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Missed the chance to celebrate David Hockney's 80th birthday by checking out his retrospective at the Tate London? Fear not, because the party continues at Paris's Centre Pompidou. Reflect upon the British artist's dazzling depictions of LA swimming pools, and contemplate the increasingly important role that technology plays in his oeuvre. Until 23 October 2017. www.centrepompidou.fr

What better way to fall for Paris than by waltzing through the city during the belle époque and les années folles? The exhibition Bons Baisers de Paris par Léon Zeytline (1885-1962) at the Musée Fournaise allows you to do just that. Some 60 paintings show off iconic spots such as the Grands Boulevards and the Moulin Rouge. Catch it before 5 November 2017, www.musee-fournaise.com

What picnic wouldn't be improved by a spot of live classical music? From 5 August to 17 September the Parc Floral de Paris will play host to 14 open air concerts as part of the Classique au Vert festival. classiqueauvert.paris.fr

See the wardrobe of iconic singer and actress Dalida, at the Palais Galliera exhibition 'Dalida, A Wardrobe from the City to the Stage'. The pieces on show, from a red Jean Dessès Hollywood gown to a Balmain pinafore dress, are almost as dazzling as the star herself. palaisgalliera.paris.fr

French fashion fans are going gaga for the 'Balenciaga, l'oeuvre au noir' exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle. Pieces from the Palais Galliera shed light on the importance of black in designer Cristóbal Balenciaga's work. All month, bourdelle.paris.fr.

Animal lovers of all ages should take a walk on the wild side at the Bébés Animaux exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. Especially designed for kids from the ages of two to seven, the exhibition is an invitation to explore the lives of baby animals, from birth to protecting themselves in their natural habitat. Little ones can build a bird's nest and learn the art of camouflage. cite-sciences.fr

The Grand Palais is paying homage to the father of modern sculpture with the exhibition entitled Rodin, L'Exposition du Centenaire. The retrospective boasts over 200 of Rodin's works, examines how he influenced other sculptors, and also includes pieces by the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. Until 31 July 2017. grandpalais.fr

"Hello My Game Is" has turned the Musée en Herbe into a pixellated playground. Offering guests the opportunity to step into a retro video game world, the exhibition features works by the artist, arcade machines, an interactive map of the world and a magnet wall. Until 3 September 2017. museeenherbe.com

Everyone should visit the breathtakingly beautiful Palais Garnier at least once in their life, and we can't think of a better excuse than Wayne McGregor's contemporary ballet Tree of Codes. Inspired by the book by American author Jonathan Safran Foer, Tree of Codes boasts an electro-pop score courtesy of Jamie XX and scenography from Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. From 3rd-23rd February. www.operadeparis.fr

For the exhibition Joann Sfar - Salvador Dali, One Second Before Awakening, comic book artist Joann Sfar dreamed up an artistic meeting with the Surrealist master. Visitors are encouraged to follow the path sketched by Sfara, and explore his vision of Dali's mind. Some 200 sketches cross paths with surrealist objects and sculptures by Dalí himself. Until 31 March 2017, www.daliparis.com.

The 'Hodler Monet Munch' exhibition at the Musée Marmottan explores the struggles faced by these artists to capture the effects of nature in their work. Having appreciated the freshly-fallen snow, hazy sunbeams and leaves dancing in the wind up close, we'd argue that the masters succeeded in their mission to paint the impossible. Until 22 January 2017, www.marmottan.fr.

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...to a secret Parisian garden, accessible via a hidden doorway just off Place des Vosges in the Marais district. The courtyard behind the Hôtel de Béthune-Sully is an oasis of calm and well worth a stroll through - if only for its magnificent, vine-lined walls.

Parisians are embracing the made in France movement. We love Ambrym, a charming boutique that's a one-stop shop for sustainable, locally made threads. It sells T-shirts and tote bags in organic cotton, with intricate designs. www.ambrym.fr

Fashionistas on a budget should check out Violette & Léonie. Forget sifting through rails of dusty granny frocks and stained T-shirts, this concept store carefully selects its pieces, leaving you with an overwhelming choice of nearly new gems. 114 rue de Turenne, 75003. www.violetteetleonie.com

Located on the oh-so-chic rue Amélie, Mayaro is a luxury men's concept store, an art gallery and a celebration of local design and gastronomy. A team of top-notch artisans and craftsmen come together here, lovingly creating a whole host of beautiful things you never knew you needed. Meteorite-inspired cuff links, anyone? 20 rue Amélie, 75007; mayaro.fr .

No window shopping jaunt in the Marais neighbourhood would be complete without a trip to chic home and design store Fleux. Featuring hand-picked designers such as Ferm Living, this place's striking prints and minimal mood lighting will have you mentally redecorating in seconds. 52 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004, fleux.com.

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