Privé de Dessert: when sweet becomes salty

Opened by Sephora Nahon, the Privé de Dessert restaurant is accurately named since the dishes here all resemble desserts! Thus, the toast is, in fact, a marinated tomato bread, fresh cheese mousse and anchovy, and the tiramisu is made ​​of candied lamb, parsnip mousseline with cinnamon and reduced juice. The guests are therefore transformed back into kids again, immersed in a gourmet game where the eyes betray the taste buds. The desserts also play the surprise card, such as the panna cotta with coconut milk and passion fruit, which takes the shape of fried eggs. Curious take note, this unusual restaurant is to discover without further ado.

Special mention: The restaurant has just released its cookbook, with no fewer than 40 recipes teaching you how to reproduce the classics of pastry in their salty version.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm to 11pm, and on Sunday for brunch.
Dishes from 13 euros onwards.

© Privé de dessert cookbook – The classics of pastry revisited in their salty version.

Privé de dessert
4, rue Lallier
75009 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 26 84 43
Metro: Anvers (line 2) or Pigalle (lines 2 and 12).

The Marvellous Festival

This Christmas season, the Musée des Arts Forains (Carnival Arts Museum) welcomes illusion and magic with the Festival du Merveilleux (Marvellous Festival). Located in the old wine and spirit stores of the Bercy quarter, which were built by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the museum is home to carousels, art and objects used in shows and carnivals. For 10 days this holiday season, Parisians and tourists will have an opportunity to admire fairy tale decors, take a ride on an old carousel, or enjoy all sorts of wondrous shows: puppets, magicians, story-tellers, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and more will be presenting their arts throughout the festival. A new and unique attraction is added to the festival this year : in the roaring twenties ballroom, visitors will be dazzled by Magic Mirror, a series of live shows based on optical illusions and effects created by the numerous mirrors adorning the room.

Le Festival du Merveilleux, December 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015, from 10am to 6pm.
Full admission: 12€ / Reduced rate (students): 10€ / Under age 12: 5€.
An Attraction ticket is offered with the purchase of each entry.

Magic Mirror © Sébastien Siraudeau

Festival du Merveilleux (The Marvellous Festival) © Sébastien Siraudeau

Musée des Arts Forains
53, avenue des Terroirs de France
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 40 16 22


Two musicals for the holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and it is time to find present ideas for our loved ones. How about a ticket to one of the acclaimed musicals currently playing in Paris? Mistinguett and Dirty Dancing are on and they are all the rage in Paris this season.

Mistinguett, Reine des Années Folles (Mistinguett, Queen of the Roaring Twenties) at the Casino de Paris
Since September 18, Albert Cohen’s new show has been a raging success. After le Roi Soleil, les Amants de la Bastille and Mozart l’Opéra Rock, he takes us through the roaring twenties, 10 years of freedom, insolence and partying, and retraces the history of the first Music Hall. Mistinguett, the first to wear feathers or come down a huge flight of stairs, is the star of the show.


Mistinguett, Reine des Années folles, showing until January 18, 2015.
Ticket prices starting at 20 euros.

Casino de Paris
14-16, rue de Clichy
75009 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)8 926 98 926 (Box office open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm).
Metro station: Liège (line 13) or Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves (line 12).

Dirty Dancing at Palais des Sports
The movie Dirty Dancing was a hit for a whole generation of fans because of the love story between Baby and Johnny, and also because of its sound track. It was only natural that it should be made into a musical, and the show has been immensely successful worldwide. Dirty Dancing on stage is now in France. The dialogs are in French, while the songs are performed in their original version: a unique opportunity to enjoy the sensual choreography and legendary hit songs, live at Palais des Sports.



Dirty Dancing l’histoire originale sur scène, from Jan.15 to March 15, 2015.
Ticket rates: from 29 to 89 euros.

Palais des Sports
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 28 40 10
Metro station: Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2, T3a).