La Nuit Blanche for children

Every year since 2002, the Nuit Blanche delights young and old alike thanks to its arty itinerary held outdoor, where gigantic, unusual and magic works of art were created by confirmed artists or young talents. For this 2016 edition, the 15th, the Mareuil Hotel invites you wander in the capital, with your children, to discover the activities which are reserved for them.

At the Paris City hall
You are invited to follow a dark path on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, which will lead you up to an enchanted forest designed by the French artist Stéphane Thidet. With “Sleep”, he produces huge pieces of wood which rotate around a frozen lake, livened up by a perpetual movement. This disturbing sculpture seems to be bewitched, and evokes the imaginary world of tales, in particular the Grimm brothers’ “Snow White” universe.

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© Fabrice Hyber

At the Gare de Lyon
The French artist Alain Séchas seized the Gare de Lyon, with the help of his emblematic cats. These whiskered animals form a blended family on the platform, which seems to wait for the return of a loved one. They are equipped with placards and flower bouquets that they will offer to the imaginary protagonist. These felines were painted on a great mirror of the room with frescoes. To create this scene, the contemporary artist drew his inspiration from an 15th-century engraving, illustrating the triumph of Poliphili.

To continue this arty evening, we follow the tour which borders the Seine on the topic of the crossing, this year orchestrated by the president of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, until Issy-Les-Moulineaux.

15th edition of the Nuit Blanche, Saturday, 1st October 2016.
Free admission.
From 7p.m. to 7a.m.

Hôtel de Ville
7, place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
France
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Gare de Lyon
Place Louis Armand
75012 Paris
France
Metro: Gare de Lyon (lines 1 and 14).

 

12th edition of Mon premier festival

From October 19st to 25th 2016, the film festival dedicated to young audience is back in Paris, in 12 arthouses cinemas. “Mon premier festival” (My first festival) invites children from age 2 to discover the 7th art through more than 200 projections and activities. For this 12th edition, theatres like the MK2 Quai de Seine (Paris 19th arrondissement), the Forum des Images (Paris 1st), the Gaieté Lyrique (Paris 3rd), the Louxor (Paris 10th) and the Majestic Bastille (Paris 11th) are involved in this event. What’s planned: movie-concerts, movies on sport, a focus on the American cinema, short animated movies, and a tribute to the cinema of Charlie Chaplin. Four cult movies will be projected: “Peau d’Ane” by Jacques Demy, “Gremlins” by Joe Dante, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” by Steven Spielberg and “Grease” by Randal Kleiser.

Mon premier festival (website in French), from October 19th to 25th 2016.
3 screenings per day: €4 for everyone.

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© Graphiste Vahram Muratyan

La Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis, rue Papin
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 01 51 51
Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol (lines 3 and 4) or Arts-et-Métiers (lines 3 and 11).

The best stand-up comedies in Paris are at the Apollo Théâtre

There are many theatres called “Apollo” on Earth: we find them in New York, London and… Paris. Historically called Théâtre du Temple, the legendary Apollo Théâtre moved from the street of Clichy to the heart of the 11th arrondissement of Paris, near the Place de la République, just a block away from the Mareuil Hotel.

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© Push Talents

The theatre for stand-ups
Established and founded in 1905, the Théâtre du Temple disappeared in 1950 and was replaced by the Apollo Théâtre a few decades later, in 2015. Now located on the street Faubourg du Temple, the theatre is only a few hundred meters away from the Mareuil Hotel. It now aims to present the best and the brightest of the one man and woman shows, but also comedies and stand-up comedies. The place has 4 theatres which can welcome from 90 to 360 people, and presents up to 22 shows a day! We can discover there varied creations, but all of them with humour, the keyword of this theatre.

Currently on stage of the theatre, so close of the Mareuil Hotel that you could breathe a wind of fun and joy through your room window: “La Légende de Bun Hay Mean” by Chinois Marrant, who laughs at all the clichés, or “Ça pique un peu…” by Mélanie Rodriguez (website in French), fond of dark humour. Otherwise, there is also “En état d’urgence” by Mathieu Madenian (website in French), who relates private stories with derision, and “An American living the French Dream” by Sebastian Marx, who as its name suggests, reveals the adventures of a New Yorker in the capital!

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© Push Talents

Show “An American living the French Dream” by Sebastian Marx, from Thursday to Saturday at 8p.m.
Rate: 19 euros.

Apollo Théâtre (website in French)
18, rue du Faubourg du Temple
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 38 23 26
Metro: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

 

Caudalie: a spa shop in the very heart of Le Marais

A few steps away from Place des Vosges, the French brand of vinotherapy Caudalie recently opened its spa shop, in the very heart of the Haut Marais. In a jewel of 45m2, we discover all range of products, but also exclusivities like the Fresh Crushed Cabernet, with which one can compose its own exfoliating scrub on the spot, using 100% natural ingredients. Grape seeds, brown sugar, honey from Gironde, essential oil of rosemary, lemon, geranium, etc., there are many mixes possible.

An ode in the vineyard
The decoration of the shop is a tribute to the vine, with a rough lumber store front. The inside adorns itself with oak and marble. Pictures of vineyards and photographs, which trace the history of the brand, dress up the walls. In the centre of the room stands the “Bar Beauté Barrique” (the “Barrel Beauty Bar”), which proposes to test alone cosmetics alone or with a “vinotherapist“ (personalized appointments are available on request). In addition, we can enjoy an organic herbal tea Caudalie or an organic freshly squeezed grape juice.

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An upscale spa
Concerning the spa, we are tempted to try the face care: “The Hydrating Moment Vinosource”, made for dry to very dry skin types. It starts with a deep face cleansing, followed by a modelling with fresh grape, then another session with essential oil, to deeply feed the epidermis. It ends with a moisturizing mask. Body cares are also proposed.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Face care “Hydrating Moment Vinosource”: €80 for a 50-minute duration.

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© DR

Caudalie
8, rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 11 61
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8).

Circuses to discover with your family for Christmas time in Paris

For holiday season with Christmas and New Year, the perfect thing to do as a family is to undoubtedly go to discover the most beautiful circuses of Paris and their latest creations. Don’t miss therefore the show of Alexis Gruss, “Quintessence”, the Cirque Phénix show “CirkaCuba” and the “Surprise” show performed by the legendary Cirque d’Hiver.

1/ “Quintessence” by the Cirque Alexis Gruss
For its 43rd creation, the Gruss family joined the Farfadais troupe, the result is amazingly gorgeous. During 2.5 hours of representation, the audience discovers contemporary and poetic numbers, where the artists switch from juggleries to acrobatics, and play the tightrope walkers with a disconcerting ease. The show is musically led by the sublime singer Rachel Smith and a ten-members live orchestra. For “Quintessence”, the Cirque Alexis Gruss continues his “Pegase & Icare” previous show, based on the fight of facing elements to save the poor Pegase, who gets sick. When you leave the show, you only have one thing in mind: be part of this so particular, magical and touching family!

“Quintessence”, from October 22nd 2016 until February 19th 2017.
Shows: on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8p.m., on Saturday at 4p.m. and at 8p.m., and on Sunday at 4p.m.
Rates: from €20 to €75.

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Alexis Gruss & Rachel Gardner Smith – Pas de deux Haute Ecole – Quintessence 2016

Chapiteau Alexis Gruss (website in French)
Carrefour des Cascades
Porte de Passy
75016 Paris
France
Metro: Ranelagh (line 9).

2/ “CirkaCuba” by the Phénix Circus
This year, The Phénix Circus sets on the Pelouse de Reuilly in the Bois de Vincennes to present “CirkaCuba”. Twelve exceptional numbers are performed there, inspired by the Russian circus as well as afro-Cuban culture, and also with a Chinese influence. Arrived on the spot, the spectators take a one-way trip to Cuba, thanks to the dancers, the musicians and the Cuban singer Rosalia Gomez Hasty. The scene quickly adorns itself with a colourful decor, and with at the back of the stage a Havana building paint, in trompe l’oeil style. The artists of the Russian swing, the capillary duet, and the ones performing in the Russian bar are all smiling and makes us want to dance and to party with them! Special mention for the magnificent costumes created by Pascal Jacob.

Cirque Phénix “Cirkacuba” (website in French), from November 12th 2016 to January 15th 2017
Shows at 10:30a.m., 2p.m., 3p.m., 4p.m., 5:15p.m., 8p.m. or 9p.m. according to days and dates.
Rates: from €19 to €90 the seat.

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© Laurent Bugnet

Pelouse de Reuilly
75012 Paris
France
Metro: Liberté or Porte Dorée (line 8).

3/ “Surprise” by the Cirque d’Hiver
Just a block away from the Mareuil Hotel can be found the mythical Cirque d’Hiver which once again this year will astonish its audience! For this purpose, it welcomes the family Casselly, rewarded by a Golden Clown at the international Circus Festival of Monte Carlo for its number combining together elephants, horses and ponies. Other highlights of the show: Victoria Bouglione’s Hula hoop, moments when the clown Totti laughs out loud, or the roller-skateboarding of Matt & Valentina. This year, Michel Palmer aka Mr. Loyal celebrates his 35 years of performing on the circus ring. An event which you shouldn’t miss for nothing in the world!

“Surprise”, from October 8th 2016 to February 26th 2017.
From €25.

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Surprise – Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione – Dominique Secher – 2016-2017

Cirque d’Hiver
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

 

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.

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© Yann Deret

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

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© 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.

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

Parc Floral de Paris
118, route de la Pyramide
75012 Paris
France
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.

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© Raphaël Pincas

Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
France
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.

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© Creation: Babel / Illustration: Sara Andreasson

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
92210 Saint-Cloud
France
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.

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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.

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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
France
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.

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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
France
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.

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© CHANEL

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.

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© CHANEL

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

 

The parks and gardens of the left bank

While spring is showing up, we dash to relax in one of the parks and gardens the left bank has.

1/ Le Jardin du Luxembourg
This iconic garden bordering the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés was created in 1612 on the initiative of Queen Marie de Médicis. It is very popular with Parisians and tourists for its large area (61.8 acres), a huge fountain Médicis, its tennis courts, its statues and its rose garden. The Jardin du Luxembourg is representative of two styles, since it is divided into two parts, one in English and one in French. Throughout the year, photography exhibitions are organised on the railings of the site, as well as concerts in it bandstand. The place is also famous for its numerous facilities for children (merries-go-round, slides, puppets etc.), while their parents play chess, or why not the controlled boats!

Find the opening hours for the Jardin du Luxembourg (in French).
Free entrance.

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Jardin du Luxembourg © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: © Sarah Sergent

Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Rue de Médicis-Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
France
Metro: Odéon (line 4) or Luxembourg (RER B).

2/ Le Parc Montsouris
Le Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in central Paris. Favourite place for students to have a walk due to its proximity to the Cité Universitaire of the capital, it is also home to many species of birds to observe. Like in the Jardin du Luxembourg, it organises free concerts, given in its bandstand, usually from May to September. For the record, the park was built under Napoléon III and inaugurated in 1869. It is well known for its rare trees such as the Persimmon tree or the Chinese Parasol Tree, with its lake, its beautiful statues and its restaurant named the Pavillon Montsouris, where you can enjoy fine French cuisine. By the way, this property was built in 1889 for the 1892’s Universal Exhibition. It has since been registered as a French Historic Monument, thanks , among others, to its very beautiful glass wall and breathtaking view on the park.

Until April 30th, 2016: open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm, and on weekends from 9:00am until 8:30pm.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016 : open daily from 7:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Free entrance.

 

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Parc Montsouris © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

Le Parc Montsouris
2, rue Gazan
75014 Paris
France
Metro: Porte d’Orléans (line 4) or Cité Universitaire (RER B).

3/ Le Parc André Citroën
This green space is one of the most recent of Paris. Inaugurated in 1992, it replaces the old Parisian factory of the French car manufacturer Citroën. Designed by leading architects and landscapers, Patrick Berger, Gilles Clément, Jean-Paul Viguier, Alain Provost and François Jodry, it is the only park to be directly open on the Seine. The Parc André Citroën is famous for its main attraction, the Ballon de Paris, a captive gas balloon which offers an ascent at 164 meters high, in family and a breathtaking panorama on the capital. Otherwise, there also are tennis tables, water slides, spring toys and other ball games areas for children. The older ones will be delighted to visit the greenhouses, or to admire the rare plants and other exotic trees on the site.

Until April 30, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm and from 9:00am until 8:30pm on weekends.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:30pm and on weekends from 9:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Free entrance.

 

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Parc André Citroën © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

Parc André Citroën
2, rue Cauchy
75015 Paris
France
Metro: Javel (line 10).

4/ Le Jardin des Plantes
Created in the late sixteenth century, the Jardin des Plantes was originally the Jardin du Roy. Today it houses the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, the geology and mineralogy gallery, the large tropical greenhouses but also alpine, green, botanical gardens, irises and perennial plants, a menagerie and a rose garden on 59.3 acres. Throughout the year, the various sites organise numerous exhibitions to discover all the wealth of fauna and flora. This green space is the favourite place of athletes who come to run here and for lovers who stroll here before joining the Seine banks. A place that will enthrall children, who can also enjoy a life-size labyrinth!

Open every day, in summer from 7:30am until 8pm, and in winter from 8:00am to 5:30pm.
Free entrance.

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Jardin des Plantes © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Daniel Thierry

Le Jardin des Plantes (in French)
2, rue Buffon
75005 Paris
France
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (line 10).

Want to visit more Parisian parks and gardens? Discover those on the right bank!

 

 

The blogger ‘Dans la peau d’une fille’ at the Hotel Mareuil

A few weeks ago, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the blogger ‘Dans la peau d’une fille’ stayed with her boyfriend at the Hotel Mareuil. They were able to enjoy a superior room with bath at the top floor of the building with a romantic view on Paris and its famous roofs.

A gourmet and cosy stay
The young woman was particularly seduced by the layout of the room, with a bathroom open on the night space as well as by the breathtaking panorama offered by this one. “Our room located on the top floor of the hotel offered a nice view. In addition, this double room with a king-size bed had an open bathroom. I found this very original and prettily decorated,” she revealed on her blog.

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© Screenshot blog Dans la peau d’une fille

The organic breakfast particularly held her attention: “We feasted with fresh products, a wide range of sweet and salty dish and the setting is relaxing. I loved being able to make my own squeezed orange juice, for example. The tea selection is varied, organic and fair.” Céline, aka ‘Dans la peau d’une fille’, seems to have even been taken with the breakfast room, located near the reception, where you can rest “while reading the press or a Paris guidebook” she wrote.

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© Screenshot blog Dans la peau d’une fille

Finally, to complete this wellness stay, the blogger recommended the Mareuil’s spa and fitness space, although she unfortunately didn’t have the time to try it out.

A great opportunity for her, we hope it, to see her among us soon!

Read her full article.

Find more information about our wellness, organic farming and terroir services.

 

A stay at Hotel Le Mareuil with The So Girly Blog

The Hotel Mareuil is really popular with bloggers! After Delfée and Dans la peau d’une fille, it is Amélie’s turn from the “So Girly Blog” to give us her impressions further to her stay with us.

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Screenshot © Instagram Sogirlyblog

A girl from Marseille in Paris
Behind The So Girly Blog is Amélie, a young woman of 29 from La Rochelle region and Marseille by adoption. Last April, she had the opportunity to go to Paris for the release of Estelle Lefébure’s new book. She chose the Hotel Mareuil to spend a night in the City of Light.

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A 100% cool stay
Like the other bloggers, Amelie was seduced by the calm of the hotel, located in a one way street and this, yet only a 5-minute walk from the turbulent Place de la République. She also declares to be charmed by her room, with its large bed, its beautiful view, and especially the NightCove, which allows you to relax with music. But, it is undoubtedly the welcome organic products from Vinali, available in the bathrooms as well as ideal for delicate and sensitive skins, which have already seduced our young blogger.

We let you discover her nice article (in French)…

 

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12th European Night of Museums in the Marais

Every year, the European Night of Museums is the opportunity to offer a breeding ground. Most Paris museums open their doors for free so you can see their collections and their temporary exhibitions. At the Hotel Mareuil, we love strolling around in the Marais, we invite you to discover the main attractions of the neighbourhood during this arty evening!

In the 3rd arrondissement
We begin the festivities at the Cognac-Jay Museum, where visitors will attend a tour, with readings and music. Tales and fables from Voltaire or Diderot will be recited on Rameau and Mozart music. At the Museum Carnavalet, an opera show will be performed in the gardens. The Musée national Picasso will offer free access to its exhibitions, including the one of Miquel Barceló, “Sol y sombra”. Finally, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will be organising video screenings, in partnership with the winners of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

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In the 4th arrondisssement
Victor Hugo’s House will be opening its doors during a free tour of the flat where the writer and his family have been living from 1832 to 1848. The Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles will invite us to go all over the exhibition of the Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, known for his pictorial and poetic style. The Polish Library in Paris will be programming a concert of classical music. As for the Centre Georges Pompidou, it will enable the public to stroll in its permanent collections, visit the exhibition of French artist JR, and will bring us many other surprises!

12th European Night of Museums in the Marais, on Saturday May 21st, 2016.
Free entrance.

Centre Georges Pompidou
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Metro : Rambuteau (line 11).

 

Kokedamas seize Hotel Mareuil with Ikebanart!

Since last week, the reception of the hotel Mareuil is being decorated with small vegetable planets, come from a wonderful world, Ikebanart’s. This agency of floral and plant decoration, located near the Canal Saint-Martin, is specialised in ikebanas and kokedamas.

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© Hôtel Mareuil

An invitation to dream
The purpose of this new arrangement that decorates the hotel, between the reception and the breakfast buffet, is to invite the guest to change universe and enter a fantasy world. To get this magical result, Ikebanart has designed a rack with foam, a strangler fig tree trunk and little epiphyte plants, which do not need soil to live. The ensemble is overcome by suspended plants which grow in the foam, called “Kokedamas“. They look like mini planets floating in the air. These living plants can last for months or years, if they are properly maintained.

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© Hôtel Mareuil

As a point of interest, Ikebanart was born from the encounter between two fans and lovers of flowers: Eugénie Myosotis, Ikebana teacher at the Ikenobo school of Kyoto in Japan and Gwenaël Jore, a plant artist. Their common taste for Japanese flower arranging, contemporary art and plant design got them closer to each other in this adventure.

Ikebanart (in French)
49, rue Lucien Sampaix
75010 Paris
France
Tél.: +33 (0)9 81 79 79 86
Metro: Gare de l’Est (lines 4, 5 and 7).
The shop is open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 10:30am until 8:00pm, and on Sunday from 10:00am until 7:30pm.

 

 

Discover the capital with Paris Visites!

The Mareuil hotel suggests to discover places, walks or cultural and gourmet activities not to be missed in Paris, thanks to its blog. To visit the most beautiful tourist areas of the city, we call on Paris Visites. This site founded by Michel Faul, proposes to discover the history of Paris through guided walks filled with anecdotes.

Michel Faul, a passionate man
Behind this guide conceals a history fanatic, who published several biographies of unusual characters of Parisian and French history, literature and music. By creating Paris Visites, he had the desire to share his knowledge and passion with tourists and curious Parisians.

 

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Michel Faul © Bergeot

The best seller visits
Paris Visites sets up numerous tours, including the Parc Monceau, in the neighbourhood of Les Halles, Montorgueil, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, towards the faubourg Saint-Antoine, nearby Bastille, or even place de la Concorde or in the Latin Quarter. Three of them are distinguishable and in high demand. The first presents the heart of Paris over the Seine, from the Louvre Pyramid to Notre-Dame de Paris, until the Conciergerie. The second takes us to Montmartre, a village in Paris, with its Sacré-Coeur Basilica, its vineyards and its famous painters. The last one focuses on the southern part of the Marais and the famous Place des Vosges, so chic, to the medieval Marais with its so typical half-timbered houses, not forgetting the Jewish quarter.

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© Facebook Paris-Visites : Private Walking Tours in Paris

Our favourite tour: “Les joyaux de Paris”
In 2h30, Paris Visites invites you to a personalised ride in minibus or limousine. You can choose 6 or 7 places to visit which always made you dream! You want to create exclusive activities such as wine tasting or accordion recital? Ask Michel Faul what you would like, and create a custom tour!

Rate for a walking tour of 2 hours in a legendary district of Paris.
From 1 to 4 people: €130.
From 5 to 10 people: €200.

Rate for the “Joyaux de Paris” tour: Estimate on request (transportation included).

Learn more about Paris Visites.

Discover the History of the Marais at the Carnavalet Museum

The Carnavalet Museum focuses on the history of the Marais, one of the most emblematic districts of Paris. The retrospective “The Marais and its Legacy” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s)”) invites us to discover how it has been renovated, since the first Protection and Development Plan which was set up by the Malraux law, voted in August 4th, 1962.

André Malraux, a visionary
The writer soon realises that this historic borough needs to be protected, almost twenty years after the Second World War. Through the testimonies of inhabitants of the Marais, as well as the producers’, the photographers’, and the historians’, we discover the different stages of modernisation of the 126 hectares related to the 3rd and 4th districts. What was the cultural, economic and social evolution of this site? What were the most significant conservation efforts? The public will find answers to these questions in the museum, also nestled in the heart of the Marais. By the way, a second Protection and Development Plan was voted in December 2013, over 50 years after André Malraux’s. This beautiful exhibition that enables to learn a little more about the history of Paris can be visited with family, during a Sunday stroll in the Marais.

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“The Marais and its Legacy – 50 years of protection, since the Malraux law” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s) – 50 ans de sauvegarde depuis la loi Malraux”) exhibition, from November 4th 2015 to February 28th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Closed on some bank holidays and on Monday.
Full rate: €9 / Concession (18-26 years old): €6 / Free for underage.

Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
16, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 59 58 58
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) or Saint-Paul (line 1).

 

 

A gourmet Valentine’s Day in Paris

Paris is known for being both the capital of love and gastronomy. To combine the two and have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, Hotel Le Mareuil proposes to treat yourself to an exclusive stay for the celebration of romance. The program includes a visit to the Taste of Paris and a dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant, very close to the Mareuil hotel.

Great chefs meet at the Grand Palais
From February 11th to 14th 2016, the Grand Palais will host for its 2nd edition, 18 great chefs, recognised or emerging, modelled on Pierre Sang Boyer, Alain Ducasse, Frédéric Anton or Thibault Sombardier. They will offer the visitors to take part in cooking classes, but also to taste their creations. It will also be possible to buy French local products, near by producers and craftspeople present on site, and notably Burgundy wines, ciders, jams, or olive oils.

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Taste of Paris, from February 11th to 14th 2016.
Dishes: between €5 and €12.

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

A romantic dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant
To continue the experience, book a table in one of the two restaurants of this talented chef, Top Chef show finalist in 2011, located nearby the Mareuil hotel. The first was opened in June 2012 in Oberkampf Street and the second in 2014 in Gambey Street. We like the contemporary setting of these two addresses, including the fact that the kitchens give onto the room, with counters to appreciate it better. The chef is inspired by his Korean origins to bring an exotic touch to his traditional French dishes. Here, there is no standard menu: the unique menu changes daily, depending on what he finds at the market, respecting the seasons. You will have the possibility, to taste, for example, a salt-crusted seabass and algae, oysters, spinach salad, or lentils, kimchi, low temperature egg and baby squids.

 

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Pierre Sang in Oberkampf
55, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)9 67 31 96 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

Pierre Sang on Gambey
6, rue Gambey
75011 Paris
France
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

After such an evening, you will only have to go back to your room at the Mareuil hotel, on foot!

 

The big cleaning of the canal Saint-Martin

For the first time since winter 2001-2002, the Canal Saint-Martin has been completely emptied to undergo a major cleaning! This drainage takes place from January 4th to April 4th 2016, for 3 months, from the place de la Bataille de Stalingrad to rue du Faubourg du Temple, where are respectively located the first and eighth lock. In 2015, works had already been done on the 9th lock.

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© Sandy Pérolle

A huge construction site
In order to achieve these repairs, it had to entirely empty the canal of its water, but also many fishes, such as carps, perches or pikes. They were captured by a specialised company, which released them upstream or downstream of the site. The silt will be then removed. Indeed, over the years, mud and silt have accumulated naturally in the water. Cleaning up will help to prevent the risk of floods but also accidents. In the mud, the teams of the City of Paris also make surprising discoveries: bicycles, scooters, bottles of wine or beer, trolleys, wallets or strollers. These objects have been left there by Parisians and tourists, or just fell into the water accidentally. For the duration of the works, the river traffic is interrupted, and the docks are closed to walk by railings.

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© Sandy Pérolle

The big plus: on these same grids, 4 free exhibitions about the Canal Saint-Martin, its history, its role in Parisian life and its cleaning will be offered for free during these three months. The public can also discover the fauna and flora of the canal, since there are more than 90 species living there (blue tits, ducks, freshwater mussels, grey herons, eels etc.). This is an opportunity to grant a walk as unusual as life-saving, in the heart of the capital!

More information about the cleaning of the Canal Saint-Martin (in French).

The Great Chefs’ cake shops

In the Marais, one can either walk around or explore the most beautiful art galleries. But one can also satisfy one’s greed! Here is the proof, three great Parisian pastry chefs have opened their bakeries there. Let’s go for a visit …

1/ Christophe Adam’s Eclair de Génie
Founded in 2012 by Chef Christophe Adam, “L’Eclair de Génie” has now five Parisian stores and 3 in Japan. At the age of 16, he discovered the world of baking alongside pastry chef Legrand in Quimper, in Brittany, his native region. Will ensue many years with the greatest, especially at the Crillon and at Fauchon. With its single-product concept, the chef revisits one of the most famous delicacies in France: the éclair. Vanilla-pecan nuts, caramel with salted butter, lemon and yuzu icing… are all scents that leave us dreamers. As a bonus, we love the decoration of the Marais’s shop, which is decorated in bright yellow. On site, you will also find chocolate candies and a whole range of delicatessen with cocoa.

Open Monday-Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 7:30pm.
Eclair from €4.50.

 

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L’Eclair de Génie (in French)
14, rue Pavée
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 85 11
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).

2/ Philippe Conticini’s Pâtisserie des Rêves
After opening his first Pâtisserie des Rêves at Longchamp Street in the 16th district of Paris, Chef Philippe Conticini set up shop at the BHV in the Marais. It is on the 3rd floor in the department store that gourmets can meet. After having cut his teeth at the Petrossian and then at the Peltier, the cook revisits since 2010 the pastries of our childhood. Thanks to him, the Paris-Brest, the Saint-Honoré and the chocolate éclair take a more modern face. He offers a range of individual versions and can be ordered for 6, 12 and even 16 people, according to the chosen recipe. We particularly appreciate the decoration of the area, very design, in acid tones which make our mouth water!

Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8pm.
Nocturnal on Wednesday until 9pm.
Individual Paris-Brest: €5.90.

 

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La Pâtisserie des Rêves – BHV/Marais (3ème étage)
52, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 54 92 16
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

3/ Christophe Michalak
After finishing his cooking school, the pastry chef of the Plaza Athénée, Christophe Michalak opens a second Parisian address: a bakery in the Marais. Decorated by Marie Deroudilhe and the Vital Agency with a pristine white highlighted with gray, the area becomes graphic. The brand even makes us think of comics. On site, the chef offers his famous caramel with salted butter religieuse, but also a “Kosmiks bar”, individual desserts in the form of verrines. Other surprises to discover: cakes in the shape of XL calissons, with maple syrup, citrus, as well as “Klassiks” which are traditional cakes revisited in an XL version (28 cm long), and proposed per metre. Lemon pie, baba and mille-feuille take a rock’n roll air and it is not displeasing us! You can also discover his latest culinary books, and totally irresistible snacks (nougat, toffees, marshmallow bears…).

Open On Wednesday from 11:30am to 7pm and from Thursday to Sunday from 11:30am to 8pm.
XL cake: €48.

 

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Pâtisserie Michalak (in French)
16, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 27 90 13
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

The blogger Delfée tells about her stay at Le Mareuil hotel

Remember when last spring, we launched a contest to offer you an exclusive stay at Le Mareuil hotel. A few weeks after, we announced you the lucky winner: blogger Delfée from Fées Maison.

She chose to enjoy her gift in summer, to discover the capital under a beautiful sun, before telling us her adventures in a charming story embellished with beautiful photos to show, last September.

 

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Screenshot Delfée’s article on Mareuil hotel © Fées Maisons

Here we reveal you some selected pieces, just to make you want to read her article, and visit us for Christmas and New Year or in 2016!

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Screenshot Delfée Twitter / Fées Maison

Seduced by our decoration, Delfée found a resemblance between the color coding of our rooms, and creator Paul Smith. We welcome this flattering comparison with pleasure.

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Screenshot Delfée’s article on Mareuil hotel © Fées Maisons

Delfée was also captivated by the softness and the fragrance of Vinalie organic products, a brand she did not know, which are available in our rooms and junior suite.

But her favourite is the unrestricted view that Le Mareuil hotel offers on the roofs of the capital. She succumbed to the beauty of zinc roofs and their brick chimneys, typically Parisian.

 

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Screenshot Delfée’s article on Mareuil hotel © Fées Maisons

We let you enjoy Delfée’s superb shots and her whole adventure (in French)…

 

Botanique restaurant: The gourmet restaurant close to the Mareuil hotel

Located nearby the Mareuil hotel, the Botanique restaurant is a new Parisian restaurant opened by winners of the 2015 laureates of the Bourse de la création Badoit. The distinctive feature of this address is its combination of a wine and tapas bar, a bistro and a gourmet restaurant. Three atmospheres all in one place, what more could you ask for! Two friends have embarked on this adventure: young Chef Sugio Yamaguchi, who cut his teeth with Chef Pierre Sang and wine water Alexandre Philippe. They offer exceptional wine-pairings with a very colourful seasonal food: snail salad and herb dressing, Black Angus beef steak made in two different ways or chestnut cake, figs and meringues. You will thus taste tapas made by the cook, or taste the gourmet dishes according to your wish of the moment. We were taken with the gourmet and creative presentation of the dishes, which really make your mouth water!

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© MK Botanique

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© MK Botanique

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Lunch Menu at €16 and 21€.
Tapas: €4.

Botanique Restaurant
(in French)
71, rue de la Folie-Méricourt
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 00 27 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

 

Cats lights up the Mogador Theatre

At Hotel Le Mareuil we like musicals, but also theatre and stand up. Remember last year when we introduced you two shows during the holidays: Dirty Dancing and Mistinguett. This year, our team recommends you Cats!

A timeless musical
Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poems, an American naturalised British poet and playwright, this show takes us into Jellicle’s cats society. Once a year, the cats gather for a grand ball on the occasion of a wonderful night: their leader, the Old Deuteronomy will choose one to get into the paradise of cats, the félinosphère. The lucky winner will have the opportunity to be reborn in a new “Jellicle” life. This magical universe has already attracted 73 million viewers around the world!

 

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Brinkhoff / Mögenburg
© RUG

A French musical
The Parisian public will be delighted to know that the show is played entirely in French. However, the original stage show of the new London production has been preserved, including Gillian Lynne’s choreographies. The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the famous title song “Memory” ensure the representations’ magic.

This event can be enjoyed by the whole family, both for the beauty of the costumes, the scenery and the makeup.

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© RUG

Cats, from October 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016.
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday at 3pm.
Released December 31st 2015.
Full rate: from €29-99.

Theatre Mogador (in French)
25, rue de Mogador
75009 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 32 32 32
Metro: Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves (line 12).

