Louis Lumière Plage: The festival dedicated to families

affiche-louis-lumiere-festival-2016-mediumTo enjoy the joys of summer at the heart of the capital, we dash to discover in family the Louis Lumière Plage at the Centre Sportif Louis Lumière in the 20th arrondissement. 

This event suggests recreational, cultural and sports activities to practise inside or outside. On the programme, these are many water games which await adults and children but also a solarium, Zumba and circus arts classes or introductions to rescue. On the beach, you will be able to practise beach volleyball or martial arts! Those who only want to enjoy this exceptional spot can lend a book at the library established outdoors, just to read in the open air. In addition to the Swedish gym, boxing or bike polo sessions, concerts will be organised too in order to party throughout the festivities.



Louis Lumière Plage, from July 11th to August 7th, 2016.
Open every day from 10am to 10pm.
Free activities.

Centre Sportif Louis Lumière
30, rue Louis Lumière
75020 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro: Porte de Montreuil (line 9).


Crédit photo : Louis Lumière Plage - Edition 2016 © DJS - Mairie de Paris



Le Perchoir is back at the BHV 


This summer, let’s meet on the top of the BHV department store—at the heart of the Marais—to enjoy the most beautiful terrace in Paris. It is here that the Perchoir is set up, a cocktail bar and restaurant famous for its trendy atmosphere. 

This year, the space adopts a decoration with colonial style, palm patterns, wood but also Jouy print, in an atmosphere which takes you on a journey. On site, we enjoy a very summer finger food—chiffonnade of ham, fresh fruit plate, nachos and guacamole or mini pizzas. Gourmet dishes to enjoy as a couple or between friends—with a cocktail like the ‘Link me up Scotty’. Made up of lemon, mandarin and gin, it is both fresh and acidulous. It was conceived for the Link association which is involved in the fight against AIDS. 1 euro per drink will be donated to it. As a bonus, Le Perchoir Marais provides a fabulous view over Paris. It is resolutely the dream spot of your holidays.



From June 1st to July 31st, 2016: open from Monday to Saturday from 8:15pm to 2am (except on Wednesday 9:15pm) and on Sunday from 7:15pm to 2am.
From August, 1st to October 2nd, 2016: open from Monday to Saturday from 8:15pm to 2am and on Sunday from 7:15pm to 2am.
Cocktails: Between 11 and 15 euros.

Perchoir Marais / BHV Marais (in French)
37, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).


Crédit photo : Perchoir Marais – BHV © Galeries Lafayette



Two Suns in a sunset

geometrie-de-l-espace-exposition-joana-hadjithomas-khalil-joreige-mediumThe museum of the Jeu de Paume hosts the works of Lebanese cineasts and artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. With ‘Two Suns in a sunset’, we discover their very particular universe, marked by the political history of their country.

It is after the Lebanese civil wars that they became film makers and plastic artists, by necessity. Since then, they have never stopped revealing the emergence of individuality in very communitarianist societies, thanks to both personal and political documents. Their works—very poetic—convey many feelings but also what exists without however being immediately visible. Therefore, latency is one of their favourite themes. Their films as well as their artistic works alludes in disorder to the making of new icons, the increasing scarcity or the substraction of image.




Exhibition “Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. Two Suns in a sunset”, from June 7th to September 25th, 2016.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Nocturnal on Tuesday until 9pm.
Full rate: 10 euros / Reduced rate: 7.50 euros;

Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde
75008 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 03 12 50
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12).



Crédit photo : Two Suns in a sunset – Exhibition © Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. Galerie In Situ — Fabienne Leclerc.



Best places

La Cantina di Alfredo: simple ticket to Italy


It is in Victor Hugo’s lively neighbourhood—just nearby the Champs-Elysées—that La Cantina di Alfredo took up residence. This Italian restaurant directly imports the fresh products he uses in Italy.  

This address is the latest one of the Positano family, from the Amalfi coast—who wants to make discover all the local flavours—from the smoked salmon to the Burrata, to the traditional linguine al vongole. Here, the decoration is cosy—with a subdued light, wooden tables and red bricks walls and the welcome is warm. About the menu, you absolutely must taste Alfredo’s two signature dishes: the tagliata with beef and the lasagnes. Otherwise, there still are the pizza with cherry tomato, ricotta and rocket, the antipasti placed on the counter or the gnocchi with green peas and pancetta. As for dessert, the cake with polenta and blood orange is worth trying. A restaurant which can be tested before or after a shopping tour on the world’s most beautiful avenue.

Open from Monday to Saturday from noon to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

From September 2016, the restaurant will be opened 7 days a week.
A la carte: between 25 and 40 euros.


La Cantina di Alfredo
6, avenue Bugeaud
75016 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 73 00 31
Metro: Victor Hugo (line 2).


Crédit photo : La Cantina di Alfredo – Restaurant italien Paris © La Cantina di Alfredo

Oatmeal: the vegan madness seizes Paris


This vegan canteen and coffee shop suggests a reduced menu every day—with two sandwiches as well as two oatmeals. 

Because—in addition to serve vegan dishes—this address is one of the few places in Paris to concoct oatmeals—these bowls of porridge served with many ingredients each one more gourmet than the other. They can be enjoyed in a savoury version like the ‘Rosso’ made from oat, tofu rosso, Parmesan, grated cheese, black olives, olive oil and basil, but also in a sweet version. The ‘Muesli’ one is the best example, made using oat, banana, honey, raisin, almonds, peanut butter, agave and almond milk. The Chef thinks of all and suggests gluten free oat flakes to people with gluten allergies! As a dessert, we succumb to the brownie with chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate coating and whipped cream. About the decoration, we like the Scandinavian atmosphere with design furniture, white walls and graphic floor.

Open from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 7pm.
Bowl from 7 euros.


Oatmeal Paris
11 bis, rue Vauquelin
75005 Paris
Metro: Censier-Daubenton (line 7)


Crédit photo : Oatmeal Paris – Vegan canteen © Maxime Montabord

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