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Elsa Pereira

Elsa Pereira

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The 25 best bars in Birmingham

The 25 best bars in Birmingham

While Birmingham loves a good, old-fashioned pub, it’s also a thriving location for an array of incredible bars. From laidback establishments to those who take a novel theme to the extreme, there’s never been a better time to grab a small-batch artisanal gin, top-notch glass of wine, or showstopping cocktail in the second city. Fancy supping a whisky whilst getting a fresh trim? Looking for an obscure craft beer to enjoy while you play pinball? Well, lucky you, as you're about to hit the jackpot. Prepare to discover hidden speakeasies, restaurant drinking dens, neon-decked establishments plus a bunch of new and exciting bars opening their doors; Birmingham has it all - and then some.   Drank somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars.

The 24 best restaurants in Birmingham you need to try

The 24 best restaurants in Birmingham you need to try

Birmingham may be renowned for its Balti Triangle – an area on the outskirts of the city centre home to a clutch of award-winning, family-run restaurants – but there’s more to England’s second city than the Anglicised curry. A wealth of excellent establishments have popped up in recent years, from opulent new restaurants to casual street food outkelts and homey haunts that go back for decades. Whether your pilgrimage is for Indian food, a stacked, dirty burger or a dive into the city's blossoming East Asian cuisine, there is something to tickle all manner of tastebuds. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants in Birmingham right now. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList. You can find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews restaurants here.

The 17 best Indian restaurants in Birmingham

The 17 best Indian restaurants in Birmingham

From Bombay-style street food and sweet centres to Gujarati vegetarian cafĂ©s and progressive Indian fine dining, Birmingham has it all when it comes to Indian cuisine. Long before any Michelin stars came to town, it was Birmingham’s Indian restaurants that lit up the gastronomic scene. Immigrants had brought curries of all sorts from the Indian subcontinent. Then, in the 1970s, a Pakistani genius from Sparkbrook invented the humble balti – a type of curry cooked in a pan known as a karahi – that many now consider the city’s trademark dish. The rest? History. Fast-forward to the present, and there's a new generation of chefs taking the established tastes of the previous generation and putting a twenty-first-century twist on proceedings. So, if you’re already planning your next meal out in anticipation, here’s our round-up of the best Indian restaurants in Birmingham.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Birmingham

The 25 best things to do in Birmingham right now

The 25 best things to do in Birmingham right now

Give it a fair chance and you’ll find Birmingham to be a city of irresistible cultural force packed full of diversity. Whether it’s fine art, street art or immersive VR, impeccable dining or lip-smacking street food, mould-breaking bars, lively independent music venues or a whole lot of sport, there is no shortage of choice. From duelling piano bars and a ‘Peaky Blinders’ tour to the glorious greenery of Edgbaston, there will always be something that floats your canal boat. Here’s our round-up of the best things to do in Birmingham. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Les meilleurs spas et massages de Paris

Les meilleurs spas et massages de Paris

La rentrĂ©e est dĂ©finitivement arrivĂ©e, trimballant dans sa besace la sempiternelle question : c’est quand les prochaines vacances ? Avec le boulot, le stress parisien et ce foutu virus, les toxines se libĂšrent dans le cerveau et augmentent votre fatigue en rĂ©veillant votre roudoudou intĂ©rieur. DĂšs lors, rien de plus naturel que de vouloir s’évader un instant. Bonne nouvelle : pas besoin de partir bien loin pour s'offrir une parenthĂšse (comprenez un spa hein, pas un bar.)  Paris regorge de superbes adresses pour remĂ©dier Ă  votre humeur de chien. Le temps d'un dossier, on vous a donc sĂ©lectionnĂ© les meilleurs spas Ă  Paris, tous genres confondus, qu'ils soient nichĂ©s dans un salon ou dans un hĂŽtel cinq Ă©toiles. Et croyez-nous, aprĂšs la lecture de cet article, vous vous sentirez dĂ©jĂ  mieux. C'est peut-ĂȘtre ça que Kundera appelle « l’insoutenable lĂ©gĂšretĂ© de l’ĂȘtre. »

Les meilleures librairies Ă  Paris

Les meilleures librairies Ă  Paris

Fanzines introuvables, sélection soignée, vendeurs passionnés... Ambiance feutrée, chaotique ou libertaire... Quand on aime les livres, trouver une bonne librairie, c'est un peu comme mettre la main sur un trésor caché. Pourtant, Paris possÚde encore, malgré l'uniformisation culturelle et la concurrence numérique, de trÚs belles adresses, bien vivantes et parfois mythiques. Qu'elles soient défricheuses de nouveaux talents, spécialisées en bande dessinée, en art, en gastronomie ou encore en littérature pour enfants, voici une liste non exhaustive des librairies phares de la capitale, celles qui ont gardé une ùme, un truc en plus. Recommandé : Les meilleures bibliothÚques de Paris

Les plus belles promenades dans le Paris bucolique

Les plus belles promenades dans le Paris bucolique

Chez Time Out Paris, on aime notre capitale, ses bonnes tables, ses bars ou encore ses monuments. Mais on n’oublie pas que les histoires d’amour finissent souvent mal. Pour prĂ©venir d’un Ă©ventuel burnout, on vous emmĂšne dans le Paris bucolique. Au programme : des petites ruelles boisĂ©es, des squares cachĂ©s, des Ă©glises surprenantes, des coins mystĂ©rieux
 Car contrairement Ă  certaines idĂ©es reçues, la capitale recĂšle nombre de petits passages, de citĂ©s, de maisons et de ruelles oĂč la nature s'Ă©panouit dans les grandes largeurs, Ce ne sont pas seulement les fleurs, les plantes, les arbres, qui dĂ©tonent, mais l'atmosphĂšre gĂ©nĂ©rale, le charme des maisons, l'originalitĂ© des portes et des façades, l'esthĂ©tique du dĂ©cor.  Bref, on a dissĂ©quĂ© Paris et sa banlieue, parcouru de longues distances sur des pavĂ©s et pris quelques clichĂ©s pour vous donner envie de nous suivre. Paris n'est jamais aussi belle que quand elle ne se ressemble pas.

