Everything You Need to Do in Paris in April

The best activities to do in Paris in March

April is already synonymous with renewal and good vibes! Paris is brimming with cool activities. Are your schedules wide open? The Do It Team has particularly spotted for you THE design event of the year aka PAD Paris, a unique retrospective on cross-dressing in cinema at the Cinémathèque, an intensive and spiritual yoga class at RIISE Studios, an auction and anniversary exhibition at the Atelier de Moulage GrandPalaisRMN, high-end perfumery at the Infiniment Coty Paris pop-up, a haute couture ballet by Dior, and the trendiest spring pop-up. Can't wait!


Admire Design Marvels at PAD PARIS

Paris hosts its most design-centric event of April with the opening of PAD at the Tuileries. Let's be clear, PAD stands as THE essential rendezvous for design, promising highly inspiring discoveries. Nestled in the heart of the Tuileries Garden, this ephemeral pavilion, showcasing the greatest galleries from around the world and awarding design prizes, gathers passionate amateurs and collectors every year since 1998. Here, you can admire the finest design creations merging with decorative arts, such as the sublime sconces at JAG Gallery, extraordinary chandeliers at Jacques Lacoste, or Memphis-style stools at the Belgian gallery Unforget.

Don't miss the "Comme un Légo" coffee table at Jousse Entreprise's booth by French artist Emmanuel Boos, along with the ultra-colored and tech furniture from Draga & Aurel's Flare collection at Todd Merrill. This year, the jury awarding prizes for Stand, Contemporary Design, and Historical Design comprises architects, interior decorators, and fashion and media personalities like Rabih Kayrouz, Hugo Toro, and Leia Sfez.

PAD, entrance facing Rue Castiglione, Paris 1st. Open from 11 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays: entry €100 and €75, then from 11 am to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, until 6 pm on Sundays. Entry €30 (from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7), €10 for students (from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7), Online ticketing.

© Jousse Entreprise - Emmanuel Boos, Todd Merrill Studio - Flare Collection by Draga & Aurel, Jag Gallery.


Book a Haute Couture Ballet

Save the date! Dior teams up with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to present a grand spectacle with three unique dates in Paris. It's no secret that Maria Grazia Chiuri's other passion is dance. This year, Dior's artistic director will create costumes for two ballets to be performed on the stage of the Palais des Congrès.

The evening begins with Nuit dansée, a show choreographed by Giorgio Mancini and presented by the star Eleonora Abbagnato. Dancers dressed by Dior will perform to Philip Glass's Piano Concerto and Orchestra. It's the perfect blend of classical and contemporary dance that promises to be enchanting. This is followed by Nuit Romaine choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj: the Roman goddess of the night Nox, interpreted by Eleonora Abbagnato, walks through the sumptuous Villa Farnèse in Rome and awakens many dukes and other nobles on Franz Schubert's music. In short, the promise of an enchanted interlude.

Dior dresses the nights - Ballet of the Opera of Rome from April 26 to 28 at the Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 16th.

© franceconcert


Try Colorful Shoes at the Carel Pop-up

The king of patent leather shoes has just opened a pop-up in the Marais... And let me tell you, the cream of Parisian it-girls was present at the opening! Carel, the beloved brand that offers the most beautiful shoes including square-heeled babies and signature strap ballet flats (Alexa Chung swears by her Kina), among other adorable shoes, offers us a new top-notch address in the fashion district to grab our favorite model. Here, we discover the new it-bag, the Mimi, a baguette bag with two pockets featuring the maison's silver C logo. Perfect for this season, it's also available in vibrant colors that definitely made us want to reach for our credit cards!

We love: the red patent Mimi bag (€425), the slingback babies in pastel blue apricot and ivory (€445), the Kina pumps with three leather straps in black patent leather (€425), the Colza babies espadrilles in denim (€145), and the pink sunglasses with yellow lenses (€149).

Carel Pop-up, 95 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3rd. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 7:30 pm.


Book a Yoga Class at RIISE Studios

RIISE, with two studios near the Louvre and the Marais, where yoga and Pilates are practiced religiously, gathering the capital's it-girls. The mantra? Breathe, accelerate, recover. On the agenda, 50 minutes of exercise in an ultra-pleasant dark room where vinyasa yoga and short cardio sequences are practiced in pairs to deeply strengthen the body and gain flexibility. No stress, beginners are welcome! Experts reserve the RIISE yoga+ which offers intermediate levels. If you choose it, you can end your class with a meditation through the vibrations of sound bowls. Having tested it, we can tell you it's a one-way ticket to the depths of your being.

