Magic & Destroy: the new Stree Art exhibition by Tilt

Two steps away from the Canal Saint Martin, an exhibition caught our attention… Until July 27, the Wallworks Gallery, specialized in Street Art, dedicates a retrospective to the artist Tilt. Known for his tags and his “bubble letters”, he gives life to outmoded daily objects, destined for trash. A Fiat 500, train seats, rail furniture… the graffiti artist transcend what is usual thanks to his art and vivid colors! For the record, know that Tilt is a graffiti genius: he started to exhibit his works when he was only 17, after a trip to New York where he met some forerunners of the field. A good reason to go discover his work!


Tilt, Fiat 250, 2013, mixed techniques on fiat 500, 132x290x37cm

Exhibition “Art & Destroy”, until July 27, 2013.

Free entrance.

Open Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 7pm, by appointment.

Galerie Wallworks
4, rue Martel
75010 Paris
T. : +33 (0)9 54 30 29 51
Subway: Château d’Eau (ligne 4).


Second class, 2013, mixed techniques on train seat, 97,5x91x54cm

Beauty stop at Soap and the City

At Hotel Mareuil, your well being is important to us, that’s why we suggest you stop by Soap and the City.  Just opposite the Mairie of the 10th arrondissement, the boutique offers Alep Soaps cut to the size you wish, as well as all sorts of bath beauty products.  All soaps are 100% natural and made with glycerin by artisans.  All items, bath salts, bath and body oils, shower jellies, and such, are labelled Autour du Bain.  We recommend the delicious looking cupcake, jelly or lollipop shaped soaps.  Also available from this veritable treasure trove are bath linens, accessories, children’s bath toys, and all kinds of wonders that will make bathtime most enjoyable and relaxing.

© Soap and the City

© Soap and the City

Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Soap and the City
75, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris
T. : +33 (0)1 71 97 64 59
Metro station : Château d’Eau (line 4), Jacques Bonsergent (line 5).

© Soap and the City

Dynamo: a sparkling exhibit at the Grand Palais

Dynamo, the new exhibition at the Grand Palais, will simply take your breath away.  Dedicated to motion and light in art, this retrospective is sure to give you an eyeful.  Your senses are alert, your eyes wide open!  100% interactive, the Dynamo exhibit is a new way to look at art, in a playful and enjoyable way.  Works of art with twisting mirrors, enchanting prism, rooms in complete darkness or fog through which you will have to find your way to the exit… Dynamo is a lively exhibit with no time to be bored, and garanteed laughter.  Your children will have a renewed interest in museums!


Jesus Rafael Soto
Penetrable BBL Blue, 1999
Metal, PVC 400 x 450 x 600 cm
Edition AVILA 2007
Paris, Collection AVILER / Soto Studio © Adagp Paris 2013

150 artists on exhibit
Works by about 150 artists are shown, presenting the history of abstract art through different periods.  The visit is two-fold, with a «vision» part, and a «space» part.  This helps understand the different aspects explored through art , such as  clouds, instability, distortion, void, immersion, blinking, or permutation.  A must see!


Stephen Antonakos
Hanging Neon, 1962
Painted metal, neons 152,5 x 112 x 53,5 cm
Private Collection © 1965 Stephen Antonakos

Dynamo, a century of light and motion in art, 1913-2013, from April 10 to July 22, 2013.
Open daily from 10am to 8pm, until 10pm on Thursdays.  Closed on Tuesdays.
The exhibit will be open from 2pm to 8pm on July 14, and will close at 5pm on June 30.
Full rate: 13€ / Reduced rate (visitors ages 16-25, familles nombreuses) : 9€.
Group rate (for a group of at least 4 people including at least 2 persons 16-25 years of age) : 35€.
Free admission under the age of 16.

Grand Palais
Access through Champs-Elysées
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris

Discover the roofed passageways of Paris

There are only about twenty left today, but this does not mean that they gave away all their secrets. True witness of the Paris of the 19th century, the capital’s roofed passageways enable you to stroll away from the perpetual bustle of the city. A lot of these architecture’s jewels disappeared after the intervention of Baron Haussmann, but there are still some of them remaining near the Mareuil Hotel that are worth a look.

The Passage du Caire
At the heart of the Sentier, discover this passageway, which tells the passion the Parisians had for Egypt after the victorious campaign of Bonaparte. Don’t miss the three effigies of the goddess Hathor that have pride of place on the entrance.


