Your Paris Weekend Program

© Pop-up Lipton X Cruel Pancake and the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Torch, all rights reserved.

This weekend, we're exploring Paris to enjoy the best plans that Do It has spotted for its favorite readers. Note in your agenda: the grand arrival of the Olympic flame in Paris, the quirky Jellycat patisserie at Galeries Lafayette, the Lipton x Cruel Pancakes collab by Hugo Philip, and the Caro Diario design Gelateria pop-up.

 

Admire the Arrival of the Olympic Flame in Paris

With just 15 days to go until the Olympics, the flame finally arrives in Paris this Sunday, July 14th! Various torchbearers will carry the flame through the city's most beautiful spots, starting at the Champs-Élysées roundabout, then heading to Place du Panthéon, Bastille, Rue des Martyrs, Place Vendôme, and finally to the Hôtel de Ville. Numerous activities are planned along the route: play bingo with drag queens in the Marais, learn breakdance at Nelson Mandela Garden, or enjoy a jazz festival in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. For something unique, watch a gymnastics display by Paris firefighters at Notre-Dame. Feel the Olympic fever early!

The extra thing: The Olympic flame will remain at the Hôtel de Ville overnight, where Parisians can admire it up close from Sunday night to Monday morning, 12:30 AM to 5 AM (reservations required). Magical!

Olympic Flame Route in Paris. Full itinerary here.

© Olga PS / Shutterstock, The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Torch, all rights reserved and BSPP-BCOM.

 

Order a Plush Pastry with Jellycat

The cutest event of the weekend. Jellycat, the beloved plush brand, has just opened its patisserie at Galeries Lafayette! Originally from England, these adorable fruit, vegetable, ice cream, and flower pot plush toys are a social media sensation. After great success in London, the pop-up arrives in Paris, offering six exclusive plush pastries: lemon tart, strawberry tart, brioche, or chocolate, pistachio, and raspberry macarons.

More than just buying a plush, it’s a real experience! You purchase your treat as in a real patisserie. Head to the counter to order your plush, which will then be packed in a lovely little blue box with tissue paper. Delicately grabbed with a cake tong, you can even add imaginary whipped cream to your plush for a super cute Insta story.

The extra thing: Along with your plush pastry, you get a cute pin and a sticker sheet to spread these adorables everywhere.

Jellycat Patisserie at Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th, 5th floor. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 8:30 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM. €40 for a gift box containing a plush, a pin, and a sticker sheet, €100 for the macaron trio box.**

© Jellycat.

 

Discover an Ultra-Fresh Summer Collab

Spotlight on “The summer feeling”, the freshest collab of the summer uniting Lipton teas and Cruel Pancake, Hugo Philip’s stylish streetwear line. The result? A super fresh collection that screams summer on the coast. Among the 80’s inspired pieces are an oversized sweatshirt, colorful t-shirts, bombers, caps, a bucket hat, socks, a tote bag, scarves, and even a beach towel. Everything is just gorgeous!

To win one of these pieces and be the trendiest this summer, visit the pop-up on Saturday at PonPon, the coffee shop known for its incredible flower-shaped donuts. Discover the collection in a Riviera-like relaxing atmosphere while enjoying Lipton drinks and the famous donuts in frozen versions. Can’t wait to be there!

The extra thing: Participate in the online game by solving riddles about the collab. The big winners will score fun, very limited-edition pieces!

Pop-up Lipton X Cruel Pancake, Saturday, July 13th from 10 AM to 6 PM at PonPon, 3 Rue Molière, Paris 1st.

© Pop-up Lipton X Cruel Pancake.

 

Indulge in the Most Aesthetic Ice Cream in Paris

We are obsessed! The culinary studio Caro Diario, adored for its ultra-visual creations that bridge food and art, is back with its pop-up gelateria in the courtyard of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Led by Zélikha Dinga, a chef-artist whose creations are sought after by top brands for fancy events, this Italian-inspired pop-up offers four flavors: two ice creams and two sorbets, changing daily based on availability. Enjoy scoops of Sicilian pistachio, Piedmont hazelnut, fior di latte, gianduja, fruit sorbets, and the ever-popular chocolate sorbet.

The extra thing: Zélikha occasionally offers more unique flavors like sobacha, salted peanut, or fig leaf. Coffee lovers can also savor an affogato and relax in the courtyard, feeling like they’re on a weekend in Rome (€5).

Caro Diario Gelateria Pop-Up. In the courtyard of Maison Européenne de la Photographie until July 14th at 5/7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris. Open Thursday from 2 PM to 9 PM and Friday to Sunday from 2 PM to 8 PM. €4 per scoop, €6 for two scoops.

© Café de la MEP and Caro Diario.

 

Become a Burrata Master

Cheese lovers, rejoice! This weekend, artisans Julien and Franco offer workshops to learn how to make your own burrata and stracciatella (the heart of burrata). The two-hour session at their fromagerie on Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière starts with a theoretical part on Italian cheesemaking, followed by hands-on practice guided by the experts. Finish with a glass of wine and some Italian charcuterie and cheese.

