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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

Restaurant • L'Atelier Ramey

The area around the Rue Ramey is the standard-bearer for the on-the-up 18th arrondissement, proud of its character and becoming more and more audacious. The proof, if we needed it, is in Atelier Ramey, opened by chef Nicolas Boissière and his companion Dani Maini. Embracing the trend for industrial décor with its exposed brick walls, there's also a more intimate attention to detail – like with the interesting wine cellar downstairs. At lunch, there's an affordable set menu for €19, while in the evenings there's a tasting menu only – €32 for amuse-bouche, starter, main and dessert...

  1. 23 rue Ramey, 18e
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Exhibition • Dans les prisons de Lyon

Since their construction in the 1800s, the notorious Saint-Paul and Saint-Joseph prisons in Lyon have seen the guillotine, Pétain's police, Klaus Barbie, rebellions, torture and  trafficking in food, tobacco and drugs. Closed in 2009, the sites are now destined to become offices and social housing, with a university campus scheduled to open in 2015. In the mean time, they lie empty – except for some images, despicting contained but terrible violence, that are fastened to the roughcast walls. They are the work of artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, who has been putting artworks with political and social connotations into public spaces since the 1970s...

  1. Galerie Fait & Cause 58 rue Quincampoix, 4e
  2. Until Sat May 17
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Film • Short Term 12

American critics fell hard for this thoughtful US indie about the staff of a foster care home for troubled teens: the film’s Rotten Tomatoes page is littered with words like ‘exceptional’ and  ‘devastating’. Another adjective that comes up a lot is ‘authentic’, so maybe it’s a matter of cultural disconnect (the Americans do tend to wear their emotions a little more openly than the rest us). But viewers on this side of the pond might feel more manipulated than convinced by this weighty but overwrought melodrama...

Creative co-wokring • L'Etablisienne

  • Price band: 2/4

If you've ever dreamed of living the bohemian creative dream in a Paris attic but found the practicalities a little onerous, L'Etablisienne could be for you. A co-working space designed for artisans, this clever concepy rents ready-equipped DIY workshops by the hour (from €7/hour for members – see the website for details), striking a blow for communal creativity versus Parisian rents. It teaches the skills as well – from laser cutting to 3D printing, painting and finishing, lighting, architectural restoration, leatherwork, tapestry and much more. Social and engaged, a little second hand sale corner and a cosy salon area finish off the relaxed atmosphere...

  1. 88 boulevard de Picpus, 12e
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Cinema • Popcorn Project at Club de l'Etoile

Reinventing the experience of going to the movies, the Popcorn Project at Club de l’Etoile is a ‘social cine-club’ that combines cinema with cocktails and chat: they show classic films and indie treasures (often in English with French subtitles) once a month, buoyed by cocktails, a buffet, music and plenty of discussion (in French)...

  1. 14, rue Troyon, 17e
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Exhibition • Le Musée imaginaire d'Henri Langlois

  • Critics choice

If the Cinémathèque Française's film programme rarely misfires, its exhibitions often fall a little flat. Between occasional stunners – the German Expressionism season comes to mind – we've seen some decidedly mediocre exhibitions that hardly managed to be more enlightening than your average DVD bonus featurette. Their latest venture, an homage to the Cinémathèque's legendary founder Henri Langlois (1914-1977), rises above the mean, even if it occasionally veers toward cloying hagiography...

  1. La Cinémathèque Française 51 rue de Bercy, 12e
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Restaurant • Bistrot Bellet

This is just the sort of place that was missing in the Faubourg Saint-Denis neighbourhood, a popular corner of the 10th arrondissement that is quickly opening up to gentrification as new restaurants, gourmet fast food joints and concept stores try to outdo each other. Between the hot dogs, hamburgers, Kurdish kebabs and organic chicken'n'chips, young restaurateur Nicolas Lacaze had the bright idea of setting up a joyously down-to-earth old-timer bistro. The décor gets it right: bar, scruffy tiles, wooden bistro tables and chairs, and an open kitchen ruled by a chef who has defected from the Café des Musées...

  1. 84 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 10e
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Gig • King Khan and the Shrines

Berlin-based Canadian exponents of Stooges-like garage rock, twisted funk and psychedelic soul – and sometime members of the really excellent supergroup Almighty Defenders with the Black Lips – have recorded half a dozen albums under several similar names and guarantee a sweaty good time...

  1. La Maroquinerie 23 rue Boyer, 20e
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Film • Night Moves

Writer-director Kelly Reichardt’s work walks a treacherous tightrope: her style is so remote, low-key and observational that the films rely to a large extent on performance to provide emotional weight. So far this technique has paid off, particularly with the devastating ‘Wendy and Lucy’, in which Michelle Williams delivered a harrowing portrait of a woman on the edge of society and sanity. But what happens when there’s no sympathetic central character to root for? Reichardt’s new film ‘Night Moves’ provides the answer...

Retrospective • Yasujiro Ozu

'I only know how to make tofu,' Yasujiro Ozu famously said of his films. Coming from one of the most revered Japanese directors of all time – his influence in his home country is far greater than Kurosawa's – this is a staggering understatement; but then restraint and self-effacement are what Ozu's cinema is largely about.Not unlike Mike Leigh's films in England or Eric Rohmer's in France, Ozu's oeuvre is essentially a catalogue of variations on the theme of the family and social ties, each distinguished from the others by subtle differences in cast, setting and storyline...


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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