La Nuit Blanche Paris

La Nuit Blanche takes place the first Saturday in October.  It is an evening event in Paris where many of the galleries and art museums stay open super late, some to 2am.  There are also social gatherings, installations, and cultural activities in areas around the city to celebrate Paris culture.  We happened to get here the morning of La Nuit Blanche.

saintsupliceWe walked over to dinner through one of my favorite squares, Saint Suplice.

oysters:shrimpOur first stop for the evening was dinner.  We went to Huitrerie Regis located in the 6th.  A tiny simple white restaurant with tables inside and out.  Maybe 40 seats in total.  No reservations.  Absolutely worth the wait.  They only serve oysters, shrimp and at times uni.  Some of the best oysters and shrimp I have ever had.  I can hardly wait to go back.

chablisWith a solid bottle of Chablis that we have now tracked down to be at our place in NYC when we return.

streamersThen we explored the city.  Across from the restaurant there were streamers attached to the subway grates and kids were loving it.

superherosWe continued to walk over to the Quai Branly museum.  They had installed booths of photos on the Seine called We Are Family.  Photographers from across the globe’s photos of people in their own country just living their lives.  It was really an awesome installation.  Superheros, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Columbia.

selfiesThe Self Promenade by Luisa Dorr and Navin Kala.  I believe this is Hong Kong

booksvendingmachineThis was pretty genius.  You could buy a book of the installation from a vending machine.  Unfortunately credit card only and sometimes credit cards from other countries don’t work in machines here.  It is all about their chip.

technologyTechnology in Bed, Hanif Shoaei, Iran

eiffeltowerThe Eiffel Tower was beautiful this evening.  It always was but it was sparkling that night.

We walked over to the Tokyo Palace Museum and the Museum Moderne but they were closed by the time we showed up.  Had a drink at the restaurant located right below the museums before getting a cab back to our bed.


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Lucky you–enjoy.Nothing quite like simply great food, on or off the sidewalk and a bottle of wine watching people in Paris.One of life’s pleasures.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Definitely a pleasure

      1. awaldstein

        Also love in Europe seeing the obsession with many of New York’s pop artists. Warhol, Keith Haring, Lichtenstein have been adopted as their own to many generations or artists there.Enjoy!

        1. Gotham Gal

          The most fascinating thing is now everyone speaks English now.

          1. awaldstein

            So true.I ran European distribution and developer org for creaf in the mid 90s and was there every month.I never was without my country manager as a translator.Big change culturally impacting how we do business.

          2. Gotham Gal

            It’s shocking. Even the farmers in the greenmarket speak English

  2. Cam MacRae

    You are quite correct about The Self Promenade being shot in HK. That is Harcourt House, Wan Chai in the background, seemingly from the view point of the Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui.If ever you have any doubt as to why the selfie stick is colloquially known as the “Wand of Narcissus” a trip to TST will promptly resolve the issue.

  3. Brandon Burns

    Around this time in 2003, I was starting my year at Univ. Paris III. I went to what was then the 2nd Nuit Blanche, and spent most of the night at the Pompidou where there was a premiere for photographer Sophie Calle’s exhibition Douleur Exquise (Exquisite Pain). I will never forget being there. That exhibition completely changed my perspective on what art could be, and seeing it during Nuit Blanche in Paris with everyone out and about enjoying art (and wine, responsibly) until the wee hours of the morning really showed off the benefits of a society that appreciates such things.Thanks for reminding me that I need to move back to Paris…

    1. Gotham Gal

      and if you french is rusty…no worries. everyone speaks english. it is crazy!

  4. Tom Labus

    This is a great time of year to be in Paris. Enjoy your stay!!

  5. Christine

    we got our Amex cards chipped before we went to europe last summer — would have been great if anyone took amex!

    1. Gotham Gal

      all about visa