Tips from a Ventoura Local in Paris


Hear live jazz at Café du 38 Riv

A popular jazz haunt amongst locals, Café du 38 Riv is one of Paris’ best kept secrets. This intimate venue will see you seated up close to the live band while sipping on some of France’s best vino. Between the cavern-style interior and the lively music, Café du 38 Riv makes for a truly Parisian experience.


Catch a film at the Pagoda Theatre

Le Pagode is a hidden architectural gem within the Parisian skyline. Built in the style of a Japanese pagoda, Le Pagode was originally an extravagant gift from 19th-century businessman François-Émile Morin to his wife. A cinema since the 1930s, Le Pagode screens French and international films in decadent luxury, where red velvet chairs and ornate patterned walls make for a breathtaking cinematic experience. After seeing a film, enjoy high tea in the pagoda’s lush gardens.


See a performance at the Bastille Opera

It is well-known amongst locals that an evening at the opera needn’t cost much – by nabbing one of the few standing-room tickets you can enjoy world-class performances for just five euros. At the Bastille Opera in the 12th arrondisement you’ll be treated to performances from France’s most talented singers and musicians in an elegant modern theatre. However, there are only 32 standing-room tickets available each evening, so you have to get in quick for the chance to see these breathtaking productions


Indulge your sweet tooth at Du Pain et des Idées

This traditional French boulangerie serves all kinds of different breads and sweets to indulge your sweet tooth and satisfy your hunger. Serving everything from the traditional pain au chocolat to modern green tea croissants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The only challenge is making a selection from this mouth-watering range.