The Porte de Versailles at the time of the contemporary art

salon-art3fThe salon art3f comes back for its second edition, from February 12th to 14th next, at the Parc des Expositions de Paris, located at the Porte de Versailles.

This artistic meeting invites the large public to discover the works of well-known or emerging contemporary artists. For the occasion, paintings of Soulages, Combas, or even Di Rosa will be presented to the visitors. This event also gives pride of place to the street art, by inviting urban artists who will make live performances. During three days, French and international artists and galleries will expose their realisations, on the model of painters Monique Maillon-Bussière and Marabout, or contemporary animal sculptor Olivier Courty. Art lovers will have the possibility to acquire, directly on site, the works for which they will have a preference, before eating to the sushi or wine bar of the show.





Salon art3f, (art3f show) from 12th to 14th February 2016.

Open on Friday from 2pm to 10pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Full rate: €10 / Free for accompanied minors.

Paris Expo – Hall 3
Porte de Versailles
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
Metro: Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2 and T3a).


Crédit photo : Salon art3f – 2016 Edition - Official poster of art3f 2016 edition © DR

François Kollar: the photography exhibition not to be missed

francois-kollar-jeu-de-paumeThe jeu de Paume takes an interest in the work of photographer François Kollar (1904-1979), with his new eponymous exhibition which starts February 9th next.

Railway employee in Slovakia, his country of origin, before becoming metal turner in France, he becomes a professional photographer at the age of 24. Avant-gardist, he plays with light, the composition and the models or the objects he photographs. This important retrospective is divided in three parts. The first one presents artist’s self-portraits, just as his works produced for some fashion magazines, notably Harper’s Bazaar. Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain or Elsa Schiaperelli pose in front of his lens. The second chapter explores his production dedicated to the world of work and its changes, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Finally, the last division shows the orders placed by the French State, notably on the French West Africa, current Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal.





“François Kollar: Un ouvrier du regard” (“Francois Kollar: A working eye”) exhibition, from February 9th to May 22nd 2016.
Open on Tuesday from 11am to 9pm, and Wednesday-Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Closed on Monday and on bank holidays.
Full rate: 10 euros / Concession (less than 25 years and over 60 years): 7.50 euros / Free for under the age of 10.

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

Crédit photo : François Kollar – Jeu de Paume - François Kollar: A working eye - ©SDP

Mille et une orchidées 3rd edition at the jardin des Plantes

mille-et-une-orchidees-2016From February 11th to March 7th next, the jardin des Plantes renews its exhibition dedicated to orchids, by showing in its big tropical greenhouses about a hundred of species.

They partly come from Chèvreloup Arboretum’s greenhouses, near Versailles (78), in Parisian suburb. Other rare specimens shown are stem from the botanic garden of the city of Paris, Auteuil’s greenhouses, but also from the Luxembourg garden. This exhibition-sale hosts four French producers of orchids, AM Orchidées, La Cour des Orchidées, Vacherot & Lecoufle, as well as Ryanne Orchidée, which will offer to the public to leave with the plant they like. Neophyte or real enthusiast, the “Mille et une orchidées” (“Thousand and one orchids”) retrospective invites us to discover an emblematic place of Paris and to be amazed.





“Mille et une orchidées” (“Thousand and one orchids”) exhibition, from February 11th to March 7th 2016.

Open daily, except on Tuesday, from 10am to 5:30pm.
Full rate: 6 euros / Concession (4-25 years old): 4 euros / Free for under the age of 4.


Jardin des Plantes
2, rue Buffon
75005 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01
Metro: Gare d'Austerlitz (lines 5, 10, and RER C).

Crédit photo : Mille et une orchidées – Jardin des Plantes – Mille et une orchidées - ©SDP

The chefs’ festival at the Grand Palais

taste-of-paris-edition-2016From February 11th to 14th 2016, the Grand Palais turns into a giant restaurant and hosts 18 chefs on the occasion of the 2nd edition of Taste of Paris.

