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
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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

La Petite Ceinture – Walk along a former railway

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Description The Petite Ceinture is a 17 miles railway around central Paris. Built between 1852 and 1869 (during the Second Empire) to connect the different train stations of Paris, this railway was one of the first suburban transit system in the world, but it fell into disuse during the 30’s with the success of the Metro.Abandoned since then, the Petite Ceinture has become a biodiversity sanctuary in a big urban city such as Paris. It provides shelter for more than 200 species of plants and no less than 70 animal species1,3km of this former railway was opened to the public in the 15th arrondissement last summer. The path overlooks an interesting mix of architecture: classic stone facades, brick buildings, newer balconied apartments, even the Eiffel Tower sometimes.

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Price Free access
Address From Balard until the rue Olivier de Serres
Website For more information : http://www.paris.fr/accueil/paris-mag/un-nouveau-troncon-de-petite-ceinture-ouvre-au-public/rub_9683_actu_134340_port_23863 (sorry it’s in french)
Hours Mon. to Fri.: 9 am – 4.45 pm (in the winter) & 8.30 pm (in the summer)Sat. to Sun.: 9.30 am – 4.45 pm (in the winter) & 8.30 pm (in the summer)
How to go there? Metro 8 Balard / Metro 12 Porte de Versailles

Blend – the parisian’s burger success story

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Description This burger restaurant is a pioneer of the burgermania that hit Paris in the last years.Burgers are made with meat from Yves-Marie le Bourdonnec, one of city’s very best butchers. But they offer also veggie burgers. Almost every product is fresh  and has been carefully chosen and that is why it has become one of the most famous burger place in Paris. To the point that they opened a Blend 2! And despite the quality of the food, you can have a burger for 10€ and a “Menu Midi”, Burger + French fries + a soft drink, for 15€.

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Price €€
Address 44 rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris
Phone +33 1 40 26 84 57
Website http://blendhamburger.com/
Hours Mon. to Sat: 12 am – 23 pm
How to go there? Metro 3 Sentier / Metro 4 Etienne Marcel

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Le Mini Palais – Elegant brasserie

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Description Located inside the well-known Grand Palais, this contemporary, elegant brasserie has one of the most stylish dining room in the capital.The very famous French chef Eric Fréchon participates in the preparation of the menu. The style of the cuisine is modern French.If the weather is good enough you must sit on the marvelous pillared terrace overlooking Pont Alexandre III: one of the most beautiful in Paris for sure.To sum up, if you are in the neighborhood looking for a restaurant or a bar, you really must go there, not only because it is one of the very few conveniences in the area but simply because it’s worth it.Discover this place and other great tips on My Travel Mate !
Price €€€€
Address 3 Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Phone +33 1 40 34 02 48
Website http://www.minipalais.com/en/index.html
Hours Mon. to Sat: 10 am – 2 am
How to go there? Metro 1, 13 Champs-Elysées Clémenceau , Metro 8, 13 and RER C Invalides

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

Parc des Buttes Chaumont – Fresh air and relaxation

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Description The Parc des Buttes Chaumont is a public park located in the 19th District. With a size of almost 25 hectares it is the fifth biggest park in Paris after the Bois de Vincennes, the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de la Villette, and the Tuileries Garden. But it is by far the most romantic one!Created in 1867, this urban park has roads and paths so that you can easily cross it even with a pushchair..

The most famous feature of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle, a miniature of the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli (Italy), perched at the top of a cliff thirty metres.

This park is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and have a break after a long day of visits. You can sit on the grass along the artificial lake.

During the evening you can go to the famous guinguette called Rosa Bonheur and have some drinks.

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Price Free entrance
Address Rue Botzaris / Rue Manin / Rue de Crimée 75019 Paris
Hours Mon. to Sun.: 7 a.m to 8 p.mMon. to Sun.: 7 a.m to 22 p.m (during the summer)
How to go there ? Metro 7bis Buttes Chaumont or BotzarisMetro 11 Pyrénées (5 min walk)