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December Events in Paris: Christmas Markets, Cy Twombly, 42nd Street & More

December 2016 Events in Paris

Le Marché de Noël Norvégien; sansplans

It’s that time of year again, when Paris seem to hold an extra dose of magic. Aside from ice skating en plein air and strolling the Christmas markets along the Champs-Élysées and Boulevard St Germain, here are some of our favorite happenings this month.

December 2016 Events in Paris

Le Food Market

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November Events in Paris: Paris Cocktail Festival, Fotofever, Lola Marsh & More

Paris November 2016 Events, Lola Marsh

Lola Marsh

The stunning Fondation Louis Vuitton will be home to some of modern art’s greatest hits until Feb 20. Russian collector, Sergei, Shchukin, was one of the 20th century’s prominent modern French art patrons, and 130 of his masterpieces are on view to the public. Head to the Bois de Boulogne for the “Icônes de l’art moderne. La collection Chtchoukine” exhibition and spend an afternoon amongst Picasso, Matisse, Gaugin, Monet, Renoir, and the like.

Paris November 2016 Events, Le Mois Particulier

Le Très Particulier

Next Tuesday may be the biggest night of the year. Yes, it’s infamous American Election Day. Enjoy film screenings and nibble on American culinary specialties while following the vote count amongst other Americans-in-Paris at Carreau du Temple for La Nuit Americane.

Paris November 2016 Events, fotofever

fotofever

November promises several exciting arty events, but you’ll have to plan strategically; several are happening the weekend of November 10 – 13! We have Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, Fotofever at the Carrousel du Louvre, and Cutlog Edition 7 – Le Mois Particulier at Hotel Particulier Montmartre.

Paris November 2016 Events, Portes Ouvertes Abbesses

Julien Hausherr

In need of a cool and carefree evening? Head to Point Éphémère on November 14th. Tel Aviv-based band, Lola March, combines airy and hypnotic vocals with a pop-electro beat for a dance-inducing sound.

We love a good open studios event and this month we’re turning our focus to Montmartre. From November 18 – 20, head to Abbesses for Portes Ouvertes. For more information on participants, head here.

Paris November 2016 Events, Paris Cocktail Festival

Adrian Scottow

High on any Francophile’s fall reading list is “When in French” by New Yorker Staff Writer, Lauren Collins. Fortunately for those in Paris, Lauren will be hosting a talk at Shakespeare & Company on November 22nd to further discuss her experiences in love, communication, and intimacy in her husband’s native French.

Paris November 2016 Events, Lauren Collins on When in French at Shakespeare & Company

Steve Taylor

Paris Cocktail Festival is celebrating its 5th year from November 25 – 27. The event, which aims to democratize craft cocktails via tastings and animations, will be held in 30 different locations, feature 50 brands, and offer over 100 cocktails available for tasting.

Written by Erin Dahl for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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Paris’ Favorite Left Bank Bookshop Opens Shakespeare & Company Café

HiP Paris Blog, Shakespeare & Company Café neighbors the famous bookstore of the same name.

Welcome to the newly opened Shakespeare & Company Café, located next-door to the famed bookstore that carries the same name. It’s the perfect place to grab a latte on the go, rendezvous with your Editor to discuss a new writing project, settle in for a few hours to people-watch, or – as is only fitting – escape into a book from one of the shelves (the selection ranges from Whitman to Twilight).

HiP Paris Blog, Shakespeare & Company Café is George Whitman's vision finally made reality.

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Be My Parisian Valentine: Three Romantic Itineraries in the City of Light

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Be My Perfect Valentine

Paris is definitely one of the most romantic cities in the world. But with so much to do in the City of Love, it can be hard to choose how to celebrate the ultimate day of amour: Valentine’s Day. Here are some thematic original ideas to inspire your plans for February 14th, or any special Paris date night!

HiP Paris Lily Heise Valentine's Day Flickr, philippe leroyer 4Philippe Leroyer

1920s Glamour

Start your night by slipping on your flapper-girl dress and slinking to the new Club Rayé piano bar (26 rue Dussoubs, 75002). Opened in December in a former 13th century nunnery, owner (and New Yorker) Kein Cross applied his interior design experience to create a one of a kind venue. Black and white stripes (rayé in French) are ever-present in the décor, from the comfy lounge chairs to the custom-made rayé accessories. Ideal for a before-or-after-dinner drink, sit back and enjoy the live piano music, inventive champagne cocktails and savory arancini balls.

