33rd edition of the European Heritage Days

affiche-journees-europeennes-du-patrimoine-mediumThis year, the European Heritage Days chose the theme of ‘Heritage and Citizenship’. They celebrate the richness of French cultural heritage which is one of the symbols of local and national citizenship. 

It is the opportunity to visit and discover hidden treasures as well as secret places which usually close their doors to the public. In Paris, it is possible to meander in some places of power like the Ministry of Economy and Finances or the Elysée Palace or at France Télévisions or at the Maison de la Radio discovering the medias. Cinema amateurs will be delighted to stride along the paths of the Musée Gaumont (92) or the Studio Harcourt. Finally, the younger ones will be filled with wonder face to the fairyland of the Musée des arts forains or at the Hôtel de Ville where some games will be awaiting them. You are a contemporary art lover? Let’s head to the Louis Vuitton Foundation within the Jardin d’Acclimatation!



33rd edition of the European Heritage Days, on September 17th and 18th, 2016.
Free access.



Studio Harcourt
6, rue de Lota
75116 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 56 67 67
Access: Avenue Henri Martin or Avenue Foch (RER C), or Rue de la Pompe (line 9).



Crédit photo : European Heritage Days – 2016 edition © DES SIGNES – Studio Muchir Declouds



5th edition of the Festival Opéra côté Cour


This year, the lyric festival of Bercy Village and the ‘Autres Voix’ association, Opéra côté Cour, celebrates its 5th anniversary. Created in 2012, this event enables to discover opera through free open-air concerts

This 5th edition is consecrated to Paris—city that inspired the greatest artists—be they French or foreign, operetta, opera or popular songs composers. On Sunday September 18th, 2016, a singer and a pianist will be revisiting the biggest arias dedicated to the capital, from the Belle Epoque to the Second World War, from Prévert to Puccini via Chaudoir or Cambon. Their show entitled ‘Paris qui chante’ is a tribute to the magazine of the same name, published during the first half of the 20th century. Every 40-minute performance can be admired on benches and chairs made available for spectators.



5th edition of the Festival Opéra côté Cour, from June 12th to September 25th, 2016.
Every Sunday at 3pm and 5:30pm.


Bercy Village (in french)
Cour Saint-Emilion
75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).

Crédit photo : 2016 Festival Opéra côté Cour – Bercy Village - 8 juin 2014 – Les Plus grands airs d’opéra – Cie Etoile du Jour – Crédit Bercy Village



The cream of Parisian creators is exhibited at the Bon Marché

espace-exposition-paris-bon-marche-rive-gauche-photo-gabriel-de-la-chapelle-mediumUntil next October 15th—after celebrating Brazil, Japan and Brooklyn—Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche pays tribute to the French capital with its new exhibition ‘Paris!’. It is the emerging, secret and out of the ordinary Paris the department store wanted to exhibit.

To unveil all the riches of the capital, it asked the cream of Parisian creators to display their last creations or collections. Lingerie, beauty products, women and men’s fashion, decoration, design, gastronomy, everything is made in Paris! For the occasion, the different participating brands like Sézane, De Bonne Facture, Maison Château Rouge, La Brasserie La Goutte d’Or or Bonne Nouvelle are staged in a decoration which evokes the newspaper kiosks of the city. A bit everywhere, street artist Fred Le Chevalier invited his much talked about small characters he sticks on the walls of Paris. Finally, Le Bon Marché names Christian Louboutin as guest of honour and gives him carte blanche to redesign the ground floor where an ephemeral shop has been set up. There, you unearth limited editions of bags, accessories and shoes.




Exhibition ‘Paris!’, from September 2nd to October 15th, 2016.
Open from Monday through Wednesday and on Saturday from 10am to 8pm, on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 8:45pm.
Free entrance.

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche
24, rue de Sèvres
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 39 80 00
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10 and 12).



