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ISMIR 2002
3rd International Conference on
Music Information Retrieval

IRCAM – Centre Pompidou
Paris, France
October 13-17, 2002


ISMIR 2002 events will take place at IRCAM and in the Pompidou Center (see the Conference spaces section for detailed maps). Both are located in the heart of Paris (see hotel and local maps).

The tables below are a very selective guide of resources near ISMIR 2002. The code in the first column refers to the local map. If the site is outside the map, the closest grid point is indicated in parentheses.





31 boulevard Sébastopol
75001 Paris

01 40 41 09 10

Large cybercafé open 24 hours a day



Across 50 rue Rambuteau
75004 Paris


Newsstand, many newpapers and periodicals in foreign languages



Place Edmond Michelet
75004 Paris


Newsstand (as above)


Pharmacie Beaubourg

50 rue Rambuteau
75004 Paris

01 48 87 78 19



Pharmacie du Centre Pompidou

20 rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris

01 42 72 96 00




44, rue Beaubourg
75003 Paris

01 53 01 93 10

Police station


La Poste

Pompidou Centre ground floor

01 40 29 81 87

Post Office (small)


La Poste

9, place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris

01 44 54 20 00

Post Office


La Poste

52 rue du Louvre
75001 Paris

01 40 28 76 00

Central Post Office, open 24 hours a day


Web Bar

32 rue de Picardie
75003 Paris

01 42 72 66 55

Artistic cybercafé


Public transportation

Here is a brief listing of the nearest bus and subway stations. See the Commuting in Paris section for information on the lines and maps.


Grenier St Lazare

Rue du Grenier St Lazare
75004 Paris

Bus line 29 (both directions).


Centre Pompidou

Rue Beaubourg, along back of Centre Pompidou.

Bus lines 38, 47, 75; night bus lines E, F. All going south.


Centre Pompidou

Boulevard de Sébastopol between Rues Aubry le Boûcher and Rambuteau

Bus lines 38, 47; night bus lines E, F. All going north.



Rue Beaubourg corner of Rambuteau

Métro line 11.


Hôtel de Ville

Rue du Renard corner of Rivoli

Métro lines 1 and 11.


Châtelet les Halles

Forum des Halles (many other access points)

Métro lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14. RER lines A, B, D.



Nearby restaurants are just too numerous. Here is a short and personal list.


Ambassade d'Auvergne

24 rue du Grenier St Lazare
75003 Paris

01 42 72 31 22

Very good regional French cuisine



54 r Ste Croix la Bretonnerie

75004 Paris

01 48 87 48 71



Auberge Nicolas Flamel

51 rue Montmorency
75003 Paris

01 42 71 77 78

In the oldest house of Paris. Try its gigot de 7 heures



20 rue Rambuteau
75003 Paris

01 40 27 90 90

Traditional if overheavy decoration. Good bookstore across the street.


Café Beaubourg

43 rue St Merri
75004 Paris

01 48 87 63 96

Very design (by the architect Christian Portzamparc) café and restaurant. Outdoor terrace much coveted not so much by those who want to see but rather be seen.


Chez Benoît

20 rue Saint Martin
75004 Paris

01 42 72 25 76

Posh and classy French cuisine.



7 rue Simon Le Franc
75004 Paris

01 42 71 52 07

Italian. Very good home-made pasta, pizza and bread. Finish with tiramisu, chocolatissimo or crème brûlée. My favorite.


Dôme du Marais

53 rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris

01 42 74 54 17

Very picturesque domed 18th cent. room.


Frais et nature

3 rue Brantôme
75003 Paris

01 42 72 59 59



Jardin de thé

10 rue Brisemiche
75004 Paris

01 42 74 35 26

Nice atmosphere, good home-made food at good prices just across Ircam



3 rue Brantôme
75003 Paris

01 40 27 97 57

Just for coffee. All kinds. You can buy the beans, too.


Maître Kanter

16 rue Coquillière
75001 Paris

01 42 36 74 24

Alsacian, open 7 days a week, 24 hrs a day. Try its flammenküche, beer, choucroute


Pitchi Poï

9 place du Marché Ste Catherine
75004 Paris

01 42 77 46 15

Jewish (eastern european, non kosher)



78 rue Quincampoix
75003 Paris

01 40 27 01 45

In a nice old room furnished more like a living room, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. French and North African.


Table des gourmets

14 rue des Lombards
75004 Paris

01 40 27 00 87

In an underground 13th cent. chapel. French food, reasonable priced.



19 galerie Vérot Dodat
75001 Paris

01 45 08 92 06

Very nice small French tasteful traditional and reasonably priced restaurant in the beautiful 1823 passage (covered gallery; see below “Interesting areas to visit”) Vérot-Dodat.


