Immediate boarding for the Nuit Blanche

affiche-nuit-blanche-2016-paris-credit-fabrice-hyber-mediumCreated in 2002, the Nuit Blanche is back for its 15th edition on next Saturday October 1st. This year, it is Jean de Loisy, the President of the Palais de Tokyo who manages the artistic direction. This 2016 edition takes us along the Seine, from the Gare de Lyon train station to Issy-les-Moulineaux (92) with a tour on the theme of the crossing. All night long, Parisians and tourists are invited to meander towards installations presented outdoors, carried out by established or emerging artists. Throughout the evening, two artistic parades will also be orchestrated: one land-based and the other on the river. It’s on the river—from the Hôtel de Ville (Pont d’Arcole) to the Île aux Cygnes—that the public will be able to admire a parade with around thirty boats, thought out by Fabrice Hyber. Named ‘Encore un effort’, this creation is dedicated to the sporting world. Indeed, every craft represents a sport.



15th edition of the Nuit Blanche, on Saturday October 1st, 2016. (in French)


Pont d’Arcole
75004 Paris
Metro: Cité (line 4) or Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).



Crédit photo : Nuit Blanche – 2016 edition © Fabrice Hyber



Emile Savitry: Photographer with painter look


The musée Mendjisky-Ecoles de Paris presents two exhibitions consecrated to photographer Emile Savitry (1903-1967). The first one—which is monographic— takes us in Paris where the streets take on a cinema air, from Pigalle to Montparnasse where the artist lived all his life. We discover the Rotonde and the Coupole brasseries, jazz clubs or artist workshops where naked models posed. This is all the atmosphere of this time—between the 1930s and the 1950s—which oozes through these shots. The second retrospective takes us on the filming of ‘La Fleur de l’âge’ by Marcel Carné in 1947. The photographer followed him and immortalised the main characters like the young Anouk Aimé or Serge Reggiani. On a side note, Emile Savitry was the Surrealists’ friend, Brassaï and Prévert’s as well as a big jazz lover. This is all his creativity which overflows in this double tribute gathered in one place.



Exhibition ‘Emile Savitry, un photographe de Montparnasse’, from June 8th to October 5th, 2016.
Open every day except on Thursdays and bank holidays, from 11am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Tuesdays until 8pm.
Full rate: 9 euros / Reduced rate (under 25): 6 euros.


Musée Mendjisky-Ecoles de Paris (in French)
15, square de Vergennes
Entrance under the porch of up to the 279, rue de Vaugirard
75015 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 32 37 70
Metro: Vaugirard (line 12).

Crédit photo : Emile Savitry – Exhibition - Nu de l'Académie de la Grande Chaumière à Montparnasse, Paris, 1950-1951 - Photos Émile Savitry courtesy Sophie Malexis



La Friche Richard Lenoir: the new hot spot in the 11th

la-friche-richard-lenoir-paris-photo-michael-campi-mediumOpen from September 8th to November 5th, 2016, La Friche Richard Lenoir is an ephemeral and evolving place—nested in the 11th arrondissement—just nearby the Places de la République and de la Bastille. It’s on a 0.61-acre plot which housed a garage before that we meet to have a drink, eat at one of the food trucks present on the spot or attend for free some jazz, folk or classical music acoustic lives from Friday to Sunday. The place which is environmentally responsible was designed from recycled materials and salvaged furniture (pallets, large catamaran sails, cans etc.). From Monday to Thursday, stand up shows are suggested in partnership with the Paname Art Café. Six young talents go on stage from 7pm to 9pm. Some games await adults and children: some table football, petanque course, table tennis tables, cork ball pit, educational vegetable garden, slides and many other surprises. Finally—every weekend—the Cycles Urbains collective organises workshops to learn how to repair your bicycle!





Open seven days a week from noon to 9pm.
Free entrance.


La Friche Richard Lenoir
66, boulevard Richard Lenoir
75011 Paris
Metro: Richard Lenoir (line 5) or Saint-Ambroise (line 9).




