Les puces – Popular Second-hand shop

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Description Le marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen, literally “the fleas market” in english (which is funny) is the most concentrated second-hand shop in the world and the fourth attraction in France with more than 5 million visitors every year. This is an original experiment, an unusual walk and a bonanza for vintage pieces and antiquities lovers. But not only… Each stand is full of objects of all kinds : old vinyls, prints, toys, posters, books, photographs and vintage or trendy clothes. A simple walk can quickly give way to a shopping session.
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Price Free (except if you want to buy something, naturally))
Hours Sat: 9am-6amSat – Sun: 10am-18am – Mon: 11am-17am
Website http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/1.aspx
How to go there? Metro 4 Porte de Clignancourt
Metro 13 Garibaldi (recommended)
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The 104 (Centquatre) – An open art space

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Description This former funeral parlour, a vast and bright 19th-century building, was turned into “space for artistic creation”. Renamed the 104 (Centquatre), this place is open to all forms of art: theatre, dance, music, cinema, video, digital and urban art etc. This establishment claims to be an artistic collaboration and provides spaces and support to several young artists.But it wants to be more than an art space. It boasts a restaurant (les Grandes Tables du 104), a café, a bookstore, a natural clothing boutique, a secondhand shop, and an artistically designed playroom for children. It also has a very nice courtyard with lounge chairs, which is very appreciated by visitors and locals.With the numerous activities offered and the diversity of the exhibitions, you should definitely make a stop there if you are in the area.

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Price Free (or 5€ for special exhibitions)
Address 104 rue d’Aubervilliers or 5 rue Curial 75019 Paris
Phone +33 (0)1 53 35 50 00
Hours Tues – Fri: 12am-7pmSat – Sun: 11am-7pm
Website http://www.104.fr/version-anglaise/
How to go there? Metro 12 Max Dormoy, Metro 7 Riquet

La Butte aux Cailles – A village in Paris

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Description The Butte aux Cailles is surprisingly not very well-known. Tourists rarely go in this disctrict quite far away from the center (wedged between the city’s Chinatown district and the sprawling Place d’Italie) and many Parisians have heard of it but never went there. But this village-like area should definitely be on your list!This district, whose name come from the 16th century, used to be an important area for the tannery and tissue trades.Saved from modernity by its past life as a stony quarry, you can enjoy a nice walk in its narrow cobblestone streets featuring quirky restaurants, cafes and boutiques. The area has retain its village ambiance which has attracted a young, trendy and festive Parisian population.Don’t expect to find monuments. If you go there it is to enjoy its peaceful streets, its silence and its greenery. It is also a great spot for street art lovers (see Rue des Cinq Diamants)Here are a few addresses you should check if you go there:

– Villa Daviel and nearby streets

– The 19th century Place Paul Verlaine

– Le Temps des Cerises, for a typical French restaurant (€€)

– La Folie en Tête (33 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles), to stay late in the night (€€)

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Address 13th arrondissement, around the Rue de la Butte aux Cailles and the Place Paul Verlaine
How to go there? Metro 6 Corvisart, Metro 5,6 & 7 Place d’Italie

Le Point Ephémère – Alternative Art Space

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Description This art deco building, located along the Canal Saint Martin, gathers  five music studios, one dance studio, a fabric workshop, a multimedia platform, four visual art studios and a bar-restaurant. This multi art place became popular thanks to its alternative music scene. The music played is far from the tastes of the wider public, but the line-up is very diversified (from noisy rock to deep electro) and always well selected.The artist studios are rent for exhibitions from 3 to 6 months. Here as well you will find a very large diversity of artists.During the evening this place turns into a club until 2 am.This place has managed to keep its underground roots, so if you are fed up with posh clubs and classic museums, this is your place!Discover this place and over great tips on My Travel Mate !
Price €€
Address 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris
Phone +33 1 40 34 02 48
Website http://www.pointephemere.org/
Hours Mon. to Sat: 12 am – 2 am
How to go there ? Metro 2, 5 and 7bis Jaurès

La Pagode – Cinema

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Description This antique Japanese pagoda built in 1896 is an extravaganza in this typical Haussmanian area.La Pagode is one the few temples of independent cinema in Paris featuring films in original version from directors such as Kusturica, Manoel de Oliveira or Ken Loach.We recommend you to come earlier for a tea in the charming oriental garden.

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Price €€
Address 57 Bis Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris
Phone +33 (1) 45 55 48 48
How to go there ? Metro 13 Saint-Francois Xavier