La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac: ode to chocolate

Right by Bastille and a few metro stations away from the hotel Mareuil, there is a nugget that will delight all cocoa lovers: La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac. The starred Chef decided to open this artisanal chocolate shop in front of his bistro named Le Chardenoux, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. He called on BE-PÔLES agency to make both a friendly and gourmet place. Thus, a large guest table encourages to take time on the spot, enjoy a hot chocolate or a marble cake. A long counter displays the 15 varieties of bars concocted with love. Some navy blue tones, copper and ceramic tiles make the whole place warmer. To make his delicacies, the Chef is surrounded by his longtime friend and associate, Pastry Chef Benoît Couvrand. Together, they create cakes (tart or chocolate éclair etc.), pastries (pain au chocolat) or some cocoa bars for every moment of the day. This is a shop that can be visited between two cultural visits, for a shopping break, at breakfast or as a snack with friends, family or even as a couple!

Open every day from 8am to 8pm.
Cakes: from €4.50 to €5.50.
Breakfast formula: €10.

© Yann Deret

La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac
25, rue Chanzy
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 87 21 40
Metro: Charonne (line 9) or Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).

© Yann Deret

Summer 2016: the music festivals not to be missed!

This year—if you visit the French capital—give yourself a musical break by testing one of the music festivals offered by the city. Jazz, rock, electronic music, all the styles are represented and this all summer long.

1/ Paris Jazz Festival
The 23rd edition of this jazz festival promises many surprises. From the carte blanche about Armenia suggested by French pianist André Manoukian to Cuban jazz, and to the groove of American singer Toni Green—diva with golden voice—there will be something for all tastes! As a bonus, Paris Jazz Festival is organised in an exceptional setting—at the heart of a haven of greenery which is the Parc Floral de Paris—nested just nearby the Château de Vincennes.

23rd edition of Paris Jazz Festival, from June 11th to July 31st, 2016.
Park opened from 9:30am until 8pm.
Full rate: €6 / Reduced rate (7-25): €3 / Free for children under 7.

Over the Hills (PJF2015) – Audrey POREE – Credit: ABACA PRESS

Parc Floral de Paris
118, route de la Pyramide
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 57 24 84
Metro: Château de Vincennes (line 1).

2/ Les Siestes Electroniques
Every summer, the Musée du quai Branly invites the visitors to take a nap at the heart of the open-air theatre or at the foyer of Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre, amid ethno and electro music. For the 6th year, the Siestes électroniques festival will be bringing DJs who will take you into a Frenchy and refined house music or in a retro-futuristic R&B—or—in a summer funk Tropicalism. An adventure that can be lived with friends or as a couple!

Les Siestes Electroniques, on June 26th, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 2016.
From 4pm to 6pm.
Free concerts.

© Raphaël Pincas

Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
Access: Pont de l’Alma (RER C).

3/ Rock en Seine
Organised near the end of summer, Rock en Seine is one of the year’s most important music festivals in Ile-de-France. For this 2016 edition, many guests will be meeting up at the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, from next August 26th. Among them, there will be Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Caravan Palace, Cassius or Birdy Nam Nam. From rock to electro, from hip hop to pop, this event offers an overview of what is best regarding music.

Rock en Seine, on August 26th, 27th and 28th, 2016.
Day ticket: €49 / 3-day pass: €119.

© Creation: Babel / Illustration: Sara Andreasson

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
92210 Saint-Cloud
Metro: Boulogne-Pont de St-Cloud (line 10).


The summer funfairs to go to with your family

This summer, let’s dash to have fun with your family, your friends or—why not— as a couple in one of the funfairs in the capital.

La Fête des Loges
Organised in the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (78), La Fête des Loges is one of the oldest funfairs in France. Formerly a religious party then and festive fair, it now attracts tourists and Parisians for its thrill roundabouts like the roller coaster. This year, it celebrates its 364th edition. This is the opportunity to discover rifle shooting, the coconut shy, the fishing, the ice palace or the bumper cars. On the program, these are 200 attractions for all ages. As a bonus, you can eat on site in one of the many restaurants and bars on the spot to enjoy burgers and other Creole, French or Spanish dishes.

