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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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Chez Gladines

30 Rue des Cinq-Diamants, 13th.
M° Corvisart or Place d'Italie
Tel. 01 45 80 70 10

Photo from the French article in Sortir à Paris

If you ever visit the charming Butte aux Cailles hilltop in the 13th arrondissement (no Chinatown towers in this area, thank you!) you won't miss this loud and lively little Basque bistro. Always packed full of young locals and students, you’ll squeeze in tight at the checkered tablecloth covered tables and get to know your neighbors in this down-to-earth setting. Specialities include duck, cassoulet and the largest salads you’ve ever seen, served in giant bowls. Décor is no-frills and the service friendly, but they don’t accept credit cards.

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