Les meilleurs fleuristes de Paris

Les meilleurs fleuristes de Paris

Ras-le-bol de la grisaille urbaine et du bitume, oĂč le moindre brin d'herbe ne se risque plus depuis longtemps ? Et si votre 30 mÂČ se transformait en un havre de paix ? Ne cherchez plus Ă  pousser les murs, mais remplacez vos Ă©tagĂšres surchargĂ©es de babioles par des pots de fleurs. Allez hop, on remonte ses manches, on met les mains dans la terre, on arrose, on rempote ! Par ici les plus beaux bouquets de fleurs fraĂźches ou sĂ©chĂ©es. On a Ă©cumĂ© la capitale pour vous dĂ©nicher la crĂšme de la crĂšme, le nec plus ultra en matiĂšre de fleuristes parisiens. Un dossier idĂ©al si vous cherchez un cadeau stylĂ© pour NoĂ«l, la Saint-Valentin, la fĂȘte des mĂšres (et pĂšres !) ou l'anniversaire d’un pote... Flower power !

Les meilleures boutiques pour femmes Ă  Paris

Les meilleures boutiques pour femmes Ă  Paris

A Paris, la gente fĂ©minine a largement de quoi faire lorsqu'il est question de remplir son dressing. Pour autant, si une Ă©ternelle insatisfaction rĂšgne tous les matins au moment de faire votre choix, sĂ©chez vos larmes et rassurez-vous : avec cette liste de boutiques de fringues, vous ne pourrez plus jamais dire que vous n'avez rien Ă  vous mettre avant de prendre le tro-mĂ©. Petits prix (les friperies, c'est par ici), piĂšces de crĂ©ateurs, haute-couture... Il y en aura, c'est promis, pour tous les goĂ»ts ! Autant de (bonnes) raisons de se faire plaisir. Et puis de toute façon, peu importe votre style car, comme le dit si joliment Anne Klein : « les vĂȘtements ne vont pas changer le monde, les femmes qui les portent, si.»

Les meilleurs hĂŽtels de Paris

Les meilleurs hĂŽtels de Paris

Lorsque l'on visite une ville, le choix de l'hĂŽtel est souvent une problĂ©matique sur laquelle on s'attarde longuement. Quel quartier choisir ? Quel budget prĂ©voir ? Louer un appartement pour quelques jours ou finir sur le canapĂ© d'un couple d'amis. Les possibilitĂ©s sont multiples et le choix primordial. Un hĂŽtel mal choisi, un appartement trop loin des transports en commun et voici que votre sĂ©jour se transforme petit Ă  petit. Pour vous aider Ă  choisir parmi le choix plĂ©thorique d'hĂŽtels parisiens, nous avons regroupĂ© nos adresses prĂ©fĂ©rĂ©es par catĂ©gorie : luxe, romantique, auberge de jeunesse, avec spa... Que vous ayez envie de vous faire plaisir (pour une fois) ou que vous dĂ©cidiez fermement de vous serrer la ceinture, vous trouverez ici l'endroit parfait pour poser vos valises. A vous de choisir !  Maintenant que vous avez un toit sur la tĂȘte, il est temps de trouver un resto. Notre sĂ©lection des 100 meilleurs restaurants Ă  Paris   

Les meilleures piscines de Paris

Les meilleures piscines de Paris

Vous n'ĂȘtes pas un grand sportif, pire, l'idĂ©e mĂȘme d'enfiler des baskets vous dĂ©prime. Et on vous comprend. Mais lĂ , avec le mercure qui grimpe, un peu de fraĂźcheur ne serait pas de refus et l'envie de piquer une tĂȘte se profile. Et effectivement, quand il fait chaud, quoi de mieux que de tremper ses orteils dans l'eau ? Sachez tout de mĂȘme que les piscines municipales ne sont pas toutes taillĂ©es pour la baignade estivale. Time Out a sĂ©lectionnĂ© pour vous les 12 meilleurs bassins parisiens. Pas encore la CĂŽte d'Azur, mais on s'en approche. NB : Au vu du contexte sanitaire, les piscines se dĂ©frisent progressivement, avec des horaires souvent allĂ©gĂ©s, des jauges rĂ©duites, des programmations repensĂ©es et les gestes barriĂšres de rigueur. Pensez Ă  vĂ©rifier les modalitĂ©s d'accĂšs avant d’y aller.

Promenade bucolique : Villa LĂ©andre 18e

Promenade bucolique : Villa LĂ©andre 18e

Quoi de plus charmant que les petites rues parisiennes qui ne ressemblent pas Ă  Paris ? Au cƓur du 18e arrondissement et de la butte Montmartre, la villa LĂ©andre n'est comparable Ă  aucune rue du quartier. BaptisĂ©e ainsi en 1936, en l'honneur du caricaturiste et affichiste montmartrois Charles LĂ©andre, elle respire le calme et la discrĂ©tion, parsemĂ©e de petites maisons et de sa rue pavĂ©e. Avec cette architecture trĂšs londonienne, on pourrait imaginer que le Premier ministre britannique y rĂ©side. En effet, sympathique trait d'humour : vous trouverez lĂ  une inscription indiquant « Downing Street, City of Westminster », lieu oĂč rĂ©side le Prime Minister de nos amis britanniques. Vous l'aurez compris, la villa LĂ©andre offre aux curieux l'occasion d'une rĂ©elle escapade loin des pots d'Ă©chappement et de la surpopulation. Un peu de poĂ©sie et de verdure, des murs anciens et des couleurs pastel un lieu idĂ©al pour trouver le repos en s'y promenant.

