are invited to spend the night in this unusual contemporary art  work in the shape of a cloud.  This wood and resin ecological lodging can accomodate up to 7 people with 3 double beds and one single.  Project initiator Yvan Detraz, a member of Bruit du Frigo, tells us this cumulus is designed to feel like a mountain refuge, with the added charm of bamboo all around.  The opportunity to take advantage of this unique setting is now, so hurry on to the cloud above Canal Saint Martin before it returns to Bordeaux for the enjoyment of its inhabitants!

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Photo credit : Yann Merlin/Metro

Seven available places each night from April 26 to May 15, 2013.
For more information about rates and availability, please contact reservation@pointephemere.org

Le Point Ephémère
200, Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
France
Tél : +33 (0)1 40 34 02 48
Metro station : Jaurès (Lines5 or 7bis).

 

Chez Moustache (Moustache’s) : a funny bistro

One of the 11th arrondissement’s most fun bistros is found just two minutes away from Hotel Mareuil, hidden behind a sign-less facade.  Chez Moustache is the story of 4 friends who decided to open their own place.  The ecclectic decors and styles (brick, baroque seating benches, school chairs) set the tone of this joyful brouhaha.  The server brings you the menu on a blackboard, and puts a bagfull of viennoiseries on the table.  Chouquettes ?  Not quite, just pieces of bread in a uniquely simple presentation.  The Chef offers the best products and serves them in simplicity.  Go for a dish with sauce, like the delicious Sauté de Porc with pommes de terre grenaille (sautéed pork and potatoes), served in generous portions.  A sure hit !

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Open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 2 :30pm and from 8pm to midnight, on Saturday from 8pm to midnight.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Chez Moustache
4, rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 38 26 88
restaurantchezmoustache@gmail.com

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Sauteed pork and potatoes

Le Point Ephémère : HQ of Parisian artists

Before becoming a landmark for the artistic world in 2004, this 1400 square-meter space located on the shore of Canal Saint-Martin used to be a store specializing in materials in the Art Déco style.  Now dedicated to art, this venue is an exhition hall as well as a concert hall, a night club, a dance studio or a rehearsal hall, and even a visual arts workshop.  Le Point Ephémère is a temple of artistic creation, where programs are varied between rock, indie pop, electro or hip hop.  The building will remind you of Berlin with walls covered in graffiti, a bare cement floor, and a huge glass wall.  A bar, lunch or dinner served on the terrace, and you can spend the day relaxing, partying, and discovering new talents in a unique setting !  One of the best spots for this summer !

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The bar is open daily from noon to 2am, and from noon to 9pm on Sunday.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 12 :30pm to 2 :30pm, and from 8pm to 11 :15pm (also open on Saturday evening).

Le Point Ephémère
200, Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
France
Tél.: +33 (0)1 40 34 02 48
Metro station: Stalingrad (Lines 2, 5, or 7).

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Enjoy a Sunday stroll in the Marais quarter

To avoid getting the typical cabin fever of Sunday, there’s nothing better than to stretch out your legs on a walk in the heart of the most lively quarter of Paris : Le Marais. Found between the 3rd and 4th arrondissement, and only minutes from the doorstep of Hotel Mareuil, it would be a shame to miss it.

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The Marais quarter, one of unending cultural richness
Here reigns a spirit of permanent light-heartedness, and the last day of the week holds true to this rule.  This historic district once occupied by nobility, then by workers and artisans is now home to people of all walks of life.  This folkloric history lends to Marais an unequaled dynamic in the capital thanks to an unexpected mix of rich and varied cultures living idyllically side-by-side.  Along your walk you will be able to admire the historic mansions, the countless art galleries and museums, while always taking in the frequent Sunday street performers.

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The trendiest shop windows of Paris
Even on Sunday it is still possible to shop in Paris.  You’re in luck, since the only boutiques open this day are the trendiest, those of the Marais, where shopping is king.  While strolling along the small cobbled streets searching for the window displays of young designers, you will uncover hidden treasures in the second hand shops, or in the Parisian brand name boutiques. Begin your hunt on rue de Sévigné, take it to rue des Francs-Bourgeois, and don’t forget rue Charlot.

