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Top: Exhibition at La Gaïté Lyrique, one of Paris’ most established contemporary art venues (photo: © Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont).

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Exhibition of White Drama collection by Comme des Garçons, held at Les Docks with Galleria (photo: © Pierre Antoine).

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At the cultural heart of Les Docks is Wanderlust (www.wanderlustparis.com), an ambitious entertainment venture by the creators of Le Social Club and Silencio (the David Lynchdesigned rue Montmartre nightclub that opened in 2011). Boasting a bar, restaurant and club over a vast 2000 square-metre ground floor space, Wanderlust sets the cultural agenda. An everchanging program of events might include yoga or Brazilian martial arts classes on a Sunday morning, as well as petanque, table tennis, debates, films at the outdoor cinema, vintage accessories markets and even kids-only workshops. A perfect spot for Sunday lunch is at rising French chef Benjamin Darnaud’s restaurant, but when the sun goes down, the buzz grows more expectant as people fuel up for the tantalising after-dark scene that is seriously shaking up Parisian nightlife. Les Docks’ crowning glory is the stylish open-air Moon Roof. This 1100 square-metre space boasts a permanent restaurant and lounge bar boasting a bustling 24-hour roster of artist performances, live music, stand-up comedy, DJ sessions and fashion shows. Dance the night away under the stars and, when the sun makes its dawn appearance, simply slip off to Café Praline’s for a vitamin shot of freshly squeezed juice or a strong Italian coffee. You’ll need it.

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Rendezvous en France 2013  

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