Listings and reviews (78)

Opheem

Opheem

4 out of 5 stars

When Aktar Islam was at Lasan, his innovative Indian food won out on the ‘Great British Menu’. But one award that has eluded the Brum chef is a Michelin star, which might be why he’s recently gone it alone and all-out with Opheem. In his own words, this plush new restaurant and bar is ‘me, unleashed’. But that’s not to say the chef is charging round the tastefully appointed room with a meat cleaver. Even the amuse-bouches confirmed that, creatively, he’s holding nothing back – a sesame-seed biscuit bomb of strawberry and intense spice jolted my taste buds into gear. The starter, a gloriously crispy soft shell crab in caraway seed tempura, was one of the chef’s award winners, and rightly so. But even that was upstaged by the moist chargrilled nuggets of goosnargh chicken on a bed of earthy bulgur wheat with perky spring onion and pickled gem broccoli. My laal maans main was another signature dish that surpassed its billing. And the Herdwick lamb loin was florid pink, tender and jacked up with tandoori flavour, while the smoked mathia chilli and bone marrow sauce doubled down with full-on blasts of sweetness and heat. In contrast, the tandoori monkfish was understated but firm and dewy, lifted by some tangy curried gourd and a subtle coconut and fish tamarind sauce. A gold leaf-strewn bonbon of rich Manjari chocolate with passion fruit ended things on a high. As we left, walking under a quirky constellation of bulbs, we felt sure Michelin would soon see the light at Opheem.

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

4 out of 5 stars

If this retro restaurant-cum-cocktail-bar were a beast of the night, it would be the Birmingham Bull with a mullet and shoulder pads, charging at your preconceptions of stuffy fine dining. Chef Alex Claridge of The Wilderness has gone all 1980s with his second venue, and it’s like stepping back in time. Following our tradition of never taking yourself too seriously, a lurid neon sign said ‘swanky fine dining’ but the ‘S’ kept flickering off. That was the first joke. Another sign above the open kitchen screamed ‘It’s only fucking food’ and neon-stripped corridors evoked David Lynch, but thankfully more ‘Twin Peaks’ than ‘Eraserhead’. Highlights included a dish called Not Another Fucking Balti (he likes a swear, does Alex), a rich quail, mushroom and chicken liver parfait under a creamy butter chicken sauce topped with puffed wild rice. But then came a slightly dry pan-fried salmon dish, upon which half a potato stood on the sidelines like a dork at a school disco. We were holding out for a hero as Bonnie Tyler blurted over the speakers, and it arrived with the small but pink and moist fillet steak, enlivened by a sweet massaman sauce, with some ace black garlic gnocchi made to look like black pudding. At times the food was a bit like the early days of synth pop: lots of experimentation, not enough tunes. But it was immense fun, with upbeat and welcoming staff and a cracking atmosphere.

Spa Peninsula

Spa Peninsula

5 out of 5 stars

It's hard to imagine a hotel as sumptious as The Peninsula found in the heart of the 16th arrondissement. The luxurious 1800m2 dedicated solely to wellbeing with a swimming pool, jacuzzis, and 8 treatment rooms. With both European and Asian influences, the spa's dĂ©co comprising wood, granite and marble spell luxury.  With the relaxed atmosphere you can swim lengths with calming sounds echoing across the water. The East meets West theme is illustrated in the spa's use of traditional Asian and European spa methods and cosmetics. Treatment cabins are decorated with red and white flowers which give off natural smells to further relax you during your anti-stress massage. The natural detoxifying sea salt which is used for face massages is priced at €180 for a full hour. On leaving your massage why not dive into the hammam to get the full experience. 

La pĂątisserie de Cyril Lignac

La pĂątisserie de Cyril Lignac

4 out of 5 stars

Cyril Lignac is the equivalent of Mary Berry, a chef turned food celebrity. Made famous in 2005 thanks to the program Oui Chef,  the chef-pñtissier is still on all television sets, whether that be on Top Chef or Le Meilleur Patissier. He’s everywhere. But Cyril doesn’t just dominate the tv screen. In Paris, he’s the boss of the bistrot Chardenoux on rue Jean Vallùs, a chocolate factory and obviously a patisserie. Cyril Lignac now has five boutiques all over the capital: in the 6th, 11th, 15th, 16th and 17th arrondissements of Paris. They are small with a minimalist vibe where you simply come to enjoy his best breads and pastries. Offering traditional or natural sourdough bread: you’ll scoff down every crumb – made with flour from the Viron mill and Charentes Poitou butter – it is organic farming at its finest. And only €1,20 for the finely gilded tradition. On the pastry side, Cyril Lignac has teamed up with Benoüt Couvrand (ex-Fauchon) to offer a boutique range of classical and gourmet creations. The Equinoxe, is THE signature pastry (priced at €6.50). The round (grey!) cake is made with light cream and vanilla bourbon, salted caramel butter and praline. Not to mention its ash-like coat and exquisite decoration. The lemon tart, both classic and delicate, is made with a hazelnut biscuit and the Paris-Brest is lined with a hazelnut praline from Piedmont to give you that immediately required satisfaction.

Polpo

Polpo

4 out of 5 stars

There’s a high chance that you haven't stepped foot in this neck of the woods (or at least not regularly). Levallois-Perret is very much under the radar, but quayside restaurant Polpo very much is. A well-lit barge decorated with exotic plants and splattered with colour, its trendy hipster vibe has been designed by Laura Gonzalez who also designed our favourite Brasserie Auteuil. It’s a great spot for brunch and attracts many well-dressed families; fathers and daughters in matching Stan Smiths.   The brunch is particularly sexy: lemon meringue pie, tiramisu, scrambled eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice, a seafood platter, croque-monsieur, marinated dill smoked salmon, fresh fruit, oysters, crispy bacon, shrimps, Nutella. They’ve got it all - even an all-you-can-eat buffet. The icing on the cake: parents can sip their glass of rosĂ© quietly, whilst children can keep busy at the various workshops going on.   This does come at a price though. €39.50 per person and €17 for children. But rest assured, you wont need to eat again for weeks.

