September 5, 2014
It is officially la rentrée and Paris is abuzz. September brings Parisians back from their month-long holidays, revived and ready to welcome fall (at least for a few weeks). Here are some of our favorite events around the city this month.
This week kicked off the festival set with Jazz at la Villette (until September 14) and the Festival d’Automne (until December 30), and we continue with the Fête de l’Humanité next weekend (September 12 – 14). Each features concerts, various live performances, and with the weather recently turning to sunny and moderate, there’s really no better way to spend the upcoming week(s).
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August 4, 2014
La Fête à Neu-Neu (also called la Fête au Bois) opens August 29th in the Bois de Boulogne and continues until October 12. This full-fledged carnival fest is fitted with classics like cotton candy and a ferris wheel (and also happens to be occurring right near Haven in Paris’ newest flat, Victor Hugo Luxe!).
From July 31 – August 10 the Cinema au clair de Lune festival returns to Paris. The summer cinema circuit wraps up this month with this film series, including a screening each night in a variety of venues. Film on the bill span from Les Aventuriers (at Parc André-Citröen, 15ème) to On connaît la chanson (at Esplanade des Invalides, 7ème)
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May 2, 2014
Monumenta at the Grand Palais; May 10 – June 22: For the past seven years, the Grand Palais has been commissioning artists to create gargantuan installations for its iconic glass-topped nave. This year, Russian artists Ilya and Emila Kabakov were chosen to do the honor. “The Strange City” that the pair has created is an experiential imaginary utopia, a place that beckons the viewer to reflect on life and art, the past and the future we are creating.
May 15 – May 25: The famed Festival Jazz a Saint-German-des-Prés is back for its 14th edition this month. Naturally the festival has a solid line-up of concerts at locations like the Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Maison des Oceans , but there are also talks, a young talent competition, and more. Continue Reading »
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March 4, 2014
Blue Valentine is the newest cozy address in the 11th, a neighborhood that plays host to favorites like Le Chateaubriand, Bones, Septime, Clamato… The list goes on. The restaurant focuses on carefully crafted cocktails and fresh, beautifully designed dishes. Chef Saïto Terumitsu (formerly of the Mandarin Oriental) seems to have found his place in this foodie quartier. And it’s worth mentioning that the ingredients are sourced from some of the top producers in the city, with from veggies coming from Terroirs d’Avenir and coffee from Brûlerie de Belleville.
One of our favorite foodie fest organizers is back for their 9th edition; yes, the Omnivore World Tour hits Paris from March 16 – 18 for three days of superior food from standout new chefs from around the world. Not-to-miss events? The Pop up Dinners, the Fucking Dinners, and, of course, the party at Le Perchoir.
From March 27 – 30, Art Paris Art Fair will bring 140 galleries from 20 countries into the famed Grand Palais for a great display of modern and contemporary art. This year’s exhibition focuses mostly on pieces coming from the East, with China as the guest of honor. Last year’s exhibition drew more than 50,000 visitors, and I imagine this year’s will bring even more.
A new dessert-centric restaurant has opened on rue des Archives in the Marais and is heaven for anyone who often thinks, “I’d rather skip right to dessert.” Dessance, Paris’s first dessert-only resto, is being headed by pastry chef Christophe Boucher, formerly of the Grand Vefour and Ledoyen, who has challenged the idea of what a meal should be. We’re intrigued, to say the least.
An adorable café and brunch spot has opened on rue des Martyrs and we cannot wait to try it out. Marlette, which has been selling organic cake and bread mixes for several years, recently opened a brick-and-mortar café and their brunch has got us salivating. You can still purchase their mixes to re-create the brunch chez vous and impress your friends. Continue Reading »
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February 18, 2014
On a windy night this past fall, I brought my godfather to his first proper Paris dinner. Naturally, I went with a restaurant I was dying to try: Roseval. Tucked away in the 20th, north of Pere Lachaise and just off the Rue de Menilmontant, the location was sort of perfect. I’ve come to know this off-the-tourist-path neighborhood a bit better over the past few years and love the foodie ventures it draws.
The exterior of Roseval is unassuming — a beautiful and perfectly aged stone façade. The interior, a rustic-meets-industrial space with just a handful of wooden tables.
Upon being seated, two menus were quickly dropped off for our review. Listing several ingredients for each course, we were given a brief glimpse into what we’d be eating that evening but no sense of the form, as is becoming increasingly common with this style of new wave, low key gastronomic bistro. I love this element of surprise though it may not be best for a pickier eater (also in part because there are no options; you get what they give you). Our ingredient list included:
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February 4, 2014
The popular Café Pinson has expanded beyond its first location in the 3rd and opened up shop on rue du Faubourg Poissonniere in the 10th. The vibe is a touch retro-meets-nautical, and the menu is stacked with organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, fresh pressed juices, bio wines, and Coutume coffees.
