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October 21-30 A bit like a smaller, cozier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d'Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €9. 

October 27-29
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). One-day passes €54,  three-day passes €120.

October 28 - November 1
Stuff yourself with all kinds of chocolately goodies at the annual Salon du Chocolat, at the Paris-Expo - Porte de Versailles (metro line 12), 10am-7pm. Entrance €14. You can get advance tickets online or ask at your favorite chocolate shop if they have any extra invitations. Avoid the weekend unless you're a masochist! Here are some Salon du Chocolat tips from a previous article by Secrets of Paris intern Tara Oakes. 

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Hidden Shops in Parisian Courtyards

Visitors to Paris love taking photos of the large carriage doors that guard the entrance to the city’s historic apartment buildings, but they rarely venture beyond. But not all of them are locked. If you see a plaque at the entrance, there are likely offices and a few shops in the courtyards of these buildings, open to the public during opening hours. Two of my favorite French boutiques are hidden inside these courtyards.

On the Left Bank, I’ve become a total addict of La Compagnie du Kraft (LCK), which produce refillable Kraft paper notebooks with cardboard or leather covers right outside Paris (working by hand, they are proudly “The least productive producer of notebooks in the western world”). They are at the back of the courtyard Cour de Saxe at 12 Rue Jacob, 6th. Drop on by, they all speak English and include embossing of initials on your leather-bound notebooks. UPDATE JULY 2015: The shop is moving! Stay tuned for the new address on their FB page.

On the Right Bank, Caroline De Marchi makes luxury leather goods, specifically purses, designed in Paris and handmade in Italy. Her boutique, at 217 rue Saint‐Honoré, 1st, is just a few steps from Colette, but once you step through the doors of the building and walk to the end of the second courtyard, you’ll feel miles from the crowds. My favorite bag this season is the adorable Cubo Zèbre & Jaune Citron, a bit out of my budget. No worries if the shop seems out of yours, the friendly staff at the boutique welcome anyone who is curious about the brand…word of mouth is always the best press!  


Newsletter #145: August 16, 2014

In this Issue:

* End of Summer Events
* Solidarity, Diversity, Gastronomy
* Municipal Class Registration Aug 25th
* Patisserie Ciel
* Paris Pastry Guide
* Love without Locks
* Taxi News & Apps
* Plus-Sized Clothes in Paris
* Marks & Spencer Food
* Paris by Twizy
* Find a Paris Bookshop
* Naughty Paris at Abbey Bookshop
* Heather’s Looking for an Apartment

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Newsletter #135: February 5, 2014

In this Issue:

* Adorable New French Concept Store
* Eyewear Made in France
* A Classy Valentine’s Gift 
* French Food, Restaurants, Cooking
* Cinema Social Club Soirées
* Lost Something in a Paris Taxi?
* A Valentine’s Day Singles Event 
* World Radio Paris Crowdfunding
* Bryan Needs Interviewees
* Where to Recycle Clothes & Shoes
* Assistance with Writing in French
* Stay Informed on all Public Services
* Secrets of Paris Calendar

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Newsletter #134: January 18, 2014

 In this issue: 

* A Big Year for Secrets of Paris!
* A New Private Cocktail Club
* Taxi Wars
* Hilarious French Language Mistakes
* Found Cameras and Memory Cards
* Shoes with a Conscience
* Cool, Collapsible Bike Helmet
* War Touring, Patrimoine & Wine
* Farm Tents and Tree Houses
* French Culture Insights
* Change at French Cash Registers
* Paris Events Calendar 

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Newsletter #131: October 2013

In this issue:

Graffiti Art in the 13th
Local Fall Bounty
Eating Local
A Taste of Normandy
Halloween in Paris
Parisian Malls Get a Facelift
Rive Gauche Gets Better
Cool Shops in the Louvre
Data Roaming for Americans in France
Physically Challenged Visitors
Discount Cosmetics from Italy
Cupcake Camp IV

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Newsletter #130: September 2013

In this issue: 
Garden Festival
Sexy Fall Museum Exhibitions 
Live Music in the Ateliers
Vide Greniers & Brocantes
SOS Helpline Recruiting Volunteers
Three Shops I Love
My New Local Bistro
Ladies’ Wine Delivery 
52 Martinis MeetUp
Experimental Pedestrian Crosswalks
Pets in Paris Update
Win a French Food Dictionary

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