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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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Toilettes at the Carrousel du Louvre

Just because you're not a tourist doesn't mean you don't need to know what's going on below Pei's pyramid. Admit it, you're probably more likely to go and check out the new Apple Store when it opens than to see the latest exhibitions in the museum (although you might want to go check out the Egyptian rooms in case the contents are returned to Egypt). I'm not judging (but I better not see anyone I know in Starbucks or the new McDonald's they're going to open).

I just want to share some very important information regarding les toilettes. Because there's nothing worse than being stuck in the crowded zoo that is the Carrousel du Louvre with a full bladder (especially if you just had a venti caramel macchiato from you-know-where). Also handy if you're in the 'hood and need a quick bathroom stop.

There are three options:

- The spanking clean new Point WC toilets at the far east end of the Carrousel du Louvre (next to Nature & Découvertes). This is the second location of the Japanese toilet company (the first is on the Champs-Elysées). You can choose between the regular toilets (€1) and the "spa" toilets (€1.50). I'll let you figure out what that is on your own. They have those funky turbo dryers that look like CAT scans for your hands. You can also buy stuff in their "toilette boutique" like colored toilet paper (someone explain how the black toilet paper is useful?) and other posh accessories. Open 10am-8pm, 7/7.

- If you don't want to pay €1 to pee, or the line is too long, there are regular pay bathrooms (€0.50) downstairs in the Carrousel du Louvre. Take the steps down from the Hall Charles V (directly under the food court), as if you're going to the garage where the tour buses are all parked (this is news to most residents). They don't even have these listed on their website.

- If you have no coins, there are free toilets in the metro station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (no need for metro ticket; entrance from the Place du Palais Royal, corner closest to the Carrousel du Louvre entrance). They are often closed for lunch. In that case, since you've already walked outside, duck into the Brasserie du Louvre (attached to the Hôtel du Louvre) and use the bathrooms in there (discreetly, ahem).

PS: Someone named Colleen is keeping track of the public toilets around Paris, a good resource to have!

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Reader Comments (1)

The toilets in the Tuilierie Gardens at the Place de la Concorde end used to be pay-per-use, and were immaculate. Had my parents visiting last weekend - they're now free, and absolutely disgusting. Both male and female. Try to find somewhere else to go if you have guests in town, and you're caught short in the area.
October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim
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