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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

Bar • The Lab

Opened in 2012, The Lab decided in 2014 that it was high time for a revamp. The formerly plain walls are now covered from top to bottom in graffiti. Or rather, from left to right: the venue is long, narrow and low-roofed, and fits only a handful of chairs and a sofa. The claustrophobic and the nicotine-hungry can head outside, where two barrels serve as makeshift tables. The Palace of Versailles it ain't.The reason to come to The Lab is its fantastic range of cocktails (€6 during happy hour; €8 otherwise). Spirits of all stripes are mixed with fruit of all seasons...

  1. 7 rue Saint-Sabin, 11e
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Art • Capitaine Futur and the Extraordinary Journey

In an age when a three-year-old toddler can do more on an iPad than his 65-year-old granny, an exhibition on the digital world is necessarily of interest to all ages. It's in this spirit, then, that La Gaîté Lyrique launches its virtual journey through the thorny topic of artificial intelligence. Guided by Capitaine Futur (a mascot who'll be familiar to Gaîté regulars), you're taken through a range of zany objects and installations that shed light on what exactly happens behind your computer screen. Kids, teens, the elderly and baffled parents will all get something out of the exhibition...

  1. La Gaîté Lyrique 3 bis rue Papin, 3e
  2. Until Sun Feb 8
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Café • Smörgås

If you don't associate sandwiches with Sweden, you should come to Smörgås for a reality check. Slivers of avocado, slices of boiled egg, slabs of salmon and loaves of generously buttered rye bread: this is snacking à la scandinave, and it doesn't get much better. Nestled at the back of housewares boutique La Trésorerie, this snug little café serves up organic sarnies, salads and tabbouleh to no more than ten diners at a time. The sandwiches come in portions of two or three with a side dish and a drink for €10-€15...

  1. 11 rue du Château d'Eau, 10e
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Shopping • Lesca Lunetier

Joël Lesca designed his first range of spectacles in 1964. Fast-forward half a century to a time when vintage is all the rage, and you'll find his descendants still plying his trade on the über-hip Rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth. Sharing floor space with accessory boutique Meilleur Ami, Lesca Lunetier positively oozes chic retro charm. The glasses on sale bear the imprint of the old-school tools with which the Lesca family make them, from their burnished finish to their muted colours. Far from the factory-made models sold by the big brands, these specs are the real deal: solid, original, made in France...

  1. 45 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 3e
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Art • Perugino, Raphael's master

Three years after its magisterial exhibition on Fra Angelico, the Musée Jacquemart-André tackles another bigwig of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Perugino (1450-1523). Though he was one of the great innovators of his time, at first sight Perugino's style is deceptively simple. The colour scheme is harmonious, the light subtly balanced by shade, the lines pure and refined – just as Florentine high society liked it. Such was his success that he was summoned to Rome to paint frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Yet the artist's enduring popularity also comes down to an even bigger name of the Renaissance: Raphael, possibly his pupil, certainly his heir as far as style is concerned...

  1. Musée Jacquemart-André 158 boulevard Haussmann, 8e
  2. Until Mon Jan 19
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Film • Magic in the Moonlight

The more things change, the more Woody Allen stays the same: it’s a comfort that this singular artist’s worldview remains so staunchly his own – often archaically against fashion – and that nothing seems to halt his movie-a-year pace. The director’s latest – a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France – won’t do much to sway proponents or detractors from their own perspectives, though taken at face value, it’s one of Allen’s most charmingly conceived and performed efforts. Our hero, Stanley (Colin Firth, amusingly pompous), is a popular stage magician and lifetime sceptic conscripted by a colleague to travel to a lush Côte d’Azur estate...

Shopping • Sauver le Monde des Hommes

Men's fashion is to women's as 5ive is to the Spice Girls: a shoddier, far less versatile imitation. So we're inclined to cheer the opening of any new menswear shop, even if it doesn't do anything too radical – which Sauver le Monde des Hommes doesn't. If you're looking for classic brands – Stan Smith, Saint James – this is the place for you. But if you're after something more contemporary, you'll have to make do with a small-ish range: Suit Apparel jumpers (€95), Rivieras shoes (€55), Sacrebleu tees (€45)... 

  1. 8 rue Beaurepaire, 10e
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Restaurant • Porte 12

Opened in September 2014 on a not-particularly-fancy street in the 10th arrondissement, Porte 12’s burnished bronze door leads to an intimate split-level room where chef Vincent Crépel is busy creating small masterpieces on the plate. Appropriately enough, as the building used to be a lingerie workshop. But there the resemblance ends, as this outfit is neither racy nor froufrou. The space, crowned by a flowing iron staircase, is an exercise in the best kind of understated good taste – all taupe walls, warm wood, blue banquettes and airy cages of dangling bronze lamps, with a scattering of spotlights...

  1. 12 rue des Messageries, 10e
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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