Entertainment and Sports Activities
Bike rental in
Bois de Boulogne
along the Seine
- The Friday night skate through Paris
Rollers & Coquillages
- The Sunday afternoon skate through Paris
Paris concert information
night life ideas
Paris Jazz Festival
for current dates
Chamber music - Hôtel de Soubise
Free church concerts
Notre-Dame de Paris, Cathédrale
Principal places to watch dance - Use
Google Translate to read the Figaro article.
Ballet and Dance
Gay and Lesbian Paris
Where to sing in Paris
Movie trails through Paris
Mayor's Office City of Paris cinema tours
- click on "Paris et le cinema" (left column )
- Use Google Translate to read the article. You will find a list of movie walks to download.
English comedy club
Theatre discounts-click on English flag
Ice skating - winter
Latest Paris concert
I highly recommend either purchasing
l'Officiel des spectacles
or Pariscope when you
land in Paris. I prefer l'Officiel because it is easier to follow and
has more concert information than Pariscope.
Go to either of their concert pages for the week's
listings. A new edition is published every Wednesday and is current
until the following Tuesday night.
in the winter in Paris
Hôtel de Ville Skating rink 75004
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
Open: Monday to Thursday: noon to 10 p.m.
Friday: noon to midnight
Saturday: 9 a.m. to midnight
Sunday : 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Group lessons: Saturday and Sunday mornings: 10 a.m. to noon
December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Open : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday : 4 :30 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Acces to the skating rink is free ; You are “invited” to bring your own
Skate rental are available (size 25-49 – European is 5 euros)
Size 27 and smaller are free
la Bibliothèque François Mitterrand skating rink
(Patinoire de la Bibliothèque François Mitterrand) 75013
At the angle of the streets Grands Moulins and Olivier Messiaen
(Quartier Paris Rive Gauche)
Métro: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Open every day 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Acces to the skating rink is free ; you are « invited » to bring your
Skate rental are available (size 25-49 – European is 3 euros)
Size 27 and smaller 2 euros
Montparnasse skating rink 75014
Patinoire de Montparnasse
Parvis de la gare Montparnasse –
Métro Montparnasse-Bienvenüe / Gaîté
Open : Monday to Friday noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Group lessons: Saturday and Sunday mornings: 10 a.m. to noon
December 24, 25, 31 and January 1: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Skate rental are available (size 25-49 – European is 5 euros)
Size 27 and smaller are free
to find English theatre in Paris and not knowing where to begin, I did
the obvious: I googled in the words: "theatres en anglais paris" and up
popped information from the
Shakespeare & Co. website. This is the same Shakespeare & Co. of the
well-known bookstore fame.
Théâtre en Anglais website is, however, in French.
times and location (since they perform around France) are available on
their tour (Tournées)
page. Click on the production.
learning English, they provide the text (texte
integrale) to print out and use as a guide.
theatre that I am inquiring about is the
Sudden Théâtre. I have recently read that they perform an
English version of their production once a week. Although their website
is being reconstructed, you can still enter and see what they have
recently performed and
where they are located.
Comedy in English in Paris
Stand up comedy and concerts are available in Paris at
Karl Beer "presents some of the world's greatest
stand-up comedians and simply the best concert acts
you can hear anywhere in the world."
His website includes sound and video archives, a French
version and directions to La Java (this comedy club was once at Hotel du
Nord along the Canal Saint-Martin.
website for current acts and ticket prices.
105, rue due Faubourg du Temple
Reservations: 01 53 19 98 88 or by e-mail
Matches played and upcoming schedule
History of Parc des Princes (their home field)
Sports fans under 16 received a discount on tickets.
Paris locations to buy tickets
Made In Sport Les Halles (espace PSG)
33 rue Quincampoix
27 avenue des Champs-Elysées
Le spécialiste du football
2 Boulevard Saint Martin
Les 3 Obus
120 rue Michel Ange
24 rue du Commandant Guilbaud
Du lundi au vendredi (et les samedi de match) de 9h00 à 19h00
Fermé les samedi, sauf match à domicile
The Athlete's Foot
122/124 boulevard de la Chapelle
Where is Parc
des Princes in Paris and how do you get there; “visualiser le terrain” =
click on the stadium to see where the seats are and what your view of
the field will be.
Ballet and Dance
Figaroscope and l'Officiel on line are two great ways
to find out current ballet and dance events in Paris.
Both publications are accessible on line. Although both are in French,
use Google Translate to help you read a literal translation, why not!
