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June 4
The 16th annual Carnaval Tropical parade with 4000 dancers celebrating French West Indies cultures as well as other dancers from Brazil, China, Colombia and other nations around the world. They start at Hôtel de Ville at 2pm, up to Place de la République until 6pm. Come see the dancers and try out the exotic foods on sale! 

June 19
Get out your fancy hats and picnic baskets for the annual Prix de Diane races at Chantilly Hippodrome (just 45 minutes north of Paris from Gare du Nord). Read more about the event from previous years here. 

June 24-26
Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France. This event unites more than 150 musicians (including Cypress Hill and Keziah Jones) and 160,000 attendees every year in the fight against AIDS, and this summer is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Day passes starting at €39.  

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Friday
Jan162009

Scoop

Scoop
154 rue St Honoré, 1st
M° Palais Royal or Louvre-Rivoli
Tel 01 42 60 31 84

www.scoopcafe.fr

The Figaroscope gave this little café near the Louvre the honor of calling their burgers the best in Paris, and considering how many Parisian establishments do burgers, that's really saying something. For his birthday, my friend David wanted to have a hamburger, and since neither of us had been to Scoop yet, we braved the icy sidewalks after the January snows and headed over.

On the ground level is the epicerie and ice cream counter ("They make their own!" David the ice cream expert had told me beforehand), and upstairs a bright if small dining room with some low red sofas and tables next to regular tables, and exposed stone walls decorated with contemporary photographs. David ordered the "burger & milkshake" menu and I got a bacon cheese burger and a bottle of Heinekin (if I had a shake with my burger I'd have to either walk home or take a nap afterwards...not a good mix for me).

Only odd thing so far was that our polite waitress ran off without asking us how we wanted our burgers cooked, so we flagged her down and gave her the info. Our burgers came with little side salads and potatos, all perfectly cooked, and tasting quite delicious as if we had made them ourselves. "Always Fresh, always homemade", just as promised on the website. David was very happy with his chocolate milkshake (which I probably should have gotten; it was a reasonable size, not an enormous litre of dairy danger).The Illy coffee was served a bit weak, but otherwise all was good, and we even had a chance to chat with the owner downstairs.

It was packed at lunch, but if you come during the quieter hours, you can surf on Wi-Fi. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner.

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