MaMA Festival: between music and conferences

affiche-mama-festival-edition-2016-paris-conception-graphique-kafe-creme-mediumFrom 12th to 14th October 2016 the MaMA Festival & Convention returns for its 7th edition, with more than 70 lectures, presentations and workshops, and 128 concerts. Organised in a dozen different places in Paris, all located between Pigalle and Montmartre, this event is dedicated to music lovers. 

From La Boule Noire to the Bus Palladium, from Carmen to Chez Moune, there will be something for everyone: pop, rock, electro, folk, hip hop or post punk! Among those topping the bill are the French singer Christophe, who has had a major comeback this year, but also La Fine Equipe and Clement Bazin, beatmakers of genius, and Birdy Nam Nam who will be at La Cigale on 13th October. As a bonus, you can participate in debates on topical issues affecting the music world, such as exports in Europe, and the transformation of "live" trades in France and Britain.



7th edition of the MaMA Festival & Convention (in French), from 12th to 14th October, 2016.
Pass 1 day: 24 euros / Pass 3 days: 52 euros.


La Cigale
120, boulevard de Rochechouart
75018 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 49 25 89 99
Metro: Pigalle (lines 2 and 12) or Anvers (line 2).



Crédit photo : MaMA Festival – 7th edition © Conception graphique: Kafé Crème



Mexico exhibited in Paris


Until 23rd January 2017, the Grand Palais is taking us to Latin America for an exploration of Mexican painting. "Mexico" is the largest exhibition of Mexican art that has been organised in France since 1953. 

This major retrospective offers a unique panorama of the local creativity, revealing works of famous artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and José Clemente Orozco. The event is also an opportunity to learn a little more about the history of this great country, which, since it won its independence from the Spanish monarchy in 1821, has relied on art to help forge its identity. Painting, sculpture, music, literature, film, architecture, urban planning and the applied arts, are all artistic fields in which Mexicans have excelled throughout the 20th century.


Exhibition “Mexique (1900-1950)–Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and vanguards”, from 5th October, 2016 to 23rd January, 2017.
Open daily, except on Tuesdays, from 10a.m. to 8p.m.
Nocturnal on Wednesday until 10p.m.
Full rate: 13 euros / Reduced rate: 9 euros.



Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

Crédit photo : Mexique – Grand Palais - Dr. Atl, Gerardo Murillo, dit (1875-1964) - Nahui Olin - vers 1922 - Atl couleurs sur plâtre - Collection Andrés Blaisten © Colección Blaisten © Photographer Francisco Kochen © SOMAAP



Focus on La Semaine du Goût

lecon-de-gout-lancement-inaugurale-guillaume-gomez-credit-semaine-du-gout-2015-mediumEpicureans take note, from 10th to 16th October, 2016 the capital will live to the rhythm of indulgence with the 27th edition of La Semaine du Goût (Taste Week). Craftsmen, chefs, teachers and farmers from all over France will gather together to promote education about taste.

The 2016 edition is titled "Eat better to live better". Lots of activities are on the programme, such as workshops, culinary shows, tastings in markets and meetings with top chefs. Among all the events is one specially designed for children from 2½ to 4 years of age in the Musée en Herbe. This is a "baby-atelier" (baby-workshop) that lets tots experience food through art. Elsewhere, great chefs such as Hélène Darroze or Christian Constant will offer lower price menus in their establishments.





La Semaine du Goût (in French), from 10th to 16th October, 2016.
Baby-atelier: the 12th, 15th and 16th October, 2016 from 2p.m. to 3p.m.


Musée en Herbe (in French)
23, rue de l’Arbre-Sec
75001 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 67 00 37
Metro: Louvre-Rivoli (line 1).


Crédit photo : Semaine du Goût – 2016 edition - Leçon de goût lancement inaugurale Guillaume Gomez - Semaine du Goût 2015 - Semaine du Gout®


The Salon du Vintage is 20 years old

l-officiel-de-la-mode-numero-659-1980-salon-du-vintage-2016-paris-mediumFor its 20th edition the Salon du Vintage is paying homage to the 80s! On 15th and 16th October, 2016 lovers of haute couture can admire an exhibition of the finest creations of the era's enfants terribles of fashion, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Claude Montana, Azzedine Alaia and Thierry Mugler. 

This is a chance to discover, or rediscover, the trends of the time, when the women's clothes were largely inspired by the male wardrobe: leathers, over sized shoulders and angular cuts. All the pieces in the exhibition have been loaned by collectors or famous brands. At the Salon du Vintage you can also find furniture, accessories, records and original clothing at reasonable prices. An event that recalls the atmosphere of the notorious Palace years, named after the famous Parisian club.





Le Salon du Vintage (in French), from 15th to 16th October, 2016.
Open from 11a.m. to 8p.m on Saturday, and from 11a.m. to 7p.m. on Sunday.
Rate: 6 euros.


Le Carreau du Temple
4, rue Eugène Spuller
75003 Paris
Metro: Temple (line 3) or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

Crédit photo : 20th Salon du Vintage - Paris © L'officiel de la mode n°659 – 1980


Best places

The best literary restaurants in Paris


Whether you want lunch in a place steeped in literary history or surrounded by books, there are several must go places in Paris. Focus on three of the best literary restaurants in the capital: Les Editeurs, Merci's Used Book Café, and Le Procope.



Crédit photo :  Best literary restaurants – Paris © Thierry BIAUGEAUD

Les Editeurs

This split level restaurant and lounge bar located in the Odeon area exudes the spirit of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The space is infused with 5,000 books, donated by publishing houses and arranged on wooden shelves The eclectic menu has artichoke and broad bean risotto, or lamb tagine with almonds and lemons, as well as a slice of French calf's liver, with balsamic sauce and mashed potatoes. Literary prizes are regularly awarded there, such as the Prix des Editeurs and the Prix Femme Actuelle. And finally it often hosts book signings and exhibitions, plus the chance to meet authors during the "Rendez-vous Rive Gauche".

Open 7 days a week, from 8a.m. to 2a.m.
Menus: 22,60 euros, 27,80 euros and 39,50 euros.


Les Editeurs (in French)
4, Carrefour de l’Odéon
75006 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 43 26 67 76
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10).

Le Used Book Café de Merci

In the heart of the concept store, Merci, the Used Book Café is a cosy place where you can take time out to eat, read, or put the world to rights. In a setting of mismatched furniture, wood, and a library of 10,000 books, you can order healthy, balanced dishes like the organic salmon, cream cheese and dill bagel. Or, you can also try typically English fast food, like the revisited scones with orange zest and rosemary. To accompany the food the homemade iced tea is delicious, as are the fruit juices and nectars by Alain Millat.

Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Salade du marché: 12 euros.


Used Book Café de Merci
111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 77 00 33
Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

Le Procope

Le Procope is the literary symbol of the capital, which attracted the philosophers of the Enlightenment, such as Voltaire, Diderot and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Then it was the turn of Verlaine, Balzac and Hugo to go there. Founded in 1686, this restaurant also owes its reputation to its culinary specialties, like the calf's head casserole and seafood platters. On the menu you can also find Burgundy style snails, foie gras and lobster, with chocolate profiteroles for dessert. We like the cosy decor of the place, where the wallpaper from 1830 is decorated with extracts from decrees and letters.


Open 7 days a week, from 11:30a.m. to 12p.m.
Menus at 21,50 euros and 28,50 euros


Le Procope
13, rue de l’Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 46 79 00
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10).

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