Your Paris Weekend Program

The 20th of july weekend in Paris 2024

© Néulo x Samaritaine and Courir, The Sneaker Odyssey by Lydie Bonhomme.

This weekend, explore Paris with the best recommendations from Do It In Paris for its beloved readers. Mark your calendars for a cool exhibition on French female athletes, a new waterfront festival, decadent flans in various flavors, an unexpected oyster and cognac pairing, a trendy streetwear pop-up, and a night of stargazing. Are you ready?

 

Celebrate Female Sports Empowerment

Championnes Modèles, until July 31 at 22 rue Visconti, Paris 6th

The unbreakable bond between sports and fashion is the theme of the "Championnes Modèles" photo series by photographer Sacha Balti and Gala’s Lisa Hanoun, following inspiring French athletes on Instagram's Ticket024for over a year. Admire this cool project in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and take the opportunity to explore the neighborhood.

Eight athletes reveal their journeys, personalities, challenges, and fashion sense in stunning portraits. Featured athletes include judokas Shirine Boukli and Romane Dicko, breaker Carlota Dudek, long jumpers Nawal Meniker and Hilary Kpatcha, wheelchair tennis champion Charlotte Fairbank, para-athlete Alexandra Nouchet, and track cyclist Marie-Divine Kouamé. The portraits are mesmerizing, and the styles are as chic as any major magazine editorial. Remember their names for the upcoming Olympics. Go girls!

The extra thing: This amazing exhibition will soon be turned into a book. Stay tuned for updates.

Championnes Modèles, until July 31 at 22 rue Visconti, Paris 6th. Open Friday 19th and Sunday 21st from 4 pm to 8 pm, and daily until the 31st (except weekends).

© Sacha Balti.

 

Join a Waterside Festival

Festival du Port de la Gare, July 18-25 at Port de la Gare, Paris 13th. Free entry

The summer’s new highlight! The Festival du Port de la Gare debuts from July 18-25, showcasing iconic spots between the Pont de Bercy and Pont de Tolbiac. This weekend features an immersive cabaret-dinner at the Bateau Phare, "Vive les mariés!", inspired by Georges Feydeau’s "Un fil à la patte" (July 20, 7:30 pm, €85).

Nearby, chef Alexandre Marchon has just opened his summer terrace Plat/form. From noon to midnight, enjoy a surprise gourmet menu with Top Chef alumni Jacques and Mathieu Lagarde. Anticipation is high!

The extra thing: These Port de la Gare spots are perfect for watching the Olympics opening ceremony rehearsals on July 20-21. The ideal (and free!) alternative for those without tickets for July 26.

Festival du Port de la Gare, July 18-25 at Port de la Gare, Paris 13th. Free entry. Online reservation required for Pass Jeux.

© Festival du Port de la Gare by Liesel (@lieselfrth).

 

Savor Delicious Flans

Néulo at Samaritaine ground floor - Rivoli entrance, 77 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st

Joy! Néulo has just set up its 100% flan patisserie at the Samaritaine for the summer. Your mission: try all the flavors created by chef Pierre-Jean Quinonero, 2021 French Dessert Champion, who has made flan his obsession. Enjoy a sweet break or grab a dessert to-go in a beautifully decorated pop-up with flowers, lemons, and oranges.

Alongside the classic vanilla flan, try raspberry tart, pistachio, chocolate, passion fruit, hazelnut, and the favorite marbled flan. Can’t decide? Go for the discovery box with six assorted mini flans.

The extra thing: Available at the pop-up, don’t miss the praline pistachio cookie or the brookie with caramel drizzle. Pure foodporn!

Néulo at Samaritaine ground floor - Rivoli entrance, 77 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st. Open daily from 12 pm to 6 pm until September. Discovery box €36, slice €7.

© Néulo.

 

Join the Sneaker Enthusiasts

The Sneaker Odyssey, Saturday, July 20 from 2 pm to 8 pm

Head to the Maison des métallos this Saturday to celebrate sneaker culture with Courir and Adidas! The venue, revamped in orange, feels like a sophisticated gym with plenty of surprises.

A cinema will screen "The Sneaker Odyssey" documentary by Sarah Jocteur every 30 minutes, featuring three standout pairs from the collab: red and white Country OGs, green suede Spezial, and black and white Forum Lows with a golden Adidas charm. Afterward, put on your rollers and hit the rink to upbeat music, and check out the Courir archives exhibit to rediscover iconic models. No on-site shop, so wear your best pair to join the gang and capture the day with a photo session on the track.

The extra thing: Personalization workshops and a flower bar will be available. Unleash your creativity to turn your white shoes into incredible art.

The Sneaker Odyssey, Saturday, July 20 from 2 pm to 8 pm, 94 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris 11th, at Maison des métallos. Free entry.

© Courir, The Sneaker Odyssey by Lydie Bonhomme.

 

Spend a Night Under the Stars

Paris under the stars 2024, Parc Martin Luther King

Who says you can’t see the stars in Paris? This weekend, Parc Martin Luther King in the 17th and Square Louis XIII at Place des Vosges open late for amateur astronomers to stargaze with guidance from the French Astronomy Association.

The program includes stargazing and sky-mapping workshops. What are those shining stars? How to identify and find them? Depending on the dates and times, you might even see Saturn and the Moon through telescopes, and discover nebulae or galaxies. No equipment needed, but bring a sweater for cooler evenings. Feel free to bring your binoculars or telescope and get guidance from the onsite experts.

The extra thing: Paris under the stars continues until September 7 in various parks and gardens across the city, including Parc Montsouris (14th) on August 9 and Jardin du Ranelagh (16th) on August 15. Find the full schedule here.

Paris under the stars 2024, Parc Martin Luther King, 147 rue Cardinet, Paris 17th, July 20 from 10 pm to 1 am. Square Louis XIII, Place des Vosges, Paris 4th, July 21 from 10 pm to 1 am.

 

Try the Summer’s Boldest Food Pairing

Camus Île de Ré X ISTR until July 31

No need to trek to the ocean for seafood. Head to ISTR, the top oyster bar in the Haut Marais, for a special collaboration with Camus Île de Ré cognac. Yes, cognac is made on Île de Ré, and its marine-influenced flavor from island vineyards is a true delicacy.

Enjoy six Cadoret oysters ("Petites Boudeuses", Brittany creuses, Riec-Sur-Belon N°5) paired with a glass of Camus cognac. The divine combination of oysters and the apricot and peach notes of the cognac is a must-try. Price: €18.

The extra thing: Ask for a drop of Île de Ré Fine Island cognac directly on an oyster for a unique taste experience.

Camus Île de Ré X ISTR until July 31, 41 rue de Notre-Dame de Nazareth, Paris 3rd. Offer at €18. Online reservation.

© Camus Île de Ré x ISTR.

 

Order a Plush Pastry with Jellycat

Jellycat Patisserie at Galeries Lafayette

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.

 

Become a Burrata Master

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

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

SPOT24, 101 quai Jacques Chirac, Paris 15th. Open daily until December 31st

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

Dallas by Blend x Brussels Ketjep, available until September 30 at Blend Argout, Beaumarchais, Madeleine, Charonne, and Odéon restaurants.

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, 55 avenue Bugeaud, Paris 16e

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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