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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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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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