The favorites of La Villa
CURRENT EXHIBITION : ATELIER DES LUMIERES
If you’re seeking a new artistic thrill for your next Paris visit, then we’ve got good news: L’Atelier des Lumières, a new digital museum breaking ground in Paris’s buzzy 11th arrondissement, promises to be the coolest new destination this side of the Right Bank.
L’Atelier des Lumières will inhabit the renovated remains of a 19th-century foundry on the Rue Saint-Maur, whose gritty, concrete-and-steel industrial bones—26-foot-high walls and over 21,000 square feet of open floor space—provide an ideal canvas for the museum's large-scale, projection-based exhibits. Using a state-of-the-art projection system, paintings, collages, and mosaics by the likes of Klimt, Bosch, Breugel, and Chagall will be digitized and cast onto the walls of the space, shrouding visitors in the shadow of swirling, golden trees, and the outlines of Bosch’s saints and sinners. Exhibits will be accompanied by an original soundtrack, composed to fit, and complement, each body of workCurrent exhibition.
Where: 38 rue Saint-Maur - 75011
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Arc de Triomphe
Attack the interminable winding staircase which leads to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon to celebrate the glory of war and his military successes. After visiting the museum, refurbished in 2008, head to the roof for some breathtaking views over Paris.
Address: Place Charles de Gaulle (underground passageway) 75008 Paris
T : 01.55.37.73.77
Opening times : Every day from 10 am to 11 pm (1st April-11th Sept) and from 10 am to 10.30 pm (1st Oct-31st March)
Transports : Metro : Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Admission price : From €6.50 to €9.50. Free for under 10s, for under 18s on Wednesdays (2 pm – 6 pm)
Website : http://arc-de-triomphe.monuments-na...
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
All roads lead to the splendour of historic monuments in the maze of the City of Architecture and Heritage. From Visconti’s palaces to Jean Nouvel’s skyscrapers, this museum which opened in 2007 is brimming with scale models, reproductions and samples of buildings inviting visitors to take a vertiginous tour of France’s urban landscape.
Address: Palais de Chaillot Place du Trocadero 75116, Paris
Transports : Metro : Trocadéro
Place de la Concorde
The biggest square in Paris. It breaks away from the traditional style of the capital’s royal squares which are usually enclosed by offering open views both east and west stretching from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe, and from north to south from Madeleine to the National Assembly on the other side of the Seine.
Address: At the end of Champs Elysées, 75001 - 75008
Transports : Metro : Concorde
The Champs-Elysées is one of the world’s most famous avenues with its cinemas, cafés and luxury stores. The avenue’s status has ensured it has been regularly embellished over the years to help make it one of the most representative symbols of Paris.
The Opéra Garnier is one of the most emblematic monuments of the capital and since its inauguration in the second half of the 19th century its stage has been devoted to opera. Although its shows are pricy, you can still admire the interior by taking a guided tour (between 4 and 8 euros). Those interested in architecture will not be disappointed.
Address: Opéra Garnier Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
T : 08.92.89.90.90 and on +33 (1).22.214.171.124 from abroad
Opening times : Box office from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday. By telephone from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays
Transports : Metro : Opéra
Price : From €10 to €180
Website : www.operadeparis.fr/cns11/li...
In the former Orsay railway station you can get your fill of 19th century art. A temple to realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, pointillism and other major movements born between 1848 and the beginning of the 20th century, the Musée d’Orsay has just undergone a facelift to refresh the presentation of its collections made up of Courbet, Millet, Manet, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Address : Musée d’Orsay 62 rue de Lille 7th arrondissement
Phone number : 01.40.49.48.14
Opening times : From Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, late nights (9.45 pm) on Thursdays
Transports : Metro : Solférino or Assemblée Nationale ; RER : Musée d’Orsay
Admission price : Between €5.50 and €10. Free for under 26s, disabled people and those accompanying them, jobseekers and for everyone on the first Sunday of each month
Website : www.musee-orsay.fr/
Behind the exposed pipes, air ducts and framework of this hulk of a building designed by the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers hides one of the most extensive modern art collections in the world. Head back to the 20th century with Picasso, Magritte, Duchamp, Pollock, Warhol and Tinguely.
Adresse : Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art) Rue Saint-Martin 4th arrondissement
Phone number : 01.44.78.12.33
Opening times : from Wednesday to Monday from 11 am to 9 pm
Transports : Metro : Rambuteau
Admission price : Between €8 and €12
Website : www.centrepompidou.fr
Musée National Rodin
Amble through the gardens of the Musée Rodin, in the shadow of The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell. A vast collection brought together in this haven of peace in the 7th arrondissement, to pay homage to 19th century art.
Adresse: 79 rue de Varenne 75007, Paris
Phone number : 01.44.18.61.10
Opening times : Every day except Monday from 10 am to 5.45 pm
Transports : Metro : Varenne
Admission price : Between €5 and €7. Free for under 26s and teachers
Website : www.musee-rodin.fr
The shortest route to Asia !
From its creation by Emile Guimet in 1889 to today, the museum has never stopped expanding and diversifying its collections. Presenting 5 millennia of Asian art, time has not stood still at the Musée Guimet. Indeed, as you stroll through the rooms of its elegant exhibition spaces, expect to be surprised by installations by contemporary artists.
Adresse: 6 place d’Iéna 75016, Paris
Opening times : Every day except Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm
Transport : Metro : Iéna
Admission price : Between €5.50 and €7. Free for under 26s and holders of the Pass Education
Website : www.guimet.fr
Musée du Palais de Tokyo
Effervescent, playful, adventurous, the Palace of Tokyo, opened in Paris ten years ago to much excitement : an anti-museum par excellence, a rebellious plot of wasteland in the 16th arrondissement, a quirky and ambitious “palace”, a place of exchanges and surprises, it was the pioneer of a movement of reconciliation between the City of Light and contemporary art.