 

Two theater plays that should not be missed this fall

After the Picasso Mania and the Warhol Unlimited exhibitions, why not extend your arty stay in Paris to go to the theater? This fall, two theater plays should not be missed: “L’Avare” at the Théâtre Dejazet and “Représailles” at the Théâtre de la Michodière.

L’Avare at the Théâtre Dejazet
L’Avare is a famous play by Molière revisited by director Jean-Louis Martinelli. Great French actor Jacques Weber interprets the lead role. For his character, only the possession counts, the accumulation of money. Greedy, the money is retained, invested, secret, which irremediably puts him in the most comical situations. The actor interprets this miserly with a ferocity and communicative joy.

L’Avare, from October 2nd 2015 to January 2nd 2016.
Tuesday-Saturday at 8am, on Sunday morning at 2:30pm.
Rates: from €25 to €35 the place.

 

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L’Avare Poster © DR

Théâtre Dejazet (in French)
41, boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 48 87 52 55
Metro: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

Représailles at the Théâtre de la Michodière
With Représailles, two great French artists share the headline: Marie-Anne Chazel and Michel Sardou. On stage, they interpret a couple on the verge of divorce after Rosalie has discovered the many infidelities of her husband Francis, the night of their daughter’s wedding. Both awkward and in bad faith, Francis will provoke the worst reprisals of his wife! Every Wednesday evening, audio guides are available to the English and Spanish public, so they can follow the play. This innovative experiment was initiated by Paris City Theater.

Représailles (“Revenge”), from September 22nd 2015 to February 28th 2016.
Tuesday-Saturday at 8:30pm, on Sunday morning at 3:30pm.
From €18 to €50 the place.
Headphone rental: €5.

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Représailles / Revenge Paris City Theater Poster

Théâtre de la Michodière (in French)
4 bis, rue de la Michodière
75002 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 42 95 22
Metro: Quatre-Septembre (line 3).

Exhibitions you should not miss this fall

This fall, two exhibitions are eagerly awaited by Parisians: the Picasso Mania at the Grand Palais and the Warhol Unlimited at the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris. Both present great artists who have marked Art history, and last more or less the same time.

1 / Picasso Mania at the Grand Palais
The Grand Palais offers to come back to the creation of the myth of Picasso. How this name became famous? How it influenced its contemporaries? One hundred masterpieces by Pablo Picasso are thus confronted with contemporary works signed by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, or Roy Lichtenstein. This important retrospective also focuses on the iconic works by Picasso, as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica, and comes back to the different stylistic phases of the artist.

Exhibition “Picasso Mania” From October 7th to February 29th 2016.
Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 8pm.
Full rate: €13.

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Grand Palais
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

2 / Warhol at the Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris welcomes more than 200 works of icon Andy Warhol. In addition to presenting its Jackies series (1964), Flowers (1964-1965) and Electric Chairs (1964-1971), the museum also hosts 102 screen-printed paintings from the series of Shadows (1978-1979). This is the first time these 17 color works are on display in Europe. “Warhol Unlimited” highlights the serial dimension of the artist’s work.

Exhibition “Warhol Unlimited” From October 2nd 2015 to February 7th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 10pm.
Full rate: €12.

 

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Shadows, 1978-79, Dia Art Foundation, Photo Bill Jacobson – © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.   ADAGP, Paris 2015

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Metro: Iéna and Alma-Marceau (line 9).

Ober Mamma: the Parisian Dolce Vita

The Ober Mamma restaurant is a kind of pledge to live the dolce vita in Paris. Here, everything is homemade, with products directly imported from Italy, from small local producers. Even the pizza oven was made in Italy by an artisan in Naples, with a stone from Vesuvius! Neapolitan Chef Ciro Cristiano revisits the recipes of the Italian mammas, in flavouring them with fruit citrus and a touch of modernity. The result: the “New York Brussels” pizza is liven up with Brussels sprouts and roasted almonds, in addition to its mozzarella and his Trentino speck. All the pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven, which give them that unique irresistible taste.

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Photo credit @Renaud Cambuzat

Italian Aperitif
Ober Mamma is also known for its concept of Italian style aperitif. Every day, from 6am to 8pm, customers can taste the fifteen varieties of cheese and Italian meat imported by the team. The aperitif becomes a gourmet and convivial moment, before extending the evening in the beautiful restaurant room, with its 5 meters high glass roof. The decoration was entrusted to Alexander Waterworth Interiors, an English office who was able to shape the “like at home” identity of the place.

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Photo credit @Renaud Cambuzat

The big +: If you like cocktails, let yourself be tempted by the creations of mixologist Nicola Battafarano. In addition to the big classics, he concocts divine nectars as the “Cactus”, a cocktail made from infused Pisco with cactus flowers, Martini Fiero, sugar, lime, and camomile!

Open daily from 12:15pm  to 3pm, and from 6pm to 8pm.
Aperitif: daily, from 6am to 8pm.
Pizza : between 10-15 euros.

Ober Mamma (in French)
107, boulevard Richard Lenoir
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 41 32 15
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

 

 

The Saint-Jacques tower is open throughout the summer

For the third consecutive year the the Saint-Jacques tower opens its doors to the public during the summer. It has for long been a pilgrim starting point. The St Jacques-de-Compostela has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, The 54 meters high tower offers a unique view of all Paris. This Parisian monument was erected in the early sixteenth century and can boast of being of a flamboyant Gothic style.

More than just a historical building
Besides being one of the most beautiful Parisian monuments, the Saint-Jacques tower also works as a weather station. And at it’s peak, the weather station ‘Montsouris Observatory’ uses it, who is as well providing data to ‘Météo France’.

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Saint-Jacques tower © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

A sporting climbingLike the towers of Notre Dame, the ascent of the Saint-Jacques tower has to be earned! With 300 steps, the tower is a long climb, which is not something for people with vertigo, claustrophobia or people who suffers from heart problems. But once you get to the top, you will discover and see a unique view of the French capital, and at the corners of the terrace where you will see the carved symbols of the four evangelists. A climb which remains athletic and precious!

Open from June 5th to September 27th, 2015.
Wednesday to Sunday from 3:30p.m. to 6p.m.
Full price: €10 / Reduced price: €8.
Book your guided tour (in French).

Square of the Saint-Jacques tower
19, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
France
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).

Paris Rendez-Vous: the elegant concept store of the City Hall of Paris

Located close to the City Hall, in the heart of the Marais, Paris Rendez-Vous, the official store of the City Hall of Paris is the rallying point for tourists. Included in this concept store there is a bright sleek, modern design, many gifts and souvenirs, as well as a space dedicated to giving visitors access to a multilingual documentation on the activities offered by the City of Paris, and tablets free of charge.

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© Facebook Paris Rendez-Vous

A concept store at the crossroads of business routes
Shop side Paris Rendez-Vous has not finished surprising you with its unusual objects reflecting the diversity and richness of Parisian life. Each borough is represented: the 6th with emblematic wooden sailboats from the Jardin du Luxembourg, the 1st with Fermob chairs in the Garden of Tuileries, or the 11th with Bastille bio coffee beans from Comptoirs Richard. Younger guests can have fun by coloring Paris on the poster that mesures 6 meters installed in the shop, and cyclists will be happy with a choice of accessories and various guides to the most dedicated athletes Parisians. A space strategically located in the heart of the capital, close to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ile-Saint-Louis.

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© Facebook Paris Rendez-Vous

Open Monday to Saturday from 10a.m to 7p.m.

Paris Rendez-Vous
29, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
France
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).

 

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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© Realize by the agence BRO with Lazaro Rosa Violan

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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Gospel Legend Singers ©DR

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).

 

La Maison Plisson: overall diet revisited!

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The newly opened “La Maison Plisson” revisits overall diet in a friendly space spreading over 500 square meters. On the program: a farmer’s market, a wine cellar, a grocery store, a bakery, a restaurant, and a take-away service, created by Delphine Plisson, former executive officer of the Claudie Pierlot fashion label. There are nearly 3,000 references to French quality products, with several cheese makers and the butcher awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France. As far as the restaurant is concerned, Chef Benoît Bordier of Parisian restaurant La Regalade Saint-Honoré, runs the cuisine. He draws inspiration from the various fresh produce sold on-site, and creates light recipes: fresh soups, salads, pies, vegetarian dishes etc. La Maison Plisson is thus the perfect place to sip a coffee, snack, have lunch or stock up on fresh, seasonal products, in-between two cultural trips or shopping sprees in Paris.

Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 9pm and on Sunday from 8:30am to 5pm.

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La Maison Plisson
93, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
France
Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart or Chemin Vert (line 8).

3 girly nail bars to discover in the Marais

Having an express manicure or spring nail art in one of the girly nail bars nestled in the Marais is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the warmer days in the capital. Zoom on three very popular Parisian addresses, to visit as often as you like.

1/ Gloss’up
This nail bar is conveniently located near Nanashi, the bentos restaurant, and designer Valentine Gauthier’s shop. Spread over two floors, it has two spaces, one dedicated to makeup, the other to manicure. Gloss’up is THE nail art specialist, and never hesitates to offer “collections” according to the seasons or the holidays, like Valentine’s Day. We also appreciate being able to follow each member of the team on Instagram. A nice way to locate nail arts that you will adopt this summer!

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7:30pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6:30pm.

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© Facebook Gloss’up

Gloss’up
58, rue Charlot
75003 Paris
Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 64 03 23 19
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8).

2/ Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty
Open continuously, but only by appointment, Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty is the specialist for high-end manicure. Opened by Vesna Michelich, a professional trained in famous luxury houses, this nail bar offers comprehensive care to suit your desires. The place is also a beauty salon, where you can enjoy a moment of contentment with a facial or body. Finally, enjoy the sun and put on your cutest sandals, Vesna has a toe nail bar, where your little feet will be pampered.

Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm.

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© Facebook Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty

Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty
58, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 78 12 58
Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

3/ E-Clat
This concept store is dedicated to beauty. We love the timeless atmosphere of this shop covered in cream and white, with its design lighting, its shelves, and tall tables reserved for manicures. Both nail and skin bar, E-Clat allows its customers to benefit from a free beauty assessment to discern their personal skin type, before being directed to the products most suitable to their epidermis. E-Clat also has a treatment room.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.

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© Facebook E-Clat

E-Clat
90, rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 27 99 91
Metro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse (line 3), or Richelieu-Drouot (lines 8 and 9).

 

The More: the concept bar of the 11th arrondissement

For a little over a year, the More bar has opened in the heart of the 11th arrondissement of Paris, Boulevard du Temple. This concept bar offers to taste beers from the entire world and a refined selection of wines, but also attend concerts and exhibitions, play table tennis or boules, as well as discover Italian flavors presented on the menu. Arranged as a loft, the More provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere, divided into several areas according to the activities it offers. There, customers can discover books from independent publishing houses, clothes from young designers, works of little known artists, or furniture. As you have understood, this particularly dynamic place organizes all kinds of events such as closet clear-out or tournaments. Last but not least: the More has a second-hand store.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 2am.

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Photo credits: Facebook Le More

More
18, boulevard du Temple
75011 Paris
France
lemore.contact@gmail.com
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9) or Filles du Calvaire (line 8).

 

The Hotel Mareuil welcomes pastry Chef Yann Le Gall

On Saturday, May 30th 2015, the Hotel Mareuil hosted young pastry Chef Yann Le Gall for a 100% gourmet event. Organized in association with Aurore’s “Un Cactus sur la Platine” blog, this day was the opportunity for participants to discover the highly kawaii creations of the young Chef.

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Instagram YLGpatisserie_lsd / Aurore, Un Cactus sur La Platine et Yann Le Gall

A very colorful tasting workshop
Entitled “the YLG Tea Time Gourmand”, this event included: a culinary workshop with Yann Le Gall to cook Tin [cubes], an origami workshop with Aurore, and a tasting of rollcakes. This colorful tasting workshop was also an opportunity to explore Japanese culinary and artistic culture.

Discover the photos of the event!

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Instagram aurore_uncactussurlaplatine / Yann Le Gall at the Mareuil Hotel

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Capture Instagram mlle_kalumis / Yann Le Gall’s rollcakes

Follow his creations on Instagram.
Yann’s interview by Aurore.
Facebook Un Cactus sur la platine.

Les Pinces: The Lobster Bar Of The Marais

In the mood for Lobster? Don’t look no further and go for “Les Pinces”, a fresh lobster restaurant nestled in the heart of the the Marais right next to l’Hôtel de Ville (the City Hall). Opened by four friends, this lobster bar offers two lobster plates: Grilled lobster and lobster roll. Offered as a unique menu at 25 euros, served with salad, sauce and home made fries, lobster that could be described as luxury product, becomes affordable here. And as a bonus, the lobsters used are fresh, since the restaurant Les Pinces has its own lobster pool, installed in the basement of the restaurant.

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© Les Pinces

A relaxed and friendly place
We also liked the decor of the place, designed by the decorator Marika Dru from the MKD Workshop (in French). The dining restaurant adopts a raw look where wood is omnipresent, and dons school chairs or the Singer redesigned sewing tables. It is also possible to eat at the bar. An ideal place where food lovers will be delight at the reasonable prices, before walking in the Marais for some shopping.

 

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© Les Pinces

Open every evening from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Unique menu at €25.

Les Pinces (in French)
29, rue du Bourg Tibourg
75004 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)9 83 56 47 93
contact@lespinces.fr
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

 

 

Spring Contest: And the winner is…

Several weeks ago, we launched a spring contest. The prize was a stay at our hotel, and more specifically a night for two, breakfast included. You had until April 10th, 2015 to participate on our Twitter account by letting us know why you would like to stay at the Hotel Mareuil.

Many of you contributed and expressed your appreciation… The whole team thanks you! Following the random draw, we are proud to announce that the big winner of the contest is… blogger DelFée of Fées Maison.

Her Tweet was especially inventive, as you can see below…

 

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Screenshot of the Hotel Mareuil Paris’s Twitter account

Congratulations to the winner.

Follow Fées Maison on Twitter.

 

The Color Run: The most colorful race is back in Paris!

Last year, Paris successfully held its first edition of The Color Run™, the most colorful and wackiest run of all times. For this second edition, which is to be held on April 19th 2015, there is only one rule: to have a lot of fun! Thus, Color Runners are invited to run 5 kilometers without feeling any pressure, since the goal is neither to arrive first nor to be the fastest. The run starts at the Hôtel de Ville and ends at the Pont de Iéna, by the banks of the Seine. The run is entirely suitable for families and is free for children under 5!

How does it work?
It is simple, after registering you will receive a kit from the Color Run™ containing a white T-shirt, which is essential to attend the run, a numbered bib, a headband, and temporary tattoos. Each kilometer corresponds to a color, and the goal is to finish the run as colorful as possible. The colored powder, which will be launched on the participants, is certified 100% natural and made from cornstarch and food coloring. It is advised to wear sunglasses during the run for your personal comfort and to avoid receiving powder in your eyes, although it is neither dangerous nor painful.

 

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A firm favorite: At the end of the Color Run™, organizers of the event will use leaf blowers to remove the dust and most of the powder you accumulated during the run. As a bonus, the Finisher Festival will close the event with live DJ sets.

The Color Run, April 19th 2015 in Paris.
Start of the race: from 9am onwards at the Hôtel de Ville.
Finish line: Pont de Iéna.
Finisher Festival: from 10am to 3pm.

 

Contest: Win a stay at the Hotel Le Mareuil!

After its Christmas contest which rewarded French blogger Argone69, Hotel Le Mareuil repeats the experience with a new contest that deliciously smells like Spring spirit! What can you win: A night for two at the hotel, full breakfast included.

How to participate?
It is simple: Tweet about the Hotel Le Mareuil with the hashtags: #Concours #JeuMareuil and explain why you would like to stay in our hotel.You can participate from March 20th to April 10th, 2015.

 

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Terms and conditions
To participate in our Spring contest, you have to be over 18 years of age, live in France and have a personal Twitter account. One tweet is allowed per person.

Good luck to you all!

 

Paname Art Café: the temple of stand-up comedy in Paris

One-man and one-woman show lovers, Paname Art Café is perfect for you! Located right by the Canal Saint- Martin, next to République, this restaurant and cocktail bar is also 100% arty: people can meet for jazzy concerts early in the week and for a DJ set or a preview during the weekend. Most importantly, the Paname Art Café is renowned for its stand-up comedy shows. There, humourists adopt incisive but still charming humour. You will discover on stage recognised artists such as Booder – seen in “Neuilly sa Mère” –, Seb Mellia, who was chosen by Gad Elmaleh in February 2014 for the first part of his performances at the Olympia, Carole Guisnel – famous for her sketch “Sous l’Océan” (“Under the Sea”) –, and Youssoupha Diaby from the Jamel Comedy Club.

A true Parisian bistro
The Paname Art Café restaurant offers a menu that mixes traditional French cuisine with exotic flavors, like the satay-crusted cod with its clams, or the goat cheese filo pastries. It is also possible to enjoy more traditional dishes such as the blanquette de veau (French veal ragout) and the lemon meringue pie.

Currently: Tania Dutel‘s one-woman show, “Qui êtes-vous et que faites-vous dans ma chambre?” (“Who are you and what are you doing in my room?”).

 

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Poster for Tania Dutel’s one-woman show “Qui êtes-vous et que faites-vous dans ma chambre?”
(“Who are you and what are you doing in my room?”) © Facebook Tania Dutel

Open every day, from 9am to 2pm.
The restaurant is open for lunch from noon to 3pm and for dinner from 8pm to midnight.
Lunch formulas: €14 or €17.

Paname Art Café (in French)
14, rue de la Fontaine au Roi
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 48 06 31 27
Metro: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11) or Goncourt (line 11).

 

“L’Aiguille en Fête” (The Needle Festival): Time to sew!

For its 12th edition, the International Needle Arts Showcase looks towards the East and celebrates contemporary textile arts, knitting, sewing, as well as embroidery and patchwork. This 4-day event showcases new trends of the sector by inviting 250 exhibitors from around the world (South Africa, Japan, USA, France, Italy, etc.). “L’Aiguille en Fête” is an opportunity to admire precious and rare fabrics in a 12,000m2 space dedicated to this unique event. Here, visitors can attend classes at the crochet stand, sewing stand and other stands dedicated to the needle arts, in order to meet professionals and learn how to craft. An Indian embroidery school will also be installed. “L’Aiguille en Fête” also holds the Speed ​​Knitting Championship, which gathers the fastest knitters of the year, as well as the Sewing Contest, which will award the most accurate and fastest seamstress of this generation. A very promising show, full of surprises!

Salon Aiguille en Fête, from February 12th to 15th 2015. Open from 9:30am to 7pm on Thursday, from 9:30am to 9pm on Friday, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Full rate: €12,50 / Reduced rate (12-20 years-old) : €6 / Free for children under 12.

 

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© L’Aiguille en Fête

Parc des Expositions Paris
Porte de Versailles
Hall 6
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 68 22 22
Metro: Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2 and T3a).

 

“Géant”: The new creation at the “Cirque Bouglione”

To celebrate the occasion of 80 years of existence the Bouglione Family, at the Cirque d’Hiver offers its new show “Giant“. Presented by the famous ringmaster Mr. Loyal, aka Michael Palmer, this new creation takes the audience to all the continents, the flying trapeze performed to Brazilian rhythms, to the Mât Chinois all the way to the Tango performed under the dome in a tissue ballet in the air. The youngest will be amazed by the mischievous dog team of Pat Clarisson, but especially by the extraordinary acrobatic on elephants, unique in the world by the Casselly Family. It is René Casselly Jr who will perform the triple somersault to land upon on the mammal. A magical moment is to discover with the family until the 1st of March 2015.

“Giant” from the 11th of October 2014 until March the 1st 2015.
Show time: 2 hours 10 minutes with intermission.
Rates: from 25 to 60 euros instead. Free show for less than two years (on the lap of their parents).
Valet parking: 15 euros.
Book your tickets (in French).

 

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Poster of “Géant” © Facebook Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione de Paris

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione (in French)
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

 

 

Philharmonie de Paris: the new museum dedicated to music

Located in the extension of the Cité de la Musique in the heart of eastern Paris, the Paris Philharmonic revitalizes the neighborhood. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the building’s futuristic curves are made of shiny aluminum spins, covered with 340,000 aluminum birds of seven shapes and in four different colors. The set is very mineral and innovative for the capital.

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Façade – Open Days January 17th and 18th 2015 © Beaucardet

A 2,400-seats concert hall
The Philharmonie de Paris has a symphony hall of 2400 seats, located in the heart of the building. Just like the shape of the building, it was designed to completely immerse the viewer in the music, with its wraparound configuration based on design, ergonomics and acoustics. The program is intended eclectic as the public can enjoy dance performances, jazz concerts, or classical, world and current. The Philharmonie de Paris has two permanent shows, the Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, but it also receives three other reputable shows: the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, and the Orchestre National d’Ile-de -France. Something for all music lovers.

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15-01-2015 Gala – Great Hall © William Beaucardet

A place of musical and cultural expression
Next to this room out of the ordinary were installed five rehearsal rooms for musicians and ten chamber music studios. This educational center is open throughout the year for group workshops of children and adults who want to discover music. The Philharmonie music museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. From March 2015, the museum will offer a retrospective dedicated to the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, and another dedicated to music and fashion icon David Bowie, retracing the route of this unique dazzling artist.

“David Bowie” exhibition: from March 3rd until May 31st 2015.
“Pierre Boulez” exhibition: from March 17th until June 28th 2015.
The music museum is open Tuesday-Friday from noon to 6pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays.

Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
Tel: +33(0)1 44 84 44 84
contact@philharmoniedeparis.fr
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

 

Retro atmosphere at the Blue Valentine Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the 11th district of Paris, the restaurant Blue Valentine is an address that leaves no one indifferent. We love the retro decor and the cozy establishment with touches of wood, black and white, and serigraphs by Chuck Sperry. This gourmet restaurant was opened by Lena Balacco to whom we owe the Chambre des Oiseaux et Sésame, and Simon October. They entrusted their menu to the Japanese chef Terumitsu Saito, his history includes the Mandarin Oriental in Paris. The result is astonishing: the dishes are adorned with beautiful colors, wild flowers, cookings are perfectly mastered as are the fresh vegetables and herbs. We also loved the delicious cocktails that are served with a Rock’n Roll style. A surprising place in more than one way.

Open from Thursday to Sunday noon until 14:00, and from Wednesday to Sunday from 19:30 until 22:30.

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© Facebook Blue Valentine Restaurant & Cocktails

Blue Valentine
13, rue de la Pierre Levée
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 38 34 72
Metro: Goncourt (line 11), Parmentier (line 3), or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

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.

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

Privé de dessert
4, rue Lallier
75009 Paris
France
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.

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Magic Mirror © Sébastien Siraudeau

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Festival du Merveilleux (The Marvellous Festival) © Sébastien Siraudeau

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

 

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.

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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
France
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.

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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
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 28 40 10
Metro station: Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2, T3a).

 

Fall 2014 : Art in Paris

The end of October, 2014, has been full of renewal for Art in Paris. Two famous museums – La Monnaie de Paris & Musée Picasso – have just reopened, while the Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates its grand opening. Three venues worth a visit as we approach the end of the year.

Monnaie de Paris
After years of work started in 2011, the Oldest institution in France partially reopened on October 25, 2014. La Monnaie de Paris coins money, medals and other collection pieces which visitors can buy on site. The museum is planning several exhibits this year, starting right away with American artist Paul McCarthy. Also in the making is a three-star restaurant to be designed by highly recognized architect Jean-Michel Willmotte, while the kitchen should be headed by chef Guy Savoy.

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Staircase ® Gilles Targat

Open daily from 11am to 7pm, until 10pm on Thursday.
Free admission.

Monnaie de Paris
11, Quai de Conti
75006 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 46 56 66
Metro station: Pont Neuf (line 7).

Musée Picasso
After 5 long years of work, the museum just reopened on October 25, 2014. Art lovers around the world had been waiting for this event, and will now be able to learn about all the different genres used by Picasso: cubism, primitivism, polymorphism, or war painting. The museum has acquired two new works from Picasso’s own daugher, Maya, including a notebook filled with erotica. As for the date of the grand reopening, it has been chosen with care and set to Picasso’s birthday.

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© Musée national Picasso-Paris/Béatrice Hatala

Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am to 6pm, weekends from 9:30am to 6pm.
Full admission is 11€ / Free admission for people under 18.

Musée Picasso Paris
5, rue de Thorigny
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 85 56 00 36
Metro station: Chemin Vert or Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

La Fondation Louis Vuitton
Bernard Arnault dreamed of it, and has now done it. The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened its doors on October 27, 2014. It is nestled in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, located in the Boulogne woods (bois de Boulogne) on Paris’s west side. This new arty venue promotes contemporary art via temporary exhibits and displays. Some of the pieces presented on permanent exhibit are taken directly from the business man’s own collection. The first exhibit features architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the resolutely futuristic building.

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Iwan Baan for Fondation Louis Vuitton ©Iwan Baan 2014

Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 7pm, Friday from noon to 11pm, and weekends from 11am to 8pm.
Full admission is 14€ / 10€ under 26 / 5€ under 18 / Free for children under 3.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne
75116 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 69 96 00
contact@fondationlouisvuitton.fr
Metro station: Les Sablons (line 1).

 

41st FIAC

Tomorrow is a big day for art lovers : this October 23rd welcomes FIAC in Paris. It is the 41st rendition of the art show specialized in displays featuring modern art, contemporary art and emerging creations. 191 international galleries are involved this year, coming from all over the world, including Norway, Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, and 48 from France.

(OFF)ICIELLE : an all new FIAC event

A new event is part of FIAC 2014 and will be held on the Docks : it is called (OFF)ICIELLE – Cité de la Mode et du Design (city of fashion and design). It is an opportunity to discover new and upcoming artists, as well as lesser known but already accomplished talents. Movies, concerts and other performances will take place throughout the festival. (OFF)ICIELLE is also held at the Grand Palais, where the 3 display halls on the 2nd floor feature emerging contemporary art galleries such as Hannah Hoffman, Monclova or Shane Campbell.

FIAC, October 23-26, 2014.
Open from noon to 8pm, until 9pm on Friday.
Full admission: 35€ / 20€ under 26 / Free for children under 12.

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© M/M (Paris)

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro station: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 76 77 25 30
contact@citemodedesign.fr
Metro station: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C), or Quai de la Gare (line 6).

All aboard the new Train Bleu !

After being closed all summer for renovations, the well-known gastronomic restaurant reopened on September 12, 2014. SSP chose agence Duthilleul for the renovation, in coordination with Gares & Connexions. 150 artisans participated in the work : frescos, paintings, stucco and gold have been successfully returned to their original splendor. Full of history and a registered historic monument, the venue has kept its Belle Epoque feel and decoration, alongside contemporary furnishings. The original « Buffet de la Gare » received its new name in 1963 : « le Train Bleu » was named after the legendary Paris-Vintimille midnight blue train. The restaurant is also known for its famous clientele : Colette, Marcel Pagnol, Jean Cocteau, Brigitte Bardot or Jean Gabin to name a few. It was immortalized in a famous scene from the movie « Nikita » by French producer Luc Besson.

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©Benjamin Monnerot-Dumaine

A new menu
Le Train Bleu’s all new and freshened up decor called for a new menu. The restaurant’s own chef, Jean-Pierre Hocquet has come up with an all new menu, with the help of Eric Leautey, from Lenôtre, and Christophe Adam, formerly pâtisserie chef at Fauchon and creator of l’Eclair de Génie. They have brought a modern touch to the cuisine, while conserving the well-known dishes for which the restaurant is known, such as leg of lamb served on a cart or baba au rhum. Among the new dishes are sweetbread roasted with onions and celery, garnished with lemon confit and fresh coriander, and served with truffled purée, or turbot poached in shellfish broth, with coconut purée and Romanesco cabbage. A worthy address for all gourmets.

Open daily from 11 :30am to 3pm, and from 7pm to 11pm.
Menus between 62 and 105 euros.

Le Train Bleu
Gare de Lyon
75012 Paris
France
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 43 09 06
contact.trainbleu@ssp.fr
Métro station : Gare de Lyon (lines 1, 14, RER A and D).

 

The Cirque Plume (Plume Circus) celebrates its 30th anniversary at La Villette

The first performance of the season for Cirque Plume takes place today at Parc de la Villette in Paris. This spectacular show is filled with magic and poetry and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The whole production is centered around one theme: Tempus fugit? A stroll on the lost path. Through acrobatics, humor and music, Cirque Plume invites the spectators to ponder about time and the passing of time. A wonderful show that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Please note that there is no intermission, which is why it is not recommended for children under 5.

Cirque Plume, September 24 through December 28, 2014.
Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, Thursday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Full rate: 35€ / Reduced rate: 28€ / 18€ for children under 13.

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Photo credits : Facebook La Villette

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro station: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

 

 

 

 

 

Dessance : the den of sweet delights

Dessance is a new place well worth a visit for everyone with a sweet tooth, since it is the first ever dessert bar in Paris. The concept is simple and inspired by New York’s dessert bars. Nothing salty on the menu : this gastronomic restaurant of sugary cuisine only serves desserts. The elegant decor, conceived by architect François Joseph, is simple and light, with warm wood tones. For the best possible tasting, follow this three-part menu : mise en bouche (sweet hors d’œuvre), individual dessert or carte blanche for 2, and mignardises (sweet petits fours) that are, so to speak, the icing on the cake. Two drink choices, one with alcohol, and one without, are suggested to enhance the menu. One of the house specialties is the smoked baked Alaska (omelette novégienne fumée) : vanilla ice-cream with lightly salted caramel, hiding in a delicious Italian meringue flambéed in Whisky, nestled on a chocolate biscuit. Dessance is definitely a sweet surprise !

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Photo Credits : Françoise Dorelli

Open Wednesday through Thursday from 2pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from midday to midnight and Sunday from midday to 11pm.
Menu ” Carte Blanche ” including 4 desserts : 44€

Restaurant Dessance
74, rue des Archives
75003 Paris
France
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 77 23 62
Metro station: Rambuteau (line 11).

 

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Smoked baked Alaska at Dessance.
Photo Crédits : Françoise Dorelli

 

 

13th annual Jazz Festival at La Villette

The Jazz à la Villette Festival is back for the 13th year in a row. A must for all jazz lovers, the festival will take place in different venues in the capital city, including l’Atelier du Plateau, the Grande Halle at La Villette, the Cité de la Musique, and Cabaret Sauvage. As for the MK2 Quai de Seine and MK2 Quai de Loire movies theatre, they will be featuring jazz themed movies. 200 artists and 50 groups are on the program, with ten special creations, a concert marathon retracing the most famous records from 1959, the Jazz golden year, and numerous concerts dedicated to legendary artists from the past. All these festivities are proof that Jazz is alive and loved ! Children are also invited with Jazz à la Villette for Kids, a special program for families to introduce young ones to Jazz music through concerts, movies and shows.

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The Jazz à la Villette Festival
is taking place September 2-14, 2014.
Programming and other information can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

Parisian Museums’ most beautiful gardens

Paris is not all tar and asphalt. Nature lovers can enjoy many beautiful green spaces in the capital city of France. Museums are among the venues where visitors can take advantage of both culture and greenery, thanks to their fabulous gardens. Here is a selection of five museum gardens that you will surely enjoy.

