Theater, culture, music, cinema. The east of Paris conceals major cultural institutions but also more confidential spaces to discover.
MAJOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AROUND ZAZIE
Several major cultural institutions of Paris are within reach from the Zazie Hotel.
L'Opéra Bastille. Fifteen minutes’ walk from the hotel, you can buy tickets at the opera house’s ticket offices without booking in advance. See big lyrical productions in the Grande Salle and concerts and recitals in the Amphitheatre or Studio.
Since 2005, the La Cinémathèque Française occupies a magnificent building designed by architect Frank Gehry in the Jardins de Bercy. Cinema enthusiasts will love its museum, exhibitions and film projections.The Palais de la Porte Dorée, a magnificent Art Deco complex, which houses the Immigration Museum and the Tropical Aquarium.
La Cartoucherie de Vincennes houses the legendary Théâtre du Soleil directed by Ariane Mnouchkine, as well as the Tempête, Aquarium and Épée de Bois theatres. A little further out but easy to access by Metro and bus.
And of course the l'Arena de Bercy with its massive concerts and events.
THEATRE PRODUCTIONS – ART AND EXPERIMENTAL FILMS AROUND ZAZIE
Two theatres close to the Zazie Hotel offer an original line up. La Loge is dedicated to young creators of theatre and musical productions, housed in a very charming and typical courtyard of this artistic neighbourhood on Rue de Charonne. The Théâtre de l'Opprimé, located in a former furniture shop, gives precedence to contemporary drama and young and upcoming theatre companies.
The Bastille district offers several art and experimental cinemas including the MK2 Bastille, Majestic Bastille. Just near the Zazie Hotel is the MK2 Nation, not forgetting the Cinémathèque française at Bercy.
JUSTE UN VERRE
Very close to Zazie : Two very nice brasseries in our neighborhood square : Mon Colonel et le Barracuda. Et also very new, Popeille, rue Chaligny, offers cocktails and tapas. Boulevard Diderot, le P'tit clin d'oeil for a beer or "rhums arrangés" (92 boulevard Diderot) ou Le Globe (18 Boulevard Diderot), or in the former barracks of Reuilly, the associative café Maison du Zero Déchet (Zero Waste House) (1 Passage Jaqueline Giraud).
Going towards Faidherbe Chaligny, a plethora of lively Brasserie Bars with such tempting names: en attendant l'Or (pending Gold), or Les funambules (tightrope walkers), bur also la Liberté, a famous libertarian bar on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
Want to innovate? Try the le Social Bar, laboratory of conviviality, rue Villiot on the other side of the Gare de Lyon, a stone's throw from the Arena Bercy, or Ground Control, our huge neighborhood wasteland, where foodtrucks, food corners, ephemeral bars are crowded , flea market, bookshop, events, workshops, concerts, festivals... 81, rue du Charolais. 75012 Paris
MUSIC CLUBS AND BARS
There are a fair few music clubs and bars close to the Zazie Hotel offering a wide variety of line ups and ambiances: Le le Pop-Up du Label under the Daumesnil arcades, the Supersonic towards the Bassin de l’Arsenal, the Réservoir on Faubourg Saint-Antoine or the Petit Bain barge on the left bank of the River Seine.
Also interesting visits are la Liberté, a famous libertarian bar on Faubourg Saint Antoine and the Social Bar, a new solidarity café on rue Villiot, the other side of Gare de Lyon.
If you want to dance all night long, check out Wanderlust at the Cité de la Mode et du Design on the left bank.
Here are a few suggestions to help you decide on what to see and do in Paris: Que faire à Paris provides information on the main events during your stay, Sortir à Paris offers a very comprehensive list of concerts and shows (english version). Check also Time Out with english and spanish language.
What about a very french movie in en parisian cinema ? Lost in Frenchlation breaks the language barrier and brings the best of French cinema to the international community in Paris with English subtitles.
M° REUILLY DIDEROT OU GARE DE LYON