In the true spirit of spilling Paris’ secrets just for curious travellers, our diverse team of local Parisians and native English speakers living in France have decided to put together this list of our favourite little hidden gems we’ve discovered in the City of Lights. Enjoy!
the historical Ranelagh
posh 16th arrondissement: Maison de la radio
Phone number: +33 1 47 20 00 29
Address: 116 Avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris
the theatre of the most influential people of the 1900s
Once you enter into the salle, you’ll see that you’re in a truly one-of-a-kind space. Typical French theatres are rectangular with open space from floor to ceiling and balconies stacked one on top of the other along the edges, but the Théâtre Edouard VII is in the traditional English-style; it's what the French like to call a "théâtre à l’anglaise" with its balconies extending directly over the orchestra seating. Orson Welles performed in this theatre for two months in 1950, starring in a play called “The Lobster”. Rumour has it that his ghost haunts the halls of this venue to this very day! See for yourself in the Café Guitry after enjoying Somewhere in this Life. Other notable performers and visitors to this venue include Pablo Picasso, Eartha Kitt, and even Meryl Streep!
The Théâtre Edouard VII is in the 9th arrondissement , a breathtaking, posh Parisian district that was kept vibrant and by the time and money spent there by Edward the 7th in various théâtres, cafés, and even a few “maisons closes” in the late 1800s.
Phone number: +33 1 42 61 71 14
Address: 5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris
David Bowie to the Beatles, the Olympia de Paris
Address: 28 Boulevard des Capucines, 75009 Paris
In one hour, a day-in-the-frenzied-life of a Parisienne will have you recognizing many familiar faces, from the French president himself to the elusive waiter, a random rude Parisian and that person on the Paris subway or the "métro" that just makes you scratch your head. The City of Lights will no longer hold any mysteries after Julie is done revealing her comings and goings in this wonderfully chaotic Paris show.