1/ The garden at Musée du quai Branly
This beautiful green setting designed by Gilles Clément is simply delightful with its paths, stone paved lanes, little hills, ponds and cascades. The garden is roughly 18000 square meters, with more than 30 plant species and 169 trees, including oaks and maples in the north part, and magnolias and cherry trees in the south. For an even more dazzling experience, wait until nightfall, where the light displays conceived by Yann Kersalé shimmer all around.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm, and until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Free admission.

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© musée du quai Branly, photo Nicolas Borel

Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 56 61 70 00
Metro station: Alma-Marceau (line 9) or Pont de l’Alma (RER C).

2/ The garden at Musée Rodin
This nature haven covers 3 hectares where sculptures by Auguste Rodin are on display. The artist himself had a few of his works set up there as early as 1908, in what was then a wild garden. Some of the most famous works there include Le Penseur (the Thinker), a bust of Balzac, the Gates of Hell, the Burghers of Calais, alongside other less famous pieces. Since its 1993 renovation, the museum offers 2 thematic walks: the Garden of Orpheus is a setting of vegetation and rocks where you can admire Orpheus imploring the gods, whereas the Garden of Springs features water all around.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5:45pm.
Open until 8:45pm on Wednesdays.
Full admission rate is 2€, and reduced admission rate is 1€.

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© Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 18 61 10
Metro station: Varenne (line 13).

3/ The Botanic Garden (Jardin des Plantes)
Among all the gardens in Paris, the 400 year-old Jardin des Plantes certainly is among the most famous. In the vicinity of the Paris mosque, and near the banks of the Seine, this botanic garden encompasses over 23 hectares and houses the Museum of Natural History. The garden features hundreds of species found in the great greenhouses, in the vegetable garden, ecological garden, labyrinth and more.

Open daily from 7:30am to 8pm in the summer, and from 8am to 5:30pm in the winter.
Free admission except for the Great Greenhouses (6€), or the alpine Garden (2€).

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Jardin des Plantes
57, rue Cuvier
75005 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01
Metro station: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5, 10 and RER C).

4/ The Garden at Musée Bourdelle
Entirely dedicated to the works of Antoine Bourdelle, this art deco style museum features an outdoor exhibit of 58 of the artist’s bronze sculptures. Designed by Michel Duflet, the garden is an ideal setting for the works of art. The meticulously elaborated garden offers 7000 square meters of lawns and flowerbeds, tree curtains, miniature labyrinths and other amazing green settings that magnificently enhance the sculptures on display. Currently undergoing construction, the museum will reopen at the beginning of 2015.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Free admission.

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© Musée Bourdelle

Musée Bourdelle
16-18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
75015 Paris
France
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
Metro station: Falguière (line 12).

5/ The Garden at the romantic life Museum (Musée de la vie romantique)
Conceived as a beautiful end to the visit of the museum, the garden features a tearoom with wrought iron tables and chairs, for a delightful drink and pastry in an enchanting setting. If you are just looking to take a break in a natural environment, why not sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the shade and majesty of the centenarian trees?

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© Musée de la vie romantique

Musée de la vie romantique
16, rue Chaptal
75009 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 31 95 67
Metro station: Pigalle (line 12 or line 2).

 

5 barges to enjoy this summer

When summer arrives, the banks of the Seine are a favorite spot for Parisians, where they can sunbathe or go for a stroll with family and friends. It is also the ideal opportunity to enjoy refreshments onboard one of the many barges along the way. Here is our selection of the five barges that you won’t want to miss!

1/ The Rosa Bonheur on the Seine
The famous bar from Buttes-Chaumont welcomes you this summer in the shade of the Alexandre III bridge. Well-known for its festive and friendly atmosphere, the Rosa Bonheur invites customers to dance, enjoy refreshments, or bond around a foosball table. An ideal venue for outings among friends, the newly-anchored barge is already a hit.

Open daily from 11am to midnight.
Wine bottle starting at 19€.

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Photo credits: Facebook Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

Le Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
Port des invalides
75007 Paris
France
info@rosabonheursurseine.fr
Metro station: Invalides (lines 8 and 13).

2/ The Batofar
The Batofar is so well-known in the capital, it needs no introduction: restaurant, concert venue, club and patio, this barge has it all. With the many events that take place there all year long, the Batofar is a party barge where concerts, afterwork and clubbing take place, while the beach area and its lounge chairs are available for you to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Open Tuesdays from 12:30pm to midnight, Wednesday through Friday from 12:30pm to 6am, and Saturdays from 6pm to 6am.
House burger is 8,50€.

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Photo credits: Facebook Le Batofar

Le Batofar
Port de la Gare
75013 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 60 17 00
promo@batofar.org
Metro station: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand (line 14 and RER C).

3/ The Petit-Bain
If you are looking for a more unusual place, the Petit-Bain is the place. This small barge, very recognizable with its bright yellow paint, takes you through nature with bathtubs filled with water plants. You may also enjoy concerts at the barge, where you will hear lesser known musical styles such as Parisian psych folk, or Argentinian electro cumbia. For all music lovers!

Open Tuesday-Wednesday from 6pm to midnight, Thursday through Saturday from 4pm to 2am, and Sundays from 4pm to midnight.
Parties/Concerts from 8€ To 20€.

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Photo credits: Le Petit Bain

Le Petit-Bain
7, port de la Gare
75013 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 49 69 88
contact@petitbain.org
Metro station: Quai de la Gare (line 6).

4/ The Antipode
Perfect for a family outing, the Antipode features both a café and a concert venue. Between concerts, theater, and children shows, the Antipode will delight young and adult audiences alike. On the program this summer: concerts by the No’made quartet or Paté de fua, puppet shows, a coaching workshop and more. Come and enjoy these family friendly events on Canal de l’Ourcq. Due to the Paris Plage event, the barge is in Pantin until August 31st 2014.

Open Sunday – Thursday from midday to midnight, and Friday – Saturday from midday to 2am.
Platters of pork products, cheese or both: €9.
Until August 31st 2014: Mail Charles de Gaulle – 93500 Pantin – France – Metro: Eglise de Pantin (line 5).

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Photo credits: L’Antipode

L’Antipode
Face au 55, quai de la Seine
75019 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 03 39 07
contact@penicheantipode.net
Metro stations: Riquet (line 7) or Jaurès (lines 2, 5 or 7).

5/ The Balle au Bond
Away from Parisian traffic, this barge has made its deck into a lovely garden with a view on the Louvre museum and the Pont des Arts. On the same page as these prestigious neighbors, the Balle au Bond favors culture: concerts, projections, art exhibits, litterary prizes and more take place on the barge.

Open Monday-Tuesday from noon to 4pm, Wednesday from noon to 2am, and Thursday-Saturday from noon to 5am.
Menu Formule Tonique: 9€.

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Photo credits: Facebook La Balle au Fond

La Balle au Bond
3, quai Malaquais
75006 Paris
France
Tel.: + 33 (0)9 53 62 54 00
contact@laballeaubond.fr
Metro station: Pont Neuf (line 7).

 

Le Perchoir (the Perch): the first rooftop in Paris

The trendy New York rooftop bars and restaurants are the new hit in European capitals. Nestled on top of a high building, they offer a spectacular view over the city. Le Perchoir is the first rooftop restaurant in Paris. Located on the 7th and 8th floors of the building, the restaurant serves delicious food as well as a magical view over the roofs of Paris. On the menu : lobster sandwiches, burgers, homemade salmon mousse, or a cocktail made to order by one of the bartenders. Le Perchoir wants to be known solely by word of mouth, and it is working very well. Make sure you reserve ahead of time !

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Le Perchoir, the first parisian rooftop

Cocktail of the day : 12€.
The bar is open daily from 4pm on.
The restaurant opens every evening at 7 :30pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

All new in Paris : Le Perchoir has found a temporary address. They have just open a new bar in the Marais quarter, on the rooftop of the famous BHV store, with a magnificent view over the City Hall, Beaubourg, and the Tour Saint-Jacques (Saint-Jacques tower).

Open daily since July 1st and until the end of October, 2014, from 8:15pm to 2am, Wednesdays at 9:15pm, and Sundays at noon.

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Le Perchoir in the Marais Quarter

 

Le Perchoir
14, rue Crespin du Gast
75011 Paris
France
Tel. : +33 (0)1 48 06 18 48
Metro station: Ménilmontant (line 2).

Le Perchoir Marais
Entrance 37, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
France
Metro station: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

 

An interview with Gabriel Gaté, initiator of Taste Le Tour

Hotel Mareuil recently had the pleasure of hosting Gabriel Gaté, who created the “Taste Le Tour” show. The French chef, who currently resides in Melbourne, takes advantage of the Tour de France to present some of the most delicious regional specialties of our country.

1/ How did you start Taste Le Tour? What is the concept of the show?
Australians are very fond of the Tour de France, and the race has been shown live on Autralian TV for over 20 years. The images of the regions, villages, castles and mountains are simply magical. In 2003, I suggested to SBS Television a small food section for each leg of the Tour. After two years’ negotiations, they accepted the idea and “Taste Le Tour with Gabriel Gaté“was born, with a first showing in July 2005. The concept is to present the best of French gastronomy in each region of the Tour de France. It can be a particular wine, charcuterie, nougat, or the making of a cheese. We also show beautiful images of the different French regions associated with the food.

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2/ How do you select the people or adresses presented on the show?
As soon as I have the Tour’s route in October, I start researching different specialties. I’ve been a chef for 43 years and I have lots of contacts, acquaintances, and professional friends.

3/ According to you, which is the most beautiful French region and why?
France is of great beauty. My native region on the banks of the Loire is magnificent with all the castles and the Loire itself. I also love Alsace and Beaujolais with the Route des Vins (road of wines). There is also Provence with its markets and the scent of lavender, the valley of the Dordogne and its beautiful villages…

4/ What are your favorite regional specialties?
I love a bouillabaisse from Marseille, a grand coq au vin bourguignon (a great rooster cooked with Burgundy wine), a seafood platter from La Rochelle or other Atlantic coast locations, or a classic Cassoulet du Sud-Ouest (Southwestern Cassoulet). I became a chef because I love to eat!

 

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Gabriel Gaté and Jean-Pierre Lavigne, producers of Tomme cheese of the Pyrénées.

5/ What are your favorite gourmet adresses in Paris when you are staying at Hotel Mareuil?
Paris is rich in excellent restaurants. Just steps from the Mareuil, I had a very good meal at l’Atelier des Artistes, 4 rue Rampon 75011. The young chef, Yann Fontaine, is very talented. For a more romantic and gastronomic meal, I really enjoy la Grande Cascade, Allée de Longchamp in Bois de Boulogne 75016. For a great meal of contemporary French cuisine, I love l’Astrance, 4 rue Beethoven 75016. Chef Pascal Barbot is one of the best in his generation.

Follow the adventures of Gabriel Gaté and his gastronomic Tour de France on SBS.

More about the Chef.

 

Focus on Café de la Danse and Café de la Gare in Paris

Paris is a cultural capital city with numerous concert and performance venues, all competing to attract the public. We have selected two for you: Café de la Danse and Café de la Gare have caught our attention for their history and programming.

Le Café de la Danse
This concert hall seats 500 people and is located at the heart of the Bastille quarter. Its size allows performers and public closer proximity. Rock, electro or folk, styles are all represented. The café also welcomes photograph exhibits.

Find out more about the program (in French).

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Le Café de la Danse – February 2014
Photography : Antoine Delaporte

Café de la Danse
5, Passage Louis-Philippe
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 57 59
contact@cafedeladanse.com
Metro station: Bastille (lines 1, 5, and 8).

Le Café de la Gare
This dinner theatre is the most well-known in Paris and was founded by Miou-Miou, Coluche and Martin Lamotte. First located near the Montparnasse train station, the café is now found rue du Temple in the Marais quarter. This venue specializes in comedies, and the lovely patio on the paved courtyard is the ideal place to enjoy lunch or a cocktail.

Cocktail : € 8.50

Find out more about the program (in French).

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Le Café de la Gare
© C. Griffoulières – Time Out

Café de la Gare
41, rue du Temple
75004 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 78 52 51
cdlg5@wanadoo.fr
Metro station: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11), or Rambuteau (line 11).

 

Arty Thursdays: artistic fever in the Marais quarter

Tonight, the Marais quarter is home to artistic performances, workshops, and other fun events for the very first Arty Thursday. Doors are open at about 30 Marais art galleries for a free artistic night tour. Works by French and international artists are on display: paintings, sculptures, photographs, comic strips and more…

Arty Thursdays the VIP way
If you do not have the time or energy to plan your visit, you can buy your “Arty Bag ”. The concept is a simple one: make a reservation for a one-hour group visit lead by a contemporary art expert. The visit will start at the time you pick, in front of the first gallery on the tour. You will get your very own arty bag, filled with goodies and games, as well as a brochure illustrated by one of the artists on display. The program is detailed on the brochure, which also contains exclusive offers.

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Les Jeudis Arty / Arty Thursdays, first ever on June 5, 2-14, from 6 to 10pm.
Free admission.
Solo Arty Bag rate (for one person): 30€.
Duo Arty Bag rate (for two): 50€.
Tickets limited to 300 people.
Reserve your Arty Bag.

 

Argone’s naturally Parisian stay at Hotel Mareuil

Remember when we announced the winner of our Christmas drawing last January? It had been organized via our Twitter account. Just about a week ago, our winner, a blogger from A taste of my life named Argone, released pictures of her naturally Parisian stay at Hotel Mareuil on both Twitter and Instagram. These pictures show her cozy bedroom and the deco that she so loved, as well as the view on Paris’ rooftops from the 6th floor room. Argone also enjoyed the food at Mareuil, with a well-balanced and colorful breakfast including fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice. We hope her pictures and experience inspire you to come stay with us!

Discover Argone’s blog: A taste of my life.

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View on Paris rooftops from the 5th floor room at Hotel Mareuil.

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Argone loved the decoration of her room at Hotel Mareuil.

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The breakfast room at Hotel Mareuil.

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Argone took a breakfast full of vitamins at Hotel Mareuil.

La Villette celebrates Street Culture

Well known for urban culture, La Villette is host to a Street Festival this coming May 30 through June 1st. All forms of street culture will be represented: dance, art, fashion, food. Originating from hip hop, the festival now embraces all current forms of urban culture, as a testimony to an everchanging society. For 3 days, the Grande Halle will be home to free hip hop dance workshops (as well as break, popping, etc…), as well as beatbox, skate board, or the art of movement with the participation of the Yamasaki. Food trucks will be found on site to allow hungry strollers to continue their walk among Street Culture fashion booths, or go admire the 2 graffiti frescos produced for the festival. Two highly anticipated concerts featuring greats of American hip hop will take place on May 30 and 31: the stage will welcome Public Ennemy, as well as KRS-One and Pusha-T. Among other animations, you will also be able to enjoy dance battles.

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Villette Street Festival, from May 30 to June 1st, 2014.
Starting at 2pm.
Free admission to workshops and animations (as long as seats are available).
Concerts: 35€ / under 26 years old: 24€.
Friday, May 30 at 8pm: Pusha-T / Flatbush Zombies / The Underachievers.
Saturday, May 31 at 8pm: Public Ennemy / KRS-One / Oddisee.

Grande halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro station: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

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My Crazy Pop: pop corn conquers Paris

Do you enjoy popcorn and a movie? Then, you will love My Crazy Pop. The 1st Pop Corn Store in France, based on an American concept, has set foot in Paris, in the heart of the Bastille quarter. The pop corn is homemade at the store from grains harvested in the south west of France. A healthy snack, this pop corn contains no genetically modified organisms, no gluten, no artificial coloring, and no preservatives! The store offers 15 different flavors, such as parmesan pop corn, bell pepper pop corn, or gingerbread pop corn. My Crazy Pop  also serves limited editions with unique flavors according to current cultural or sporting events. Are you ready to excite your taste buds?

Open Monday from 2pm to 7pm, and Tuesday-Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

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Caramel and salted butter popcorn

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Ready-to-eat popcorn!

My Crazy Pop
15, rue Trousseau
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)6 59 68 55 09
cl92350@gmail.com
Metro station: Ledru-Rollin or Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).

 

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!

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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.

PaperBoy
137, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 38 12 13
paperboyparis@gmail.com
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.

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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.

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

Palais des Beaux-Arts
13, quai Malaquais
75006 Paris
France
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 72 73 11

contact@museedelapoupeeparis.com

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.

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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
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Metro station: Rambuteau (line 11).

 

Garfield the grumpy cat at the Cirque d’Hiver

Children love him, and so do parents! Garfield is the well-known comic strip character, who loves to sleep, eat lasagna, complain, and otherwise annoy his owner Jon and his dog friend Odie. The famous comic has been made into 3 movies between 2004 and 2007.

Garfiled on stage at the Cirque d’Hiver
This time, Garfield goes on the stage of the  Théâtre de la Ménagerie at the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione and stars in a series of magical adventures. While Jon and Odie are on vacation, Garfield is enjoying his rest at home.  But is he really alone? The cat is about to live an extraordinary adventure in which he has to become an apprentice magician. A thrilling show!

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Garfield, apprenti magicien, April 5-27, 2014.
For children from 3 to 6 years of age.
Shows at 11am and 2pm / Duration: 60 minutes.
Admission: 25€ (free seating).
Reserve a seat ahead of time.

Théâtre de la Ménagerie du Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro station: Filles du Calvaire (line 8), or Oberkampf (lines 5 & 9).

 

The Artists’ Workshop: a hybrid restaurant in Oberkampf

Between République and Oberkampf, just steps away from Hotel Mareuil, l’Atelier des Artistes is altogether a cocktail bar, a restaurant, and a contemporary art gallery.  Located in a 500 m2 loft, it is dedicated to digital and visual arts, gastronomy, and mixology.

A space with many faces
L’Atelier des Artistes
owes its success to its unique atmosphere: several decors unfold one after the other over the 2 floors. You will be able to enjoy a cocktail sitting at the design wooden bar, or have dinner in the light room of the restaurant, nest to a vegetation wall. On the underground floor, large black sofas invite you to lounge and watch movies by artists featured in the art gallery, including Thomas Lelu, Nicolas Rubinstein, or Jeanne Susplugas.

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Photo credit: Facebook L’Atelier des Artistes

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Photo credit: Facebook L’Atelier des Artistes

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 6pm to 2am.

L’Atelier des Artistes
4, rue Rampon
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 55 71
contact@atelierdesartistes.net
Metro station: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11) or Oberkampf (lines 5 or 9).

 

M et Mme Rêve (Mr. And Mrs. Dream) at the Grand Rex

Close to Hotel Mareuil, the Grand Rex is a well-known movie theater and concert hall, a part of Paris’ history on the Grands Boulevards. This mythical venue is currently presenting a show by Choreographer Marie-Claude Pietragalla and her partner Julien Derouault.

Filled with imagination
“Mr and Mrs Dream”
is show that brings together contemporary dance and an imaginary world thanks to 3D images projected on a 200m2 screen. The story is of the destiny of two imaginary beings who while travelling through time, invent their lives and their love for one another at the speed of a speeding comet. As it is poetic this show is also very technical incorporating the movements of a technique designed by the engineers at Dassault Systems and the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, made up of light shows and 3D projections.

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Please Note: Due to a recent injury Marie-Claude Pietragalla will be replaced by Clairemarie Osta, danseuse Etoile at the Opéra National de Paris.

“M et Mme Rêve”, from 12 to 29 March 2014 at the Grand Rex.
Shows begin at 20 h 30, with exeption of the 16 March 2014 at 16 h.
Ticket prices: from 19 to 83€.
Reserve your tickets at Fnac.com.

Le Grand Rex
1, boulevard Poissonnière
75002 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 08 93 89
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 and 9).

 

Le Carreau du Temple (The Temple square) reopens on April 25!

On the Historical Monuments registry since the 80’s, le Carreau du Temple is an old covered market built in 1863. After 4 years of intense renovation directed by architect Jean-François Milou, it will open its doors to the public on April 25. The redesigned space is divided into different zones and will host living art shows, contemporary or ecological art, fashion shows, concerts, exhibits, and theatrical plays. The underground floor features spaces dedicated to sport and dance, where Parisians will be able to enjoy classes. The ground floor will have a bar with a terrace to enjoy the first rays of sunshine, as well as a boutique. In addition to all these events and attractions, le Carreau du Temple is also worth a visit for its attractive late 19th century industrial architecture, and its 8-meter tall main window.

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Photo credits: Fernando Javier Urquijo/ studioMilou architecture

Le Carreau du Temple
4, rue Eugène Spuller
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 83 91 93 30
info@lecarreaudutemple.eu
Metro station: Temple (line 3), or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

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Photo credits: Elise Gerosa

Street art at the 10th arrondissement Mairie

After the Paris 13 Tower, street art seems to be the new favorite in Paris. The Mairie of the 10th arrondissement is currently hosting an exhibit  with works by 11 street artists. This exhibit was organized jointly with the le Pari(s) urbain gallery, who specializes in street art. On display until March 14 are photographs by Anthony Lietart and Karine Paoli, as well as works by Balyc, Louis Castel, Tonyone, and Shaz’Art. Admission is free: another great reason to go discover this exhibit.

The “L’Art de rue se rue” exhibit, from February 17 to March 14, 2014.
Open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, Thursday from 8:30am to 7:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm.
Free admission.

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Mairie du 10ème arrondissement de Paris
72, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 53 72 10 00
Metro station: Château d’Eau (line 4) or Jacques Bonsergent (line 5).

 

Lively Clint on rue de la Roquette

Just days after its opening, this restaurant, gourmet deli, and concept store with an American star’s name is already a well-known favorite. Located at the top of rue de la Roquette, near Père Lachaise, it is an attractive place: light wooden tones and pastel colors, combined with lots of natural light through the bay window, give it a relaxing feel. Open all day long, Clint is also a tearoom, where you can work, read or just sip a delicious coffee from la Brûlerie de Belleville. The shop area offers books, coffee, tea, candles and stylish clothes. In the kitchen, Romain Bréchignac, previously at Royal Monceau, prepares colorful and generous dishes.  Well worth a try!

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Photo credit: Facebook Clint

Open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 1am, Saturday from 10am to 1am, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Brunch on Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Lunch menus: 15 and 18€.

Clint
174, rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)9 81 60 17 36
contact@clint-restaurant.com
Metro station: Voltaire (line 9) or Philippe Auguste (line 2).

 

Badaboum: when our hearts go boom!

A new favorite this year is the new club in the Bastille area: the Badaboum, which replaces the “La Scène Bastille” concert hall, is on its way to becoming this year’s favorite place.

As in the well-known Charles Trenet song: “when our heart goes boom, it is love waking up”! Upon entering this futuristic club, you will be dazzled. The dancefloor is set up below an amazing display made of neon lights that change colors according to the DJ set.  Designed by the French company NYX Visual Studio, this unique lighting gives the Badaboum an avant-garde feel that matches the deep house and nu disco programming.

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Photos credits: Kevin Gay

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Photos credits: Kevin Gay

A three-in-one floorplan
Le Badaboum
is a club, a cocktail bar, and a lounge that can be rented out for private events. Each space has its own atmosphere: the bar is striking with its raw design decor, the club itself has a futuristic feel and setup, while the private lounge features 70’s retro design. The club also hosts rock, pop or electro concerts several times a month. Is this the new place for your Parisian nights?

Cocktail bar: open Tuesday through Sunday from 7pm to 2am / free admission.
Club: open Friday and Saturday from midnight to 7am / admission is 10 to 15€.
Concerts: from 7 to 11pm / see programming for schedules and rates.

Le Badaboum
2 bis, rue des Taillandiers
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 06 50 70
contact@badaboum-paris.com
Metro station: Ledru-Rollin (line 8).

 

Le Chemise: Oberkampf’s contemporary bistro

Located accross the street from Hotel Mareuil, between République and Oberkampf, Le Chemise is one of our team’s favorite restaurants. With its modern decor and delightful cuisine, this contemporary bistro is simply irresistible.

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Copyright photos by Emmanuel Gill.

Deliciously gourmet cuisine
Cédric Lacaze, previously a chef at La Tour d’Argent
, is the young chef in charge in the kitchen. The menu changes every 6 weeks or so, and always includes fresh seasonal products at affordable prices. Cédric Lacaze reinvents traditional French gastronomie dishes with an exotic touch. Sea scallops are seasoned with a mandarin beurre blanc, while roasted duckling is served thai style with a side of Basmati rice. Other dishes stay more traditional, such as duck and fois gras Parmentier, or Brioche perdue served with milk jam and salted butter caramel ice cream. You will be spellbound.

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Copyright photos by Emmanuel Gill.

Open Monday through Friday from noon to 2pm, and 7-10pm.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Appetizers: from 8 to 13€ / Main dishes: from 17 to 26€ / Desserts: 7€.

Restaurant Le Chemise
42, rue de Malte
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 29 98 77
contact@lechemise.fr
Metro station: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

Discover magic as a family!

If you have always been fascinated by David Copperfield’s act, you will love the Musée de la Magie (Magic Museum) in Paris. Illusion, automatons, as well as objects such as magic wands. Everything you always wanted to know is there. Also on exhibit at the museum are posters and representations of the most famous magicians ever known.

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Photo : MIKELKL – Copyright: Musée de la Magie

Learn magic while having fun
Every Saturday, the museum organizes classes at its school of magic. Private lessons are also available. During your visit, you will also be able to see table magic (with cards), lounge magic or stage magic performances, all very enjoyable as a family. A unique opportunity to discover magic while having fun!

Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm.
Adult Price: 9 € / Child rate (3 to 12 years): 7 €.

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Photo : MIKELKL – Copyright: Musée de la Magie

Musée de la Magie
11, rue Saint-Paul
75004 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 72 13 26
contact@museedelamagie.com
Metro station: Saint-Paul (line 1), or Sully-Morland (line 7).

 

Exhibit: the «Art Ludique» (recreational art) museum celebrates the art of Pixar

Paris is now home to a new museum, entirely dedicated to recreational art.  Open on November 16, 2013, it specializes in entertainment art, a mix of manga, video games, comics and animated movies. The very first exhibit focuses on one of the biggest studios of this genre: Pixar. For the past 25 years, the american firm has produced masterworks such as Toy Story, Nemo, Ratatouille, or Wall-e, for the enjoyment of children and adults alike. This is a unique opportunity to admire about 500 works: story boards, character studies, sculptures, and lots of surprises that will delight little and big children.

The «Pixar, 25 ans d’animation» (Pixar, 25 years of animation) exhibit, from November 16, 2013, to March 2, 2014.
Open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 7pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
Adult admission: 14€ / Reduced rate: 11€ (students) / Children (from 4 to 12): 8,50€ Free admission for children under 4.

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Photo credit: Facebook Art Ludique, le Musée

Art Ludique – Le Musée – the Museum of recreational and entertainment art
Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
France
info@artludique.com
Metro station: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C).

 

Amaury Vassili on stage at the Alhambra

If you have always admired the charm and voice of young tenor Amaury Vassili, then it is time to reserve a seat for his performance at the Alhambra, January 17 and 18. He sings lyrical repertoire and more popular tunes with equal talent. His three albums have been a huge success, receiving Double Platine in France.

Amaury Vassili at the Alhambra, Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:30pm.
1st category admission: 42€ / 2nd category rate: 55€.

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L’Alhambra
21, rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 40 25
Metro station: Jacques Bonsergent (line 5) or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

And the winner is…

Thank you to the numerous participants to our Christmas 2013 twitter drawing. We at Hotel Mareuil would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year.

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As you remember, we had offered a stay for 2 at our hotel, including one night, breakfast for 2, and access to the fitness room and spa.

Congratulations to Argone69, who is the winner of the drawing!

Follow us on Twitter.

 


Tripadvisor: Hotel Mareuil at the top of the listings

Everyone knows the Tripadvisor website. Dedicated to travelers’ reviews and rankings, it lists about 1800 hotels in Paris! At Hotel Mareuil, we are very proud to be at the top of the rankings, with the 48th position out of 1793. 98% of our customers are pleased with their stay, and they have shared laudatory comments that you can read below. Thank you for your kindness and compliments. We hope to see you again soon at our hotel.

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See you soon at Hotel Mareuil!

Find out more about Hotel Mareuil on the Tripadvisor website.

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New Morning with a jazzy tune

Nestled between the «grands boulevards» and Canal Saint-Martin, the New Morning is one of the best jazz clubs in Paris. The unfinished slightly industrial decor is striking to the newcomer, but, since its opening in 1981, it has hosted some of the jazz great: from Chet Baker to Stan Getz or Betty Carter. According to the International Herald Tribune, «the New Morning is one of the rare jazz clubs in the world where musicians – who usually stay away from clubs – actually want to perform.»

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Photos credits: Facebook New Morning

The funkiest réveillon in the capital
Just steps from Hotel Mareuil, the New Morning is an attractive venue to celebrate the New Year in Paris. Starting at 10pm on December 31st, the club is all about funk, groove and Motown classics. The «In Funk We Trust» party will begin with a funky soul concert by « Monkey Business», and will then go on until dawn.

Open Monday through Sunday from 7pm to 1am.
Réveillon on December 31st, 2013: starting at 10pm.
Pre-sale pricing: concert + party + coat check + 2 drinks for 50€ a person.
On site rate (limited seating available): 55€ a person.
More information about the In Funk We Trust party.

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Photos credits: Facebook New Morning

Le New Morning
7/9, rue des Petites Ecuries
75010 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 23 51 41
newmorning@orange.fr
Metro station: Château d’Eau (line 4).

 

Intérieur Rue: when street furniture becomes street art

Street art  is often displayed on walls or trains, but also on urban furniture. The Wallworks gallery, near Canal Saint-Martin and Hotel Mareuil, organizes an exhibit featuring the works of about thirty graffiti artists from France and abroad.  They all have one thing in common: urban furniture as canvas for the art. Thus you will see stoplights, train signals, or pedestrian crossing lights, all decorated in bright colors. A bit of pep in the urban scene!

The «Intérieur rue» exhibit, from October 10 through January 9, 2014.
Open Monday through Saturday from 2pm to 7pm.
Free admission.

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GILBERT, Les Temps Modernes, 2012, spray felt-tip on fire SNCF, 41 x 24 x 38 cm © Isabelle Gaulon

Galerie Wallworks
4, rue Martel
75010 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)9 54 30 29 51
contact@galerie-wallworks.com
Metro station: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 and 9).

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, Sans titre, 2013, spray and acrylic on mail box, 60 x 45 x 26 cm © Arthur Laforge

The medieval Christmas Village in Vincennes

For the end of year festivities, several Christmas markets welcome you in the capital.  We have selected one of them for its unique and appealing charm: the medieval Christmas village at the Vincennes Castle. In this historic setting, children are invited, in the company of their parents, to participate in medieval themed games, admire jugglers and fire spitting artists, troubadours, knights, and magicians in a fairy tale atmosphere. The city of Vincennes also offers a Christmas market from December 9 through December 11, 2013, in the heart of the town.

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Photo credits: Facebook Les Enchanteurs de Noël

The medieval Village of Vincennes, December 7-15, 2013.
Admission: children 15€ / adults 25€
Upon reservation only.

More information about Christmas animations in Vincennes.

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Photo credits: Facebook Les Enchanteurs de Noël

Hotel Mareuil selected by «Vins et Gastronomie»!

The November edition of Vins et Gastronomie magazine focuses on Hotel Mareuil in the «Escales Parisiennes» (Parisian stops) section. Presented as a perfect place to be cozy this winter in the heart of the French capital city, the Mareuil is described as follows by Vins et Gastronomie: «Close to the lively shores of Canal Saint-Martin, and adorned with flower borders, the 4-star hotel was born under the auspices of charm à la Parisienne.» In your newspaper stand since November 15, this issue is also available online for €7,90.

