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10 new places to discover this spring

Give your Rolodex a spring clean with one these fresh places

Written by
Alice White Walker

Paris is constantly changing but April in particular brings a fresh batch of places to visit. We’ve gathered the 10 new (or reopened) addresses to visit this spring 2017. You’ve probably heard of some of these already, but we’ll bet not all. From cultural spaces and concert halls, to clubs, restaurants, and museums: there’s something for everyone.

Allez, time to spring-clean your cultural routine!

Le Hasard Ludique
  • Things to do
  • 18e arrondissement

One of the most exciting places in Paris is finally being unveiled after a five-year construction. The former Saint-Ouen train station built in 1889 and renovated by three young Parisians, le Hasard Ludique is set to liven evenings in the distant and calm area of Paris, between Porte de Saint-Ouen and Guy Môquet metro, with its artistic and collaborative spirit.

What? • 5 rue des Plâtrières, 75020. Metro: Ménilmontant.
Where? • A space dedicated to the art of theatre, from workshops, to residences, and shows.
When? • Presentation of the 2017/2018 season runs throughout May, with an inaugaration in autumn 2017.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Saint-Ambroise

Luxury is often a question of daring. So many people wouldn’t dream of going beyond windows or doors, as if what lies behind it is reserved for the elite. However, all it takes is going into the 4-star hotel Les Jardins Du Marais to discover a wonderful terrace hidden down a long and mysterious alley. This beautiful, cobblestoned courtyard is bathed in sunlight nearly all the day long. Difficult to believe that this terrace was just another Parisian road. 

Where? • 74 rue Amelot, 75011. Metro: Saint-Sébastien - Froissart.
What • Hotel, brunch, smoothie bar and mocktails on the terrace, yoga classes, games.
When? • From 2 May for a pre-summer detox.

Le Bel Ordinaire
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Poissonnière
  • price 2 of 4

On first impressions this place is great: a huge, light-drenched space painted a calming pistachio colour. A series of adjoined tables encircled by bottles of wine, a bit like an school canteen for discerning adults. Open 11am to midnight, Le Bel Ordinaire is far from ordinary. Part épicerie, part a wine bar: this can be whatever you're in the mood for. People drift in to buy slices of Serrano ham, a good bottle of Bordeaux or a quick afterwork drink. 

To glug? Only the good and natural, like a white from Alsace called "liberté de la presse". The prices start modest, from €5 the glass. 

Where? •54 rue Paradis, 75010. Metro: Cadet.
What? • Apèro-central. Wine bar, épicerie, nibbles-style canteen.
When? • Open now, just go!

Club Society
  • Clubs
  • Faubourg Montmartre

The big attraction of this new place harboured inside a 1930s casino, on rue Cadet in the 9th? It’s immence space. The creators of Society have maximised the size across four floors for a hedonistic party paradise, where you can find an array of musical tastes from house, disco, techno, and all kinds of electro.

Where? • 18 rue Cadet, 75009. Metro: Cadet.
What? • A new four-floor club to party in.
When? • Opened in mid-March.

  • Hotels
  • Paris et sa banlieue

In Saint-Ouen, tucked behind a leafy red-brick wall, you’ll find not only a hotel but an entire ecosystem. Welcome to MOB! Opened by Cyril Aouizerate (who co-founded Mama Shelter hotels along with Serge Trigano), MOB Hotel is comprised of 92 bedrooms but is also a place to read, roam, lunch and dance… At MOB you can feast on excellent organic pizzas, take a rooftop yoga class, watch people cultivating their cabbage patches, or take in an open-air film.

Where? • 10 rue Gustave Flaubert, 10400 Nogent-sur-Seine, trains every hour from Gare de l'Est.
When? • A museum dedicated to the artist Camille Claudel.
What? • Opened at the end of March.

  • Museums
  • La Madeleine

Do you smell the whiff of cultural revolution? If not, then you’ve either got a blocked nose, or not yet heard about the opening of the Grand Musée du Parfum. Two years of intensive construction and some serious technological enhancements are guaranteed to awaken your senses.

As the president and director Guillaume de Maussion precises, this Grand Musée du Parfum has no link to the existing Musée Fragonard. As a result, this museum offers a more holistic vision of the olifactory arts, over four floors in a refurbished hôtel particulière on Fabourg Saint-Honoré. 

Where? • 73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008. Metro: Miromesnil.
What? • A museum entirely dedicated to perfume, with new-fangled gadgets!
When? • Gardens open from May 2017.

  • Kids
  • Workshops and classes
  • Jaurès

Found in the heart of the 19th arrondissement, Maria Canal is a huge cultural space, both busy and diverse, where the neighbourhood gathers to share in different pastimes.

From yoga or meditation courses, cross-stitch workshops or plant design and creative workshops presented by numerous artists, there are plenty of fun and creative moments to be had. Don't go without scoffing one of their delicious (and organic, of course) snacks.

Where? • 74 quai de la Loire, 75019. Metro: Laumière.
What? • A multidiscipline space to get your creative juices going.
When? • Opened in January 2017.

  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Pereire

2017 marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin's death and a new museum dedicated to the work of Camille Claudel (the muse and mistress of Rodin), opened its doors on 26 March, far from the hubbub of Paris.

There are several good reseasons to visit Musée Camille Claudel in Nogent-sur-Seine. Firstly, because it’s about time we celebrated the outstanding talent of this female artist, rather than with a seasonal exhibition. And secondly, because the enormous 2,600m2 space offers a very complete retrospective of sculpture, a field under-represented in most institutions.  

Where? • 10 rue Gustave Flaubert, 10400 Nogent-sur-Seine, trains every hour from Gare de l'Est.
When? • A museum dedicated to the artist Camille Claudel.
When? • Opened at the end of March.

Maison Sisley
  • Health and beauty
  • 8e arrondissement

An Art Deco building - but a croissant’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe -, is where the beauty brand Sisley chose to create its sanctuary. A colossal space, both eclectic and raffined, filled with numerous works of art, and foreign design pieces. But we're not just here for the furnishings...

Amongst the numerous one-hour services, we spy a revitalising treatment to chase the bags from under your eyes, and restore luminosity. And in hommage to the true Parisienne, there's a special antidote to city life to fight the stress, tiredness, heavy limbs, pollution. OK, it's a little pricey at €170 for an hour and €240 for an hour and half, but you'll feel like a new person by the time you leave.

Where? • 5 avenue de Friedland, 75008. Metro: George V.
What? • A veritable house of beauty, with treatment rooms, perfume bar and café.
When? • Whenever, it’s open !

(REOPENING) La Station - Gare des Mines
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clubs
  • House, disco and techno
  • 18e arrondissement

Come out of hibernation and say hello to La Station which reopens its doors to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of our favourite record labels, BORN BAD RECORDS. For the occasion they’ve lined up a great programme; including Wild Classical Music Ensemble, Magnetix, Forever Pavot, Orval Carlos Sibelius, Dorian Pimpernel, Julien Gasc and more.

Where? • 29 avenue de la Porte d'Aubervilliers, 75018. Metro: Porte de la Chapelle.
What? • Launch party of La Station’s second season, with two parties to celebrate the label BORN BAD.
When? •  April, 27-28, 2017.

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