19th Gardens Festival

fete-des-jardinWith the arrival of Fall this week, we have the 19th Gardens Festival, which celebrates Paris' plants and animals.

During these two days there are nearly 400 free events open to the public, organized on 150 sites all over the Ile-de-France, and especially in Paris. Bike rides or walks, the chance to meet gardeners, horticulturists and tree surgeons, or shared garden visits, there's something for everyone. Among the places taking part is the Jardin des Plantes, where you can discover squash, dahlias and its Alpine garden, and where the children can become explorers in its school of botany. At Parc de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement, you can visit the vegetable garden, see a demonstration of floral art, insect watch, visit their "Paris Fleurs Sauvages" exhibition, or learn how to recognize the capital's trees. A rich and varied program for yet another captivating festival.





19th Gardens Festival, September 26th and 27th, 2015.

Free events.


Jardin des Plantes
2, rue Buffon
75005 Paris
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5, 10 and RER C).

Parc de Bercy
128, quai de Bercy
75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).


Crédit photo : Gardens Festival – Paris – Official poster of the Gardens Festival 2015 © DR

A car free day in Paris

paris-sans-voitureOn September 27th, 2015, for the first time, the French capital is going to try to live a very special sort of day…without cars!

As part of the effort to recognize the climate problems, which are endangering our planet, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is proposing that Parisians leave their cars at home for the day. The idea is help make the population, and also the tourists, aware of the problem, to change their habits, and speed up energy transition. They have set up five areas where walkers and cyclists are free to roam: the end of the Champs-Elysées, around the Eiffel tower, from Concorde to the Bastille, and towards the woods of Vincennes and Boulogne. Other green spaces, such as the Canal Saint-Martin, and the areas of Luxembourg and Mouffetard, will also be reserved for them. Only vehicles belonging to people who live in the area, and "priority" vehicles, will be able to drive in these areas, and then only at 20 kmh. There are lots of activities organized for the day, such as La Recyclerie in the 18th arrondissement, where the public can learn how to recycle. This car free day is part of COP21, the Global Climate Conference, which will take place in Paris at the end of the year.





A car free day, Sunday, September 27th, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


La Recyclerie
83, boulevard Ornano
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 57 58 49
Metro: Porte de Clignancourt (line 4).


Crédit photo : Car free day - Paris –© Facebook Paris sans voiture

2nd edition of "Paris Musées Off"

paris-musees-offThe second edition of Paris Musées Off will take place from September 20th to December 10th, 2015, in four of Paris' well-known museums.

During this event, these cultural centers will offer concerts; shows and other events that tie-in with their exhibitions. So, the Petit Palais will have an offbeat, phantasmagorical evening during its exhibition of fantastical prints. There will be a parade of tattooed people, and visitors can get themselves a temporary tattoo at the tattoo bar! At the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris City Museum of Modern Art), in October and December 2015 there will be public performances by Jérôme Bell and the choreographer Carolyn Carlson - a mix of dance, poetry and improvisation. The other Museums, which are taking part, are the Carnavalet Museum and the Musée de la Vie romantique (the Romantics' Museum).





Paris Musées Off, from September 20th to December 10th, 2015.

Entry may be free or paid, depending on the event.


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

Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Crédit photo : Paris Musées Off – Autumn 2015 – ©DR

Best places

Claudette: the Marais' new cave à manger


This new restaurant in the Haut Marais calls itself a canteen with a colorful interior decoration featuring lots of plants.

Claudette is also an organic wine bar and a cave à manger, that is ideally situated near the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Arts and Crafts Museum). Next to a plant wall designed by the interior decorator, Mama Petula, you can sample some elegant cuisine: soft boiled egg with parmesan and creamed eggplant, tataki of Salers beef with a potato and hazelnut puree, or a delicate fig and mascarpone tart. As well as its organic wines, Claudette offers Sabetz' artisanal beers from the Aveyron. Just so you know - Claudette's used to be a flower shop, which explains why David and William wanted to preserve the garden feeling.


Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Lunchtime fixed menus at €16 and €19.


47, rue de Turbigo
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 24 10 36
Metro: Arts et Métiers (line 3). 

Crédit photo : Claudette - Restaurant – © Facebook Claudette

Salt: the new Parisian fish restaurant


Salt is a fish and seafood restaurant which opened at the beginning of July in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

In the kitchens, the chef is a young Brit, Daniel Morgan, who has cooked at Noma in Copenhagen and The Square in London. He serves a creative sea-based cuisine, that is artistic, and colorful with a touch of graphics. Salt's interior is modern, with Scandinavian touches, such as the light wood tables. The menu changes according to the latest catch! So on different days, you could try whole stuffed mackerel, raw cuttlefish served with avocado and pickled ginger, or a seaweed and leek soup. Even the desserts are original: goat's milk ice cream, served with red currant and fennel jelly. Salt is sure to make your taste buds tingle!


Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 2.30 p.m., and from 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Lunchtime fixed menu €25.


6, rue Rochebrune
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 73 71 56 98
Metro: Saint-Ambroise or Voltaire (line 9).


Crédit photo : Salt – Fish restaurant – © Zofia Czaja / Abigail Snellgrove

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