Vins & Gastronomie, discover the art of living magazine.

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Win a stay for two at Hotel Mareuil

In celebration of the holidays, Hotel Mareuil is organizing a fun game. The prize is a naturally Parisian weekend for two at the hotel, including one night, breakfast for two, and access to both the fitness room and the spa.

How to play
In order to participate for a chance to win this coveted prize, just follow the Hotel’s twitter account, and answer this simple question: for what reason would you like to stay at Hotel Mareuil? First, re-tweet the announcement, then tweet your answer to the question.

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Who can participate?
To take part in the quiz-competition, you must be 18 years of age or older, and a resident of France. Only one tweet per person is allowed.  The competition is on from December 2nd to December 25, 2013. The winner will be announced the week of December 30, 2013.

Hurry and tweet!

 

The BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) welcomes Astérix!

Are your children fans of Asterix? The beloved comic book character is currently on exhibit at the BNF. 120 original ink drawings taken from the first two books of Asterix are on display. The presentation also features a retrospective of the childhood and youth of  artist Albert Uderzo, and of his scenarist friend René Goscinny. A lovely exhibit to enjoy as a family over the holidays!

The «Astérix à la BNF!» exhibit is open from October 16, 2013, to January 19, 2014.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and on Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.
Closed on Mondays and on December 25, 2013, and January 1st, 2014.
Admission: 7€ / Reduced rate: 5€.

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BNF
Quai François Mauriac
75013 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 79 59 59
Metro station: Quai de la gare (line 6) or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (line 14 or RER C).

 

BAB: burgers to die for

Everyone knows that burgers are trendy. However, this place is particularly worth a visit, so we thought we’d share it with you. The Bar à Burger, a.k.a. BAB for the regulars, is located in the vicinity of Hotel Mareuil, and offers what we think are the best burgers in Paris. Thanks to the delicious buns prepared by star baker Gontran Charrier, and superb combinations of fresh products, these burgers are just about perfect.  Unique features such as black buns containing squid ink, or smoked paprika buns, with their hay and dried herbs scent are guaranteed success! Not to mention the friendly decor, somewhere between bistrot and industral: lots of light, parquet floors, English style wallpaper, stone and slate on the walls.  This restaurant is sure to become a favorite!

Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 3pm, and 7:30 pm to 11pm.
Lunch menus: 15 and 17€.
Brunch on Sunday: 25€.

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Photo credits: Facebook Le Bar à Burger

Le Bar à Burger (BAB)
18, avenue Claude Vellefaux
75010 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 00 19 68
contact@lebaraburger.com
Metro stations: Goncourt (line 11) or Colonel Fabien (line 2).

 

L’Atelier du Sourcil (the Eyebrow Workshop)

A short walk from Hotel Mareuil, l’Atelier du Sourcil welcomes you to give life to the look in your eyes! Open by a professional makeup artist, this beauty salon provides a whole panel of special treatments designed to bring out the beauty of your eyes and give balance to your face. These treatments (styling, coloring or epilation) are specifically designed for your eyebrows and no other part of your face. The boutique itself is inviting with its cosy boudoir style, the perfect place to stay a while and enjoy the company of your girlfriends. Let l’Atelier du Sourcil take care of you, you are well worth it!

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Open by appointment, Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
Open until 8:30pm om Tuesdays.
Closed Mondays and Sundays.
Restructuration (styling): 30€ / Epilation, monthly care: 20€.

L’Atelier du Sourcil Bastille
25, rue Saint Sébastien
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 55 08 08
Metro station: Saint Sébastien-Froissart (line 8) or Saint-Ambroise and Richard Lenoir (line 9).

 

Café des Chats: the purrfect place to relax!

For a bit of calm and relaxation after a cultural visit or a day of shopping, why not try the first Parisian cat bar? The Café des Chats is located in the 3rd arrondissement, and welcomes all cat lovers. In a place designed for cats (adopted from animal protection associations), you will be able to enjoy a cup of organic tea or an old-fashioned hot chocolate, with a slice of cheesecake or a Nutella muffin, while one of the mascots settles on your lap for a purring nap. A few rules apply for the respect of the cats’ privacy: you may not, for example, pick up a cat to carry it around, you may not feed the cats, and cats are to be left undisturbed while asleep. Also, children under the age of 9 may not touch the cats unless they are accompanied and supervised.

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Photo credit: Facebook Le Café des Chats

Open daily from noon to 10pm.
Tea, hot chocolate: 5€.
Muffin, cheesecake: from 4€ to 6,50€.
Salads and salty tarts: from 9 to 10€.
Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays for 23€.

Le Café des Chats
16, rue Michel Le Comte
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)9 73 53 35 81
reservation@lecafedeschats.fr
Metro station: Rambuteau (line 11) or Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11).

 

Tour Paris 13 (Paris 13 Tower): street art in the city

If you are used to passing by Quai de Bercy, you must have noticed the big drop of fluorescent paint covering the building on the other side of the Seine. Before its scheduled destruction in November, the tower has been taken over by 80 graffiti artists from 16 different countries. All 36 apartments have been painted from floor to ceiling with vibrant colors. The artists worked on this exhibit at their own expense for 7 months.  Impossible to guess what hides in Tour Paris 13 when passing by: 4500 square meters of street art! Project initiator Mehdi Ben Cheikh of Galerie Itinerrance negotiated for weeks with the Mairie of the XIIIth arrondissement and has successfully brought this exhibit about. The tower is open to the public until October 31st, 2013. The line is long, so patience is on the menu, but the wait is well worth it!

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Photo credit : Sandy Pérolle

Open daily expect Mondays from 10am to 8pm, October 1st through 31st, 2013.
Free admission.

Attention : for security reasons, only 49 people can come in and visit at the same time. be advised that the waiting queue could be quite long.

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Photo credit : Sandy Pérolle

La Tour Paris 13
5, rue Fulton
75013 Paris
Metro station: Quai de la Gare (line 6).

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Photo credit : Sandy Pérolle

Michalak’s Masterclass: put some gourmet in your life!

Fans of Chef Pâtissier Christophe Michalak were dreaming of it, and it has now come true: the renowned chef has opened his own school. Located in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, the Masterclass is both a workshop and a boutique, and offers pâtisserie classes, either with Christophe Michalak himself, or with one of his 3 sous chefs. Each workshop focuses on one theme: chocolate, macaroons, religieuses, or pain perdu (French toast). Each class is 3 hours long (2 hours for children) and welcomes a maximum of 12 participants (10 children). All the pâtisseries prepared during class will be tasted and eaten right away.  Participants leave class with a recipe portfolio and a selection of goodies.

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“Autour d’un dessert” (around a dessert) workshops : 120€.
“Exclusif Michalak” (Michalak exclusive) workshops : 260€.
“Découvertes Enfants” (children discoveries) workshops: 80€ (for children 8 through 15, with a maximum of 10 participants).
Sign up for class.

Michalak Masterclass
60, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75010 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 46 10 45
masterclass@christophemichalak.com
Metro station: Poissonnière or Cadet (line 7).

 

Arturo Brachetti enchants Paris

Between humor and magic, Arturo Brachetti’s new show is sure to dazzle Parisian audiences. Named Comedy Majik Cho (a funny way to read Comedy Magic Show!), the performance will take you to a fascinating universe, worthy of Tim Burton’s best movies. With illusion and magic, staged in the cabaret style, the show is rich in colors and laughter. An absolute must see.

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Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell
38, boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
75010 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 46 79 79
Metro station: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 and 9).

 

Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) at Canal Saint-Martin

This year, Nuit Blanche focuses on 4 Parisian areas, including the Marais to République and Canal Saint-Martin quarters, both just steps away from Hotel Mareuil. From Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad to Point Ephémère and Gare de l’Est, and from the newly renovated Place de la République to the square in front of the City Hall, discover amazing light setups, video projections and fascinating works of art. A favorite of ours: the art of contemporary artist Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957-1996), dedicated to fighting racism, violence and AIDS. His works will be on exhibit at the Mairie of the 4th arrondissement and at the church of Saint-Eustache. Experience the magic in these areas, with their curtains of pearls and strings of lights.

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Photo credit : Untitled (Placebo) (1991) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Nuit Blanche à la carte
The Nuit Blanche website is a sure way to prepare your night the way you want. Visit the official website and choose which attractions you like best, then plan your sleepless night accordingly. Enjoy your 2013 Nuit Blanche!

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Nuit Blanche 2013, Sleepless Night 2013, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 2013.

 

Georges Braque: the initiator of cubism at the Grand Palais

French painter and sculptor Georges Braque (1882-1963) is a major 20th century artist, well known as the inventor of cubism. A forerunner of abstraction, he is among the avant-garde artists of the early 20th century. A complete retrospective of his works is currently on exhibit in Paris.

A major exhibit
The Grand Palais is presenting a most ambitious exhibit encompassing all the different periods of Braque’s work. The public will be able to discover his cubic works and his collaborative work with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), his affinity to music and complicity with composer and pianist Erik Satie (1866-1925), as well as his years of Fauvism. Definitely worth a visit!

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The «Georges Braque» exhibit, from September 18, 2013, to January 6, 2014.
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 8pm.
Closed on Tuesdays and on December 25.
All Saints vacation: October 19 to November 2nd, open daily (closed on Tuesday) from 10am to 10pm.
Christmas vacation: December 21st to January 4, open daily (closed on Tuesday) from 9am to 10pm.
Admission: 12 € / Reduced rate: 8 € (16-25 years old) / Free admission under 16 years of age.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
France
Metro station: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (line 9).

 

3rd annual Wonder Vintage Market

For fashion lovers, vintage design fans, and all those interested or looking to go back to their chilhood, the Wonder Vintage Market is on for 3 days at Espace Commines.

From September 20 through 22, 2013, quality presenters will show clothing, accessories, furniture and other vintage items to the public.  A great opportunity to add to your wardrobe or decor. Visitors will also be able to act like stars at the Mad Men style photo shoot, or enjoy a drink and sweets at the vintage candy bar.

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Little extra: the unique venue at Espace Commines is a XIXth century warehouse with a superb glass roof.

The Wonder Vintage Market, September 20-22, 2013.
Open Friday from 3pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
Admission: 3€.

Espace Commines
17, rue Commines
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 42 77 53 26
Metro station: Filles du Calvaire (line 8).

 

30th annual European Festival of cultural heritage

This year, the festival celebrates the December 31st, 1913, law for the protection of Historical Monuments in France. For the occasion, the Institut National du Patrimoine (National Heritage Institute) will be open to the public. This cultural event invites you to visit industrial and religious monuments, as well as castles, dwellings, and houses of famous women and men throughout France. Check out the Hotel Mareuil’s selection of places to see in Paris.

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© Dream On / MCC

In the Marais quarter

The Marais area is a historical quarter in Paris.  For the Journées Européennes, 2 museums open their doors for free: the Shoah Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), and the Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet).  In this second visit, you will be able to follow a circuit throughout the area, with a focus on Mansions (Hôtels Particuliers).

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Musée Carnavalet
23, rue de Sévigné – Paris 4ème
actionculturelle-carnavalet@paris.fr
The museum is open from 10am to 6pm. Free admission.
Circuit on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 4:30pm (departure every 45 min.)
Free admission, reservation required.

Mémorial de la Shoah
17, rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier – Paris 4ème
Tél.: + 33 (0)1 42 77 44 72
contact@memorialdelashoah.org
Open Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm. Free admission.

In the 10th arrondissement

A few minutes’ walk away from Canal Saint Martin, the church of Saint Vincent de Paul is worth a visit, with its byzantine style decor. After the visit, enjoy a walk in this colorful area.

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Les laves émaillées by Pierre-Jules Lollivet
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Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
Place Franz-Liszt – Paris 10ème
paroisse.svp@wanadoo.fr
Open Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Free admission.

In the 11th arrondissement

Very near Hotel Mareuil, the 11th arrondissement focuses on religious monuments. The church of Saint Amboise, in the neo roman style, and the church of Sainte Marguerite with its famous trompe l’œil style designed by Brunetti around 1765, are worth a look.

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Photo credit: Edhral

Eglise Saint-Ambroise
71 bis, avenue Parmentier – Paris 11ème
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 43 55 56 18
paroisse.saint-ambroise@orange.fr
Open Saturday from 8:30am to noon, and from 3pm to 7pm, and Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. Free admission

Eglise Sainte-Marguerite
36, rue Saint-Bernard – Paris 11ème
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 43 71 34 24
paroisse-sainte-marguerite@wanadoo.fr

Guided tour Sunday at 2:30pm.  Free admission.
30th annual Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Festival of Cultural Heritage), September 14 and 15, 2013.

 

How to keep your teenagers busy in Paris?

It isn’t easy to make everyone happy while on vacation. Fortunately, the wonderful city of Paris is full of surprises. Here are a few ideas that will delight your teens!

Games at La tête dans les nuages (head in the clouds)
Simply the biggest games and fun center in Europe: car races, Guitar Hero, billiards, mini bowling, shooting games and dance. There is something for everyone, all ages are sure to find a fun activity or game.

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5, Boulevard des Italiens
75002 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 44 19 13
Metro station: Richelieu-Drouot (lines 8 and 9).

Babyfoot (table soccer) at La Place Verte (the green place) and Le Café de la Plage (the beach café)
Famous for their table soccer, these two bars are conveniently located close to Hotel Mareuil. At Le Café de la Plage, live concerts are also on the menu Wednesday through Saturday, whereas La Place Verte offers a lovely patio area to enjoy the last sunny evenings.

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La Place Verte
105, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 57 34 10
Metro station: Parmentier or Rue Saint-Maur (line 3).

Le Café de la Plage
59, rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 38 48 19
Metro station: Charonne or Voltaire (line 9), or Ledru-Rollin (line 8).

Billiards and bowling at La Quille (the bowling pin)
If you are looking for a fun activity that can be enjoyed as a family, why not try La Quille? Featuring bowling and billiards in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, La Quille is also conveniently close to Hotel Mareuil.

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111, rue Saint-Maur
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 55 87 21
Metro station: Parmentier or Rue Saint-Maur (line 3).

 

Unusual Paris: 5 places to discover

The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées… All these well-known monuments are emblems of the French capital. However, Paris is also full of lesser known places that offer a different look at the city.

The Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam temple
Located in the 18th arrondissement, the Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam temple is a hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-head god of wisdom. In the midst of colorful deities, you will find yourself transported into India. The Feast of Ganesh will be happening on September 1st.

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Photo credit: Michel Durand

Open daily from 9:30am to 8:30pm.
Free admission.  Donations accepted.

Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam Paris
17, rue Pajol
75018 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1  40 34 21 89
Metro station: La Chapelle (line 2).

The Manor – Le Manoir de Paris
If you are interested in dark legends and horrific misteries, the Manoir de Paris is the place to discover the dark side of the capital. Seventeen stories and legends, some famous and some obscure, are told by actors in costumes. The Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the secrests of the Père Lachaise cemetery, or the Tuileries ghost will give you a different perspective of Paris.

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Open Fridays from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm to 10pm.
Admission: 20€ / Reduced rate (under 18 years old, students): 18€ / Children (under 16): 15€.
Not recommended for children under 10.

Manoir de Paris
18, rue de Paradis
75010 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)6 70 89 35 87
Metro station: Château d’Eau (line 4) or Poissonnière (line 7).

The Paris Mosque
Located in the latin quarter, the Mosque features hispano-moorish architecture and opens the doors to islamic culture. You may wish to relax at the hammam or sip a cup of mint tea at the café. The visit is a sure way to feel like you have traveled far away from Paris.

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Open daily from11am to 7pm.
For a guided visit: 3€ / Reduced rate: 2€ / Free for children under 7.

La Mosquée de Paris
2, Place du Puits de l’Ermite
75005 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 45 35 97 33
Station: Censier – Daubenton (line 7).

The Lutetia Arenas
This lesser known historic place houses the remnants of a 1st century amphitheater. A registered historical monument, the arenas are the only visible examples of gallo-roman architecture in Paris. Admission is free to this perfect place for a break in th Parisian sun.

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Photo credit: Mareuil Hotel

According to the season: opening at 8 or 9am, closing at 7:30 or 8:30pm.
Free admission.

Les Arènes de Lutèce
47-59, rue Monge
75005 Paris
Tél : +33 (0)1 45 35 02 56
Metro stations: Jussieu (lines 7 and 10), Place Monge (line 7) or Cardinal Lemoine (line 10).

The Paris hot air balloon
For a new look at the capital city, why not try the world’s largest hot air balloon? From a 150-meter height, you will get a unique view of Parisian rooftops and monuments. All you need is favorable weather.

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Open daily depending on the weather, from 9am to 7pm in October (until the 28th), from 9am to 8pm in September, from 9am to 9pm the rest of the year.
Rate: Adults 12€ / children 3-11 years old: 6€ / Free admission for children under 3.

Ballon de Paris
2, rue Cauchy
75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 26 20 00
Metro station: Javel – André Citroën (line 10).

 

Have the best ice cream around Hotel Mareuil

There is nothing like ice cream to enjoy a hot summer in Paris! That’s why we have selected for you three of the best ice cream makers around Hotel Mareuil.

Gelati d’Alberto in the Marais quarter
Besides the numerous flavors available, this ice cream maker serves scoops in the shape of flowers. The choice will be difficult between all the delicious flavors and mouth-watering colors.

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3,50€ for two scoops.
Open daily from noon to midnight.

Gelati d’Alberto
12, rue des Lombards
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 77 11 44 55
Metro stations: Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14) or Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Berthillon on Ile-Saint-Louis
Their motto is clear and simple: «quality is our passion». The amazing ice cream maker on the Ile-Saint-Louis serves unusual flavors such as lavender, mojito or foie gras, along the more traditional chocolate, pistacho or strawberry. In the heat of summer, a seasonal melon or almond milk flavor is deliciously refreshing.

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Photo credit: Blog La Rapporteuse

3,80€ for two scoops.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 8pm.

Berthillon
29-31, rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 31 61
Metro stations: Pont Marie (line 7), Saint-Paul (line 1), or Cardinal Lemoine (lines 9 and 10).

MyBerry, all the good things without the calories
If you wish to enjoy ice cream without worrying about your calory intake, MyBerry is your choice. Specialized in frozen yogurt, this ice cream maker lets you compose your own cup, with a choice of delicious decorations such as smarties (chocolate candy), oreo cookies or fresh fruit. Delicious sweetness without the guilt!

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Cup starting at 3€.
Open daily, from noon to 12:30am Monday through Friday, and from noon to 2am on Saturday and Sunday.

MyBerry
25, rue Vieille du Temple
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 27 07 07
Metro stations: Saint-Paul (line 1) or Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

 

Inside Out: an exhibition celebrating Canal de l’Ourcq

If you have recently been on a walk along Canal de l’Ourcq, you must have notices big black and white portraits on either side. From Place Stalingrad to Bassin de Pantin, 300 unknown faces celebrate the life and renewal of the area.

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An international project
After Rio and New York, it is Paris’ turn to welcome the Inside Out Project by artist J.R. For this exhibit, pictures were taken by photographers Romain Bassenne and Ava du Parc. All the people on the pictures have one thing in common: they are currently, will soon be, or were previously working in the Canal Saint-Martin quarter. These men and women are workers at the concrete mixing plant, retired millers from the area’s mills, bankers, boat captains, graffiti artists, or restaurant owners.

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© Christophe Brachet

A lively quarter
All of the people pictured on the exhibit show the evolution of the area, with their rhythm of life between work, home and weekend walks. New businesses are coming, such as a big publicity agency soon setting its offices in the abandoned warehouses of the chamber of commerce, currently occupied by street artists. Located just minutes from Hotel Mareuil, the canal and its multiple attractions is a lovely family outing, if only to enjoy this new exhibit, on foot, bicycle, or even on a cruise!

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The Inside Out Exhibit, from Juy 7 to September 15, 2013.
Free admission.
Located along Canal de l’Ourcq, between Place Stalingrad – Paris 19th arrondissement – and Bassin de Pantin (near metro line 5 – Eglise de Pantin).

 

Welcome to the newly remodeled Place de la République

After a year and a half of construction and work, the Place de la République is back in action with a new modern and welcoming style.

A square for pedestrians
Now dedicated to pedestrians, Place de la République is an ideal spot for family outings. Entirely renovated and surrounded by vegetation, the square invites you to relax in its new atmosphere.  Children will enjoy the water mirror – miroir d’eau – on the ground, especially during hot summer days.  The well-known statue on the square is now surrounded by a refreshing water pool, complete with little water jets.  Red poppy-colored armchairs, chairs and tables are also available for your comfort.

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Photo credit: Mareuil Hotel

L’R de jeux – the play area – on the square
L’R de jeux is designed for children with over 600 toys and games available for a wide range of ages. Foot scooters, board games, construction and puzzles will delight little ones. The games and toys are borrowed on a daily basis, which is perfect for an afternoon on the square. Set up on a 1000 m² terrace, this toy library is managed by the toy librarians of Ile-de-France Association.

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Photo credit: Mareuil Hotel

R de jeux – Play area
Open from June 16 to September 15, 2013, Tuesday through Friday, Sundays and holidays, from 11am to 8pm, Saturdays from 11am to 11pm. Closed on Mondays.

Place de la République
Metro station : République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

 

Paris Plages: summer fun on the Parisian beach

Located at Bassin de la Villette, this year’s Paris Plages (Paris beaches) is a fun family outing.

The long awaited summer vacation has arrived, and with it Paris Plages. Located near Hotel Mareuil, the Bassin de la Villette offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Enjoy music in the sun thanks to the barge balls playing French songs along Canal de l’Ourcq. Cafés and patios welcome you with their festive summer ambiance. Other activities are centered around sports and games, such as mountain bike trails, putt putt golf, babyfoot, or pétanque and boules. You may also want to try taking Tai Chi or ballroom dancing!

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Photo credit : C Roche / Mairie de Paris

Lots of aquatic activities
Adults and children alike will be able to try a rowing boat, a pedal boat, experience rowing, or enjoy floating spheres on water called roller tubes. If you are thinking about a cruise, Paris Canal is the place to go for a refreshing and sunny tour on the canal.

More information about Paris Plages is available at Canal de l’Ourcq.

Paris Plages, from July 20 to August 18, 2013.
Open daily from 1pm to 8pm.

Bassin de la Villette
Quai de Seine / Quai de la Loire
Metro station: Jaurès (line 2), Riquet (line 7), and Laumière (line 5).

 

English magazine FrenchEntrée is crazy about Hotel Mareuil!

We have just heard the news: FrenchEntrée’s online cityguide has just published an article presenting Hotel Mareuil as a favorite in Paris! The site specializes in everything French, and describes our 4-star hotel as an oasis of calm in the heart of Paris. According to the magazine, our organic breakfast, the NightCove system, and the contemporary decor and warm colors make our hotel truly enjoyable and comfortable. Now we’d like to know what you think.

To read FrenchEntrée’s article, please click on the link.

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Bar Ourcq: an institution near Canal Saint-Martin

Near Canal Saint-Martin, and in the vicinity of the MK2 movie theaters, Bar Ourcq is an Parisian institution. Lively music, comfortable booths and friendly staff make your visit a most enjoyable one, and prices are reasonable. Lounge chairs are available to enjoy the summer sun and improve your tan.

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Photo credit: Aldo Paredes

A bar made to order
Stay in or take out! Bar Ourcq offers dine-in and take-out services, so that you can enjoy your order andywhere you want. What better way to enjoy a cool beer than on the shore of Canal Saint-Martin, surrounded by nature? Pétanque balls are also available: you can borrow a set for a nice pre-dinner game. Evening brings a more lively atmsphere, with DJs and night time dancing. Whether you are looking to relax or have fun, Bar Ourcq is the place to go to make the most of the summer in the capital!

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Photo credit: Aldo Paredes

Open Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm to midnight, Friday and Saturday (and on the eve of days off) from 3pm to 2am, and Sunday from 3pm to 10pm.

Bar Ourcq
68, quai de la Loire
75019 Paris
France
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 40 12 26
Metro station: Laumière (line 5).

 

Pop Art: Roy Lichtenstein at the Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou focuses on Pop Art with the biggest exhibit of works by Roy Lichtenstein in the last 20 years. The artist is one of the most important figures of Pop Art, along with Andy Warhol. His seemingly artificial paintings are actually the fruit of his research into popular culture, advertising of the 50’s through 70’s, and comics. His goal was to make his works look generic while leaving no personal artistic imprint. From his first masterpieces, such as Look Mickey, Master Piece and Crying Girl, you will be taken through a whirlwind of abstract works, with primary colors and cartoons.  A must-see retrospective!

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Photo credit : Master Piece, Roy Lichtenstein, 1962

Roy Lichtenstein, from July 3 to November 4, 2013.
Open daily from 11am to 9pm, closed on Tuesdays.
Full rate: 13 € or 11 € / Reduced rate: 10 € or 9 € (depending on the time period).

Centre Pompidou / Galerie 2
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 44 78 12 33
Metro stations: Rambuteau (line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (line 1).

 

Hotel Mareuil: a favorite of Le Nouvel Observateur!

Every year, Le Nouvel Observateur publishes a list of the 400 trendiest places in Paris.  In the 2013 annual listing, Hotel Mareuil is on the list of favorite places to sleep in Paris chosen by the editorial staff.

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An appealing family hotel
Among the key points listed in Le Nouvel Obs : our NightCove lamps, our fitness and wellbeing room with its spa, and the zen and artsy decoration !  Hotel Mareuil is described as « a haven in the heart of the urban jungle », which is just what we are.  The Guide contains numerous addresses for you to go out, eat, or fill up on culture : something we have in common, since we are always looking for the best places for you to enjoy your stay in Paris.  Surrounded by exhibits, festivals, relaxing or gourmet breaks, nature and amazing gardens, Hotel Mareuil is 100% appealing.

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Outdoor movies in the capital city

This summer in Paris, enjoy watching a movie on the big screen while taking in the freshness of the evening! Forget the dark movie theaters for a time and take advantage instead of the beautiful weather, with an outdoor movie.  Find out more about the best places to be a summer cinephile below!

La Chaise et l’Ecran (the Chair and the Screen), from June 14 to August 30, 2013
For the 6th consecutive year, the Mairie of the 11th arrondissement in Paris offers a festival of classic films in the most beautiful Parisian quarters. At the Jardin de la Folie Titon (Paris 11th), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort offers a musical and colorful moment. Les Chansons d’Amour by Christophe Honoré is showing Place de la République, a captivating film, full of emotion.

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Cinéma au Clair de Lune (Cinema in the Moonlight), from August 1st to August 11th, 2013
All through August, famous places in Paris become movie theaters in the moonlight. From Woody Allen to Diane Kurys and Sacha Guitry, the producers of the 9 films showing this summer have one thing in common: they were all inspired by Paris – the Champs-Elysées Gardens, place des Vosges, Montmartre, les Invalides… What better way to enjoy these movies than in the very place that inspired them ?

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Films sous les Etoiles (Films under the Stars), June 27-29, 2013
Nature is the focal point of this festival. To celebrate the 400th birthday of André Le Nôtre the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud offers 3 days of movie projections in the very heart of the garden he designed.  On the last evening, four movies in a row end gloriously with the sunrise on the domain!

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Festival du cinéma en plein air (outdoor cinema festival), from July 24 to August 28, 2013
Once again, this now mythical festival will take place at Parc de la Villette, on the prairie du triangle (triangle prairie). The program offers classics as well as lesser known films.  Choose to either sit on the grass or rent a lounge chair, and enjoy the vacation and beach-like feel of this festival!

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

La Chaise et l’Ecran (the Chair and the Screen), from June 14 to August 30, 2013
Check the dates to know the location, EITHER Jardin de la Folie Titon (Metro station: Rue des Boulet, line 9) OR Place de la République (Metro station: République, line 9).
Free admission.

Cinéma au clair de Lune, from August 1st to 11th 2013, from 9:30pm.
In various places in Paris (Butte Montmartre, Jardin des Champs-Elysées, Place des Vosges, Place des Fêtes, Ménilmontant, Esplanade des Invalides, …).

Films sous les Etoiles (Films under the Stars), June 27-29, 2013 in Saint Cloud
Domaine de Saint Cloud
92210 Saint Cloud
Metro station: Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud (line 10).
Picnics starting at 7:30pm / Films starting at 10pm.
Free admission.

Festival du cinéma en plein air (outdoor cinema festival), from July 24 to August 28, 2013
From Wednesday to nightfall on Sunday.
Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
Metro station: Porte de la Villette (line 7).
Free admission.
Lounge chair rental: full rate €7, €20 for 5 lounge chairs, free for carte Villette holders.

Celebrate Music Day with your family !

On June 21st, the Fête de la Musique (Music Day) is going to enliven the streets of Paris.  This international event is a way to celebrate the beginning of summer.  Musicians are coming to Paris to make their audiences sing and dance.  From classical music to independent rock, along with electro, reggae, and world music, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  As usual, public transportation will be available all night long.  For your convenience, Hotel Mareuil has selected 3 events that you will be able to enjoy as a family.

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A discovery of Paris :  a musical treasure hunt
This clue game is organized by Rues Méconnues and will be happening on June 21st and 22nd.  The purpose is to get reacquainted with Paris’ 20th arrondissement, while enjoying street animations offered along the way :  a fashion show, dance battles, and activities centered around literature and music for young audiences, are on the program.  An ideal family outing.

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Friday June 21, and Saturday, June 22, from 10am to 7pm in the Belleville and Ménilmontant quarters.
Rate: 2 €.
How to get there : Belleville (Lines 2 and 11), Ménilmontant (Line 2).

Disney songs
In the 15th arrondissement, on Square Necker, songs from Walt Disney movies will be performed.  This 45-minute program will bring to life all your favorite Disney songs.  Performed in the music gazebo, the show will delight audiences of all ages, starting at 7 :45pm.

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Friday, June 21st, 2013, from 7 :45pm to 8 :30pm.
Kiosque à musique (Music gazebo) on Square Necker – Rue Bargue 75015 Paris
Metro station : Volontaires (Line 12).
This is a free event.

Back to classics
In the 6th arrondissement, you will be able to have your young ones discover the classics of French variety.  Joël Dalle, who specializes in performing French songs, will be singing with his audience.  The concert will start after booklets with all the lyrics have been distributed.  Don’t miss this opportunity to try your voice out !

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Friday, June 21, 2013, from 8pm to 2am.
12, rue de Seine 75006 Paris
Metro station : Odéon (Line 4), Mabillon (Line 10).
This is a free event.

For a complete program of this Fête de la Musique (Music Day), click on the link below.

 

Blue Elephant: the best thai in Paris

Located at the heart of the Bastille quarter, in the lively rue de la Roquette, the best thai restaurant in Paris offers a most exotic evening with its decor of lush vegetation, cascades, bamboo, and even a typically Asian wooden bridge. To complete the atmosphere, the servers wear traditional garments. The servings are sizeable, and spicy dishes are indicated on the menu for your comfort. For a refreshing feeling at the end of your meal, pick a fresh fruit dessert – mango , papaya and dragon fruit are delicious! – or go for a coconut milk flan.  Mmm… We just can’t wait!

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Le Blue Elephant
43, rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 42 00
paris@blueelephant.com

Paris Jazz Festival: A jazzy summer at the Floral Park in Paris!

