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Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are well underway! 
There are lots of them, and they're in full swing.  The two largest are opening mid-month this year:

- till January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- till December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense

Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere. Click through to our full calendar to get more details.  

December 15-early January 
All of the Manèges, aka Carrousels de Paris, in the 3rd through 20th arrondissements of Paris are free for children for the holidays (my favorite is in the Jardins du Trocadéro, but the lines are longest). See the full list here. Open daily 11am-9pm.

December 7-11
Winter is circus time in Paris! Lots of options--for example the Cirque du Soleil (Dec. 7-11) with this year's Varekai performance. At the Accorhotels arena (12e), seats from 37€ to 80€. But there are lots of others. See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles. 

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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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