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The Paris Cocktail Week is back!

From the 20th to the 27th of January 2018, the City of Paris will host the 4th edition of the "Paris Cocktail Week". A unique opportunity to discover the numerous cocktail bars that settled in the streets of Paris for the past few years. The cocktail culture spreads and can now be found in places of divers and surprising identities.

  • The idea? Open the gates of the Parisian cocktail culture. The best cocktail bars each offer two original creations (including an alcohol-free one). If shown the downloadable pass found on their official website, some special prices will be applied.
  • This year, the Paris Cocktail week will be spread inside 75 bars around the city. It will be themed around nature and how to include cocktail creation into an ecological vision.
  • Events also gravitate around the main concept during the whole week, including masterclasses, surprising and unexpected products, etc.
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Informations:

From the 20th to the 27th of January

  • Download your free pass here: https://pariscocktailweek.fr/
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Louis Vuitton Foundation

This place used to be a company foundation for creation, the place has been created to promote and support contemporary artistic creation and make it available for a large french or international audience. The foundation, supported by LVMH group, is located in Bois de Boulogne near Acclimatation Garden.

This unique building has been imagined by the famous architect Franck Ghery.

This museum dedicated to contemporary art has 11 galeries, an auditorium, a restaurant and a librairy. More than a museum, it is also the place for debates, conference, shows, cinema...

The place presents pop up exhibitions of contemporary art. The agenda is available on their official website.

  • How to get there:
  • 8 avenue du Mahatma Ghandi – Bois de Boulogne
  • Paris 16
  • By métro : line 1 stop at « Les Sablons »
  • Then the Foundation is 10-15 minutes walking.
  • With the Foundation shuttle: (1€) departure Place Charles de Gaulle
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Rates:

Adult: 14€

Under 26 years old: 10€

Under 18 years old: 5€

Free for children under 3 years old

Opening time:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 12pm to 7pm

Friday: open until 11pm

Week-ends: from 11pm to 8pm

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The best winter terraces

Winter is coming, to enjoy Paris without freezing, this is the list of our favorite terraces:

  • THE BRASSERIE D'AUTEUIL ROOFTOP
  • Discover this unique place, completely different from what you already know in Paris. The Brasserie d’Auteuil takes place in an vintage train station, on the old train line « la petite ceinture » that used to run all around Paris. During the winter discover the hidden covered rooftop sublimate by vegetation.
  • Brasserie Auteuil – 78 Rue d’Auteuil, 75016
  • How to get there: take line 9, direction Pont de Sèvres then stop at Michel Ange Auteuil. The brasserie is 5 minutes walking.
  • Open from Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 2am.
  • THE WINTER GARDEN OF RESTAURANT LES CLIMATS
  • Wine lover? This is your place! The restaurant Les Climats offers a Wonderfull wine selection and fine plates. But when you arrive you will be amazed by the beauty of this place. This building, from the beginning of the 20th century, hide a winter garden, one of the most beautiful of the capital! An idyllic place to enjoy a perfect diner !
  • Les Climats – 41 rue de Lille, 75007
  • How to get there: Lige 13 in Miromesnil (direction Chatillon Montrouge) stop at Invalides; then take RER C until Musée d’Orsay
  • From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:15pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 9:45pm.
  • THE "CHOCOLATE BAR" OF JARDINS DU MARAIS
  • In the heart of the Marais area, discover the fabulous chalet in the garden of the hotel Les Jardins du Marais. Enjoy a warm hot chocolate, loved in a plaid in this huge private courtyard. Like a secret place in the heart of Paris. On the menu, try also the crepes, waffles or very chocolate creations. Don’t wait, it is a pop up place!
  • Hôtel Les Jardins du Marais – 75 rue Amelot, 75011
  • How to get there: Take line, direction Mairie de Montreuil, stop at Oberkampf, the terrace is 8 minutes walking.
  • Open from Monday to Saturday, from 12am to 2:30 pm and from 7pm to 10:30pm
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The best free exhibitions in Paris

Paris is always moving and buzzing with brilliant art galeries and exhibitions free to visit and enjoy. To all of those who blame the price of museums to miss out on cultural opportunities, here’s a selection of the ones you will love, without spending a penny.