HiP Paris Lily Heise Valentine's Day Le Boeuf Sur le ToitLe Boeuf Sur le Toit

Your evening should continue in kind, so make your way to the majestic art deco restaurant Le Boeuf sur le Toit (34 rue du Colisée, 75008). First opened at a different location in 1921, it became the after-hours hotspot of the Jazz era attracting the likes of Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie and Coco Chanel. While this incarnation dates from 1941, it impeccably embodies Les Années Folles.

HiP Paris Lily Heise Valentine's Day Tres HonoreLe Tres Honore

Craving one more drink? Cozy in at Le Très Honoré (35 place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001) with its 1920s boudoir-style bar, plush sofas and seductively named cocktails such as “Bisou Bisou,” it’s the perfect late night lovers’ retreat. Read more about it here by fellow HiP Paris contributor and cocktail expert Forest Collins. Continue Reading »

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Memorial: George Whitman, Founder of Paris’ Shakespeare & Company

What can I add to this week’s hundreds of tributes to the legendary proprietor of Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, George Whitman, including one by the writer, Jeanette Winterson?

Why was she impelled to remember him in print? Because, like so many others, she had stayed at Shakespeare and Company. George Whitman started a tradition of hosting writers, most famously members of the Beat generation, and the bookshop’s ‘Tumbleweed Hotel’ is still a place where literary dreamers can exchange a few hours’ work in the shop for a bed on a bench amongst the books of George’s personal open library on the first floor.

When I came to Shakespeare and Company a couple of years ago, it was a while before I actually met George. Already in his mid-90s, he spent his days in the apartment on the top floor.

He still owned the shop downstairs, now run expertly by his daughter Sylvia and her team, its ‘Tumbleweed Hotel’ principles intact.

When they arrive, Tumbleweeds are required to write a brief biography for the shop’s records. Employed by the shop to create stair murals, I decided I would do this later. Anyway I was here to draw, not write. I wasn’t a Tumbleweed.

Was I?

The next time I stayed I didn’t write it either, but I did spend my time writing. I’d do it on the next visit.

Or the next…

The last time I visited the shop in October 2011 , Paris was cold. George had just suffered a stroke and was in hospital, ‘recovering well’. The writers’ room, with its tiny electric radiator, was warm. Under my window, tourists snapped continually; Tumbleweeds lunched at the little round table by the door; drunks gathered at the fountain; a busker turned up and performed Shakespeare’s most famous speeches in rotation. Later on, the drummers took over outside the cathedral.

I stopped writing to eat at the café across the road. The man at the next table was telling his teenage daughter – her first trip to Paris – about how he’d been to one of George’s famous Sunday teas and heard the bookseller relate how he had set off to walk from North to South America but had been forced to turn back in the impassible Central American jungle. He was like a child, the man said. It was like he didn’t understand why he just couldn’t go as far as he wanted to go.

But after opening Le Mistral in 1951, which became Shakespeare and Company in 1964, the traveler largely stayed put in Paris, dying peacefully last Wednesday in his apartment above the shop, two days after his 98th birthday.

I walked back from the café to the bookshop and got back to work.

I wrote. Notre Dame chimed ‘Three Blind Mice’ on the hour: the light went.

I thought about space: Kilometer Zero in front of Notre Dame; Place René Viviani  next to the shop where the 2010 Shakespeare and Company Literary Festival was held – a free event into which the public could wander. That was the last time I had seen George downstairs; wearing an extravagant paisley jacket, he was carried in triumph through the shop on a sofa held shoulder-high by Tumbleweeds. Continue Reading »

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Weekend Getaway: Our Guide to London

