Your perfect weekend in Paris

May 22-24

Francisco Gonzalez

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! 

Exhibition • Mannequin d'artiste, mannequin fétiche

Critics' choice

On now at the magnificent Musée Bourdelle, this exhibition explores the technical development and uses of the artist’s mannequin. From Poussin’s black box apparatus and figurines to the fleshy mannequins of the 18th century...

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Musée Bourdelle Tuesday May 26 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Shopping • Place A

Critics' choice

Founded in trendy SoPi (South Pigalle) in 2013, this concept store periodically gives free rein to a guest designer, concentrates its display on a theme (like a particular accessory) or holds long-running events in-store. Adrien is the proprietor, and he will give you an enthusiastic tour of all the knick-knacks in stock...

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Pigalle

Restaurant • L’Archipel Café

In the beautiful 19th century chapel of a former convent, the charitable association Aurore has created a shelter, co-working space and ‘centre of collective innovation’. This means L’Archipel, an amazing project that encompasses a myriad of community and social projects...

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8th arrondissement

Festival • Villette Sonique

For the last nine years, the Villette Sonique festival has brought the Parc de la Villette to life every spring, and since the renovations of the Grande Halle, it's become an unmissable rock and electro event for music-mad Parisians...

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Film • Mad Max: Fury Road

The fourth instalment of George Miller’s punky post-apocalyptic ‘Mad Max’ saga feels like a tornado tearing through a tea party. In an age of weightless movie spectacles, here’s a movie that feels like it was made by kidnapping $150 million of studio money, fleeing with it to the Namibian desert, and sending footage back to Hollywood like the amputated body parts of a ransomed hostage...

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Now Showing

Exhibition • Coffre à jouer

The toy department at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition of more than 300 toys from its collection. Selected ‘for their aesthetic value as well as their cultural and social significance’, the department’s trove includes everything from an 18th century silver rattle to superhero figurines...

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs Tuesday May 26 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Bar • Monsieur Baba

This jolly bar and restaurant stands out from the crowds on the Rue Faubourg Saint-Denis thanks to its joyful décor and affordable prices. With menus hanging from the ceiling and a lively range of playful masks for children, it makes a change from the standard chic bistro...

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Château d'Eau

Exhibition • Salon de Montrouge 2015

Critics' choice

It might be celebrating its 60th birthday, but art fair Salon de Montrouge is still as fresh as a daisy. With 60 (of course) artists invited this year, with an average age of 32, the Salon is an opportunity to discover a range of exciting young contemporary talents...

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Until Wednesday June 3 2015 Free

Restaurant • Le Verre Volé sur Mer

Younger seafood sibling of the much-lauded Le Verre Volé, Le Verre Volé sur Mer is found just down the road on the Rue de Lancry, very much part of the same buzzing Canal Saint-Martin catchment area. The vibe of the tiny space is a little quirkier than the original...

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République

Brunch • Un Dimanche à Paris

Chocoholics will be in paradise in this concept store dedicated to cocoa, where an upscale brunch is served on Sundays. Only premium products are on offer: Poilane bread, Bordier butter and slices of Iberian ham...

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Odéon

Festival • We Love Green

You'll need to summon every ounce of your flower power for this two-day rock festival in the fields. Since 2011, We Love Green has rented out the Parc de Bagatelle for an annual two-day jamboree that places equal emphasis on musical quality and eco credentials...

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Parc de Bagatelle Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Exhibition • Le Corbusier: Mesures de l’homme

Centre Pompidou’s ‘Mesures de l’Homme’ takes the Modulor proportions system as the base for its exhibition on iconic modernist French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965). Corbusier’s anthropometric scheme put the human figure at the centre of architecture...

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The Centre Pompidou Until Monday August 3 2015

Restaurant • Fich

The name might be a contraction of ‘fish’ and ‘chips’, but there’s no skimping on quality at this excellent little restaurant that does les anglais proud. Seating around 20, come here to gorge on fish in all its forms...

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3rd arrondissement

Concert • Badbadnotgood

Critics' choice

Young Toronto electrojazzers BadBadNotGood have found Internet fame covering cutting-edge hip-hop artists such as Odd Future, whose own Tyler, the Creator deemed the trio 'fucking sick' on Twitter...

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Badaboum Saturday May 30 2015

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