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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 • La Fête du Graphisme

Wide-ranging graphic art festival La Fête du Graphisme enlivens the streets of Paris from bus shelters to the Gaîté Lyrique, the MK2 Bibliothèque and the Cité Internationale des Arts. Henning Wagenbreth, Charles Burns, Moulinex, Robert Crumb, Kazumasa Nagaï are just a few of the names on show. The Cité Internationale des Arts is hosting three exhibitions: bright utopian prints by graphic artists Wagenbreth and Nagaï, a display of graphically elaborate books and an exhibit of underground publications (think comics, fanzines and self-published books) printed since the 1960s. Revel in this celebration of counter-cultural creativity that reveals how powerful graphic satire can be...

Shopping • Sadio-Bee

Senegalese designer Sadio Bee creates highly wearable pieces in African batik patterns (the shirts, dresses and suits are all familiar shapes for Western dressers). His brightly-painted little boutique has been a friendly fixture on the hip Rue Sainte-Marthe since 1999, even putting on its own annual fashion show. His workshop is just opposite the boutique; lengths of cloth hang from the ceiling, draped over an array of sewing machines, sketches and catwalk photographs of his fashion line. These well-cut, brilliantly bright pieces are just the thing to add zip to even the most adventurous wardrobe – and Sadio Bee will talk you through it all with great charm.

  1. 12 rue Sainte-Marthe, 10e
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Restaurant • 52 Faubourg Saint-Denis

With its location in a former butcher's shop, its understated but chic concrete-and-downlights décor, its no reservations policy, hip good-looking staff and all-day menu, the third venue from Charles Compagnon (after Le Richer and L'Office) seems as much the result of a hospitality trends conference as the coup de coeur of a Parisian restaurateur. But none the worse for that, as long as you time it carefully. On a freezing Tuesday in January every table was taken by 8pm, but service is non-stop from 8am until midnight so you can avoid the peak times. We enjoyed the big, airy space and the concise menu...

  1. 52, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 10e arrondissement
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Art • Lumières: Carte blanche à Christian Lacroix

Set in the centre of the Marais between a cluster of chic modern galleries, the Musée Picasso, the MAHJ and the Carnavalet, the Musée Cognacq-Jay has long suffered from the local competition and a slightly dusty image. Dedicated to the collection of 17th-century objects and artworks of Samaritaine founder Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay, the museum has struggled to find its place in the Parisian cultural landscape – until now. As of early 2015, it has re-opened after several months of inspired renovations, and is completely reinvigorated. The carte blanche offered to Christian Lacroix to celebrate...

  1. Musée Cognacq-Jay 8 rue Elzévir, 3e
  2. Until Sun Apr 19
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Café • Strada Café

Just a few steps away from Beaubourg, there’s a place you can park your books and your laptop and settle in for an afternoon. This petite café boasts free Wi-Fi, a mix of comfortable chairs and desk-like arrangements and a variety of different coffees and teas. The coffee menu caters to both anglophones and French, proven by the fact that they differentiate between a café crème, a café au lait and a cappuccino. They’ve also got an alcohol license so you can grab a beer if the work gets too much. If you come at lunchtime you can take your pick from one of the delicious salads (complete with homemade dressing) or homemade savoury tarts such as the leek and bacon...

  1. 94 rue du Temple, 3e
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Film • Contes et Féeries

Surprise your iPad-addicted offspring with a series of silent film screenings for kids at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé in the 13th arrondissement. 'Contes et Féeries' ('Stories and Fairy tales') takes place twice a week, inviting film lovers from the age of six upwards to come and enjoy early adaptations of classics such as 'Cinderella', 'Tom Thumb', 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'Aladdin'. A world away from the catchy soundtracks and visual complexity of recent Disney releases, these silent films made during the early 1900s are an alternative introduction to the world of cinema for children. Talented young pianist Thomas Ospital plays along to the images...

Gig • Feu! Chatterton

The first tracks released by this duo showcase their tense, sombre music, equal parts Noir Désir and Connan Mockasin.

  1. Espace Michel Berger 2, rue du Président Georges Pompidou, 95110
  2. Fri Jan 30
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Bars • Paris Cocktail Week

January 24-31 From January 24 to 31, Paris will be brimming with umbrella-topped drinks. So if you ever needed a good reason to hit up a few cocktail bars, here’s a fantastic one. The city’s very first cocktail fest organised by Eric Fossard and Thierry Daniel will play out over 35 top Parisian bars including the Sherry Butt, Syndicat, Dirty Dick, the Experimental Cocktail Club and Candelaria. These spots will serve up cocktails at mouth-wateringly low prices when you flash the bartender a Cocktail Week pass (free and available to print out here). The event will also bring cocktails to unexpected venues – think cinemas, barbershops and tattoo parlours...

Restaurant • Clover

This tiny little restaurant, opened in December 2014, carries a heavy load of expectation on its very narrow shoulders. Not only does it have the thrill of being the love child of highly sought-after chef and restaurateur Jean-François Piège (whose eponymous restaurant at the Hôtel Thoumieux was awarded two Michelin stars in 2011) and his wife Elodie, it has received almost universal raves in the press, and despite its 'discreet' opening, we had to make do with a two week wait for a lunchtime seating. What it offers is an intimate exploration of Piège's highly accomplished contemporary European cooking. Wonderfully, it manages to be sustaining, adventurous, healthy and even fun, all at the same time...

  1. 5, Rue Perronet, 7e arrondissement
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Gigs • Festival Sons d'hiver

Paris's banlieues all too often suffer from a bad rep (just ask Fox News), but the reality is far more complex and inspiring. And what better example than jazz festival Sons d'Hiver - now in its 24th edition, the endlessly popular event holds the bulk of its shows in the suburban Val-de-Marne area of southeast Paris. For 2015, there's an eclectic and exciting line up of jazz musicians, starting with saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp and Peter Brötzmann, the pianist and flautist Brian Jackson (who will perform his old friend Gil Scott-Heron's soul and jazz repertoire), and French musicians Louis Sclavis and Bernard Lubat...


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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