Whenever someone comes to visit me in Paris, I insist on one souvenir to remember them by: a strip of black and white photos from the old-school photo-booths. Silly faces, props, smiles, frowns… Three euros, four flashes and a few minutes wait as the machine whirs. I have a whole collection now. The photo-booths, restored by Foto Automat, are scattered all over the city.
Here is the list I normally keep in my head (and a map below). Bonus: the first three places are a museum, exhibition space and gallery worth visiting in their own right, and the last a cute restaurant in the parc Buttes-Chaumont, perfect for summer drinks on the terrace. And the Bonton supplies wigs and glasses for silly photos.
- Palais de Tokyo: contemporary art museum … metro Iéna, line 9
- Le Centquatre: cultural centre, theatre, bookshop, restaurant … metro Riquet, line 7
- La Maison Rouge: art gallery … metro Bastille, line 1,5,8
- Le Dome du Marais: restaurant (photo-booth open weekends) … metro St Paul, line 1
- Le Bonton: department store, children’s clothes … metro Filles du Calvaire, line 8
- Le Pavillon Puebla: restaurant in a park … metro Bolivar, line 7b
(Click on the map below for addresses!)