Yakitori Grill

2 rue Bernard de Clairvaux
75003 Paris

01 42 77 37 51




There are countless small and large stores in the area, many of them on the rue de Rivoli between the BHV and Samaritaine department stores, but elsewhere too (e.g., for jewellery of all kinds, check rue des Francs Bourgeois on the block between rues de Turenne and de Sévigné). Here are a few indications.


BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville)

52 rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris

01 42 74 90 00

Large traditional French department store.


Forum des Halles

75001 Paris


Underground 4-level huge shopping mall, includes also an olympic swimming pool, cinemas and a music lending library. Don’t miss FNAC, a huge book- and record-store.



19 rue de la Monnaie
75001 Paris

01 40 41 20 20

Large traditional French department store





Espace Vit’Halles

48 rue Rambuteau
75003 Paris

01 42 77 75 66

Sports club



12 rue Michel Le Comte
75003 Paris

01 44 61 95 50

Municipal sports complex


Piscine des Halles

Forum des Halles
Porte St Eustache
75001 Paris

01 42 36 98 44

Swimming pool (olympic size)


Piscine St Merri

16 rue du Renard
75004 Paris

01 42 72 29 45

Swimming pool (opens usually very early)



Many museums and cultural organizations are to be found within walking distance from the ISMIR venue, not to forget the Pompidou Center itself, some are listed below. A little further out (but still within walking distance), there is the unavoidable Louvre. And if you wish to visit a real quaint and picturesque museum, go see the Musée Gustave Moreau.


Centre historique des Archives nationales

60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris

01 40 27 64 19

French national archives, located in a splendid 17th century mansion. This site holds documents from the Merovingian Kings until 1958.


Maison de la poésie

157 rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris

01 44 54 53 00

Poetry readings and publications in an 18th theatre, in a quaint passage


Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme

71 rue du Temple
75003 Paris

01 53 01 86 53

Jewish art and history museum, located in a beautiful mansion..


Musée des arts et métiers

292 rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris

01 53 01 82 00

Science and technologyu museum located in a historical  abbey.


Musée Bricard

1 rue Perle
75003 Paris

01 42 77 79 62

Museum of keylocks. Worth the visit.


Musée Carnavalet

23 rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris

01 44 59 58 58

Art, history and archeology municipal museum. Beautiful 17th cent. buildings.


Musée Cognacq-Jay

8 rue Elzévir
75003 Paris

01 40 27 07 21

18th cent. art museum.


Musée Picasso

5 rue de Thorigny
75003 Paris

01 42 71 25 21

Picasso masterworks in a 17th cent. building.


Musée de la poupée

28 rue Beaubourg
75003 Paris

01 42 72 73 11

Museum of the doll, two blocks away from ISMIR.



Again, too many places to list exhaustively: theatres, concert halls, cinemas, music clubs… See the guides in the Useful Web Sites section for listings, and Pariscope for programming.


Centre Pompidou



Excellent author movie programming


Châtelet – Théâtre musical de Paris

Place du Châtelet
75001 Paris

01 40 28 28 28

Operas, concerts, ballet, recitals


Cinéma Latina

20 rue du Temple
75004 Paris


Excellent movies, usually in Spanish (Spain, Latin and South American)


Cinéma MK2 Beaubourg

50 rue Rambuteau
75003 Paris


Good author movies (“art et essai”).


Théâtre de la Ville

2 place du Châtelet
75004 Paris

01 42 74 22 77

Theater, concerts and dance at this wonderful theater a few blocks away from the ISMIR venue.


Interesting areas to visit

IRCAM and the Pompidou center are located in the Marais (literally, swamp) historical area, full of old houses (see the Restaurant Nicolas Flamel above) and mansions, small and large plazas. A few of the closest places worth walking through:


Jardins du Palais Royal



Large square within the splendid buildings of the Palais Royal, with the Comédie Française historical theatre and many other landmarks, bordered with antique shops and restaurants (including the famous Grand Véfour), a block away from the Louvre and not far from the Garnier Opéra house.


Passages de Paris



Of the many covered galleries or arcades built during the 19th century, subject of Walter Benjamin’s masterwork, the remaining ones are definitely worth the visit. Within walking distance, you’ll find the galleries Vérot Dodat (see also “restaurants” above), Vivienne and Colbert


Place des Vosges

From the Pompidou Center, walk through rue Rambuteau (I3) going west, then into rue des Francs Bourgeois. It is at its end.


A splendid 17th century square. Victor Hugo lived there (visit his museum at no. 6). See also the Hôtel de Sully mansion at the south-west corner. Beautiful shops.


Village St Paul

A block located between rues St Paul, Charlemagne, Ave Maria and Jardins St Paul, a couple of blocks away from Place des Vosges.


A maze of little quaint courtyards with plenty of arts and antique shops.



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