Adresse: 13, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris
Phone number : 01 47 23 54 01
Metro : M° Iéna, line 9
The perfect museum to stroll around ! At the heart of the Marais, housed in the splendid Donon mansion, the Musée Cognacq-Jay is a little gem of a museum which is still relatively unknown by Parisians. And what’s more, admission to the Musée Cognacq-Jay is free !
Adresse: 8 rue Elzévir - 75003 Paris
Phone number : 01 40 27 07 21
Metro : Saint-Paul, Chemin-Vert, Rambuteau
Admission : The tour of the Museum’s permanent collections is free for all visitors.
Opening times : Open from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday. Ticket desk closes at 5.30 pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays
Located in an old railway station, discover the Brasserie Auteuil, an Italian brasserie that proposes in several floors a café, a cocktail bar, a terrace and a rooftop, all in a beautiful plant decoration. The perfect place to share pizzas, drink refreshing cocktails, or soothe gourmet desires with the Italian deserts.
Address: 78 rue d'Auteuil 75016 Paris
T: 01 40 71 11 90
Real institution in Paris, this tea and pastry shop offers salty and sweet treats in an elegant art deco atmosphere. Present since 1927 at the Place du Trocadéro, Carette has seen several generations always with a solid reputation for offering very good pastries to delight all lovers!
Adress : 4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
T : 01 47 27 98 85
A stone’s throw from Trocadéro in the 16th arrondissement, Victor has carved itself a reputation over the last three years as the bistro for lovers of fine wines at reasonable prices. They are served to accompany traditional bistro cuisine, made with seasonal ingredients.
Address: 101 bis, rue Lauriston 75016 Paris
T : +33 1 47 27 55 07
Restaurant, bar lounge and cabaret located in the basement of the theater Montaigne, Manko offers a menu full of Peruvian specialties with some Asian and African touches. The decor signed by Laura Gonzalez brings us into a dazzling atmosphere, with beautiful dining rooms and rich decor reminiscent of the Inca tradition. A small stage, a curtain of red velvet ... at the cabaret you can enjoy the shows on Fridays and Saturdays.
Address: 15 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris
T: 01 82 28 00 15
La Place Longchamp
Near the Villa Des Ambassadeurs you can enjoy modern cuisine, home-made with fresh products and in a nicely decorated atmosphere. This bright contemporary restaurant offers a trendy bistro cuisine with a very friendly service. The restaurant La Place Longchamp welcomes you throughout the day, from breakfast to dinner. The service is continuous from 8h to 23h.
Address: 84, rue de Longchamp 75016 Paris
T: 01 45 53 50 00
Experimental Cocktail Club
Once you have tested the concoctions of the Experimental Cocktail Club, you will never again settle for the run-of-the-mill cocktails which are what hamburger and fries are to French gastronomy. Paris was in need of this type of place which is currently all the rage in New York, the Mixology Bars which are reinventing cocktails with rare alcoholic drinks, fresh fruit juices and subtle spices.
Address: 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris
T : 01.45.08.88.09
Opening times : From Monday to Wednesday from 6 pm to 2 am, Thursday from 6 pm to 3 am, Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 4 am
Transport : Metro : Sentier or Réaumur-Sébastopol
Website : www.experimentalcocktailclub.com
The Shangri-La hotel's chic ephemeral bar, Shangri Lounge, has extended its stay until the 28th of May after finding success with the city's elite clientele. Every wednesday night, the hotel's chic lounge transforms into the Shangri Lounge, a glamorous hot spot for the city's socialites to sip on cocktails created by head barman Chirstophe Léger while enjoying the live DJ set. This elegant pop-up bar is open from 7pm to midnight and also offers a snacking menu.
Address:10 Avenue d’Iéna, Paris, 75116, France - Near the Lobby
T +33 (0)1 53 67 19 93
Candelaria Speakeasy bar
Is one of the first speakeasy bars to open in Paris. Behind the hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving authentic tacos in the fahionable 3rd arrondissement, sitting on the other side of a simple white door, is where you will find one of the city's coolest bars. The bar gets busy quite quickly so we recommend you either go early for a drink before dinner or later for a fun nightcap.
Address: 52 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
T : 01 42 74 41 28
Horaires: Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 12h à 23h
Le bar à cocktails ouvre à 18h, cocktails à 12€
Site web: http://www.candelariaparis.com
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
The oldest market in Paris (1615).
An enormous guinguette, the Marché des Enfants Rouges is the market to visit in Paris : historical, lively, high-quality, authentic…Every morning, the colourful stalls add a highly visual dimension to this market making for some splendid photos. The particularity of this market, with its Moroccan, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese and West Indian stalls, is that it is possible to eat reasonably-priced specialities from across the world at the tables which each stall sets out. The market owes its name, (‘Market of Red Children’), to an orphanage where the children wore red capes. It was listed as a historical monument in 1982.
Address: 38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Metro : Filles du calvaire
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday : from 8.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm
Friday, Saturday : from 8.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm
Sunday : from 8.30 am to 2 pm
The second-hand booksellers
Enjoy a delightful walk along the Seine, in a quarter brimming with historical references (Notre Dame, Louvre, Pont Neuf) and discover the second-hand booksellers.
The ‘biggest’ bookshop in the world : stretching 3 km along the quays of the Seine, the sellers of used and collectible books are present (almost) all week, from 11.30 am to dusk.
Address: Along the Seine – from Pont Marie to Quai Voltaire 75004 Paris
Quarter : Notre-Dame – Ile-Saint-Louis
Metro : Saint-Michel/RER : Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame