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Thursday 30 Jan 2020    Paris News

The Scoop: February 2020

Everything you need to know about the latest Paris news - hot off the press!

Nico Alary, co-founder of Holybelly has a new podcast! That Restaurant Thing

A runaway success story of the Paris restaurant scene, Holybelly is the place for breakfasts and brunch in the 10th arrondissement (stay tuned next month for our Gourmet Guide!) and now co-founder Nico Alary is sharing the life of a Paris restaurateur in his weekly podcast, That Restaurant Thing.  

Boneshaker Doughnuts doing limited edition doughnut in Feb!

Keep an eye on our Friends over at Boneshaker, Paris HOTTEST, doughnut spot! They will have their 4th annual Limited Edition Valentines Day Doughnut called the 'Love Pump' available for a limited time. You'll hear more about it if you keep an eye on their Instagram Account here.

La Samaritaine planned to re-open in April

This colossal project has been in the pipeline for a long time now, so it is very exciting to hear that La Samaritaine - which first opened in 1870 - will be opening in Spring of this year, jsut in time for the 150th anniversary of the original department store! This new incarnation will be much more than just a department store though, offering not just shopping (with over 600 brands) but a hotel, a spa, and a 5th floor devoted entirely to food. Not to mention the stunning Art Deco architecture. We. Cannot. Wait. 

The Bourse de Commerce will re-open in June 

François Pinault will be opening a contemporary art museum in the Bourse de Commerce, the magnificent former stock exchange that will prove a stunning showcase for works from the billionaire's private collection built up over 40 years: Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Albert Oehlen to name just a few. 

The Hotel de la Marine to open in June as a National Monument

Housed within one of the two gigantic palaces that line to Place de la Concorde, the Hotel de la Marine will be open to visitors in June of this year. Blending stunning 18th-century architecture with cutting edge museum technology, the museum will also offer the chance to enjoy incredible views over the Place de la Concorde from the palace's loggia, to explore with an audio-guide tour, and discover all the history behind how the French Navy occupied the building from the French Revolution right up until 2015! 

The Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped up in autumn!

The artist Christo will be working with the Centre Pompidou and the Centre of National Monumants to create an astonishing temporary art "installation" from Saturday 19th September until Sunday 4th October! Entitled The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, visitors will be able to see a national French monument as never before - wrapped in 25,000 metres of polypropylene fabric (recyclable, of course!) and an amazing 7,000 metres of red rope! All we can say is: wow. 

Four Museums to Re-Open in Paris in 2020

Not one but four Paris museums will re-open their doors in 2020, so look out for the following cultural attractions for the coming year! 

Musée Cernuschi 

Home to a beautiful collection that stretches from ancient bronzes to Buddhist sculpture.

Palais Galliera 

A temple to fashion and fashion history.

Maison Victor Hugo

The former home of one of France's most famous authors, located on the beautiful Place des Vosges. 

Musée Carnavalet

The Museum of Paris' History should be top of everyone's list of museums to visit, not only because it's free, but because it's a fascinating, eclectic look at the history of the city itself. 

Etoile Voltaire, a five-theatre cinema, to open in 2020/2021 

14 Parmentier Avenue was a formerly an industrial building, but it's set for a serious makeover in the coming year as it transforms into Etoile Voltaire. There'll not only be a five-theatre cinema, but a restaurant by Thierry Marx, a glamorous rooftop bar, a cafe and a varied programme of cultural events that go far beyond cinema.

Closure of the Grand Palais in 2020

The Grand Palais will close at the end of 2020 to get ready for the Olympics in Paris in 2024! The venue is tipped to be a spectacular location for the taekwondo and fencing competitions, so the enormous building will be getting a makeover to look its best for the events! In the meantime however a "Grand Palais éphémère" will be planned, (roughly translating to a "pop-up" Grand Palais) on the Champ de Mars.

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