New Theatre and Arts collective in Paris: Fourplay


Friends and fellow Paris-based creative types Chris Newens and Alice Brace have launched a new arts collective called Fourplay. Here’s what it’s all about…

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Berkeley Books: quality second-hand books in English

Berkeley Books

Although many Paris-based anglo bookstores have gone out of business in the past few years, Berkeley Books is now thriving, mostly thanks to Phyllis, the owner. They also host music nights, readings and launches, so pop on by if you’re looking to meet fellow expats, Paris locals and a bunch of literature-loving people in general.

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"Take Me (I’m Yours)" exhibition

Go see an exhibition, take a piece of it home.
That’s pretty much the concept of “Take Me (I’m Yours)” currently showing at the Monnaie de Paris, France’s national mint. Visitors are invited to touch, move around, swap and pocket items from the displays. From the displays, I repeat, not the vaults.

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New hidden bar Lavomatic: laundry and a lager

Probably not a lager, actually, as this new bar – only accessible through the back of a laundrette – is a cocktail bar. How about a white russian with your whites?

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"Do you speak Touriste?" A guide for Parisians about tourists!

The preconception that Parisians are not the most friendly bunch when it comes to tourists is clearly not 100% correct, but that’s a cliché for you. There is, however, an element of truth in there… and the Town Hall wants to do something about it! They have produced a website, and a downloadable guide, with key *facts* and insights into 17 different cultures called “Do you speak Touriste?” (yes, if ever you needed an example about the infiltration of English into the French language, this is it). Enjoy…

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Boating on the Canal de l’Ourcq

Despite the fact that the Seine and the canals in Paris are (99% of the time) look-but-don’t-touch, even a little bit of sunshine leads to a mass encampment anywhere located by the water. Now you can get even closer by renting a boat on the canal de l’Ourcq and chill out with friends/family/significant other/Tinder date…

Don’t waste time trying to find a patch of cobblestones by the canal when it’s hot. It’s like real-estate in Paris: hard to find, cramped and you can’t be sure what your neighbours will be like. Instead, take up to eleven guests, wine rations, and rent an electric boat on the canal. 

At 40 euro for an hour, it becomes pretty reasonable if you’re with a group. You don’t even need a permit, and there are 40 kilometres of waterways to explore.

Open 7 days a week, from 10am – 9pm.

Bassin de la Villette 
37 quai de la Seine
75019 Paris

Stalingrad or Jaures


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Coworking café craze

Forget offices or working from home in your PJs, it’s all about coworking in cafés now. I’ve been seeing more and more of these cute work-friendly spaces popping up around Paris, so I’m office-ially drawing your attention to three I’m familiar with, in case you need to get out of the house, or get fired and need to work on your CV…


24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

CRAFT is small, but makes a damn good cappuccino (thanks to its coffee from Lomi) and tasty homemade cakes. The work space at the back is well laid-out, with free wifi and plug sockets everywhere. Perfect for a recharge in every sense.


29 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

Just opposite CRAFT is another co-working space, aptly named Cowork. The first hour costs 4 euro, and every supplementary hour is 3. Drinks and snacks are unlimited, and there’s a lot of space to work in.


79 Rue Quincampoix 75003 Paris France

Pay for time, consume for free. The AntiCafé has the same principle as the Cowork Shop. It’s located in the charming rue Quincampoix, right around the corner from the Pompidou Centre. The downstairs space is good to get away from the crowd, and they also have a selection of board games, in case you need a distraction from that essay…

Now get back to work!


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