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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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Hotel St-André-des-Arts
66 rue St-André-des-Arts, 6th
Tel 01 43 26 96 16
M° Odéon


My friend Cynthia absolutely loves this hotel, and it does have that certain “historic Paris” look with the exposed wooden beams and tiled floors. Bare bones budget means no elevator or A/C, but for €85-€90 you get a room for two and breakfast. Located near the Odéon station, right at the end of the Passage St-André-des-Arts (and a block from an excellent Internet café).

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Reader Comments (3)

I first stayed in this hotel almost 35 years ago. In dozens of trips to Paris, the most recent in March 2006, I have returned here.

I love it today, with its warmth and conviviality, as much as I did when, ascending the stairs for the first time so many years ago, a newcomer to Paris, I heard a chambermaid softly humming "La Vie en Rose" to herself as she went about her work. That moment is forever etched in my mind as part of the essence of Paris.

I adore the Hotel St-André-des-Arts.
April 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRillifane
How can I book a night? Do you guys know the email?

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

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