Birchbox

Birchbox

Beauty lovers will be ecstatic at the news that Birchbox is launching an offline store in the heart of Sentier on rue Montmartre. The shop itself is beautiful, with light wood and pastel colours. Inside you'll find exactly what has made the brand such a success (200,000 subscribers in France alone): Birchbox's brilliant brands, all in full size. Face masks from Leaders, Manna Kadar Cosmetics bronzer, Marcelle BB cream, salt spray from Parlor... the list goes on. And if these names sound alien, that's because it's founder Mathilde Lacombe's goal - to promote only the most niche and exclusive names to beauty mavens.  Organised into categories of expertise (hair, makeup, skincare), this huge beauty boutique (over 200m2 - the first of its size in France) allows clients to discover a selection of over 250 brands, and to create their own Birchbox in the 'La Fabrique' (Building) corner. A choice of 5 travel-size products for €16.90 (€15 for subscribers). If you want to discover the mystery of the box, you can also sign up instore, for €13.  As online, subscribers benefit from 10% off all products and from -15% off of a selection of products of the month.  One final surprise is that there's a space on the first floor for coworking and a hair salon!

Stoney Clove Bakery

Stoney Clove Bakery

A cookie factory? Yes, but not just any old cookies. Behind the blue pastel front window of this new American patisserie, you’ll find Philip Andelman, renowned for his aprons and good French accent. Although you may not recognise the name, but Philip Andelman has directed the music videos for Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’, Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound’ as well as as many others. After pop-ups at Colette and Maison Plisson, the American director finally decided to open his boutique in the 2nd arrondissement on a little paved street perpendicular to the very commercial rue Montorgeuil. Stoney Clove is an open kitchen where you can watch the team slicing butter and measuring kilos of flour. Inside this small bakery, its hard to resist the smell of fresh hot biscuits that come straight out of the oven: creamy brownie, oatmeal and raison perfumed with cinnamon and sweet potato pie. However, 100% USA snacks are a little expensive at €3 per cookie. There’s no need to be bilingual to savour these delicious treats with M&Ms or Oreos. A bite of everything translates as 'so good'.

1944 Gallery, vegan shop

1944 Gallery, vegan shop

If this address rings a bell it’s because it’s the sister boutique to the already popular Bird on the Wire. At 1944, owner Paula brings her nose for finding beautiful things in the form of pendants with ceramic rabbits, vegan bags and recycled lamps. After working in the theatre, then at Givenchy and Kenzo, she decided to open up her boutique-cum-gallery with an inheritance left by her father. 1944 - the year he was born – Paula says, is a kind of hommage to him. It’s difficult not to be charmed by this place. A gallery, cafĂ©, and shop in one space: Paula wanted to create a place to share, a shop which allowed for a different kind of space to consume, and to discover artistic talent. Vegan and recycled products are on the shopping menu; including bags made from Piñatexℱ (a leather type substance made from the residue of pineapple leaves) from €49, lamps made with old tripods, hand-bound notebooks
 Pieces are cruelty-free, hand-made in local workshops and in small or single batches. 1944’s promotes artists from the four corners of Europe (Poland, Spain, Italy, France). Today, a year after opening the boutique, 1944 has around 20 designers in its address book.   On the walls you’ll find the work of the artists that Paula invites every two months. Photos, collage, painting, anything goes. And don’t leave without trying a chai tea, latte or detox juice prepared by Paula herself (between €2-6 each). Will it be mint, cucumber and apple, or tumeric, orange and carrot?TRANSLATION: AL

Afternoon tea at HĂŽtel Prince de Galles

Afternoon tea at HĂŽtel Prince de Galles

5 out of 5 stars

Picture it: two delicate Earl Grey scones, still warm and served with silky clotted cream. Smear strawberry jam on top and you can practically hear Big Ben’s bells ringing. Between 3pm and 6pm (4-6pm on Sundays), the bar at HĂŽtel Prince de Galles serves afternoon tea English-style (€48) by the chef StĂ©phanie le Quellec and pastry chef Nicolas Paciello. This art-deco style palace serves tea on flowery porcelain and treats come on a three-tiered stand; scones on one level, then a checkerboard of finger sandwiches (with fillings like chicken, tomato and Meaux mustard or ham, butter, comtĂ© and cucumber). Next up is Nicolas Paciello’s pastry creations: a matcha and grapefruit tart, a praline chocolate dome and an airy pistachio and praline number. But the real plus is that you can help yourself to pastries and viennoiseries from a trolley, whether it’s crisp-edged madeleine, crunchy palmiers, vanilla cakes and a revisited marbled cake. The chef has called upon his memory of childhood snacks and it’s a real triumph (come hungry, naturally). This is a true teatime experience, which is perfectly accompanied by a glass of champagne (€60 plus champagne).  

HĂŽtel Thoumieux

HĂŽtel Thoumieux

4 out of 5 stars

Rates : from €176Added extras : two dinner options: the brasserie and the gourmet restaurant Services: the Dringme smartphone with free calls abroad and unlimited 4G, and an iPad The Thoumieux empire has excellent taste. In the 7th arrondissement's joyful shopping haven, rue Saint-Dominique, the Thoumieux family have made a big impact. At number 58, there is the pñtisserie (and it’s exquisite sesame Paris-Brest), then at 79, the ground floor brasserie, Sylvestre Wahid’s gourmet restaurant on the first floor and the fifteen-room hotel. It’s the best three-in-one combination possible. Taken over in 2009 by Thierry Costes and the Beaumarly group, Hotel Thoumieux comprises 15 contemporary, chic rooms by the architect and designer India Mahdavi and the M/M Studio Paris. Graphic wallpaper, flowery curtains and geometric carpet make everything throb with life. Expect a meticulously groomed style from the ground up. Bathrooms are stocked with Aesop products, magnificent marble and enough space for you and the magnificent Devon&Devon designed plumbing. The size of the rooms and their layout is one of the standout points, ranging from 14m2 for the classic rooms to 33m2 for the prestige category. We’re particularly in love with the restaurant and its monogrammed carpet, which hosts guests for breakfast – a refined spread of pastries and finely sliced fruit. Because after all, you’ll need some sustenance before hitting the shops on rue saint-Dominique.

