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Le Pulp

There’s something very different about
this lesbian-run,mostly mixed club.It’s
friendlier,more laid-back and yet trendier
than many others in Paris – and it plays
the best music.

P.98

THE GRANDS BOULEVARDS
AND PASSAGES

Le Mixer

Just a tiny little bar but a very lively one,
with a DJ mixing it up from a pulpit-like
platform,lots of stylish lighting and a
friendly,gay/lesbian/bi/straight crowd.

P.114 THE MARAIS

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Ideas

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Amnésia Café

The most relaxed and upmarket gay venue
in the city,affecting a cosy,sofa-filled
Friendsvibe by day and lots of cocktail-
fuelled bonhomie at night.

P113 THE MARAIS

Gay Pride

The big event of the calendar is the half-
million-strong pride march on the last
Saturday of June,with lots of spin-off

concerts,parties and events.

P.206 ESSENTIALS

L’Open Café

The original out-and-proud café,at the
very apex of the “pink triangle”.Famous
for its tables outside on the street,which
make a great venue for posing and people-
watching.

P.113 THE MARAIS

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Ideas

The obvious lure of
Disneyland aside,
Paris has plenty of
attractions and
activitiesto keep
most children
happy:puppet
shows,funfairs,
zoos and adventure parks,
not to mention more off-
beat attractionssuch as
the creepy catacombs (see
p.146) and dingy sewers
(see p.138).In addition,
nearly every park,big or
small,has its play area
with swings and slides.
Just as much of a delight
for many children is Paris’s
vibrant atmosphere,with
its street performers and
buskers,lively pavement
cafés and brightly lit
carrousels.

Kids Paris

50

Disneyland

Disney’s vast theme park may not be very
French but the children will love it.Even
cynical adults may find it hard to resist
the more exciting rides.

P.184 EXCURSIONS

Jardin d’Acclimatation

No child could fail to be enchanted by this
wonderland of mini-canal and train rides,
adventure parks,trampolines,bumper
cars,puppet theatres and farm animals.

P.178 WESTERN PARIS

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Parc de la Villette

The Géode Omnimax cinema is just one of
the many attractions for kids in this
futuristic park.

P.168 EASTERN PARIS

51

Jardin du Luxembourg boats

One of the timeless pleasures of the
Luxembourg gardens is hiring a toy boat
and sailing it to and fro across the circular
pond.

P.128 ST-GERMAIN

Sandpits

Paris seems to have sandpits in spades – at
least one in every park and recreation area,
as in the Palais Royal garden here.

P.94

THE GRANDS BOULEVARDS
AND PASSAGES

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For all that Paris is
one of the world’s
great ethnically
mixed cities,you
could be forgiven for
not noticing,as the
majority of the black
and North African
population lives out
in the suburbs.The
vigorously revived Jewish
quarter,on the other hand,
is right in the heart of the
city.As a visitor,the best
way to get a flavour of
ethnic Paris is to try the
food:Vietnamese and
African cuisine is
particularly well
represented,alongside the
famous couscous cafés.
Alternatively,visit the
wonderful Institut du
Monde Arabe (see p.117)
or try a hammam steam
bath – an outing that has
become a Parisian
institution.

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