The Paris Jazz Festival is organized each year at the Parc Floral in Paris, for the greatest pleasure of both jazz fans and nature lovers. This year’s festival starts tomorrow with 31 concerts over 8 weekends on the program!

From Soul to Blues
Do you like blues, or are you a fan of soul? No worries, the festival presents all styles.  Artists from all these musical jazz trends will perform this summer, notably on the «Barge à Jazz» (Jazz Barge). The stage is set up on the water, facing a lawn where spectators sit to form a natural amphitheater.

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From discovery to discovery
The Paris Jazz Festival is also a great opportunity to discover! This year, the organizers have programmed a focus on Latin Jazz. Former Buena Vista Social Club pianist Roberto Fonseca is one of the performers. Reserve your weekend and discover the jazz dance (jazzé dansé) Saturday June 13 and Sunday the 14th. This mix of dance, accordeon and funk R’n’B from New Orleans is all the rage.  Don’t wait!  Get dancing!

A Family affair
You should know that the Parc Floral de Paris (Paris Floral Park) houses numerous attractions designed especially for your children. Formost, and continuing for the entire festival is the «Jeux du monde» or games from around the world. This attraction is open for your children every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

19th annual Paris Jazz Festival, June 8 to July 28, 2013
Parc Floral de Paris
Esplanade Saint Louis in front of Château de Vincennes / Bois de Vincennes
Other entrance Avenue de la Pyramide
RER A station: Vincennes / Metro station: Château de Vincennes (line 1).

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Rates and hours
The park is open from 9:30am to 8pm.
Full rate: 5,50€ / Reduced rate (7 to 25 years old): 2,75€ / Free under the age of 7.

Free animations and concerts
Grande scène: concert at 3:30pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Opening night: June 8 at 9pm / Closing night: July 28 at 9pm.
June 15, 2013, a special day entitled «Talents Jazz Adami»: 2 concerts at 3:30pm and 5:30pm – Grande scène.
Barge à jazz: June 22, 29 and 30, and July 6, 20 and 27 at 5:30pm.
Every Sunday from June 9 to July 21st at 1:30pm.

Magic & Destroy: the new Stree Art exhibition by Tilt

Two steps away from the Canal Saint Martin, an exhibition caught our attention… Until July 27, the Wallworks Gallery, specialized in Street Art, dedicates a retrospective to the artist Tilt. Known for his tags and his “bubble letters”, he gives life to outmoded daily objects, destined for trash. A Fiat 500, train seats, rail furniture… the graffiti artist transcend what is usual thanks to his art and vivid colors! For the record, know that Tilt is a graffiti genius: he started to exhibit his works when he was only 17, after a trip to New York where he met some forerunners of the field. A good reason to go discover his work!

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Tilt, Fiat 250, 2013, mixed techniques on fiat 500, 132x290x37cm

Exhibition “Art & Destroy”, until July 27, 2013.

Free entrance.

Open Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 7pm, by appointment.

Galerie Wallworks
4, rue Martel
75010 Paris
France
T. : +33 (0)9 54 30 29 51
contact@galerie-wallworks.com
Subway: Château d’Eau (ligne 4).

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Second class, 2013, mixed techniques on train seat, 97,5x91x54cm

Beauty stop at Soap and the City

At Hotel Mareuil, your well being is important to us, that’s why we suggest you stop by Soap and the City.  Just opposite the Mairie of the 10th arrondissement, the boutique offers Alep Soaps cut to the size you wish, as well as all sorts of bath beauty products.  All soaps are 100% natural and made with glycerin by artisans.  All items, bath salts, bath and body oils, shower jellies, and such, are labelled Autour du Bain.  We recommend the delicious looking cupcake, jelly or lollipop shaped soaps.  Also available from this veritable treasure trove are bath linens, accessories, children’s bath toys, and all kinds of wonders that will make bathtime most enjoyable and relaxing.

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Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Soap and the City
75, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris
France
T. : +33 (0)1 71 97 64 59
infos@soapandthecity.com
Metro station : Château d’Eau (line 4), Jacques Bonsergent (line 5).

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Dynamo: a sparkling exhibit at the Grand Palais

Dynamo, the new exhibition at the Grand Palais, will simply take your breath away.  Dedicated to motion and light in art, this retrospective is sure to give you an eyeful.  Your senses are alert, your eyes wide open!  100% interactive, the Dynamo exhibit is a new way to look at art, in a playful and enjoyable way.  Works of art with twisting mirrors, enchanting prism, rooms in complete darkness or fog through which you will have to find your way to the exit… Dynamo is a lively exhibit with no time to be bored, and garanteed laughter.  Your children will have a renewed interest in museums!

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Jesus Rafael Soto
Penetrable BBL Blue, 1999
Metal, PVC 400 x 450 x 600 cm
Edition AVILA 2007
Paris, Collection AVILER / Soto Studio © Adagp Paris 2013

150 artists on exhibit
Works by about 150 artists are shown, presenting the history of abstract art through different periods.  The visit is two-fold, with a «vision» part, and a «space» part.  This helps understand the different aspects explored through art , such as  clouds, instability, distortion, void, immersion, blinking, or permutation.  A must see!

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Stephen Antonakos
Hanging Neon, 1962
Painted metal, neons 152,5 x 112 x 53,5 cm
Private Collection © 1965 Stephen Antonakos

Dynamo, a century of light and motion in art, 1913-2013, from April 10 to July 22, 2013.
Open daily from 10am to 8pm, until 10pm on Thursdays.  Closed on Tuesdays.
The exhibit will be open from 2pm to 8pm on July 14, and will close at 5pm on June 30.
Full rate: 13€ / Reduced rate (visitors ages 16-25, familles nombreuses) : 9€.
Group rate (for a group of at least 4 people including at least 2 persons 16-25 years of age) : 35€.
Free admission under the age of 16.

Grand Palais
Access through Champs-Elysées
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris

Discover the roofed passageways of Paris

There are only about twenty left today, but this does not mean that they gave away all their secrets. True witness of the Paris of the 19th century, the capital’s roofed passageways enable you to stroll away from the perpetual bustle of the city. A lot of these architecture’s jewels disappeared after the intervention of Baron Haussmann, but there are still some of them remaining near the Mareuil Hotel that are worth a look.

The Passage du Caire
At the heart of the Sentier, discover this passageway, which tells the passion the Parisians had for Egypt after the victorious campaign of Bonaparte. Don’t miss the three effigies of the goddess Hathor that have pride of place on the entrance.

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Entrances: 2, place du Caire – 16, rue du Caire – 239, rue Saint-Denis 75002 Paris
Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 6:30pm.

The Passage des Panoramas
A few steps away from the Passage du Caire, this passageway of the Grands Boulevards dating from 1800 is known for being the capital’ oldest one. It is here that, in the old days, the famous engraver Henri Stern settled, as well as postcard and stamp sellers. Thus, it has become a hangout for collectors.

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Entrances: 11-13 boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue de Montmartre, 75002 Paris
Open everyday from 6am to midnight.

The Passage Verdeau
Running on from the Passage des Panoramas, the Passage Verdeau houses under its beautiful glass roof a whole panel of antiques dealers and old books sellers. This is due to its proximity with the Drouot Hotel, true hub of the French and international art market.

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Entrances: 6, rue de la Grange Batelière – 31, bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris
Open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 9pm.

The Passage du Prado
This passageway, today provided with a glass hat, was once a place for open-air public balls. Nowadays, this corridor still considered an art-deco treasure, of which both parts are connected by a large rotunda, is invaded by nail bars.

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Entrances: 18, boulevard Saint-Denis – 12, rue du Fg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Open everyday from 9:30am to 7pm.

The Passage Vendôme
Built in 1827, it was one of the most prestigious ones, connecting the boulevard du Temple with the Carreau du Temple. But 40 years later, the reorganization of the Place de la République deleted its façade and part of its glass roof. It is the object of a registration among the Historical Monuments.

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Entrances: 3, place de la République – 16-18 rue Beranger, 75003 Paris
Open Monday to Friday, from 7:15am to 8pm.

The complete list of Parisians passageways on the website of Paris city hall.

 

The Foire du Trône (Throne’s Fair) celebrates its 50th anniversary!

This year, the Foire du Trône celebrates its 50th birthday and settles again Pelouse de Reuilly (Reuilly’s Lawn), in Bois de Vincennes. Until May 26th, you can thus enjoy more than 300 attractions. Roundabouts, lotteries to win soft toys or high-tech products, rifle shooting, duck fishing for the kids or Ferry’s wheel, there are attractions for everyone! It is not for nothing that the Foire du Trône is the biggest European fair!

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A lot of thrill!
Want to be upside down? Among our favorite roundabouts, try the Free Dance (2,50€ the ride), or the MaXXimum (8€ the ride), they will offer you a breathtaking view of the city if you can keep your eyes open while you are looping the loop at high speed! Thrill is guaranteed! Hungry? You have to know that the Foire du Trône has a lot of delicacies, from the traditional toffee apples to Nutella-filled churros!  At last, at the Mareuil Hotel, we strongly advise you to discover the fair by night: the attractions’ lights are wonderful!

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The Foire du Trône, from March 29th to May 26th, 2013.
Pelouse de Reuilly / Bois de Vincennes
Open from 12p.m to 12a.m everyday and until 1a.m on Saturdays and days before holidays.
Getting there: by subway, stations Porte de Charenton or Liberté (L. 8), or by streetcar line (T3a)

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Gourmet break at Justine’s (Chez Justine)

Justine is the trendy vintage bistro that appeals to all Parisians! The atmosphere is cozy with its retro decor: 50’s furniture, juke box, long countertop. The menu is just as attractive, with its traditional French products, and special attention to cheeses, notably Auvergne specialties such as Saint-Nectaire and Cantal. Regulars are especially fond of the chef’s burgers, among which the «spécial» changes every day. The meat from Aubrac is a must, the Côte de Bœuf will delight meat lovers. Concerts add to the ambiance and make the restaurant a festive bar worthy of the Oberkampf quarter!

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Menu from 25 to 40€ (Entrée + Plat + Dessert) (hors d’œuvre + main dish + dessert)
Open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 2am, and Sundays from 10am to 2am.

Chez Justine
96, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T. : +33 (0)1 43 57 44 03
Metro station : Oberkampf (Lines 5 or 9).

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Haute Couture at the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

For this week dedicated to fashion, and following the top 5 second hand clothing stores of Canal Saint Martin, here is an amazing exhibit featuring the most famous names in Parisian Haute Couture. The Paris Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is hosting this exhibit until July 6, 2013. About 100 exceptional creations from famous French Couture labels such as Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, or Chanel are presented, a unique opportunity to learn about 150 years of fashion history, and to discover the making of this dream world of luxury. A must see for all fashionistas !

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« Paris Haute Couture », from March 2nd to July 6, 2013.
Free admission.
Open daily from 10am to 7pm.

Hôtel de Ville de Paris
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
France
T. : +33 (0)1 42 76 40 40
Metro station : Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1 or 11).

 

 

The best thrift shops of the Canal Saint-Martin!

It is not a coincidence that Paris is famous for being a world fashion capital! It owes its title to its luxury addresses, its creators’ shops but above all, to its caves of Ali Baba of vintage, of which the city is bursting with. Two steps away from the Mareuil Hotel, there are a lot of different second-hand clothes shops, cheap or chic: you must have an eagle eye because they all have retro treasure that won’t go out of fashion. To make it easier for you, we selected the four best thrift shops near our Hotel, along the Canal.

1/ Chez Chiffons
Here, you will find clothes, shoes and accessories from the 1940s to the 1980s. All these vintage articles, selected with a lot of taste by a former movie costume designer, are in perfect condition. A thrift shop for the less upscale!

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Open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm.

47, rue de Lancry
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)6 64 26 11 98
Subway: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5).

2/ Le Comptoir General
In addition to being a bar, a canteen and an oddness museum, the Comptoir General also houses a thrift shop on its mezzanine! This rallying point of Paris’ Africans is an institution in the neighborhood, where reigns a friendly, warm and responsible atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. As to second hand clothes, a large selection is available, with clothes more folk than the others. You must also know that all profits are given to an association fighting against poverty and injustices, of which all the sellers are a part of.

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Open from Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 1am, on Friday from 6pm to 2am, on Saturday from 11am to 2am and on Sunday from 11am to 1am.

80, Quai de Jemmapes
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 44 88 24 46
Subway: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5).

3/ Chez Paulette
It is one of these secret addresses we would love not to share. The stylist managing the store offers clothes of famous brands that she selects above all for their style, their cut and their quality, before being interested in their brand. You will also love the pop and colorful decoration of the shop!

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Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 7:30pm.

24, rue Bichat
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 08 92 76
Subway: Goncourt (L.11).

4/ Omaya Vintage
In this shop, we see all kinds of clients, from the fashionista who leaves with the arms full of collector dresses, to the punk girl who comes to buy a pair of DocMartens. What is sure is that you will leave with a light heart but with bags full of unique outfits, at small prices.

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© Facebook Omaya Vintage

Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7:30pm.

29, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 01 77 31
Subway: Oberkampf (L.5 or 9).

Keith Haring, the chalk virtuoso at the 104 and at the MAM

When two great contemporary art museums, the MAM and the 104, get together, the result is an exhibit dedicated to chalk artist Keith Haring (1958-1990).  250 of his works are presented to the public, including 20 large pieces.

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Keith Haring Untitled, 1984
Museum of Modern Art of Paris
Acrylic on wood 2 panels : 408 x 352 cm (together)
© Keith Haring Foundation

A hypnotic retrospective
The works by anticonformist artist Keith Haring are fascinating and show his desire to change the world.  Against capitalism, homophobia or racism, Apartheid or AIDS (from which he died), he wanted to make art visible to the world, make it public, and dreamed of social justice and freedom from the state.  With this mindset, he went down in to the New York subway to draw his “Subway Drawings”on the walls.  A true representant of Pop art and steet art, friends with the biggest names of the genre (among whom Jean-Michel Basquiat), Keith Haring is one of the best loved artists of his time and style.  The exhibit is on now!

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Keith Haring Untitled (Mask), january 1987
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Sammlung Marx, Berlin
Enamel on aluminum 190,5 x 134,6 x 53,3 cm
© Keith Haring Foundation

The “Keith Haring, the political line” exhibit is open from April 19 to August 18, 2013 at the MAM and at the 104.
The MAM is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, night opening until 10pm on Thursdays.
The 104 is open Tuesday through Sunday  from 1pm to 7:30pm.
MAM rate: 11 €
104 rate: 8 €
Upon presentation of the MAM or 104 ticket you bought, get the lowest available rate (5,5€ ou 3€) at the other venue to visit the second part of the exhibit.

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Portrait of Keith Haring by Philippe Bonan
June 1989
© Photographer: Philippe Bonan

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Keith Haring Untitled, August, 25th, 1983
Private collection, courtesy Enrico Navarra, New York
Acrylic on vinyl canvas sheet 185,5 x 185,5cm
© Keith Haring Foundation

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
France
Tel : +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00

Le CentQuatre (104)
5, rue Curial
75019 Paris
France
Tel : +33 (0)1 53 35 50 00

Sleep on a cloud above Canal Saint Martin!

The urban community of Bordeaux has recently opened the mysterious refuge above Point Ephémère in the 10th arrondissement in Paris.  Between April 26 and May 15, 2013, dreamers are invited to spend the night in this unusual contemporary art  work in the shape of a cloud.  This wood and resin ecological lodging can accomodate up to 7 people with 3 double beds and one single.  Project initiator Yvan Detraz, a member of Bruit du Frigo, tells us this cumulus is designed to feel like a mountain refuge, with the added charm of bamboo all around.  The opportunity to take advantage of this unique setting is now, so hurry on to the cloud above Canal Saint Martin before it returns to Bordeaux for the enjoyment of its inhabitants!

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Photo credit : Yann Merlin/Metro

Seven available places each night from April 26 to May 15, 2013.
For more information about rates and availability, please contact reservation@pointephemere.org

Le Point Ephémère
200, Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
France
Tél : +33 (0)1 40 34 02 48
Metro station : Jaurès (Lines5 or 7bis).

 

Chez Moustache (Moustache’s) : a funny bistro

One of the 11th arrondissement’s most fun bistros is found just two minutes away from Hotel Mareuil, hidden behind a sign-less facade.  Chez Moustache is the story of 4 friends who decided to open their own place.  The ecclectic decors and styles (brick, baroque seating benches, school chairs) set the tone of this joyful brouhaha.  The server brings you the menu on a blackboard, and puts a bagfull of viennoiseries on the table.  Chouquettes ?  Not quite, just pieces of bread in a uniquely simple presentation.  The Chef offers the best products and serves them in simplicity.  Go for a dish with sauce, like the delicious Sauté de Porc with pommes de terre grenaille (sautéed pork and potatoes), served in generous portions.  A sure hit !

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Open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 2 :30pm and from 8pm to midnight, on Saturday from 8pm to midnight.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Chez Moustache
4, rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 38 26 88
restaurantchezmoustache@gmail.com

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Sauteed pork and potatoes

Le Point Ephémère : HQ of Parisian artists

Before becoming a landmark for the artistic world in 2004, this 1400 square-meter space located on the shore of Canal Saint-Martin used to be a store specializing in materials in the Art Déco style.  Now dedicated to art, this venue is an exhition hall as well as a concert hall, a night club, a dance studio or a rehearsal hall, and even a visual arts workshop.  Le Point Ephémère is a temple of artistic creation, where programs are varied between rock, indie pop, electro or hip hop.  The building will remind you of Berlin with walls covered in graffiti, a bare cement floor, and a huge glass wall.  A bar, lunch or dinner served on the terrace, and you can spend the day relaxing, partying, and discovering new talents in a unique setting !  One of the best spots for this summer !

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The bar is open daily from noon to 2am, and from noon to 9pm on Sunday.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 12 :30pm to 2 :30pm, and from 8pm to 11 :15pm (also open on Saturday evening).

Le Point Ephémère
200, Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
France
Tél.: +33 (0)1 40 34 02 48
Metro station: Stalingrad (Lines 2, 5, or 7).

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Enjoy a Sunday stroll in the Marais quarter

To avoid getting the typical cabin fever of Sunday, there’s nothing better than to stretch out your legs on a walk in the heart of the most lively quarter of Paris : Le Marais. Found between the 3rd and 4th arrondissement, and only minutes from the doorstep of Hotel Mareuil, it would be a shame to miss it.

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The Marais quarter, one of unending cultural richness
Here reigns a spirit of permanent light-heartedness, and the last day of the week holds true to this rule.  This historic district once occupied by nobility, then by workers and artisans is now home to people of all walks of life.  This folkloric history lends to Marais an unequaled dynamic in the capital thanks to an unexpected mix of rich and varied cultures living idyllically side-by-side.  Along your walk you will be able to admire the historic mansions, the countless art galleries and museums, while always taking in the frequent Sunday street performers.

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The trendiest shop windows of Paris
Even on Sunday it is still possible to shop in Paris.  You’re in luck, since the only boutiques open this day are the trendiest, those of the Marais, where shopping is king.  While strolling along the small cobbled streets searching for the window displays of young designers, you will uncover hidden treasures in the second hand shops, or in the Parisian brand name boutiques. Begin your hunt on rue de Sévigné, take it to rue des Francs-Bourgeois, and don’t forget rue Charlot.

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An area filled with eateries!
If you want to eat a bite or have a drink on the patio, you won’t have any problem here.  At noontime, head over to l’As du Falafel (The best Falafel) (a jewish restaurant that holds true to its monicker), on a nice day take it to go and enjoy your food on one of the benches in Place des Vosges.  In the afternoon, take a break on the patio of the Open Café at the intersection of rues des Archives and Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie where the atmosphere is always convivial and gay.  For dinner, your best choice is the Chaise au Plafond (the Chair on the Ceiling), a nice traditional restaurant tucked away in a small impass where you can find quality French cooking.  Once you’ve tasted the Marais, you’ll never want to leave !

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Nearby Metro stops : Saint-Paul (L.1), Hôtel de Ville (L.1 or 11), Rambuteau (L.11) or Arts et Métiers (L.3 or 11).

 

Alain Ducasse opens a chocolate factory !

All you foodies out there will be delighted to know that Alain Ducasse, the famous highly decorated chef, is opening his first chocolate factory (La Manufacture de Chocolat). It is located very near Hotel Mareuil, in the 11th arrondissement, by Place de la Bastille. This new workshop is the place of choice to discover the art of chocolate.

A mouthwatering window…
The celebrated chef has given the direction of the factory to master chocolatier Nicolas Berger, who excels in the art of chocolate bites, pralinés and ganaches. The bell shaped window offers a view of all the delicious chocolates, some more classic with their hazelnut or pistacho flavor, others with more unusual aromas such as tea, lime or raspberry. Choose your own favorite among all the varieties of size and color available.

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The secrets of the making of great chocolate
What makes this boutique so special, and sets it apart from the rest, is the visible backstage area of the factory. Through a bay window with a view of the kitchen, customers can enjoy watching the artisans and admire the art of chocolate making from A to Z. Watching the whole process, from the roasting of the beans, which come from Venezuela, Madagascar or Vietnam, to the completion of refined gourmet delicacies, is truly inspiring and mouthwatering!

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(c)Pierre Monetta

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30am to 7pm.

Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
40, rue de la roquette
75011 Paris
France
Tél.: +33 (0)1 48 05 82 86
lechocolat@alain-ducasse.com
Metro station: Bastille (lines 1, 5 or 8).

The famous movie theater «le Louxor» rising from its ashes

As you leave Hotel Mareuil and Place de la République, go up Boulevard Magenta until it intersects with Boulevard de la Chapelle: there, you will find yourself in a popular and historic area of Paris known as Barbès-Rochechouart. This is where «Le Louxor», one of Paris’ oldest movie theaters, is about to reopen. Zoom-in on this legendary cultural place.

An eventful history
Designed by architect Henri-André Zipcy, the Louxor cinema opens in 1921 at the intersection of boulevard de la Chapelle and boulevard Barbès. Inaugurated on October 6, it boasts a 1195-seat hall. At the time, the theater is open to smokers and attracts all of Paris with its unique architectural design.

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An Arabian Nights Palace
The Louxor theater has a true 20’s antique architecture, with its neo-Greek and Neo-Egyptian styles: columns, mosaic and frescos. In 1981, the exterior walls and roofs are listed as part of the Monuments Historiques inventory. From the 60’s to the 80’s, the theater specializes in Egyptian and Hindi films, as well as grade Z films.

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An abandoned venue
After its days of glory as a cinematographic venue, the Louxor is replaced by two night clubs, creole style, then gay, both of which close. The lack of success of the old building leads to its closing in 1983. A new project, sponsored by area associations and the Mairie de Paris, is now underway. Work has begun to renovate the space under the direction of architect Philippe Pumain. The plan is to create 3 halls, the biggest one seating 342, an exhibit space and a café-club.

The Goutte d’Or (Gold Drop) quarter is about to find new cultural life. The grand reopening of the Louxor-Palais du cinéma (cinema palace) is planned for 2013! Hotel Mareuil will keep you posted!

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Until May 25, 2013, the Mairie of the 10th arrondissement proposes an exhibit about the history of the mythical movie theater.  For more information, visit the Mairie’s website (in French).

Louxor – Palais du Cinéma – Cinema Palace
170, boulevard de Magenta
75010 Paris
France
Metro station: Barbès-Rochechouart (lines 2 and 4).

 

La Villette welcomes the Hautes Tensions Festival

Starting on April 16, Parc de la Villette welcomes the Festival Hautes Tensions, dedicated to circus and hip hop.  The festival is a two-week long event that you will not want to mis

Always changing art styles
For its 3rd year, the festival welcomes upcoming stars of contemporary circus performing, urban dance, theater and other street arts.  These varied disciplines all have one thing in common :  the use of the body through very demanding techniques.  All of them are means of exploring, questioning and reflecting upon our society.  The shows are everchanging and creative.

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A festival of a thousand faces
12 companies are part of this festival, and include such artists as Hamid Ben Mahi, Pierre Rigal, Thierry Collet or Mathurin Bolze.  Also on the program :  the first ever Championnat de France d’art du déplacement, Xtreme Gravity (the Art of moving French Championship).  This impressive sport based on the concept of the obstacle course was first created by the Yamakasi in the 90’s, and is centered around urban obstacles such as walls, buildings, gates, etc…

The festival promises to be truly dazzling!

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© Little Shao

Festival Hautes Tensions, April 16-28, 2013.
Rate : 16€ / Reduced rate: 12€.

Parc de la Villette
211, Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro station: Porte de la Villette (Line 7).

 

Gourmet break at the Atmosphere

Established in the Canal Saint-Martin are since 1989, the Atmosphere has the typical feel of a petit bistrot Parisien. Acclaimed by producers and artists, this restaurant is a favorite in the area. The succulent cuisine mixes salty and sweet flavors. Among the most tempting dishes : the honey knuckle of lamb confit with garlic, rosemary and a celery puree, or the beef rib with Fourme d’Ambert cheese sauce and sweet potato fries. For dessert, a Pink Lady apple puff pastry, complete with short bread, almond cream, orange blossom and chantilly. Truly mouth-watering, don’t you think ?

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Photo credit : Critikparis

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Photo credit : Critikparis

Open Monday to Sunday from noon to 3 :30pm, and from 7pm to 11pm.
The restaurant stays open during the summer.

L’Atmosphère
49, rue Lucien Sampaix
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 38 09 21

5 must-see art galleries in the Marais quarter

When you are out for a walk in the Marais, take time to visit and enjoy the many galleries that give this area its unique artistic feel. To help you know where to go, we have selected for you the top 5 galleries!

1/ Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery
Welcome to this elegant mansion where you can admire contemporary design art pieces selected by Emmanuel Perrotin. You will be impressed by the works of major artists such as Robert Stadler or Eric Benqué.

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Photo credit: Oliver Knight

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

76, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
info@perrotin.com
T.: +33 (0)1 42 16 79 79

2/ The BSL Gallery
Under the direction of Béatrice Saint Laurent, this gallery presents unique pieces and limited editions of ultra-design works. Established artists and promising talents alike find a place in this spectacular black and white space centered around a corian structure. Among them, you will find Nacho Carbonel, Taher Chemirik, and Charles Kalpakian.

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Photo credit: Retail design blog by artica

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

23, rue Charlot
75003 Paris
France
info@galeriebsl.com
T.: +33 (0)1 44 78 94 14

3/ The S. Bensimon Gallery
Here you will find beautiful, responsible, and functional pieces of furniture and decorative objects designed for the use of architects and interior decorators. Serge Bensimon, who imported the concept-store to France in the 80’s, is the instigator of this place, now one of the trendiest on the Marais area.

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Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 1pm, and from 2 :30pm to 7pm.

111, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 74 50 77

4/ The Michel Rein Gallery
Dedicated to avant-garde art, this gallery is responsible for the creation of the «Art Public et Société» agency (Public Art and Society), which supports art projects in public spaces. Works by young talents as well as confirmed artists are on display there.

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Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

42, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
galerie@michelrein.com
T.: +33 (0)1 42 72 68 13

5/ The Sophie Scheidecker Gallery
In this bright and intimist gallery, Sophie Scheidecker, a dealer in modern art, presents a trove of her latest finds. Located in the old horse stables of Hôtel Vitry, the gallery is full of the charm and warmth of a home. The many paintings, sculptures and photographs are sure to delight and intrigue the visitor.

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Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm.

14 bis, rue des Minimes
75003 Paris
France
info@sophiescheidecker.com
T.: +33 (0) 1 42 74 26 94

All the galleries are located near metro station Filles du Calvaire on line 8. Have a good visit!

 

Beaucoup, just delicious!

Foodies enjoy gathering at restaurant Beaucoup, in the Haut Marais area. Designed by Julien Fouin and Ludovic Dardenay, also creators of two other hip eateries in the area (namely le Glou and le Jaja), this new restaurant offers an attractive space in the style of a New York loft, with a scandinavian touch. As for the food, tapas are on the menu, as well as THE house specialty of barbecued meats. The open kitchen, which really adds to the charm of the establishment, is a definite hit.

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Photo credit: Le Banc Moussu

Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday.
Dishes from 20€.

Restaurant Beaucoup
7, rue Froissart
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 77 38 47
contact@beaucoup-resto.com

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Beauty and Well-being services

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Massages

Californian – To achieve well-being and comfort

Swedish – To release tensions

Aromatic – For an unprecedented olfactory journey

Deep tissue – To relax and invigorate

Contouring massage – To refin and firm

Leg relief – Ideal for relaxing after a day’s shopping

Personalized massage on request  – To restore energy and relax

Abhyanga (Indian massage) – To achieve physical and spiritual balance

Balinese (Indonesian massage) – To invigorate and relax

Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiian massage) –  To harmonize energies

Tuina (Chinese massage) – For total calm and well-being

Shiatsu – To restore vitality and good mood

Japanese lifting – To replenish and invigorate

Thai – To soothe the mind

Foot reflexology – To harmonize energies

Jet lag massage – To recover from jet lag and travelling

Treatments

Natural glow facial – Detoxifies and revitalizes tired and stressed skin

Anti aging facial – Redefines and firms the facial contours

Jet lag treatment – To soothe and relax

Body exfoliation – To regain vitality and soft skin

Hand treatments – For impeccable and glamorous hands

Feet treatments – For beautiful and healthy feet

Hairstyling – For a perfect haircut and lustrous hair

Check the prices here!

Shadowland: the new show at Folies Bergère

To celebrate Spring, you are invited to dream and experience the wonder of the new show presented by Folies Bergère: Shadowland.

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A show for all ages

Created by Pilobolus, one of America’s most well known dance companies, this fantastical show offers new ways of expression for the dancers, who become puppeteers of their own shadows. The spectator is taken to a world full of creatures, magic and illusions, all behind a screen. This shadow theater has no special effects, and uses only the talent, grace, and poetry of nine dancers, five technicians and projectors. The story is that of an adolescent girl in search of independance, who escapes her daily routine through her dreams, where she meets beings both disturbing and attractive, sometimes diabolical, often comical… This original ballet shows the creativity of the company, considered by both audiences and peers one of the pioneers of modern ballet.

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Shadowland, April 9-21, 2013, at Folies Bergère.
Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, also at 3pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Rates: from 30€ to 68,50€. Students’ rate: 20€.

Folies Bergère
32, rue Richer
75009 Paris
France
Box office: 0 892 68 16 50
Metro stations: Grands Boulevards (L.8 ou 9) or Cadet (L.7).

The Mareuil: partner of Sleep Day

On the occasion of the 13th edition of Sleep Day, on march 22th, the Mareuil hotel confided its secret for an optimal repairer sleep in a journalist of Le Parisien (The Parisian)… Its Zyken NightCove.

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A “security blanket for adults”?

True “security blanket for adults”, this appliance with a stylish look is a perfect instrument to fight against jetlag. A companion to sleep that has a price, 1180€, but sleeping well has no price!

Discover Le Parisien’s article (in French)!

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Spring stroll along the Arts Viaduct (Viaduc des Arts)

In the vicinity of Place de la Bastille, in 12th arrondissement, you will find the old railroad viaduct that connects Vincennes to la Bastille. There, under the old historic arches, 54 artisans and craftsmen have set up their shops and given the viaduct its new name : Arts Viaduct (Viaduc des Arts). In this first day of Spring, we invite you to take a walk in the country… right in the heart of Paris.