MĂ©lia La DĂ©fense

MĂ©lia La DĂ©fense

5 out of 5 stars

Rates: from €89 per night Added extras: the panoramic view over La DĂ©fense and Paris Services: the two bars, restaurant and fitness room MĂ©lia doesn’t feel as if it’s in Paris – and that’s not just because it’s situated on the border with Courbevoie area. The immensity of this skyscraper gives off more of a New York vibe than a Parisian one. The business district is not only set apart by its aesthetic and geography, but also in its exoticism. The day and nightlife is either underground or dozens of levels above ground. And since there are no shops nearby, the hotels offer a full-package experience. The magnificent 19-floor building was designed by Claude Vasconi and hangs above La DĂ©fense’s esplanade, facing in the direction of Pont de Neuilly. There’s ‘The Place’ lounge on the ground floor, the restaurant ‘Le Miroir’ which looks straight onto the Takis pool, the breathtaking panoramic ‘Skyline’ bar and fitness room: trust us, it will be difficult to leave. The spacious rooms (369 in total, with 29 suites) were decorated by Jean-Philippe Nuel, starting at 32m2 and going up to 80m2 for the presidential suite. In addition to the modern, functional furnishings, are huge bay windows overlooking Paris and La DĂ©fense. It’s attention to detail that is key here: think office touches to finish the work day with a flourish, the ironing board for sorting your suit, the well-stocked minibar and coffee machine. International and business clientele have all their needs catered for. And the

Hotel Bachaumont

Hotel Bachaumont

5 out of 5 stars

Rates: from €280 per night Added extras: A fitness room on the lower ground floor Services: Bar, restaurant and fitness room As you enter Hotel Bachaumont, expect to be drawn to the monumental entrance: a wrought iron porch, with Carrara marble and mouldings. Decor is modern with retro details; an art decor universe created by the queen of this genre, architect DorothĂ©e Meilichzon – who has also worked her magic on the Prescription Cocktail Club, Hotel Panache and the stunning Hotel Paradis. Housed in a magnificent Haussmanian building, it’s a short walk from Les Halles and was completely transformed after three years of work and reopened in 2015. Pierre Fey fabric headboards, big mirrors, emerald mosaics and gilt appliquĂ© are key features in the Bachaumont’s 49 very Parisian rooms. Ranging from 17 to 50m2, rooms are harmonised with four colour palettes, and boast bright open-plan bathrooms, custom-made marble and wooden desks, Stilnovo lamps and wonderfully fragrant atmospheres. They have given classic Parisian style a contemporary twist to bring it in line with the neighbourhood. The hotel restaurant and Night Flight (the ground floor bar from the Experimental Group) is all elegant curves, and a candlelit drink on the velvet copper benches is guaranteed to make your stay extra special. Hotel Bachaumont is a lesson in sophistication.

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Promenades dans le Paris bucolique : la Cité du Figuier, 11e

Promenades dans le Paris bucolique : la Cité du Figuier, 11e

Il faut laisser traĂźner sa curiositĂ© et oser pousser la porte d'entrĂ©e. Alors que la rue Oberkampf est connue pour sa vie nocturne, ses bars et restaurants noirs de monde Ă  la nuit tombĂ©e, elle cache nombre de petites « citĂ©s ». Des impasses pavĂ©es oĂč agences de communication, boĂźtes de prod, ateliers d'artistes et autres PME ont Ă©lu domicile. Une citĂ© fleurie dans laquelle on croise de beaux palmiers, des figuiers emblĂ©matiques, des petites tables de jardin et des devantures couleur pastel. Restez discret lorsque vous traverserez la paisible CitĂ© du Figuier, derriĂšre les larges vitres ça bosse !   La CitĂ© du Figuer104-106 rue Oberkampf, 11e  Toutes nos Promenades bucoliques.

5 consells bĂ sics per protegir el teu mĂČbil i la teva privacitat a Internet

5 consells bĂ sics per protegir el teu mĂČbil i la teva privacitat a Internet

Sabies que el primer dimarts del mes de febrer Ă©s el Dia de la Internet Segura? Doncs sĂ­, i pensarĂ s, “apa, un altre dia d’aquests absurds...”. PerĂČ no, atura’t un moment a pensar-hi. Ens passem el dia a Internet, davant de l’ordinador o amb el mĂČbil. No creus que Ă©s un bon moment per reflexionar quĂš fem bĂ© i quĂš fem malament des del punt de vista de la nostra seguretat? Si et fa mandra la reflexiĂł, aquĂ­ tens cinc claus bĂ siques que t’haurien d’obrir els ulls i garantir la teva seguretat. Comencem: 1.       Les contrasenyes del correu, de l’Instagram, del Facebook... s’han de canviar periĂČdicament (quina va ser la darrera vegada que la vas canviar?, confessa-ho!). I utilitzar seqĂŒĂšncies llargues, que incloguin majĂșscules, minĂșscules, nĂșmeros i sĂ­mbols. 2.       Esborra de tant en tant les dades de navegaciĂł del navegador. És com treure de l’armari la roba que no fas servir: ja veurĂ s que navegues mĂ©s de pressa. 3.       Ja tens antivirus al mĂČbil? Si ets del que penses que als mĂČbils no hi ha virus, has tingut sort. PerĂČ no te la juguis, els virus t’assetgen en qualsevol dispositiu. 4.       Si has estat testimoni o protagonista d’algun comportament irrespectuĂłs a la xarxa, no ho dubtis: sigues proactiu i denuncia-ho. La majoria d’aplicacions t’ho posen ben fĂ cil. 5.       Les configuracions dels sistemes operatius i de les aplicacions poden semblar una absurditat, perĂČ no ho sĂłn: sĂłn una eina d’optimitzaciĂł i de seguretat. Si vols saber-ne mĂ©s, la Guia d’hĂ bits cibersaludabl

