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Flamenco evening

  • Price band: 2/4

Heels clack across a polished parquet. Frilly froufrous fill the stage in a flurry of colour. One beat, two beats – Olé! And so forth. On September 13, Seville comes to Pantin courtesy of the magnetic Esperanza Fernandez. A gypsy born and bred in the Triana neighbourhood of Seville, Fernandez here recounts her upbringing in the autobiographical

  1. 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Sat Sep 13
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Au Vieux Campeur

  • Price band: 3/4

Hikers, spelunkers and wannabe explorers should make this the starting point of all future journeys. An agglomeration of around 30 shops centred on the Maubert-Mutualité métro station, Au Vieux Campeur is the last word in sports and outdoor gear: this is where Parisians come to get their crampons and cross-country skis. Every imaginable

  1. 48, Rue des Écoles, 75005
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Le ZigZag Café

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

In the heart of the no bar's land that is the 15th arrondissement, the ZigZag Café stands anomalously, its inviting terrace beckoning to the untrendy local crowd. What the bar lacks in setting it makes up for with affability: a crew of smiling bartenders ushers us in and guides us around the terrace and two indoor rooms – which, one insists,

  1. 58 boulevard de Garibaldi, 15e
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Inside

Cocoons, secret gardens, wombs… this autumn, introspection is the name of the game at the Palais de Tokyo, which is inviting a dozen-odd artists to create installations that play on this theme. Steel yourselves for two solid floors of soul-searching.

  1. Palais de Tokyo : Site de Création Contemporaine 13 avenue du Président Wilson, 16e
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sun Jan 11
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Cabaret New Burlesque

Ever since 'Moulin Rouge!' hit our screens in 2001, burlesque, cabaret and striptease have been stripped of their seediness and thrust, hips first, into the limelight. Riding high on this newfound legitimacy, France’s famous Cabaret New Burlesque comes to the Cirque d’Hiver this September after a tour of Nantes. Expect high-brow stripteases

  1. Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione 110 rue Amelot, 11e
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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Art brut / Collection ABCD

La Maison Rouge is no stranger to transgressive works. So now that what the French call 'art brut' (and the English, somewhat lamely, refer to as 'outsider art') is finally gaining legitimacy in 'respectable' art circles, it comes as no surprise that the gallery is putting on an exhibition of one of the richest private collections in the genre:

  1. La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert 10 boulevard de la Bastille, 12e
  2. Sat Oct 18 - Sun Jan 18
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L'Etrange Festival

Now in its 20th year, L'Etrange Film Festival returns to the Forum des Images this September 4–14 for another round of very strange cinema indeed. For its anniversary programme, the festival's organisers have given carte blanche to an unlikely curatorial trio: Godfrey Reggio, Jacques Audiard and Sono Sion. The result? A cornucopia of flicks,

Sajou

  • Price band: 3/4

 Sajou is a haberdasher's that updates old-school motifs and production values for modern tastes. Founded in 1828, the brand recently reinvented itself as a swanky e-shop before going back to basics and opening this venue in the middle of the textile district of Sentier. The range of laces, threads, bobbins and buttons is as broad as the prices

  1. 47, rue du Caire, 2e
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Doursoux

  • Price band: 3/4

Lovers of khaki will already have this address bookmarked. Doursoux, which deals in army surplus clothing and equipment, has been around since forever behind the Gare Montparnasse. Its USP: that its parkas and army boots are the real toe-pinching deal. If you’re looking for some serious gear, regiment-style, then this is the shop for you.The

  1. 3 passage Alexandre, 15e
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La Maison du Miel

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Founded by a beekeeper over a century ago and managed by his descendants ever since, La Maison du Miel remains the last word in specialist honey shops in Paris (a niche category, admittedly). Produce from across the globe is sold in small or large pots (€3.60–€10): fruity Leatherwood from Tasmania, Sainfoin herb-sourced strains from Italy,

  1. 24 rue Vignon, 9e
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Philippe Ramette at Galeries Lafayette

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

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