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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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Monday
Mar092009

Fourmi

La Fourmi
79 Rue des Martyrs, 18th
M° Pigalle/Anvers
Tel: 01 43 14 00 30

Open from 8:30am (10am on Sunday) until 2am (4am on Friday and Saturday).

Review by Aileen O'Riordan

A good cheap place with atmosphere in the 18th near La Cigale. Comfortable, loud and filled with all manner of people, it's a wonderful spot to pass an afternoon after a trek around Montmartre, or to find a neighbourhood feel in what can sometimes be pretty commercial area. The tartines and frites are tasty, however, depending on how busy it gets, service could be slow. During the summer, the terrace serves as a perfect vantage point for spotting the characters venturing around Pigalle.

Aileen O'Riordan, Irish, 31, living in Paris in the Marais for the last four years working as a lawyer. Interests include travel, music, wining and dining and meeting interesting people.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Just to say that the restaurant over the road - La Marmite - makes for a very nice, reasonably priced meal. For a young englishman who has recently moved to Paris, it's nice to find such a place near my house. What pleased me most was not the expertly prepared steak nor the different take on salad, but finding a restaurant on Rue de Clichy relatively untainted by the tourist-trap nature of montmartre.

I shall have a drink in La Fourmi tonight, with good expectations.
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ

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