Figaroscope is a magazine supplement
in the Wednesday edition of le Figaro newspaper. the more "hearts" -
the more the better the review! I find this to be the most comprehensive guide for restaurants.
This is what to look for:
On their homepage:
l'Officiel is a weekly magazine in small format.
It is published every Wednesday. Read more about l'Officel.
- Click on "Spectacles"
- Scroll down "Par spectacle" (literally translated as "by performing" instead of type of performances but you get the drift.
- Click on "Danse Paris"
- The next page presents a list of performances
- Click on the title to find practical information and a map
phrases may appear during downloading:
en cas de
problème de chargement du player cliquer ici - it says: In case of
downloading problems, click here" .
or en ce moment - live
Radio stations in French
If you have DSL/ADSL the streaming for
these radio stations will work as a regular radio.
The list from the
Pariscope consists of
56 radio stations. Let me know your taste, I will let you know the Mhz.
If you go to
www.radiofrance.fr you can find
immediately a sampling of the state radio stations*: FranceInter,
FranceInfo, FranceCulture, FranceMusiques, LeMouv', FIP, Hector, Bleu.
My favorite for variety: FIP 105.1*
(Click on "en direct" and then "écouter").
(I will be working in the kitchen, for
example, with the radio turned on and playing throughout the apartment.
If I like or am curious about the sound of the current song, I go into
the computer and tune into FIP through the Radio France website.
On the FIP homepage the red block "en
direct" tells who is playing at the time. It updates itself. If you
click on this red block "en direct", you can see who were the
last two artists and who are the next two artists.
The current artist is featured in the
rectangular red block with the name of the artist, the song, the album
and the year it came out. I think you will become addicted to this radio
station!). FIP is not available between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. over
Great for jazz: Radio TSF 89.9
Great for practicing your listening
skills: France Inter 87.8*
Great for 24-hour news: FranceInfo 105.5*
* State radio stations
Radio station in
English language radio - it is a mixture
of music and talk
If you have trouble connecting ("ecouter")
right away, click on "programmes" and on that page click on "ecouter".
"...is the leading European Leader for Broadcasting radio
stations and TV Channels on the Internet...."
Their website is available in English. They give you two
possibilities of listening to radio stations:
Scroll to "Focus on..." or "Listen to our
For those of my readers interested in Bretagne Sud (south
Brittany) click on "radiOcéan".
biking tour starts at the Hôtel de Ville at 9:30 p.m. on Friday nights.
The tour leaves at 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday of the month, the tour
starts gathering about 10:30 a.m. and leaves at 11 a.m. The
Association Paris Rando
Vélo (rando is short for randonnée) provides information on the next
trip (under the title Les prochaines balades, click on either
"vendredi soir" -- Friday night; or "3éme dimanche du mois" --
third Sunday of the month).
tour takes about 2 1/2 hours.
As an example,
for a Friday night in August, you the Hôtel de Ville at 10 p.m. and
arrive back at the Hôtel de Ville at 12:30 a.m. The trip takes 2 1/2
You can rent
your bike at the Bastille office. For a Friday night in August for
example, the Bastille Roue Libre office guarantees that they will be
open until 1:00 a.m.
In case of
rain and slippery streets, the randonnée will be cancelled.
Bike Tours - Paris
24, rue Edgar Faure, 15th arrondissement
Metro: Dupleix - 01 56 58 10 54
guided tours of Paris (day and night)
Paris Bike Tour - guided
tours in French, English and German with licensed guides (29 euros) 103
rue Villiers de l'Isle Adam, 20th arrondissement (deliver bikes to your
hotel) 01 53 39 13 14
Holiday Bikes - Agence Foch
Etoile, includes scooters and motorcycles
8 avenue Foch,
16th arrondissement 01 45 00 06 66
Paris à vélo,
c'est sympa! (Paris on a bike; it's fun!)
Alphonse Baudin, 11th arrondissement, 01 48 87 60 01 - Tours in French
and English; Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish upon request.
