Finally it is June and not long until the official beginning of summer 2013. Hopes are high that the weather will be nicer to us this month than it has been in the past weeks and we can get going and enjoy the Parisian life in its full beauty and excitement.

So get your summer dresses out, wear your shorts (if sun and heat make an appearance) and start enjoying an amazing sunset in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Oberkampf and Canal St. Martin

Start your night with a tasty cocktail at the bar “Le Kitch”, 10 rue Oberkampf, where you can order a “Shrek”, named after the goofy green creature from the film of the same name. Be careful though, it makes you drunk quicker than you think which is not necessarily a bad thing one might argue. After, you should continue your ‘Apéro’ at the “Comptoir Général” (8 Quai De Jemmapes), a bar where you can see flourish the Parisian hipster scene and catch a bit of the famous ‘Berlin-flair” whilst enjoying a nice cold beer for about 5 euros.

After a couple of drinks when you feel the need to let out your tipsy energy, you should go to the club “Nouveau Casino” where you can enjoy concerts or simply rave it up to good tunes. The nice thing is that entry is most of the nights and even on the weekend free before 1 o’clock which makes life a lot more easier for your poor purse if you know what I mean.

Where: Métro Oberkampf (line 5,9) or République (line 3,5,8,9,11)

Price:     Le Kitch Cocktails: 6 Euros                                                                                                Comptoir Général, Beer: 5 Euros


Le Marché des Enfants Rouges and le Musée Rodin

I think we all agree that after a heavy night, all you need is a good breakfast or let’s be honest, by the time you get up it is probably more accurate to call it lunch. The “Marché des Enfants Rouges” (9 rue de Beauce) is the perfect place because you can choose if you either want to have breakfast, eat Moroccan lunch or fill your belly with a good Japanese chicken teriyaki while your desperately trying to recollect what the hell happened last night.

For the afternoon, it is nice to sometimes have a place to chill out and to escape the hectic every-day business in Paris. The Musée Rodin (19 Avenue Auguste Rodin) is perfect for that as it has a beautiful garden with loads of Rodin’s sculptures in it. Adding to this, the house where Rodin used to live entails an exhibition of his amazing and very impressive art work. And let’s be true to ourselves, it is good for everyone to enjoy a bit of culture from time to time so all the cocktails from last night are kind of justified as you can declare that you actually still managed to learn something about art the next day.

Where:  Les Enfants Rouges: Métro République (line 3,5,8,9,11)                                               Musée Rodin: Varenne (line 13)

Price:    Les Enfants Rouges: Meal about 10 Euros                                                                       Musée Rodin: Free for people between 18 and 25 from the EU and                           Students, otherwise about 10 Euros


Flea Market: Porte de Clignancourt and Café Hugo

If you fancy a nice walk and need some stuff to redecorate your living room, the flea market in Clignancourt is perfect for that. Open on saturdays and sundays, the market has to offer pretty much everything from vintage to antique stores. Although, before you make your way there, it is useful to check out which part you wanna visit on the internet because the market is pretty big.

The best way to finish an amazing weekend is at “Café Hugo” which is situated in the beautiful “Place des Vosges”, 4th Arrondissement. The café serves good French food to a very reasonable price and the direct view onto the famous square is priceless.

Where: Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt, Métro Porte de Clignancourt (line 4) Café Hugo, Métro St. Paul (line 1)

Price:   Flea Market: free,  Café Hugo: Meal about 13 Euros


La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2013

If you love independent and creative filmmakers, which ÉCU is obviously all about, you should definitely check out this month’s film festival in Paris, created by the “Société des réalisateurs de films” (SFR) which has the objective to discover young and talented independent filmmakers and gives them a a chance to present their work. From the 30th of May until the 9th of June, you are able to admire their creativity at “Forum des Halles”.

Where: Forum des Halles, 2 rue du Cinéma: Métro Châtelet (line 1,4,7,11,14)

Price:   5 Euros


Anna-Louisa Werner


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