Your ultimate guide to Paris

Paris restaurants and bars, films and theatre, art, gigs, clubs, shops and more...




Latest reviews and previews

Lauryn Hill

The former Fugee and acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her first Paris live appearances in years. Her comeback album – which will be her first since her classic 1998 record 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' – was delayed last year after Hill was sentenced to prison for tax evasion, but now she's out and back on tour. Expect new tracks, a few

  1. Le Zénith 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Sat Sep 13
Buy tickets

Two Cigarettes in the Dark

A cubic apartment decked out in white velvet. Men in black tuxes. Women in sleek wedding dresses. Such are the stylistic parametres of Pina Bausch's minimalist chamber piece, which takes its name from a Bing Crosby song about lost love. A product of the German choreographer's most austere phase, 'Two Cigarettes in the Dark' channels a melancholic

  1. Palais Garnier Place de l'Opéra, 9e
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sun Sep 7
Buy tickets

Marcel Duchamp: La peinture, même

It's easy to forget that the man whose work sounded the first death knell for painting was himself, at the outset, a painter. Here's a reminder, then, from the Centre Pompidou: an exhibition of Marcel Duchamp's early paintings, including some very rare works on loan from the States. Keep an eye out for his epochal 'Nude Descending a Staircase'.

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Mon Jan 5
More info

Feu! Chatterton

To date, Feu! Chatterton have put out a grand total of two tracks: 'La Mort dans la pinède' and 'La Malinche'. Notwithstanding a few other snippets scattered around the web, we have nothing else by which to judge this enigmatic French ensemble. But for now, these two will do fine – their tense, sombre music, equal parts Noir Désir and Connan

  1. Point Ephémère 200 quai de Valmy, 10e
  2. Fri Sep 12
Buy tickets

Techno Parade 2014

Don't miss… SAmBA De La mUERTE + The Dodos The Noughties have seen folk groups come and go, and they were all pretty much the same; The Dodos were unlucky then to be caught up this stream of flotsam and jetsam and so were forced to redouble their efforts to stand out from the crowd. And how they have done so. With only two of them at the

Fort d'Aubervilliers

Don't come here looking to bathe in the shade of cypress trees – at the Fort d'Aubervilliers, parkland is in short supply and graffiti rules. The terrain used to serve as a scrapyard; if we tell you that the tables of the outdoor café consist of planks of wood perched on a pile of disused tyres, you get the idea. Every summer, artists, hipsters

  1. 174 avenue Jean Jaurès, 93300
More info

L'Eclair

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

A surprisingly cosmopolitan enclave in an area hardly renowned for its trendiness, L'Eclair has become the watering hole of choice for the local hipsters and Erasmus students – with the occasional tourist chucked in for good measure. Not that it's a whole lot cheaper than its neighbours: cocktails are the order of the day, and though

  1. 32 rue cler, 7e
More info

Charlie

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Two euros don't get you far in the capital: they'll stretch to the cheapest sandwich in Franprix, or one métro trip plus a couple of carambars, but no further. Unless you're hanging out at Charlie, whose owner Charlotte has struck upon the novel idea of selling half pints for the unheard-of price of €2 (or pints for €4). All night long. Music

  1. 29 rue de Cotte, 12e
More info

Semianyki Express

For those unschooled in Putin's mother tongue: 'semianyki' is the Russian word for 'family'. Indeed, this posse of zanily attired clowns is a family of sorts, united by a common sartorial eccentricity and taste for the absurd. Founded in 2002 at St Petersburg's Teatr Licedei (the fulcrum of Soviet theatre), the troupe have spent more than a

  1. Théâtre du Rond Point 2 bis avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 8e
  2. Thu May 28 - Sun Jul 5
More info

Bookmarc

  • Price band: 3/4

He's done stints as a designer and an artistic director; now Marc Jacobs is reinventing himself as a bookseller – though we wonder whether he came up with the pun first and went from there. In any case, Bookmarc has opened shop next door to his boutique Marc by Marc Jacobs, and anyone keen to get an insight into the fashion maestro's literary

  1. 17 place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 1er
More info



Philippe Ramette at Galeries Lafayette

See the legendary store with new eyes during a gravity-defying installation under the famous dome, August 14-30

A weekend in Paris for...

On a budget? In search of romance? Have just 48 hours? Our tailored itineraries help get the most out of your mini-break.

Follow us

Buy the Paris for Visitors guide, the perfect partner for a weekend break

Buy the Paris for Visitors guide, the perfect partner for a weekend break