A tribute to arts and crafts
Besides its temporary exhibits, cafés, and restaurants, the Viaduc des Arts is known as the most prestigious display of French traditional savoir-faire (know-how), combining the mastery of traditional techniques and modern creativity. The arches of this historic building are home to the best craftsmen in the capital city, working on wood, fabrics, paper or metal, as true art and restoration specialists. Among them, the luxurious lamps imagined by Baguès, and the blown glass sculptures by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg are some of our favorites.

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Le Viaduc des Arts
Du 1 au 129 avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12ème
T.: +33 (0)1 44 75 80 66
info@leviaducdesarts.com
Metro: Gare de Lyon / Bastille / Reuilly-Diderot.

La Promenade Plantée (the planted promenade)
Besides taking advantage of all the shopping opportunities, you might want to take time for a nice walk along the avenue Daumesnil, which runs accross the entire 12th arrondissement. The old railroad was made into a pedestrian promenade by two renowned architects, Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely. Up on top of the promenade, you will get a unique view of Paris with bourgeois buildings on one side, and popular dwellings on the other. The 4.5-kilometer walk lets you admire the amazing diversity of the vegetation, as well as numerous archtectural wonders.  Joggers will enjoy this route, especially the tunnel transformed into a grotto with rocks and cascades, right in the heart of Paris! The planted Promenade is accessible from avenue Daumesnil, and all the way to Bois de Vincennes, through stairs and elevators.

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Opening at 8:30am, closing varies according to months and seasons.

For more information about hours of operation or the history of this green lung in the capital city, go to Paris.fr.

 

Paris welcomes the Salon du Vintage (Vintage exhibit and trade show)!

The 11th Salon du Vintage is taking place this year at Espace des Blancs Manteaux, right in the heart of the Marais quarter. Fans of everything retro will be delighted to see the best of vintage men and women fashion, as well as furniture, from March 22nd through the 24th, 2013. Culture, perfume and even cleaning supplies will be there along with lots of other vintage products. For you fashionistas, a special space dedicated to haute couture, with unique creations by Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, or Chanel! You will also be able to find classic clothes and accessories such as T-shirts or handbags, among a selection from the best boutiques in France and Europe, all set up over 1000 m2.

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Open Friday, March 22: 2pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24: 10am to 7pm.
Admission: 3€.

Le Salon du Vintage at Espace des Blancs Manteaux
48, rue Vieille du Temple
75004 Paris
T.: +33 (0)6 25 50 19 03
Metro station: Saint-Paul (L.1) or Hôtel de Ville (L.1 ou L.11).

Fabulous Stalingrad Rotunda

Leaving Hotel Mareuil and walking along Canal Saint-Martin on Quai de Valmy for about 15 minutes, you will reach the Stalingrad Rotunda (Rotonde de Stalingrad). Well known for its restaurant, it also offers evening parties that bring to life la nuit Parisienne (Parisian nights). This is your must-go venue.

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A historical building
Overlooking the Canal, this building was completed one year before the French Revolution, under the direction of architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806). Since then, the space has been redesigned to become a bar and restaurant, sought-after for its laid-back atmosphere and original setting. On the menu, a mouth-watering cuisine both modern and traditional: haddock in the «fish & chips» style, homemade fries, pea puree and watercress salad, or the roast salmon burger, the casserole of braised veal cheeks with girolles, lardons and puree, and for dessert the very appetizing almond and pistacho tart. Also note the very well stocked wine menu.

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Guinguette au palais
For a few months now, the Rotunda has been offering clubbing parties that bring night life to the East side of Paris, and bring together different cultures and people. Other events are organized there as well: exhibits, food tastings, Christmas market, clothing sales, etc… The establishment is open non-stop and a perfect place for a chat over coffee at any time of day, with a great view over the Canal!

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Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 2am.

La Rotonde Place Stalingrad
6-8, place de la Bataille Stalingrad
75019 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 80 48 33 40
resa@larotonde.com

 

All fans of MK2 movie theaters!

In the mood for a movie during your stay in Paris? Then go to the shores of Canal de l’Ourcq, and try one of the two MK2 cinemas. On either side of the Stalingrad Rotunda, they show foreign films (in their original language) and follow international release schedules. We also like the MK2 Store, a boutique dedicated to books and DVDs about movies and cinema, with a special youth corner, and an area designed in association with Taschen, the famous Parisian bookstore dedicated to art, fashion and design. In the summer months, take advantage of the weather on the terrace, sipping a coke in the sun while admiring the boats that go by. To complete your MK2 experience: a visit to the boutique at cinema MK2 Quai de Loire. It is full of US imported treats, such as peanut butter M&Ms… delicious! After the movie, how about a nice walk along the Canal, or a Canal cruise with Canauxrama? The choice is yours!

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MK2 Quai de Loire
Photo credit: Patrick Nouhailler

Cinéma MK2 Quai de Loire
7, quai de Loire – 75019 Paris – France

Cinéma MK2 Quai de Seine
14, quai de la Seine – 75019 Paris – France
Metro station: Stalingrad/Jaurès (L. 2, 5, 7, & 7bis).

More information about movies, schedules and prices.

A breath of fresh air at Square de la Roquette

Near Hotel Mareuil lies a perfect place for a family outing: square de la Roquette.

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A beautiful garden replacing… a prison!
Located at 143 rue de la Roquette, halfway between Place de la Bastille and the Père Lachaise cemetery, Square de la Roquette was built in 1977 to replace «La Petite Roquette». This used to be the pretty name of a penitentiary for women and young delinquents until 1975, when it was demolished. Two sentry boxes at the entrance remind the visitors of this bit of history.

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Penitentiary “La petite Roquette”

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A park to please everyone
This big 15,920 square-meter garden offers plenty of attractions: a playground for children, a beautiful cascading fountain, and flower beds surrounded by palm trees. A footbridge leads to a gazebo with a splendid view over the surroundings. The esplanade next to rue Merlin gives access to the Olympe de Gouges theater, located in the basement. An ideal place to escape the agitation of the capital for a relaxed afternoon!

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Open daily from 8am to 6:30pm during the week, 9am to 6:30pm on the weekend.
Free admission.

Le Square de la Roquette
143, rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris
France
Metro station: Philippe Auguste (L.2) or Voltaire (L.9).

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Go to the «Bar à Coquillages» for a taste of seafood at the Saint-Martin market!

An established institution of the 10th arrondissement in Paris, the covered market at Saint-Martin is a veritable treasure trove. Spring is right around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the new season than with an assortment of seafood with a glass of Muscadet or Sancerre? If you feel tempted by this mouth-watering idea, then go to the Bar à coquillages (shellfish bar), first in the capital city to ever offer this. You will find delicious oysters from either Gillardeau or Noirmoutier, as well as a multitude of other appetizing sea products.  Bon appétit!

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Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am to 8pm, Sundays from 9:30am to 2pm.

Bar à coquillages
Quai NO 85, Marché Saint-Martin
31-33, rue du Château d’Eau
75010 Paris
France

 

The Antoine Theater presents you two new plays!

What would be a stay in Paris without a night at the theater? For that purpose, we selected to plays you can’t miss, at the Antoine Theater, at the heart of the 10th district of the capital.

“Address Unknown”, a story for the less moving
You will here sit in a dramatic play by Kressmann Taylor, adapted by Michele Levy-Bram and directed by Delphine de Malherbe. “Address unknown” offers an exchange of 19 letters between two men (played by Gerard Darmon and Charles Bering) bound by an unbreakable friendship. One is German; the other is an American Jew. Everything takes place during the rise of Nazism and the growing tension is more and more palpable during the show. You, spectator, will testify the boom of fascism and will be lead to be in one of the character’s shoes in the same context. A shattering performance.

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From February 6th to march 2nd, Gerard Darmon and Charles Bering will play the lead characters, before Jean Benguigui and Martin Lamotte take their place from march 5th to march 30th. Finally, Ariel Wisman and François Rollin will be the main actors from April 2nd to April 27th, 2013.
Rates: from 13 to 34€.

“An hour of tranquility”, a hilarious comedy!
We strongly recommend you this Florian Zeller’s play, directed by Ladislas Chollet with Fabrice Luchini as the main character. Michel, a lover of jazz music, just found a rare record that he intends to listen calmly in his sofa. However, the whole world apparently decided against this. Between his wife, his son, his neighbor or his mistress, no one seems to want to leave him alone. But Michel, a huge manipulator, will be ready to try everything to obtain only “an hour of tranquility”. It is far from being a success…

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From February 22nd to may 2nd, 2013
Rates: from 21 to 66€

Antoine Theater
14, boulevard de Strasbourg
75010 Paris
France T.: +33 (0)1 42 08 77 71
Subway: Strasbourg saint denis (L.4, 8 or 9)

 

The 114 will rock you!

Pop/rock lovers, you won’t be disappointed by this bar, more electric than never, where you will feel at home and even better, like it is said on the frontage. In partnership with Puma Social and associated to Plugged Magazine, the 114 is an indie and trendy den where you will be able to relax after a hard day wandering through the city. The vintage leather sofas are here for that purpose! The place’s creators had the smart idea to invite young groups to perform on stage: we guarantee you will discover nice stuff! The musical line-up is really sharp. You won’t egret coming there for a drink, especially if you’re a music geek. However, you won’t be the only one rushing so here’s a piece of advice: don’t be too late!

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Open Wednesday to Saturday fro 8p.m to 4:30 a.m.
Free entrance.

The 114
114, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 53 43 44 44
Subway: Menilmontant (L.2).

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Gourmet break at Rosa Bonheur, in Buttes Chaumont

True institution of the Buttes Chaumont Park, the restaurant Rosa Bonheur is a classified tapas bar. It was built in 1867, the same time as the “green ling” of the capital.

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An ideal place to nibble or have a drink
It is in a very relaxed and friendly ambiance that you will be able to taste tapas, hot meals and drinks inside this beautiful pavilion or outside, with your friends or your loved one. From the beginning of October until the end of April, it is a restaurant and then when summer starts it becomes a bar where everyone serves himself or herself at the counter. The menu evolves with the seasons and the Chef’s mood! What is healthier and nicer than eating organic vegetables and cheeses right in the middle of the Buttes Chaumont Park, famous for being the capital’s biggest park? And that’s not all! You can also come at dusk, as the place becomes a nightclub from 10p.m to midnight. Its evenings are extremely successful, so we advice you not to come too late if you want to avoid the queue.

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A tribute to a lady
The Rosa Bonheur’s name comes from a famous painter of the 19th century, famous for her animal paintings. A face of feminism, she was the first woman to receive the Legion of Honor in 1865. Proudly claiming her homosexuality, she left her temper to the place, known for its gay friendly and open-minded attitude.

Follows the events organized by the Rosa Bonheur by liking its Facebook page!

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12p.m to 12a.m.

The Rosa Bonheur
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
2, allée de la Cascade
75019 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 00 00 45
Subway: Botzaris (L. 7bis).

Come to Hotel Mareuil and experience the well-being center «espace bien-être»!

While waiting for Spring to arrive, Hotel Mareuil suggests that you take advantage of the espace bien-être, where the spa and fitness area offers all you need to feel fully refreshed.  How nice it is to take care of yourself!

A fully equipped gym
The choices are numerous with the treadmill, the elliptic bike, the Power Bike, and the semi-professional Power Plate that includes coaching. The space is equipped with all the newest hight performance machines that allow you to work out every muscle in your body. After all your hard work, a nice relaxing session at the spa is all you need.

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More information about the Power Plate and Power Bike.

Relax your body and mind at the spa
Nothing is better to eliminate toxins than a relaxing break at Hotel Mareuil. It offers Turkish baths and an oxygenation station using natural pine extract that will regenerate your body and release all the tensions of everyday life. And then? Well, all you need is your own cosy room at Hotel Mareuil, less than 2 minutes from the spa! Hotel Mareuil really has everything planned for your well-being.

Spend a relaxing evening at La Famille in Montmartre!

Tired of those over-the-top Parisian nights?  Then why not go to Montmartre to discover La Famille, a very well named bar & restaurant! No need to fuss or pretend when you are around your friends in this pleasant and straightforward atmosphere. You will be welcomed by a friendly staff, in a simple and lounge-style decor, where the ambiance is relaxed and musically hip.

Explosive cocktails!
Before you start dinner, make sure you try one of the sour and spicy cocktails prepared by Houcine the barman, master of the shaker. Served cool and smoking, with a side of sweets, they are a sure success! How about a Mojito with mango, maracuja and wasabi, and decorated with wild candy? Electrifying!

About 9€ for a cocktail.

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Tasty and creative cuisine
Just like the cocktails, the cooking is very creative. Between the marinated salmon in pastry with sunflower and poppy seeds, and the sweet and sour Beef Bourguignon, your taste buds will go wild. For dessert, try the personalized 3-part lemon tart to complete this delightful meal! The restaurant also offers a 10€ menu every 1st Sunday of the month.  A good dinner at a soft price, what more could you want?

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The appetizer + main dish or main dish + dessert formulas are 31€, and the full menu goes for 36€. If you are curious and want to try it all, a tasting menu (with samples from 6 different dishes) is offerd for 50€.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8pm to 11:15pm.

Bar-Restaurant La Famille
41, rue des trois frères
75018 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 52 11 12
Metro station: Abbesses (L.2).

 

This year, plan the perfect Valentine’s day!

Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and indeed the best place for Valentine’s Day. Hotel Mareuil has suggestions for you to enjoy the best the capital city has to offer to you lovers on this special day! Just read on…

Notre-Dame de Paris, an absolute must see
You are in luck, for here, at Hotel Mareuil, we are just minutes away from the great monument. The famous Cathedral Notre-Dame is celebrating its 850th anniversary this year! And let it be known that it is not its last, thanks to the 9 new bells that are going to be tolling for the first time on March 23, 2013, for the beginning of Holy Week.  In the meantime, the bells are visible in the nave of the Cathedral until February 25, 2013. A wonderful and unusual sight to include in your romantic stroll!

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul-II – 75004 Paris – France – T: +33 (0)1 42 34 56 10
Metro station: Saint-Michel (L.4).
Open Monday through Friday from 9 :30 am to 6pm, and from 9am to 6pm on weekends.

Valentine’s Day is also an opportunity to indulge!
After the bells of Notre-Dame, we suggest a nice gourmand pause at Amorino’s! Enjoy a crêpe or waffle with Gianduja, or organic apricot or wild strawberry jam, served with Chantilly and a nice cup of hot chocolate. A special treat for your special day!

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Amorino
16, rue de la Huchette – 75005 Paris – France – T.: +33 (0)1 43 54 73 64
Metro station: Saint-Michel (L.4).

If you have not yet filled up on chocolates, you may want to stop by Master chocolate maker Georges Larnicol’s, crowned «Meilleur Ouvrier de France». His superb chocolate sculptures, made especially for you love birds, will just make you melt with pleasure!

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Chocolaterie Georges Larnicol
132, Boulevard Saint-Germain – 75006 Paris – France – T.: +33 (0)1 43 26 39 38
Metro station: Odéon (L.4 or L.10).
Open daily from 9am to 10:30pm.

Since you are on the way to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, why not take a little stroll in Jardin du Luxembourg, one of the most beautiful parks in the city of romance. Evening is near, and dinner at La Méditerranée is waiting to warm you right up with its southern specialties.

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Restaurant La Méditerranée
2, Place de l’Odéon – 75006 Paris – France – T.: +33 (0)1 43 26 02 30
Metro station: Odéon (L.4 or L.10).
Open daily from 12pm to 2:30pm, and from  :30 pm to 11pm.

For a perfect end to a perfect day, a nice jazz concert at Caveau de la Huchette seems in order. The famous club welcomes the best jazz bands in the world, for your enjoyment.

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Le Caveau de la Huchette
5, rue de la Huchette – 75005 Paris – France – T.: +33 (0)1 43 26 65 05
Metro station: Saint Michel (L.4).
Open nightly, Sunday through Wednesday from 9:30pm to 2:30am, and until dawn Thursday through Saturday.

Are you already dreaming of your special day?

Find out about our Valentine’s Day special, and reserve your stay directly on our website http://hotelmareuil.com/?lang=en

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Kushikatsu Bon Restaurant: a one-way trip to gourmet Osaka

If you enjoy Japanese food, then you might want to have dinner at Kushikatsu Bon, within walking distance of Hotel Mareuil. In a typically clean and zen-like Japanese atmosphere, the attentive chef will guide you through a choice of sauces to complement your breaded brochette (also known as Kushikatsu), or a choice of pea cream or rice flour balls (the house specialties). You will be delighted with the whole experience, and ready to go back…

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Open Monday through Saturday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Menu: 53€.

Kushikatsu Bon
24, rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 38 82 27
Metro station: Oberkampf (L.5 ou L.9).

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La Chocofiserie: the refuge of chocolate addicts of the 11th arrondissement!

Chocolate lovers will be delighted to hear of the recent opening of La Chocofiserie, on rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, close to Hotel Mareuil, last November. The name brings mouth watering delicious sweets to mind. You will find countless chocolate assortments, such as fresh truffles, artisanal praliné flavored chocolate snails, coffee or gingerbread flavored bites, and even organic chocolate bars! And there are also colorful sweets too: crystallized fruit, marshmallows, coussins de Lyon (pillows from Lyon), marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), calissons (made with ground almonds) and turbinés. In short: irresistible! And if you are worried about your weight, just remember that it is healthy to indulge once in a while!

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Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and Sundays from 10am to 1pm.

La Chocofiserie
16 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
T: +33 (0)1 48 05 65 29
la-chocofiserie@hotmail.fr
Metro station: Oberkampf (L.5 ou L.9).

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11th annual Ocean and Wine Festival (Salon Mer & Vigne)

From February 1st, to February 4, 2013, visit one of the friendliest and most delicious festivals in Paris! Salon Mer & Vigne is an opportunity for producers to come and present authentic local food products.

Photo credit: © Mer-et-vigne.fr

This Salon is dedicated to French gastronomy, and visitors will be able to discover French specialties of all regions: Arcachon oysters, Guérande sea salt, Champagne, charcuterie from Corsica, Andouille from Bretagne, Rillettes from Sarthe, Safran from Quercy, and more! Just mouth-watering! You will also see related regional specialties such as tablecloths from Provence, or artisanal products from Alsace. Another way to visit France without leaving Paris!


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For a free invitation, click here.

11th edition du salon Mer et Vigne
Parc Floral de Paris
16, route du Champ-de-Manœuvre / Bois de Vincennes
75012 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 49 57 24 84
eric@mer-et-vigne.fr

 

Explore Bois de Vincennes as a family!

Would you like to take your little ones for a nice walk in Paris? Listen to the advice of Hotel Mareuil, and go for a country outing at Bois de Vincennes! This vast green space offers many activities for both adults and children.  Follow the guide!

Animal discovery
Is there a child who isn’t curious about animals? Here, they can go for a ride on the back of a pony, while you take a walk next to them, or you can learn all about agricultural life, poultry, cows, pigs, sheep, goats and lots more 2-legged or 4-legged animal friends at Ferme de Paris!

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La Ferme de Paris
Open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.
Free admission.
For more information, please call +33 (0)1 71 28 50 56.

Plant discovery
If you are interested in outdoor sports and water leisure these 4 pretty lakes welcome you. You can rent a boat and ride at your leisure. Add a visit of the floral park (Parc Floral), and admire the magnificent flower beds, as well as concerts and exhibits.

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Le Parc Floral de Paris
Open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Full rate: 5€ / Children over 7: 2,5€ / Free for children under 7.
For more information, please call +33 (0)1 49 57 24 84.

A giant playground
If, after all these discoveries your children ask for more, do not panic! Play areas, merry-go-rounds and roller-blade tracks should keep them occupied for a while, not to mention the puppet show at the entrance of Bois de Vincennes, which will delight the youngest ones.  Isn’t it just heavenly?

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Les Marionnettes de Paris
Show from 3:30pm to 5:30pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Rate: 3,50€.

Le Bois de Vincennes
Metro station: Porte Dorée (L.1).
For more information, please call +33 (0)1 43 28 41 59.
Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Free admission.

 

«Les Vins d’Alexandre», an interview with owner Alexandre Gerbe

In the heart of the 11th arrondissement, close to Place de la République and Hotel Mareuil, the is a little wine cellar and shop that is full of surprises. At «Les Vins d’Alexandre», you will find excellent organic wines and olive oils, honey, charcuterie, and other delicious local products. To find out more about the origins of these high quality foods, we met with owner Alexandre Gerbe.

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Hotel Mareuil: Where does your passion for wine come from?
Alexandre Gerbe
: I discovered my passion for wine by participating in auctions. I decided to make it my profession and received a Diplôme National d’œnologie (National Diploma of Oenology) from the Montpellier Pharmacy Faculty. I then started doing international business in wines and spirits. I am now both oenologist and olive grower.  I own about 10 hectares of olive trees in the Baux de Provence region, and I produce my own olive oil.

Hotel Mareuil: When and in which context did you open your «cave»?
A.G.
: After working as a wine buyer, I opened my boutique in 1998 in the 7th arrondissement in Paris. It was called «Les Vins du Terroir». I sold it in 2005 and set up a new shop here in 2011, after a little detour through Avignon in the meantime, with «La Cave des Olyviers».

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Hotel Mareuil: What are your specialty products?
A.G.:
My clients are especially appreciative of my Languedoc wines.  As for olive oil, I offer two kinds, both of which are very successful. As an accompaniment to peppered tomatoes, the AOC oil is softer and goes for 26,50€/L. I produce a more spicy one for 23€/L, which goes perfectly well with pasta or fish dishes. This second kind is not called AOC (Appellation d’Origine Certifiée) because, even though it is produced from trees cultivated in the Baux de Provence region, it comes from trees of varied origins, such as Greece, Catalonia, or different Italian regions. The charcuterie section of the boutique is also very popular.

Hotel Mareuil: When can clients taste your products?
A.G.:
I organize tastings every Thursday evening from 8pm to 11pm. The cost is 35€. This allows customers to try 6 excellent wines (priced from 20€  to 100€ a bottle), served with charcuterie and cheese.  We talk, we laugh, we share, it is very friendly.

Open daily from 10am to 2pm, and 4pm to 10 pm.

Les Vins d’Alexandre
26, Boulevard Jules Ferry
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)6 44 30 86 08
alexgerbe@hotmail.fr
Metro: République (L.3, 5, 8 ou 11).

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Photo credit: Nospetitesadresses.fr

 

Be inspired at the bakery «Du Pain et des Idées» (bread and ideas)!

This traditional bakery located between Place de la République and Canal St. Martin and owned by Christophe Vasseur, a bread lover from a young age, you will find all sorts of breads, even products you may not have known existed! Steps from Hotel Mareuil, this lovely boutique is well worth a visit.

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Photo credit: Gourmandiseries.fr

The pleasure of savoring high quality bread…
Voted best baker in Paris in 2008 (meilleur boulanger de Paris), this young artisan has made a name for himself in the city of Paris, thanks to personalized and unique breads, baked traditionally with great technique and love. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, it is the result of the perfect baking of Du Pain et des Idées, and the recipe of its success. Indeed, thanks to word of mouth, this little business has many faithful clients, not only in the neighborhood, but also people who come daily from every corner of the capital city! The specialty? Le Pain des Amis (the bread of friends), a big rectangular loaf to share in good company.

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Photo credit: Gourmandiseries.fr

A plethora of choices!
Du Pain et des Idées is not just about the traditional baguette that accompanies your meal, you will also find multiple sorts of stuffed breads you can enjoy at any time of the day. Not to mention all the pastries and rolls that you will just have to try for dessert or an afternoon snack. Try for instance the chausson aux pommes (apple turnover)… filled with real pieces of apple instead of the usual applesauce, just delicious! Or go for the unusual croissants with eau de rose (rose water) or Matcha tea, the snails and their many flavors, among which our favorite: lemon and Montélimar nougat!

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Photo credit: Gourmandiseries.fr

Open Monday through Friday from 6:45am to 8pm.
Please note: the bakey is closed on the weekend!

Du Pain et des Idées
34, rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 40 44 52
Metro station: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5) or République (L.3, 5, 8, 9 ou 11).

Rediscover Hôtel du Nord, a place full of history!

You will find this mythical place, made famous on the big screen, on the shore of Canal Saint Martin. You have guessed, it is the famous Hôtel du Nord!

A movie feel
We all know the 1938 cult film by Marcel Carné. Inspired by Eugène Dabit’s novel, the hotel was presented as modest and with a typical «titi parisien» atmosphere. In the 70’s, after the international success of the film, it was made into an actual hotel, much to the pleasure of fans everywhere. Revamped in 1993, the hotel becomes a great success.

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A little known restaurant
Today, only a bar and restaurant, it honors the historical Paris with its 1930’s style. On the menu, original dishes with exotic accents will tempt your tatebuds, such as the Millefeuille with raw tuna in the Japanese style, or the goat cheese ravioli with basil, walnuts and roquette lettuce.  You will also find typical French dishes: Assiette de Charcuterie (deli-platter) (dry sausage from Ardèche, ham from Bayonne, and traditional «Prince de Paris» cooked ham), rib steak, half-cooked foie gras and more. For you vegeterians out there, the restaurant at Hôtel du Nord has a Veggie Burger for 19€.  And if, like us at Hotel Mareuil, you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you will surely order French toast with salted butter caramel or carrot cake.

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The restaurant is open for lunch from noon to 2:30pm, Saturday until 3pm and 4pm to Sunday. The evening is open from 7:30pm to 11pm.

Hôtel du Nord
102, quai de Jemmapes
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 40 78 78
jl@hoteldunord.org

La Pharmacie

If you love wine and good food, then take time and stop by La Pharmacie, a cozy restaurant located rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, just minutes from Hotel Mareuil. Behind its sky blue window, which gives a peppy colorful touch to the 11th quarter, an old Parisian pharmacy has been turned into a comfortable wine bistrot. You will enjoy the decor (parquet, cushy leather armchairs, red tones on the walls), as well as the tasty French cuisine. The wine menu in itself is worth going to La Pharmacie. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to ask the staff for advice, they will be sure to help you make the right menu choices!

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Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
About 30€ to 40€ for a full meal (appetizer, main course and dessert).

La Pharmacie
22, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 55 28 75 98

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Winter sales in Paris, it’s now!

The holidays are just behind us, and it is time to take your credit card out again! At Hotel Mareuil, we like to forget about the crisis and the return of the cold weather with a bit of shopping. The time has come to take advantage of the winter sales in one of the best quarters in Paris as far as fashion is concerned: the Marais quarter!

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The fief of fashion designers
Among our favorite boutiques, we enjoy the Scandinavian style of Plagg, located rue Charlot, or the British chic of El Ganso, on rue des Rosiers. If you like vintage, the Marais has many boutiques for you. Impossible to resist the little retro dress, or the thick knit sweater with graphic motifs for you men! We recommend two charming places: La Jolie Garde Robe, on rue Commines, for 60’s style garments, and Rosemary’s Baby (ex Noir Kennedy), on rue de Turenne, for clothing and rock accessories.

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Rosemary’s baby

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El Ganso

El Ganso
7, rue des Rosiers
75004 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 44 61 10 05
rosiersparis@elganso.com
Open Monday through Friday, 11am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 11:30am to 7:30pm.

La jolie garde robe
15, rue Commines
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 72 13 90
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 2pm to 8 pm.

Rosemary’s Baby
113, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
Open Mondays from 2pm to 7:30pm, and Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 7:30pm.

Eclectic programs at the Nouveau Casino

Steps away from Hotel Mareuil, Le Nouveau Casino is one of Paris’ most sought after concert venues. We love its industrial decoration, 100% raw, with its walls covered in triangular steel sheet, lamps that resemble those of surgical rooms, and its two huge 19th century chandeliers. At night, the space becomes a club devoted to rock, hip hop, and electronic music. Worth discovering with friends or your special loved one.

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Photo credit: Djaafar

Le Nouveau Casino
109, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 57 57 40

 

Pink Flamingo: the pizza place that rocks the Canal

Between Gare de l’Est and place de la République, the Girly Pink Flamingo pizza place attracts customers looking for authentic flavors. Why? Because of their unusual pizzas, with dough prepared from organic flour, extra virgin olive oil, and Guérande salt, and also thanks to the unique recipes served under fun names. You might try a «Bjork», with slices of smoked salmon and delicate lumpfish roe on sour cream (13,50€), or perhaps a «Ho Chi Minh», with chicken and gambas in green curry sauce, coconut milk, citronella, fresh coriander and grilled peanuts (16€). This Italian style gastronomy will delight your taste buds!

Open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, and every evening from 7:00pm to 11:30 pm.

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Photo credit: Benjamin Taguemount

Pink Flamingo Canal
67, rue Bichat
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 02 31 70
pinkflamingopizza@gmail.com

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Photo credit: Benjamin Taguemount

 

Go for a retro look with Optique Durable

As soon as the clock chimes midnight, you will be ready to search for a new style for the new year. If you are tired of the trends found in Fashion magazines, try a retro and bohemian look, just as trendy, and full of vintage accessories. To personalize your style, glasses or sunglasses are great. At Optique Durable, vintage optician located in the Oberkampf area, steps away from Hotel Mareuil, you will find French designs from the 40’s to the 90’s. See what looks best on you : 50’s glasses worthy of Hollywood actresses, or oversize models from the 70’s!

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Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30am to 1pm, and from 2:30 pm to 7pm.

L’Optique Durable
2, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France

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Hotel Mareuil acquires five lenticular artworks

Graphic and a touch retro, Hotel Mareuil, newly opened in Paris, is also artsy.  THe owner is an art lover and just could no resist these five pieces, works by Hugues Decointet. A great opportunity to meet the artist and learn a bit more about this enigmatic art.

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Mareuil: How did you become an artist?
Hugues Decointet:
agricultural engineer by trade, I did my first personal exhibit in 1991, at Galerie Lucien Durand in Paris. As a cinema and theater enthusiast, I worked on commercials. That’s how I realized that I really enjoyed all the preparatory work of the movie, synopsis, models, sets rehearsals and interaction of characters. Then I began to work on set design. What I love is the temporary, transitional and conditional aspects of the art : a set can be destroyed or be used again in another piece, a scenario or model opens up the possibilities… a bit like children playing who say: this will be such-and-such, and we will do this…

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Hôtel Mareuil – You are currently showing lenticular works at the hotel.  Tell us about them.
H.D.:
These works were commissioned by the owner of the hotel Mareuil, an avid art collector. They were to complete his vision, because in many rooms one can find lenticular works in smaller formats. This process allows the artist to create images that give a senation of 3D or or relief which change depending upon the angle the piece is observed. Throughout the first five stories of the hotel, you can discover a story, upon entry of a castle to it garden.  While descending or ascending the stairways, the images and their text appear and disappear completely or partially, leaving room for mystery.

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Hôtel Mareuil – Exactly what thoughts  do you wish to inspire in the hotels visitors ?
H.D.:
In these works, the text is an image in itself. The works were placed in niches under each landing, illuminated in such a way that they resemble boxes of light, as if the light was projected from the image itself. This profound effect also gives the impression of entering inside the work. Visitors, and most certainly their children, will almost certainly have an irresistable desire to enter or touch the images themselves.  They allow each viewer to imagine, whether an adult or child, and beckon an irresistable journey. The texts that are shown are taken from one of the plays I set designed, «After Snow White» («(D)’Après Blanche-Neige») (2009).

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If you wish to acquire or order a work by Hugues Decointet, please contact him directly by email at hdecointet@orange.fr

 

New Year’s eve dinner party 2013: off to Brazil with Favela Chic!

