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Decamp to the Abbaye de Maubuisson for an atmospheric Sunday picnic

Decamp to the Abbaye de Maubuisson for an atmospheric Sunday picnic © BastienM

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

Day Trip • Cultural Picnics

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe that picnics are all about Babybels and Peperamis, and those who are of the opinion that one can nourish the soul while stuffing the stomach. By opening this page, you've fallen into the latter category. Welcome – and congratulations: you can now skip the Buttes-Chaumont and head straight for the best of Paris's alternative picnic spots. Eager to sip your beer in the cool shade of a medieval abbey? Wanna know what those Babybels taste like when mixed with a helping of cutting-edge street art? Look no further…

Film • The Fault in Our Stars

  • Rated as: 4/5

This adaptation of John Green’s bestselling 2012 young adult novel about a teenage girl in love and living with cancer is far from the shameless emotional pummelling it might have been. It finds its own understated way to earn tears, and that’s a tricky thing to pull off given the material. The film’s linchpin is actress Shailene Woodley (already the saviour of several iffy films, including ‘Divergent’). Her effortless regular-girl charm turns oxygen-tank-carrying Hazel into a fully fleshed-out teenager. Even as Hazel meets and falls for upbeat charmer Gus (Ansel Elgort, Woodley’s ‘Divergent’ co-star) in a kids cancer support group…

Shopping/Café • Walrus

  • Price band: 2/4

Like its mammalian namesake, Walrus is something of a rarity in Paris: a record shop that doubles up as​ a bar-cum-café. The concept is rooted in necessity: record sales just don't pay the rent nowadays. To judge by its spacious layout and gleaming fittings, Walrus seems designed with the coffee-drinking flâneur in mind; the impressive range of rock and indie LPs notwithstanding, people mostly come here to chat and chill rather than jam. Beer, coffee and that great emblem of Berlin rave culture Club Maté are all stocked. And if you've come for the music, fear not: listening booths are on hand…

  1. 34 ter rue de Dunkerque, 10e
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Gig • KRS-One

An American MC from Brooklyn, KRS-One is one of the pioneers of US rap. Rebellious and militant, his provocative lyrics are very politicised. 'Sound of da Police' and 'MC's Act Like They Don't Know' remain his most well-known songs, lauded by the New York rap scene. In 2012, KRS-One brought out his new album 'The BDP Album', which he has performed internationally, and which we'll be able to hear live at Batofar on the 26th August.

  1. Batofar Face au 11 quai François Mauriac, 13e
  2. Tue Aug 26
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Restaurant • Yard

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Run by a culinary supergroup that includes chefs from Au Passage and Bones, Yard promises – and roundly delivers – good things. The good things in question include a range of carefully prepared dishes, an interesting selection of wines and artisanal beers and fair prices. The food is the stuff of experienced chefs, deftly tailored to the season and at times creative. The set menu (around €30, or €18 at lunchtime) changes daily; we were treated to a creamy gaspacho, followed by a tuna steak seasoned with tomatoes, salicornia and a sumptuous apricot sauce, and capped with a lethally good grilled peach and fromage frais combo…

  1. 6 rue de Mont-Louis, 11e
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Festival • Rock en Seine

Launched in 2003, the Rock en Seine festival in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud park west of Paris is the city's premier annual rock festival – something like the French Glastonbury, albeit with more taste. The lineup for the 2014 edition (22, 23 and 24 August) verges on the absurd: Arctic Monkeys, Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Blondie and The Prodigy are but the headliners…

Exhibition • Star Wars Identités

Star Wars fans can delight: the Cité du Cinéma exhibition lets visitors see inside the fantastically detailed world of the films. On display are the original costumes of Darth Vador or Chewbacca, and over 200 cult objects from the set that have been specially loaned to the museum by George Lucas. Interactive and whizzing with cool technology, this exhibition even has a section where you can try on an electronic bracelet, create your own character and then see on which side of the Force your allegiances really lie...

  1. 20 rue Ampère, 93200
  2. Until Sun Oct 5
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Bar • Charlie

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Two euros don't get you far in the capital: they'll stretch to the cheapest sandwich in Franprix, or one métro trip plus a couple of carambars, but no further. Unless you're hanging out at Charlie, whose owner Charlotte has struck upon the novel idea of selling half pints for the unheard-of price of €2 (or pints for €4). All night long. Music and conversation flow as freely as the brown stuff in this affable joint, where the sofas are comfy and acoustic guitars are laid out for customer use. Beerophobes can opt for a cocktail (€5 during happy hour) – classics are served alongside more elaborate creations courtesy of Charlotte…

  1. 29 rue de Cotte, 12e
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Film • Summer Comedy Club

Every summer, Wanderlust sets up its own comedy-only film festival. Films are projected in the open air every Monday evening as the sun goes down, and the best part? It's all free. The programme has been produced in collaboration with Les Inrocks, presented by Jacky Goldberg and Léo Soesanto. The selection includes the likes of 'Napoleon Dynamite', Ben Stiller's 'Tropic Thunder' and Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip'. You get the idea. And if the mood takes you, you can even have a dance before or after the screening - check out Wanderlust's weekly Monday soirée until 2am, Lundi dis moi OUI…

Shopping • Gloss and Milk

  • Price band: 3/4

With its block pastel colours and tasteful aesthetic, Gloss and Milk is an accessory shop for toddlers that will mums will find irresistible. The shop stocks practical objects – sleepers (€60), cushions – alongside decorative items and toys – star-shaped stickers, colouring books, concertina paper sets and the like (most of them marketed at girls). With such a range of stock, you'll be able to find something in any price bracket; if you're willing to splash out, the shop will even organise your little one's birthday party. The one bum note is the mothers' section, which offers a selection of overpriced necklaces and shoulder bags (think €150+)…

  1. 26 rue Guersant, 17e
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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