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Calendar of Paris Events

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Paris Dining Reviews

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Entries in Paris (21)

Wednesday
Jan202010

Maoz Vegetarian Falafel

Maoz
8 rue Xavier Privas, 5th
01 43 26 36 00

Maoz
36 rue St-André-des-Arts, 6th
01 46 33 87 19

www.maozusa.com (warning, site has sound that can't be turned off)


A new falafel place is giving L'As a bit of competition! Maoz may not have Lenny Kravitz posing for photo ops with the staff, but they do have tasty falafels that you get to build yourself. Completely vegetarian, you start off with a small or large pita filled with the basics: falafel balls (minced chickpeas with herbs and spices, fried in vegetable oil) and lettuce, then you fill it up yourself from the salad bar, with tomatoes, beets, pickles, cucumbers, onions, herbs, carrots, hummus, tahini, peppers, olives, and as much hot sauce as you can handle.

You can also get hummus or aubergine (eggplant) falafels, salads, or even fries (hey, I said it was vegetarian, not health food). A large falafel on its own is €4.40. The Maoz Menu of falafel + fries + drink is €7.40. Fries are €2.20. There are two locations, only the one at St-André-des-Arts has a few stools to sit on, otherwise it's to go.

Open daily, 11:30am-1am.

Saturday
Mar282009

Pamphlet

An upscale bistro specializing in gourmet, market-fresh cuisine...

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Saturday
Mar282009

Quinze 

A quest for Brunch in the 14th...

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Thursday
Mar262009

Happy Days Diner

Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero in Paris...

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Monday
Mar092009

Black Dog

Hiding in the back of a metal music bar near Châtelet is one of the best kept secrets of Paris: an Argentinean steak house...

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Saturday
Mar072009

Moosehead Bar

‘The Moose’ has offered Paris a reasonably close facsimile to an authentic American sports bar for over a decade...

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Thursday
Feb262009

Café Med

77 rue Saint Louis-en-I'ile, 4th. Tel 01 43 28 73 17. A good budget restaurant on the Ile St-Louis...

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Wednesday
Jan282009

Sushi Shop

A Californian discovers the closest thing to American-style sushi in Paris...

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Wednesday
Jan282009

Planet Sushi

www.planetsushi.fr Tel 08 26 00 33 33. Planet Sushi five locations in Paris open 11am-11pm...

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Friday
Jan162009

Scoop

154 rue St Honoré, 1st. Tel 01 42 60 31 84. Fresh, homemade ice cream and hamburgers near the Louvre...

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Monday
Jan122009

Marty Restaurant

20 ave des Gobelins, 5th. This historic Art Deco restaurant near Marché Mouffetard specializes in seafood and classic French dishes...

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Friday
Nov282008

Sapporo Ramen

An inexpensive, yet authentic, Japanese noodle bar near the Louvre...

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Friday
Nov282008

Mesturet

A typical French bistro with excellent prices in central Paris...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Taverne Henri IV

13 place du Pont Neuf, 1st. A cozy wine bar on the Ile de la Cité...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Wanna Juice

65 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 6th. The French have finally caught on to the healthy juice bar trend...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Pain Quotidien

Marché St-Honoré 18 Place du Marché St-Honoré, 1st. Hearty brunches served on long wooden communal tables...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Foody’s

26 Rue Montorgueil, 1st. This is as close to a soup & salad bar as the French get...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Chez Gladines

30 Rue des Cinq-Diamants, 13th. A popular and inexpensive Basque bistro on the Butte aux Cailles...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Petit Palais Café Le Jardin

Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux Arts Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th. A hidden café in the free Municipal Arts Museum gardens off the Champs-Eysées...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Café Hugo

22 Place des Vosges, 4th. Beneath the arches of the 17th-century Place des Vosges, this little café is the perfect spot for a quick snack or an an espresso...

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