  • LES JO DE RAYMOND DEPARDON
  • or the release of his new photo album, this exhibition will display 19 of photographer Raymond Depardon’s best Olympic Games pictures taken between 1964 and 1980
  • BEATE ET SERGE KLARSFELD, LES COMBATS DE LA MÉMOIRE
  • Shoah memorial rewinds back to the Klarsfeld couple’s fights between 1968 and 1978 while they changed the world’s future memory of Shoah, in a context of huge political, social and cultural changes.
  • RÉTROSPECTIVE RAHAN
  • Hubert & Breyne Gallery Paris offers the first ever flashback on Pif Gadget’s well-known character: Rahan. Unmissable icon of French 70’s comics culture
  • LES NUITS PARISIENNES, DU PALAIS-ROYAL AU PALACE
  • Through the way women and men live, work, dance and meet, night times offer an exclusive angle on political, cultural and aesthetic changes in Paris. The « Les nuits Parisiennes » exhibition takes us back through two and a half centuries of nightlife in the French capital.
  • L'EXPO CONTRE-ATTAQUE II
  • After the first edition big success (2015), Sakura guides Star Wars characters back into his central Paris gallery for one month. You will get to discover sculptures, photographies, illustrations from more than 40 world-known art creators, who each give a different proper vision of the Star Wars mythical history.
  • LA GÉNÉRATION PERDUE
  • For the 100 years anniversary of the USA entering war, the city of Paris pays tribute to the young American artists who settled in Paris in the 20s and 30s hoping to find new roots, freedom of speech, and a new artistic creative world.
  • LA BELLE VIE NUMÉRIQUE
  • Hod did artists see and interpret the numerical revolution ? How did creation tools get influenced by GAFA tools ? What’s their outlook on this new world where we get lost between reality and virtuality? Many questions to which you can find some answers at this beautiful exhibition at Fondation EDF that gathers works from more than 30 well-known or emerging artists.
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The Christmas Village on Champ de Mars

Christmas is coming, Paris is getting ready with decorations and lights everywhere. You haven’t found your Christmas presents yet? What if you could mix shopping and Christmas atmosphere on a mythic Parisian spot, right at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower!

  • A Christmas village set up on Champs de Mars from the 21st of December to the 8th of January. Come and discover plenty of stalls displaying little presents, handcraft objects, and much more. Or just enjoy a homemade hot chocolate or a tartiflette! And even more exciting, you'll be able to wonder on the 300 m² ice rink open to everyone (kids and adults). Ice-skating at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower? This is Christmas magic!
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December 24th: open from 10am till 7pm December 25th open from 12am till 8pm
December 31st open from 10am till 5pm

The entrance on the ice-rink is free, skate rental is compulsory (6€/person). Gloves are compulsory.

  • Get there with metro line 8: stop at Ecole Militaire
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Club 13, a mythical place to discover

For almost 50 years, the Club 13 is Claude Lelouch’s projection private room, coupled with a restaurant. The room is famous for its comfortable leather armchairs, but not only! The room saw parading all greatest of the 7th art.

For decades, the greats of the cinema have been going to the Club 13, Claude Lelouch tells: " one day, Charlie Chaplin came to see King in New York. At that time, he was rather old. I welcomed him in the projection room and helped him go down the stairs. Not having recognized me, he gave me a 10-dollar bill. He had to believe that I was the doorman. I then lent him this desk, just like to Orson Welles. Stanley Kubrick, also, came to the Club 13. All the projections of press of its movies took place in the projection room of the club. There was also Jacques Tati and all the big American stars: Coppola, Scorsese … "

The leather seats of the projection room, very deep and wrapping, are quite unique, here is the explanation with which we can only agree: " when a movie is good, it is necessary to see it in good conditions and when it is bad, it is necessary to be settled well to sleep. "

This very private cinema opens finally its doors to the public with its restaurant revised by Sarah Lavoine and enhanced by a karaoke. We count on you to go to enjoy the marvels of the restaurant and a good movie in this place of history. You will find numerous photos of shootings that will make you dream.

Practical information:

Place: Club 13, 15 avenue Hoche, 75008

Restaurant open everyday from noon to 2.30pm

Karakoe every Thursday, Friday

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Where to go for a teatime in Paris?

What could be more Parisian than a pastry around a cup of tea? Here is a small selection of typically Parisian tearooms that will tempt you to move! In these places with their own identity where we lose the notion of time and share a great moment of sweetness and conviviality.

Ladurée

Major Parisian tearoom, known particularly for its delicious macaroons. In this immense tearoom, you will find your place preferred with a view on the Champs-Elysées, on the upper floor with the looks of an apartment or at the bar in the hallucinating decoration. Let's go and savor macaroons, Religieuses or rose Saint-Honoré!

75 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 750008, opened every day from 7:30 am until 11 pm and until midnight on the weekends.

