A pool table in the showroom of the René Pierre Billiard shop in Paris.

René Pierre Billiard shop
This is the Paris showroom for France’s finest table-football tables, crafted at the obscure Chalon-sur-Saône factory of Maître billardier René Pierre. Spun, swivelled and slammed in cafés around the world, Pierre’s classic models Onze, Leader et al can be ordered here. For UK baby-foot aficionados, tables can be delivered free of charge as far as Calais. Jukeboxes and billiard tables are also on sale at this colourful store. 35, rue de Maubeuge, 9th ( M° Poissonnière. Open 10 am–1 pm, 2–6:30 pm Mon–Fri.

—published in the Time Out Paris Visitors’ Guide, Summer 2005.