Herb Ritts in full light

stephanie-cindy-christy-tatjana-naomi-hollywood-1989-mediumFor September, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie welcomes Herb Ritts, the famous American photographer died in 2002. We owe him the most beautiful portraits of stars—from actor Richard Gere to queen Madonna who entrusted him with the realisation of the sleeve of her successful first album ‘True Blue’. 

Ritts knew how to play with lights and volume to glorify the bodies—like with models Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington or Cindy Crawford. All the shots exhibited until next October 30th are in black and white. On a side note, practically all the works come from an order. Indeed, Herb Ritts signed numerous advertising campaigns—not without initiating an artistic feeling in his photographs referred as commercial. Challenge met, his monographic prints are today mythical—symbolising the harmony of body and nature.



Exhibition ‘Herbs Ritts. En pleine lumière’, from September 7th to October 30th, 2016.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 7:45pm.
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and bank holidays.
Full rate: 8 euros / Reduced rate (under 26 and over 60): 4.50 euros / Free under 8.


Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7, rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).


Crédit photo : Exhibition – Herb Ritts – MEP - Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood 1989 © Herb Ritts Foundation



Discovering French gastronomy 


Gourmets, take note, the Salon Mer et Vigne is back at the Parc Floral de Paris—from next September 9th to 12th. It is the opportunity to supply with local produce from different French regions before or after a cultural visit at the Château de Vincennes or at Vincennes Zoo. 

This year—for this 14th edition—these are more than 135 growers, wine growers, breeders, processors and oyster farmers who made the trip to Paris. They unveil their savoir-faire to curious people and let tasting their products. Chocolates, fruit juices, macaroons, liqueurs and wines are as many delicacies displayed on the stands. By the way, several catering areas await visitors with typical specialities like oysters, crêpes and other Breton galettes, Aveyron meats, some pan-fried foie gras or specialities from Reunion.



14th edition of the Salon Mer et Vigne, from September 9th to 12th, 2016. (in French)
Open on Friday from 11am to 10pm, from Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm, and on Monday from 10am to 6pm.
Entrance: 12 euros. Reduced fare: 10 euros / Free under 18.

Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide
75012 Paris
Metro: Château de Vincennes (line 1).


Crédit photo : Paris Salon Mer et Vigne – 2016 edition - Pineau des Charentes – Farm goat cheese © Nicolas Villion Photographe



Focus on design

affiche-paris-week-medium.jpgFor a week, Paris becomes the capital of design on the occasion of the Maison&Objet trade show. More than a 100 international designers wake the city up exhibiting their latest creations on the occasion of the Paris Design Week.

Curious people are invited to meander in the streets—following the signs which take them to the participating shops and concept stores. This year, the watchword is ‘Slow down’. Therefore, the event is interested in slow design and upcycling concepts. More than 200 galleries, workshops, design schools and creation studios are part of the festivities. Two strolls are concocted—one at the Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design for Now! Le Off, and the other in several quarters of the capital, from the Marais to the Etoile, from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to Barbès and Stalingrad. This 2016 edition is marked with several anniversaries of brands—like Ferm Living which celebrates its 10 years or Céline Wright, the light designer who celebrates its 20-year career.




Paris Design Week, from September 3rd to 10th, 2016.
Now! Le Off: open on September 3rd, 2016 from 2pm to 7pm and from September 4th to 10th, 2016 from 11am to 7pm.
Free entrance.


Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10) or Quai de la Gare (line 6).


Crédit photo : Paris Design Week – 2016 edition - © DR


Best Places

Gallina: The Canal Saint-Martin’s new HQ


This new rotisserie located quai de Valmy—just nearby the Canal Saint-Martin—was opened by a trio made up of Jérémy Attuil and Mikael Attar from The Sunken Chip and of Joe Elliott from Cream. They called on Chef Victoria Werle to cook chickens cooked on a spit and browned to perfection—served with potatoes with parsley or corn cobs with barbecue sauce.  

Poultry is enjoyed on the spot or to take away, alone or with some other people, available in half or a quarter of a chicken or as a whole one. All the chickens come from poultry farms in the Béarn and the Dordogne. On the menu, the salads are also worth tasting—beets-rhubarb-parsley, heirloom tomatoes-white peaches-feta and dill. Gallina set up in place of a nearly centenary brasserie and has a typical decoration with its stove tiles of origin, its marble and zinc. The restaurant is also used for a cocktail bar where each beverage has an original name like the Mimosa, made from fresh orange juice, champagne and Cointreau. Otherwise, there is still the Sandy’s Summer, made using watermelon, tequila, Aperol and ginger.

Open on Wednesday and Sunday from noon to 3pm and from 7:30pm to midnight, and from Thursday to Saturday from noon to 3pm and from 7:30pm to 2am.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Lunch formula for 15 euros / Cocktails: between 7 and 13 euros.


Gallina (in French)
37, quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 03 47 22
Metro: République (lines 3, 5, 8 and 9) or Goncourt-Hôpital Saint Louis (line 11).


Crédit photo : Gallina – Restaurant – Paris © Julien Azoura and Karl Hab

Mersea: the sea fast food


Behind this name, the very first concept of quality fast food entirely dedicated to fish is hidden! The menu of the place was conceived in collaboration with double-starred Chef Olivier Bellin

Here, Brittany pollack, cod and trout are worked in a street food way, revisited in Fish & Chips, salad, steamed or soup version. The trout is also available in hot dog version—to enjoy on the spot or to take away. Mersea even thought to vegetarian people suggesting a potato salad with dried tomatoes or a seasonal gazpacho with cucumber. All the fishes come from French fishing industry and the sauces which are served with are homemade, like tartar’s, rouille’s or the one with spicy yoghurt. As a bonus, the decoration is trendy and urban with the name of the place written with neon lights, glazed kitchen, golden pine floor and retro wallpaper. Mersea can thus be defined as the sea fast food!

Open from Monday to Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm.
Closed on Sunday.
Menus: between 9.50 and 15 euros.

6, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75009 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 70 38 61 59
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9).


Crédit photo : Mersea – Restaurant – Paris © Dominique Filhol

Find out more parisian tips

    More things to do