If this is your second time in Paris or you’ve done all the touristy things that this beautiful city has to offer, you might want to check out some local activities that the Parisiens and Expats partake in. After spending the past two years here, I’m still amazed at how many new exhibitions open up and fun cultural events that are available to the public. It truly is hard to be bored in Paris and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite picks.
Here is a list of some on-going events that will make you feel like you are a part of the Parisien culture. Don’t worry, you don’t have to speak French to enjoy the activities!
Lost in Frenchlation
Interested in watching a French movie like a local but your French is far from being a native? Why not come to a Lost in Frenchlation event where you can mingle with other expats during cocktail hour before you enjoy a French movie together with English subtitles. Movies are shown year-round in various cinemas in Paris and reasonably priced at €9.50 per ticket.
*There will be a special event on Aug 24th with a free outdoor screening of Queen Margot in the 11th arrondissement at 9pm. For more information about Lost in Frenchlation, click here.
Love to join an interactive Escape Game and roam around the Opera Garnier in Paris? Follow the clues provided by the Phantom of the Opera and solve riddles before you partake in an interactive final performance. Don’t forget to bring a pen to note down the clues. You can participate in the game alone or with a group of friends. The game is available in English and French. For more information, click here.
Les Grands Voisins
Former hospital turned into public art space, there are special concerts and events that happen year round at this cool outdoor area. Drinks and food are available for purchase as well as tons of interesting graffiti art to view. Mostly a college hangout spot, come mingle with the local French students anytime during the week. Click here for more details.
Martin Margiela : The Hermès years
If you’re a lover of high end fashion, come check out this great exhibit running at Musée des Arts Décoratifs until September 2nd. Designer Martin Margiela was known in the 90s for his timeless classic pieces during the Avant Garde period and the Creative Director for Hermès during that time. Known for his use of older models between 25-65, Margiela created everyday pieces that are still worn everyday in Paris. For more information and a photo review of the exhibit, click here.
Atelier Des Lumières – Gustav Klimt
Marking the 100th anniversary death of the infamous Viennese Artist Gustav Klimt, you will find a beautiful light show displaying his works dating back to the late 19th century. Loft-style setting with plenty of space to sit anywhere you like, you can enjoy the show from any angle. This art exhibit is unlike any other you’ve seen in Paris. Book your tickets online to avoid the long lines. Click here for more details.
Outdoor Cinema – La Villette
Grab a towel and a picnic basket and check out some blockbuster hits like Mars Attacks and Promised Land in the beautiful La Villette park. Similar to the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival in NYC, you can spread out on the big lawn and arrive just an hour before the film starts. Beach chairs and blankets are available for rental. Movie starts at sunset. Check out here for more info.
La Tour Saint- Jacques
Hidden behind Rue de Rivoli across from the shopping district of Chatelet, you will find a beautiful Gothic tower dating back to the 1500s. Former Church, this Tower is the only standing structure in the area after the French Revolution. Perched at 54 meters high, you will climb up 300 steps to stunning views of Paris. Group tours are available until November. For more info, click here.
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