Les Chouettes: the Art deco restaurant in the Marais

The restaurant Les Chouettes owns its reputation partly to its Art deco style, and its size. Located in the heart of the Marais, being three floors high, it has a 20 meters high glass roof and a metal frame inspired by Gustave Eiffel. We really loved the wood paneling on the walls, with colors of black and white, punctuated with touches of duck blue, bottle green and purple. The restaurant also has alcoves, ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête.

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An inventive food that follows the seasons
In addition to its sublime decor, the restaurant Les Chouettes offers an inventive food, where seasonal dishes are revised with exotic touches. The Chef Alban Drevet, who trained with the Philippe Legendre from George V and Alain Pégouret from Laurent, thought a simple menu that changes regularly. Les Chouettes, is also famous for it’s cocktail bar, where you can enjoy such a drink as Anti Flirt based on Martini, vodka, peach liqueur, Amaretto, fresh raspberries, orange juice and lemon. Enthusiastic amateurs are invited.

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Open daily from 8a.m. to 1p.m.
Lunch: noon to 2p.m.
Dinner: 7.30p.m until 10p.m.

Les Chouettes (in French)
32, rue de Picardie
75003 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 61 73 21
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9) or Filles du Calvaire (line 8).

 

Les Traversées du Marais: the music festival of the season

For its first edition, the Festival Les Traversées du Marais invites you for three days to discover one of the most popular historic district of Paris. Organized in the 3rd and 4th districts of the capital, this event is a musical journey through the most beautiful places in the Marais. Free concerts and performances await you in 14 emblematic places of the district. From rock to classical music, from jazz to French music, there will be something for everyone! This festival is to be discover as a family, in places of exceptional architectural heritage like the Picasso Museum, Carnavalet Museum, Arts et Métiers Museum or Chasse et de la Nature Museum, as well as the Memorial of the Shoah, or, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Les Traversées du Marais start in the Halles du Carreau du Temple, run by Faubourg Simone.

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Concert and gospel songs
Two events have caught our attention. The first is a gospel concert and black spiritual proposed by the Gospel Legend Singers on September 12th, 2015 at the Crédit Municipal de Paris. The second is a presentation of Simon Dalmais at the Hotel De Ville (Town Hall) of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the 13th of September 2015. This former keyboardist Sébastien Tellier also collaborated with the talented Camille, before embarking on a solo career. It delivers captivating songs with a sensual voice accompanied only by piano and sometimes violins. Two very different styles that will make you love the Marais and music. Notice to music lovers!

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Les Traversées du Marais, from September 11th to 13th, 2015.
Almost all concerts will be free, and the rate of paid programs will not exceed €10.

Crédit Municipal de Paris (in French)
55, rue des Francs Bourgeois
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 61 64 00
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Mairie du 4ème arrondissement (in French)
1, place Baudoyer
75004 Paris
France
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Saint-Paul (line 1).

 

Front de Mode: the new ethical concept store in Paris

Opened by Parisian designer Sakina M’Sa, Front de Mode is an ethical concept store. Placed in the heart of the Marais, in a space of white and blue ‘Klein’ designed by Quentin Delepine, Front de Mode has put together 50 fellow creators of sustainable development. Stylist participants of eco-friendly fabric, Sakina M’Sa and the two lines of clothes: The first self-titled, and the second called Blue Line, which recycles the blue of working clothes. There you will find designer clothes from Leah Peckre or Christine Phung, as well as accessories such as bags from Exocet made from 3D printings, and jewelry. The sportswear is also shown with the Veja sneakers and jackets from Misericordia. The shop also offers organic clothing for children and an area dedicated to the home decoration. Finally, it is also possible to find locally, ethical cosmetics and shoes! Each of the designers who has been selected for Front de Mode meets at least one of the three pillars of sustainable development or in a social approach to production, or more so, in respect of the planet and in the choice of materials.

Open Monday to Saturday from 11a.m. to 7p.m.