Heart of Paris, Paris Nocturne (evening), Unusual Paris, Paris
Contrasts, Paris at dawn, Day-long tours
2 rue du Fer à
Moulin, 5th arrondissement, 01 43 37 59 22
and prices range from 5 hours to one day to multiple days, a week to 1
Cycles, Rond Point du Jardin d'Acclimatation, 16th arrondissement, 01 47
47 76 50 (French)
Photo from our
Horse races in France
Calendar of horse races in France If you are interested in all
of the race courses in Paris (hippodromes), at the choice of hippodrome
on the, scroll to Paris and then click on "Go".
bring up all the courses in Paris from today's date forward.
calendar is not working as of today. Use the French version and I will
Select a date
and then follow the links on the right:
En savoir plus
(to know more)
* the Auteuil
* how to find
the hippodrome (race course)
Dimanches au Galop (Sunday at the races)
A yearly event
at the Paris racetracks is the "Dimanches au Galop" between the last
Sunday in March and the eight Sundays during April and May. It gives the
Parisians a chance to rediscover their hippodromes and enjoy a family
You can picnic
inside the racing green or within the park. Guided tours - in English
and French show you how to bet. Regularly scheduled tours take you
behind the scenes of the race track.
plenty of activities for the children (carousel, games, seen the
stables, etc.) You can watch the parade of horses, the jockeys being
weighed -- get an inside view of the racetrack.
over 85,000 adults and close to 12,000 children participated at the
events. It's a great day for the friends and family.
parking, shuttle buses, everything is free -- except your bets! but you
can win; I speak from experience!
racecourse website for a guide to the Longchamp (events, layout, how
to get there - the shuttle service, public transport. Even though it is
referring to l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barrière race, this information
will be helpful for your Sunday "Dimanches au Galop".
Hippodromes/Race courses in the Paris region
the race courses
One of my readers sent this fantastic text of her
experience this year:
Ladies could get in free if they wore a hat.
You can buy tickets on the door.
They only have standard kiosks to bet at (no tic tac toe men), you have
to queue for some time to bet each race so in the end we bet on all
races in one go
There are English betting companies there but you can only use them if
you are a member (i.e. Ladbrokes or Tote).
Most of the staff speak good English.
There aren't enough places to sit so for older members of the group it
was tough going.
The parking is cheap (from memory 2 Euros) and very well organised.
There is a little kiddie train that takes you from where you park to the
From where you watch the races it's quite a trek to get to the parade
ring, but what does happen is that when the race is finished the horses
have to walk past where the crowds are so you get to see them all again,
and the winning horse gets accompanied by a woman riding side saddle and
she is all dressed up.
The atmosphere is absolutely amazing, they play triumphant music at the
start of the races and it is really fantastic, everyone is in a very
good mood and I saw no signs of trouble from anyone, it was very family
I will probably go again next year it was a fantastic experience. --
website for up to the date information about other races, history,
visiting Longchamp, a photo gallery, etc.
Brief history of l'Arc de Triomphe race
"...The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was first run at
Longchamp racecourse on Sunday October 3rd 1920. The first horse across
the line was Comrade, who picked up FF150,000; second was King's Cross,
winning FF18,000, and Pleurs was third, winning FF10,000.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barrière offers prize-money of 2
million euros including 1,142,800 euros to the winner. The Arc weekend
is Europe’s biggest two-day combined purse, with total prize money of
4.5 million euros on offer.
The Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe has been run 84 times since 1920. Sunday
1st October 2006 will herald the 85th running of what is generally
considered to be the world's greatest horserace..."--from the
HIPPODROME DE VINCENNES
2 route de la Ferme
Tel +33 (0)1 49 77 17 17
Full price: 3 euros; reduced price (18-25 yrs and over-60s): 2.50 euros;
free admission for under-18s
These prices do not apply during the Prix d’Amérique
HIPPODROME DE LONGCHAMP
Bois de Boulogne route des Tribunes
Tel +33 (0)1 44 30 75 00
Weekdays: full price: 3 euros; reduced price (students and over-60s):
1.50 euros; free admission for under-18s
Sundays and holidays: full price: 4 euros; reduced price (students and
over-60s): 2 euros; free admission for under-18s
These prices do not apply during the Grand Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Backstage visits at the racecourses every Sunday at 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30
Tel +33 (0)821 213 213 or +33 (0)825 03 01 01 (groups)
LES DIMANCHES AU GALOP
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Tel +33 (0)821 213 213
held in April and May every year: open from 12 p.m.; events begin at 1.30 p.m.
Free admission and access to attractions
The following magazines and
websites are a quick reference of what is going on in Paris (restaurants,
entertainment, exhibits, tours, etc.).
L'Officiel des Spéctacles is the smallest of the weekly guides, but very thorough. The magazine contains
lots of information for doing things with children, as well as museums, café
theatres, guided visits, park info, sports, film times, etc.
Read more about this guide and the translations.
