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Cidre!
Business/Location: La Pétanque
Address: 40 Rue Etienne Dolet
City: Paris
State:
Zip Code: 75020
Phone: 46 36 49 36

Posted by:  Claire Storrow
Photo:  Claire Storrow
   La Pétanque
"Bonne chance!" shouted the barman as we left the hipster place on Rue Menilmontant where we had just asked the question, "Do you have any cider?" Well, we were in luck because we'd been to a bar a few nights before that did indeed serve cider, and we were going to return. I don't know if cider is seen as a hobo drink in Paris--not quite sophisticated or cosmopolitan enough--but it is hard to find. Certainly, the only place that you will find it on tap is in an Irish pub and it's probably going to be Magner's. But La Pétanque, thankfully had some very good Breton cider, albeit in 25cl bottles, which slaked our thirst. "Where are you from, my friend?" the kindly barman who had remembered us asked in French. "Angleterre, de Londres," I said. I also explained that cider is served in pints in England, hence the fact that my boyfriend and I had sunk three bottles apiece. "Everyone is welcome here," our new friend said, eyes shining, as if we were now part of the club. And it kind of does feel like a club, with a pinball machine in the corner, a few bar flies who never seem to leave, and great music on the speakers; we felt right at home.


Paris' Le Cinquante
Business/Location: Le Cinquante
Address: 50 Rue de Lancry
City: Paris
State:
Zip Code: 75010
Phone: 01 42 02 36 83

Posted by:  florian guillemin
Photo:  florian guillemin
   Le Cinquante
LE repère NFT par excellence. Une façade -- et un nom -- sans prétention, abritant une petite salle toute aussi modeste. En poussant plus loin, le curieux découvrira une salle plus grande, mais tout aussi cosy. Un piano, des bougies, et une déco vintage éclectique comme il en fleurit à Paris. Surtout, le chanceux déambulant sans but un dimanche soir dans la ville endormie découvrira l’un des seuls lieux vivants, et ô combien chantant. Un guitariste, des carnets de chant sur chaque table, un bon stock de chansons -- tonalité française, et quelques bonnes trouvailles anglophones ou espagnoles -- jouées sur commande et entonnées en cœur. Le tout à bas prix, servi avec le sourire, dans une ambiance incomparable. Inclassable. Et forcément immanquable.


Sushiya For Sushi In Paris
Business/Location: Sushiya
Address: Rue Pradier
City: Paris
State: N/A
Zip Code: 75019
Phone: 01 42 02 85 82

Posted by:  Luca Dell'Aquila
Photo:  Luca Dell'Aquila
   Sushiya
Bored of all the chinese-fake sushi bars of Paris? If you are a raw fish lover this sushiya ("sushi shop" in Japanese) is a must. Making a reservation is strongly recommended, as this pocket-sized restaurant has only ten seats. Don't be in a hurry, one man does everything. Mr. Tashichi isn't perhaps the most welcoming of hosts at first sight -- maybe for his nutty French, Japanese and English -- but his cooking speaks for itself. Here, there's only super fresh fish cut in pieces as huge as your mouth that literally melt like butter. The choices are simple: the sushi plate (26 euros) with salmon, tuna, omelet, shrimp, salmon roe, mackerel, cone sushi and futomaki, or the sashimi plate, similar but with octopus. In spite of the weird wall decor with Japanese newspapers and baby photos, the reigning zen atmosphere will definitely inspire you to make an origami on site and add it to Mr. Taschichi's collection. Another reason to go? Unlimited green tea is offered upon arrival and you can also bring your personal bottle of Chardonnay. Indeed, an unwritten BYOB policy exists, very rare in Paris. Just as this place.


Au Doux Raisin in Paris
Business/Location: Au Doux Raisin
Address: 29 Rue Descartes
City: Paris
State: N/A
Zip Code: 75005
Phone: 0143 293 113
Website: www.audouxraisin.com

Posted by:  Garland Walton
Photo:  Garland Walton
   Au Doux Raisin
You seek a relaxed, auberge-like vibe with charming locals singing along to the French chansons the young proprietor's sound system is playing? You got it, along with seven house gratins (the auvergnat, with potatoes, onions, artisinal ham, and blue and comté cheeses, is swoon-worthy), a 16-euro dinner menu, and cheap pitchers of heavenly house wine (of course -- you're in France, where cheap doesn't = gag reflex). The generous serving of duck will be cooked perfectly, the saucisson will be buttery (how's that possible?) and rich, and you'll lick the crème brûlée dish. All this while you take in a wildly decorated bar (like The Smiths collaborated with Tim Gunn in a mood) and random artwork throughout -- but never fear, the ambience is 100% authentic. The friendly locals having a pint or glass at the barrels outside will smile as you enter -- one of them's probably the chef, and another the young owner. Great neighborhood with a don't-you-dare-miss joint, where every dish's a winner.