Entrances: 2, place du Caire – 16, rue du Caire – 239, rue Saint-Denis 75002 Paris
Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 6:30pm.

The Passage des Panoramas
A few steps away from the Passage du Caire, this passageway of the Grands Boulevards dating from 1800 is known for being the capital’ oldest one. It is here that, in the old days, the famous engraver Henri Stern settled, as well as postcard and stamp sellers. Thus, it has become a hangout for collectors.


Entrances: 11-13 boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue de Montmartre, 75002 Paris
Open everyday from 6am to midnight.

The Passage Verdeau
Running on from the Passage des Panoramas, the Passage Verdeau houses under its beautiful glass roof a whole panel of antiques dealers and old books sellers. This is due to its proximity with the Drouot Hotel, true hub of the French and international art market.


Entrances: 6, rue de la Grange Batelière – 31, bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris
Open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 9pm.

The Passage du Prado
This passageway, today provided with a glass hat, was once a place for open-air public balls. Nowadays, this corridor still considered an art-deco treasure, of which both parts are connected by a large rotunda, is invaded by nail bars.


Entrances: 18, boulevard Saint-Denis – 12, rue du Fg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Open everyday from 9:30am to 7pm.

The Passage Vendôme
Built in 1827, it was one of the most prestigious ones, connecting the boulevard du Temple with the Carreau du Temple. But 40 years later, the reorganization of the Place de la République deleted its façade and part of its glass roof. It is the object of a registration among the Historical Monuments.


Entrances: 3, place de la République – 16-18 rue Beranger, 75003 Paris
Open Monday to Friday, from 7:15am to 8pm.

The complete list of Parisians passageways on the website of Paris city hall.


The Foire du Trône (Throne’s Fair) celebrates its 50th anniversary!

This year, the Foire du Trône celebrates its 50th birthday and settles again Pelouse de Reuilly (Reuilly’s Lawn), in Bois de Vincennes. Until May 26th, you can thus enjoy more than 300 attractions. Roundabouts, lotteries to win soft toys or high-tech products, rifle shooting, duck fishing for the kids or Ferry’s wheel, there are attractions for everyone! It is not for nothing that the Foire du Trône is the biggest European fair!


A lot of thrill!
Want to be upside down? Among our favorite roundabouts, try the Free Dance (2,50€ the ride), or the MaXXimum (8€ the ride), they will offer you a breathtaking view of the city if you can keep your eyes open while you are looping the loop at high speed! Thrill is guaranteed! Hungry? You have to know that the Foire du Trône has a lot of delicacies, from the traditional toffee apples to Nutella-filled churros!  At last, at the Mareuil Hotel, we strongly advise you to discover the fair by night: the attractions’ lights are wonderful!


The Foire du Trône, from March 29th to May 26th, 2013.
Pelouse de Reuilly / Bois de Vincennes
Open from 12p.m to 12a.m everyday and until 1a.m on Saturdays and days before holidays.
Getting there: by subway, stations Porte de Charenton or Liberté (L. 8), or by streetcar line (T3a)


Gourmet break at Justine’s (Chez Justine)

Justine is the trendy vintage bistro that appeals to all Parisians! The atmosphere is cozy with its retro decor: 50’s furniture, juke box, long countertop. The menu is just as attractive, with its traditional French products, and special attention to cheeses, notably Auvergne specialties such as Saint-Nectaire and Cantal. Regulars are especially fond of the chef’s burgers, among which the «spécial» changes every day. The meat from Aubrac is a must, the Côte de Bœuf will delight meat lovers. Concerts add to the ambiance and make the restaurant a festive bar worthy of the Oberkampf quarter!



Menu from 25 to 40€ (Entrée + Plat + Dessert) (hors d’œuvre + main dish + dessert)
Open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 2am, and Sundays from 10am to 2am.

Chez Justine
96, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
T. : +33 (0)1 43 57 44 03
Metro station : Oberkampf (Lines 5 or 9).


Haute Couture at the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

For this week dedicated to fashion, and following the top 5 second hand clothing stores of Canal Saint Martin, here is an amazing exhibit featuring the most famous names in Parisian Haute Couture. The Paris Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is hosting this exhibit until July 6, 2013. About 100 exceptional creations from famous French Couture labels such as Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, or Chanel are presented, a unique opportunity to learn about 150 years of fashion history, and to discover the making of this dream world of luxury. A must see for all fashionistas !


« Paris Haute Couture », from March 2nd to July 6, 2013.
Free admission.
Open daily from 10am to 7pm.

