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Le Balcon

Whether or not you're familiar with dramaturge and erstwhile criminal Jean Genet's 'Le Balcon', the Athénée's production is sure to take you by surprise. Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös has taken Genet's blistering study of revolution in and around an upmarket brothel and given it the operatic treatment – everything from French chanson to

  1. Tue May 20 - Sat May 24
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La Source

  • Price band: 2/4

La Source, the brainchild of Xavier Ehrestmann (of My Electro Kitchen fame), is one of a select few Parisian record shops entirely dedicated to electro and dance music. All manner of labels are represented here – you're as likely to find an obscure British dubstep EP from 2006 as the latest Chicago house or French electro releases; you need only

  1. 46 rue Albert Thomas, 10e
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Yasujiro Ozu • Retrospective

'I only know how to make tofu,' Yasujiro Ozu famously said of his films. Coming from one of the most revered Japanese directors of all time – his influence in his home country is far greater than Kurosawa's – this is a staggering understatement; but then restraint and self-effacement are what Ozu's cinema is largely about. Not unlike Mike

  1. La Cinémathèque Française
  2. April 23 - May 26


  • Price band: 2/4

'We sell what we ride' – a fitting motto for this refreshingly unpretentious bike emporium. Once inside, you may not immediately realise that that's what it is: the neon ceiling lights and posters of bygone celebrities on the walls are more redolent of an old garage than a modern shop. But if the décor is on the shabby side, there's nothing

  1. 93 boulevard Beaumarchais, 3e
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Le Musée imaginaire d'Henri Langlois

  • Rated as: 3/5

If the Cinémathèque Française's film programme rarely misfires, its exhibitions often fall a little flat. Amid the occasional stunner – the German Expressionism season comes to mind – we've seen some decidedly mediocre exhibitions that were hardly more enlightening than your average DVD bonus featurette. Their latest venture, a homage to

  1. La Cinémathèque Française 51 rue de Bercy, 12e
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Table Ronde

Sixteen guests, one chef and at least one Michelin star – this is the premise of Table Ronde, the swanky Parisian dinner club du jour. Based in the Marais, the club draws the curious and the prosperous with its experimental menus of contemporary cuisine, courtesy of a rolling lineup of cutting-edge chefs. The emphasis is on transparency: the

  1. 58 Rue de Saintonge, 3e
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Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014

More than half a century of Iranian history is reflected (and refracted) in the works of 20 artists at the Musée d’Art Modèrne’s ARC (‘animation/research/confrontation’ space), reserved for the most contemporary exhibitions.

  1. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 16e
  2. Fri May 16 - Sun Aug 24
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Le Lockwood

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Tucked away between prêt-à-porter boutiques on the Rue Aboukir, Lockwood's plain exterior and simple handwritten sign suggest another trendy New York-inspired bar with the appropriately hipster staff. But this time, owners the Lehoux brothers (Silencio, Ten Belles) have added a twist to draw in the crowds: this is a whole new concept for Paris,

  1. 73 rue d'Aboukir, 2e
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Eglise Saint-Merry

  • Free

Hidden by the tourist-trap fountains outside the Centre Pompidou and the bars that surround them, the Eglise Saint-Merry is worth hunting out in order to discover its architecture and cultural programmes. Since 1975 the Accueil Libre association (entirely funded by financial and artistic donations) has put on two concerts here a week – the

  1. 76 rue de la Verrerie, 4e
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Le Wood

  • Rated as: 4/5

A chic hangout that opened on the Place Thorigny in autumn 2013, Le Wood is all about beautiful people clutching pricy cocktails – around €12 a throw (we liked the Sherwood, with raspberry purée and gin), €7 for a pint. But even if not cut out as a venue for affordable obliteration, the wood-lined walls and multiple little corners of the

  1. 1 place Thorigny, 3e
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