Angelina

Other unmissible Parisian tearoom, Angelina is a historic tearoom known for its hot chocolate and its famous pastry: the Mont Blanc, a delight. Very rich place of the capital, Angelina is a compulsory stop. For the more urgent, the cake store also makes take away! 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, opened every day from 7:30 am to 7 pm

Mariage Frères

House of mythical tea, Mariage Frères will know how to delight you with its long menu of teas served traditionally according to the rulebook. In its particular frame you can also taste there delicious pastries. On the first floor, the museum invites you in a Journey on the road of teas.

30 rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004, opened every day from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

In the white and pink tones, Philippe Conticcini takes you to the wonderland with sublime French pastries. Especially try: the Paris Brest and the Saint-Honoré.

93 rue du Bac, 75007, opened from Tuesday until Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm

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The Yves Saint Laurent museum

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened its doors in Paris as well as in Marrakech.

The Parisian museum is located in Yves Saint Laurent’s historical couture house, avenue Marceau. This house has seen the birth of his creations for over 30 years and then the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent foundation.

The foundation asked for the help of the scenograph Nathalie Crinière and the interior designer Jacques Grange in order to double the superficies of exhibition and reproduce the ambiance of the house. Thanks to this collaboration, the haute couture rooms and the creation studio of Yves Saint Laurent are integrated to the visit in order to feel the universe of the designer.

With the opening of these two museums, the 5 000 pieces of clothing, the 15 000 accessories and the thousands of drawings, photographs and other document that belong to the foundation will finally be revealed to the public.

Yves Saint Laurent always saw farther than the fashion shows and the temporary collections, he said "I would like that, in a hundred years, we study my dresses and my drawings". It is a bet made a success for him, the museum has already received the label Museum of France, which makes his collections inalienable. We cannot sell them anymore nor scatter them. His Mondrian dress is from now on as eternal as the painting of the painter.

Practical information:

Place: Musée Yves Saint Laurent, 5 avenue Marceau 75016

Subway: Alma Marceau, line 9

Schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm / nocturnal pn Fridays until 9pm

Rate: full rate 10€ / reduced rate 7€

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The Irving Penn exhibition at the Grand Palais

  • It has been 100years since Irving Penn, one of the greatest photographers of the XXth century was born! For this occasion, the Grand Palais will have a retrospective of his work in homage to him.
  • In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) of New-York, where he is usually exhibited, this exhibition will be a first in Europe since his death at the age of 92 in October 2009.
  • Originally from New Jersey, Irving Penn has quickly made himself a name in the fashion world with his photographs published in Vogue in the 40s and 50s. He was also the creator of the seies “Les petits métiers” published in the French Vogue in 1951.
  • He became very famous for his portraits of personnalities and creates an intimacy with each of them in their portrait, which has become his signature.
  • Among the portraits, you will encounter: Pablo Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, etc.
  • Practical information:
  • From Septembre 21st 2017 to January 29th 2018
  • Place: Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
  • 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
  • 75008 Paris
  • Subway: Franklin-D.-Roosevelt (lines 1, 9), Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1, 13)
  • Bus : lines 28, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
  • RER : Invalides (RER C)
  • Timetable: Everyday from 10am to 8pm
  • – Night time on Wenesdays until 10pm
  • – Closed on Tusedays
  • – Closes at 6pm on Sundays December 24th and 31st
  • – Closed on Monday December 25th
  • Full rate: 13 euros
  • Reduced rate: 9 euros
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Hotel des Champs Elysées - Exterior

The Champs Elysées in 1930

  • Since 1930, the Hotel des Champs Elysées has seen the neighborhood live and transform. The hotel belongs to the same family since this year and if it could talk, it would have a lot of things to tell!
  • The Paris city has known a major change: the change from wood pavement to stone pavement. This change on the Champs Elysées happened relatively late since it was in 1945.
  • Today the Champs Elysées have a well-defined life between the Etoile and the round about but at the time, life was located on the other side, between the round about and the Concorde. In this part, many theaters, circus, cabarets, fairgrounds and restaurants existed and hundreds of chairs were laid around here and there for strollers to observe the unusual life of the Champs Elysées.
  • Around the 1930s, luxury shops made their apparition on the other portion of the avenue and the animation naturally moved. The Champs Elysées became an unmissable of luxury and made part of the « golden triangle ».
  • In the 1970s, luxury brands slowly started to migrate, leaving the space to the restaurants and movie theaters. With 29 cinemas, the Champs Elysées have a high cinematographic power and propose most of their movies in original version. Numerous premieres take place, letting to the Champs Elysées their mundane and chic aspect.
  • Today, more popular brands have settled on the Champs Elysées. They have become a symbol of the city of light and bring always more visitors. It is a mythic place of the city and its history is fascinating.
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