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Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Paris manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

The best things to see and do in Paris this week

Restaurant • Richer

With shiny good looks, charming wait staff and imaginative dishes, Richer is a hip café serving lunch and coffee by day, becoming a bustling candlelit hotspot serving gourmet dishes by night. The glass-fronted, two-room restaurant doesn’t take reservations and is overrun at mealtimes, equalling the popularity of Charles Compagnon’s other venues L'Office and 52 Faubourg Saint-Denis. With artwork-laden white stone walls, leather benches, glossy tables and mirrors, the décor is simple and sleek. A concise menu offers three options for each course, while the wine list seems unending. On the plate, everything is diced, sliced or cubed and carefully arranged...

  1. 2, Richer, rue Richer, 75009
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Art • Taryn Simon

  • Critics choice

A habitual satirist of the errors and quirks of Uncle Sam, American artist Taryn Simon turns a caustic, offbeat gaze on the political, legal, military and media power of the United States. She gives the hypocrisy of the state a good going over, particularly in the series 'The Innocents', 'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar' and 'Contraband' – all a pleasure to see as part of her personal exhibition at the Jeu de Paum. Simon's critiques are always backed up by achives, clear thinking and irony.

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Until Sun May 17
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Theatre • Dreams Before Dawn: A Festival of British Theatre

Paris has long since boasted a vibrant stage culture, its streets dotted with grandiose theatres staging one great classic after another. Yet experiencing Paris’s theatre scene can be a struggle for anyone whose language skills are a little shaky, let alone for someone with no French at all.  Thankfully, the UK’s European Theatre Company Bred in the Bone is on the case. From February 27 to March 1 they will hold their very first Festival of British Theatre at the Théâtre de Ménilmontant in the 20th arrondissement. Designed to cater especially to a multicultural audience, all of the events will be performed either in English or in French and simultaneously translated into the other language... 

  1. rue du Retrait, 75020
  2. Fri Feb 27 - Sun Mar 1
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Art • Boris Mikhaïlov

Known for his raw, subversive work, Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhaïlov is in a rather different mood for this Paris show. Not only has France replaced the habitual views of the Ukraine, but the pieces are bedecked with bright colours, daubed straight onto the photos. So what's the story? In 1989, Mikhaïlov took advantage of the collapse of the Soviet bloc to make his first journey to the west, and to France. It was a world that he had, until then, barely been able to imagine, and his panoramic shots of Paris and Arles try to express this sense of enormity. It's also a reflection on the overwhelmed visitor that he was then, suddenly faced with a colourful, tawdry West... 

  1. Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve 7 rue Pastourelle, 3e
  2. Until Sat Feb 28
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Shopping • Episode

The Etienne Marcel neighbourhood isn’t exactly known for its good value boutiques – rather, it's full of hip designers and specialist addresses, to the great displeasure of penniless fashionistas, who still come here for window-shopping and better inspiration than you can get from the department stores. The opening of the so-called friperieKiliwatch a few years ago rubbed it in rather by selling second hand garb at vastly inflated prices. Nevertheless, the rue Tiquetonne is where the Dutch chain Episode chose to open its Parisian branch in 2009. Like in any second hand store worth its name, here you’ll find ’80s dresses, leather bags, boots, skirts, jeans and so on... 

  1. 12-16 rue Tiquetonne, 2e
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Gig • Digitalism

Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi of Digitalism can boast of having given birth to one of the strongest debuts of the last decade, their amazing Idealistic (2004). Then came Zdarlight (2005), which launched them straight to the top of their game. Other hits followed, includingTerrorlight (2007) and Blitz (2010), a hard-hitting track that would be their first single from their second album, I Love You Dude (2011), and published by a big label. The German duo are noted for their skills at the decks and sessions where fans don't stop dancing till they're kicked out.

  1. Le Zig Zag 34 rue Marbeuf, 8e
  2. Fri Feb 27
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Film • Birdman

‘Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings.’ So said Marlon Brando. But what happens when their 15 minutes are up? It’s not like failure suddenly transforms former mega-celebs into humble human beings who can pick up their own coffee from Starbucks. That's Michael Keaton’s problem in this savagely funny, strangely sweet, sad and utterly brilliant New York-set comedy from Mexican writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu, better known for his gloomy, state-of-the world dramas 'Babel' and '21 Grams'.Keaton is Riggan Thomson, an actor who raked in the cash in the early 1990s as a lame pre-‘Avengers’ superhero in a blockbuster franchise... 

Bar • Lipstick

The Rue Frochot in Pigalle isn't short on cocktail bars, with Lipstick coming hard on the heels of Dirty Dick and Le Glass to up the nightlife ante in this part of town. A former hostess bar (now much classier), Lipstick never forgets it's origins in the historic red light district. Leopardskin banquettes, naughty cocktail names, erotic wallpaper and even a dancing pole make sure of that – and the name, which refers to the red lips on the neon sign of the bar's previous incarnation. They take their mixology seriously now (€8-€12), with happy hour stretching until 10pm, and a hip-hop and electro soundtrack which ensures a hip, if comparatively well-behaved, clientele.

  1. 5 rue Frochot, 9e
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Cabaret • Le Cabaret électrique

This lively cabaret show has plenty of energy to recommend it, even if the execution isn't always as polished as one might like. There's the option to eat and drink during the show, at tables around the stage, or you can sit in the bleachers. It all takes place in a punked-up atmosphere with plenty of guitar and drum riffs that link together the acts. Over the course of two hours, you might meet a couple on a spinning 'wheel of death', a trapeze artist suspended from the ceiling, a motorbike on a wire, a lighty-clad fakir, and many more. It's a high-octane evening thats a little different each time, with plenty of sensual charm despite an occasionally ramshackle air.

  1. Place du Maquis du Vercors, 20e
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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Maia Nielsen
Maia Nielsen

Üt, by R-Bag : Brilliant clown show every Thursday, Friday, Saturday night at tiny Théâtre Clavel, metro station Pyrénées. Excellent music, laughs for everyone, for kids, for grownups, and most importantly even for people without a word of French. Buy a ticket or pay upon liking, on your way out! Until Dec. 29th.

bob
bob

absolutely pathetic

Olivier
Olivier

try Brasserie de l'epoque, fabulous food, very friendly service and very good value for money. Passage Vero doda opposite the Ministere de la culture et de la communication in the 1er arrondissement. A must do for the real parisian brasserie fare!!

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Dubqi

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cola
cola

I love it all!

Susan
Susan

Very helpful. Will visit at least three of these ten when in Paris in March.

Joe
Joe

Ice skating in front of L’Hôtel de Ville looks brilliant! Thanks Time Out :)

chardin
chardin

concert lyrique , dimanche 18 Novembre 17h cathedrale ste Croix 12 rue du Perchre 75003