The extra thing: Take home your burrata and stracciatella. Whether in a salad, pasta, or as an appetizer, drizzle them with top-quality olive oil.

Burrata and Stracciatella Workshop, 151 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 9th. 2 hours, €59 per person. Book online.

 

VISIT THE COOLEST SPOT OF THE OLYMPICS

This is THE place to be during the Paris Olympics. Located just steps from the Eiffel Tower and open to the public until December, SPOT24 is a hub of temporary exhibitions, meetings, and the coolest and most surprising Olympic activities. It all begins with the Olympic Exhibition, focusing on sports and urban cultures curated by François Gautret. A key figure in hip hop culture, Gautret has collaborated with the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to present an impressive archival collection, featuring treasures like the torch from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and even the official Paris 2024 torch, which can't be seen anywhere else. The exhibition also showcases surfboards and skateboards owned by Olympic champions from around the world, vinyl records from New York's renowned record store Lord Funk, an ultra-glamorous basketball hoop with pearls instead of a net, delightfully old-school video games, and hipster marble busts by artist Léo Caillard.

But that's not all: keep up with the online program because SPOT24 will also host breakdance battles, sports initiations, or you can simply chill out at the café-terrace offering stylish snacks crafted in collaboration with chef Jose Ribeiro (Café A), using locally sourced ingredients.

Bonus Feature: There's a fantastic boutique at the entrance where you can stock up on gifts, from mascot plush toys and plenty of t-shirts to mugs and even skateboards to try out immediately in the brand-new skate park inaugurated right outside SPOT24.

SPOT24, 101 quai Jacques Chirac, Paris 15th. Open daily until December 31st from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. Last admission at 6:00 pm. Full price: €10; reduced price: €8.

© Stéphane Laure.

 

BITING INTO A BURGER THAT PACKS A PUNCH

Sauce aficionados whose fridges are overflowing with condiments often rave about the sacrosanct Dallas sauce from Brussels Ketjep. Sweet, slightly spicy, and jazzed up with fried onions, paprika, rosemary, and chili, it's a little bomb of flavor. Blend has decided to incorporate this sauce into a limited-edition burger recipe, co-created with the globetrotting chef Mattias Castro (Déviant, Le Collier de la Reine).

Here's the deal: On a potato bun by Frédéric Lalos (the bread king of Paris), the Dallas sauce is spread, welcoming chunky pieces of freshly fried chicken. Add to this delightful mix some cider vinegar mayo, crispy iceberg lettuce, cucumber pickles, and cilantro, and you get the most addictive delight of the moment. A true delicacy, this burger is a fusion of flavors from Mexico and Korea that left us speechless.

Extra perk: Now that you have the recipe to try to replicate this masterpiece at home, all that's left is to get your hands on the Dallas sauce, which will be available for purchase at Blend locations offering the collab.

Dallas by Blend x Brussels Ketjep, available until September 30 at Blend Argout, Beaumarchais, Madeleine, Charonne, and Odéon restaurants. Dallas sauce for sale at all Blend restaurants and on brusselsketjep.com. €13.50 on-site & takeaway, €14.50 for delivery.

© Géraldine Martens

 

EXPLORING THE WORLD OF ANIMALS

Le Monde de Noé

It's the new activity to do with your kids in Paris. Le Monde de Noé opens the doors to its immersive space this Saturday, where you can explore, learn, and cuddle adorable animals while raising awareness about the well-being of these little creatures.

The experience? Head to the Prairie, where you must pamper the rodents of Le Monde de Noé. Next, visit the Jungle, a space recreating tropical landscapes where colorful birds mingle with aquatic creatures. The tour ends at the Lab, where you can discover the mysteries of biodiversity by studying small vertebrates and skeletons to play budding scientists. Ready for the adventure?

The extra perk: Animal protection is the guiding principle of Le Monde de Noé. Abandoned pets, laboratory test subjects, or rescue center survivors, all the animals at the center are cared for by veterinarians and animal behaviorists.

Le Monde de Noé, 55 avenue Bugeaud, Paris 16e. Starting at €29.90. Information and reservations online.

 

Catch the brand-new Do It In Paris City Guide

The Do it in Paris City Guide

You've probably seen it on our Instagram page: our stunning city guide has just hit the shelves! The Do It Team has curated a best-of featuring its 450 favorite addresses in and around Paris, categorized by neighborhood, from delicious restaurants and coffee shops to trendy concept stores, not to mention our favorite museums and secret gardens of the capital. All wrapped in a beautiful red cover, complete with 100% Parisian stickers and coloring pages at the end. In other words, the perfect Christmas gift for less than €20.

The ultimate excuse to browse the sexiest bookstores in the capital. You can ask for the Do It In Paris City Guide at L'Ecume des Pages (174 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6th), Galignani (224 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st), in Le Marais on the 1st floor of Comme un Roman (39 Rue de Bretagne, Paris 3rd), or at the chic Delamain bookstore (155 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st) and Librairie des Abbesses (30 Rue Yvonne le Tac, Paris 18th), as well as at all FNAC stores closest to you. We hope you'll love it as much as we do!

© Julia Brami

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