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Your perfect weekend in Paris

August 28-30

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Make the most of your precious downtime with our guide to the perfect weekend in Paris. You'll be struggling for a free hour once you've checked out our selection of the best art, restaurants, films, bars, gigs and more to keep your schedule jam-packed until Monday. Ready? Let's go! 

Rock en Seine

Launched in 2003, the Rock en Seine festival in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud park west of Paris is the city's premier annual rock festival – something like the French Glastonbury, albeit with more taste. The line-up for the 2015 edition (28, 29 and 30 August) includes: Alt-J, Jungle, Tame impala, Fauve, Gramatik, Run the Jewels, Mark Lanegan Band, My Morning Jacket and Pond...

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13- A Baker's Dozen

Nestled down Rue des Saints-Pères in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this tea salon gives a charming first impression. Concealed at the rear of a small apartment courtyard and surrounded by potted greenery, 13’s bijou décor is bright and airy when the sun’s out, as light streams through huge front windows. However, the atmosphere inside is cold and hushed, verging on awkward...

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St Germain des Prés

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot : Acquaalta

Critics' choice

Forget Paris Plages – the concrete innards of the Palais du Tokyo are this summer’s finest water feature, thanks to artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. Ignoring the classic exhibition format, she has created an immersive (in all senses of the word) show, echoing her work at the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In fact, ‘Acquaalta’ takes its name from the city’s annual tidal floods. Instead of paintings in frames, still black water flows through the Palais’s majestic rooms...

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Palais de Tokyo : Site de Création Contemporaine, Champs Élysées and western Paris Until Sunday September 13 2015

The best ice cream in Paris

Our sticky-fingered guide to the best ices in the capital takes you from glorious gelati in luxurious ice cream parlours to sweet shops full of bonbons; simply the best places in Paris to indulge a sweet tooth...

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By: Time Out editors

Le Club Rayé

It’s impossible to miss Club Rayé when walking along the Rue Saint-Sauveur near Montorgueil. From the black and white awnings to the elegantly dressed waiters and chic terrace with stylishly trimmed bushes, this cocktail bar oozes elegance. The atmosphere recalls that of an American piano bar, with faux-baroque decoration (padded leather, lots of stripy monochrome, bronze and stone statues) and a soundtrack of jazz classics...

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Montorgueil

10 local Paris beers to try

In less than 10 years, Paris has gone from a bit of a beer desert where drinkers had to content themselves with a pint of ‘Kro’, to a serious community of beer connoisseurs. New recipes and brands seem to multiply almost weekly, and since 2014 the city has even had its own artisanal beer festival, Paris Beer Week. Beyond our selection of the best bars and boutiques for beer in Paris, we’ve tried and tasted some of the best local brews of the moment...

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By: Time Out editors

A La Française

Critics' choice

The ‘coquetels’ (cocktails) here are made with 100% French booze and other ingredients, with no skimping on quality. While the look of the place isn’t particularly out of the ordinary, the concoctions are magical, and seem to have been dug out of yellowing recipe books bought from Seine-side bouquinistes. Take for example the delightful Eau Fraîche orr the gentle Pina Verde. Team them with one of the excellent cheese or charcuterie boards...

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11th arrondissement

Perfect Paris péniches

The quays of the Seine and banks of the canals de l’Ourcq and Saint Martin are adored and regularly visited by Parisians, playing host to many a party, picnic or apéro. In Paris, houseboats – or péniches – function as more than just accommodation: many a water-loving entrepreneur has turned their houseboat into a lovely business or venue. These péniches add charm and originality to shopping and theatre trips, dinner, drinks and even nights out clubbing...

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By: Maria Hagan

Festival Silhouette 2015

It may be back-to-school time in Paris but at least Festival Silhouette is helping us recapture the feeling of those long summer days. Festival Silhouette is the biggest short film festival in Paris, and, having been around since 2002, has built up quite a following. For nine days you can expect to see a variety of genres represented: animation, horror, drama, comedy, documentary and experimental, all encased in a short-but-sweet format. More than 100 films will be projected...

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Chez Clément Café Rôtisseur Saint-Michel

Located right in the heart of the historic Notre-Dame-de-Paris district, the popular Chez Clément rebranded as a ‘café rôtisserie’ in 2015, making it more impressive than ever. Easily the best of its eight branches, Chez Clément proposes inventive takes on traditional French cooking, using only the finest seasonal produce. The characterful dishes on offer include exquisite charcuterie and cheese platters and freshly spit-roasted Auvergne chickens...

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6th arrondissement

Nata Lisboa

Pasteis de nata (little Portuguese pastries with a custard filling) were created in the far western corner of Lisbon at the world-famous Pastelaria de Belém, which still heaves with tourists every summer. Served slightly warm, dusted with cinnamon and made with crisp puff pastry, this delicacy is now popping up all over the place thanks to the Nata Lisboa chain of patisseries, which has opened branches in Braga, Porto and now Paris...

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Paris’s best juice and cold drinks

Ever since the Starbucks Frappucino introduced caffeine to a whole generation of erstwhile coffee sceptics, there has existed a vocal group of consumers who'll only drink their java iced. And ever since Californian new-agers decided that smoothies are an essential component of a spiritually balanced life, cafés have had to cater to those who'll only take their fruit blended. Needless to say, we approve of these trends...

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Habiter

Critics' choice

Le Domaine de Chamarande in Essonne, just a few minutes from Chamarande station on the RER C, comprises a 17th century chateau with 98ha of grounds – a magical stretch of forests, lawns and lakes. In summer, the chateau’s resident Centre d’Art puts together a lively mixture of exhibitions and shows, mixing contemporary art and educational angles. So as well as ancient trees and wild geese, you might find wooden dinghies, outdoor bathtubs, giant beehives or yellow rubber ducks hidden in the grounds...

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Domaine de Chamarande et son centre d'art Until Sunday November 1 2015

Guibine

Critics' choice

This popular Korean canteen fits right in on Rue Saint-Anne, the place to visit for aficionados of Asian cooking. Specialising in barbecue-cooked food, tantalising aromas waft all around the room, so once you’re through the door, there’s no chance you’ll leave. The menu proposes a wide selection of grilled meats (roughly €15 per head), which include chicken, beef and duck. The waiters are highly efficient, setting up a grill on the table before laying down the meat...

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Opéra

Dheepan

Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or-winning 'Dheepan' is the story of a Sri Lankan man, woman and child who masquerade as a family to escape to France from the aftermath of their country's civil war. Like the French writer-director's last two films, 'A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone' , it offers a muscular compassion and a fondness for confrontational storytelling. But for most of 'Dheepan' this is a more urgent, inquiring film with fewer theatrics and less melodrama...

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Comments

3 comments
Michaela G
Michaela G

Best tour I ever took was tip only. It was so good I took several more by the same company (some free, some paid for). In Morocco and Mexico I've been guided by enterprising locals who spare the time for a small fee. Consider what experience you're after before deciding to spend or not on a tour.

mary B
mary B

Oh Please Lauren Harris, free walking tours only tip supported are not professional! Don't let people telling you stories ...  Don't trust a tour guide you don't  pay for ! I'm a licensed guide of Rome and since I know I much I studied I'll never work for free! People doing this things in Rome are unprofessional guide, with no license and nothing to lose!

Lauren Harris
Lauren Harris

For short stay in Paris I personally advise you to join a walking tour. They allow you to see the most important landmarks ..The one i joined last time I was in paris had another advantage : it was with a native guide, no reservation needed and only tip-supported! he knew so many secret stories about Paris , but also hidden places where only parisians go I warmly recommend it to you : www.discoverwalks.com