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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

Things to do • Gourmet Christmas shopping

Gluttonous gourmands, this one's for you. Extraordinary volumes of well-fed turkeys, luxurious foie gras and fresh oysters are shifted through the French capital during the Christmas season, as no well-dressed festive table will be seen without them. Ferret out yours at these top-quality purveyors... Salmon Des saumons et des ailes Head to Des Saumons et des Ailes for a glut of festive treats that are available all year round, like organic smoked wild salmon from Denmark, Norway, Scotland and the last traditional smoker in France. The fish are sliced on site for extra freshness... 

Choirs • Gospel Dream

The Gospel Dream choir bring their authentic African-American songs to the churches of Paris for Christmas this year, accompanied by a pianist and a trumpet player. Expect soulful melodies, emphatic lord-praising, intense solos and some great harmonies – these shows will get your festive juices flowing if anything will. If singers in huge violet robes praising the lord in song sounds like your kind of fun, then head down to the Eglise Saint-Roch, l'Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près, l'Eglise de la Madeleine or the American Cathedral just off the Champs-Elysées. No doubt this will be some of the biggest action these pews have ever seen...

  1. Eglise St-Roch 296 rue Saint-Honoré, 1er
  2. Until Thu Dec 31
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Sledging • Charléty sur Neige

This year during the Christmas season, the Charléty stadium will become a winter wonderland for children. Sledding and a snow garden for making snowmen will accompany other physical activities like climbing walls and trampolines. This is the place to keep the Christmas cheer going once presents are open on Christmas Day.

  1. Stade Charléty 17, avenue Pierre de Coubertin, 75013
  2. Wed Dec 24 - Sat Jan 3
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Shopping • Botou

Little feet are well catered for at this snazzy shoe boutique at the heart of the 9th arrondissement. With its eclectic range of designs by quality European makes, Botou stands out from the crowd: out with the Made in China brands, in with the likes of Brilla, Orca, Tip Toey Joey and Pom d’Api. Retro designs share shelf space with modern styles: from moccasins to pumps, boots, Aigle wellies, Bensimon tennis shoes and Hummel trainers. Here’s hoping the little ones won’t grow too fast, because these products will set you back a fair few euros: winter shoe prices range from €70 to €130, and summer pairs from €50 to €90. The manager will happily help you with sizes...

  1. 20 rue Milton, 9e
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Bar • Moonshiner

Strangely, few Parisian bars have had the same idea as Moonshiner. The concept is simple and has been popular for a long time in London, New York and Berlin: the secret. Behind a telephone box, underneath a kebab shop or on the other side of Smeg fridge, these ‘speakeasy’ bars are inspired by the clandestine drinking spots of prohibition-era America, tucked away in odd places that the passing drinker would never discover if he didn’t already know it was there. The more hidden the bar, the better. And so, to get to Mooshiner, you first have to make your way through the restaurant Pizza Da Vito, then push your way through the metal door of the walk-in fridge... 

  1. 5, rue Sedaine, 75011
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Restaurant • Les Pinces

When was the last time you dug your teeth into some lobster? Expensive and hard to find, Iit’s hardly an everyday dish, even for the most gastronome Parisians – though the four friends behind Les Pinces are doing their best to change that. Passionate about the king of crustaceans, friends Vivien, Louis, Rémy and Damien set up Les Pincesthe restaurant in 2014 with a view to. sSelling fresh lobster-based dishes at affordable prices, they’ve succeeded in putting the delicacy back on our plates.  The formula is working: Les Pinces is always buzzing and customers are well taken care of by the chatty andthe helpful staff keep things running smoothly...

  1. 29 rue du Bourg Tibourg, 4e
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Stage • Cuisine & confessions

How many acrobats does it take to bake a cake? It’s a question most of us have never asked. Yet Québécois circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main makes us eager to find out in Cuisine et Confessions, a show that invites us into the kitchen for an evening of cooking, storytelling and breathtaking acrobatics. Lazy breakfasts, family dinners, decadent desserts or late-night snacks with a friend: the idea of the meal as a ritual that underpins human relationships is at the heart of Cuisines et Confessions. In a nod to Proust, the show eloquently makes a case for the strong association between dishes and memories. The troupe features everything from a trapeze artist to a Chinese pole acrobat, a juggler and gymnasts...

  1. La Cigale 120 boulevard de Rochechouart, 18e
  2. Until Sat Jan 3
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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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Film • 20,000 Days on Earth

‘This is my 20,000th day on Earth,’ says Australian rock musician and writer Nick Cave as we see him waking up in a luxurious bed and baring his chest in the mirror. What are we watching? Is this ‘At Home with Nick Cave – The Royalties Years’? Far from it. Like much in this smart and deliriously strange film, the opening scene embraces a familiar tic of the music doc (here, the pretence of intimacy) but manages both to reject and rework it in inspiring ways. Put it this way: we don’t then see Cave take a crap or boil an egg. The film preserves his public face, even reinforces it, while also managing to offer a no-nonsense and revealing take on living and working as an artist...


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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