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An area filled with eateries!
If you want to eat a bite or have a drink on the patio, you won’t have any problem here.  At noontime, head over to l’As du Falafel (The best Falafel) (a jewish restaurant that holds true to its monicker), on a nice day take it to go and enjoy your food on one of the benches in Place des Vosges.  In the afternoon, take a break on the patio of the Open Café at the intersection of rues des Archives and Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie where the atmosphere is always convivial and gay.  For dinner, your best choice is the Chaise au Plafond (the Chair on the Ceiling), a nice traditional restaurant tucked away in a small impass where you can find quality French cooking.  Once you’ve tasted the Marais, you’ll never want to leave !

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Nearby Metro stops : Saint-Paul (L.1), Hôtel de Ville (L.1 or 11), Rambuteau (L.11) or Arts et Métiers (L.3 or 11).

 

Alain Ducasse opens a chocolate factory !

All you foodies out there will be delighted to know that Alain Ducasse, the famous highly decorated chef, is opening his first chocolate factory (La Manufacture de Chocolat). It is located very near Hotel Mareuil, in the 11th arrondissement, by Place de la Bastille. This new workshop is the place of choice to discover the art of chocolate.

A mouthwatering window…
The celebrated chef has given the direction of the factory to master chocolatier Nicolas Berger, who excels in the art of chocolate bites, pralinés and ganaches. The bell shaped window offers a view of all the delicious chocolates, some more classic with their hazelnut or pistacho flavor, others with more unusual aromas such as tea, lime or raspberry. Choose your own favorite among all the varieties of size and color available.

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The secrets of the making of great chocolate
What makes this boutique so special, and sets it apart from the rest, is the visible backstage area of the factory. Through a bay window with a view of the kitchen, customers can enjoy watching the artisans and admire the art of chocolate making from A to Z. Watching the whole process, from the roasting of the beans, which come from Venezuela, Madagascar or Vietnam, to the completion of refined gourmet delicacies, is truly inspiring and mouthwatering!

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(c)Pierre Monetta

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30am to 7pm.

Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
40, rue de la roquette
75011 Paris
France
Tél.: +33 (0)1 48 05 82 86
lechocolat@alain-ducasse.com
Metro station: Bastille (lines 1, 5 or 8).

The famous movie theater «le Louxor» rising from its ashes

As you leave Hotel Mareuil and Place de la République, go up Boulevard Magenta until it intersects with Boulevard de la Chapelle: there, you will find yourself in a popular and historic area of Paris known as Barbès-Rochechouart. This is where «Le Louxor», one of Paris’ oldest movie theaters, is about to reopen. Zoom-in on this legendary cultural place.

An eventful history
Designed by architect Henri-André Zipcy, the Louxor cinema opens in 1921 at the intersection of boulevard de la Chapelle and boulevard Barbès. Inaugurated on October 6, it boasts a 1195-seat hall. At the time, the theater is open to smokers and attracts all of Paris with its unique architectural design.

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An Arabian Nights Palace
The Louxor theater has a true 20’s antique architecture, with its neo-Greek and Neo-Egyptian styles: columns, mosaic and frescos. In 1981, the exterior walls and roofs are listed as part of the Monuments Historiques inventory. From the 60’s to the 80’s, the theater specializes in Egyptian and Hindi films, as well as grade Z films.

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An abandoned venue
After its days of glory as a cinematographic venue, the Louxor is replaced by two night clubs, creole style, then gay, both of which close. The lack of success of the old building leads to its closing in 1983. A new project, sponsored by area associations and the Mairie de Paris, is now underway. Work has begun to renovate the space under the direction of architect Philippe Pumain. The plan is to create 3 halls, the biggest one seating 342, an exhibit space and a café-club.

The Goutte d’Or (Gold Drop) quarter is about to find new cultural life. The grand reopening of the Louxor-Palais du cinéma (cinema palace) is planned for 2013! Hotel Mareuil will keep you posted!

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Until May 25, 2013, the Mairie of the 10th arrondissement proposes an exhibit about the history of the mythical movie theater.  For more information, visit the Mairie’s website (in French).

Louxor – Palais du Cinéma – Cinema Palace
170, boulevard de Magenta
75010 Paris
France
Metro station: Barbès-Rochechouart (lines 2 and 4).

