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Art • Niki de Saint Phalle

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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

Bar • Le Fleurus

As the rest of the 14th arrondissement goes to bed, Le Fleurus keeps the party going till the small(ish) hours for the benefit of local students. Come the evening, residents of the Cité Universitaire flock here to grab dinner and a drink to the strains of the various rock, folk and world bands who play here almost daily. On Friday nights musical standards drop dramatically as punters take to the mic for the wildly popular karaoke night. Come here on your birthday with six people, and you'll get a free bottle of champers.

  1. 10 boulevard Jourdan, 14e
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Film • Leviathan

This is a whale of a movie, grotesque and a little bloated but impossible to ignore. Its power and its horrors sneak up on you. It's a contemporary Russian tale, set on the shores of the Barents Sea, about the unholy powers of the state and the church bearing down on one man, Kolia (Alexey Serebryakov) and his family, after he dares to challenge an attempt by the local mayor, Vadim (Roman Maydanov), to take his home from him. The film's title borrows from that of political philosopher Thomas Hobbes's greatest work and helps itself to his view that life would 'nasty, brutish and short' without good government and an organised society. It's a tragedy with a hint of black comedy…

Restaurant • Les Bancs Publics

If you haven’t yet discovered the further reaches of the Canal de l'Ourcq – stretching as it does beyond the cosy cluster of shops and restaurants on the Canal Saint Martin and all the way up past La Rotonde to La Villette and beyond – Les Bancs Publics is a very good reason to go the extra mile or so. Newly opened in September 2014, this smart bistro with its inventive menu is easy-going enough to fit with both the area’s alternative crowds and its street art-heavy façades, the shinier pleasures of the avant-garde structures at Parc de La Villette, and the offbeat cultural outpost L’eau et les rêves, a barge-based bookshop moored nearby. A simple L-shaped space with a busy bar…

  1. 2, Rue de Nantes, 19e arrondissement
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Shopping • L’eau et les rêves

What do you get when you marry a sailor and a book buyer? A book barge, naturally. Named after a philosophical work by Gaston Bachelard published in 1942, couple project L’eau et les rêves launched briefly in April 2014 but was then obliged by the bylaws of the Paris canals to travel for a few months before returning to its habitual mooring on Quai de l’Oise in September. This second, more established opening gives it a chance to make a name for itself, as well it should. Unlike British narrowboats, a Parisian péniche glories in space, and the team behind this floating library, café and activity centre have embraced the nautical theme with fabulous results. There’s a kids area, theatre workshops…

  1. Quai de l'Oise, 19e arrondissement
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Gig • Sylvan Esso

Folksy electronic duo Sylvan Esso, comprising vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn, garnered attention last year with hypnotic first single "Hey Mami." The pair performs here after the success of their self-titled debut album, which came out in May this year.

  1. Badaboum 2 bis rue des Taillandiers, 11e
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Art • Niki de Saint Phalle

Luckily, the Grand Palais is big enough to house Niki de Saint Phalle’s (1930-2002) enormous works. The high priestess of sculpture, New Realism and gunpowder (she’s famous for her gun performances/paintings, ‘Tirs’), this exhibition brings together Saint Phalle’s giant robots, female figures, strong colours and mechanical assemblages created with her partner, Jean Tinguely. It’s bound to be a thrilling show.

  1. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 8e
  2. Until Sun Jan 18
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Brunch • Koff

Run by a friendly young couple, Jade and David Koff, in a street that winds between the Trois Frères and the Abbesses, Koff is a lovely New York style deli. It's been entirely renovated from its previous incarnation as Living B’art, with an elegant DIY décor – even the pictures on the walls are the work of the owner, artist Resnik. It creates a cosy atmosphere that’s the ideal setting for the menu's bagels, burgers, Ashkenazi specialties and Russian dishes. Koff attracts the Montmartre set with its hearty brunch for €21 including coffee or tea, orange juice, muffins, scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and smoked salmon. Plus, the desserts are spectacular…

  1. 15 rue la Vieuville, 18e
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Nightlife • Tokyo-Paris music night

Ever the envelope-pushers, the team at Centquatre have teamed up with Arte to put on a night of music from France and Japan as part of the Festival Temps d'Image. Heading the bill is Jun Miyake (no relation to Issey), whose jazz-inflected experimentalism has attracted the attention of David Byrne and Grace Jones. Also performing tonight are Sublime, a French singer who collaborated with Miyake on the track 'Tokyo je t'aime'; Maïa Barouh, a Franco-Japanese singer-songwriter-dancer and daughter of renowned composer Pierre; and a score of enticing DJ sets. The party promises to go on till the rising sun.

  1. 104 (Centquatre) 104 rue d'Aubervilliers et 5 rue Curial, 19e
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Day trip • Family parks

The six-storey Haussmann buildings and relentless traffic of central Paris can feel claustrophobic at the best of times, so when you have a family in tow escape is often the only thing on your mind. Luckily you don't have to travel far to find sprawling parks, where the kids can let off steam while you catch your breath. So make the most of the summer before its dying breath blows the leaves off the trees, and take the family down to one of these gorgeous green spaces next weekend. Are we there yet?

Bar • Le Vieux Léon

Few of the bars around the Halles market provoke a desperate desire to stop and have a drink. They tend to be cold, unwelcoming dives squeezed between two kebab shops and full of the forum’s shoppers, practically encouraging the passer-by to hurry on past. But that’s not counting Le Vieux Léon, a charming little neighbourhood bar that fills your outstretched arms with well-priced pints, charcuterie boards and free concerts. Even better, it also hosts a weekly quiz with a bottle of champagne offered to the most knowledgeable music lover – though beware, the winner has to organise the next week’s quiz, complete with esoteric bonus questions…

  1. 18 rue de la Grande Truanderie, 1er
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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