Hôtel de Ville de Paris
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
T. : +33 (0)1 42 76 40 40
Metro station : Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1 or 11).



The best thrift shops of the Canal Saint-Martin!

It is not a coincidence that Paris is famous for being a world fashion capital! It owes its title to its luxury addresses, its creators’ shops but above all, to its caves of Ali Baba of vintage, of which the city is bursting with. Two steps away from the Mareuil Hotel, there are a lot of different second-hand clothes shops, cheap or chic: you must have an eagle eye because they all have retro treasure that won’t go out of fashion. To make it easier for you, we selected the four best thrift shops near our Hotel, along the Canal.

1/ Chez Chiffons
Here, you will find clothes, shoes and accessories from the 1940s to the 1980s. All these vintage articles, selected with a lot of taste by a former movie costume designer, are in perfect condition. A thrift shop for the less upscale!

© Facebook Chez Chiffons

Open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm.

47, rue de Lancry
75010 Paris
T.: +33 (0)6 64 26 11 98
Subway: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5).

2/ Le Comptoir General
In addition to being a bar, a canteen and an oddness museum, the Comptoir General also houses a thrift shop on its mezzanine! This rallying point of Paris’ Africans is an institution in the neighborhood, where reigns a friendly, warm and responsible atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. As to second hand clothes, a large selection is available, with clothes more folk than the others. You must also know that all profits are given to an association fighting against poverty and injustices, of which all the sellers are a part of.

© Facebook Le Comptoir Général

Open from Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 1am, on Friday from 6pm to 2am, on Saturday from 11am to 2am and on Sunday from 11am to 1am.

80, Quai de Jemmapes
75010 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 44 88 24 46
Subway: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5).

3/ Chez Paulette
It is one of these secret addresses we would love not to share. The stylist managing the store offers clothes of famous brands that she selects above all for their style, their cut and their quality, before being interested in their brand. You will also love the pop and colorful decoration of the shop!

© Chez Paulette

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 7:30pm.

24, rue Bichat
75010 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 42 08 92 76
Subway: Goncourt (L.11).

4/ Omaya Vintage
In this shop, we see all kinds of clients, from the fashionista who leaves with the arms full of collector dresses, to the punk girl who comes to buy a pair of DocMartens. What is sure is that you will leave with a light heart but with bags full of unique outfits, at small prices.

© Facebook Omaya Vintage

Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7:30pm.

29, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75010 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 42 01 77 31
Subway: Oberkampf (L.5 or 9).

Keith Haring, the chalk virtuoso at the 104 and at the MAM

When two great contemporary art museums, the MAM and the 104, get together, the result is an exhibit dedicated to chalk artist Keith Haring (1958-1990).  250 of his works are presented to the public, including 20 large pieces.


Keith Haring Untitled, 1984
Museum of Modern Art of Paris
Acrylic on wood 2 panels : 408 x 352 cm (together)
© Keith Haring Foundation

A hypnotic retrospective
The works by anticonformist artist Keith Haring are fascinating and show his desire to change the world.  Against capitalism, homophobia or racism, Apartheid or AIDS (from which he died), he wanted to make art visible to the world, make it public, and dreamed of social justice and freedom from the state.  With this mindset, he went down in to the New York subway to draw his “Subway Drawings”on the walls.  A true representant of Pop art and steet art, friends with the biggest names of the genre (among whom Jean-Michel Basquiat), Keith Haring is one of the best loved artists of his time and style.  The exhibit is on now!


Keith Haring Untitled (Mask), january 1987
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Sammlung Marx, Berlin
Enamel on aluminum 190,5 x 134,6 x 53,3 cm
© Keith Haring Foundation

The “Keith Haring, the political line” exhibit is open from April 19 to August 18, 2013 at the MAM and at the 104.
The MAM is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, night opening until 10pm on Thursdays.
The 104 is open Tuesday through Sunday  from 1pm to 7:30pm.
MAM rate: 11 €
104 rate: 8 €
Upon presentation of the MAM or 104 ticket you bought, get the lowest available rate (5,5€ ou 3€) at the other venue to visit the second part of the exhibit.


Portrait of Keith Haring by Philippe Bonan
June 1989
© Photographer: Philippe Bonan


Keith Haring Untitled, August, 25th, 1983
Private collection, courtesy Enrico Navarra, New York
Acrylic on vinyl canvas sheet 185,5 x 185,5cm
© Keith Haring Foundation

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00

Le CentQuatre (104)
5, rue Curial
75019 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 53 35 50 00