Le P'tit Bar in Paris
Business/Location: Le P'tit Bar
Address: 7 Rue Richard Lenoir
City: Paris
State: N/A
Zip Code: 75011
Phone: no phone
Website: no website

Posted by:  Luca Dell'Aquila
Photo:  Luca Dell'Aquila
   Le P'tit Bar
This bar is a true time capsule. At first sight the front door can give the impression of an abandoned place. No fear, you're just starting a teleportation to the post-war era. Inside, a fat gray cat, a cage of parakeets, old bottles, half washed glasses, dust and mountains of books disordely accumulated everywhere. Madame Paulo runs this hole-in-the-wall since 1965. She is perhaps the oldest bartender ever, her age is legendary, some say over 90s. What keeps this grandmother here serving Belgian beers and calvados? Her answer could be the recipe for a long mental vitality: "I thought to close the bar many times, espcially after my husband's death, but you know, here I have my bar, and I see people. Some clients have come from more than 25 years, they feel good here and me too, as long as I have my head and I'm able to stand." As you can imagine this is not the place for a crazy party or a romantic date, the stale air and the animal smell wouldn't help you (it's part of the authenticity, I suppose), but to hear some stories from an old Parisian about owning a bar all her life.


Parce qu'ils le valent bien
Business/Location: Centre Georges Pompidou
Address: Place Georges Pompidou
City: Paris
State:
Zip Code: 75004
Phone: 01 44 78 12 33
Website: www.centrepompidou.fr

Posted by:  Anne Patault
Photo:  Anne Patault
   Centre Georges Pompidou
Quizz culturel du jour...Si je vous dis: lignes noires orthogonales et couleurs primaires, le tout sur fond blanc, vous me répondez? Si vous pensez à un gel pour les cheveux d'une marque bien connue, ça n'est pas ça...mais presque. Involontairement cette marque a participé à la renommée internationale de Piet Mondrian, auquel le Centre Beaubourg dédie une grande rétrospective jusqu'au 21 mars, ainsi qu'à un mouvement hollandais moins connu du grand public, De Stijl, mais dont l'influence a largement dépassé les frontières de son pays. Cette grosse exposition (prévoir de l'attente aux caisses, et environ trois heures de visite) se divise en deux parties. Une approche chronologique de l'oeuvre de Mondrian, de ses débuts impressionnistes en passant par sa découverte du cubisme en 1911 qui lui ouvre les portes de l’abstraction. Une abstraction dont il cherchera sans cesse à repousser les limites pour aboutir à un nouveau langage formel, le néoplasticisme. La deuxième partie de l'exposition montre au visiteur comment la revue De Stijl se développa en un véritable mouvement artistique, dépassant le simple cadre de la toile pour l'appliquer dans tous les domaines de la création. A voir!



Business/Location: Le Train Bleu
Address: Paris Gare de Lyon
City: Paris
State: N/A
Zip Code: 75012
Phone: 01 43 43 09 06
Website: www.le-train-bleu.com

Posted by:  Anne Patault
Photo:  Anne Patault
   Le Train Bleu
Beaucoup de lieux parisiens sont ce que l'on appelle chargés d'histoire, la grande histoire. Mais pour le Train Bleu cela serait plutôt la petite histoire, celles des passagers qui depuis plus d'un siècle ont mangés ici, en attendant leur train direction le sud de la France . Un « buffet de la gare » comme il n'en existe plus, conservé en l'état depuis sa construction en 1901. Un somptueux décors typique du Second Empire classé Monument Historique : vaste espace éclairé par de grandes baies vitrées, une hauteur de plafond impressionnante, des dorures, des boiseries, des lustres et cuivres rutilants, des banquettes en cuir, des sculptures et peintures représentant les paysages traversés par le PLM (Paris-Lyon-Marseille) en direction du soleil méditerranéen. Mais cet endroit n'est pas que beau. Il y a aussi du bon dans les assiettes monogrammées. La carte illustre parfaitement le mariage de la brasserie et de la gastronomie française. Saucisson brioché, Tartare préparé devant vous (comme le filet de bar), cœur de filet rôti, vacherin... Des classiques revisités avec goût, auxquels s'ajoutent un menu enfant, végétarien, et un menu TGV servi en 45 minutes pour les plus pressés. Évidemment cela a un certain prix (entre 50 et 100 euros pour les menus, sans les vins). Mais je ne regrette pas d'avoir fait une halte volontaire dans cet endroit, et cela sans avoir aucun train a prendre.J'ai juste voyagé dans le temps.


