(Jazz Pas Grave at 59 Rivoli)
The artists' squat 59 Rivoli is always hoppin', always creative and always open to the public. Having just passed their 13th anniversary in a building formerly abandoned by Crédit Lynonnais, the now-legal squat is full of studios where artists work (some permanently, some in residence for 3-6 months) and display their art. Passing by the space, prominently situated on rue de Rivoli with massive windows into the gallery, you might find a new exhibition being opened (which happens every two weeks) or a free concert going on (each weekend).
I've been there for lit mag launches, jazz festivals and random art wanderings, and am always impressed by the variety and vibrance of their cultural schedule. Check out their arts or music lineup and head over to soak up some culture in the heart of the city.
Open daily except Mondays
(Artist studios open daily 1-8pm)
59 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Métro: M1 or M11 to Hôtel de Ville