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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

Art • Nuit Blanche

Forget back-to-school and SAD: autumn in Paris is as much about reinvigorating the community's artistic ésprit as it is about falling leaves and the end of summer. Led by the Nuit Blanche festival, held every year from 7pm 'til 7am on the first Saturday in October, the city blossoms into a fantastic harvest of art, music and theatrical events. It's an unmissable time to visit, or for resident expats to shake off their post-summer sloth and get out and enjoy the city like true Parisians. The decade-old Nuit Blanche is a free dusk 'til dawn carnival of arts and culture inspired by St Petersburg's 'White Nights', where music and the arts keep the population entertained throughout the long summer evenings…

Gig • The Libertines

Carl Barât and Pete Doherty's band of grungy indie roughnecks will be taking to a Paris stage yet again for one exclusive night at the Zénith. Their show in London this year was their first full-scale reunion since they broke up a decade ago, so it looks as though the well-publicised animosity between the band's members seems to have cooled – although it's kind of a strange time for them to get together again, what with Barat's new band, The Jackals, just beginning to mount their own musical campaign. Whatever the circumstances, you can be sure that these shows will be a blessing for the Libertines' legions of fans, who most certainly can still stand them now.

  1. Le Zénith 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Until Tue Sep 30
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Entertainment • Faust

Spreading its wicker chairs across a cute riverside terrace located beneath the Pont Alexandre III, Faust's outdoor bar jostles with its neighbours Le Flow and En Attendant Rosa for the attention of the moneyed and trendy. It’s a rather high-end affair: champagne, rosé and fashionable dress are the order of the day, even if the diner-inspired cuisine won’t set you back too much (€12 for a cheeseburger with coleslaw; less for a side salad or cheesecake). Inside, things get even fancier. A restaurant, a nightclub and a performance space jostle for your money in an impressive 700-metre-square venue. The brainchild of Iranian businessman Addy Bakhtiar…

  1. Sous le pont Alexandre III, 7e
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Brunch • Le 37 m2

In 2010 Aurélien Jegou (an actor and director) and Costya Chen (a painter) embarked on a culinary adventure with Taiwanese pastry chef Yi Lin Leballeur, who had previously worked with Guy Savoy. Today, Le 37 m2 boasts a loyal customer base and excellent press reviews. But despite the restaurant’s growing reputation and a rather modest space, you won’t have to endure a half-hour queue to enjoy the exceptional Franco-Taiwanese brunch. The décor is smart and airy, and complements the food – starting with an unsalted bun served piping hot with homemade jams (blackberry, raspberry, mango), accompanied by a perfect oolong tea from Taiwan…

  1. 66-68 rue Rodier, 9e
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Shopping • Oh My Cream!

It's hard not to fall for Oh My Cream!, with its teasing name and row upon row of immaculately arranged cosmetic products hailing from the four corners of the globe. After the internet, this boutique is your best bet for niche brands of skin cream – some thirty in total, representing countries from Australia to Colombia. Organic and ethical products are privileged, and your experience comes first: as resident beautician Cécile tells us, the emphasis is on helping customers find the right products for them, and the staff never go for the hard sell. Everyone is entitled to a free 30-minute consultation, which can be extended in the downstairs salon with a 30-minute facial (€45)…

  1. 3 rue de Tournon, 6e
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Café • Loustic

Loustic is a relatively new face on the Parisian coffee scene, but it’s already made its mark. Owner Channa Galhenage is a flat cap-wearing Londoner with a sharp eye for trends: his first masterstroke was to hire designer Dorothée Meilichzon (of hip design studio CHZON) to do up the place. Sexy design lamps, geometric patterns, huge cushions and deep bamboo chairs give the slightly poky venue a voguish coating. Throw in the arty Marais address, the eclectic international food on offer (if quiche represents France and kale chips America) and the mood jazz on the sound system, and you’ve got yourself a hipster hangout par excellence. The layout of the café is a bit awkward…

  1. 40 Rue Chapon, 3e
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Art • Marcel Duchamp: La peinture, même

It's easy to forget that the man whose work sounded the first death knell for painting was himself, at the outset, a painter. Here's a reminder, then, from the Centre Pompidou: an exhibition of Marcel Duchamp's early paintings, including some very rare works on loan from the States. Keep an eye out for his epochal 'Nude Descending a Staircase'.

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Until Mon Jan 5
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Food truck • Bien Fait

Not a few gastro vans have cropped up on the city's boulevards since the Parisians first acquired a taste of street food a couple of years ago. Yet Bien Fait ('well done' or – more ironically – 'serves you right') stands out for the sheer quality of its victuals, lovingly prepared and elegantly served in a takeaway box. The brainchild of Didier Bille, ex-engineer and peacekeeper, Bien Fait has been quietly making a name for itself since first appearing in June 2014. When we tracked it down at its Monday home by La Javelle, we understood why: we were greeted with a pretty setting, a beaming welcome and an appealingly simple menu. The choice is between two courses for €13 or three for €17…

  1. Port de Javel Bas, 15e
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Film • The Tribe

It would take an expert in phonemics to pronounce Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's name. It's perhaps for the best, then, that nobody speaks in his debut feature film. Shot entirely in sign language – without any subtitles – this atmospheric thriller set in an institution for deaf and mute teenagers promises to be an intense and disturbing experience, whether or not you have the ability to hear. We won't reveal too much here – suffice to say that drugs, prostitution and physical violence all feature. A complex attack on society’s approach to deafness, this is also a hard-hitting and unrelenting crime story.

Museums • Free entry on Sunday

Mark a star in your diaries for every first Sunday of the month in Paris – since 2000, the city's national museums (with the exception of the Grand Palais, but including such behemoths as the Louvre and the Orsay and offbeat treasures like the Musée Albert Kahn) have opened their doors to the public for absolutely no charge. As you can imagine, the intiiative has been enormously popular, and it's wise to start queueing early. All the museums below participate in the free opening scheme, so you can plan endless hours of cultural viewing without spending a single euro.


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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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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