6 consejos para disfrutar del Black Friday de forma segura

6 consejos para disfrutar del Black Friday de forma segura

Con el Black Friday todos podemos llegar a perder el norte. Pero, ojo, no dejemos de tener los pies en la tierra. En las compras que hacemos a travĂ©s de la red debemos ser muy cuidadosos y no caer en trampas que nos pueden salir muy caras. Debemos tener algunas cosas claras: Escoger lo que necesitamos y lo que no. Es decir, hacer un consumo responsable. ÂĄNuestra economĂ­a nos lo agradecerĂĄ! Escoger comercios de confianza, que utilicen un protocolo de transferencia seguro (atenciĂłn a la https) y que tenga un certificado digital vĂĄlido (lo encontrarĂ©is en el icono del candado al lado del enlace).   Verificar que los datos de contacto, envĂ­o, pago y condiciones de servicio de la web sean claras y visibles. Desconfiar de ofertas irresistibles y espectaculares que recibimos por Whatsapp, por correo electrĂłnico o a travĂ©s de cualquier red social. La mayorĂ­a de veces son casos de ‘phishing’, o lo que es lo mismo, estrategia para conseguir datos personales o bancarios con una finalidad poco lĂ­cita. No utilizar ordenadores o redes pĂșblicas que puedan haber sido manipuladas para obtener informaciĂłn privada. Escoger un sistema de pago seguro que nos garantice la confidencialidad de los datos, como por ejemplo Paypal y las plataformas Visa Certified y MasterCard Certification.  Y sobre todo, sobre todo, sobre todo, si tenemos la mĂĄs mĂ­nima sospecha que hay algo que chirrĂ­a, cancelemos la operaciĂłn.  

3 consells per allargar la bateria del mĂČbil i fer una cĂ rrega rĂ pida

3 consells per allargar la bateria del mĂČbil i fer una cĂ rrega rĂ pida

Si el mĂČbil Ă©s una prolongaciĂł del teu cos, i a mĂ©s estĂ s sempre sense bateria -tot i que no saps per quĂš - aquests "brico-consejos" poden fer-te la vida una mica mĂ©s fĂ cil, i potser, fins i tot bonica. Segur que has vist aparĂšixer l'estimada poma d'Apple a la teva pantalla en el moment mĂ©s crĂ­tic, i has volgut tirar pel cap aquella andrĂČmina a la primera persona que et passa pel davant. I Ă©s que, no pots entendre com aquest dispositiu tĂ© una vida tan curta. Llavors arriba el moment trĂ gic en quĂš et trobes desesperat buscant com un zombi un endoll (i si, tambĂ© et replanteges la vida i la intel·ligĂšncia humana). Si ets d'aquests zombis, et recomanem que abans d'endollar el mĂČbil tinguis en compte aquests consells: Consell 1. Apagar el mĂČbil a l'hora de carregar-lo en espais pĂșblics o mitjans de transport. Tot i ser llocs de cĂ rrega de mĂČbils accessibles i cĂČmodes, pot ser que algun expert tecnolĂČgic es dediqui a hackejar la xarxa i afecti el vostre dispositiu. Consell 2. Mai estĂ  de mĂ©s que portis una bateria externa a sobre. No costa res i t'estalviarĂ  buscar com un zombi endolls on connectar el mĂČbil. No necessitareu endolls, evitareu possibles hackejos i sostraccions truculentes. Consell 3. Si sou dels que teniu mĂČbils de darrera generaciĂł, quan els carregueu en ports USB ja teniu la possibilitat d'emprar nomĂ©s la transferĂšncia d'energia (i no nomĂ©s de dades). Un punt a favor de la seguretat. I un parell de recomanacions: sabeu que hi ha maneres d'estalviar bateria? Desacti

Bon dia mundial de l’emoticona!

Bon dia mundial de l’emoticona!

Feliç #WorldEmojiDay! El 17 de juliol se celebra el dia de les emoticones (o emojis, com segurament tambĂ© les coneixeu). Us heu preguntat mai si podrĂ­eu arribar a viure sense aquests dibuixets que ens estalvien tantes paraules quan parlem amb amics per Whatsapp o quan pengem continguts a les xarxes socials? Potser sĂ­ o potser no.El que Ă©s ben curiĂłs Ă©s perquĂš es va triar el 17 de juliol: va ser la primera emoticona de la histĂČria, que Apple va fer servir per presentar l’iCal, per aixĂČ a tots els calendaris dels telĂšfons iPhone la icona marca per defecte la data del 17 de juliol. A partir d’aquĂ­, la irrupciĂł dels telĂšfons intel·ligents, primer, i les xarxes socials, mĂ©s tard, va disparar l’Ășs i la diversitat d’emoticones. Si sou usuaris de la tecnologia, encara que sigui la mĂ©s bĂ sica, les emoticones formen part de la vostra existĂšncia. I sabĂ­eu que, en el cervell, l’efecte de veure una emoticona Ă©s similar al de veure una imatge real? És a dir, el cervell desxifra les emocions. AixĂČ Ă©s el que es desprĂšn d’un estudi dut a terme per la Universitat de Lleida i l’Institut de Recerca BiomĂšdica Dr. PifarrĂ© que es va publicar a començament d’any a la prestigiosa revista ‘Psychological Research’.I encara mĂ©s: voleu saber quin clĂ ssic de la literatura s’ha traduĂŻt, atenciĂł, al llenguatge de les emoticones? AquĂ­ teniu una pista: 🐋 Si el llegiu, viureu una experiĂšncia de lectura totalment nova. A la pĂ gina Internet Segura podeu descobrir mĂ©s coses sobre el mĂłn de les emoticones.  

