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Welcome 2 France Newsletter June 2015
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Summer in Paris is a glorious time of year. Everyone gets out to enjoy outdoor life, and whether that means sitting café terraces or enjoying a spot of nature, the city's unique joie de vivre really comes to life this month. Paris is all about being outdoors in June, and while there are still brilliant museums and exhibitions on offer, you’ll want to make the most of the good weather. However, no trip to Paris, regardless of the time of year, is complete without sampling the culinary delights on offer, so check out some of our gluten-friendly tips or pay a visit to the most unusual restaurants in Paris!

This Month's Featured Apartments

Champs Elysees - Boetie II

Enjoy the celebrity treatment in this fantastic luxury apartment rental located just a few steps from the Champs Elysees. This spectacular 150 square meter Hollywood-style three bedroom apartment leaves you plenty of room to feel relaxed and comfortable, ideal for couples who are dreaming of an upscale Parisian life.

Saint Germain des Pres - Rennes I

This luxury apartment rental has only been recently renovated, offering the best in terms of comfort and charm. This apartment is located in the heart of one of Paris' most central and sought-after neighborhoods - Jardin du Luxembourg and Boulevard Saint Germain des Pres.

Saint Germain des Pres - Odeon Suite

French living at its best: this two-bedroom luxury rental boasts a spacious 65 square meters in a typical Saint Germain building. This is one of the most unique in our collection, since the décor represents a beautiful combination of a five-star-hotel luxury suite and a classic Parisian apartment.

Gluten-Free Paris

In a city that’s famed for bread and pastry, Paris might feel like a pending nightmare for those sufferering from Celiac disease or those following a gluten-free diet, but fear not, you can still do gluten-free and still enjoy the best the Parisian culinary scene has to offer.

Basic Tips for Gluten-Free Survival

To make life a little easier, get some cards made in French that explain your condition and the gluten-free diet. Websites like Celiac Travel ( offer printable travel cards in French that you can use in restaurants to convey your needs. It’s also good to learn a few basic phrases in French explaining your dietary profile, a simple "Je suis desolé, je suis allergique au gluten. Qu’est que vous me recommandez?" (I am sorry, I am allergic to gluten . What can you recommend?) can go a long way in restaurants. While the French do have a love affair with wheat, you can always get delicious pomme frites with steak, omelette, fish or meat with salad or potatoes.

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Gluten-Free Dining

If you want to play it safe, you can find a few restaurants that specifically cater to gluten-free diners. While they might not line every street corner, it’s still possible to make a book and eat out without having to ask whether every thing is gluten-free.


16 passage des Panoramas
75002 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 40 26 41 24

The same says it all, this gluten-free establishment was set up by Frédérique Jules, who suffers from celiac disease herself, to fill in the void of gluten-free dining in Paris. Her restaurant still embodies everything that French cuisine is famous for, with her farm-to-table philosophy, offering seasonal dishes straight from the market. You’ll find desserts and even staples like pizza that are gluten-sensitive friendly.

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6 rue Bailleul
75001 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 45 96 05 72

Spring might not promote itself as a gluten-free establishment, but the restaurant is Celiac friendly. The staff at Spring are used to accommodating those with gluten-free diets, and even have some yummy gluten-free bread on offer! Just take note that they close for a week in mid-august for the summer vacation.

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15 rue des Petits Champs
75001 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 42 97 53 85

Macéo is not a specialist gluten-free restaurant, but it does offer a wide range of gluten-free dishes and options if you inform them of your dietary needs when you call them. They can even create a whole Parisian style gluten-free menu for you!

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Gluten-Free Cafés and Bakeries

Paris is all about the café life and sumptuous pastries, and for the would-be gluten-sensitive traveler, this might make the "City of Light" a daunting experience.

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Helmut NewCake

Being gluten intolerant herself, Marie, one of the creators of Helmut NewCake wanted to offer food lovers a pâtisserie that is 100% gluten-free. Helmut NewCake was Paris’ very first gluten-free pastry mecca, where all of its homemade pastries and delicious concoctions are made with certified organic gluten-free flower. It’s also a good place to stop for lunch, since they offer lunch dishes of the day as well as a Sunday brunch.

36 rue Bichat
75010 Paris
Tel +33 9 82 59 00 39

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Bio Sphère Café

This little organic bakery and crêperie has plenty on offer for those following a gluten-free diet. You can find sandwiches, gluten-free pasta and pizza among daily specials and wonderful homemade pastries. Everything is made fresh in house, offering a tasty welcome to Celiac travelers.

