Centuries of cultural and political development has made Paris one of the world’s leading cultural centres. The city, well known for its Bourgeois-Boheme environment and chic fashion is home to a variety of museums, theatres, monuments and architectural styles. Long regarded as an international centre for the arts, works by history’s most famous painters can be found in the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and its many other museums and galleries.

Alongside the iconic museums, the city also houses an art museum named Le Comptoir General dedicated to the least visible cultures in the globalized world, that is, the Ghetto Cutlure. The culture has its strong values, energy and creative expressions that sprung up in poor or marginalised places all over the world, especially in Africa. The place which appears like an abandoned hotel offers a space for themed exhibitions, social events, bookstore, second-hand stores selling memorabilia of the African anti-colonialist struggle. All the profits made from the sales are used to finance sustainable artistic projects and activities for social and environmental awareness.

Every object in this space has a story to tell, a deep hidden secret to be revealed. And when you think you have explored it all, you can simply chill out and relax with an African beer in the courtyard. The space is designed to minimise the environmental impacts with its optimized insulation, rain water harvesting system, green plants and recycled furniture.

So, if you are an offbeat traveller visiting Paris, then you definitely want to check out the Le Comptoir General.

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