Super Top Dance – La Fête des Loges © Jacques Paray

La Fête des Loges, from June 24th until August 15th, 2016. (in French)
Open Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 1:30am, on Friday from 3pm until 2am, on Saturday from 2pm to until 2am and on Sundays and bank holidays from 2pm to 1:30am.
Free admission/ Paid attractions.
Access: RER A – Saint-Germain station

La Fête des Tuileries
For 2 months, the Tuileries Gardens come alive at the pace of the wooden horses from 1900, of the ghost train or the large slide. This one of a kind funfair is organised at the heart of the capital—in a spot of exceptional beauty—of the most bucolic ones. La Fête des Tuileries is also famous for its chair swing rides—a historic and romantic attraction that reminds you of the old Paris and offers a breathtaking view on the capital. Food lovers will be delighted to find on the spot various sweets like candy apples, churros, doughnuts and crepes on the spot—some safe bets. By the way—for the comfort of residents—this funfair is without sound.

Tuileries Gardens, Roundabout funfair Ferris wheel © Sophie Robichon

La Fête des Tuileries, from June 25th to August 28th, 2016.
Open every day during the week from 11am until 11:45pm and on Friday, Saturday and bank holiday eves from 11am until 12:45am.
Free admission / Paid attractions.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries (line 1).


Jardins, Jardin: a 13th edition dedicated to solutions for the future

With the theme ‘Urban landscapes: at the heart of solutions for the future’, the 13th edition of Jardins, Jardin intends to revegetate the cities! In front of climate change, humans have to revise their relationships with nature and find solutions to reoxygenate the planet. For this, a 100 exhibitors meet curious people to present them innovations to make the city greener. Revegetated roofs or facades—like at the hotel Mareuil—creating rooftop gardens or shared gardens to produce local fruits and vegetables, everything is designed to transform urban people’s lives. From next June 2nd to 5th, numerous conferences and activities will be suggested—and notably workshops—within the Tuileries Gardens where the event will be held. As for every edition, 30 famous or in their early career landscapers have redesigned some balconies, gardens or terraces where nature seems to reassert itself.

13th edition of Jardins, Jardin, from June 2nd to 5th, 2016.
Open on Thursday and Sunday from 10am until 6pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10am until 8pm.
Full rate: €14 / Reduced rate (under 25): €10 / Free under 18.

2015 Jardins, Jardin – Garden – Zea for JARDILAND © DR

Jardin des Tuileries
Carré du Sanglier et Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau (entrance on the Place de la Concorde side)
75001 Paris
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) or Tuileries (line 1).


Chanel Le Marais: the first beauty shop of the famous House

For the first time in France, Chanel opened a shop exclusively dedicated to perfumes and beauty. In 775 sq ft, these are fragrances for men and women, beauty accessories like brushes, beauty care, makeup or nail varnishes which await fans since the very beginning.


An arty shop
Located in the hotel Hérouet, the Chanel Le Marais shop displays both a geometric, arty and industrial style. Thus, hanging walls mix with parts of stone walls and black or white lacquered console tables overhang patinated floor tiles. Customers can take advantage of round mirrors with different sizes but also of light mirrors with a dimmer—going from the daylight to nightclubs’—enabling to try products for complexion according to your skin. In a corner of the space, there is an ancient well—installed in a niche—which is an evidence of the history of the Marais. On site, professional make-up artists are permanently there to reveal their tricks and beauty secrets to perfect your gestures and help you to become a pro make-up artist! Lastly—on a wall—discreetly—Gabrielle Chanel watches over the place—represented by an elegant blue wired layout.

Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 7:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 7:30pm.


Chanel Le Marais (in French)
40, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 96 46 00
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) or Saint-Paul (line 1).