6 preguntes (i respostes) sobre el RGPD

6 preguntes (i respostes) sobre el RGPD

Quants correus heu rebut aquests dies que feien referĂšncia al nou Reglament General de ProtecciĂł de Dades, tambĂ© conegut amb les sigles RGPD o GDPR (en anglĂšs)? Cinc? Deu? Vint? Us heu atabalat? Heu descobert llocs on ni sabĂ­eu que estĂ veu subscrits? Sabeu quĂš heu de fer? Us responem 6 preguntes per entendre la nova legislaciĂł. 1. QuĂš Ă©s el RGPD? És la nova reglamentaciĂł d’àmbit europeu que regula la manera com les institucions, empreses i organitzacions gestionen les dades personals de tots nosaltres, i estableix un marc legal de drets per als usuaris. 2. Per quĂš rebo tants correus? PerquĂš aquestes institucions, empreses i organitzacions estan obligades, a partir del 25 de maig de 2018, a tractar les dades personals dels seus usuaris, afiliats, subscriptors... d’una manera molt mĂ©s acurada i segura. 3. QuĂš ha canviat? Un dels principals canvis Ă©s precisament que, a partir d’aquest moment, les empreses, institucions o organitzacions necessiten el nostre consentiment explĂ­cit per poder tractar les nostres dades personals. Ja no s’hi val allĂČ de registrar-se i començar a rebre informaciĂł comercial indiscriminadament. Per tant, els nostres drets com a usuaris s’han vist ampliats. 4. Com ens afecta? GrĂ cies al RGDP, tenim el dret d’accĂ©s a les nostres dades, el dret d’oposiciĂł, el dret a la correcciĂł, el dret a l’oblit i el dret a estar informat en cas de pĂšrdua de les dades per part dels dipositaris. 5. Hi ha excepcions? Evidentment que sĂ­. No tindria cap mena de sentit que els

Coses que has de saber quan compres vols a Internet

Coses que has de saber quan compres vols a Internet

Ja tenim la Setmana Santa a tocar. Encara no heu fet les reserves pertinents? O pitjor encara, no heu triat destinaciĂł? Decidir-se a Ășltima hora Ă©s un mal negoci, no ens enganyarem. En qĂŒestiĂł de turisme, ja ho sabeu, la previsiĂł Ă©s un factor indiscutible a l’hora de trobar ofertes atractives: com mĂ©s antel·laciĂł mĂ©s possibilitat d’obtenir un preu mĂ©s ajustat. Ara bĂ©, sabĂ­eu que hi ha altres factors determinants? Sabeu quĂš Ă©s el ‘dynamic pricing’? És el conjunt d’estratĂšgies que fan servir moltes webs de venda en lĂ­nia per adaptar els preus que ofereixen als internautes en funciĂł d’una sĂšrie de parĂ metres dels quals molts usuaris no en sĂłn conscients. Fem examen! Per exemple, sabĂ­eu que en funciĂł del tipus de navegador (Chrome, Firefox, Safari...) el preu d’un vol per a un mateix trajecte, el mateix dia, pot arribar a variar en 400 dĂČlars? I que, en funciĂł del sistema operatiu o del tipus de dispositiu, la variaciĂł de preus tambĂ© Ă©s significativa? Ja us advertim que algunes pĂ gines fan pagar mĂ©s als usuaris d’Apple que no pas als de Windows o Android, o que algunes tambĂ© encareixen els preus als usuaris de dispositius de sobretaula en detriment dels dispositius mĂČbils. Un consell. Potser ara ja arribeu una mica tard, perĂČ quan hĂ giu de reservar vols, hotels... per Internet, assegureu-vos de fer una navegaciĂł d’incĂČgnit amb el vostre navegador o bĂ© esborrar totes les galetes (que sĂłn un altres elements que aquest tipus de pĂ gines tenen en compte a l’hora aplicar la seva polĂ­ti

Dia de la Internet Segura: uns quants consells... i tres vĂ­deos

Dia de la Internet Segura: uns quants consells... i tres vĂ­deos

Saps que el 6 de febrer Ă©s el Dia de la Internet Segura? És una data en quĂš es vol posar de manifest la importĂ ncia de la privacitat i de la seguretat a la xarxa: quan naveguem, quan comprem, quan lliguem, quan viatgem i ens connectem a una wifi pĂșblica... Saps quines sĂłn les bones prĂ ctiques? T’has trobat en alguna situaciĂł compromesa? Contestis el que contestis, diuen que el saber no ocupa espai (aixĂČ no li diguis a un informĂ tic, que et tirarĂ  el teclat pel cap i et dirĂ  que sĂ­, que tot ocupa bits de memĂČria!). PerĂČ et proposem uns quants consells des de la web d'Internet Segura, que de ben segur t'ajudaran a minimitzar els riscos de navegar sense rumb per la xarxa. I per si ets de poques paraules, atent als tres vĂ­deos que, de manera metafĂČrica, ens alerten dels perills.

El teu mĂČbil va molt mĂ©s lent?

El teu mĂČbil va molt mĂ©s lent?

