Your perfect weekend in Paris

July 3-5

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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! 

Restaurant • Hero

From the precocious team of restaurateurs behind Candelaria, Glass and Mary Celeste comes Hero: a boutique restaurant and bar serving Korean fried chicken or ‘yangnyeom’...

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Tapas • Martin

Critics' choice

A former barman at Au Passage, Loïc Martin opened his eponymous tapas bar and bistro with an emphasis on local and organic produce. Everything here is homemade, and the space is cosy and simple...

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Saint-Ambroise

Festival • Days Off

For the sixth year running, Days Off curates a fantastic range of pop, rock, folk and electro in two of the city's best acoustic venues, Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel...

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Cité de la Musique Until Wednesday July 8 2015

Things to do • 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

Festival • LOUD & PROUD

The very first edition of the LOUD & PROUD festival launches this year with events planned in Paris, Nantes and Lyon — concerts, film screenings, workshops and more — aimed at bringing greater visibility to queer music and culture in France...

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Exhibition • Chercher le garçon

Critics' choice

MAC/VAL is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a new exhibition, ‘Chercher le Garçon’, which explores representations of boys and boyhood in contemporary art...

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MAC/VAL Until Sunday August 30 2015

Things to do • Paris Plages

If there’s one event that sums up Paris in the summer, this is it. Back in 2002, Mayor Bertrand Delanoë began the tradition of lining the banks of the Seine with sand, deckchairs, food stalls and volleyball nets...

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Restaurant • Bistrot Blanc Bec

Bistrot Blanc Bec is just what Ménilmontant needed. It took over the premises of former local favourite La Boulangerie in April 2015, on the junction of Rue Panoyaux and Rue Victor Letalle...

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North-east Paris

Bar • Lulu White

This sumptuous Art Deco bar, specialising in absinthe-laced cocktails, takes its name from the New Orleans brothel madam and procuress Lulu White. Nestled on Rue Frochot with a discreet windowless façade, Lulu White’s only marker is a small brass engraving of its namesake, taken from a 1920s mug shot...

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Pigalle

Brunch • Wallace

You could wander a long time around the streets of the busy 15th arrondissement before finding a decent plate of eggs and bacon – thank goodness, then, for Wallace, coming to the rescue of local hangovers...

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15th arrondissement

Shopping • Delphine Pariente

The tourists who troop down the Rue des Filles du Calvaire are drawn to Delphine Pariente’s glittering window like flies to honey. They snap away with their cameras, visibly disappointed once they realise they’ve stumbled into an artisanal jewellery shop rather than an art gallery...

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11th arrondissement

Brewery • Paname Brewery Company

A new arrival on the Quai de la Loire in June 2015, the Paname Brewery Company is the latest sign that this gorgeous canal-side area, which once struggled with a dodgy reputation, is on the up and up...

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Bassin de la Villette

Park • 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... 

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

Things to do • Swimming pools in Paris

When Paris's legendary Piscine Molitor – Art Deco showpiece, birthplace of the bikini (and, er, the 'monokini'), star of 'Life of Pi', playground for graffiti artists and ravers – reopened in May 2014, it wasn't in order to welcome back its old public...

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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