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  • Rated as: 3/5
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The narcissistic selfie trend has perhaps made the self-portrait the most popular type of photography of the present day. But some do it better than others – even without a smartphone’s Instagram effects. Les Douches gallery has set out to prove the seriousness of the self-portrait in photography and the result is a pleasing selection from

  1. 5 rue Legouvé, 10e
  2. Until Sat Jan 10
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  • Price band: 2/4

This Greek grocery shop and caterer in the 9th arrondissement succeeds in blending hellenic exoticism with Parisian concept store eclecticism. With a bright shopfront and a refined, warm décor, this is the ideal place to go to satisfy an appetite. The grocery shop is divided from the dining area by a large marble table that seats 8 to 10 people

  1. 2 rue Milton, 9e
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Fed up with working in advertising, Julien and Laurent decided to take a leap and turn their ad agency (in a prime spot by the canal Saint-Martin) into a wine bar in early 2014. You would hardly spot this bar if you didn’t know where to find it: only a small chalkboard hanging on the door gives it away. Softly lit inside, with brick walls,

  1. 36 rue des Vinaigriers, 10e
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W.O.S. Bar

With over 470 spirits behind the counter, this legendary whisky bar provides more than enough variety to liven up your after-work cocktails or drinks with friends. Whether or not you’re a whisky connoisseur, you’re likely to enjoy this spot: the bar staff have a few tricks up their sleeve, and are more than happy to help you choose between the

  1. 184 rue Saint-Jacques, 5e arrondissement, 75005
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Martin Parr: Food (& other series)

  • Rated as: 3/5
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We’ve all heard of food porn, but the Parr diet is something else. British photographer Martin Parr is back in Paris, putting a different spin on the festive season with his latest exhibit ‘Food’. Ironic and mocking, the British photographer has slathered pictures of unhealthy foods all over the basement of the Kamel Mennour gallery. The

  1. 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, 6e
  2. Until Sat Jan 17
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Border Festival

Electronic music festival on December 12 & 13 Break up the winter with Border, a two day electronic music festival taking place on December 12 and 13. This weekend event treats the crowds to all types of electro, ranging from house to disco and techno. Over 40 artists are set to perform over two stages at TW7, the unused post-industrial convention

C comme en Pologne

  • Price band: 1/4

Craving a chapka to warm your ears or a portion of Polish pierogi? Then head to C comme en Pologne, an unpretentious little grocery store-cum-second-hand shop in the 18th arrondissement. The friendly Polish couple that run the shop sell paprika sausage from Wroclaw and other Polish foodstuffs alongside vintage shirts made in Paris, clothes and

  1. 9 rue Pierre Ginier, 18e
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Olafur Eliasson: Contact

Barely two months after opening, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has chosen Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for its very first exhibition. His spectacular, ambitious light shows, full of moving shadows and optical illusions, seem ideal to inhabit the vast open spaces inside the modern gallery. After famously installing a vast setting sun in

  1. 8 avenue Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - Bois de Boulogne, 75016
  2. Until Mon Feb 16
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Toute photographie fait énigme

  • Rated as: 3/5

Art historian Michel Frizot has created a photography exhibition that is refreshingly out of the ordinary. ‘Toute photographie fait énigme’ ('every photograph is an enigma') is an alternate history of photography: Frizot and his astute group of collectors rummaged around dusty attics, car boot sales, socio-historical archives and old family

  1. Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) 5-7 rue de Fourcy, 4e
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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Werner Herzog Retrospective

Wide-ranging retrospective of one of New German cinema's biggest filmmakers The great German filmmaker Werner Herzog, best known for masterpieces 'Fitzcarraldo' and 'Nosferatu', is one of the most notable figures of New German cinema alongside Wim Wenders, Rainer Fassbinder or Volker Schlöndorff. The Grand Action cinema is screening 30 of his

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