Another hyped café opened up just a few weeks ago and it too is offering up healthy eating and drinking options, conveniently located in the 1st. Brought to us by famed fashion/music label Maison Kitsuné, the new (and, as you can imagine, quite hip) Café Kitsuné is serving Brazilian coffee, fresh juices from Bob’s juice bar, and gluten-free pastries from NOGLU.
A new restaurant has popped up along the Canal St Martin and we cannot wait to give it a taste. Haï Kaï, under chef Amélie Darvas (formerly of the Meurice and L’Ami Jean, to name a few), is presenting a wonderfully priced menu that can be enjoyed at hours unheard of in Paris.
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January 14, 2014
The annual winter soldes have arrived in Paris and will be running until February 11th. Undeniably one of the most exciting times of year for fashion fiends in Paris, les soldes are the perfect time to pick up casual pieces at a great discount or splurge on a designer classic you’ve been eyeing.
Make a day of it and head to the grands magasins by Opera or some chic boutiques in St Germain… Or, even better, a mix of both.
There’s a new casual dining option on rue Saint Maur in the 11th. Balls Restaurant (yes, Balls) just opened its doors and is reminiscent of The Meatball Shop in New York. Featuring meatballs made of various proteins (and a veggie option, of course), sides, and sauces, this is the perfect low-key spot for quick lunch or dinner, and is open Tuesday – Saturday. Continue Reading »
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November 26, 2013
Sundays in Paris are perfect for indulging in a savory home-cooked meal. Though I often make these week-end dinners at home with fresh ingredients purchased at an open-air market that morning, I deviated from this routine on a recent Sunday and am thrilled I did.
After receiving a tip from Erica, the Owner of Haven in Paris, about this bistro tucked away on the East side of Sacre Coeur, I was intrigued.
Practically, this option made a lot of sense: the restaurant was within walking distance of my apartment (I was living on the rue Lepic and for a month and a half), I had two girlfriends from New York coming into town the following week and had yet to make a dinner reservation for us, and Le Grand 8 opens for Sunday dinner. Perfect, I thought. Continue Reading »
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November 5, 2013
Cupcake Camp (freakgirl & Cupcake Camp)
Leave it to Le Fooding to get 13 of the best names in the food and wine industry cooking together in one room. Mark your calendars, November 15 – 17 are my favorite two days this month. With Le Clan des Madones, Le Fooding is bringing together a group of incredible female chefs in a parking-garage-turned-pop-up-restaurant and giving them carte blanche to cook two services for seatings of 50 each evening.
Jean-Francois Leroy at La Maison des Metallos (Venus © Scott Thode)
To die for! Just a few of the participants include Camille Fourmon of La Buvette de Camille, Laura Vidal of Frenchie, Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha… You get the idea. The first round of tickets sold out quickly (no surprise there), but another ticket release is set for November 12. Oh and did we mention part of the proceeds go to the charity Les Enfants du Congo-Béthanie?
Le Fooding’s Le Clan des Madones (from left: Alice Quillet & Anna Trattles, Laura Vidal, Beatriz Gonzales)
Coutume Café, one of our favorite spots for a delicious coffee in Paris, has just launched Coutume Lab. They’ll be doing coffee research and offering tastings, and we’ll be sure to share any events they host. In the meantime, head over to their Facebook page for a preview. Continue Reading »
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September 12, 2013
It’s no secret that some of the most interesting things in a city happen off the tourist grid. New restaurants, music and, of course, lots of art gets made in places where the rents are cheaper, the residents funkier and the tourists far fewer. Paris is no exception. Such is true of the area in north eastern Paris in and around the 19eme. Thanks to some major cultural attractions and a smattering of fun eateries, it just may be on the brink of its moment.
Setting off from Metro Stalingrad one recent afternoon, I discovered a quartier in exciting transition. Where its once dilapidated streets were lined with international call centers and cut rate shops, a new energy is palpable in a smattering of neighborhood boutiques, vegetarian eateries and performing arts centers.
Here are the highlights.
Le Centquatre. In 2008 the Marie de Paris unveiled Le104 (Le Centquatre), a performing and visual arts center that serves as the creative hub of the area. It’s a vast and luminous space that features rotating exhibitions and installations from this summer’s epic Keith Haring retrospective to “interactive” work that quite literally invites audiences to experience art first-hand. Continue Reading »
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