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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 87%History Buffs
- 81%Local Culture
- 78%Luxury Travelers
- 65%Nightlife Lovers
- 60%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (2443)
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 1Feb 27, 2014
This is a dedication to Le Comptoir Generale. A bar, a cafe, a ghetto museum, a salon of rebellion, a walk through history, an inspiration. This place is many things. I used to live in Paris, so upon returning, I wasn't looking to do any of the "tourist" sites. I wanted to see the mysteries that hide themselves down back alleys and speakeasy cafes. I wanted to see the good, the bad, the ugly sides of Paris. Most of all, I wanted to see Paris through the eyes of the artists. Paris used to be a cultural center of artistic rebellion. The likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Stein would socialize in the brassieres after a long day of writing. What happened to this Paris of the past? I was determined to find it. Walking along the hills of Montmartre, ghosts of that time lingered through the Dali museum and L'agile Lapin, the old burlesque haunt. But Montmartre was taken over by tacky tourists shops, manufactured paintings, and oh god, a Starbucks. So I returned back to my apartment and Googled first in English, then in broken French, "unique places in Paris" and "most hidden things in Paris". After a long night of researching, I found Le Comptoir Generale and the next day, a friend and I went. The first remarkable about Le Comptoir is if you didn't know it existed, you'd never find it. Its an old mansion next to the Canal de St. Martin, with the entrance set back in a garden. It's first and foremost a dedication to the ghetto culture and "the result of creativity that springs up in poor or marginalised places all over the world." It feels a bit rebellious too. The entrance hall is lined with photos of scenes from past French wars. It highlights French colonization and imperialism in Africa, with descriptions in French and English, focusing on the planned assassinations and overall corruptness of French leaders. The ground floor has two large rooms. The first room to the left looks like an antique museum, with the strangest assortment of objects. This is "the viewing room" where they show films every week. Off of this room a large jungle garden. The next room is a cafe/lounge/bar/library. It is filled with vintage couches with a bar in the back that serves alcohol and coffee. With a relaxing setting and free wifi, its not hard to spend an entire day here. I heard to avoid it on weekend nights as it can become packed. "Its mission is to protect, produce and broadcast them [the marginalized], through movie production and screening, exhibitions, conferences, themed attractions, a record label and a radio, shops (record shop, second hand store, library, toy shop), events, workshops, shootings... All the benefits are reinvested into financing more artistic sustainable projects." With an admirable goal and a rebellious feel, Le Comptoir Generale is a highly recommended escape from the usual highlights of Paris.
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Mar 04, 2014
The city of romance lives to its name- it is easy to fall in love with Paris! Historic and modern at the same time, there is something here for everyone.
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 06, 2014
Paris is the perfect combination of continental and cosmopolitan. The decadence is without parallel-streets include a cheese store, a chocolate store, a wine store and, maybe, some oysters.
Don't miss the Marais. Don't miss walking around for hours-the Sainte Chapelle, the Louvre, and the Musee d'Orsay are all worth a trip, but for my money, wandering the city and having macarons for lunch captures the spirit of bohemien paris.
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 01, 2014
Wow! So much to see and say about one city! It truly is world class! Every street like a postcard and so many world famous attractions you'll run yourself ragged checking them all out. The food is of course amazing! History is all around you. The Louvre coul keep you art buffs busy for eons. And the city is the place for lovers!
- ParisAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jan 15, 2014
I fell in love with Paris during my first trip abroad, which was to a suburb of the city. I have been back 4 times for vacation and lived here for 5 months. There's no place that feels more like my home away from home. Paris, je t'aime!
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Feb 28, 2014
Paris is such a lovely city, with a vast array of things to do for all sort of people. Even just walking about and site-seeing can fill your day and that's really fun in its own right!
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 3Nov 24, 2013
One of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Walking around during the day the architecture and monuments are simply breathtaking. Even better though, at night the whole city is lit up and is made that much prettier. The L'Ouvre is a must do while here. I would recommend a visit to the Sacre Coeur at night for a great view of the Parisian skyline. Also the Notre Dame Cathedral was one of my favorite places to visit. It is an impressive building with a lot of history inside.
- ParisNov 22, 2013
Liked the city was their 1st time for work had lots of free time and walked lots, including all steps up Eiffel Tower wonderful views, best was visit to see Rhodan museum his statues amazing. Strangers I met and some who helped me when a little lost very friendly. Wonderful way to earn a living... and beautiful city.
2nd visit with my grandson was an overnight stay on my way to Normandy 3rd visit was passing through 2 nights stop over with my daughter on coach to Spain.
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 23, 2014
Oh Paris! My most favorite city in the world. The city of light, the city of romance. There is nothing like the mix of modern and ancient, history coming alive on the streets and lifestyle of Paris.
- ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Feb 22, 2014
Yes, there's so much to do and see in Paris. It's a big city with lots of hustle and lots of charm. That said, I'm just never truly comfortable there. I guess I'll just have to go back and try again.
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