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Front de Mode (in French)
42, rue Volta
75003 Paris
France
Metro: Temple (line 3) or Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11).

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The parks and gardens of the right bank

In summer, it is nice to relax in a park to enjoy the sun, read, or watching people go by. Many Parisians like to find themselves for an aperitif and enjoy the warm summer nights. The right bank of Paris has some of the finest parks and gardens in Paris.

1/ The Buttes-Chaumont
In recent years, the Buttes Chaumont Park has become the hot spot ‘par excellence’, with its tavern Rosa Bonheur and view over Paris. Waterfall, cave, suspension bridge and lawns with free access make it an ideal place to unwind at the heart of the capital. For the record, the hill was originally a garbage dump that Napoleon III transformed into an idyllic park.

Open from 7am to 10pm in summer and from 7am to 8pm in winter.

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The Buttes-Chaumont © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: David Lefranc

Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
1, rue Botzaris
75019 Paris
France
Metro: Buttes-Chaumont (line 7 bis).

2/ The Tuileries Garden
This French garden shaped by André Le Nôtre separates the Louvre from Place de la Concorde. We appreciate his long poetic alleys, two ponds near which it is good place to take a rest, or enjoy the magnificent statues by Rodin, Maillol and Giacometti. Many joggers jog by there every day. Every summer, the Tuileries Gardens hosts the Fête des Tuileries, ideal for families who want to eat cotton candy, take a tour of the big Ferris wheel, or try one of the many carousels or thrills.

Open from June 1 to August 31, 2015 from 7am to 11pm.

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The Tuileries Garden © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: © Sarah Sergent

Le Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris
France
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) or Tuileries (line 1).

3/ The Parc de Belleville
Located on the hill of Belleville in the 20th arrondissement, Parc de Belleville is known for its children’s play area particularly well designed, its outdoor theater and fountain cascade. For the record, the park has a long viticultural past and has a plan of vines of 250m2!

Open until 31 August 2015, from 8am to 9:30pm this week, and 9am to 9:30 pm on weekends.

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The Parc de Belleville © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Verhille

Le Parc de Belleville (in French)
47, rue des Couronnes
75020 Paris
France
Metro: Couronnes (line 2), Pyrénées (line 11), or Belleville (lines 2 and 11).

4/ The Parc de la Villette
The Parc de la Villette is one of the most beloved of Parisian parks. Why is that so? It borders with the canal de l’Ourcq, and is surrounded by very good concert halls like the Zenith or the Trabendo. And as a bonus, there it always something going through the Grande Halle de la Villette, the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Cité des Sciences etc. In summer, the park hosts an outdoor cinema festival!

Open 24/24.

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The Parc de la Villette © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: David Lefranc

Le Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

5/ Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau is one of the most beautiful of all the Parisian parks. Built in the seventeenth century under the leadership of the Duke of Chartres, it features a majestic entrance with large grids with gold embellished wrought iron. Walking through it, you will discover a Renaissance arcade from the old town hall, beautiful statues, a large fountain. It is also the ideal spot to study many species of birds. As a bonus, the park is located near many museums in Paris and the Champs-Elysées.

Open from 7am to 10pm in summer and from 7am to 8pm in winter.

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Parc Monceau © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Amélie Dupont

Le Parc Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles
75008 Paris
France
Metro: Monceau (line 2).

6/ The Park de Bercy
The Park de Bercy is situated in a place of old wine warehouses. It has retained some traces from the past, track that used to transport the wine are still visible in the park. Located near the Gare de Lyon, this park is known for its biodiversity, especially for its small lake and island where ducks and nenuphars are splashing around. Bercy Park also has a beautiful rose garden. Located near Bercy Village, this green space can afford a moment of relaxation before or after a drink or a good restaurant in the neighborhood.

Open from 8am to 9:30pm (depending on season).

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Parc de Bercy © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Jacques Lebar

Le Parc de Bercy
41, rue Paul Belmondo
75012 Paris
France
Metro: Gare de Lyon (lines 1 and 14) or Bercy (lines 6 and 14).