47 rue Laborde
75008 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 42 93 45 58

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Gentle Gourmet Café

Here's an organic restaurant and café that might target the vegan crowd, but where you can find a variety of gluten-free dishes on offer. The staff understands your needs, so feel free to ask if you are in doubt.

24 boulevard de la Bastille
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 43 43 48 49

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Café Pinson

Café Pinson might have started as one small café dedicated to healthy superfood and alternative diets, but now there are three of these cafés across town. The Parisian owners are passionate about healthy living and gourmet organic food, offering up delicious dishes with healthy super foods, made from high quality local and seasonal ingredients, cooked freshly, but not only that, they also offer vegan friendly, dairy-free and wheat-free dishes too, so if you’re gluten-free they’ll welcome you with open arms.

Pinson 3e
6 rue de Forez
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 9 83 82 53 53

Pinson 16e
Le Tigre Yoga Club
19 rue de Chaillot
75116 Paris
Tel.: +33 9 84 54 17 34

Pinson 10e
58 rue du Faubourg Poissonière
75010 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 45 23 59 42

The Best of Outdoor Paris

Paris is a city that’s wonderful year round, but during the summer, no one quite has the joie de vivre in the warmer months like the Parisians. From royal parks to elegant outdoor terraces where you can have a refreshing glass of lemonade or a white wine spritzer, there is so much you can do in the French capital al fresco.

Rent a Rowing Boat

Bois de Vincennes
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 4328 1920

There is nothing more romantic than taking a bucket of champagne with you and having a drink on a rowing boat in a magnificent wood. Paris’ Bois de Vincennes is the perfect choice for a summer picnic, especially when you can rent a rowing boat by the hour on Lac Daumesnil. Keep an eye out for the Buddhist Temple by the lake! Boat rental costs 12€ per hour along with a €10 deposit. Opening hours run from 10am to 7pm, March through November.

Paris Plages

Voie Georges Pompidou - 75004 Paris
Bassin de la Villette - 75019 Paris

Paris might not have a coastline, but it does have a beach! The Paris Plages might have had naysayers sceptical about the idea 10 years ago, but today, the beach along the Seine has become a hit with locals and tourists alike. You’ll find 350 deckchairs, palm trees and stretches of sand brought in specially from Normandy. Although note, these will open in July and August, so mark the dates in your calendars!

Drift Down a Canal

Quai de Valmy, Quai de Jemmapes,
75010 Paris

Another way to explore Paris in the fair weather is to take a canal boat. The tree-lined quaysides, dotted with footbridges are romantic and unique. You’ll find the canal starts up in the Port de l’Arsenal, going underground at Bastille and then up again near République. It’s best to explore this area on Sundays when the quaysides are closed to cars, but you’ll find all the bistros and cafés are open. You can take canal boat trips with Canauxrama ( or Paris Canal (

Cycle Round Paris

Paris is a wonderful city to cycle round, whether you hire your own bike or go on a themed bike tour. Take advantage of the automated Vélib bikes dotted all around the city and discover Paris differently!

Go Rock Climbing in Buttes Chaumont

If you’re the adventurous type, then maybe this is the activity for you. The beautiful Buttes Chaumont, a park designed under Napoleon III to get the working classes some air, is one of the city’s most loved green spaces. You’ll find rocks, lakes and islands here and also a specially built climbing wall near the Pirates Café. Perfect for adrenaline junkies looking to do something outside.

Rue Botzaris - 75019 Paris

Dining with a Difference

While dining out is one of the greatest pleasures any visitor to Paris can anticipate, going to the same Parisian style bistro in the city can get a little stale – there can be too much of a good thing. The wonderful thing about Paris are the hidden gems of surreal you’ll find about the city, restaurants included. Here are our picks for the city’s quirkiest restaurants.

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Dans Le Noir

Experience your food differently through blind dining. This trend for dining in the dark has spread the world over, Paris being no exception. Try to enjoy your food using all your other senses – through smell, taste and texture.

51 rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33·1·42·77·98·04

Le Wagon Bleu

Have you ever dined inside a 1920s carriage from the Orient Express? This dining car, located in the heart of the 17th arrondissment revives the nostalgia of travel as it once was, where you get to enjoy your dinner under the original overhead luggage rack. You’ll find all the French favourites here, but also dishes with a Corsican twist.

