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Your perfect weekend in Paris

April 24 - 26

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 • Velázquez

For many, Diego Velázquez springs to mind as the greatest painter of the Spanish Golden Age. For some,  Edouard Manet included, he was the best painter who ever lived. ‘Las Meninas’, ‘The Triumph of Bacchus’, the portrait of his slave, Juan de Pareja – these works influenced over three centuries of artists straight through to modernism...

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Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais Until Monday July 13 2015

Restaurant • Les Déserteurs

Critics' choice

The only critcism to be made of Les Déserteurs is that it is exactly as one would expect: located in a neighbourhood that is quintessentially ‘cool’ and steeped in a gastro-bistro mentality, this restaurant offers complex medleys of flavour perfectly in step with current food trends.  The waiters’ spiel can be a little long, covering the preparation of each dish and the provenance of the ingredients. But that’s a minor quibble...

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Charonne

BD6Né

With screenings, workshops, and other events organized in Paris, Nanterre and Saint-Ouen, the BD6Né festival of comic books and film is back for its third edition (23-26 April)!

Check out the full program below.

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Film • Jauja

In Spanish, the word jauja (pronounced ‘how-ha’) means a land of milk and honey, longed for but never reached. Argentine director Lisandro Alonso couldn’t have found a more appropriate name for his magical film about yearning and illusion. On one level, ‘Jauja’ is literally about people on a quest for territory. Set in no-man’s-Patagonia in the late nineteenth century...

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Club • Le Malibv

Le Malibv, located at Etienne Marcel in the 2nd arrondissement, has become an essential weekend destination for Parisian revellers. In its previous ’70s incarnation it was an African club, but since then has been thoroughly renovated before re-opening as Le Malibv. Now, you pass through a discreet red door (which blends into the façade of a neighbouring pizzeria), and down a dark, narrow stairway to discover 44 Rue Tiquetonne, 2015 edition...

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Exhibition • Les Clefs d'une passion

Critics' choice

Opened in early 2015, the Fondation Louis Vuitton continues to stake its claim in Paris’s cultural landscape with a beautiful collection of iconic works from the first half of the 20th century. Most pieces are on loan from major institutions like the MOMA, the Tate Modern, the State Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and even Oslo’s Munch Museum...

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Until Monday July 6 2015

Museum • Musée des Automates et de la Magie

The museum’s entryway, although narrow, is a conspicuous shade of bright orange. And still, it’s easy to miss. But venture through the orange door and you’ll find yourself in a dark, humid chamber with cavernous vault ceilings: the unlikely premises of not one, but two historic Parisian museums...

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The Marais

Restaurant • Poulet-Purée

Critics' choice

Foodies will know the Île Seguin eco-city, a small island in the Seine southwest of Paris, for its bucolic promenades and lunch canteens like L’Atelier and Doddy’s Coffee. And now there’s another reason to make the trip to Boulogne: Poulet-Purée. Cosy but sprawling, this restaurant boasts three separate dining rooms: a casual Formica lunch counter, a lounge with leather booths and a barn-like interior with wood furniture, stuffed chickens...

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Bar • Le Très Particulier

Critics' choice

Tucked away behind the Montmartre hill, with rooms priced at €400 a night, the luxurious Particulier Montmartre hotel bar is a favourite with in-the-know Parisians. Visitors have to jump through quite a few hoops just for a drink at the bar, proceeding down a private-access street and through a series of intercoms and buzzers before finally reaching the hotel garden...

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Montmartre

Club • Terrasses Kréyol

Known to inveterate party-goers as ‘La Terrasse Experimentale’, Les Terrasses Kréyol, is a pop-up club in a Caribbean restaurant on the outskirts of the city near the Clignancourt flea market. Set up on the initiative of music collectives like Syndrøm, Roofnacht, and P2Z,this unique venue is super fun while being super serious about the music...

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Brunch • Le Quincampe

Although Le Quincampe has lost some of its charm since doing away with the massive log fireplace that was its biggest draw, it remains a cosy dinner nook with a reliably good menu. Dishes are classic but varied: market-fresh lasagne, minty goat cheese feuilletés with squash and cumin-infused carrots, or shrimp and oyster mushroom risotto...

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Arts et Métiers

Market • Marché Bastille

Critics' choice

One of the biggest markets in Paris, the Marché Bastille's food stalls sprawl up the Boulevard Richard Lenoir twice a week, with more produce than most hypermarkets – it's a particularly great source of local cheeses, free range chicken and excellent fish. The atmospheric and beautiful piles of fruit, veg, saucisses, olives and so on...

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Bastille

Retrospective • Taryn Simon

Critics' choice

A habitual satirist of the errors and quirks of Uncle Sam, American artist Taryn Simon turns a caustic, offbeat gaze on the political, legal, military and media power of the United States. She gives the hypocrisy of the state a good going over, particularly in the series 'The Innocents', 'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar' and 'Contraband' – all a pleasure to see as part of her personal exhibition at the Jeu de Paume. Simon's critiques are always backed up by archives, clear thinking and irony.

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Jeu de Paume Until Sunday May 17 2015

Restaurant • Le 404

404 restaurant in Paris' supercool Marais exhibits all the vibrant flavours and colours of North Africa. Retrofitted into a 16th century building, 404's interior is all Berber, with pouf seating, exposed beams and stones, tooled leather and authentic artifacts. It's got the air of a charming dive with smiling waiters and culinary treats awaiting. The menu features well-executed dishes like couscous, tagines, and grilled meats...

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3rd arrondissement

Cinema • Le Trianon

Critics' choice

The Trianon concert hall adds a touch of class to boulevard de Rochechouart with its Belle Epoque architecture and enviable line-up of artists: Tricky, Raphael Saadiq, Moriarty and Macy Gray have all played here, following in the footsteps of French greats like Mistinguett and Jacques Brel. It also doubles as a venue for one-man shows, musicals and circus acts...

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Pigalle

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