Le Point-Virgule, a comedy theater in the Marais district, the historical quarter of the capital, features comics all year, and in particular during its renowned Humor Festival in late summer. One-man-shows, sketches, impressions, improvisation, musical shows, the program here is rich and varied, the setting, a pleasant and typical one. Every summer, a humorous festival is organized with more than 80 artists.
Founded in 1889, this legendary cabaret is known to the world over for being the birthplace of the famous French form of dance, can-can, forever immortalized in the paintings of French artist Toulouse-Lautrec. This landmark red windmill near Montmartre attracted the free spirits and artistic souls of Paris' Belle Epoque with its extravagant and risque performances. Although during World War I popularity dropped off, it rebounded greatly with the advent of the glitzy dancer Mistinguette, perhaps the cabaret's most iconic performer, in the 1920s. Today, the red lights of the Moulin Rouge still glow in Pigalle, where visitors can get a taste of Paris' Golden Age.
Many remarkable art galleries and boutiques are found on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, an avenue of upscale commerce in Paris. For art enthusiasts, a walk down this avenue becomes a truly memorable experience. The galleries, which are mostly concentrated between Place St-Phillipe-du-Roule and Avenue de Marigny, offer some of the most exceptional work by contemporary artists and beautiful French furniture. This avenue also supports Paris' reputation as a world center for fashion as many famous designers such as Givenchy and Chanel maintain boutiques here. A walk along the avenue of Faubourg Saint-Honoré, filled with impressionist art and pulsating fashion, is guaranteed to leave an impression.
Starting from the intersection at Sant-Augustin metro and running all the way to rue Drouot, Boulevard Haussmann, opened in 1864 to help ease Paris' transition from a medieval city to a modern capitol. Planned by Georges Haussman as part of an extravagant series of reforms, this boulevard is famous for infusing the then cluttered city-scape of Paris with refinement. Here you will find the immaculate Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, two must-see shopping hot spots for quality Parisian couture, home accessories and more.
This strangely-shaped building was dreamed up by Louis Dejean, owner of the summer circus grounds in the gardens of the Champs-Élysées. Wanting to expand his business year-round, he commissioned Hittorff, the architect of the impressive Gare du Nord, to build what was called the "Cirque Napoléon." Completed in 1854, the 20-sided polygon was greatly admired at the time and innumerable circus acts thrilled the crowds. These days, the building is unfortunately often empty, but the exterior alone is worth a visit, with its elaborate horse sculptures and carousel-like decor.
La Machine du Moulin Rouge is a swanky and eccentric concert venue that doubles up as a nightclub and is one of the most-visited hotspots in the nightlife of Paris. Three separate areas, namely the 750-seater concert hall, a club that can accommodate 400 patrons, and the American bar with a holding capacity of 250 people, are all open for enjoying endless nights of partying. Electrifying DJ performances, contemporary concerts spanning various genres like rock, electro, pop and theme nights and dance nights attract the hip and young crowd of Paris.
Hop aboard one of Batostar's electric vessels for a tour of the Seine and its islands. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Paris as you cruise through the city and take in the centuries of architecture and culture. The on-board bar and lounge offers light refreshments and delicious drinks. You can even book a vessel for a private event. Visit the website to find out times and pricing information.
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
59 Rivoli is a former artistic squat, but today it is a legitimate, official place of creation that is open to the public. In 1989, this building, located in the very heart of Paris, was abandoned by the bank and the State which owned it. In 1999, three artists decided to move in, clean and settle in this place to live and create. They opened the place every afternoon to the public to show them their work. But in 2000, the French State sued the artists and they were condemned to be evicted. The situation got a lot of press, and many people showed support for the artists. Eventually, in 2001, the city of Paris bought the building and refurbished it, and the squat was saved! Today, 40,000 people visit the 59 rue de Rivoli every year. 31 artists work and exhibit their art.
Paris en Scène is a barge offering dinner cruises along the Seine. Indeed, several options are available: a dinner (cooked on the boat) with or without wine, dessert or champagne, a special chef étoilé dinner or a special birthday meal. You are seated in large and comfortable leather chairs, facing bay windows with a wonderful view to accompany your meal. Departure is from Saint-Michel Bridge, Ile de la Cité; the cruise lasts for around two hours and takes you to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Conciergerie. There are different departure times, from early evening into the night, and the prices are very affordable.
As one of the oldest galleries in all of Paris, it is only fitting that the L'ile aux Images is located in Île de la Cité. This well-known gallery contains hundreds, if not thousands of photographs and lithographs from as far back as 1839 from famous photographers including Édouard Baldus who's architectural and railway photographs can be found lining the walls, as well as pieces from Willy Ronis and others. The gallery also offers original vintage posters and advertisements encompassing many artistic themes like humanism, art nouveau, art deco, fashion, folk art and more. If you can't make it to Paris, visit their online shop to browse the vast collection.