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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

To the zoo • Parc Zoologique

After five long years of renovation work, the Parc Zoologique (known colloquially as the Zoo de Vincennes) is back in business. Regular patrons of the old zoo are in for a shock: the venue's been subjected to a radical redesign in which nothing, bar the 65m Grand Rocher centerpiece and of course the beasts themselves, has been spared. Visitors are now greeted by spots of woodland, a greenhouse, an aviary and five 'biozones', all of it brand spanking new and up to the ethical standards of the day. Efforts have been made to grant the animals more living space and promote the protection of endangered species...

  1. 53 Avenue de Saint-Maurice
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Restaurant • Le Pavillon du Lac

In the middle of the Parc Buttes Chaumont, the Pavilion du Lac and the park’s five other pavilions opened in 1868. Restored in 2010 after lying abandoned for ten years, it has been transformed into a high class restaurant with chef Fabien Borgel in the kitchen. For a sunny Sunday, reserve one of the tables on the beautiful terrace, in front of the pavilion or in the garden to the left. In winter, there’s a choice between the cosy, elegant downstairs dining room or the equally comfortable one upstairs, behind a big glass window. Either way, you’ll enjoy being surrounded by the park’s greenery...

  1. Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 19e
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Dance • Russia

Since 2008, the Spanish company La Veronal has been putting on a country- or city-themed show almost every year. Sweden, Finland, Copenhagen, Maryland and Siena, for example, have all been explored in previous performances. 'Russia', created in 2011, now comes to the Chaillot theatre to complete the choreographic world tour. Set on the Lake Baikal, the deepest in the world, its protagonists are travellers stuck in their car, dropped into the vastness of the Russian landscape with its glacial temperatures...

  1. Théâtre National de Chaillot 1 place du Trocadéro, 16e
  2. Until Fri Apr 18
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Things to do • The banlieues

When François Hollande's culture minister described London as a 'suburb of Paris', she didn't mean it as a compliment to either. Her point was that London is an uglier, more dangerous version of the French capital; at a stroke, she'd denigrated her Anglo-Saxon neighbours and encapsulated Parisians' often contemptuous view of their own suburbs. We're going to turn the comparison on its head: the much maligned banlieue of the French capital is effectively a major city in its own right, in terms of both population – roughly ten million to central Paris's two – and the cultural activity that such a large bulk of people entails...

Music • Disquaire Day

Launched in Paris in 2011, Disquaire Day (the Parisian version of Record Store Day) was an instant success – by 2012, the participants numbered 176 record stores and 150 artists. The idea is simple: celebrate the independent music scene with new and limited edition releases from underground acts, plus a hefty helping of gigs and events. The best day of the year to go for a browse and discover new music in Paris...

Film • Rio 2

Carlos Saldanha is all heart. From the ‘Ice Age’ series, which the Brazilian co-directed, through to his new ‘Rio’ franchise, every movie he makes is stuffed with warmth, charm and simple but effective lessons about family, responsibility and friendship. Sure, they can tip over into sentimentality – there’s a lullaby scene in ‘Rio 2’ that’ll have cynics reaching for sick bags – but there’s no denying the integrity. ‘Rio 2’ finds our avian hero Blue (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) living happily with his wife and chicks in Brazil. But when an entire flock of their rare species, the Spix’s Macaw, is discovered deep in the Amazon...

Clubbing • WIHMini Festival

For the fourth year in a row, WIHMini Festival brings together some of the biggest names on the international electro scene. The venue is new – massive Champs-Elysées club Le Zig Zag – but the range of sounds is as energising as ever. Expect house, tech house, techno, minimal and other electro-futurist hybrids, all getting the crowds moving on one of Paris's biggest dancefloors...

Drinking guide • Beer in Paris

The French live on wine, celebrate with champagne, and crack out the crème de cassis in their mellower moments; yet until recently, their passion for booze didn't quite extend to beer. But in Paris, a new fad for beer merchants and craft breweries is changing things. No longer are thirsty tourists from Nordic countries obliged to make do with ludicrously priced half-pints of Kronenbourg – suddenly suds looms lager than life over the capital's bar scene, as Parisians indulge a newfound obsession with artisanal ales and other malty alternatives to their beloved wine...

Exhibition • Robert Adams

Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon — the work of Robert Adams is inextricably tied to the landscapes that it depicts. Grand horizons, breathtaking scenery, fields that stretch all the way to vanishing point… and in their midst: man, dirty and rowdy. In Adams’ oeuvre, the American Midwest becomes the site of a struggle between an Edenic nature and the motorways, shopping centres and nuclear plants that threaten to devour it. Urbanisation and all its attendant problems form the central theme; we witness eerie suburbs, shadowy figures in the streets, factories spewing smoke into the atmosphere...

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Until Sun May 18
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Out and about • Secret parks in Paris

Make the most of the sunshine and discover these hidden green corners of the city...


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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