Our best ideas for enjoying your Christmas shopping in Paris

Christmas is fast approaching, so why not get ready for it, and please your loved ones, with a shopping trip to Paris? In the heart of the capital of European fashion, a legendary city of art and creativity, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect Christmas. Come with us on our virtual tour of the best places to find the perfect gift in Paris. Let’s go…

Christmas shopping in Paris - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Christmas shopping in Paris – © Tourist Office Paris – Photographer Amélie Dupont

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Staying in Paris? A visit to the Arts Viaduct is a must!

Yes, Paris is the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and the Folies Bergeres. Mais oui, Paris is Notre Dame, the Louvre and rides on the Seine. But for those visitors who like to step off the beaten track, there are parts of Paris that are seldom frequented by tourists. The one we’d like to tell you about right now is a particular favourite of ours and one of the city’s most unusual locations. It can be found in the 12th arrondissement, on the Avenue Daumesnil, just a stone’s throw from the Place de la Bastille, and is called the Viaduc des Arts. Close to this place of artistic effervescence nestles the Hotel Marais-Bastille, the ideal starting and finishing point for all your unusual visits.

Arts Viaduct Paris - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Arts Viaduct Paris

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Catch some great movies at Cine Metro Art

Our local quality cinema, the Cine Metro Art Bastille, offers a wide reaching programme of films each week, focussing in particular on independent movies by auteurs. Moviegoers can catch screenings of new productions as well classics that have made a significant mark on the history of contemporary cinema. Just half a kilometre from the Hotel Marais Bastille, you can spend an entertaining evening with a thriller, a good comedy or a challenging art-house creation. The Cine Metro Art cinema promises a wealth of carefully selected productions presented to a high standard.

Cine Metro Art Paris - By LPLT (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cine Metro Art Paris – La Bastille movie theatre

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Trade Fairs in Paris for the late 2015 season in Paris, plus great gastronomy events

After the festive months of summer, the capital prepares to welcome the trade fairs and exhibitions of late August through to the tail end of 2015. The month of September is a rich one for sampling the greatness of French gastronomy, as usual, but there’s also a whole host of great events coming to the capital which cater to a wide variety of interests.

Trade Fairs Paris autumn - Maison & Objet Trade Fair

Maison & Objet (House & Object) Trade Fair Paris

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Discover or rediscover the capital during the summer months with these unusual tours

Paris under the summer sun is an alluring city, inviting you to discover its hidden secrets and explore new horizons. Whether you’re a Parisian or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover about this city; its possibilities are endless. Take the opportunity to see what the more unusual tours are all about, because we think you’ll be fascinated as you see Paris from a fresh perspective and make the acquaintance of places that are away from the usual tourist trails. Just to give you an idea of some of the incredible depth of interest our city has to offer, here are a few recommendations.

Unusual tours in Paris - Butte-aux-cailles area - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer E. Boucher

Buttes-aux-Cailles area – Tourist Office Paris – Photographer E. Boucher

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See the climax of the Tour de France and take a Paris Bike Tour

The summer months in Paris are warm and languid, but there’s no shortage of things to do. Throughout the year and especially during the summer, the Paris Bike Tour offers a range of activities to please everyone. And while we’re on the subject of bike tours, we must not forget the arrival of the Tour de France !

Bicycle race Tour de France in Paris - Charles-de-Gaulle square, Triumphal Arch, 8th district

Bicycle race Tour de France in Paris – Charles-de-Gaulle square, Triumphal Arch, 8th district

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The Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival 2015

The Saint Germain des Près district, located in the 6th arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine, has long enjoyed a reputation as having a certain cool, intellectual ambience. Unsurprisingly, this delightful part of Paris played a significant role in the rise to prominence of jazz in the mid-20th century. Today it is the setting for the annual Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival, a relatively young but thriving event which regularly attracts some of the most creative and interesting talents in this particular genre of music. When you stay at the comfortable Hotel Marais Bastille, you are situated just across the Seine from the festival and can reach the event quickly and easily.

Paris Jazz Festival 2002 - Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat - Gloumouth1 via Wikimedia commons

Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat at Paris Jazz Festival 2002

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Roland Garros; The French Open tennis tournament

It’s the only tennis Grand Slam event that is played on clay, and is generally considered to be the most physically challenging of them all. In 2015 the greatest tennis players in the world will once again be vying for the honour, prestige and glory that comes with victory in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland-Garros stadium, and you can be there to cheer on your favourite contenders. Get your tickets now for May 24th to June 7th and enjoy one of the world’s great sporting events, easily accessible from the Hotel Marais Bastille, where we’ll be happy to help with your transport arrangements.

Roland Garros 2015 - Match in 2013

Roland Garros 2015 - Match in 2013

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Victor Hugo House in Paris; a treat for literature lovers

Here at the Hotel Marais Bastille, we are within easy walking distance of the Place des Vosges, a beautiful square dating from the early 17th century. Designed and built by royal decree, it seems to embody the essence of the architectural charms of the Marais, a district steeped in history and culture. It is well worth visiting simply to sample the uniquely tranquil atmosphere of the place, but the Place des Vosges boasts an additional attraction for lovers of fine literature; it is the location of the Victor Hugo House in Paris.

Victor Hugo House Paris - Photographer Dalbéra via wikimedia

Victor Hugo House, Place des Vosges, Paris - Chinese room Juliette Drouet - Photographer Dalbéra via wikimedia

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The Paris Bastille; a testament to history

We at the Hotel Marais Bastille are proud of our location in such a historically significant section of Paris. The story of the Paris Bastille fortress is one that reverberated around the world and still has significance today. Built in the 14th century to defend the city from the English during the Hundred Years War, it later became a state prison and was famously stormed by 600 rioters on July 14th 1789. This key event of the French Revolution was a major blow in favour of liberty. The fortress was later demolished and the Place de la Bastille was built where it formerly stood. Some of the stonework can still be seen today close to the Boulevard Henri IV. Today the district is rich in interest. Here are some of the nearby places you will want to visit when you stay with us.

Paris Bastille - Viaduc des arts (strip of art galleries) - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Viaduc des arts (strip of art galleries)

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