This one of a kind event gathers as starred chefs as young promising cooks. Among them, we can mention Frédéric Anton from the Pré Catelan, Alain Ducasse from the Plaza Athénée, Stéphanie Le Quellec from the Prince de Galles or Thibault Sombardier from Antoine. Throughout this gourmet festival, they will offer their dishes to the visitors, and also reveal their chefs’ secrets during workshops. An area will be dedicated to producers and craftspeople came to present their products: jams, ciders, olive oils, or even caviar and Bourgogne wines. Young public isn’t outdone, since Taste of Paris proposes games and workshops especially designed for children, in order to develop their senses.





Taste of Paris, from February 11th to 14th 2016.
Lunch session: from 11:30 am to 4pm / 15 euros.
Dinner session: from 7pm to 11:30 pm / 18 euros.
Dishes: between 5 and 12 euros.


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

Crédit photo : 2016 Taste of Paris – Grand Palais - © Frédéric Stucin

Best places

The best restaurants where to celebrate Valentine’s Day


To have a nice celebration of romance, Paris hides some nuggets on the model of the Blue Valentine and its retro atmosphere, the Mandragore with its chic and muted spirit or the Sur un Arbre Perché, particularly enchanting. These three tables are inescapable for a successful Valentine’s Day dinner.



Crédit photo :Best restaurants – Valentine’s Day - © Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

Blue Valentine

This retro restaurant with a 1950s atmosphere is the work of Léna Balacco, to whom we owe two other Parisians addresses as gourmet as lovely: Sésame and La Chambre aux Oiseaux.

Helped by Japanese Chef Terumitsu Saïto, she offers dishes worthy of works of art, very colourful, liven up with wild flowers or aromatic herbs. The Blue Valentine, which is aptly named for this celebration of love, proposes two menus for the occasion. On the programme, among others: clementine of foie gras, gingerbread slivers and citrus fruit condiments, or apples, Calvados marshmallow and lemon cream.

Open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm to 2pm and from 7pm to 10pm.
Valentine’s Day menus: 60 euros at lunch / 90 euros at dinner (excluding drink).

Blue Valentine (in French)

13, rue de la Pierre Levée
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 38 34 72
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Goncourt (line 11).

Le Mandragore

Le Mandragore is none other than the table of the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre.

Nestled on the heights of the Montmartre mound, at the bend in a discrete cobbled street, this 19th century family house is renowned for its garden and for the calm which prevailed. Its muted and romantic restaurant highlights the cooking of Chef Thibaut Spiwack, who proposes a four-course menu on Valentine’s Day evening. You will taste, for example, a beef heart, oyster with ginger and beetroot juice, or a baba with litchi and rose water, all served with a cup of champagne. To continue the evening, you should go to Le Très Particulier cocktail bar, where you can savour divine nectars.

Two-course dinner: 7:30pm and 10pm.
Valentine’s Day four-course menu and a cup of champagne: 150 euros per person.

Le Mandragore / Hôtel Particulier Montmartre (in French)

23, avenue Junot
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 41 81 40
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12).

Sur un Arbre Perché

This Parisian address located nearby the Opéra Garnier appeals to the lovers since several years thanks to its unusual setting.

It is indeed possible to have dinner on swings or in perched huts, cosy whit their big pillows, giving the impression of being in a forest. This enchanting and romantic decoration is perfect for a tête-à-tête. For Valentine’s Day, Sur un Arbre Perché offers a specific menu with a creamy risotto with green asparagus tips, hazelnut crumble, or a rose and lychee macaroon, with pistachio slivers and fresh raspberries. It is even possible to have a massage in couple during 15 minutes, for a memorable evening.

Open from 12pm to 3pm and from 7:30pm to 1am.
Closed on Saturday midday and on Sunday.
Valentine’s Day menus: 75 euros per person / 95 euros with the massage.

Sur un Arbre Perché (in French)

1, rue du 4 Septembre
75002 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 96 97 01
Metro: Bourse (line 3).

Find out more parisian tips

    More things to do