Clean and comfy, these studios think of everything for your post-sport with beautiful showers equipped with shampoos and shower gels, mats, bath towels, and, the cherry on the cake: the entire Oh My Cream! beauty range is available. We love it.

RIISE Studios. 9 rue Charlot, Paris 3rd and 43 rue Etienne Marcel, Paris 2nd. Online booking. €29 per session.


Indulge in Classic Films... in Garter Belts!

Only the Cinémathèque dares to offer retrospectives that are both disruptive and cool. Who hasn't laughed and/or cried at La Cage aux Folles (with our master Michel Serrault), Some Like It Hot, Mrs. Doubtfire, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Victor Victoria, Tootsie, and company? You've surely noticed their common point: these cinema masterpieces all featured great actors and actresses whose characters cross-dressed on the big screen. How shocking!

Dramas, comedies, thrillers: all genres of the seventh art have tried this exercise as fanciful as it is perilous, playing with the male codes of cinema by featuring the greatest actors (Jack Lemmon, Dustin Hoffman, Buster Keaton, Robin Williams...) in front of the cameras of iconic directors, from Brian De Palma to Billy Wilder, via Sydney Pollack and Éric Rohmer. An opportunity to (re)discover classics in the undisputed temple of cine culture.

Retrospective: Cross-Dressing in Cinema, from March 27 to April 10 at the Cinémathèque, 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12th.

© The Walt Disney Company / © Le Pacte / © Sydney Pollack, 1982 DR


Take a Stroll at the GrandPalaisRMN Molding Workshop's Exceptional Sale

For 230 years, the GrandPalaisRmn Molding Workshop has brought back to life the greatest masterpieces of sculpture. To celebrate this craftsmanship, a major auction will be held on April 26 in collaboration with Leducq Auction House. No less than 230 moldings of all sizes will be offered for auction (€50 - €7,000): reproductions in raw or patinated plaster, resin, models on plaster backgrounds, including iconic reproductions of world statuary. Among the most exceptional lots: Michelangelo's Pietà or a large Khmer bas-relief, Fragment of a royal procession: the Thais. All these gems will even be exhibited in the days leading up to the sale from April 23 to 25.

Not available on these dates? It is possible to book a guided tour at the GrandPalaisRmn Art Workshops in Saint-Denis to discover its treasures. On-site: the collection of molds tracing the entire history of sculpture from Prehistory through the Middle Ages to the 20th century, and the copper engravings of the Chalcography Workshop which has original plates ranging from the 16th to the 21st century. Historical!

GrandPalaisRmn Molding Workshop anniversary sale on April 26 and exhibition from April 23 to 25 at the GrandPalaisRmn Art Workshops, 1 Impasse du Pilier, La Plaine Saint Denis. Exhibition open from 11 am to 5 pm. Free entry upon registration at this address: phl@leducq-encheres.com. Information online.


Treat Yourself to a Signature Perfume

Perfume enthusiasts, here's great news! The Coty Group, which embodies modern perfumery (Chloé, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs), has just launched its Haute Parfumerie brand: Infiniment Coty Paris. For this occasion, the house opens its first global pop-up store in the heart of the Marais. Although the maison's olfactory expertise has marked the 20th century and is known to all, a new technological innovation enhances our desirability for these designer perfumes: molecular aura, a technology that modulates the evaporation of olfactory molecules and preserves the perfume's signature for up to 30 hours.

Enjoy a spring stroll to discover this immersive point of sale where you can choose one of the 14 scents of the house while moving through the space. The moment of grace: leaning over a flower that lights up and exalts the perfume. Adorable. These first Infiniment Coty Paris scents enchant us day and night: during the day, wear Soleil D'Ikosim, a shower of orange blossom flowers called "splashed by the sun", perfect for summer, or Matin de Jade, which plunges us into a morning dew of ginger and bergamot. In the evening, indulge in L'amour Pourpre, an enveloping lavender and vanilla fragrance (€230 for a 75ml bottle).

Infiniment Coty Pop-Up. 5, rue des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris 4th. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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