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The Time Out Paris hot list

Our weekly selection of the 10 best things to do in Paris

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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 do in Paris this week

Event • Chinese New Year in Paris

Parades, spectacles and enormous amounts of superb food are all guaranteed for 2016’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Paris, which this year falls on February 8. Consider booking well ahead for a meal in a high end restaurant. 2016’s Year of the Monkey celebrations – a zodiac sign promising intelligence and charm – promises to be just as spectacular as ever. Different Paris arrondissements bedeck themselves out à la Chinoise for a day...

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By: Time Out editors

Restaurants • Fric Frac

‘Fric Frac’ is the sound a knife makes as it slices through toasted bread and scrapes butter over the surface. Such onomatopoeic phrases are scattered all over the walls here, giving the restaurant the air of a page in a comic book. And they all refer to the star of the show: the croque-monsieur. Joining the ranks of the popular trend for restaurants serving only one dish, Fric Frac know they have to get it right. Everything is fresh and home-made, naturally, while the bread comes from the ovens of Frédéric Lalos, a winner of the prestigious ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ award...

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10th arrondissement

Art • George Shiras: L'Intérieur de la Nuit

The idea of Paris’s eccentric hunting museum might not be to everyone’s taste, but the impressive Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is well worth the visit. Not only is the museum home to a striking collection of stuffed lions and bears, but it is also often plays host to impressive temporary exhibitions.Take L’Intérieur de la Nuit (‘Inside the Night’), showcasing the work of American photographer George Shiras (1859-1942). A hunter who swapped his gun for a camera, Shiras spent four decades capturing his former prey on film at night, racking up an impressive 2,400 shots at no detriment to the wildlife concerned...

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Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature , The Marais Until Sunday February 14 2016

Event • Pancake Day in Paris

Shrove Tuesday in Paris is as much an excuse for no-holds-barred pancake consumption as it is elsewhere. But of course, Paris is the city of the crêpe, making it the ideal place to get stuck in to a perfect plate of pancakes this Pancake Day, February 9 2016....

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By: Time Out editors

Art • Arlene Gottfried, l'insouciance d'une époque

Arlene Gottfried's warm and cheerful photographs of ’70s and ’80s New York are suffused with nostalgia for those easy-going decades. She shows the Big Apple at its most diverse and colourful, a true social mosaic in which communities mix happily on Riis Park Beach, bodybuilders sitting next to Orthodox Jews or grandmothers next to hunky young men in their underpants (‘Angel and Woman on Boardwalk’). Very much at ease with themselves, most of Gottfried’s posed subjects stare fixedly into the lens, as in the image of two androgynous brothers walking along Coney Island...

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Until Saturday March 5 2016

Restaurants • Pierre Sang on Gambey

The only thing that’s certain at Pierre Sang on Gambey is the number of dishes you’ll consume – two, three, four or six courses, priced between €20 and €48 at lunchtime and €49 to €88 in the evening. Once you’ve chosen, the wait staff bring your dishes, but don’t tell you what was in in them until you’ve finished. This sort of conceit makes the experience one big mystery, and means that every plate invites careful tasting and discussion...

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11th arrondissement

Events • Valentine’s Day in Paris

You’ve checked out Paris’s myriad romantic shops, one of its top-notch restaurants, and maybe even watched a classic lovey-dovey film. Now all that’s needed is something to really make this February 14 in Paris one to remember, like an apocalyptic zombie escape game, getting massaged on a swing, or perhaps a be-bop and lindy hop lesson. Check out some of the most original Valentine’s Day events and activities on offer in Paris this year...

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By: Elsa Pereira

Music • Angel Haze

Young MC Haze (who identifies as agender) does things a bit differently even by the standards of New York’s burgeoning queer rap scene. Back in 2013 they leaked their debut album ‘Dirty Gold’ before release after a falling-out with Republic Records – it sold poorly but showcased their furious flow and suggests that they’re one of the most talented MCs of their generation. Their new full-length ‘Back to the Woods’ (released on an indie label this time) should feature heavily in this live set...

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Until Thu Feb 11

Art • La Fête du Graphisme 2016

Sometimes labelled a ‘museum city’ by its detractors, Paris celebrates the start of a new year with a funky six week makeover (from January 6-February 17) as part of the third edition of the Fête du Graphisme. Inviting forty or so cutting-edge poster designers to showcase their latest creations in various public spaces – from the Hôtel de Ville to the Cité Internationale des Arts – the festival this year aims to celebrate the brilliance of Parisian urban life, while also tackling social, political and environmental issues...

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By: Huw Oliver

Bars & pubs • Le HasBeen

For the perfect neighbourhood cafe, look no further than the pretty HasBeen bar at the intersection of Rue Saint-Maur and Rue Claude Vellefaux in the 10th arrondissement. The owners Hasan and Benjamin are warm and friendly and welcome you with a range of affordable beers (€3.50 for a pint of Pelforth and €4.50 for a pint of Delirium during happy hour). Drink up as you play board games, hang out with friends, and snack on charcuterie and cheese, all while curled up in one of the venue’s cosy armchairs...

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10th arrondissement

Comments

9 comments
lala m
lala m

Do not even think about visitng Georges the restuarnat at the Pompidou. Lots of ridiculous looking waiters whose brains are somewhere else. 

we had the worst service, terrible food at overinflated prices. . when we told the matire d that our waiter was not bringing food or wine as ordered he started to argue with us. Scallops---36 euro were six frozen scallops cooked with no seasoning and no vegetables and a bowl of undercooked rice..Cod was a greasy mess of something tasting like fish. .... Avoid at all costs 

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!!

Dubqi
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