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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

Café • Le Comptoir Urbain

A cut above your average café, the Urbain brothers' second venue (after Bistro Urbain) has a comforting home-cooked-supper vibe, with soups and plats du jour served straight off the stove. Steel saucepans and cooking utensils hang from the ceiling above the counter, bringing together the pared-back décor of mirrors and white brick walls. The hot meal of the day might be a generous portion of perfectly spiced chicken and olive tagine, flavoured with ginger and sprigs of sage on a bed of tabbouleh (€9.50), while gourmet sandwiches (€7-8) are things along the lines of ham, herb Philadelphia, olive and onion confit, or blue cheese, pear and fig tapenade between slices of homemade bread... 

  1. 12, Le Comptoir Urbain, Rue du Paradis, 75010
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Exhibition • David Bowie is

Fame, fascination, the evolution of the rebel rebel, along with the ch-ch-ch-changes Bowie made to his lyrics, scratching out words and scribbling in others, come under the spotlight, together with the Brixton lad's stage costumes and instruments. The popular V&A show is coming to Paris at last as one of the very first exhibitions showing at the city's new Philharmonie. Exploring Bowie’s career as a musical innovator and mercurial cultural icon, the exhibition looks at his influence on music, fashion and art through the decades through some 300 objects. Bowie as photographed by the likes of Brian Duffy and Terry O'Neill will provide a focus... 

  1. Cité de la Musique 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Tue Mar 3 - Sun May 31
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Stage • David Bowie

The Brixton-born freak beat, electronica, dance-pop, folk, new-wave star made famous with the help of the BBC has touched us all, whether we be super-fans or simply get ‘Changes’ stuck in our head every now and then. Delve deep into Bowie’s odd and extraordinary universe at Paris’s new Philharmonie from March 6 to 8. Alongside the David Bowie Is exhibition, the venue has made the bold move of inviting artists to give performances around the musician and his work. Renaud Coco and Romain Finart will interpret Ziggy Stardust for the stage using theatre, video and music; and renowned choreographer Philippe Decouflé will bring musicians, singers, dancers and performers together... 

  1. Philharmonie de Paris 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Fri Mar 6 - Sun Mar 8
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Bar • Le Ballroom du Beefclub

You reach Le Ballroom, another venture from the trio behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, via an unmarked black door and down a spiral staircase beneath the Beefclub restaurant. Here, well beyond signal range, you'll find red brick walls, an ornate tiled ceiling and a gleaming collection of spirits and liqueurs, which all create the perfect setting for this dimly-lit speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Waistcoat-wearing bartenders serve up drinks and banter at the comptoir, or there are Chesterfield sofas at candlelit tables for more intimacy. The drinks menu is on the pricey side, but the mixology delivers – in a sweet and aromatic Fleur des Champs cocktail... 

  1. 58, Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
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Cheese & Wine • L'Affineur Affiné

This delightful venue on the animated Rue Notre Dame de Lorette in the 9th arrondissement is rather more than a straightforward cheese shop (though it does stock over 100 varieties). Despite the basic décor, it’s a pleasant surprise to discover a seating area and a proper menu that offers the artisanal cheeses as they are or cooked up in various dishes. Start off with a bowl of the rich, creamy pumpkin soup with a slice of blue cheese melting at its centre (€5.50), and move on to a cheese, honey and thyme tartine (€10.50), a croque-monsieur (€8.50), or cheese platter of 5 to 15 varieties for a wide-ranging experience of tastes and textures... 

  1. 51, L'Affineur Affiné, Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009
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Art • Taryn Simon

A habitual satirist of the errors and quirks of Uncle Sam, American artist Taryn Simon turns a caustic, offbeat gaze on the political, legal, military and media power of the United States. She gives the hypocrisy of the state a good going over, particularly in the series 'The Innocents', 'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar' and 'Contraband' – all a pleasure to see as part of her personal exhibition at the Jeu de Paum. Simon's critiques are always backed up by achives, clear thinking and irony.

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Until Sun May 17
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Shopping • La Fine Moustache

A hip little grocery shop and bar set up in 2014 in an up-and-coming area not far from the Place Saint-Marthe, La Fine Moustache offers ethical products sourced from small artisans and producers. The shelves are stacked with pretty packets of biscuits, jarred foods, drinks and elegant bottles of olive oil, making it a great place to pick up a classy dinner gift. There's a healthy selection of wines, champagnes and craft beers (BAL du Lubéron, for example), as well as Paris Cola and delicious gourmet juices by Alain Milliat. The deli section offers a selection of hand-cut cheese and cold meats from the Basque Country and the Ardèche region, and the grocery shop sells produce by big names... 

  1. 76 boulevard de la Villette, 19e
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Restaurant • Luz Verde

Top notch Mexican food has landed in Pigalle – and there’s not a cheesy sombrero in sight. The cuisine does its own talking at Luz Verde, a stylish taqueria and wine bar in the 9th arrondissement. Run by Frenchie alums, bartender Quentin Zuddas and cook Alexis Delassaux have gathered a passionate following since they opened in late 2014.  Inevitably, the buzz tends to mean queuing for a table, but sticking around is well worth the wait, while the welcoming staff are quick to put a fresh pisco sour in your hand (€11). When your turn rolls around, tuck into a serving of quesadillas and tacos (chicken, lamb, venison or octopus) followed by a delicious fresh sea bream ceviche... 

  1. 24 rue Henry Monnier, 9e
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Gig • FKA Twigs

When considering London singer-songwriter FKA Twigs (real name: Tahliah Barnett), one word immediately comes to mind: spellbinding. Whether it’s her creeping, sensual songs, the subtly discomfiting visuals accompanying them, or the languid, undulating onstage motion of the doe-eyed artist (a trained dancer) one thing is certain: it’s very difficult to break the trance. Her first EP surfaced in 2012, self-released and with each of its four tracks boasting a simple but compelling video. By the following year, FKA Twigs had signed to esteemed imprint Young Turks, home to The XX and fast-rising Drake collaborator Sampha, and had released her second EP, again with matching visuals... 

  1. Casino de Paris 16 rue de Clichy, 9e
  2. Wed Mar 4
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Film • Inherent Vice

Ever since 'Boogie Nights', the untamable Paul Thomas Anderson ('There Will Be Blood', 'The Master') has thrilled us with the mania of self-made men – porn stars, game-show hosts, oil prospectors and cultists. Now, for a change, the director grabs you by the nose: 'Inherent Vice', Anderson's sexy, swirling latest (based on Thomas Pynchon's exquisite stoner mystery set at the dawn of the '70s), is a wondrously fragrant movie, emanating sweat, the stink of pot clouds and the press of hairy bodies. It's a film you sink into, like a haze on the road, even as it jerks you along with spikes of humour. 'Go back to the beach, you smell like a patchouli fart,' growls Josh Brolin... 


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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