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From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Happy Hours of Paris

One of the things I really like about living in Paris is all of the different activities offered by the Mairie de Paris. For example, all summer long, they were offering outdoor cooking classes at markets around Paris, led by well-known chefs. Or more recently they published a map of where you could find a coffee for 1€ all around the city, with an application soon to come. And this past Saturday, while visiting l'Hôtel de Ville for the National Heritage Days, I picked up a postcard with another neat idea: "Les Heures Heureuses", or "the Happy Hours" of Paris.

From September 26-28, from 5:30-9:30pm, 170 bars and bistros all over the city will be offering their own specialty tapas and bar foods for 2€ a piece. They've put together 10 different 'apéritif' routes, and they will also be having a contest to select the best snack, via an app called "FoodReporter".

In order to participate, you'll need to stop by the Hotel de Ville September 24, 25 or 26th to pick up your Happy Hours "passport".  Unfortunately I'll be out of town those days, or otherwise you can bet I'd be partaking!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. When I was living in Paris there was a lot of official vexation over the rising popularity of hard alcohol and beer sales (unless it was French beer, of course), and the prime target for this ire was Happy Hour.

I wonder if the Mairie is pushing this to instill a more food oriented concept of Happy Hour. Pushes local goods and supports local businesses and everyone can feel good that the youth aren't being corrupted too much by cheap vodka. Or at least that they'll be less drunk because they're getting 2€ snacks as well.

Sorry to hear that you're missing out. Sounds like something I'd have been willing to spring for, and I only ever got coffee where it's 1€.

September 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM  

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