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La Maison de Poupée

It’s as though no time has passed since Françoise used to come in here to buy porcelain dolls as a girl. When the boutique was put up for sale in the early 1980s she decided to take it over herself and has been running the shop ever since with the help of her antiquarian husband Gilles. The result is a pretty, uncluttered boutique with a quaint

  1. 40, La Maison de Poupée, Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
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Cuisine & confessions

  • Rated as: 4/5

How many acrobats does it take to bake a cake? It’s a question most of us have never asked. Yet Québécois circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main makes us eager to find out in Cuisine et Confessions, a show that invites us into the kitchen for an evening of cooking, storytelling and breathtaking acrobatics. Lazy breakfasts, family dinners,

  1. La Cigale 120 boulevard de Rochechouart, 18e
  2. Until Sat Jan 3
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Philharmonie de Paris

Paris’s new Philharmonie will open its doors on January 14. The city’s culture vultures have been waiting for this moment for close to four decades. But they’re not the venue’s target audience. Situated in a working-class corner of north-east Paris by Porte de Pantin, the extravagant new venue will aim to democratise classical music,

  1. 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
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Botou

  • Price band: 3/4

Little feet are well catered for at this snazzy shoe boutique at the heart of the 9th arrondissement. With its eclectic range of designs by quality European makes, Botou stands out from the crowd: out with the Made in China brands, in with the likes of Brilla, Orca, Tip Toey Joey and Pom d’Api. Retro designs share shelf space with modern styles:

  1. 20 rue Milton, 9e
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Autoportraits

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

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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Ikio

  • 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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L'Agence

  • 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
  • Free

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




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