Screenings under the stars at the Villette

mustang-photo-ad-vitam-festival-cinema-plein-air-villette-paris-mediumThis year, the Villette’s Open Air Cinema festival is interested in the “Dress Code”. All the films presented on the occasion of this 26th edition are on this theme. 

Every evening of the week, with the exception of Monday and Tuesday, Parisians and tourists are invited to invade the lawns of the park in order to enjoy a screening in the open. Comfortably seated on a deckchair or directly on the lawn with a cover, this moment can be lived as a couple, with friends or your family for an unforgettable evening. This year, “Tamara Drewe” from Stephen Frears, “Mustang” from Deniz Gamze Ergüven, “Jour de fête” from Jacques Tati or “Full metal jacket” from Stanley Kubrick and “Interstellar” from Christopher Nolan will be screened. All the films are broadcast in subtitled original version, except for “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” from Isao Takahata, of which the showing on July 27th, 2016 will be in French.



Open Air Cinema festival, from July 13th to August, 21st 2016.
Screenings every evening, except on Monday and Tuesday.
Free access.
Rental of a chair and a cover: 7 euros.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).


Crédit photo :  Open Air Cinema festival – Parc de la Villette - MUSTANG © AD VITAM



Drop anchor at the edge of the canal de l’Ourcq this summer! 


Organised between land and water, L’Eté du Canal festival suggests numerous open-air activities, to discover with your family at the edge of the canal de l’Ourcq. Therefore, these are around a hundred events which await curious people, from dancing balls to exhibitions, to go to the gourmet, arty or musical cruises. 

Indeed, it is possible to embark on a stroll on water, departing from the bassin de la Villette in the direction of Bobigny’s Port de loisirs. Urban art lovers will be delighted to participate in walks commented on the topic, available in French or in English, in company with a street artist. Adults will be able to enjoy dance thanks to the guinguettes put up at the water’s edge or during the salsa classes given by professionals. Finally, sportspeople will be able to rent a bike in order to ride along this exceptional site.



L’Eté du Canal, from July 2nd to August 21st, 2016.
Departures of the boats from noon to 7pm.
River shuttles for 1 euro on Saturday and 2 euros on Sunday / Free for children under 10.


River shuttles
Bassin de la Villette
Métro : Jaurès (lignes 2, 5 et 7bis) ou Stalingrad (lignes 2, 5 et 7)

Crédit photo : L’Eté du Canal – 2016 Edition- © Xavier Testelin



12th edition of the Etés de la danse

symphony-in-c-scheller-finlay-photo-paul-kolnik-les-etes-de-la-danse-mediumFrom June 28th to July 16th, 2016, Les Etés de la danse festival makes a major comeback at the Théâtre du Châtelet. For this 12th edition, the New York City Ballet, directed by Peter Martins, does the honour to give 20 exceptional representations in Paris.

For this occasion, the famous company will be accompanied by the Orchestre Prométhée. These 20 different ballets have all been orchestrated by great names of the world of dance. Among them, we can mention choreographers Justin Peck, Alexeï Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins himself. One of the major works to discover this summer is none other than “Serenade” from George Balanchine. Composed on Tchaïkovski’s music, this transcendant ballet is organised in four types: Russian Dance, Elegy, Sonatina and Waltz




Les Etés de la danse, from June 28th to July 16th, 2016.
Rates: 14 to 130 euros

Théâtre du Châtelet
2, rue Edouard Colonne
75001 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 28 28 28
Metro: Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 et 14).



Crédit photo : 2016 Les Etés de la danse – Théâtre du Châtelet - Symphony in C - Scheller Finlay  © Paul Kolnik



Best places

Arsène revisits the traditional omelette


The madness of single-product restaurants does not seem to be showing signs of stopping. Newcomer, the Arsène restaurant revisits the traditional omelette, by creating savoury or sweet recipes!  

They are served with mixed greens salad or a potato mille-feuille. We are seduced by the Meaux omelette, made from French Charolais roast beef, AOP (Protected Designations of Origin) Brie de Meaux, dried tomatoes, candied shallots and parsley. Other recipe of the place which is a must, the Crécy, composed of veal and Bleu d’Auvergne, among others. Runny, rolled or stuffed, the omelette is here available in all its forms, to dessert. Want a sweet touch? Think of the apples-pears version, caramelised hazelnuts and caramel with salted butter. Arsène knows how to surprise our taste buds, in all simplicity.

Open from Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, as well as on Saturday night.

Brunch: On Saturday from noon to 3pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Omelette from 8 euros / Brunch for 18 euros.


142, rue Saint-Denis
75002 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 26 10 22
Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol (lines 3 et 4) or Etienne Marcel (line 4).


Crédit photo : Arsène Restaurant - Paris © Nicolas Jaballah

The typically Parisian dining cellar


Nested in a little street of the 17th arrondissement, Le Garde Manger is before everything a neighbourhood caterer. Irremediably, it catches the eye with its front window in burgundy granite and its canary yellow terraced chairs. 

Inside, we are amazed by the decoration: Belle Epoque glass ceiling painted at the end of the 19th century and layered wooden crates with different sizes which contain French picturesque products. On the evening, from 7:30pm, the place turns into a dining cellar where we can share small dishes for a little price, with a glass of wine from classic or nature vineyards. Opened by Laura Portelli, of Italian origin, this place suggests as sliced roast beef as grilled and marinated with capers and Sicilian anchovies eggplants, some thick cream from Normandy as honey spare ribs. A place where the greed word takes on its full meaning.

Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm and from 5pm to 11pm.
Small dishes from 6/7 euros.


Le Garde Manger
8, rue Meissonier
75017 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 67 12 81 81
Metro: Wagram (line 3).


Crédit photo : Le Garde Manger - Restaurant  - © Pierre Monetta

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