Crédit photo : La Friche Richard Lenoir - Paris © Michael Campi



The Spectacular Second Empire

manufacture-sevres-vase-etrusques-naples-exposition-spectaculaire-second-empire-musee-orsay-paris-mediumTo celebrate its thirty years—in the autumn 2016—the musée d’Orsay is interested in an often decried period of history: The Second Empire. Gathering photographs, sculptures, paintings, architectural drawings, jewels and pieces of art, this major retrospective shows the extravagant and contradictory nature of this time. It’s notably the ‘fête impériale’ theme which is here examined, showing the decadent and superficial sides of the Second Empire. This era is also marked by an aesthetic and moral crisis. The population and the artists are indeed torn between the old cultural customs and the new ones. This translated into a wide French creation between the 1850s and the 1860s. An event which is to discover from September 27th, 2016 until January 15th, 2017.





Exhibition ‘The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870’, from September 27th, 2016 to January 15th, 2017.
Open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 9:45pm.
Closed on Monday and December 25th, 2016.Full rate: 12 euros / Reduced rate (18-25, on Thursday by night for all from 6pm): 9 euros.


Musée d’Orsay
1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Access: RER C - Musée d’Orsay or Solférino (line 12).


Crédit photo : The Spectacular Second Empire – Exhibition - Imperial Manufacture of Sèvres - Maximilien Ferdinand Mérigot, painter of porcelain (Paris, 1822 - ?, after 1892) - Etruscan-shaped vase from Naples (of one pair), 1854 - Hard porcelain, gilded bronze, 19.29”x10.24” - Paris, musée d'Orsay - dépôt du Mobilier national, GML 835 / 1 © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt



Best places

The best world cuisine brunches in Paris


Before going for a shopping or cultural stroll in the capital, we dash to have Lebanese brunch at Liza, African brunch at Le Nilaja or an Italian one at NoLita. Change of scenery guaranteed! 



Crédit photo :  Best world cuisine brunches – Paris - Restaurant Liza Paris © Marco Pinarelli


This Lebanese restaurant decorated by Maria Oussemi suggests a brunch in the form of an XXL buffet with as much as you want coffees and teas, fresh fruit juices and typical Lebanese specialities. Mezze lovers will be delighted to discover hummus, this chickpea puree with sesame paste or the tabbouleh with chopped parsley, mint, green onions, tomatoes, olive oil and lemon. Specialities to share are also suggested like the Kebbé Nayé, minced raw lamb meat with cracked wheat. As for dessert, we yield to the Haytalié, some milk custard with orange blossom.

Open every day except on Sunday night.
Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:30pm for 34 euros.
Brunch for 18 euros for children under 12.

14, rue de la Banque
75002 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 35 00 66
Metro: Bourse (line 3).

Le Nilaja

Opened on February 14th, 2011 by Ndeye Fatou Ndoye, this African restaurant serves a buffet brunch which takes us all over Africa. Food lovers will be enjoying coffee coming from fair trade and exotic jams (mango, tamarind, guava and sweet potato). Sweets come next like the corn cake with cane sugar and lime or with caramelised pineapple. About hot dishes, you will be able to taste the Sukuma from Kenya, a spinach spicy stew or the kidney beans fritters from Cameroon. To serve with all the dishes, we let us be seduced by Bissap or ginger juice.


Open from Tuesday to Thursday from 7pm to midnight, on Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 2am and on Sunday from noon to 4pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

Brunch every Sunday from noon to 4pm, for 30 euros.

Le Nilaja (in French)
17, rue de la Forge Royale
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 73 53 15
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).




This Italian restaurant thought out by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte is ideally located on Avenue Matignon, at the end of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. On the occasion of the brunch organised every Sunday, it puts forward Italian specialities thanks to its Chef Vittorio Beltramelli. In addition to the traditional tiramisu and panna cotta, NoLita also serves homemade cornetti, these much talked about croissants served with cream, jam or chocolate. Concerning the hot buffet, the lasagna with Bolognese sauce or the risotto are worth tasting. We end the meal by a chocolate tart with pine nuts, not forgetting lemon, orange, grape or freshly pressed grapefruit juices.

Open every day from noon to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.
Brunch every Sunday from 11:30am to 4pm, for 39 euros



NoLita (in French)
1, avenue Matignon
75008 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 75 78 78
Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

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