HiP Paris friend, contributor and wonderful illustrator Badaude is coming out with a gorgeous book, London Walks, chock-full of witty drawings and snapshots into the lives of Londoners. In honor of the book launch happening next Monday at Shakespeare & Co, we asked Badaude to give us her top spots to hit up in London for a weekend getaway… Check out her list below for the places to stay, eat, drink, shop and stroll. PS: And if you’re in Paris, feel free to stop by Shakespeare & Co next Monday night to celebrate the launch of London Walks and more! -Geneviève

Badaude’s new book, London Walks

Stay at The Zetter Townhouse:London’s newest and hottest hotel is a clutter-chic bijou Georgian townhouse in the quiet square behind the original Zetter Hotel. Bedrooms are a riot of eclectic 19th century fun. Mine had a bedhead and wall panel taken from a French 3rd Republic carousel, an ipod dock housed in a red retro radio and, most stunningly, as well as the state-of-the-art drench shower in the bathroom, a mahogany-pillared bath set into an alcove in the bedroom.

Zetter Townhouse

Downstairs mixologist Tony Conigliaro’s hot cocktail bar looks like a London pub (busy Victorian paintings and pleasingly eccentric taxidermy) only more comfortable. Kick back on one of the cozy sofas and let staff serve you tapas-style snacks as you study the innovative drinks menu. With so many clever inventions it was a tough choice, but I wasn’t disappointed when I ordered a Somerset sour (apple brandy, cider, gomme and lemon) – a heavenly ice-cold balance of sweet and sour. My date went for a sharp Richmond (Chivas Regal, apple honey & Lillet blanc ). Both arrived in cute retro glasses — the perfect finishing touch. We picked at a platter of delicious pates and Parma ham, fresh buttery radishes, English cheeses and sardines on toast pimped with a pimento puree, accompanied by a carafe of aromatic Jurancon sec (£30 for 50cl). We felt too full to make use of the bar’s table tennis room afterwards.

Zetter Townhouse

Rooms from £185. The Zetter Townhouse Website.

Eat at: St John.This is hardly news to residents, but if you only eat out once in London, you won’t find an experience more British than Fergus Henderson’s legendary ‘nose to tail eating’. If the whitewashed restaurant pushes the abbatoir look a little beyond your comfort zone, the meaty menu lives up to the ‘everything but the squeak’ premise. The last time I was there I had a roasted marrow bones with parsley salad (£7.10) followed by Calf’s liver and shallots (£18.40) . Was there a part of the menu that wasn’t offal? The British cheeses and Eccles cakes (£6.80) were sublime.

St John

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Shakespeare & Co Literary Festival: June 18-20 in Paris

This weekend, don’t miss the Shakespeare & Co literary festival, sponsored by one of Paris’ best English-language bookstores. The theme this year is Storytelling and Politics — with a fantastic roster of English-language writers, it’s the perfect occasion to brush up on a little left-bank expat intellectualizing… And here is the poster, created by Hip Paris blogger friend Badaude.

Shakespeare & Co Paris Literary Festival Badaude

Related links:

  • Shakespeare & Co Festival Website
  • Badaude’s blog
  • Vingt Paris has the low-down on the festival as well

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A Literary Legacy: The Top Five English-Language Bookstores in Paris

Since the days of Hemingway’s “Lost Generation,” Paris’ English-language bookstores have been vibrant gathering spots for the city’s Anglophone community. To this day, they all keep a ready supply of ex-pat classic A Moveable Feast on hand, and it’s no secret that the legacy of literati past continues to inspire Paris’ contemporary writers.

English Bookstores ParisPhotos by Craigfinlay, Gadl

Whether you’re a reader, a writer, or just a literary lurker (yeah, we can see you hiding behind the stacks), you’ll want to check out our list of the top five English-language bookstores in Paris. Most hold regular readings, which provide the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded literary folk.

1. Shakespeare & Co. Founded in 1919 (in another location) by Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare & Co. has long been the grande dame of English bookstores in Paris. It was a regular hangout for the likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce, and over the years, nearly every major writer of the 20th century has passed through its doors. Nowadays, regular readings and workshops make this colorful spot a necessary pilgrimage for readers and writers the world over. Young “tumbleweeds” (aspiring writers on the go) still blow through to read, write and camp out in the shop’s upstairs room. For a calendar of upcoming events, click here. 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 5eme. Tel: 01 43 25 40 93.

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