Paris Existe Toujours
Business/Location: La Coupole
Address: 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse
City: Paris
State:
Zip Code: 75014
Phone: 01 43 20 14 20
Website: www.lacoupoleparis.com

Posted by:  Anne Patault
Photo:  Anne Patault
   La Coupole
Peut-être pas la meilleure brasserie de Paris (à l'exception de la spécialité, le curry d'agneau) mais sans doute la plus célèbre car fréquentée dès son ouverture par le « Tout Paris ». Construite en 1927 dans le quartier des salles de spectacles, sa superficie qui en faisait la plus grande de Paris (1000m2 dont un « dancing » en sous-sol) attira immédiatement les artistes les plus célèbres de leur temps. Ici traînent encore les fantômes de Cocteau, Picasso, Man Ray, Piaf, ou encore Hemingway, comme en témoignent les photos sur les murs. Et la décoration des piliers garde la trace de ses premiers visiteurs. La restauration de 1987 a conservé l'esprit Art Déco du lieu, et a ajouté une fresque à la coupole intérieure jusque là vierge. A chacun d’apprécier ou non... Ce qui est sur c'est que l'endroit entretient toujours l'esprit d'origine. On y parle fort, on y rit, on y fête des anniversaires avec le personnel qui apporte à la queue leu leu un énorme gâteau en criant « Ça c'est Paris! », et on y danse encore au sous-sol.


Dome of Legends
Business/Location: Pantheon
Address: 82 Place du Panthéon
City: Paris
State: Ile-de-France
Zip Code: 75005

Posted by:  Alex G
Photo:  Alex G
   Pantheon
250 years on, the rumor simply won't go away--the dome of the Pantheon is about to collapse. This story has been lingering ever since construction in the 1650's, under king Louis XV. Thing is, the dome actually includes no less than 3 domes--after its model, the pantheon of Rome. And because of lack of funding, the project took 30 years to complete. These two factors combined are enough to feed the urban legend. And to add to the story, the French government is now looking for €100m to conduct a thorough restoration of the landmark. If you haven't picked your ideal burial ground yet and you have 100 million to spare, this could be your lucky break. The Pantheon is indeed the burial ground of French heroes--writers like Victor Hugo, Zola, or Alexandre Dumas of 3 Musketeers fame; philosophers like Rousseau and Voltaire; and scientists, e.g. Marie Curie. Incidentally, Marie is the only woman buried there--history is best left to men, apparently. If you visit, keep in mind Foucault conducted his pendulum experiment there. And make sure you go up the cupola--not just for the cracks, the vista on to Paris is breath-taking.


A Hospital Stay You Can Enjoy
Business/Location: Hotel Dieu Hospitel
Address: 1 Place du Parvis Notre Dame
City: Paris
State:
Zip Code: 75004
Phone: 01 44 32 01 00
Website: www.hotel-hospitel.com/

Posted by:  Alex G
Photo:  Alex G
   Hotel Dieu Hospitel
How about taking advantage of your visit to Paris to stay at the hospital for a night or two? Here is how that would be possible--and, quite possibly, even very desirable. Hotel Dieu is one of the world's longest-operating hospitals. It first opened in the heart of Paris, on the main island, in... 651. Not to worry – medicine has made some solid progress in the last 1,500 years, and Hotel Dieu is now a cutting-edge hospital. And so, how would you like to spend a night there? Not as a patient, but simply as guest. The hospital sits right on the island where Paris first started, just across from Notre Dame. No other hotel can match that pedigree. What makes this possible is the transformation of a good part of the attic into guest rooms for family members of patients. When these rooms are not used by families, they are, quite pragmatically, made available to anyone for rent. The set-up of the rooms is a bit Spartan, and the prices, at €130 for two, feel slightly inflated in regard to the overall service provided. But the view is splendid, and the location of your residence beats anything the city can offer--especially when you consider that the island hosts, in all, one (tiny) hotel. And the hotel means business--their website even features an English version.