 

La Villette welcomes the Hautes Tensions Festival

Starting on April 16, Parc de la Villette welcomes the Festival Hautes Tensions, dedicated to circus and hip hop.  The festival is a two-week long event that you will not want to mis

Always changing art styles
For its 3rd year, the festival welcomes upcoming stars of contemporary circus performing, urban dance, theater and other street arts.  These varied disciplines all have one thing in common :  the use of the body through very demanding techniques.  All of them are means of exploring, questioning and reflecting upon our society.  The shows are everchanging and creative.

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A festival of a thousand faces
12 companies are part of this festival, and include such artists as Hamid Ben Mahi, Pierre Rigal, Thierry Collet or Mathurin Bolze.  Also on the program :  the first ever Championnat de France d’art du déplacement, Xtreme Gravity (the Art of moving French Championship).  This impressive sport based on the concept of the obstacle course was first created by the Yamakasi in the 90’s, and is centered around urban obstacles such as walls, buildings, gates, etc…

The festival promises to be truly dazzling!

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© Little Shao

Festival Hautes Tensions, April 16-28, 2013.
Rate : 16€ / Reduced rate: 12€.

Parc de la Villette
211, Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro station: Porte de la Villette (Line 7).

 

Gourmet break at the Atmosphere

Established in the Canal Saint-Martin are since 1989, the Atmosphere has the typical feel of a petit bistrot Parisien. Acclaimed by producers and artists, this restaurant is a favorite in the area. The succulent cuisine mixes salty and sweet flavors. Among the most tempting dishes : the honey knuckle of lamb confit with garlic, rosemary and a celery puree, or the beef rib with Fourme d’Ambert cheese sauce and sweet potato fries. For dessert, a Pink Lady apple puff pastry, complete with short bread, almond cream, orange blossom and chantilly. Truly mouth-watering, don’t you think ?

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Photo credit : Critikparis

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Photo credit : Critikparis

Open Monday to Sunday from noon to 3 :30pm, and from 7pm to 11pm.
The restaurant stays open during the summer.

L’Atmosphère
49, rue Lucien Sampaix
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 38 09 21

5 must-see art galleries in the Marais quarter

When you are out for a walk in the Marais, take time to visit and enjoy the many galleries that give this area its unique artistic feel. To help you know where to go, we have selected for you the top 5 galleries!

1/ Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery
Welcome to this elegant mansion where you can admire contemporary design art pieces selected by Emmanuel Perrotin. You will be impressed by the works of major artists such as Robert Stadler or Eric Benqué.

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Photo credit: Oliver Knight

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

76, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
info@perrotin.com
T.: +33 (0)1 42 16 79 79

2/ The BSL Gallery
Under the direction of Béatrice Saint Laurent, this gallery presents unique pieces and limited editions of ultra-design works. Established artists and promising talents alike find a place in this spectacular black and white space centered around a corian structure. Among them, you will find Nacho Carbonel, Taher Chemirik, and Charles Kalpakian.

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Photo credit: Retail design blog by artica

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

23, rue Charlot
75003 Paris
France
info@galeriebsl.com
T.: +33 (0)1 44 78 94 14

3/ The S. Bensimon Gallery
Here you will find beautiful, responsible, and functional pieces of furniture and decorative objects designed for the use of architects and interior decorators. Serge Bensimon, who imported the concept-store to France in the 80’s, is the instigator of this place, now one of the trendiest on the Marais area.

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Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 1pm, and from 2 :30pm to 7pm.

111, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 74 50 77

4/ The Michel Rein Gallery
Dedicated to avant-garde art, this gallery is responsible for the creation of the «Art Public et Société» agency (Public Art and Society), which supports art projects in public spaces. Works by young talents as well as confirmed artists are on display there.

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Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

42, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
galerie@michelrein.com
T.: +33 (0)1 42 72 68 13

5/ The Sophie Scheidecker Gallery
In this bright and intimist gallery, Sophie Scheidecker, a dealer in modern art, presents a trove of her latest finds. Located in the old horse stables of Hôtel Vitry, the gallery is full of the charm and warmth of a home. The many paintings, sculptures and photographs are sure to delight and intrigue the visitor.

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Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

14 bis, rue des Minimes
75003 Paris
France
info@sophiescheidecker.com
T.: +33 (0) 1 42 74 26 94

All the galleries are located near metro station Filles du Calvaire on line 8. Have a good visit!