I recommend this one for concerts and
services during the holidays. (For Easter they had two pages of Holy Week
services (offices de la semaine sainte). When l'Officiel lists the
concerts by day of the week, they begin the listing with the addresses of the
theaters, churches and auditoriums (adresses des salles).
They have a complete listing of Paris markets
(marchés parisiens) listed by arrondissement with address, metro stop,
days of the week and hours.
It also includes a television guide in the back.--
says: "Whether you come to Paris for the iconic sights, the knockout art or
just one almighty, world-class nosh-up, you will discover a thriving and
ever-changing city. Its 20 bite-sized arrondissements spiral outwards from
the centre. The dividing line is the River Seine, with the Right Bank (River
Droite) lying north of the river and the Left Bank (River Gauche) to the
Access all the essential information
about Paris through our online city guide below...."
You can look for a copy of the free
TimeOut guide or download it (Acrobat PDF) from their website under "free
For more precise, up-to-date information,
read Pariscope. It took me a loooong time before I felt comfortable reading
Pariscope. It intimidated me with his small print!
Pariscope is a weekly
entertainment guide. It has the most detailed information. The small
format magazine comes out every Wednesday and costs about 0,40€. The
radio stations are listed on the back page.
I have translated the important sections
of Pariscope for you so it
will be easier and less intimidating to read.
ALLOCINE'S website is about films currently showing, the film world and the
people in that world. It is fun to surf around whether you can read French or
a free magazine on line for "English speaking Parisians".
Website (in French) of upcoming
events, a "culturagenda"
Free guide on line
tour in Paris
We wanted to go to
this icon of cinema in Paris called the
le Grand Rex. It is 1930s
architecture on the exterior, and we had always heard how large it was
inside with a giant screen.
By accident, we went through some
doors at the Rex to buy tickets and came face-to-face with an
old-fashioned ticket window.
The lady was giving the people in
front of us something to put around their necks!
Looking for the price of the tickets
we saw an entry fee!
In fact, you had your choice: entry
fee or entry plus a movie ticket.
We were enticed! This little
excursion is Les Etoiles du Rex. They want you to “dive into the
adventure” and “you are the star”!
The movie clapboards around your
neck, in fact, trigger the sound, lights and adventure of this trip
behind the big screen. A word of caution, you are being filmed every
step of the way and will see the results at the end of the tour!
It’s a lot of fun and the
audio-guided tours depart every five minutes.
Let the cashier know in which of the
four languages you would like to experience this 45-minute mini-movie
tour with props, sound stage, and history.
The architecture is very similar in
its grandiose concept to Radio City Music Hall, the interior resembles
the Tampa Theatre with the starry ceiling, lighting and Spanish
exteriors on the sides. In the old days entertainers and dancers held
their own spectacles before the movie.
The afternoon films are shown on the
big screen downstairs, while at the evening film no one sits downstairs
– only in the two-level balcony. They lower a gigantic screen in front
of the proscenium – you are practically in the film!
If you do not speak French go to a
movie that you may have already seen or you know the story! Just to go.
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8
or 9); Bus: 20, 39 or 48
Open: Wednesday to Sunday and
holidays; during French school holidays this includes Monday:10:00 to
19"00; regular Mondays: 14:00 to 19:00.
Languages: French, English,
Admission: 7 euro for the
tour; 11 euro includes the tour and a film of your choice – (a film
alone at the Rex costs 8,25 euro). They usually have nine films showing
at various times – consult Pariscope or Zurban or your hotel concierge.
Address: 1 Boulevard
Poissonnière, 75002 (08 36 68 05 96)
Although there is no skate board park in
Paris, locations are available, modest in size, for those with the
desire to test their skills. My nephew and his friend brought their
boards with them and saw a lot of Paris!
If you have difficulty finding the exact
location, just listen. You cannot miss the sound of the wheels on the
pavement and the thuds when the kids fly into the air and come down hard
on the pavement!
Spots to try:
Jardins du Trocadéro (16th) Metro:
Dôme du Palais de Tokyo, 13, av. du
Président Wilson (16th) Metro: Iéna
Les blocks de Bercy (12th), Metro: Bercy
Place de la Bastille (11th) Metro:
Bastille Arsenal side (near the canal Saint-Martin marina)
La Fontaine des Innocents (1st) Metro
Central alley of boulevard Richard-Lenoir
(covers the Canal Saint-Martin) (11th) Metro Bastille at Richard-Lenoir.
la Chanson Francophone