If you have danced to Michel Teló all summer, you will love the 100% Brazilian dinner proposed by Favela Chic! In a festive and colorful atmosphere you will discover local flavors accompanied by live Bossa Nova, performances and other DJ sets, as well as traditional music featuring the percussion instrument batucada. On the menu: roasted foie gras with red bean cream, grilled duck magret with layered sweet potatoes, and a catalan coconut cream. To complement these original dishes, why not try a typically Brazilian cocktail, a Caipirinha for instance!

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Menu Bahia for 70€ OR Menu Rio for 120€ (including a bottle of Champagne for two and a shot of ginger rhum).
Reservations: by telephone +33 (0)1 40 21 38 14 or by email resas@favelachic.com

Favela Chic Paris
18, rue du Faubourg du Temple
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 21 38 14

Bénureau at Théâtre Dejazet

For the holidays, the Dejazet theatre invites you to share a night of laughs with comic Bénureau. Performing with the rock band Les cochons dans l’espace, the artist will be presenting 24 performances of his best skits and most well known silly songs, such as Moralès. Are you ready for the all the laughs?

The «Bénureau en best of avec des cochons prolongations» show, from December 18, 2012, to January 12, 2013.
Performances from Tuesday through Saturday at 8 :30pm, and Saturday matinee at 4pm.
Rates: from 14 to 45€.
Reserve now!
For more information about the artist, please visit his official website.

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Théâtre Dejazet
41, boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 48 87 52 55

 

Dali electrifies Beaubourg

Highly anticipated, the exhibit dedicated to the Master of surrealism, Salvador Dali, opened a month ago and is a raging success. The reason? The breath of fresh air provided by the eccentric art of the charismatic artist in these difficult times. As one of the most controversial artists of the 20th century, he transformed art into a veritable performance. Until March 2013, 200 of his art pieces are presented to the public, from drawings to sculptures, including paintings such as the iconic «Persistence of Memory (melting pocket watches)), 1931». An opportunity to learn more about one of our favorite geniuses.

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Sans Titre. « Queue d’aronde » et violoncelles, 1983
Huile sur toile – 73,2 x 92,2 cm
Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres
© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí /
Adagp, Figueres, Paris, 2012

The Dali exhibit (exposition Dali), from November 21, 2012, to March 25, 2013.
Open daily from 11am to 9pm, except Tuesdays.
At night on Thursdays until 11pm.
Rates: from 11 to 13€ depending on the time of year / Reduced rate: from 9 to 10€.

Centre Pompidou
75004 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

Celebrate Christmas at Hotel Mareuil

Since Hotel Mareuil just opened a few days ago, the hotel team invites you to celebrate the holidays with them.

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A winter wonderland decoration

In order to state the mood for the holidays, a forest of white Christmas trees has been set up in the lobby, with pink and purple baubles and amber garlands, for a wonderland feel.

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An artful and naturally Parisian hotel

With its 6 floors and 35 rooms, Hotel Mareuil offers chic contemporary and timeless design. The motifs on the carpets, head boards, and curtains are graphic, with pastel colors. A touch romantic, the hotel suggests through its textiles and fabrics the feeling of nature and its protective and envigorating qualities, a perfect feel after a day of shopping in the city of lights.

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Hôtel Mareuil
51, rue de Malte
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 78 76
contact@hotelmareuil.com

Give the Lush Spa a try

Well, this is it. You are done with your Christmas shopping. Before starting table and food preparations, it is time to make an appointment and take advantage of the cozy Lush Spa. Well known for its appetizing and colorful beauty products, the Lush brand has designed a pastel colored spa with an English cottage feel. Among the different care choices, we at Hotel Mareuil recommend soin signature Synasthesia.

A playful beauty session
Using a sentence written on the blackboard, you will be invited to choose the word that best defines your state of mind at the moment, and which will subsquently be used as the theme of your session. Thanks to the use of essential oils that slowly infuse the cabin, and with the help of zen music and lighting, you will experience a time of true relaxation that finishes with a cup of tea. Renewed and relaxed, comfortable and light as a champagne bubble, you are now ready for Christmas!

Lush Spa
18, rue Vieille du Temple
75004 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 57 40 95 29

 

 

Noël en bio (Organic Christmas): Thousands of presents!

If you are running out of Christmas present ideas for your loved ones, then you might want to take the time to visit the Noël en bio Salon. Here, at Espace des Blancs Manteaux, you will be able to find all sorts of environmentally friendly ideas, from cosmetics, to fashion and food products. We wouldn’t be surprised if you even found something for yourself there!

Noël en bio, from Friday, December 14, to Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Open daily from 11am to 8pm.
Free admission.

Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux
48, rue Vieille du Temple
75004 Paris

 

Decoration according to Guillaume

Tired of the scandinavian trend? Then take a moment to stop by Guillaume excoffier‘s upscale decoration boutique. Now in his thirties, Guillaume Excoffier was once working with Emmanuel Perrotin. In his trove of treasure located in Haut Marais, you will find contemporary or flecked pieces, all American brandnames little known in France until now. You will love painter John Robshaw’s pillows, Russian posters from the 20’s, or works by Jean Picart Le Doux, the famous weaver from the 50’s? You will be hard pressed to resist temptation when you see reproductions of works by famed ceramist Waylande Gregory.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.

Guillaume
3, rue Sainte Anastase
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 57 40 61 43
contact@guillaumestore.com

Discovery: Place des Vosges

It is at the heart of the Marais, steps away from fashion boutiques and trendy art galleries, that you will find this hidden gem: Place des Vosges.  Previously named Place Royale, it is one of Paris’ oldest plazas, built under King Henri IV in 1605. Its particularity resides in the disposotion of its elements according to the perfect order, lined with trees and surrounded by 3-story residentail red brick buildings with small pane windows. In its center lies Square Louis XIII with its four fountains designed by Jean-Pierre Cortot, and fed by the waters of the river Ourcq. It is an enjoyable place for a walk or a coffee at one of the many cafés around the square. Famous personalities such as Victor Hugo or Alphonse Daudet lived Place des Vosges.

Photo credit: L’Art Nouveau.com

Photo credit: L’Art Nouveau.com

Photo credit: L’Art Nouveau.com

 

French Touch at the Museum of Arts décoratifs (decorative art)

At Hotel Mareuil, we simply love French electronic music, and we are conveniently located near one of the best spots for live concerts. From now and until March 31, 2013, the Museum of Arts décoratifs welcomes an exhibit dedicated to the French Touch. The term, created by DJ Laurent Garnier, refers to the young French scene from the 90’s, from which came electro music, associated with the graphic and esthetic aspects of video. Air, Cassius, or les Daft Punk, to name a few, have played an important part in this movement, and are now world renowned. The exhibit shows works of graphic designers like Hotspot, Alex Courtès or La Shampouineuse.

Photo credit: Alexandre Courtes, Daft Punk. One More Time, 2000
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The “French Touch, Graphisme, vidéo, électro” exhibit, from October 10, 2012, to March 31, 2013, at the Museum of Arts Décoratifs.
Open Tuesdy through Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  At night on Thursdays until 9:00 pm (only for temporary exhibits).  Closed Mondays.
Full rate: 9,50€ / Reduced rate (18-25 years old): 8€.

Photo credit: M slash M, Impulsion. Higher (Kings Of Tomorrow Ghetto Mix), 1998
Small – Vinyle © DR

Les Arts Décoratifs – Publicité
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50

Benjamin Diamond at the French Touch’s exhibition.
Photo credit: Amyitis Filippi.

 

Rêver la Terre (Earth Dreams) Workshop: naturally creative

Paris, capital of creativity? The City of Lights is well known for its fashion boutiques, and is also intimately linked to art. Proof of this lies in the numerous galleries flourishing all around the Marais quarter and the vintage fashion designers of the 11th arrondissement who create new with old.  At hotel Mareuil what we also love above all else is pottery and ceramics. We were delighted to have discovered the workshop Rêver la Terre on our very own street. We can’t wait to tell you about it.

A playfully creative workshop
From children to teenagers and adults, this pottery and ceramics workshop welcomes beginners and experienced potters alike in intimate groups of 6 to 10 people. Here you will discover how to work clay (for earthenware or raku), from modeling to coiling, from throwing to slabbing. Little ones will will learn the art of decorating with a paint brush. This is a truly enriching and creative experience. A wonderful family activity!

Good to know: Twice a month, the workshop organizes outdoor sessions on the banks of the river Seine. Equipment and supplies are always provided.

The Workshop

Adults (16 and up): Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
140€ for 4 three-hour sessions, thus 12 hours of workshop time, supplies equipment and baking included.

Children (6 to 16 years): Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and 4:30 to 6:00 pm and Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.
160€ a trimester, one workshop a week.

Atelier Rêver la Terre
47, rue de Malte
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)6 17 81 73 49
reverlaterre@free.fr

 

Focus on the Nouveau Casino

Just a few steps from Hotel Mareuil, at the heart of the most vibrant quarter in Paris, you will find one of our favorite concert venues : Le Nouveau Casino.  Naturally Parisian with its improbable decor of 19th century chandeliers and huge surgery room-style lamps, it attracts night time lovers of electronic music, rock and rap.  Concert venue by day, this espace becomes a groovy club at night, in a sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere.  There you will hear such artists as Baden Baden, Velvet, or Mr. Scruff.

Le Nouveau Casino
109, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 57 57 40

Michaël Gregorio, en ConcertS

Have you missed all the great concerts this year? No worries, thanks to Michaël Gregorio, you will live your wildest dreams in one evening, share an evening of laughs, partying and songs with your favorite stars. In his new show, «En ConcertS», the young impressionist offers a musical love proposal. At ease in any style, he will take you on a journey from Ray Charles to U2, to Michael Jackson, as well as feminine voices such as Shakira, or current groups such as Black Eyed Peas. A true performer, he takes on his artists’ style, voice, facial expressions.  Expect a truly amazing show!

«En ConcertS», the new show by Michaël Gregorio, from October 4, 2012, to January 5, 2013 at the Bataclan, Paris.
Rates: from 10€ to 43€ a seat.
For reservations, please go to the Bataclan’s website.

Le Bataclan
50, Boulevard Voltaire
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 14 00 30

An eye on Vasarely at Musée en Herbe

At Hotel Mareuil, we are true art lovers. We have just set a few works of graphic, optical and kinetic art on one of our floors, including 2 by legendary artist Victor Vasarely. When we heard about the Vasarely exhibit for children, held at the Musée en Herbe, we thought you ought to know about it!

The work of Vasarely explained to children
Through a treasure hunt, children from 5 to 12 are led from one piece of art to the next, in order to better understand the work of the father of Op Art. The French painter successfully gives an impression of movement through the use of geometrical shapes. From his famous zebras with ondulating stripes to his chromatic alphabet, children are invited to enter the black and white universe and the dream world of the artist. Through playful activities (zebras seemingly coming to life, works to put back together, etc…), children are able to enter Vasarely’s phantasmagoric world. They will love it.

The «Vasarely vous a à l’œil» exhibit, from March 16 to December 31, 2012.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, at night until 9:00 pm on Thursdays.
Treasure hunt for children 5-12 and their family: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am , noon, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm (every day during school vacations).
Duration: 1 hour.
10€ per child / 6€ per adult.

Le Musée en Herbe
21, rue Hérold
75001 Paris
France

Precious jewels by Yves Gratas

Sometimes, behind the door of a craftsman, one can discover hidden treasures… It certainly is true in the boutique/workshop of jeweler/bijoutier Yves Gratas, in the Oberkampf quarter. A true artist, he sculpts and practically brings to life precious jewels, with a touch of modernity. He is amazingly skilled with gold and stones. Cut in unusual ways, set upside down or in different colors, stones are superbly transformed with unexpected alchemy and elegance. At Hotel Mareuil, we find them irresistable. Let the precious jewels charm you, you will not regret it!

We like: Fashion designer Vanessa Bruno is one of his famous clients, understandably so!

Open Mondays by appointment, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Yves Gratas
9, rue d’Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 49 29 00 53
contact@yvesgratas.com

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The enticing universe of Diptyque.

The perfumed leather gloves by l’Artisan Parfumeur.

The precious head jewels by Valérie Valentine.

Dinosaurs at Jardin des Plantes (the Paris botanic gardens)

Looking to fill your children with wonder? Then take them to the new exhibit at Jardin des Plantes, «Dinosaures, la vie en grand» (dinosaur, life in big). You cannot deny it, dinosaurs are a wonder for both children and adults. Until May 13, 2013, you are invited to learn about the life of the biggest dinosaur of all times: the Sauropod. 40 meters long, and weighing up to 90 tons, as high as 4 buses, this herbivore was not very well known until recently. Today, thanks to years of research, questions about its way of life can finally be answered. How did it find enough food to fill its 100 000-calorie diet? How big was its heart? How did its muscles support its weight? You will know everything about the sauropod!


Illustration ©Michel Fontaine

A breathtaking reenactment
The exhibit is perfectly designed. Your little ones will be amazed from the very start, when they are greeted by a lifesize model of the head and long neck of the Sauropod, surrounded by luxurious vegetation. Thanks to dimmed lighting, they will be very impressed when they meet the 5-meter tall model of the hind leg of Supersaurus, among other specimens. They will also be able to take part in a miniature prehistoric dig site. Who knows, it may inspire new vocations!

The «Dinosaure, la vie en grand» exhibit at Jardin des Plantes, from October 23, 2012, to May 13, 2013.
Open every day (except May 1st) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Full rate: 9€ / Reduced rate: 7€ (ticket coupled with la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution).

Jardin des Plantes / Grande Galerie de l’Evolution
36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 79 54 79

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Brunch at Le Réservoir!

Paris, capital of brunch? If you like to have brunch, you will love Le Réservoir. In an unusual setting made of bric-a-brac decorations, you will enjoy pancakes and scrambled eggs in front of a very lively stage. Groovy or jazzy tunes, DJ sets, well-known or upcoming artists, open your eyes and your taste buds, and live one of your best weekends in Paris! Open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 pm on, and late into the night. Brunch Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Le Réservoir
16, rue de la Forge Royale
75011
Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 56 39 60

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Salon Marjolaine 2012

Welcome to the biggest and oldest organic market in France! Salon Marjolaine (the Marjolaine Festival) is back at Parc Floral de Paris, a unique opportunity to meet passionate producers, discover new ethical products, and taste organic foods. For this its 37th year, 550 exhibitors are present, representing various sectors from environmental protection to sustainable production and consumption, and more. Stroll through the corridors to discover the many booths of the Salon:  gourmet and creative recipes, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free diets, focusing this year on cereals and grains. Lectures, films and workshops are also offered, in an all natural and friendly atmosphere.

 

Photo credit: © www.salon-marjolaine.com

For a detailed program of the lectures, please visit the Festival’s webiste.

Salon Marjolaine, from November 2nd to November 9, 2012 at Parc Floral de Paris.
contact@salon-marjolaine.com
Open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm, and until 9:00 pm on Friday night, November 9, 2012.
Full rate: 8€ (booths, lectures and workshops) / Reduced rate: 6€ / Free for children under 12.

Parc Floral
Route du Champ de Manœuvre
75012 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 49 57 24 84

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Sleep like a baby!

No more sour faces in the morning. From now on, you will look refreshed and relaxed thanks to NightCove by Zyken! This unique and innovative product, designed by Patrick Jouin, offers quality sleep from the first use.  Hotel Mareuil is dedicated to everything that is relaxation and well-being, and this innovation caught our attention. That is why we have decided to put one in each bedroom!

How does it work?
NightCove plays lights and sounds programs that stimulate the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, thus improving sleep quality.  Morning programs are stimulating whereas night programs are soothing and relaxing.  Furthermore, the stylish design will complement any bedside table. There is also a special program for those who simply wish to nap.  NightCove?  Come and test it at our hotel as soon as we open!

Retail price: 1,180€.

Zyken
To purchase NightCove http://shop.zyken.com/
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The «Par Nature» exhibit at no. 104

How do I view nature? That is the question that the artists who made the monumental works shown at the «Par Nature» exhibit had to ask themselves. Come along to journey among organic creations full of originality. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Moataz Nasr, Hema Upadhyay, Zimoun, Gu Dexin, Christophe Beauregard and Joana Vasconcelos present their contemporary vision through this unique promenade.

“This space in between you and me” par Hema Upadhyay – Photo credit: © exponaute.com

 

Par Du Gexin – Photo credit: © exponaute.com

One thing is for sure, this exhibit is attractive «by nature»!

Please note: Joana Vasconcelos’s work is not yet exposed and will be presented to the public starting this November.

The «Par Nature» exhibition, until March 17, 2013, at no. 104.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm during school breaks.
Open to groups upon reservation.
Full rate: 7€ / reduced rate: 4€ / member rate: 2€.

Le 104 – «CentQuatre» 
104, rue d’Aubervilliers
75019 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 53 35 50 01
contact@104.fr

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Artisan Nature: naturally organic

If you don’t like beer or alcohol in general, you are going to love this uniquely natural Paris bar. Here, one can try homemade organic flower waters, made from seven different varieties (rose, lavender from Provence, etc…). Artisan Nature also offers a boutique area with 33 kinds of plant or essential oils, cosmetics, aromatherapy items, and many more artisan made products. You will enjoy this unique address, whether you live the organic lifestyle or not.

Photo credit: qype.fr

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Artisan Nature
123, rue Saint-Maur
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 38 50 03

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Interested in a Parisian weekend ? Naturally !

Willing to go for a #NaturallyParisian weekend for two at the Mareuil Hotel? Enter our contest and show up your artistic side !

It’s easy to enter : take a picture that represents the “Naturally Parisian” theme, with your camera, your smartphone or whatever you want, and publish it on Twitter, adding a few verses. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #Mareuil so that the jury can list it. Please notice that your sentence + your picture link must be less than 140 characters!

The jury progressively approves the participations that fully comply the rules. They will be published in Facebook and Pinterest albums made by Hotel Mareuil. The creation obtaining the highest score will be the winner of the competition. The score is equal to the cumulative number of the “like” mentions and number of “share” and “repin” that a creation gets. Tell your family, friends, fans, followers, neighbors, geek grandma… to participate ! The contest will be over by the end of winter. A new weekend will be given away every season. Good luck!

Parc de la Villette: a children’s paradise

For those who do not know it, Parc de la Villette is the largest ecologically responsible green space in Paris. But that is not all, it is also an ideal venue for children to learn and grow : educational activities, games, and fun workshops will entertain them to no end !

Photo credit: © www.club-innovation-culture.fr

At l’atelier du bon pain (the bread workshop), children from 3 to 6 will discover the world of the bakery. For a small admission fee, they will learn more about grains and cereals, make their own bread and decorate it to their liking with sesame, sunflower or poppy seeds. The event is all songs and narration with La Petite Poule Rousse.

Photo credit: © Sophie Pécresse

«L’atelier du bon pain» 
Next date: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm. Duration: 90 minutes.
Full admission price: 8 euros / for Carte Villette holders: 5 euros.
Please note: parents who are accompanying their children do not need to buy a tocket.
For reservations, please call +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75 or contact collectivites@villette.com

Parc de la Villette also offers numerous theme gardens (the Garden of Shadows, the Garden of the Dragon…) and unusual spots (the Sonorous Cylinder). The Jardin du Dragon (Garden of the Dragon) is a game area in the shape of an 80 meter-long dragon, with a giant slide! The metallic strucure is a very original play universe, where children will make lots of new friends.

Photo credit: © A. Legrain

After trying it out once, your little one will be chomping at the bit to go back!

Parc de la Villette
211, Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
Open all year, free admission to the park (activities require an admission fee).

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Thirst for Paris!

Through March 2, 2013 you can participate in a natural and refreshing Paris event called A voir – A boire (to see – to drink). At this exhibit of the Pavillon de l’eau you will dicover the most beautiful fountains of Paris, veritable treasures that are sometimes hidden from our eyes. It’s now or never to see the city from a different perspective. In addition, Eau de Paris has prepared a number of activities: showings of documentaries and films, even cartoons that are sure to please the little ones, on the theme of water. But that’s not all! Children may participate in educational and fun workshops on the history of water fountains and water towers. Would you care for another glass of culture?

Discover the entire program here. 

Photo credit: © eaudeparis.fr

Photo credit : Passants s’abreuvant à une fontaine Wallace, à Paris, lors d’une vague de chaleur, june 1914.
© Maurice-Louis Branger / Roger-Viollet

Open every day (except Sundays and holidays) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pavillon de l’eau
77, Avenue de Versailles
75016 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 24 54 02

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The exciting universe of Diptyque

To go into one of the Diptyque boutiques in Paris is to enter an inviting world filled with perfumes.  The brand originally specialized in decorative objects, but is now famous for its unique scented candles.

Photo credit: © www.diptyqueparis.fr

Diptyque never ceases to amaze us, this season with a very originally shaped fragrance diffuser. It is shaped like an hourglass: to start the process, just turn it upside down. The perfume will be diffused for about 20 minutes, without any battery or source of energy. Simply fascinating!

You will love its simple design, its autonomy and ease of use.

Photo credit: © www.pleasureblog.net

For only 110 euros (38 euros a refill), the hourglass diffuser is a natural must-have, isn’t it?

Open Sunday and Monday from noon to 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Diptyque Paris
8, rue des Francs Bourgeois,
75003 Paris
France
T.: + 33 (0)1 48 04 95 57

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A naturally mouth-watering exhibit!

Hotel Mareuil loves vegetables. When we heard about the photo exhibit «Des légumes et des hommes» (vegetables and men), we just had to share it with you!

90 well-known people (including Alain Passard and Alain Baraton) decided to take part in the adventure and pose with vegetables for photographer Joëlle Dollé. The result is highly original, the pictures fun, and the whole event brings a happy touch to the traditional photo exhibit. Relive this enjoyable moment by buying the eponymous book (25 euros, Editions du Chêne).

Photo credit: Jean-Claude Opec – Poireau monstrueux d’Elbeuf © Joëlle Dollé

Photo credit: François Couplan – Cynorrhodons © Joëlle Dollé

«Des légumes et des hommes» exhibit («Vegetables and Men»)
by Joëlle Dollé. Open every day until December 31, 2012 – from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Chai de Bercy / Parc de Bercy
41, rue Paul Belmondo
75012 Paris
France

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Nuit blanche (Sleepless Night) is back!

You will be blown away by all the images and sound of the new edition of Nuit Blanche. The center of Paris and the banks of the Seine will offer all sorts of exhibits and animations. About one hundred locations will present enchanting spectacles, two of which have especially caught our attention.

Photo credit: © NuitBlanche.Paris.fr

At the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, from 9 pm to 10 :30 pm, a film will be shown on nine giant screens arranged in a semi-circle. The movie will present 3D renditions of the Cathedral, a new approach to this historical monument. Immediately following will be the visual opera «Réjouis-toi Marie» (Rejoice Mary). The event is completely free of charge of course!

Cathédrale Notre Dame De Paris
6, Place du Parvis Notre-Dame
75004 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 34 56 10

Photo credit: © cathedrale.gothique.free.fr

For the night owls among you, from 7 pm to 4 am, Bubble Your Life will be presented at Archives Nationales at Hotel Soubise in the 3rd arrondissement. You will be plunged into a symphony of bubbles with an elegant light show. This very playful event will bring you back to the days of your childhood.

Archives Nationales / Bubble Your Life
60, rue Des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris
France

This event will illuminate your night for sure! For more information about the program, go to the website or visit one of the Mairies of Paris.

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A collection that will fit you like a glove!

The new collection from l’Artisan Parfumeur is here! Since yesterday, Collection de Grasse has arrived in boutiques. It includes 2 candles named L’Automne (Autumn) and L’Hiver (Winter), and also a new product that will attract fashion-lovers: Mûre et Musc Extrême scented gloves, made out of supple lamb leather, perfect for keeping your hands warm. Take this opportunity to show off in the cool autumn air.

Click here for a video about the making of the gloves.

100 pieces of gloves were made, 320€.

Photo credit: © ArtisanParfumeur.com

L’Artisan Parfumeur 
34, rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003
Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 77 80 28

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What about a glass of mojito?

Evenings with friends in traditional bars are becoming boring? The Mareuil Hotel knows a new kind of bar in which you will have stars in the eyes and on the tongue. Let’s go to Bastille, at the Bacardi Mojito Lab, Laurent Greco will leave you fascinated by his surprising mojitos, they’re real masterpieces. You will be able to taste a melon, strawberry or even coca-cola flavored mojito in a very intimate and vegetal decor with fluorescent green and black colors. We bet you want to taste!

Photo credit : Loran Dherines

In addition, if you’ve been charmed by Laurent’s talent, you will able to buy accessories and ingredients at the “Mojito Market“. And, in case of failure, we recommend you sign up to the “Mojito School” (open everyday, except on Wednesday), you will learn how to make the perfect cocktail!

Photo credit : Loran Dherines

Photo credit: Loran Dherines

Bacardi Mojito Lab
28, rue Keller
75011 Paris
France
T. : +33.(0)1.75.77.23.95
info@mojitolab.com

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Barbershop: the afterwork lounge

Have you spent the day visiting the capital? Or have you spent this long and exhausting day working hard? Come and relax in one of the comfortable leather armchairs from the Barbershop in the evening! This traditional cuisine restaurant is the perfect place to have a good time drinking cocktails at the bar or simply having dinner with friends. Good music, good cuisine and a very relaxing atmosphere are waiting for you. Enjoy the terrace in the summer and during winter (it’s heated!) and concerts on the weekends, numerous DJs come here to play. Moreover, on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 3pm, brunches (21 euros on average) are organized, English meal, American meal… You choose! We warn you, you’re going to be addicted to the Barbershop!

Opening hours: from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 2am, from 11am to 2am on Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Barbershop Paris
68, avenue de La Republique
75011 Paris
France
contact@barbershop.com

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Fill up on culture at Gaîté Lyrique!

Welcome to Gaîté Lyrique!  Located in the heart of Paris, close to the Marais and République quarters, this unique venue is all about digital cultures and music.

© Manuelle Gautrand Architecture – Photo: Vincent Fillon

The space is huge, with its 11000 square meters entirely dedicated to creation, digital arts, and music… and can host 1400 visitors.  Gaîté Lyrique offers concerts, workshops, seminars, lectures, visits and exhibits about music, cinema, theater, dance, design, architecture, web, games, fashion and more!

© Manuelle Gautrand Architecture – Photo: Vincent Fillon

Discover the whole program here.
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Open at night on Tuesdays until 10:00 pm.

La Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis, rue Papin
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 53 01 52 00
Reservation: +33 (0)1 53 01 51 51
reservations@gaite-lyrique.net

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Be unique!

Dear female readers: aren’t you tired of traditional stuff? Don’t you want to be unique for once? Cailles de Luxe is exactly the boutique you’re going to love. There are costume jewels, they are fun and vintage at the same time. Morganne and Marion, the designer,  decided to create their company at the end of their studies. They sell their own  creations and also creations from other artists (such as Elsako, Charlotte Sometime, OC Paris, …). In addition, the boutique is also an exhibition place with modern art. If you’re interested in having different and unique jewellery, and in discovering an offbeat universe, come at the 15 rue Keller in Paris!

Long necklace GEANT  69 euros – Photo credit: © Nikola Krtolica

Open tuesday to saturday, from 11am to 8pm.

Cailles de Luxe
15, rue Keller
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)9 53 02 65 22
contact@caillesdeluxe.com

Discovering the French heritage!

The big cultural event of the year is back. A lot of culture and a lot of History are planned on September 15th and 16th 2012 for the European Heritage Days. The Mareuil Blog made a short selection of places to visit for the weekend to come near the hotel!

1/ The Théâtre Déjazet
On Sunday at 11am, come at the theater you’ll be welcome by the director himself. Then, Benoit Pastisson will guide you through the place, talkin about the decor and the architecture, followed by Dominique Delord, whom will tell you more about the 19th Century artists.

Photo credit: © Blog de Serge Roullet

Théâtre Déjazet
41, boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris
France
theatredejazet@yahoo.fr

hv10@club-internet.fr

Guided visit on Sunday at 11am

2/ La Maison des Métallos
In the heart of the Ménilmontant-Oberkampf area, this place has a social and factory work background which is 2 centuries old. It is now dedicated to art and there’s a café where we can see concerts and assist to readings. You will be able to follow guided visits made by a comedian (Antoine Romana) who will bring you to the undergrounds, to the showroom, to the technical zone and more! You will also see an exhibition of photographs about this metallurgy house’s past.

Photo credit: © Ufm-Idf 

Maison Des Métallos
94, rue Jean-Pierre-Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 48 05 88 27
info@maisondesmetallos.org

Guided visits at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on saturday and sunday.
reservation@maisondesmetallos.org

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All crazy about empanadas!

Empanadas, little turnovers stuffed with meat, fish, or vegetables, have become the new trend! In Paris, close to Hotel Mareuil, you will find the best empanadas at the Argentinian restaurant Clasico Argentino. Whether you eat them at the restaurant or as take-out, you will enjoy them in one bite. For dessert, why not try homemade ice-cream, delicious in any season. For all you food lovers out there!

Open 7 days a week, from noon to 3:00 pm, and from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Dine in or carry out.

Clasico Argentino
217, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 56 06 95 14

2nd Parisian address: 56, rue de Saintonge – 75003 Paris – T.: +33 (0)1 44 61 00 56
Open from noon to 11 :00 pm.

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The XX concert in France!

Next September 6th, the XX will be playing in Paris for the one and only time. After playing in St-Malo this summer within the Festival de la Route du Rock, here we have them again for a concert at the Cirque d´Hiver. The trio from London, formed by Romy Madley Croft (voice and guitar), Oliver Sim (voice and bass) and Jamie Smith (synthesizers) is causing commotion right now. Their new album Coexist will be out September 10th 2012. Their new single Angels has been out for several weeks. To listen urgently!


Photo credit: © madereacores.blogspot.fr

Attention! The concert is sold-out. But don’t be sad, you can always buy Coexist when it comes out. 

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
paule.admin@cirquedhiver.com

 

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Tribute to Cesaria Evota

The Ile de France festival that will take place on September 28th and 20th 2012, planned a beautiful homage to Cesaria Evora. We used to call her “The barefoot diva”, she was a true icon of Cap Vert. Her rasping voice stood up amongst thousands. Numerous artists will be present paying her a tribute on stage at Cirque d´Hiver. Bonga, Angélique Kidjo, Teofilo Chantre, Camané, and the chorus singers and musicians of Cesaria Evora will retake the mornas and coladeiras repertory. Keep your tissues nearby, you’ll need them!


Photo credit: © madereacores.blogspot.fr

Homage to Cesaria Evora
Friday 28 and Saturday 29of September at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday September 30th at 4:30 p.m.
Rates: from 13 to 26€.

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
paule.admin@cirquedhiver.com

Festival d’Ile de France
51, rue Sainte-Anne
75002 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 58 71 01 10

 

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Père Lachaise: discover an unusual park in Paris!

Located in the East of Paris, in the 20th arrondissement, parc du Père Lachaise is one of the largest in the capital, and definitely one of the most unusual. Its 5300 trees over 44 hectares could almost make you forget that you are in the middle of a cemetery! Designed by architect Alexandre Théodore Brongniart in May 1804, this green space inside the city of Paris welcomes you every day for a relaxing yet exciting stroll. Access is easy by metro (Père Lachaise station on lines 2 and 3). Will you give it a try? Take advantage of the summer weather!