Crédit photo : Exhibition Paris – Bon Marché © Gabriel de la Chapelle



It’s time for vegan culture!

smmmile-vegan-pop-festival-paris-photo-agence-appelle-moi-papa-mediumFor three days, the capital will be living at the pace of the brand new Smmmile Vegan Pop Festival organised at the Parc de la Villette. This event is aimed at the veggie-curious people, the green people, the convinced vegans or the music lovers. 

For this first edition, these are concerts and DJ sets, conferences and vegan cooking workshops, screenings, tastings and a village for initiatives that await festival-goers. For the first time in Paris, the first vegetarian and vegan starred chef in Europe, Pietro Leemann, will be concocting a gourmet menu on next September 17th. Some organic or vegan food trucks will also be part of the event. As for music, the festival will be wavering between Forever Pavot’s pop, Batuk’s house or virtuoso pianist Vanessa Wagner’s electro-classical music. A very full agenda!





Smmmile Vegan Pop Festival, from September 16th to 18th, 2016. (in French)
3-day pass: from 37 to 47 euros.
Pietro Leemann gourmet menu: 80 euros per person.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5 or Tram 3b).

Crédit photo : Smmmile Vegan Pop Festival – 1st edition © Agence Appelle Moi Papa


Best Places

The restaurants of TV cooking shows judges


In France, several top chefs have participated to cooking shows on television like Ghislaine Arabian, Hélène Darroze or Yves Camdeborde. All have a Parisian restaurant. It’s the opportunity to taste their cuisines.



Crédit photo :  Chef restaurants – TV cooking shows judges © Philippe Schaff

Les Petites Sorcières by Ghislaine Arabian

It’s just nearby the Place Denfert-Rochereau that Chef Ghislaine Arabian established her restaurant Les Petites Sorcières. Since 2007, she has been suggesting a fine cuisine with neo-bistro inspiration. As a side note, she was a judge in the ‘Top Chef’ TV program on M6 channel—from 2010 to 2014. Her menu evolves at the whim of the findings at the market. Therefore, you will be able to taste a cauliflower fondant, a Southwest duck confit crispy and bacon foam or a thick roasted veal liver with a sorrel purée. As for dessert, let you be seduced by the pavlova with melon, mango and oranges or by the deconstructed lemon tart.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Menu: between 35 and 59 euros.

Les Petites Sorcières (in French)
12, rue Liancourt
75014 Paris
l.: +33 (0)1 43 21 95 68
Access: Denfert-Rochereau (lines 4 and 6 – RER B).

La Salle à Manger by Hélène Darroze

The judge of ‘Top Chef’ during seasons 6 and 7 chose the Left Bank to open her eponymous restaurant with multiple atmospheres. On the ground floor, the Salon d’Hélène invites you to enjoy gourmet tapas in a relaxed atmosphere like the pigeon, spelt, dried fruits, pimiento del piquillo and ras el hanout. Upstairs, there is the Michelin Guide 1 star-noted gastronomic restaurant, La Salle à Manger, with a subdued and cosy decoration with plum and orange tones. On the menu, peas are served with salt cod, Iberian lomo and bay laurel and the Mara des Bois strawberry perfectly matches with the basil and olive oil.

La Salle à Manger
4, rue d’Assas
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 22 00 11
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10 and 12) or Saint-Sulpice (line 4).



Le Comptoir by Yves Camdeborde

Coming from the Béarn region, Yves Camdeborde did his basic training at the Ritz, the Tour d’Argent and the Crillon under Christophe Constant. After La Régalade—his first restaurant opened in 1992 in the capital—he became the leader of the ‘bistronomic’ trend thanks to the Comptoir. Located inside the 4-star hotel Le Relais Saint-Germain of which he is the owner, this restaurant serves brasserie cuisine for lunch and a gourmet menu for dinner. On the programme: dishes concocted from market and local products like the selt risotto with squind ink and chipirons. Since, he participated to the TV program ‘Master Chef’ on TF1 channel.

Opened from Monday to Friday from noon to 6pm and on weekends and bank holidays from noon to 11pm continuously.
Gourmet menu (5 dishes): 60 euros.


Le Comptoir / Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain
9, Carrefour de l’Odéon
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 27 07 94
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10).

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