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GREATER PARIS - - [Contents] Sommaire - By Sandra Is­kan­der

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Wel­come Awards by CIWY’S first edi­tion ce­le­bra­ted and awar­ded the French ca­pi­tal’s best tou­rist-friend­ly ad­dresses and here we bring you the proud win­ners for you to dis­co­ver. Foo­dies vi­si­ting the Ci­ty of Light will be hap­py to dis­co­ver Les Fauves. Win­ning the Food Lo­vers award, this neo bis­tro serves high qua­li­ty cui­sine at at­trac­tive bis­tro prices. Open dai­ly for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, and brunch on Sun­days and pu­blic ho­li­days, this res­tau­rant fo­cuses on ser­ving fresh food using lo­cal and or­ga­nic pro­duce. In a re­laxed space, pep­pe­red with lots of green plants, en­joy or­ga­nic sal­mon ma­ri­na­ted in wa­sa­bi, ser­ved with pi­ckles and cu­cum­ber, and beef tar­tare ser­ved with hand-cut fries and ve­ge­table chips. Lo­ca­ted in the for­mer Ré­col­lets convent, Ca­fé A is a hips­ter’s dream come true for a drink in Pa­ris. Win­ning the Have a Drink award, Ca­fé A boasts a gar­den where you are in­vi­ted to en­joy a cock­tail or two. Ano­ther spot worth vi­si­ting is Bar à Bulles, one of the two win­ners of the Wel­come Awards by CIWY Spon­sor’s Fa­vou­rite award. The roof­top bar lets you en­joy cham­pagne and ta­pas un­der the star­ry Pa­ri­sian skies. Meanw­hile, in the li­ve­ly 11th ar­ron­dis­se­ment, a few mi­nutes away from Place de la Bas­tille is where the Ba­da­boum bar and club hides be­hind a bla­cked-out ex­te­rior and a cor­do­ned off en­trance. Win­ning the Af­ter Mid­night award, Ba­da­boum is where mixo­lo­gist Nicolas D. works his mixo­lo­gy ma­gic, crea­ting original cock­tails, with some ser­ved in dain­ty por­ce­lain tea­cups. Af­ter get­ting in­to the par­ty mood, par­tial­ly thanks to en­joying a couple of Nicolas’s cock­tails, head downs­tairs where the club awaits with pum­ping mu­sic and a ro­ta­ting pro­gramme of DJS that will have you dan­cing un­til the wee hours of the mor­ning. For sou­ve­nirs from the French ca­pi­tal there is no lo­sing out to La Cueillette des Sa­veurs, the win­ner of the Lit­tle Shop award. Spe­cia­li­sing in of­fe­ring shop­pers French-made pro­ducts, this is a great lit­tle shop to find French spe­cial­ties that you can take back home with you in­clu­ding foie gras, cho­co­late and even ci­der. Ano­ther great French pro­duct is of course wine and the se­cond win­ner of the Wel­come Awards by CIWY Spon­sor’s Fa­vou­rite award is Le Vin Qui Parle, a bou­tique in the heart of the Saint-ger­main neigh­bou­rhood where you will find an im­pres­sive choice of wine. The es­ta­blish­ment al­so or­ga­nises tas­tings that you can or­ga­nise by sim­ply cal­ling ahead. Ac­cor­ding to co­me­dian Oli­vier Gi­raud anyone can be­come French, and more spe­ci­fi­cal­ly Pa­ri­sian, in one hour, and du­ring his stand-up show, How to Be­come Pa­ri­sian in One Hour?, which won the Cultu­ral Dis­co­ve­ries award, Gi­raud will give you all the tools you need to blend in­to the Pa­ri­sian crowd. From or­de­ring at a ca­fé to shop­ping along the beautiful ave­nues of the ci­ty, Gi­raud makes sure you are well-ar­med for the Ci­ty of Light with his co­mi­cal ob­ser­va­tions. Per­for­med in En­glish, the show is hi­la­rious, lea­ving eve­ryone, vi­si­tors and tou­rists alike, in stitches from laugh­ter.

Les Fauves - 33 blvd Ed­gar Qui­net (14th), 01 72 38 58 92 Ca­fé A - 148 rue du Fau­bourg Saint-mar­tin (10th), 07 71 61 10 38 Bar à Bulles - 4 Ci­té Vé­ron (18th), 01 53 41 88 86 Ba­da­boum - 2bis rue des Taillan­diers (11th), 01 48 06 50 70 The bar is open from Wed­nes­day to Sa­tur­day, 7pm to 2am. Club is open from Fri­day to Sun­day, 11.30pm to 6.30am. La Cueillette des Sa­veurs - 42 ave Fé­lix Faure (15th), 09 53 42 01 15 Le Vin Qui Parle - 64 blvd Saint-ger­main (5th), 01 43 54 24 58 How to Be­come Pa­ri­sian in One Hour? - Théâtre des Nou­veau­tés - 24 blvd Pois­son­nière (9th) You can book your ti­ckets by vi­si­ting www.oli­vier­gi­ or by cal­ling 06 98 57 45 98.

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