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March-April: top things to do in the Rive Gauche

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the dates of the events mentioned below have changed or may change.



Yet another good reason to visit the Musée d’Orsay! Let your footsteps take you to the first retrospective dedicated to the Nantes-born post-Impressionist painter James Tissot, on display from 24 March through 19 July 2020. Immerse yourself in the world of 19th century high society, where you will discover the life and times of an artist with strong ties to both France and Britain.

The de rigueur Contemporary Art event, Art Paris, will be returning to the Grand Palais from the 2nd to the 5th of April 2020. This year’s art fair will feature 150 galleries specialised in Modern and contemporary art, representing some 20 countries. The Iberian peninsula will take pride of place for this edition, an opportunity to discover the latest works coming out of Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and Porto.

For the 40th edition of the capital’s premier book fair, the Salon du Livre Paris will showcase the bounties of India’s literature. A wealth of events are programmed based on the concept of a ‘literary radio’ await you at the Porte de Versailles from 20-23 March 2020. Be ready to leave with armloads of books.


Looking for a chocolatier to help out the Easter Bunny this year? We recommend the melt-in-your mouth chocolates and XXL pastries at Jacques Genin, located at 27 Rue de Varenne in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. We’re especially entranced with their gâteau Opéra, among the city’s best, to say nothing of their homemade hot chocolate. We’re already planning to return in summer to sample their artisanal ice creams!      

Note to chocolate lovers: for those lucky enough to stay with us over Easter, we are preparing a sweet surprise to be discovered in your room… a delight for all ages!


Ever dreamed of watching a motorsport race in the middle of Paris? Come on over for the 18th of April to attend the Grand Prix Formula E, where 24 electric single-seaters will compete to the great delight of speed fanatics.

For those who prefer hitting the pavement on foot, pull on your jersey for the 44th running of the Paris Marathon on 5 April. Those who would rather cheer on the runners from the sidelines can assemble on the quays of the Left Bank for a sweeping view of the George Pompidou thoroughfare.