Bidoche: the restaurant-butcher shop of Oberkampf

Located just a few-minute walk away from the Hotel Mareuil, in the 11th arrondissement, Bidoche is both a restaurant and a butcher shop. It’s hard to imagine that the butcher’s stall hides a cosy table, where one can taste grilled meat or seasonal dishes, like the famous blanquette de veau. Created by Alexandre de Toulmon, who left the financial world to become a butcher, this address relies on quality meat (beef, veal, lamb or pork) served with seasonal vegetables (glazed or mashed) and French fries cooked in beef fat. The products sold on the spot come from French farms: the lamb is from the Pré Salé at the Mont Saint Michel and the beef is from Bazadaise and Limousine breeds. Bidoche also sells charcuterie and matured meat. This meat restaurant sublimates its dishes with rich sauces like the “bleue” (with gorgonzola), the “paloise” (bearnaise and mint) or the “Chimichurri” (cilantro and spices). Go ahead and discover this place, between 2 sessions of shopping in Paris!

The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m.
The butcher is open every day: from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. then from 4:30p.m. to 10:30p.m., on Saturday from 9:30a.m. to 10:30p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Specials: €13 and €24.

© Romain Buisson

Bidoche – Restaurant et boucherie (website in French)
7, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)9 81 12 59 81
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

© Romain Buisson


2 exhibitions to discover in the Marais in 2018

After the holiday season, it’s time to soak up the culture of the capital, and visit the most beautiful locations dedicated to art. At the Hôtel de Ville, two exhibitions are available, “Les nuits parisiennes”, and the one dedicated to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich “Obsession Marlene”, at the European House of Photography (Maison Européenne de la Photographie).

1/ “Les nuits parisiennes” at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris
What would Paris be without its nightlife? The Hôtel de Ville is paying tribute to the Parisian night by presenting through 200 original works, the multiple facets of the nightlife in Paris. From balls to music halls, from discotheques to the jazzy cellars of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, as well as the Palace and Bains-Douches (two famous 80s jet-set clubs), no facet of the Parisian night is left behind. Videos, posters, dresses, photos, and even paintings, reveal the transformations of Paris and the association of social classes which occur at nightfall.

Exhibition “Les nuits parisiennes: du Palais-Royal au Palace”, from November 25th to January 27th, 2018.
Open from Monday to Saturday, form 10a.m. to 6:30p.m.
Free entrance.

Kenzo Birthday Le Palace, March 11th, 1978 © Philippe Heurtault


Hôtel de Ville (website in French)
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

2/ “Obsession Marlene” at The European House of Photography
Thanks to Pierre Passebon, an admirer and collector of Marlene Dietrich, the MEP has gathered over 200 photos of Marlene Dietrich. This Hollywood actress marked the history of cinema and fashion, by becoming one of the most famous icons of the 20th century. Travelling through time with her ageless beauty and mind-blowing cinema roles, the glamourous diva is celebrated until February 225th, 2018.

Exhibition “Obsession Marlene”, from November 8th, 2017 to February 25th, 2018.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11a.m. to 7:45p.m.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Full price: €9 / Reduced rate: €5.

François Gragnon
Marlene Dietrich, Théâtre de l’Étoile,
© François Gragnon / Paris Match / La Galerie de l’Instant

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7, rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).