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The Time Out Paris hot list for Pitchfork weekend

The best things to do in Paris during Pitchfork Festival

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Read on for our guide to the coolest spots and most interesting venues to visit during the Pitchfork weekend. If you manage to tick them all off, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events and nightlife.

Bars

La Petite Chaufferie

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Sick and tired of trying to find a Parisian bar that offers good drinks, decent music and reasonable prices? So were the team behind La Petite Chaufferie. In December 2013 they took the matter into their own hands and opened up this hip new watering hole, proclaiming it to be somewhere where you can 'eat electro (...) Read more

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Château d'Eau

Le Ciré Jaune

The ‘yellow raincoat’ is a cool but not overly pretentious new bar from the team behind La Droguerie Moderne. It looks more like a hip Swedish apartment rather than anything to do with stormy weather, kitted out in vintage 50s furniture on an original 30s tiled floor. The homely vibe is completed (...) Read more

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Oberkampf

La Recyclerie

A restaurant, bar, café, farm and vegetable garden featuring daily DIY workshops, ethical values and a relaxed, welcoming vibe... all this and more makes up La Recyclerie, located in a former railway station on the Petite Ceinture. The project is organised by a handful of local hospitality associations who cut their teeth on (...) Read more

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18th arrondissement

Bar Ourcq

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This is one of Time Out's 100 best bars in Paris. Click here to see the full list. If chilling on a deckchair on the banks of a canal or playing pétanque gets you going, head to Bar Ourcq of an evening, where a flip-flop wearing, shorts-sporting clientele is welcomed (...) Read more

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Bassin de la Villette

Inaro

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In recent years, Rue René Boulanger has become something of a polestar for winers and diners based in the République area. Inaro, with its woody décor and shelves of alluring wine bottles, is one of the many classy options that have cropped up on the street of late. It's popular enough that groups should (...) Read more

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République

Café Chéri(e)

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This is one of Time Out's 100 best bars in Paris. Click here to see the full list. On summer afternoons, the terrace of Café Chéri(e) is an ideal spot to sip your drink, in red plastic chairs all turned towards the street, seeming expressly arranged for people-watching (...) Read more

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North-east Paris

Restaurants

Blend

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Parisians have officially gone burger bonkers: After the Camion qui Fume (a mobile gourmet burger van) and Big Fernand (an über-trendy take-away burger joint in the 10th), Blend has opened its doors, in the bobo quarters of Etienne Marcel. And if the queues are anything to go by, this modern, 24-seater burger bar is going to be relished for a long time. The secret is in the ingredients: (...) Read more

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Les Bancs Publics

If you haven’t yet discovered the further reaches of the Canal de l'Ourcq – stretching as it does beyond the cosy cluster of shops and restaurants on the Canal Saint Martin and all the way up past La Rotonde to La Villette and beyond – Les Bancs Publics is a very good reason to go the extra mile or so. Newly opened (...) Read more

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North-east Paris

Hobbes

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New on the bustling Avenue Bolivar in autumn 2014, Hobbes is a fresh addition to the neighbourhood, all fresh bright colours and organic vegetarian dishes. Named for the tiger rather than the philosopher, Bill Watterson annuals are liberally available to accompany your meal, which could be reason enough (...) Read more

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19th arrondissement

Holybelly

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Arriving for breakfast at Holybelly, you get a warm welcome from the tattooed, beanie-wearing staff. Early risers are already in place at the pretty wooden and white-painted booths over a star-patterned tiled floor, local workers smiling and chatting over their coffees. The narrow area at the front gives way to a (...) Read more

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10th arrondissement

Clasico Argentino

Forget French glace, Italian gelati and British Mr Whippy: every self-respecting Parisian nowadays eats Argentinean helado – preferably from luxury fast food store Clasico Argentino. Founded by Argentineans Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher, the shop-cum-restaurant serves eight flavours (...) Read more

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11th arrondissement

Mezz

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Serving homely Mediterranean cooking to take away, Mezz is housed in a clean and chic space hard by the Canal Saint Martin. French, Moroccan and Greek influences can all be found in the serried ranks of colourful, well-designed little boxes and sachets on display. There’s no question of a starter (...) Read more

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Blackburn Coffee

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With smart new coffee shops mushrooming all over Paris these days, it's hard to get too excited about the latest opening. But it would be a shame to overlook Blackburn, whose fresh décor is dotted with humorous references to the latest trends, and whose friendly team deliver fresh fruit juices (...) Read more

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Château d'Eau

Shopping

Walrus

Like its mammalian namesake, Walrus is something of a rarity in Paris: a record shop that doubles up as​ a bar-cum-café. The concept is rooted in necessity: record sales just don't pay the rent nowadays. To judge by its spacious layout and gleaming fittings, Walrus seems designed with the coffee-drinking (...) Read more

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

Episode

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The Etienne Marcel neighbourhood isn’t exactly known for its good value boutiques – rather, it's full of hip designers and specialist addresses, to the great displeasure of penniless fashionistas, who still come here for window-shopping and better inspiration than you can get from the department stores. (...) Read more

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2nd arrondissement

Robert M. Smith

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You wouldn’t guess it from the outside – through the front window, you can’t see much other than neon lights and a few hung clothes – but this vintage boutique has enough in store to keep you coming back for more. The first room, which doubles up as an artisanal workshop, sets the tone: trinkets crowd the shelves, (...) Read more

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10th arrondissement

La Source

La Source, the brainchild of Xavier Ehrestmann (of My Electro Kitchen fame), is one of a select few Parisian record shops entirely dedicated to electro and dance music. All manner of labels are represented here – you're as likely to find an obscure British dubstep EP from 2006 as the latest Chicago house or French electro (...) Read more

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République

Bis Boutique Solidaire

It might look swanky, but Bis, opened in Boulevard du Temple in early 2012, offers reasonably priced used clothing in a chic and contemporary setting (despite its airy, New York loft style interior, this is a second hand store). It's also strong on social engagement, with 12 of its 16 positions being offered on (...) Read more

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3rd arrondissement

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork's website started out in 1995, covering the world of independent rock. Very quickly, the webzine achieved cult status, followed by hundreds of thousands who relied on the site to discover the next big things on the indie scene, be it pop or electro-rock. But its reputation was slowly worn away by excessive underground snobbery, and today the festivals are the best places to experience Pitchfork's spirit for discovering the best new acts. Check out our guide to the 2014 edition here…

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