Your perfect Friday in Paris

December 19



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Shopping • Ikio

This Greek grocery shop and caterer in the 9th arrondissement succeeds in blending hellenic exoticism with Parisian concept store eclecticism. With a bright shopfront and a refined, warm décor, this is the ideal place to go to satisfy an appetite. The grocery shop is divided from the dining area by a large marble table that seats 8 to 10 people for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or apéro.  Formerly esteemed restaurant owners in Athens, Stella and her husband set up shop in Paris in 2014. Stella cooks a range of mouthwatering Greek specialities: moussaka, stuffed cauliflower, aubergine caviar, meatballs, giant beans in tomato sauce, beans with chard or spinach and an extravagant Greek pumpkin tart...

  1. 2 rue Milton, 9e
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Art • Paris Magnum

The photographers of the Magnum agency tell the stories of Paris’s history in 150 shots. Taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raymond Depardon, Robert Capa, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud and more, the series of photos has been carefully selected and put together in an exhibition showing at the Hôtel de Ville. The ‘Paris Magnum’ exhibition is a wide-ranging portrait of Paris: from the 1930 strikes to the demonstrations of May ’68, the appearance of mini-skirts and the construction of landmarks such as the la Défense arch.

  1. 5 rue Lobau, 75004
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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Restaurant • Chez L'Ami Jean

This long-running Basque address is an ongoing hit thanks to chef Stéphane Jégo. Excellent bread from baker Jean-Luc Poujauran is a perfect nibble when slathered with a tangy, herby fromage blanc - as are starters of sautéed baby squid on a bed of ratatouille. Tender veal shank comes de-boned with a lovely side of baby onions and broad beans with tiny cubes of ham, and house-salted cod is soaked, sautéed and doused with an elegant vinaigrette. There's a great wine list, and some lovely Brana eau de vie should you decide to linger. This restaurant serves one of Time Out's 50 best dishes in Paris. Click here to see the full list.

  1. 27 rue Malar, 7e
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Stage • Political Mother : The Choregrapher’s Cut

Violence and political dissent are the driving forces behind this searingly energetic new work by Hofesh Shechter. The Israeli-British choreographer is no stranger to polemical subject matter, having drawn inspiration from the 2006 Paris riots for his last work 'Uprising'. True to form, he's turned out another freewheeling, rock 'n' roll spectacle in 'Political Mother', composed for 24 musicians and 16 dancers. Not so much a 'cut' as a sucker punch.

  1. 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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Bar • Rosebud

A bar where the spirit of 1930s jazz age Paris lives on, the Rosebud was the Montparnasse retreat of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – and it doesn’t seem to have gained a grey hair since then (unlike existentialist philosophy). The authentic speakeasy vibe includes the drinks – pricy but classic things with whisky and champagne like Sidecars, Alexanders and Singapores, and cocktails mixed by bartenders straight out of ‘Mad Men’ – white suits, elegant moustaches and formal service. The vibe is low-key, with dim lighting and a discreet clientele – you don’t come here to dress up and make noise. Rather, it’s the sort of placed adored by shy couples and drinkers pondering the meaning of life.

  1. 11 bis rue Delambre, 14e
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