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The 10 biggest and best things happening in Paris this week

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Vivian Maier, 'Self-portrait' / © Vivian Maier / Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York / Les Douches La Galerie

Vivian Maier, 'Self-portrait' / © Vivian Maier / Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York / Les Douches La Galerie

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

Shopping • Ikio

This Greek grocery shop and caterer in the 9th arrondissement succeeds in blending hellenic exoticism with Parisian concept store eclecticism. With a bright shopfront and a refined, warm décor, this is the ideal place to go to satisfy an appetite. The grocery shop is divided from the dining area by a large marble table that seats 8 to 10 people for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or apéro.  Formerly esteemed restaurant owners in Athens, Stella and her husband set up shop in Paris in 2014. Stella cooks a range of mouthwatering Greek specialities: moussaka, stuffed cauliflower, aubergine caviar, meatballs, giant beans in tomato sauce, beans with chard or spinach and an extravagant Greek pumpkin tart... 

  1. 2 rue Milton, 9e
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Art • Toute photographie fait énigme

Art historian Michel Frizot has created a photography exhibition that is refreshingly out of the ordinary. ‘Toute photographie fait énigme’ ('every photograph is an enigma') is an alternate history of photography: Frizot and his astute group of collectors rummaged around dusty attics, car boot sales, socio-historical archives and old family photo albums to find a selection of snaps that stand out from the rest. If 'anonymous' art doesn’t usually take your fancy, this exhibition might just change your mind. The pictures on display were taken by photographers whose identities have either been forgotten or were uncredited in the press, making them beautiful visual enigmas...

  1. Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) 5-7 rue de Fourcy, 4e
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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Restaurant • L'Ecailler du Bistrot

With its beautiful old model sailing boats, lobsters, shells and bottles of sand everywhere, l’Ecailler du Bistrot feels a little like a fishing boat during the calm after the storm.Decide between, for example, incredible platters of fruits de mer, oyster selections or the lobster set menu – 12 oysters and a half lobster with fries and pudding. Aside from shellfish, there are also things like scallop carpaccio, turbot and sole meunière – but most people will plump for a gargauntuan plate of crustaceans, washed down with an excellent bottle of Cheverny blanc (€20). The glorious ritual of cracking, hulling, shelling and excavating takes you through winkles, whelks, clams, grey shrimp...

  1. 22 rue Paul Bert, 11e
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Art • Olafur Eliasson: Contact

Barely two months after opening, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has chosen Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for its very first exhibition. His spectacular, ambitious light shows, full of moving shadows and optical illusions, seem ideal to inhabit the vast open spaces inside the modern gallery. After famously installing a vast setting sun in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall with his ‘Weather Project’ in 2003, Eliasson has developed a new series of sculptures and immersive installations that question your perceptions of space. 

  1. 8 avenue Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - Bois de Boulogne, 75016
  2. Until Mon Feb 16
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Tearoom • Jacques Genin

Voted the 'best chocolatier in the world' by critic Mort Rosenblum, Jacques Génin's creations could previously only be tasted in top restaurants. But now his impressive boutique allows you to taste sur place or take a bag home. The signature eclairs and tarts glisten in glass cases, and the millefeuilles are made to order for perfect freshness. The chocolate ganaches include Menthe Amante, a two-phase taste sensation that finishes with mint leaves bursting on the tongue. One part of the vast space is given over to a tearoom, and a spiral staircase leads to the ateliers.

  1. 133 rue de Turenne, 3rd
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Art • Paris Magnum

The photographers of the Magnum agency tell the stories of Paris’s history in 150 shots. Taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raymond Depardon, Robert Capa, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud and more, the series of photos has been carefully selected and put together in an exhibition showing at the Hôtel de Ville. The ‘Paris Magnum’ exhibition is a wide-ranging portrait of Paris: from the 1930 strikes to the demonstrations of May ’68, the appearance of mini-skirts and the construction of landmarks such as the la Défense arch.

  1. 5 rue Lobau, 75004
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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Things to do • Grand Palais des Glaces

For Christmas this year, the Grand Palais is hosting an ice skating rink in its spectacular glass-roofed central hall. 1,800 square metres in size, it’s the largest rink ever created in France. There’ll be activities plenty to fill the space, including Nocturne events every night from 9pm to 2am, with DJs and light shows. Need a breather? Dedicated spaces around the rink allow for a comfortable après-ski – vin chaud optional. Price: €12 for children, free for under-3s (including skate rental), €15 for adults and €25 for Nocturne events (including skate rental).

  1. 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Bar • Barbershop

The Barbershop is a thirsty art-lovers’ landmark. Recalling Brooklyn’s trendy gallery-bars, it’s always worth the visit. Temporary exhibitions of street art decorate the walls, and canvases by young painters are for sale at affordable prices, offering great opportunities for the hard up but style-conscious looking to re-do their apartments. Visitors can even consult piles of art and design coffee table books, while comfortably installed in padded Chesterfield armchairs or in shabby chic second hand sofas.DJs mix hip-hop, funk and soul every weekend, and often for private views of the exhibitions. There’s also an affordable menu of good food, a typical menu will take in organic poached eggs en cocotte with creamed mushrooms...

  1. 68 avenue de la République, 11e
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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