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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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Pin-Up Bar

Le Pin-Up
13 rue de Tiquetonne, 2nd
M° Etienne-Marcel
Tel 01 42 33 04 86


Another hip new bar for cool cats has opened in the Montorgueil district. A few streets down from the Experimental Cocktail Club, this bar has a refreshingly bright interior thanks to the whitewashed walls and high ceilings. On the ground floor you'll find the bar with its globe lamps and funky 50s (40s?) retro wallpaper. A mezzanine has round plastic chairs and windows overlooking the street. Through the beaded curtain is a mosaic tiled bathroom...

Downstairs is another whitewashed space under the vaulted stone ceilings, with another bar, a DJ, and a space used for dancing and screening films. Cocktails are served in fish-bowl-sized wine glasses. I had the Cranberry Bubble (Champagne-vodka-cranberry). There are three owners, and the night I was there it was the gallant Cyrille and his fabulously-coiffed co-owner Elise reigning over an entourage of pretty young things. Champagne by the glass €6. Great place for an apertif! 

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