Heu sentit a parlar dels termes Meltdown o Spectre? No, no parlem d’una nova sĂšrie que ho petarĂ  en alguna de les plataformes digitals que tenim a l’abast, ni del darrer cĂČctel de moda. Ens enfrontem a la primera amenaça seriosa des del punt de vista de la seguretat informĂ tica del 2018! Uns quants investigadors van descobrir a final del 2017 una vulnerabilitat en els processadors Intel i AMD (que Ă©s com dir les dues principals marques mundials). Potencialment, i nomĂ©s potencialment, aquesta escletxa podria permetre l’accĂ©s, per part de tercers i amb finalitats fraudulentes, a la memĂČria del 'kernel' del sistema operatiu del dispositiu. Per fer una analogia: Ă©s com poder entrar al cervell humĂ  i, mĂ©s concretament, la part del cervell que guarda tots els elements de memĂČria. I atenciĂł, els mĂČbils no se salven d’aquesta vulnerabilitat! PerĂČ, ai pobres de nosaltres, i quĂš hem de fer? Aquesta vulnerabilitat, que no us ho perdeu, s’ha detectat en tots els processadors fets de fa deu anys ençà, tĂ© soluciĂł. Tant Apple com Windows i Linux s’han afanyat a oferir pegats de seguretats que suavitzen possibles atacs. TambĂ© Adobe i el seu Flash. I en les prĂČximes setmanes continuaran apareixent novetats al respecte. Ara bĂ©, res Ă©s gratuĂŻt: prepareu-vos perquĂš les vostres mĂ quines experimentaran un descens de velocitat (entre el 5% i el 30%, segons els catastrofisme dels analistes). A la web d’Internet Segura trobareu un article que ofereix informaciĂł sobre com i quĂš s'ha d'actualitzar. 

Meltdown i Spectre: com combatre l'amenaça!

Meltdown i Spectre: com combatre l'amenaça!

Heu sentit a parlar dels termes Meltdown o Spectre? No, no parlem d’una nova sĂšrie que ho petarĂ  en alguna de les plataformes digitals que tenim a l’abast, ni del darrer cĂČctel de moda. Ens enfrontem a la primera amenaça seriosa des del punt de vista de la seguretat informĂ tica del 2018! Uns quants investigadors van descobrir a final del 2017 (i ara ha sortit a la llum pĂșblica) una vulnerabilitat en els processadors Intel i AMD (que Ă©s com dir les dues principals marques mundials). Potencialment, i nomĂ©s potencialment, aquesta escletxa podria permetre l’accĂ©s, per part de tercers i amb finalitats fraudulentes, a la memĂČria del 'kernel' del sistema operatiu del dispositiu. Per fer una analogia: Ă©s com poder entrar al cervell humĂ  i, mĂ©s concretament, la part del cervell que guarda tots els elements de memĂČria. I atenciĂł, els mĂČbils no se salven d’aquesta vulnerabilitat! PerĂČ, ai pobres de nosaltres, i quĂš hem de fer? Aquesta vulnerabilitat, que no us ho perdeu, s’ha detectat en tots els processadors fets de fa deu anys ençà, tĂ© soluciĂł. Tant Apple com Windows i Linux s’han afanyat a oferir pegats de seguretats que suavitzen possibles atacs. TambĂ© Adobe i el seu Flash. I en les prĂČximes setmanes continuaran apareixent novetats al respecte. Ara bĂ©, res Ă©s gratuĂŻt: prepareu-vos perquĂš les vostres mĂ quines experimentaran un descens de velocitat (entre el 5% i el 30%, segons els catastrofisme dels analistes). A la web d’Internet Segura trobareu un article que ofereix informaciĂł sob

iToys, la nova generaciĂł de joguines

iToys, la nova generaciĂł de joguines

Ara que els Reis d'Orient sĂłn cada dia mĂ©s a prop, has sentit a parlar de les iToys o els smart toys? SĂłn la nova generaciĂł de joguines, aquelles que podrĂ­em anomenar interactives i connectades, Ă©s a dir, que tenen algun tipus de control extern, o bĂ© a travĂ©s d’una aplicaciĂł instal·lada en un dispositiu mĂČbil o bĂ© a travĂ©s d’una connexiĂł wifi. Poden oferir a la canalla una experiĂšncia de joc espectacular bidireccional; perĂČ, ara bĂ©, cal saber vetllar per la seguretat perquĂš n’hi ha que poden ser mĂ©s vulnerables als atacs de tercers. Oi que no obres la porta a desconeguts? Doncs en aquest camp passa exactament el mateix. No es tracta pas de criminalitzar-les, perĂČ sĂ­ tenir ben present quĂš comprem, les condicions de seguretat (sempre s’ha de passar per un control d’autentificaciĂł fiable), les edats de nens a quĂš van dirigides... En resum, aplicar estrictament el sentit comĂș i tenir tota la informaciĂł possible. A la web Internet Segura trobareu el rĂ nquing de les millors joguines d’aquestes caracterĂ­stiques. Feu-hi un cop d'ull!

Compte amb les compres en lĂ­nia al Nadal!

Compte amb les compres en lĂ­nia al Nadal!

La vorĂ gine de les festes nadalenques ens porta a comprar, moltes vegades de manera compulsiva. Abans de donar-te cap consell, apel·larem al sentit comĂș: compra, sĂ­, perĂČ compra el necessari i no per damunt de les teves possibilitats. I sobretot, compra segur. ·         Assegura’t que les pĂ gines on compres tenen la certificaciĂł digital de seguretat. ·         Utilitza formes de pagament fiables, les mĂ©s conegudes Verified by Visa i MasterCard SecureCode. ·         Revisa les condicions de compra i la lletra petita: t’estalviarĂ s mĂ©s d’una sorpresa. ·         Consulta les opinions dels usuaris i, si tens algun tipus de problema, utilitza aquest canal per advertir la resta de consumidors. ·         No emmagatzemis cap tipus d’informaciĂł relacionada amb la transacciĂł. AixĂ­ minimitzarĂ s que els cibercriminals puguin tenir accĂ©s a les teves dades.   Si vols saber mĂ©s consells, no et perdis l’article Vuit consells per a una compra segura a Internet de la pĂ gina Internetsegura.cat.