Finding out more about the explorers of the seas

Brule Parfum Spherique Syrie ou Egypte

The Institut du Monde Arabe, in association with MuCEM in Marseille, is proposing a voyage of discovery of the great maritime explorations between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. 

Along the route you can find out about Chinese explorations, and Dutch, British and Portuguese navigations. The public is also invited to discover the great figures of the time, from Marco Polo to Ibn Battûta, a Berber explorer, and Al-Idrisi, a famous 12th century geographer. Travelogues, maritime trade, and the remains of shipwrecks, are some of the treasures that await visitors. Another unmissable part of the event: Nizwa, a traditional Omani dhow that has been installed on the forecourt of the museum. It can be admired until 26th February 2017.



Exhibition “Ocean Explorers. From Sindbad to Marco Polo”, from 15th November 2016 to 26th February 2017.
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10a.m. to 6p.m., and on Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Full price: 12 euros / Concessions: 10 euros / 12-25: 6 euros.


Institut du Monde Arabe
1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Place Mohammed V
75005 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 51 38 38
Metro: Jussieu (line 7).



Crédit photo : Ocean Explorers – Institut du Monde Arabe
Spherical perfume vaporizer
Syrie or Égypte, 16th-17th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

9th edition of the Carrousel des Métiers d’Art et de Création

Carrousel Metiers Art Creation Paris Danemark - Anne Bannick

From 1st to 4th December 2016, the Carrousel des Métiers d’Art et de Création will welcome 250 French and international exhibitors from the world of fashion and interior design. This year Denmark is the star of the show, enabling the public to discover the secrets of Scandinavian design

Designers and artisans from Quebec, Japan and Germany are also participating in the event, as well as 10 young French designers who will unveil their expertise. You'll have the chance to meet passionate professionals who will take you behind the scenes of their profession, and also to acquire unique items at a time when the Christmas season is fast approaching. Handmade candles, painting on porcelain, jewellery, embroidery, stained glass, and wrought ironwork are some of the specialties in store.


Le Carrousel des Métiers d’Art et de Création (in French), from 1st to 4th December 2016.
Open on Thursday from 2p.m. to 6p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10a.m. to 8p.m., and on Sunday from 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Free entrance.


Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 16 47 10
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Crédit photo : Carrousel Métiers Art et Création – 2016 edition
Carrousel des Métiers d'Art et de Création - Denmark - Anne Bannick, ceramic © Anne Bannick


French produce celebrated at the Espace Champerret

Foie Gras Sel Himalaya Poivre Pondichery - Salon Saveurs Plaisirs Gourmands ParisThe Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands is back at the Espace Champerret for its 20th edition, only a few weeks before the end of year festivities, from 2nd to 5th December 2016. 

For 4 days you can stock up with local produce from small French producers and artisans. Nearly 300 exhibitors are participating in the event, and they have been rigorously selected by a committee, to ensure they are real artisans with high quality products. On site there are the fruity AOP olive oils of Castelas, smoked fish from Maison Barthouil, foie gras, sweets from Vosges, cakes, French caviar, chocolates and many other top quality delicacies. These exceptional products are available for sale, and can sometimes even be tasted during the show!




Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands (in French), from 2nd to 5th December 2016.
Open from 10a.m. to 8p.m.
Nocturnal on Friday until 9:30p.m.
Entrance: 10 euros.


Espace Champerret
6, rue Jean Oestreicher
75017 Paris
Metro: Porte de Champerret (line 3).


Crédit photo : Salon Saveurs Plaisirs Gourmands – Edition 2016
Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands, Foie gras, sel Himalaya, poivre Pondichéry
© Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands



Best places

Aux Plumes: the gourmet bistro in the 14th arrondissement

Restaurant Aux Plumes Paris

Aux Plumes is the new bistro which replaces the old Jeu de Quilles, in the heart of the 14th arrondissement, right next to the butcher, Hugo Desnoyer. The place has been revamped with plain wood, benches and an open kitchen 

Chef Kazuhiro Fujieda is in charge here, after spending time at Arpège and Chamarré Montmartre in Paris, among others. He produces creative and gourmet seasonal cuisine, like apple and parsley root soup, or fish rillettes with lemon confit and rice chips. Or, you could try the lamb lasagne; cream of parsnip soup with hazelnuts, a touch of cocoa and foie gras; or chestnut Savarin with caramelized chestnuts, to finish on something sweet. A good place to visit if you want to give your taste buds a treat!

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from noon to 2:30p.m., and from 7p.m. to 10:30p.m.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Lunch menu at 18 euros.


Aux Plumes (in French)
45, rue Boulard
75014 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 90 76 22
Metro: Mouton-Duvernet (line 4) or Denfert-Rochereau (lines 4,6 and RER B).



Crédit photo : Aux Plumes – Restaurant
© Facebook Restaurant aux Plumes

Vantre restaurant: the new address of the Parisian East

Restaurant Vantre Paris

Behind Vantre are the sommelier Marco Pelletier, formerly of the Bristol and Taillevent, and Chef Iacopo Chomel, formerly of Passage. Both wanted to open a bistro with two sides, where it's possible to enjoy a quick meal at the bar with a glass of wine, or take your time over a full meal together with a special vintage.  

Because Vantre boasts a cellar of 12,000 bottles, including some rare wines, and a few foreign wines, but especially the Loire vintages. In the kitchen, all the produce is from neighbourhood markets, on Richard Lenoir and Aligre boulevards. On the menu, for example, is beef matured for five weeks, accompanied by braised aubergine, roasted red peppers and spinach. Or, there are also crayfish cooked in broth on the plancha with whole blackberries and mini courgettes.

Open from noon to 2p.m. and from 8p.m. to 10p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Lunch menus: 16 and 19 euros.


Vantre (in French)
19, rue de la Fontaine au Roi
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 06 16 96
Metro: Goncourt-Hôpital Saint-Louis (line 11).



Crédit photo : Vantre - Restaurant
© Kotao production

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