Summer hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Winter hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturdays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Photo credit: Galerie photos Flickr de Gelinh

Jardin naturel du Père Lachaise
16, rue du Repos
75020 Paris
France

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L’International: aperitif and concert!

Open since 2008, l’International is neither a bar nor a concert hall.  This unusual place is a well-designed mix of the two, where you can have a drink, listen to music, and enjoy company.  Nestled at the heart of the Oberkampf quarter, l’International offers happy hours before 9 :00 pm in a friendly atmosphere.  On the floor below, it is a completely different style, with three different concerts every evening.  Musical styles include pop, rock, folk, or electro, and are sure to please any music lover!

Photo credit: Metrofrance.com

L’International
5-7, rue Moret
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 49 29 76 45

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Bling!

Long considered a little girl’s accessory, the hair band has now become a must have fashion accessory. Creator Valérie Valentine has elevated it to a luxury item with her designs. Embellished with leathers (lizard, python and ostrich), Swarovski rhinstones, or glitter, these hair bands are perfect for any outing. They will transform your attitude as you desire, stylish young woman, glamorous, even sexy! What is the hair band of your dreams?

Open Tuesday through Satruday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Valérie Valentine
2, rue du Pas de la Mule
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 44 61 41 02

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On the waterways of Paris It is well known

Paris is the capital of love and romance. If you are not yet convinced, then take a trip on a barge on the waters of Canal St-Martin. The outing takes you from Bastille to la Villette. On the way you will discover the locks, and the atmosphere of Hotel du Nord immortalized in film by the French actress Arletty. In the shade of century old trees the barge passes under elegant footbridges. On the banks you may see fishermen, pétanque players and couples on a stroll. At the end of your trip you will disembark at la Villette. It is up to you to discover the Cité des Sciences or the Cité de la Musique! To learn more about the cruises of Paris Canal: www.pariscanal.com

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The Mandatory Stop of the 11th District

One of the most popular restaurants of the moment: Au Passage, is located in the Oberkampf area, at passage Saint-Sébastien. This new generation bistro offers a simple and tasty cuisine mostly of giblets, fish, and seasonal products. Cooked by the young rising Australian Chef , James Edouard Henry, this food is to be sampled with a glass of wine, amongst friends, in a very typical Parisian friendly atmosphere. We also appreciate the setting, vintage with its yesteryear tiling and its secondhand-style furniture. This place will quickly become a mandatory stop while staying in the Mareuil Hotel!

Photo credit: GP

Photo credit: GP

Au Passage
1 bis, passage Saint-Sébastien
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 55 07 52
Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, only dinner at Saturdays, closed on Sundays.

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La Comédie République

Ideally situated on Place de la République, among numerous bars and restaurants to begin or end your evening, the Théâtre de la Comédie République is THE place for comedy lovers. Some of its successful runs include “Ma soeur est un boulet” (My sister is a ball and chain), and La Guerre des Sexes (the war of the sexes). The theater seats 200 in its typical red velvet seats. A fantastic venue to discover! Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 pm, Saturdays from 4:00 to 11:00 pm, and Sundays from 4:00 to 7:30 pm.

Photo credit: Pariswebtvquartier.fr

Théâtre de la Comédie République
1, Boulevard Saint-Martin
75003 Paris France
T.: +33(0)1 40 29 03 02

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Everyone to the Paris beach: Paris Plages!

This year, Paris Plages comes back for its 11th consecutive summer. Between Tuileries and Pont d’Arcole, on the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville, you will be able to enjoy all kinds of summer activities: mountain bike trails, canoeing and rowing, climbing wall, and floating swimming pools. Tired? Then just sit and relax on the lounge chairs in the shade of the palm trees. It’s just like being at the beach, with river boats too!

Photo credit: © MAIRIE DE PARIS

Paris Plages runs from July 20 to August 19, 2012, from 8:00 am to midnight.

Photo credit: © MAIRIE DE PARIS

Photo credit: © MAIRIE DE PARIS

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Port de l’Arsenal, Bastille: a secret spot to discover

Paris is full of secret places. In the Bastille area, in one of the liveliest parts of the capital city, Port de l’Arsenal lies hidden, surrounded by its 1 hectare rose and pergola gardens. The port links Canal St-Martin to the Seine river. Its unique setting is perfect for couples on a stroll, or a family outing. Originally used as a freight port, it now harbors 25-meter long recreational boats, with 170 to 180 berths available. You might feel like casting off!

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Port de l’Arsenal Bastille
11, Boulevard de la Bastille
75012 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 41 39 32

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This summer, picnic in Paris!

Summer is the season to lounge on the lawns of Paris. Hotel Mareuil has compiled a list of the best picnic spots for your enjoyment, so that you can be there when the sun comes out. Located in the 19th arrondissement, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is a must. With its waterfalls, caves and beautiful fountains of drinking water, it is a unique and enjoyable setting. Just a few steps away, Parc de la Villette welcomes you. It is famous for its great feeling of space, with its 55 hectares and 2750 trees. In the Bastille area, the unexpected Port de Plaisance de l’Arsenal offers a quiet, 100% zen lunch break. Do you like flowers? Then head over to Square Maurice Gardette, and eat surrounded by hollyhocks and asters. But our favorite spot remains the shores of Canal St Martin. Just steps away from Hotel Mareuil, it is the easiest way to escape the city, take advantage of the sun, and meet street artists. It’s time to get out your picnic blankets!

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
1, rue Botzaris – 75019 Paris – France
Open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès – 75019 Paris – France
Open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Photo credit: Fréderic Phan

Port Plaisance de l’Arsenal Bastille
11, Boulevard de la Bastille – 75012 Paris – France
Open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Photo credit: Jean-Louis Zimmermann

Square Maurice Gardette
2, rue du Général Blaise – 75011 Paris – France
Open from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Photo credit: Doctissimo

Canal St-Martin

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French saveurs in the heart of Paris

Just steps away from Hotel Mareuil, Le Petit Bleu will delight all food-lovers. Located in the 11th arrondissement, this boutique started as a simple wine store, and has now become an full-fledged grocery store, offering authentic regional specialties and renowned French brand names, including foies gras and pâtés by Castaing, milk jams and candied lemons by Domaine du Soleil Couchant, and teas by Mariage Frères. You will also find a few decorative objects, and scented candles by La Française or Lothantique. Le Petit Bleu is a lovely shop, full of wonderful authentic French products, perfect for your own enjoyment or as gifts to delight your loved ones!

Open Mondays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Le Petit Bleu
21, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 90 73
lepetitbleu@noos.fr

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Flower Lovers

In a tiny little street at the heart of Bastille, you will fall in love with the boutique des Fleurs. In this treasure trove for girls, you will discover retro style mini-purses, cupcake shaped lip balm and all kinds of yummy treasures. Your credit card will not resist! Far from being a knick-knack shop, Les Fleurs works mostly with independent designers and creators. Here you will find jewelry by Cécile Cohen, baby bibs by Ma Mamie hippie, pouches by Mauricette, and humoristic badges by Mam’zelle Moutarde. Can you possibly resist?


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Photo credit: Little Style Box

Open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 7:30 pm.

Les Fleurs
6, passage Josset
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 55 12 94

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Welcome to the home of Victor Hugo

The entire world knows Victor Hugo and his masterpiece Les Misérables, published in 1862. In order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this monumental piece of French literature, Hotel Mareuil invites you to discover the author’s home. An exhibit dedicated to the book runs through September 30, 2012.

Your visit to the House of Victor Hugo will happen in two stages. You will first go through the temporary exhibits of the second floor, then visit the writer’s apartment, where his drawings, paintings, prints and furniture give you a glimpse of his life. Follow the guide!

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Free admission for the Collections. 5€ for the temporary exhibits.

Maison de Victor Hugo
6, Place des Vosges
75004 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 72 10 16
maisonsvictorhugo@mairie-paris.fr

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Bicycling on Canal Saint-Martin!

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Vélib’ this coming Sunday, July 15, Hotel Mareuil suggests a bicycle tour around Canal Saint-Martin. Discover the swing bridges and locks at your own pace. For a little break, stop by one of the many bistrots along the shore. Entertainment is always available along the ride, with street artists, singers, and acrobats. Jardin Villemin is the spot of choice for a picnic, a bit a shade, or a game of pétanque! For a taste of French « dolce vita », be sure to visit the Canal St-Martin area.

Are you a tourist in Paris? Would you like to rent a vélib’? Reserve your bicycle for 1 to 7 days, according to the length of your stay!

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This summer, La Villette celebrates cinema!

You love watching movies, but would rather take advantage of the beautiful summer weather instead of staying in? Hotel Mareuil has the perfect solution for you! From July 25 to August 26, 2012, Parc de la Villette brings you classic films: Good Bye Lenin, Potiche with Catherine Deneuve, or Alice in Wonderland… outdoors! Every Friday, a short is played before the feature film. Lights, camera, action!

Cinema en plein air de la Villette – outdoor film festival of La Villette from July 25 to August 26, 2012, Wednesdays through Sundays at nightfall. Free admission.


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Parc de la Villette
211, Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75

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Septime at your service

Named after Monsieur Septime, the dedicated restaurant owner played by Louis de Funès in «Le Grand Restaurant», the Septime restaurant has become famous through word-of-mouth, and is now one of the most sought after in Paris. Chef Bertrand Grébaut, previously at Agapé, offers original and masterful dishes: Pigeon aux choux (pigeon and cabbage), Foie gras au bouillon de légumes (foie gras and vegetable broth), sorbet mandarine-orange accompagné d’une crème de petit suisse à la vanille (tangerine-orange sorbet with vanilla-petit suisse cream)… A meal at Septime’s is a delight for your taste buds and will leave you completely satisfied.

Open Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 2 pm, and from 8 to 10:30 pm.

Septime
80, rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
France.
T.: +33 (0)1 43 67 38 29

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Antoine et Lili : a colorful bric-a-brac

If you are looking for a somewhat wild boutique near Canal Saint-Martin, then Antoine et Lili is your destination! The shop will delight fashion lovers with its originality and light-heartedness! A unique color-coded setup will help you find your style : pink for relaxed chic, green for floral compositions. This trendy boutique is definitely worth a visit, so come in and enjoy the colorful bric-a-brac !

Open daily : Sunday and Monday from 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Antoine et Lili
95, quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 37 58 14

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L’Alhambra: the scene for all types of music

Do you wish to go to a concert in a mythic Parisian hall? Quickly head to the Alhambra! Formerly located at rue de Malte in the 11th district in Paris, this place stands out for being “the hall for all types of music”. This is why, it’s not weird to see Hip Hop, rock or jazz and accordion concerts! The Alhambra even welcomes theater plays and humoristic shows like it does at the moment with the Count of Bouderbala. In the music-hall tradition, the cultural space of 800 seats is formed of stalls and a balcony that allows the audience to sit or not during the show, depending on the artist or the ambiance. Get yourself there!


Photo credit: ©DR – Alhambra

L’Alhambra
21, rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 40 20 40 25

Photo credit: ©DR – Alhambra

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Have the bon-ton!

Just like celebrities, be classy and adopt the great taste of the kid’s collection from the brand Bonton. Clothing, furniture, toys and even, household linen, you’ll find wonders in this inescapable boutique of the Marais. In the ground floor, you’ll discover a retro photo booth, a pastry space, but also the vintage line Papillon. On the spot, your kid can have a haircut at the salon! In the first floor, the atmosphere is less tumultuous, you’re in the baby area where the sales assistants will give you advice from style to childcare. At Bonton, we know how to mix shopping and entertainment (it’s all about knowing how to make your little cherubs wait!). A boutique that turns into a lifestyle, offering workshops (cooking classes), Wednesdays afternoon. Oh the dream!

Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bonton
5, boulevard des Filles du Calvaire
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33(0)1 42 72 24 33

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Walking around Parisian markets

If you like French gastronomy and fresh products, the Mareuil Hotel has found for you, of course, two key Parisian addresses where it’s so nice to shop for your groceries! Here’s a little tour.

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Marché Richard-Lenoir
Located two steps away from la Bastille in the heart of the 11th district, the Marché Richard-Lenoir is one of the most lively of Paris, but also one of the tourists´ favorite for its authenticity. You’ll choose your products within the 115 vendors that you can find there, allowing you to provide yourself on local products at the market gardener, the poulterer, the butcher and the cheese merchant. Between two alleys, you can even do a little shopping of traditional objects made in India, China or Africa.

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Marché d’Aligre
Popular, the Marché d´Aligre is also almost permanent, being open from Tuesday to Sunday. There we find the organic bakery Moisan, to taste a real good Parisian baguette, but also… a second hand market to hunt for vintage pieces! After patiently admiring the different stalls, head to the mythic wine bar, Le Baron Rouge, to treat yourself with a relaxing culinary break.

If you also have the soul of an epicurean, these two addresses are made for you!


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Marché Richard Lenoir
Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, between the rues Amelot and Saint-Sabin
Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marché Aligre
It extends on the rue and place d´Aligre between Faubourg Saint- Antoine in the north and the rue de Charenton in the south.
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., all day long on Saturdays, until 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Le Baron Rouge
1, rue Théophile Roussel
75012 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 43 14 32
Open everyday even Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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A square full of history

Le Marais, a fashion and art gallery playground, is also home to a historic square where Parisians love to randomly meet. The Square du Temple, its name, was designed in 1865 by Alphand. It has this particular British style, with the alleys snaking around the grass and the flower massifs. It has an artificial cascade, in which the stones come from the forest of Fontainebleau, where it’s nice to freshen up during the hot days. This garden was home from 1792 to 1808 to the famous “Prison du Temple”, where Louis XVI and his dauphin son Louis XVII where imprisoned. The vestiges were destroyed, leaving place to the square just as it is today.

Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m.

Square du Temple
Rue du Temple
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 48 87 19 15

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This year, la Fête de la Musique celebrates Pop!

It takes all kinds to make a world. This June 21st, day of summer, join Parisians in the streets of the capital to celebrate music like it should be done! This 31st edition celebrates Pop music, through the Beatles´ classics, or the soundtracks of mythic movies like James Bond or West Side Story. You don’t care for Pop? Don’t panic! This unique of its kind soiree is also in for celebrating all music styles, from electro to gospel, passing through classic or rap! You can listen live the bands Bloc Party or No sex in the fuckin´, just to name a few. La Fête de la Musique, is also a major opportunity to see your favorite stars in the flesh and bones!

La Fête de la Musique will take place June 21st 2012 everywhere in France.

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Farida: the boudoir of Le Marais

Are you looking for a trendy, intimate and glamorous boutique? At Farida´s, you enter a store with a hushed atmosphere, with its thick carpet and retro fabrics. Opened in 2008 in the area of Haut Marais, the boudoir boutique of Farida Senuci gathers numerous designers such as Robert Normand, Vivienne Westwood, and even Mont St Michel. In the cozy interior, you’ll try the clothing in a fitting room with the shape of a birdcage, made by the Atelier Devineau, the one in change of the Chanel shows. A place where you’ll feel right in your dressing room!

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Farida
61, rue Charlot
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33(0)1.42.78.71.09
faridafarida@orange.fr

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La Galerie Végétale: naturally Parisian!

As you stroll along Canal Saint-Martin, enjoy a 100% green break at the Galerie Végétale.  Nestled in an old woodworking shop, this unique art gallery is entirely dedicated to plants and nature!  Beyond a traditional florist, the gallery transcends time and invites you into its magic.  Whether you are looking for a simple bouquet or looking to redecorate, Galerie Végétale offers decorative objects, furniture, and more, always ecologically friendly and zen.  Galerie Végétale is naturally Parisian!

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m.

La Galerie Végétale
29, rue des Vinaigriers
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)9 54 32 19 68
lagalerievegetale@gmail.com

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Astier: an authentic Parisian bistro

Are you looking for a good Parisian bistrot in the Ménilmontant area? Then Bistrot Astier it is!  In a friendly and popular atmosphere, regulars mingle with tourists and artists in search of authenticity.  Chef Christophe Kestler prepares genuine French cuisine. Lapin à la moutarde, Foie de veau poêlé aux raisins, or Confit de canard aux champignons are some of the mouthwatering dishes on the menu, dedicated to French gourmand tradition.  For a good wine, ask Robert Henry.  His experience with Palace Le Bristol and Grand Véfour assures you the best selection.  Bistrot Astier is a definite must!

Bistrot Astier

44, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud

75011 Paris

France

T.: +33 (0)1 43 57 16 35

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Aïda at Château de Vincennes

Have you always been passionate about the time of Pharaohs? Head to Château de Vincennes to discover the fabulous opera Aïda. On the occasion of 10th anniversary of the open-air Festival des Opéras, Elie Chouraqui (The Ten Commandments) is in charge of the production of this emblematic play. The audience is this way plunged into a love plot between an Ethiopian slave, Aïda, and an Egyptian officer, Radamès. This is a complicated love story due to the armed conflict between their people. How is it going to survive? In order to find out, you’ll have to quickly book your tickets!

Aïda, Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 of June at 9 p.m.
Rate: from 39 to 79€.

Château de Vincennes
1, avenue de Paris
94300 Vincennes
France

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Al Taglio: Italy´s flavors

Often enough, do you have your eyes bigger than your belly, and you don’t finish the pizza you just ordered at the restaurant? The Mareuil has the solution: eat you pizza Italian-style, that is, by piece! At Al Taglio, the specialist in the area, we sample pizzas with marked and sunny flavors, in an urban atmosphere. As a bonus, you can also discover many recipes, by choosing a Margarita piece, then a Truffle second one! Here, everything’s possible, and the gourmands ones are already drooling…

Open everyday, non-stop, from noon to 11 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)

Restaurant Al Taglio
2 bis, rue Neuve Popincourt
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 38 12 00

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From the radio to the museum

It’s been more than 90 years since radio broadcasting was born in France. To celebrate the importance and the place of Radio amongst the French, the Musée des arts et métiers is dedicating an unseen retrospective to the history of this media, but also to its listeners and mythic stars. From technicians to program planers, from directors to the big voices that marked the frequency, this exhibition is a pretty testimony of almost a hundred years of events, joys and sorrows of our society. To discover with your ears wide open!

Exhibition “Radio, ouvrez grand vos Oreilles”, until September 2nd 2012 at the Musée des arts et métiers.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays at night until 9: 30 p.m.
Full rate: 5,50€ / Reduced rate: 3,50€.

Musée des arts et métiers
60, rue Réaumur
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 53 01 82 00

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Mum and Babe: paradise for moms

After the arrival of your baby, you don’t have one minute for yourself? Mum & Babe is the solution to your problems! This hair salon and beauty institute watches your little ones (from new-born babies to bigger ones) by offering workshops, while you take care of yourself. Phew, conversations with other moms are not only about your children, but can also be real girl talks! For the worriers, know that you can take a peek to your offspring thanks to the glass opening that separates you and their play area. There’s not a reason to hesitate!

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9: 30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Mum & Babe
3, rue Keller
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 38 83 55
contact@mumandbabe.fr

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Paris, the capital of vintage

Paris has nothing to envy Milan or New York fashion-wise. The proof, the 11th district is full of fashion boutiques, amongst them Le Corner des Créateurs. Thanks to two enthusiasts, this girly boutique offers jewelry, clothing and vintage leather goods, made by young French and foreign designers. There we particularly find the pieces that will be a trend tomorrow, without forgetting almost unknown brands from the hexagonal country, like Tatty Devine. Let yourself be tempted by this poetic universe and by the air, that your wardrobe will get transforming into the most IN wardrobe of Paris!

Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed on Sundays

Le Corner des Créateurs
24, rue de lappe
75011 Paris
France
createurs@lecorner.fr

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Discover the flowery pathways of Oberkampf!

You think that Paris and its most frequented areas don’t have any treasures, you’re wrong! The area of Oberkampf, besides its trendy bars and restaurants, offers you the chance of admiring little corners of paradise.


Photo Credit: Beegirl


Photo Credit: Beegirl

The flowery pathways of the Parisian East
The 11th district is home to a few surprises that only the adventurous ones will be able to unveil… By strolling around the area, you’ll inevitably stumble upon one of the flowery pathways that the Parisian East has. By crossing them, you’ll leave behind an urban and noisy world, to discover a zen universe, a true haven where you can find numerous ateliers. In the Cité du Figuier (104-106, rue Oberkampf), you must co-exist with cats lying under the sun and a luxurious vegetation to say the least. A few steps away, you’ll discover Cité Durmar (154, rue Oberkampf), where the sidewalks will take you back to old Paris. A relaxing and different kind of trip to make without waiting any longer!


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The mythical Café Charbon

Created over a century ago, the Café Charbon is without a doubt the institution of the Parisian East, and most precisely of the 11th district. We gather amongst friends to drink coffee early in the morning, sip a cocktail at the end of the day, or simply for snacking. With its Second Empire décor, it gives off a warm and friendly atmosphere, auspicious to do some bonding. Impossible to resist to its woodworks, typical of Parisian bistros, to its period mosaic floors, and even to its bar counter, one of the longest of the capital! The place is also richly brightened up by objects worthy of an organized curiosity shop. On Sundays, we come here to brunch between friends before heading out to discover Paris!

Café Charbon
109, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T : +33 (0)1 43 57 55 13
contact@lecafecharbon.com

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Cyril Lignac is now in the pastry world

While he’s from one TV project to another, the favorite Chef of the french, Cyril Lignac, also found the time to open his first pastry shop in the heart of the 11th district in Paris, in front of his bistro, the famous Chardenoux. With the help of the Pastry Chef Benoit Couvrand, he revisits great classics and perfumes his madeleines with pistachio, and his éclairs with salted butter caramel. There’s no need to clarify that these are delicacies of which one must take only a bite!

Open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

La Pâtisserie by Cyril Lignac
24, rue Paul Bert
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 43 72 74 88

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Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

It’s a known fact, the Marais has the reputation of having a neighborhood life worthy of a little town in France. Inhabitants there have their habits, and meet every weekend at the Marché des Enfants Rouges. It owns its name (The exact translation would be: Market of the red children) to the orphanage that was there before, and where the boarders wore a red suit. It’s also the oldest market in Paris.

Created in 1615 in order to supply the center of Paris, it has always been very popular and successful. Today, all Parisians meet there to escape the commotion of the city, and to enjoy a sunny afternoon, buying great products, or brunching. Within the multitude of tables that we find there, we hold onto Estaminet des enfants rouges for its friendly atmosphere.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges is open Tuesday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
39, rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris
France

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The reinvention of dairy products!

If you like dairy, you are going to love the Milk Factory! This particular art gallery is addressed to gourmands and culinary art lovers, the big trend right now. Plastic arts are also confronted to culinary creation, thanks to ideas from great Chefs, plastic artists, photographers, and even designers. A unique occasion to develop your senses… Let yourself be tempted.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.

Milk Factory
5, rue Paul Bert
75011 Paris
France

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Go back to childhood at Cirque d´Hiver!

Behind its imposing and pretty façade, the Cirque d´Hiver shelters the history of one of the greatest families in French circus, the Bouglione. It’s in 1852 that the Cirque Napoléon was set up, being able to receive 5,000 spectators and 200 horses, before being re-baptized Cirque d´Hiver in the 30s. Transformed in a temple of laughs and enchantment, the greatest artists of the time performed there, making little and big ones dream big. Even today, it’s within family that we gather around to admire acrobats and trapeze artists, and to laugh at clown’s jokes. A place where it feels good to go back to childhood.


Photo credit: Les Bingo – Copyright Gaëlle Girbes 2010


Photo credit: Joseph Bouglione – Copyright Gaëlle Girbes 2010

Cirque d’Hiver de Paris
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81

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The tapas of Mojita and Bob

At Rue Oberkampf, you wont have anything but confusion with so many options when choosing where to have a drink. Within the numerous bars that we find there, the Mareuil Hotel loves Mojita & Bob for its tapas. How to resist to emmental grilled Polenta with Espelette chili pepper, with smoked bacon from Alsace prune Brochettes, or even, with Serrano ham Croquetas? With all this we drink a stunning cocktail, like the one with Vodka-Cucumber-Basil and Pepper, the perfect combo! Fall into the temptation.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Closed Saturdays noon, Sundays and Mondays
Tapas at 3€.

Mojita & Bob
3, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
T. : +33.(0)1.58.30.88.59
contact@mojitaetbob.com

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Shopping break at Merci

With Collete and L´eclaireur, Merci is without a doubt one of the best concept-stores in Paris. Opened by the creators of Bonpoint, Marie-France and Bernard Cohen, here we can shop, have lunch and chat. Because this boutique of 500m2 has its own restaurant that transforms into a tearoom-library in the afternoon. You’ll find design objects and furniture, men, women and children’s clothing, and also gadgets and other accessories. A trendy place where it’s good to be amongst friends.

The boutique is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The restaurant is open from noon to 3 p.m. (without reservation), and the tearoom from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Merci
111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 77 00 33

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High-quality bedding, 100% cocooning

When we’re traveling, far away from home, nothing’s more important than feeling like we’re sliding right into our sheets, that true wellbeing moment that closes the day. At the Mareuil hotel, you’ll feel just as good if not better than in your own bed: a top quality bedding is waiting for you in each room, for a 100% cocooning welcoming (Epeda bed bases and mattresses, a reference point in the luxury hotel industry).

A refined bed linen, with soft toweling, will manage to make you travel smoothly to the country of dreams…

 

Design and welcoming rooms

The Mareuil hotel welcomes you in their 35 rooms with light walls and contemporary décor accentuated with vibrant and warm colors. In the classic, superior and Junior Suite rooms, the wood furniture with graphic lines will accompany your stay: desk, closets, bedside tables or even shelves form a harmonious, modern and functional set.

Make yourself comfortable, you’ll feel just like at home in your room!

Discover the NightCove experience

Fruit of the match between the science of sleep, the latest technologies and the best designers, the NightCove lamp transforms sleeping into a true relaxing moment, making recovery possible thanks to sound and light stimulation.

Whether you need a good night recovery sleep, a little energizing nap, an invigorating wakening or a relaxing session, the NighCove lamp will be with you with its adapted programs on this wellbeing moment. At the Mareuil hotel, we consider that the sleep and relaxation of our guests are crucial: this is why you’ll find in each room a NightCove lamp, with its graphic curves by Patrick Jouin that match perfectly with the design of our contemporary rooms.

Honoring organic and local products

At the Mareuil hotel, health and wellbeing are addressed at every moment of your stay. When you arrive at the hotel, you can take a tour in one of our spas spaces or in our fitness room so you take care of yourself. When night falls, it’s the NightCove lamp that will take over assuring the most recovering sleep possible in your top quality bedding.  On the morning after, a breakfast made of organic products  will be waiting for you, accompanied notably by a menu of teas and high end roasted coffees, organic and fair-trade. And if you’re a bit hungry when coming back to the hotel after long hours visiting Paris, we favor local products with the snacks we offer, this way delicacy rhymes with flavor and quality at all times of the day.

Families, you are welcome!

With 6 options of communicating rooms, the Mareuil hotel is family-friendly! And we have all the equipment necessary for the comfort of the little ones: cots, tall chairs, baby-sitting service… At the Mareuil hotel, little and big ones will enjoy a stay adapted to their needs, giving importance to those relaxing family moments.

 

The gym: sport and fitness for all

The Mareuil hotel counts with a fitness room of 15m2 including treadmill, elliptic, vibrating powerbike and powerplate with coaching incorporated. A Sunday sportsperson or an avid athlete; whatever your profile, experience sports in a customized way, from simple relaxation to dynamic physical training!

Wellness at the Mareuil Hotel

The Mareuil hotel invites you to relax, in the calm and well-being of their spa space. With a hamman and a natural pine-tree-extract oxygenating station, it’s your detox haven in the heart of the capital.

After a hectic day visiting Paris, its monuments, museums and other attractions, what’s better than a few relaxing and cocooning moments right at your hotel? A few steps away from your cozy and cocooning room, come to relax and charge your batteries in the simplicity of our well-being space.

Different types of massages are available here, 24 hours a day, on request (bathrobe and bath sheet included). All you have to do is letting go. Swedish or Californian massages to release tension, aromatic massage for an unprecedented olfactory journey, or, Japanese lifting to replenish and invigorate, the Mareuil Hotel invites you to a real world tour of relaxation!

Facial and body skincares, so you can get rid of jet lag, plus hand and feet treatments, and, hairstyling are also available.

Give free rein to your desires!

Request the full list of the beauty and well-being services at the Mareuil Hotel’s reception, and book a moment of relaxation quickly!

La rue de Malte

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A few steps away from the Canal Saint Martin, rue de Malte distinguishes itself from most streets by the fact that it’s divided into three separated segments. We can feel at the end of one of them that the street is over but you would be wrong, its starts at the rue Faubourg du Temple and ends at rue Oberkampf.

Quick meals, fast canteens or a dinner with subtle flavors, rue de Malte offers you a rather interesting eclectic choice: Le Chemise, La Boîte aux saveurs, or the thai Thai-Thip. And everywhere around, in the rue Amelot, the Passage Saint-Sébastien and of course throughout the canal, numerous restaurants are really tasty. Discover them in detail in our blog!

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Oberkampf

Served by the metro stations of Oberkampf, Parmentier and Ménilmontant, the rue Oberkampf is one of the liveliest of the capital! By day, you can shop in the numerous stores throughout the street: La Corbeille de Fruits, Le Jardin Fromager, La Chocofiserie, Le Petit Bleu or even Miranda when it comes to food spots; Les Curieuses, Abacard or Mahatsara for decoration lovers.

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By night, Oberkampf is fully awake and the atmosphere is electric. Bars, restaurants, concert rooms: there’s something for everyone! Do you want to have a drink? Head to Bar des Pirates or to Café Charbon. Do you want to take a bite? The street is full of restaurants, each one more delicious than the other. Would you rather watch a music show? Make a detour and stop by Nouveau Casino, Chat Noir or Bataclan.

Le Marais

An historic and inescapable district in Paris, Le Marais seduces with its particular charm that we don’t find anywhere else. Trendy, festive, fashionable… We can’t find enough adjectives to describe Le Marais! Historic monuments, bars, restaurants and boutiques: here’s what you’ll find.

Culture lovers can’t miss under any circumstance the place de la Bastille and its opera, la place des Vosges, Victor Hugo’s house and the Picasso museum. Shopping cravings will be easy to satisfy: boutiques are everywhere! And enjoy the numerous Italian restaurants (L’Osteria), Japanese (Kushikatsu Bon), Oriental (Chez Omar) and bistros (Le Voltigeur) to get some energy after walking around the streets of the neighborhood!

Canal Saint-Martin

Near la place de la République, the Canal Saint-Martin is the inescapable spot of the area. Parisians, from simple streetwalkers to cyclists they all love to go round its shadowy edges. When the weather is nice, it’s the perfect place for picnicking in a romantic atmosphere.

It’s equally possible to visit the canal by boat thanks to several companies that offer touristic circuits departing from Musée d´Orsay or Porte de la Villette.

République

Place de la République and the streets nearby form a lively area of the city where life is enjoyable and it’s nice to go out. By the Canal Saint-Martin, we also find a lot of open-air cafés and terraces that will make you so happy in the summer.

In one of the numerous adjacent streets – boulevard Magenta, rue Beaurepaire, rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, rue Léon-Jouhaux, boulevard Voltaire, boulevard du Temple, rue du Temple, boulevard Saint-Martin and rue René Boulanger – we find boutiques, bars and restaurants that contribute to the reputation of this lively neighborhood! And flavors here are eclectic: American (Le Fil Rouge Café), Japanese (Sept´n), and even Italian (Sassotondo).