Your perfect Friday in Paris

November 28



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© Jessica Orchard

© Jessica Orchard

Art • Garry Winogrand

The fast-paced modernity of America of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s attracts admirers all around the world, and Paris is no exception. Since the opening of the Jeu de Paume photography gallery in the early ’00s, its walls have often displayed the work of the great American snappers: Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank and more. But we're by no means tired of it. This time around, the Jeu de Paume is exhibiting the life work of Garry Winogrand, revealing the happy, haphazard dynamism of life in America during the second half of the 20th century. The passionate street photographer spent forty years of his life studying the raw spectacle of American life... 

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Until Sun Feb 8
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Shopping • Le Vin en Tête

In the heart of the once-rural Batignolles district, Le Vin en Tête has been supplying wine enthusiasts for over 10 years. Some of its popular featured producers are Michel Augé (Côteaux de Loire), Jean-Michel Stephan (Côte Rôtie), Sébastien Riffaut (Sancerre), Jean Delobre from the Ardèche, and even Annette Leccia from Corsica. The walls of the shop are papered with posters for Kaurismäki’s film ‘Le Havre’, which was shot on location in Normandy and celebrated with a special vintage by the Domaine de Courbissac.Not content with stocking more than 1200 wines and spirits, ‘Le Vin en Tête’, also takes a teaching role, seeking to make the science behind wine-making interesting to as many as possible... 

  1. 30 Rue des Batignolles, 17e
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Restaurant • Flesh

Craving some classy barbecue during your sojourn in Paris? You're in luck. At Flesh, everything’s been for a toss on the grill before hitting your plate. Choose from a selection of high quality Black Angus steaks, free range chicken legs, smoked pork ribs and tiger prawns, and leave the magic to Simon John Lewis, former chef at Frenchie and Spring, who heads up this elegant restaurant – and he sure knows a thing or two about barbecues.  The meats, cooked rare, are flavoursome, served with sides of garlic chips or cauliflower with chorizo, nuts and sage. The lunch menu is particularly appealing: a main with a side and a drink will set you back just €14.50...

  1. 25 rue de Douai, 9e
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Bar • Le Tambour

Banal during the day, Le Tambour is the late-night haunt of all the neighbourhood’s night owls and insomniacs, staying open until 3.30am. The atmosphere is warm, though it can get a little crazy between the drinkers draped over the bar and the gruff, strapping barmen. But it’s always fun mixing in with this eccentric nightlife – more often than not you feel like you’re in a sailor’s tavern, decorated with a jumble of salvaged road signs, rather than in a bar in the centre of Paris. Here, you can satisfy any cravings for andouillette,a malodorous intestine sausage, for pig’s feet or simply for steak, at any hour of the day or night. To go with these rustic dishes, order a box or a bottle of wine à la ficelle (you only pay for what you drink)...

  1. 41 rue Montmartre, 2e
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Club • EKŌ

Although you’ll find Eko down the rue Saint-Fiacre, at Paris’s very centre, the experience at hand is anything but French. Parisian events team Blank took over the (ex-synagogue, ex-data centre) venue in October 2014, bringing the venue to life in its latest Japanese transfiguration. Playing crowd-pleasing house music or techno, Eko combines a saké bar, karaoke cabins and a series of felted neon lights, creating an ambiance similar to what you might expect to find on a night out in Tokyo.

  1. 14 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 2e
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