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Bars, Market, Paris, Shopping

Joyeux Noël Market At Wanderlust, Paris

Whenever I visit Paris at Christmas, I’m always drawn to the traditional Christmas Markets, with cute Christmas toys, mulled wine, gingerbread and treats from Alsace,   stretching from the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde.

However, for something a bit more unique, head to Wanderlust at Les Docks on the Quai d’Austerlitz for their two-day Joyeux Noël Market.  In the spirit of all things last-minute at Christmas (me, not them), the market at Wanderlust started today, so if you’re in Paris right now, you’re in luck!

Pick up some special gifts from Paris favourites such as Shakespeare & Company, Millimètres, Juliette Beaupin, Marion Graux Poterie, Tombées du Camion, Atelier Amelot, and Jicqy les Mirettes.

Warm up with food and drink stalls by Kusmi Tea, Carrie’s Bio Dogs, Le Bal Cafe, Pressing, Casse-Noisette and Maison du Nougat.

As it that wasn’t enough there’s the Wander-lab offering workshops for children, a Mattel treasure hunt, pop up hair salon, photo booth, Christmas Super Bingo by web magazine Brain, music by experimental brass band Gratkipoils and DJ sets.

Don’t forget to check out the ‘Team Christmas Tree’ exhibition featuring the works of fifteen artists, supported by Truffaut.

Entrance: 5€ adults/3€ students/free for under-12s.
Saturday 15th December, 2-11pm and Sunday 16th December, 11am-7pm.

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Hotels, Paris

Pullman Paris Bercy

On many of my trips to Paris, I’ve stayed in the ‘Golden Triangle’ in the 1st arrondissement, however for my recent visit, I decided to explore on the opposite side of town and see what Bercy had to offer.  I chose the Pullman Paris Bercy, as it is so close to Les Docks on the quai d’Austerlitz, which I had planned to visit, and I had happy memories of my stay at Pullman Marseille Palm Beach.

Pullman Paris Bercy is a quick three minute walk from the Cour Saint-Émilion metro station, just three stops from the centre of Paris.  The hotel is right next to Bercy Village, a quaint, cobbled street shopping area with outlets such as agnès b, Sephora, Côté Maison, Dammann Frères, Eric Kayser and Adam’s Tartines & Cafés.  Another nearby discovery was the beautiful Parc de Bercy with its picturesque duck ponds, lily pads and wooden bridges.

Pullman Paris Bercy is in a large, modern glass building with an expansive lobby filled with design-led furniture, interesting artwork and calming water features.  Our Superior King Room on the fourth floor was spacious, designed in warm colours and very comfortable.

Our room featured include a large desk for working, a comfy seating area, an ironing board, powerful air-conditioning, a large flat screen TV and best of all, free wifi.  A nice touch were the tea and coffee making facilities with a selection of Dammann Frères teas, Fair Trade coffee and Lotus speculoos biscuits and an empty fridge with a complimentary bottle of Evian and Badoit.

The king-size bed was extremely comfortable, with crisp, fine linen and plump pillows.  It was so heavenly that we fell asleep before dinner and it was difficult to get back up.

Our large bathroom had a bathtub and powerful shower, a full selection of Roger & Gallet Bois d’Orange bathroom products, face cloths, lots of fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers.

To unwind at the end of the day, there is a Health Club with a well-equipped fitness room, a relaxing spa and sauna.  Julien Mercier’s menu at the hotel’s restaurant Cafe Ke sounds particularly interesting and there is 24 hour room service and Le Point Bar with a stylish terrace for summer al fresco drinks.

In the evening, the Bercy Village restaurants are buzzing and lively and the UGC Cinema shows both French and English language films, so there is plenty to do locally after a busy day in the city.

Pullman Paris Bercy is the perfect place to stay if you want comfort, excellent service, an interesting location and plenty of space.  It’s a good choice for those who have experienced Paris a few times and don’t mind taking a short metro ride to get into town….it really is worth it.

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Photos by Cherie City and Pullman Paris Bercy

Art, Cafes, Exhibitions, Fashion, Paris

Wanderlust & Musée Galliera at Les Docks – Paris

Wanderlust, the multi-disciplinary space at Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design, has  proved to be the place to enjoy summer in Paris.  Overlooking the Seine at quai d’Austerlitz, Wanderlust includes a restaurant, bar and club that also boasts the largest terrace in Paris and an 80-seat outdoor cinema.

Run by Savoir Faire – the people behind Social Club and Silencio (David Lynch’s cultural nightclub) – Wanderlust hosts a programme of cultural activities, collaborating with London’s V&A and the adjacent Institut Francais de la Mode.  Events include fashion film screenings, sewing classes, children’s workshops, monthly food market and Sunday morning yoga and brunch.

At night, the terrace becomes a club with light shows and vido projection, featuring DJs such as Cassius, Busy P, M.A.N.D.Y, Gildas Loaëc of Kitsuné, Jean Nipon, Feadz and Yuksek.  Le Baron also takes over the roof with its outside bar, next to the permanent Moon Roof restaurant and lounge bar.

The restaurant, with a menu by young chef Benjamin Darnaud, is a casual, hip cafe during the day which gets more lively at night.  We visited for a cup of Dammann Frères tea in the late-afternoon, after viewing the two fashion exhibitions by Musée Galliera at Les Docks.

While the museum is undergoing an extensive refurbishment, it has created Galliera Museum Without Wall, featuring two exciting temporary exhibitions at Les Docks – Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector and Comme des Garçons: White Drama.

Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector celebrates the 40th anniversary of the great couturier’s death with 40 key pieces from his career dating from 1937 to 1968.  The exhibition is fleshed out with Balenciaga’s sketches, lithographs, traditional Spanish dresses and garments from earlier centuries.  The elegance of the embroidered silk ball gowns, black cocktail dresses and fitted skirt suits are an interesting contrast to the industrial, futuristic setting.

Comme des Garçons: White Drama shows Rei Kawakubo’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection in giant transparent plastic bubbles.  White Drama references monumental moments in life, such as birth, marriage and death, with exquisite, all-white looks.  Expect to see architectural silk dresses, ceremonial hoods, cocoon coats, bohemian crochet shawls, exquisite embroidery and lace bubble coats and elaborate headwear.

Both exhibitions are beautifully-presented and are just the right size to explore in around an hour and then explore the rest of Les Docks.

During our visit, it was Paris Design Week, so we visited Now! Le Off – a showcase of innovative products by leading design companies.  Apart from the free copies of L’Officiel and Jalouse, my favourite discovery was this incredibly awesome  ‘Blogger Chair’ – now that’s my kind of innovation!

Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector and Comme des Garçons: White Drama run until 7 October 2012.  Wanderlust is open from 12pm-6am, Wednesday to Sunday until 14th October at Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design  (34 quai d’Austerlitz – 75 013 Paris).

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All photos by Cherie City