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Places to visit in Paris?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Ruud Das, May 24, 2002.

  1. Hi there,
    I'm (almost certainly) going to Paris in September for three months for an internship. As I will have some free time to kill I was wondering, what places should I check out? I'm not talking about the major tourist attractions (Eifel tower etc.). No, I'm talking about cool Jazz clubs, great music stores, whatever! Anything I probably wouldn't figure out myself!

    Greetz, Ruud
  2. well.. under the streets of paris are catacombs.. at night there are sometimes cool, but illegal, parties in there.. lots of music, people and LOTS of canabis and alchohol..

    but if you get cought in there you'll face 2 weeks in jail.. :)

    other cool stuff to check out..

    In paris there's this HUMUNGOUS cemetary with all kinds of famous people on it..
  3. Mmm, I if would get caught, I guess I can kiss that Ambassador price (for best representation of our University) goodbye :eek:
  4. Jay


    Oct 19, 2000
    Bidwell, OH
    Jim Morrisson's grave is located there. The cemetery is called Pere Lachaise, and it's a pretty neat place though Jim's grave has a 24-hour guard on duty. :eek: My dad went while we were in Paris, but idiot me was chasing a girl so I opted out of that trip. *sigh* :(

    I'm not to sure about what music clubs or stores they have there but one of the most happenin' streets of Paris for shopping and such is the Champ-Elysees. Might want to check that out if you get a chance, though I can't promise music there.
  5. Julien


    Dec 29, 2001
    it's a kind of a tourist attraction but don't forget to see the ile st louis...and the jazz club " duc des lombards"....you're lucky it's the most beautiful city in the world!:))

    julien,a parisian
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    What sort of bands/acts play there - is there a thriving Jazz scene in Paris or France as a whole.

    My band and others I know, was thinking of driving over through the channel tunnel to play - one guy knows about a festival in France looking for Salsa - type bands, but I was wondering about more straight - ahead Jazz?
  7. Julien


    Dec 29, 2001
    well in this club there are a quartet that play hendrix themes in a jazz way..very impressing
  8. bassbloke


    Feb 26, 2002

    There are several jazz clubs on the Rue Des Lombards. Probably the two best known are the Sunset and the Sunside. Jazz nightly, generally of a high standard (Uri Caine was in the Sunset last time I was there with a great electric bass-player). Unfortunately these clubs are, to my mind at least, cramped and uncomfortable, often with restricted views of the bands. (Though they are completely safe, and not seedy, which they appear to be at first sight.) In short I wouldn't make a point of going there unless I was fairly confident I'd be interested in the band, because the places themselves are not so great.

    There's a jazz place in the Marais in or near the Rue des Rosiers. This is the best part of Paris for socialising, hanging out in bars, people watching etc at night. I think the jazz place is called the Sept Lazards or something similar. There was a good jam session the last time I was there on a Sunday night, good quality younger local talent and my impression was that they'd be happy for you to sit in if you brought your instrument and felt you were up to the right standard.

    The Cave de la Huchette (Rue de la Huchette) off the bottom of the Boulevard San Michele is a famous jazz spot. This is near the epicentre of tourist Paris (don't eat in any of the restaurants in the Rue de la Huchette, which the locals call bacteria alley), but they do get some top acts.

    Also look to see what is on at the New Morning. This is a Metro ride out of the centre of Paris and puts on all sorts of music as well as jazz but I saw a great John Scofield concert there (Steve Swallow on bass - we are not worthy). Its also the most pleasant venue I've seen jazz in (though the surrounding area is a little seedy).

    Look out for Pariscope, a what's on guide that is very cheap and on sale at any newspaper kiosk. There is a short section in English at the back (by the Time Out people) but you'll be able to work out what's on musically from the main section if you have even a smattering of French.
  9. I second the Marais district, though I can't speak for any clubs. There's a restaurant there that can't be beat. Lemme know if you want the name of it.
  10. I'm always interested in good food :D !
  11. Les Caves du Marais
  12. Thanks, I'll be sure to check it out.
  13. Whohooo, it looks like I'm definitely going now. I can't wait to check out all those jazz clubs you mentioned (there are almost no jazzclubs where I live).

    thanks for your suggestions,

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