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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

Photography • Qu'est-ce que la photographie ?

An elitist art at the beginning of the 20th century, photography has since become an everyday means of communication. The Centre Pompidou’s photo gallery discusses just what exactly photography is in its latest exhibition. How can we bring anything new to the art? Has every shot been taken, every subject scrutinised through a lens? The Pompidou discusses these questions looking back over the work of Man Ray, Brassaï and Oppenheim, who contributed to establishing photography as a legitimate form of art, and contrasts their work with the photo-frenzy brought about by Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest...

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Until Mon Jun 1
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Restaurant • Dune

With a menu of big, bold Argentinean flavours set in a light, bright space in the hip 11th arrondissement, Dune seems like a very promising proposition. It almost works, too, with flashes of brilliance that should earn it repeat visits from lovers of bold, heartfelt cooking – if they can overlook the hiccups.Self-taught chef Matias Veleizan cut his teeth at La Pulpéria and the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Market-fresh produce and a way with big chunks of meat could therefore be expected (if not assumed), and they're certainly here in bucketloads. The menu is refreshed daily (and is vegan on Tuesday evenings, with Maylis Parisot in the kitchen), listing just one meat and one vegetarian main... 

  1. 20, Rue Keller, 11e arrondissement
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Bar • La Bellevilloise

The Bellevilloise is the latest incarnation of a building that once housed the capital's very first workers' co-operative. Now it competently multitasks as a bar, restaurant, club and exhibition space, hosting regular film and music festivals on the top level (where there's a fake lawn with deckchairs and a massage area). Enjoy brunch in the Halle aux Oliviers or decent views of the quartier from the charming terrace; downstairs the club-cum-concert venue has launched some of Paris's most exciting new bands, and on '80s nights you can hardly move for the thirtysomethings living it up like they were 20 again. Live jazz music at the Sunday brunch.

  1. 21, rue Boyer, 75020
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Art • Jan Fabre: Congo

Flemish artist Jan Fabre pays tribute to the Congolese exploited under colonialist rule in his latest exhibition ‘Congo’, and denounces the horrors of the period during which Belgian King Leopold II founded the Congo Free State during the late 19th century, exploiting it as a private venture and leaving the Congolese to work and live in scandalous conditions. His primary material is elytra, the hardened forewing that covers beetle wings: shimmering emerald carapaces that he shapes into images parodying colonialist propaganda. Fabre’s pieces are magnificent. Thousands of insects died to create them, echoing the bloodbaths over which colonial empires are built... 

  1. Galerie Daniel Templon 30 rue Beaubourg, 3e
  2. Until Sat Apr 11
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Film • Still Alice

Alzheimer’s disease is a Greek tragedy: preordained by genetics, the neurodegenerative disorder is an unfathomably cruel death march down a tunnel that disappears behind you and gets darker with every step. 'Still Alice', adapted by married couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland from Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, is the rare film possessed with the courage required to shine a light into that abyss knowing full well that down is the only way out. For illustrious New York linguistics professor Dr Alice Howland (an astonishingly controlled Julianne Moore), the first symptoms are subtly ominous. Just 50 years old, Alice is too young... 

Visit the best outdoor bars in Paris

Le Zyriab by Noura A beautiful terrace on the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe, which is remarkably quiet outside of lunch and dinner times. Le Zyriab by Noura isn’t just a high class Lebanese restaurant, it’s also a daytime café open to all. Elegant outdoor tables topped with parasols offer a sublime view over the Seine and the Ile Saint-Louis, with the Notre-Dame cathedral in the background. The staff are very friendly, happy to let you spend an afternoon reading on the cushion-strewn banquettes. Drinks aren’t cheap, and given the price of a Perrier of a coffee (excessive at €6), splash out on something more interesting... 

Photography • William Klein: Tokyo 1961

After documenting the streets of New York, Rome, Paris and Moscow, William Klein is back at the Polka gallery with a series of photographs portraying 1960s Tokyo. Klein first discovered Tokyo in ’61, on an official visit to Japan. Shown around by government representatives, he found a way to sneak off into back streets of Tokyo and captures the essence of the city at a time when Tokyoites were recovering from war and preparing for the 1964 Olympic Games. Klein makes his way through the busy streets observing everyone he meets, from children fighting on a street corner to a Butoh dancer poised in a contorted position...

  1. Polka Galerie 12 rue Saint-Gilles, 3e
  2. Until Sat May 9
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Cheesmonger • Fromagerie Beaufils

Fromagerie Beaufils offers more than just great quality cheese in a friendly environment. The team behind the shop regularly visits suppliers and video-documents the cheese-making process, from udder to manufacture. They also age selected cheeses in a cellar beneath their shop on the Rue de Belleville. The selection shows an appetite for international flavours, with shelves of Greek, Spanish, Italian and American cheeses (the raw milk blue cheese Rogue River Blue from Oregon is a definite favourite). Fromagerie Beaufils also works closely with expert London creamery Neal’s Yard Dairy to source the UK's finest Stilton, Stitchelton... 

  1. 20, rue Cadet, 75009
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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