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    »Restaurant La Maison des Frigos

    Ever dreamt of eating in a squat? Maybe not, but don't be put off by the graffiti-ridden quirkiness of this hip, sumptious gem of a restaurant! Located on the ground floor of the infamous art squat Les Frigos, this gallery-cum-restaurant serves up delicious, hand-prepared Japanese cuisine by magnificent resident chef Mariko, who often dictactes the menu according to her whims and moods. Be sure to try the swordfish sauteed with sake or the okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). The spirit of this locale retains much of the funkiness of the squat. You must often search for a chair; the inside is marked by piping and hand-made decorations but the innovative dishes, copious portions and great prix-fixe menu will push anyone to summon their inner foodie rebel.

    19 rue des Frigos
    Paris, 75013

    »Les Frigos

    Les Frigos is a former refrigerated warehouse built in 1921. Trains used to go into the building with their goods in order to stock them in the fridges. However, this activity was halted at the end of the 1960s. In this building, 200 artists create and work every day. All the arts are represented: painting, sculpture, music, video, photography, theater, graphic design. Every year in spring, two open days and a few exhibitions enable the public to discover this place, visit the workshops, talk to artist, see performances, walk in the yard and listen to music. But it is also possible to contact, via the website, an artist which appeals to you in order to meet him/her.

    19 rue des Frigos
    Paris, 75013


    Bétonsalon is an association which manages an art and research center. Located in the heart of Paris 7 University, personnel and students as well as artists, neighbors and workers of the area are encouraged to get involved in the projects. Pictorial artists have regular exhibitions but the schemes also come from philosophers, choreographers and scientific people. Bétonsalon wants to question the role of art, of artists, and of cultural places in society in organizing workshops, exhibitions, visiting tours of the area, festivals, performances and operations in the public area. Sometimes, at lunch time, students give a show before they go back to class.

    9 Esplanade Pierre Vidal Naquet
    Paris, 75013

    »Air de Paris

    For a twist to the usual contemporary paintings, head to Air de Paris where the specimens belong to various experimental genres that at one pique one's interest with their unique designs and concepts. The artists featured here are from all parts of the world, lending their individual experience in creating a variety treat for the client. A few note-worthy names include Carsten Hölle,  Sarah Morris and  Jean-Luc Verna.

    32 rue Louise Weiss
    Paris, 75013

    »Le Musée de la Cinémathèque

    Frequented by renowned contemporary film-makers such as Michael Mann, Abbas Kiarostami and Robert Redford, Le Musée de la Cinémathèque is a place dedicated to the history of cinema in France. Among the collection of the museum includes various elements such as cameras, magic lanterns, costumes, posters and documents. However, the most prized possession of the museum are the film-clips belonging to the prominent film-makers of the past such as Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, etc. Call or visit their website to know more.

    51 rue de Bercy
    Paris, 75012

    »Museum of Fairground Arts

    Musée des Arts Forains was established in 1996 by Jean-Paul Favand, celebrated actor and art director. Breathing new life into a rustic warehouse at Les Pavillons de Bercy, this museum is an expression of allure and an ode to fairground art. Explore the scene for fairytale unicorns, magic fountains, distorting mirrors, regal theater props, opulent chandeliers and Belle Époque artifacts. The wonderland woods are replete with cottages and a Baroque castle that are reminiscent of fairytale classics. This museum also features a collection of 19th-century fair objects like stalls, carousels and other carnival rides.

    53 Avenue des Terroirs de France
    Paris, 75012

    »Théâtre du Merveilleux

    The Théâtre du Merveilleux is an extraordinary place in which the visitor is actor and interacts with the environment, vintage attractions and artists. You are welcomed by the elephant hot-air balloon, and then you discover the scenery made of music hall, opera and fun fair elements. Videos are projected on the room s different structures. Several instruments such as the 1920 organ, the automatic piano, and the set of bells, all linked together by computer, create a totally unique musical atmosphere by making the room a gigantic music instrument. Have fun with the game of the unicorn, which is an astrological raffle with Japanese billiards, the spinning tops, the shooting boxes, the sliding games and a lot more!

    53 avenue des Terroirs de France
    Paris, 75012

    »Les Pavillons de Bercy

    The Pavillons de Bercy are situated in Paris' 12th arrondissement. They consist of three pavilions comprising 5000 square meters (53,820 square feet) and host corporate and private events including galas, receptions, conventions, and private parties. Facilities include an interactive theater and museum as well as an expansive garden.

    53 avenue Terroirs de France
    Paris, 75012

    »Cité de la Mode et du Design

    Cité de la Mode et du Design is a living place for creation that brings together the different forms of design in one place: fashion, beauty, numerical, graphic, sound, olfactory and culinary designs, as well as sustainable development. It encourages big projects; 'speed meetings' between innovators and firms are organized. For visitors, there are 2000 square meters (21,528 square feet) of new concept stores located on the ground floor, and an event area of 3500 square meters (37,674 square feet) on the first floor, where all kinds of festivities take place. Moreover, you can enjoy one of the three restaurants and the numerous strolling areas, far from the city’s bustle, along and overlooking the Seine River.

    34 Quai d’Austerlitz
    Paris, 75013

    »Galerie des Gobelins

    This gallery is located in the famed Manufacture des Gobelins, which is a tapestry manufacturing factory, the history of which can be traced back to the 17th century. Beautiful paintings painstakingly created using the art of tapestry can be found on display here. This gallery is used as an exhibition space for various contemporary exhibitions and shows.

    42 avenue des Gobelins
    Paris, 75013

    »Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy

    Part of the National Museum of Natural History, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy is located at Jardin des Plantes. The gallery building takes up two floors; the Paleontology section displays both vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, and the Comparitive Anatomy section has at least 1000 skeletons for you to observe! This gallery was established in 1898 due to the efforts of professors Albert Gaudry and Georges Pouchet.

    2 rue Buffon
    Paris, 75008

    »La Galerie des Enfants

    Located in the Grande Galerie de L'Evolution, in Le Jardin des Plantes, La Galerie des Enfants is a specially designed exhibition area for children ages six to 12. Attracting families from all around, the gallery is so popular that it works on a timed schedule, visitors are admitted in shifts, allowing an hour and a half of discovery time. This highly interactive museum features hands-on experiments and educational activities perfect for parents and kids to explore together. Be sure to visit the website for times and ticket information.

    36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
    Paris, 75005
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