Spot celebs at the Grevin waxworks, lunch at the legendary Chartier, and star in a film at the Grand Rex cinema.
Begin at the Grévin (1, 10 blvd. Montmartre). The Palais des Mirages, a spectacular mirror show, makes a dazzling prelude to the waxworks of stars from worlds of cinema, music, and sports (mainly French but also international celebs) and historical scenes (Louis XIV at Versailles, the French Revolution). Bring a camera – part of the fun is having your photo snapped alongside Picasso, Jackie Chan, Ray Charles, or the Gueen of England. Take the stairs to the Atelier Découverte to discover how waxworks are made, and touch the real hair, glass eyes, and other materials used.
The exit leads into Passage Jouffroy, a covered lane lined with eccentric shops. Continue through Passage Verdeau and turn right onto rue du Faubourg-Montmartre. Au Fou Rire (2, 22 bis rue du Faubourg-Montmartre) carries masks, costumes, fake blood, and the like.
Restaurant Chartier (3, 7 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre) is an inexpensive Parisian classic, with a huge period dining hall, straightforward dishes that kids will like, and speedy service. Turn right out of the restaurant and left onto blvd Poissonière.
The Grand Rex movie theater (4, 1 blvd Poissonière), easily recognizable with its white Art Deco tower, offers the 45-minutes Etoiles du Rex tour, available in English and full of humor; automatic doors and elevators take you backstage and into the projection room, letting you in on the secrets of film editing and special effects. Budding movie stars can act their hearts out. It’s best for those 8 years and up – be prepared for some surprises …
Metro Stations : Bonne Nouvelle, Richelieu-Drouot, Rue Montmartre (Line 8, 9),