Want to know what’s hot, happening or simply essential viewing in one of the world’s greatest cities? Our local critics’ guide to what to do in Paris each week selects the best in arts and culture, music and nightlife, restaurants, shopping and more, giving you the keys to the most inspiring experiences that Paris has to offer.
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Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the show – a veritable mechanical freak show created by the one and only Gilbert Peyre. Returning to the Halle Saint-Pierre after his first monograph in 2000 and an installation in the current exhibition ‘Persona’ at Quai Branly – the surrealist-cum-robotics-expert takes us on a new journey. Starting on the ground floor, in a dark, circular room, a child’s tricycle cycles over to greet us. This is a shiver-inducing homage to ‘The Shining’ and intrigued, bewitched almost, we continue...Read more
Take a big plate of Texas-style barbeque, add a bunch of trendy Parisians and you’ve got Paris Texas, the hot new restaurant from the founders of PNY. Barbequed meat, grilled meat, smoked meat – the place truly is a carnivore’s wet dream. The ribs for example: highest quality beef from a Normandy farm, matured for three weeks and oak-smoked for seven hours - proper, fatty, melt-in-the-mouth meat...Read more
On at the Institut Suédois, the Swedish cultural hub of Paris, until October, ‘Le Divan de Liv’ focuses on the work of Liv Strömquist, a Swedish cartoonist who delivers wry and acerbic commentary on some of western society’s most pressing problems. Inspired by the portrayal of women in history and also in the modern-day tabloid press, Strömquist’s work deals heavily with the disparities of power between men and women, and questions why there’s still such an obsession with the private lives of famous women...Read more
Improvising with dinner choices on Saint-Michel can be as risky as trying to buy a present on Christmas Eve. Panicked and hopeless, you’ll probably end up with something average and overpriced. So obviously, when you finally find a good place, you’re going to keep coming back. With a plain white front displaying perfectly crispy, golden-skinned peking duck, it’s an unpretentious space with occasionally friendly service. But this is a Saint-Michel institution, and we’re here for good Chinese cooking...Read more
Formerly known as Sanz By Bizz’art, this trendy bar/ restaurant/ club in Bastille has undergone a massive makeover: new menu, new décor, a new chef, a new name – new everything. Day or night, newly-Christened Le Sanz is full of life. From carefully prepared, simple food to their immensely popular nights out with live music (expect an eclectic mix of Brazilian musicians, jazz and soul artists) and DJ sets...Read more
Forget the back-to-school rush and the shortening days: autumn in Paris is as much about reinvigorating the community’s artistic esprit as it is about falling leaves and the end of summer. Led by the Nuit Blanche festival, held every year from 7pm-7am on the first Saturday in October (October 1 2016), the city blossoms into a fantastic harvest of art, music and theatrical events. It’s an unmissable time to visit, or for resident expats to shake off their post-summer sloth and get out and enjoy the city like true Parisians...Read more
If there is any film whose lightning would seem impossible to recapture in a bottle, it’s ‘The Blair Witch Project’. The shaky-cam, DIY-ish, you-are-there techniques that made the 1999 horror so frightening and immediate have passed into cliché. None of us would fall for the original marketing campaign’s ‘It really happened!’ pitch either. So it’s a small miracle that 17 years later ‘Blair Witch’ – essentially a sequel-as-remake (let’s ignore 2000’s ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’) – is satisfying in its own right and pretty damn scary...Read more