Weekend Guide to #OSFEST16

We worked with our partner, Guidrr and locals from the Ouishare Paris community to create some weekend ideas for enjoying Paris. Enjoy!

To view these recommendations and a Fest overview as a mobile experience click here to download the free Fest and Weekend offline experience on the Guidrr app (great if you want access to info without using data or getting online): http://dls.guidrr.com/iuFh/szwOMRPRet


Our weekend guide creator, Aassia, first visited Canal St Martin area with Paris based blogger Anne of @Pretavoyager. She shares the area’s got a fun, laid back vibe and recommends checking out the local coffee shops, coworking spaces, and design stores. A special pick - the Artazat design bookstore, a great place to pick up a local map of this village-like waterside enclave inside Paris.

Another great spot for design is Jamini designs at 10 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010. Say hello to the lovely owner, Indian by origin but raised in Paris and a local favorite for ethically sourced, creative collaborations.

A local foodie blog @ParisbyMouth provides English language recommendations for places to eat and shop in the area.

Airbnb is a good way to find local space to stay. And, check out Ouishare member Jamie’s Vayable booking site, for peer to peer local tour guides who offer walking tours in the general area. That’s how Aassia first connected with Anne.


Consider spending Sunday in the Marais/Bastille corridor - starting at one end (at the famous monument at the Bastille) and enjoying a local market experience. Go early, and wander.

The market at the Bastille - officially the Richard Lenoir market - is a charming local place to eat crepes, buy flowers for your Airbnb and stroll. You will be in the shadow of the Bastille monument, and right at the border of the Marais.

Then, visit a spot that Ouishare community member Robin Chase (founder of Zipcar and Veniam), suggests - Merci design store. This whimsical home/design store is often instagrammed for the small red Citreon in the yard, and has the best organic foods downstairs, facing a soothing garden. (Cantine Merci). Thanks Robin!

You’ll get to this spot easily from the market, by going into the direction of Blvd Beaumarchais - it’s at No. 111. Take some time to wander each level and enjoy collaborative design and home goods. A great place to get a quirky gift for those back home if Paris isn’t home base.

Eventually make your way to Places des Vosges and walk through the more touristy central Marais and then move along into the more local Northern Marais.

We’d suggest visiting a spot that Helene, another Ouishare community member took us to - Le marché des Enfants Rouges at 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003. This is the oldest covered market in Paris. It was established in the early 1600s.

After this, walk the back streets toward Place de la Republique, famous for being the spot where the city comes together to protest acts of violence – it’s where many public demonstrations still take place.

These are just a few local tips and mostly concentrated here because it’s an easy area to walk and enjoy on a weekend with squares and parks to stop and stare.


Thank you Ouishare Paris community for your ideas, here’s a few of the community’s favorite spots to relax, enjoy food and nightlife, or hear music and see art:

  1. "Shut Down Hospital dedicated to social innovations and youth gathering! There are lot’s of things going on (live gig, food, drink, laugh …) but it’s not always running, so check their programme at lesgrandsvoisins.org. Viva the left bank ! Location : Ancien hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. 82, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau 75 014 Paris. To get there, use Métro “Denfert Rochereau” / RER B “Port Royal” / Bus 38 et N1
  2. Crazy Dancing Barges: "You might want to feel the Berliner that lives in Paris. Then go to www.petitbain.org or its neighbour, the www.batofar.org! Good energetic electronic music with dancefloors crowded with 18-30 year old people. Take care not to feel seasick … these are floating barges ;). Location : Port de la Gare, 75013 Paris. Going there : Métro “Quai de la gare”, line 6
  3. Cafe Cherie: Belleville, 44 Boulevard de la Villette
    A great place to go if you don’t want to go clubbing, but still want to dance a little and have a fun time. Drinks are cheap for Paris, and it is always packed.
  4. Aux follies: 8 Rue de Belleville
    Great bar with lots of outdoor seating to have beer, anytime you like. Always packed and always open.
  5. Triplettes: Belleville, 102 Boulevard de Belleville
    Very popular place at the moment with a excellent food and a great happy hour!
  6. Le Barbouqin: Belleville, 1 Rue Denoyez
    Cute café to spend a Sunday afternoon, have a breakfast and read a book
  7. Le café des chats: 16 rue Michel Le Comte, Paris 3e.
    If you are in need for extra-cuteness, this tea room and restaurant is open area for adopted homeless cats
  8. Rosa Bonheur - http://www.rosabonheur.fr/english-digest/. 2 allée de la Cascade - Paris (Botzaris métro St.) If you want to chill in one of the biggest parc in Paris (Buttes Chaumont - + 247.000 m²) and stop in a bar to have a drink and admire the sunset from a high point in Paris. You should go to Rosa Bonheur. It’s literally my favorite place to chill and dance by night. Enjoy!
  9. Little Red Door
    60 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
    Nice hidden bar with experimental coktails
  10. Point éphémere. 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris. Chill place near the Canal to have a drink or to eat.
  11. Il Brigante. 14 Rue du Ruisseau, 75018 Paris. One of the best pizzeria in Paris in the Montmartre.
  12. A Sunday Jazz Brunch at La Belle Villoise http://www.labellevilloise.com/manger-boire/
  13. Le Comptoir General: http://www.lecomptoirgeneral.com
  14. Parc de Bercy: http://m.equipement.paris.fr/parc-de-bercy-5
  15. Shakespeare & Co: https://shakespeareandcompany.com
  16. Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso exhibit on the Grand Palais: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/amadeo-de-souza-cardoso


One Ouishare Paris community member recommends visiting the Paris Flea Market as a must-see local market while another notes a spot with a view - and no tourists! A third shares the insider tips for hearing Gipsy Jazz.

"The Paris Flea Market is located at Les Puces de Saint Ouen and it’s only open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10am to 7pm.

"This is one of the biggest flea market of Europe where you can find vintage clothes, design objects, cheap stuffs and a lot of popular, hipsters or Jamaican bars and restaurants (opened after 7pm).

“I recommend the Paris Flea Market as my favorite. Located in Saint-Ouen, a suburb close to Paris and a former industrial town. My favorite parts are Rue des Rosiers and Rue Jules Vallès (see the Picolo bar with a piano on the terasse). Métro : Porte de Saint-Ouen (13) or Porte de Clignancourt (4).”

Another Ouisharer recommends this: “Check out the view at the top of the Parc de Belleville. The parc is a little shady at night, but as long as it is light, it is a beautiful view over all of Paris where you won’t see any tourists.”

According to Cristian, a music-lover and regular at Ouishare Fest, "Paris is the world’s capital for gipsy jazz. Best way to find a good jam or a good concert? Check the Paris Jazz agenda: http://www.parisjazzclub.net/fr/agenda/2016/5/10/

As far as I’m concerned, I’m a regular at the Monday night jam at Les Idiots.

Also, best coffee in Paris: Radiodays."

Thanks for the tips, and the Ouishare love!