7 rue Boursault
75017 Paris


One of the hottest venues in towns, this eccentric eatery in Marais is certainly an experience. Capturing a clandestine feel, you’ll need to find an unmarked door between Andy Wahloo and the 404 Restaurant and follow a passage into a courtyard. Once you’re inside the restaurant, it’ll feel like you’re in someone’s eclectic, boho-chic home, where you can choose to dine in the living room or bedroom. The cuisine here follows a nouvelle take on French classics.

69 rue des Gravilliers
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33·1·44·61·91·95

L’Etage de Pastavino

Tucked in the back of an Italian delicatessen, you’ll find a set of stairs winding up into a secret restaurant on the floor above. This Italian restaurant is cosy and friendly, offering specials from the deli as well as home cooked dishes.

18 rue de Buci
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33·1·44·07·09·56

La Cantine Russe

This is one of Paris’ more surreal restaurants. Set in the Sergei Rachmaninoff Russian Conservatory of Paris, this building located opposite the iconic Eiffel Tower trains up musicians by day, but by night, this curious restaurant opens its doors in the basement. More than just a restaurant serving Russian specials, La Cantine Russe also has a cabaret show thrown in!

26 avenue de New York
75008 Paris
Tel.: +33·1·47·20·56·12

La Maison des Frigos

You can’t get quirkier and more Parisian than dining in an old ice factory with local artists. The 100-year-old ice factory was left to be abandoned, and has since become an atelier for a community of artists. In the courtyard in the back, you’ll find a secret restaurant where dishes are made according to the seasons with fresh, simple and local ingredients. If you want to go for dinner there on Saturday, make sure you reserve a table.

19 rue des Frigos (91 quai de la Gare)
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33·1·44·23·76·20

Calendar of Events


In the time of Klimt. The Vienna Secession, Exhibition
12 February – 21 June 2015
Pinacothèque de Paris
8 rue Vignon

La toilette, naissance de l'intime
12 February - 5 July 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis-Boilly

Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia
17 March - 19 July 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

The Tudors
18 March - 19 July 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard

25 March - 13 July 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

From Giotto to Caravaggio, the passions of Roberto Longhi
27 March - 20 July 2015
Musée Jacquemart-André,
158 boulevard Haussmann

The Keys of Passion, Exhibition
1 April – 6 July 2015-04-18
Foundation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi

Jean-Paul Gaultier
1 April - 3 August 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

American Icons, masterpieces of the SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
8 April - 22 June 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Dolce Vita? Italian Decorative Art 1900-1940, from Liberty to Industrial Design
14 April - 13 September 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

Les Maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d'Ivoire
14 April - 26 July 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly

Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931), exhibition
15 April - 13 July 2015
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries

Anish Kapoor
Mid-June - October 2015
Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes
78000 Versailles

The Inca and the Conquistador
23 June - 20 September 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly

Exhibitions and Other Museums

Lumière! Inventing Cinema, Exhibition at the Grand Palais
27 March – 14 June 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
4 April - 6 September 2015
Cité du Cinema
20 Rue Ampere
93200, Saint-Denis

Michelangelo Antonioni
8 April - 19 July 2015
Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy

Napoleon and Paris. A capital for Europe
8 April - 30 August 2015
Musée Carnavalet - Musée de l'histoire de Paris
16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois

Churchill and De Gaulle
10 April - 26 July 2015
Église Saint-Louis des Invalides - Hôtel national des Invalides
Esplanade des Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle

Music, Theater and Dance

The Magic Flute
17 April - 28 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Le Roi Arthus
16 May - 14 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Les Enfants du Paradis (Ballet)
28 May – 6 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

16 June – 15 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

Symphony Concerts – Ludwig van Beethoven
17 May 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Adriana Lecouvreur
23 June - 15 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille


Roland Garros Tennis Tournament
19 May – 7 June 2015
Stade Roland Garros
2 Avenue Gordon Bennett

Paris Beer Week
22 May – 31 May 2015
place du Louvre

Paris Jazz Festival 2015
7 June – 27 July 2015
Esplanade du château de Vincennes – Route de la Pyramide

Champes-Elysées Film Festival
10 June – 16 June 2015
27 avenue des Champs-Élysées

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