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Les Heures Heureuses

A gastronomic treasure hunt around Paris, May 21-23

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A sort of gastronomic happy hour, the Les Heures Heureuses concept was dreamt up by three friends who wanted to find a way to celebrate Paris's culinary scene in an accessible way. So for a few days a year, a selection of routes comprising 15 or so venues are established in different arrondissements, where participants pay just €2 to sample cooking – hors d'oeuvres – in restaurants, bistros, food stores, bakeries and bars. From vegetable samosas in Barbès to noodles in Chinatown and salmon tartare by the Eiffel Tower, the range of cuisines and the calibre of talents involved is something really special.

To take part, you need to pick up a free 'passport', available from participating venues, the reception of the Hôtel de Ville and the town halls of the relevant arrondissements in the run-up to the festival and during the days themselves.

May 21-23, 6-8pm. For all the route information and more, click here.

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