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May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

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Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

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Wednesday
Apr012009

Galopins

Les Galopins
33 ave Philippe Auguste, 11th
Tel 01 43 67 01 23
M° Nation

Even if you don't think you'd ever travel across town for a good restaurant, this address is a good one to keep handy in case you're ever in the Nation or Père Lachaise district. Les Galopins is a typically French bistro-wine bar. The tobacco-yellow walls (rest assured, it's just the color of the paint; the smokers have a covered terrace for dining) are covered in vintage beer posters and retro cooking images, which go well with the simple wooden tables and red checkered cloth napkins. The menu is written on a chalk board (you can ask for the printed translation in English), with starters like os à moelle (bone marrow) and foie gras, and main dishes that are heavy on the red meat and fish (I didn't see any vegetarian dishes the night I was there). Desserts are also along the traditional, with crême brulée, profiteroles, and fondant au chocolat. The wine list is extensive, of course, and reasonably priced by the glass or pichet. 

The service is friendly, with a small beer or kir offered on arrival. When my dining companion wanted his steak cooked "just a teensy bit more" they did so perfectly and happily. The other diners were mostly in their 30s, couples and groups of friends, casually dressed. It's a cozy and warm atmosphere.

Dinner is à la carte and is about €35. Lunch formules are €12.50, menus are €15 and €18.50.

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Reader Comments (1)

A really special restaurant, Frequented by the locals which is always a good sign. We visited twice last week.The food &service was superb on both occasions.Totally loved it and we would undoubtedyly return on our next visit to Paris.
April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjmrb

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