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The 10 biggest and best things happening in Paris 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 see and do in Paris this week

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Café • Une souris et des hommes

Catering to your sweet tooth, your tea, your lunch and your reading needs, Une Souris et des Hommes (Of Mice and Men) was set up by a team of three Parisians in 2014. IT experts Damien and Régis left their computers behind to turn to baking, and Inès started kneading dough after finishing her political science studies. After training up with renowned chefs at Le Nôtre and Café Pouchkine, the trio started up their own business. Jazz plays in the bright tearoom and a book corner is full of browsing material. Weekend brunches will set you back €25 and include a hot drink, freshly-pressed orange or grapefruit juice, pastries and toast with homemade jams and spread...

  1. 17 rue de Maubeuge, 9e
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Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), 'Verdun', 1917 / © Paris, musée de l’Armée

Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), 'Verdun', 1917 / © Paris, musée de l’Armée

Art • Vu du front. Représenter la Grande Guerre

‘Vu du Front’ provides insight to the First World War as witnessed by those who suffered it first hand – the soldiers who were also artists, photographers, sketchers and film writers. Despite the horrors of the wartime experience, those living through it felt compelled to bear witness ‒ to the point of hand-making their own cameras, sketching on old scraps of paper, or even painting on bones. Although amateur photography was forbidden on the front by the state, hundreds of images were captured anyway. This exhibition is rich, precise and instructive...

  1. Les Invalides & Musée de l'Armée Esplanade des Invalides, 7e
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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Restaurant • Rachel's

Rachel is the force behind Rachel's Cakes, which for years has been providing Parisian restaurants with unrivalled cheesecakes, bagels, buns and other pastries. Acclaimed for her baking all over the city, in autumn 2014 Rachel stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight, opening up her very own restaurant serving updated versions of classic American diner dishes. Pickles, pecans, blue cheeses, pastrami, Oreos, smoked sweetcorn, relish, pulled pork, Black Angus ribs, bacon, and even vegetables coated in maple syrup and bourbon... 

  1. 25 rue du Pont aux Choux, 3e
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Festival • Mon Premier Festival

For Mon Premier Festival (My First Festival), Parisian cinemas have concocted a film fest for children from the age of 2 upwards. The festival encourages children to take an interest in film and provides an insight into the workings of the big screen. Over 11 cinemas are taking part, as well as the Forum des Images and the Gaîté Lyrique. Tickets cost a mere €4 per screening. The festival is in its 10th run and over 100 films will be shown, including old classics as well as new releases. Little Fugitive, Kirikou, Khumba and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are just a few of the films chosen for this colourful, very international festival...

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Shopping • British Shop

British expats looking for a home away from home could do worse than head to the plainly named British Shop. This crockery store peddles a Beatrix Potter image of the UK: Peter Rabbit-branded Wedgwood tableware, Brixton Pottery dishes with flower motifs – the works. Teapots (€20-€140), cosies (€14.50) and mugs (€15-€60) – some of them emblazoned with Union Jacks – keep up the high tea theme, and children are catered for with lunchbox sets and a cutesy Bunnykins range. The shop even stocks Christmas crackers, a product largely alien to the French population. The overall look is somewhere between pretty and tawdry... 

  1. 2 rue François Ponsard, 16e
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Gig • JEFF The Brotherhood

Despite the overt simplicity of the lyrical content, JEFF the Brotherhood’s style-sampling garage rock can be viewed in several ways: as sharpened, gutted psychedelic jams, or as reverb-soaked pop meditations with some blues shuffled in. Whatever you call it, it’s compelling, face-melting stuff.

  1. Point Ephémère 200 quai de Valmy, 10e
  2. Sun Nov 2
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Paul McCarthy, 'Santa with Tree'

Paul McCarthy, 'Santa with Tree' Photo : Svetlana Bachevanova / Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Hauser & Wirth

Art • Paul McCarthy: Chocolate Factory

Paris's former minting facility, the Monnaie de Paris, is being re-launched as a key culture hub for the city. Before the end of 2014, three Michelin-starred chef Guy Savoy will open a restaurant in the building. But until then, the Palais has been turned into a chocolate factory – chocolate chosen by Guy Savoy and sculpted by Paul McCarthy, the renowned, subversive American artist who knows how to kick up a fuss (the vandalisation and subsequent removal of his sex toy-shaped Christmas tree from a Paris square has been the scandal of this autumn). On the first floor, a Guillaume-Dupré Italian living room has been covered with prefabricated walls to create a cinema-style décor full of little chefs wearing blonde wigs and red uniforms, at work making McCarthy’s Santa and Christmas tree-shaped chocolates. It’s like Willy Wonka has landed in Paris. A series of elegant, classic rooms have been lined with shelves packed with (rather rude) chocolate figurines (available to purchase for €50). La Monnaie de Paris blends old and new, a reminder of its heritage despite its new appearance.

  1. Musée de la Monnaie de Paris 11 quai de Conti, 6e
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Festival • Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork's website started out in 1995, covering the world of independent rock. Very quickly, the webzine achieved cult status, followed by hundreds of thousands who relied on the site to discover the next big things on the indie scene, be it pop or electro-rock. But its reputation was slowly worn away by excessive underground snobbery, and today the festivals are the best places to experience Pitchfork's spirit for discovering the best new acts – including Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. The Chicago festival was founded in 2006 and was exported to Paris in 2012, when it took over the La Grande Halle de la Villette in style for its inaugural edition...

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Restaurant • Au Général Beuret

Tucked away on a lovely square in the 15th, Au Général Beuret shines with all the proud distinction of the 19th-century brigadeer it's named after. Quite literally: upon entering, your eyes will be momentarily dazzled by the gleaming neon-lined bar. Once they've adjusted, you'll discern a bustling brasserie decked out in superhero décor and abuzz with friendly locals. The food is classic heart attack fare: cheeseburgers (€12), sirloin steak (€10), chips (which come with a pint for €5.50 during happy hour), lemon meringue tarts (€4). Rock music on the stereo and an attractive terrace complete the picture. Unpretentious, unexceptional, but great fun.

  1. 9 place du Général Beuret, 15e
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Club • EKŌ

Although you’ll find Eko down the rue Saint-Fiacre, at Paris’s very centre, the experience at hand is anything but French. Parisian events team Blank took over the (ex-synagogue, ex-data centre) venue in October 2014, bringing the venue to life in its latest Japanese transfiguration. Playing crowd-pleasing house music or techno, Eko combines a saké bar, karaoke cabins and a series of felted neon lights, creating an ambiance similar to what you might expect to find on a night out in Tokyo.

  1. 14 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 2e
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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