PaperBoy: the new coffee shop at Oberkampf

Just steps away from Place de la République and Hotel Mareuil, a new coffee shop/restaurant specializing in American food and drinks has just opened. The place is full of light with light wood chairs and tables. Everything on the menu is homemade from fresh products. Favorites include the Pastrami sandwich (a classic), the organic Irish salmon sandwich, or the lemon marinated free-range chicken sandwich. PaperBoy is also happy to cater to vegetarians, with a veggie burger served with a side of sweet potatoes.  If you are still hungry after the copious main dish, many dessert choices are available to you and presented right there in the room. Just pick your favorite homemade dessert: carrot cake, brownies, cheesecake or cinnamon rolls are all on the menu. On the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), you are invited to go have brunch at PaperBoy. Eggs Benedict, pancakes and much more are ready for your enjoyment and will satisfy all tastes and appetites. A friendly new venue just waiting for your visit!


Photo credits: Facebook PaperBoy Paris

Open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.  Closed on Monday.
Menu: 10 to 30€ per person.
Brunch is 23€, Saturdays and Sundays.

137, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 38 12 13
Metro station: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).


Choices Paris: a new contemporary art show

While FIAC welcomes more and more professionals and fans every year, Spring now has its own meeting dedicated to contemporary art: the Choices Collectors Weekend. This coming month, May 23-25, 35 Parisian galleries located in the Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Belleville areas will each be presenting an artist to the public. This new exhibit promises to compete a bit with Berlin, where events of this kind have been organized for years.

Jiri Kolar
As if the angel was peeping through a slit in the hedge (Bronzino + young girl Renaissance portrait), 1996
Collage by tearing on cardboard, 32.4 x 27
Courtesy Le Minotaure

Palais des Beaux Arts: an arty temple
For this event, the Palais des Beaux Arts will exhibit the many works featured, jointly with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.  One of the project’s founders is Marion Papillon, director of the Claudine Papillon Gallery in the Marais quarter. Among the participating galleries are Odile Ouizeman and Polaris (Paris 3rd arrondissement), Le Minotaure (Paris 6th), and Jocelyn Wolff (Paris 20th).  Get ready to be dazzled!

Choices Collectors Weekend, May 23-25, 2014, at Palais des Beaux-Arts.
Open Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, 2014, from noon to 7pm. Free admission.
Vernissage (pre-show cocktail) on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Khaled Jarrar
Concrete Palestine # 3, 2012, Concrete, unique piece, 16 cm of diameter
© Galerie Polaris

Palais des Beaux-Arts
13, quai Malaquais
75006 Paris
Metro station: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (line 4).


Grand reopening of the Vincennes Zoo!

Parisians have been waiting 6 years for the Vincennes Zoo’s grand reopening. After 3 long years of work, the animal park opened its doors again on April 12. The well-known zoo has been a part of Paris’ history since 1934, and is now fully renovated. Organized in 5 zones called “biozones” (Europe, Guyana, Madagascar, Patagonia, and Sahel-Sudan), the zoo is home to over 1000 animals from 180 different species.

A lemur of Vincennes Zoo.
© F-G Grandin – MNHN

An entirely new design for the animal park
The renovation took 3 years of hard work to change the face of the zoo. The park’s emblematic rock is still there, only with a new coat of paint. Among the new attractions, you will find a 16-meter-high greenhouse, home to the manatee, one of the zoo’s new stars.  This endangered species lives in fresh water. The greenhouse is designed to imitate the tropical climate of Guyana and Madagascar, with a temperature of 20-25 degrees celsius, and 75% humidity.

The great hothouse of Vincennes Zoo, seen from outside.
© F-G Grandin – MNHN

A wonderful family outing
The Vincennes zoo is the ideal place for a family outing, while staying at Hotel Mareuil. Dedicated to both research and animal wellfare and conservation, the zoo also teaches facts and knowledge to adults and children alike. Thanks to the many trees and beautiful landscaping, the visit feels like a walk through nature, unlike the circuit in bare straight alleys of many other parks. On site, you will get to see giraffes from Africa, wolves from Spain, as well as the rare white rhinoceros, the anaconda, or the puma. A magical experience that will long be remembered by your children!

Giraffes of Vincennes Zoo.
© F-G Grandin – MNHN

The Park is open until mid-October, from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 9:30am to 7:30pm on weekends and holidays, and during vacation periods.
From mid-October to mid-March, daily opening times are 10am to 5pm.
Admission: 22€ / youth rate (12-25 years old): 16,50€ / children (3-11 years old): 14€ / free admission for children under 3.
Guided tours are organized around different themes and are 1 and ½ to 2 hours long.
Tickets can be purchase on the Paris Zoological Park’s website.

The scimitar oryxes’ pen in Vincennes Zoo.
© F-G Grandin – MNHN

Parc Zoologique de Paris / Paris Zoological Park
53, avenue de Saint-Maurice
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 79 31 25
Metro station: Porte Dorée (line 8), Saint-Mandé or Château de Vincennes (line 1).
Located at the intersection of avenue Daumesnil and route de la Ceinture du Lac – Paris 12th arrondissement.


Barbie fashion icon at the Doll Museum (Musée de la Poupée)

Since its creation 50 years ago, the Barbie doll has been a favorite of little girls. Every second, 3 Mattel dolls are sold in the world. To celebrate the famous toy, the Musée de la Poupée presents an exhibit featuring Barbie’s wardrobe in the 60’s. Articles of clothing made for the doll between 1959 and 1967 are a source of inspiration for designers today. The Barbie 60’s style is used again in its current wardrobe.  A unique retrospective to enjoy as a family.

“The Barbie rétro chic” exhibit, from February 11, to September 13, 2014.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm to 6pm.
Closed Mondays, Sundays, and holidays.
Adult admission: 8€ / Students (12-25 years old): 6€ / Seniors (over 65): 6€ / Children (3-11 years old): 4€.


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Musée de la Poupée

Impasse Berthaud
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 72 73 11

Metro station: Rambuteau (line 11).

Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou

“ To photograph is to put head, eye and heart in the same line of sight. ” Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). Ten years after the death of the famous French pioneer of photojournalism, the Centre Pompidou presents over 500 of his photographs.

A three-part exhibit
This retrospective features 3 periods of the life of Henri Cartier-Bresson, thanks to the eponymous foundation that researched and classified thousands of his pictures. On display are war coverage pictures (Spanish war, 2nd world war), his surrealistic works, and his travels. This event is a magnificent page of 20th century history.


George Hoyningen-Huene, Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York, 1935.
The Museum of Modern Art, Thomas Walther Collection, Purchase, New York – ©George Hoyningen-Huene
Horst/Courtesy-Staley/Wise Gallery / NYC Digital Image 2013, The MOMA, New York/Scala, Florence

The “ Henri Cartier-Bresson ” exhibit, from February 12 to June 11, 2014.
Open daily except Tuesdays, from 11am to 9pm.
Open until 11pm on Thursdays.
Full rate admission: 13 or 11€ depending on time period / reduced rate: 10 or 9€ depending on time period.

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Metro station: Rambuteau (line 11).