Monday, March 2, 2009

25 Things I Love About Paris: #17

17. Figaroscope

If you want to know what's going on in Paris, make sure you buy the Wednesday edition of Le Figaro and double check to be certain that you have the magazine insert, Figaroscope. Sure, Pariscope comes out on Wednesday too and it costs only 40 centimes. But Figaroscope has all the same listings for art, theater, music, and the movies plus a whole lot more. Who else is going to tell you where to find the best baguette or the best crepes in Paris, rating them by price, taste, sense of welcome, and size? Best old school bistro? Best bobo hangout? Figaroscope can tell you. And where else can you find restaurant reviews that are both genuinely enthusiastic and bitingly snarky? (Woe to those who get the dreaded black broken heart. One such restaurant that I know of went out of business within a few months of being panned by Le Figaro.) Two big red hearts to this always enjoyable guide to what's new, what's happening, and what's worth doing in Paris.

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