Gorgeous window displays of the chocolatiers’ and patissiers’ art could be a major distraction if you’re spending Easter in Paris. Ornate chocolate chickens, rabbits, bells and other intricate edibles can all be found to suit your budget, if you can bear to nibble at them! From high end shops such as Fauchon through to supermarket chain Monoprix, gorgeous and unique chocolate creations may be bought, adding some stylish confectionery to the Easter experience.
A few points to remember for the Easter weekend: on Easter Sunday and Monday banks will be closed and transport services will run a reduced schedule. Many smaller cafes and businesses will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, while popular restaurants tend to get booked up in advance. Good Friday and Easter Saturday are not public holidays, but shops selling food, wine and speciality Easter goods will be especially busy and some may close earlier on the Saturday.
Here are some ideas for the Easter holiday weekend:
April 7: Caves Augé, one of the oldest stores in Paris, is hosting a free tasting of wines from the Rhone Valley. Caves Augé, 116 Blvd Haussmann, 8th arrt.
April 7-8: Brunch Bazar returns to 66 rue de Turenne, 3rd arrt. Food, fashion, music and much more.
Details of Easter egg hunts in Paris can be found on http://www.chocoparis.com/
A special Easter flea market is being held at Place d’Aligre (12th arrt). on April 9th. Around 100 antiques dealers will be selling curios, objets d’art and furniture. Métro: Ledru-Rollin
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Flowers That Bloom at Midnight’ sculptures are on display in the Tuileries Gardens (1st arrt.), the first time that they have been on display in France.
Annual jazz festival Banlieues Bleues celebrates old and new jazz in Paris’ Seine-St-Denis suburb. Every year the festival attracts big Jazz and Blues names to many venues throughout the district.
Europe’s biggest temporary funfair attracts around five million visitors every year and the enormous Foire du Trône at the Pelouse de Reuilly has been growing since the 1950s. Entry is free, but you pay for individual rides. Bois de Vincennes, 12th arrt. Métro: to Porte Dorée, Liberté or Porte de Charenton. http://www.foiredutrone.com/
The Hard Rock Café is hosting a buffet breakfast and lots of events for children.
From 9am to 11am, children can take part in lots of activities: an egg hunt, drawing competition, magic, puppets, etc. The buffet breakfast includes viennoiseries, pancakes, bread, hot drinks and fruit juice
Booking essential on 01.53.24.60.00. €7 per child, €12 per adult. 14 bvd Montmartre, 9th
Easter Sunday Treasure hunt and Egg Hunt
The “Centre des monuments nationaux” is holding Easter events for children across France and in Paris the event will be at the Hôtel de Sully, 62 rue Saint-Antoine, Paris 4th. Ideally for 5-12 year-olds, entry is free for under-18s, under-26 citizens of the 27 EU countries and under-26 non-Europeans with a French residence permit.
More info: http://www.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/
The Parc Aventure Land just outside Paris is due to reopen for the 2012 season on 7th April. There is also a special opening promotion price valid from 7th April until 30th April when you can save €1 on a standard entrance ticket and Discovery Pass. There are adventure trails through the trees, a more difficult course for older children and lots for the younger ones, including inflatable slides and bouncy castles, pedal karts obstacle courses, ball pits, mazes and pony rides (at an additional charge).
And finally…. Passionate About Paris goes on holiday next week — to Paris! See you on April 18th for more news and views on the City of Light.