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10 brilliant things to do this week

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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 do in Paris this week

Jazz à la Villette festival

The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world. It's brilliantly orchestrated 21st-century jazz, mixed with rhythms and instruments from around the world.The programme for this year's edition at Parc de la Villette features the usual blend of established masters and up-and-coming talent...

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Au Petit Parisien

Some people will tell you that there’s nothing going on in the 15th arrondissement, but Au Petit Parisien is the latest address to prove them wrong. Located right opposite university buildings and a sixth form college, this café and restaurant is a laid-back hangout for many local students, who make the most of a lengthy happy hour (3pm-9pm) with pints of Affligem and cocktails at €5 (or even less with a student card). The quaint feel of this spot perfectly suits its name...

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South-west Paris

Ricki and the Flash

Ageing rocker Ricki Randazzo (Meryl Streep) barely holds on to her grocery checkout job during the daytime. She’s sarcastic, bitter and chatty. But those liabilities become assets at night, when she becomes the frontwoman of a scruffy bar band and her local fans howl appreciatively through the hits. This zesty, defiantly awkward shambles of a film might be tagged a domestic drama, as it plucks near-penniless Ricki from her beer-soaked California stage and flings her to the Midwest...

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Le Lavomatic

This bar is tucked away on the top floor of what looks like a relatively lifeless apartment block on Rue Boulanger, near République. But this is all part of the game for Le Lavomatic’s owners, who have also snapped up the ground floor and are opening a fully functioning launderette here in September 2015. Because of all this, and because you can only reach the bar by climbing up a dainty spiral staircase, the whole place has the air of an illicit speakeasy joint...

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République

Nierika

With its showy frontage, colourful logo and the sweet smell of incense wafting from inside, this little boutique is full of charm. ‘Nierika’, the owners will happily explain, is the name given to the brightly coloured Mexican wool pictures you can see hanging in the windows. These psychedelic works have been stitched together by local shamans high on peyote, a hallucinogenic plant, supposedly sweeping the makers on some sort of transcendental journey. Such objects are predictably pricey, and for good reason...

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14th arrondissement

Le Perchoir Marais

When the sun’s out, this classy rooftop bar feels like a fancy Greek seaside resort, with its white parquet floor, blue tables, striped cushions, live DJ, decorated trees and panoramic backdrop with views of the Hôtel de Ville and the Eiffel tower. The Perchoir Marais has built up a reputation for long queues since opening back in 2014, but if you come down late (say, after 9pm) you’ll probably avoid the worst of the crowds...

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The Marais

Festival Silhouette 2015

It may be back-to-school time in Paris but at least Festival Silhouette is helping us recapture the feeling of those long summer days. Festival Silhouette is the biggest short film festival in Paris, and, having been around since 2002, has built up quite a following. For nine days you can expect to see a variety of genres represented: animation, horror, drama, comedy, documentary and experimental, all encased in a short-but-sweet format...

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Cubana Café

Montparnasse is full of surprising little gems, but this Cuban bar and restaurant is one of the best and most authentic. You’d never know from the outside, but its interior positively reeks of the Caribbean, with cigars all over the place, old leather sofas, various other Cuban knick-knacks and portraits of famous heads of state. The main room fits twenty or so, and there’s also a small terrace with two tables (if full, smokers can also make use of a dedicated indoor smoking area)...

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St Germain des Prés

Paris Design Week 2015

An extension of the MAISON & OBJET trade fair, Paris Design Week provides an international platform for young and emerging design talent. Organised across Paris and comprising over 180 venues, including some of the city's premier exhibition spaces (art galleries, museums and cultural institutes, like La Maison Rouge, 104 and the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature) as well as concept stores and even hotels and restaurants, the week-long design 'itinerary' is free of charge...

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Zoé Bouillon

The deceptively simple slogan at Zoe Bouillon – ‘bien manger!’ or ‘eat well!’ – promises something all too rare in the French capital – good, healthy eating at affordable prices. The restaurant offers five vegetarian menu formulas, such as €10.50 for a daily special and a sweet, or €13 for two savoury dishes (soup, salad, sandwich), a slice of cake and a dessert. The welcoming dining room is filled with wooden tables, with a few more seats on the pavement outside...

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Belleville

Comments

9 comments
lala m
lala m

Do not even think about visitng Georges the restuarnat at the Pompidou. Lots of ridiculous looking waiters whose brains are somewhere else. 

we had the worst service, terrible food at overinflated prices. . when we told the matire d that our waiter was not bringing food or wine as ordered he started to argue with us. Scallops---36 euro were six frozen scallops cooked with no seasoning and no vegetables and a bowl of undercooked rice..Cod was a greasy mess of something tasting like fish. .... Avoid at all costs 

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!!

Dubqi
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