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April 3



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Art • Pierre Bonnard: Peindre l'Arcadie

Glowing with the bright colours of Normandy and the Mediterranean, Bonnard's work records the joys of everyday life in paintings of his friends and family in intimate spaces. In ‘Peindre l'Arcadie’, the Musée d’Orsay gives us Bonnard in all his glory through a beautiful selection of works (over 100 brought in on loan), showcasing his warm tonalities in the Nabi style, Japanese decorative panels, Gauguin-style shifts in perspective, huge bucolic triptychs, Toulouse-Lautrec style distortions and more. Bonnard carved out a stylistic space for himself distinct from his contemporary influences of modern art, neo-impressionism... 

  1. Musée d'Orsay 62 rue de Lille, 7e
  2. Until Sun Jul 19
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Easter Chocolate • Michel Chaudun

Chocoholics from the nearby Assemblée Nationale pop into Michel Chaundun’s cavern of cacao throughout the day. But whether you’re a famous politician or not, everyone gets the same treatment – a welcome smile and an enthusiasm for chocolate so communicative that you can’t help but want to try a square truffle, a Fidgi (a dark chocolate filled with passion fruit ganache) or a Veragua (a heavenly chocolate, praline and caramel layered bon-bon). Then there’s the setting: Chaudun’s chocolate shop has to be the most atmospheric of them all; a wooden panelled 19th-century affair, covered from floor to ceiling with hand-made chocolate sculptures... 

  1. 149 rue de l’Université, 7e
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Film • Suite Française

This is a handsome and intelligent adaptation of the writings of Irène Némirovsky – the Russian-born French writer who died in Auschwitz and whose two unpublished novellas emerged in 2004 as one book, ‘Suite Française’. In her late thirties at the time of writing, Némirovsky fictionalised the lives of people around her in German-occupied France.Taking the novel’s lead, Saul Dibb’s nuanced, compelling film offers an intriguing close-up portrait of Bussy, a northern French village forced to host a garrison of Nazi soldiers. At the film’s heart is a sort-of romance between timid Lucile (Michelle Williams), and a cultured, piano-playing Nazi officer, Bruno (Matthias Schoenaerts)...

Restaurant • Yard

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. The more casual diner... 

  1. 6 rue de Mont-Louis, 11e
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Bar • Artisan

Good luck asking for 'the usual' in this new bar in trendy SoPi (South Pigalle) – the menu changes every two weeks, in accordance with the seasonal produce and the whims of the owners. Artisan arrives on the cocktail scene with serious bourgeois credentials: it's run by the team who brought Parisians Long Island meat platters, and the resident mixologist Frédéric Le Bordays is the man behind the cocktail recipe book 'Les nouveaux cocktails classiques'. It more or less lives up to the hype.Heading in, you find yourself in a spacious, well-lit room punctuated by large stone pillars and the elegant U-shaped bar. High tables, an olive tree... 

  1. 14 rue Bochart de Saron, 9e
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