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What to do in Paris this week

Explore Paris like a native with the best music, shopping, restaurants, bars and other things to do, August 22-28 2016

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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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Restaurants ● Five Guys

US fast food chain ‘Five Guys’ opened its first Parisian outlet on the Cour Saint-Emilion in summer 2016, much to the delight of the overexcited, selfie-taking teens queuing outside. Faithful to the typical American diner aesthetic, chequered tiles and red leather seats greet you on entry. Once you’re in, place your order, take a ticket stub and wait for your food, be it a burger, cheese burger, hotdog or veggie burger...

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12th arrondissement

Art ● Sorolla, un peintre espagnol à Paris

The Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny has put on some compelling retrospectives over the past couple of years – Caillebotte (March 2016) and Degas (March 2015) immediately spring to mind – and this current Joaquin Sorolla show is no different. Although he’s relatively unknown now, the 100 or so canvasses and sketches on show here are testament to why the artist was so popular in his time...

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Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny , France Until Sunday November 6 2016

Film ● Central Intelligence

Definitive proof that a single performance can make an entire film. The premise of ‘Central Intelligence’ is simplistic and underwhelming: former high school star turned jobsworth accountant teams up with former bullying victim turned CIA agent to take down a terrorist mastermind. Thank the movie gods for Dwayne Johnson, who delivers a performance of such charm that the screen practically glows every time he appears...

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Restaurants ● Bob’s Juice Bar

Picture this: a platinum blonde girl in faded Levi jeans and Birkenstocks cradles a freshly squeezed juice. She kisses her tattooed skateboarder boyfriend outside a kiosk, the words ‘JUICE BAR’ stamped across its front in big white letters. No, you’re not in Brooklyn – you’re on the Rue Lucien Sampaix, at the first juice bar set up by Marc Grossman six years ago...

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10th arrondissement

Shopping ● Trousselier


Trousselier has been creating floral art and selling home decoration on this site since 1877. Walking into the store's first section is like stepping into the Garden of Eden with its large space entirely dedicated to artificial flowers. Here, you’ll discover cascades of silk wisteria, wedding bouquets, cornflower bridesmaid crowns and even framed floral arrangements on the walls...

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Art ● Yemma


On the surface, Yemma looks like any other trendy Parisian canteen – red brick walls, industrial lighting, mismatched formica tables – but luckily this spot doesn’t forego good quality food in its bid to be hip. Here Moroccan cuisine is on the menu, created and cooked by reputed TV chef Abdel Alaoui, so it’s no surprise that it’s pretty near perfect...

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11th arrondissement

Art ● ‘L’Esprit singulier’ à la Halle Saint-Pierre

Undoubtedly the epicentre of Outsider Art in Paris, the three-decade-old Halle Saint-Pierre has never been afraid to take risks when it comes to its boldly naïf, often anti-establishment exhibits. Their latest, ‘L’Esprit Singulier’, throws up everything from the haunting spectral forms of painters Alain Nahum and Jean Klépal to Hélène Lagnieu’s disturbing anatomical sketches...

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Halle Saint-Pierre , Montmartre Until Friday August 26 2016
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