Moufftard/Arène de Lutèce/Mosque/IMA, Paris
One of my favorite spots in the Fifth arrondissement, is the Arab World Institute. It is a wonderful building, very famous for it's architecture and particulary the computer controlled window-diaphragms that open up in funcion of the amount of external light.
The building features several exhibition centers, a library and a bookshop. The artistic or archeological exhibitions are often of great quality.
There is a terrace on the top of the building as well as a restaurant. On sunny days, you can eat outside and enjoy what I consider to be the best view on the river Seine and Notre Dame. But you can also get on top of the building and take a picture without having to eat or drink anythng.
Admition is free, and some of the exhibits are also free.
The Grande Mosque of Paris is located in the 5eme Arrondisemont. It is very close to the Jardin des Plantes but we had never noticed it before. You can get a delicious cup of Moroccan mint tea, eat North African pastries and enjoy a relaxing moment in the outdoor cafe. It is like a little oasis in a bustling city. Tea is ff10 and each pastry is ff10 (they are a nice size and the Turkish delight is gorgeous).
I believe they also serve North African food in the restaurant.
The little blur in the photo is a wee sparrow flying past.
IMA 'Institut du Monde Arabe' The Institute of the Arabic world. It's a really really good museum, of course not 'typically french' but great for his architecture, the exhibitions, the concerts (during the Ramadan there were the nights of soufism), the library (specialized books can only be found there, other library have generally a very poor area concerning the arabic world )...
Location: Jussieu station, just next to the University.
Want to know more? see their site:
If you come in Paris, you can't miss the Rue Mouffetard!!!
In the 5th quarter, this is one of the oldest street in Paris. Visit it around 6.30pm and you'll see the market in the street, the old cafés and lot of typical shops.
Click on the 'Rue mouffetard - Jussieu' travelogue to see lot of other pictures.
The Islamic Museum and Cultural Centre. It has fabulous architecture and design, especially the windows. It also has a rooftop terrace with great views over the Seine. Plus the exhibits are pretty good, too.
Here you will find a nice church, good and diverse restaurants, little food street markets, traditional shopping and a pleasant walk until you get Sorbone or the Pantheon.
Great building and institution to learn from. They have art shows, artifacts fair open, bookshop (one you don't want to miss, either you're a student or a traveler).
Former bull-rings exist in Paris, so that you may contemplate its architecture. Now, they just constitute a classic part of a park... To be found "rue des Arenes"...
When I think of Paris, I don't think of Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower - I think of this street!!! Go here if you need fresh strange animals ;)
Rue mouffetard-the local market place, which is also a very old street in paris.the picture is one of the side streets on rue mouffetard. see your metro map . get down at cesiur daubenton.