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5 Rue de Palestine, 75019 Paris, France
More rough-and-tumble and far less touristy than the Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a green space that's worth a visit—especially given the recent resurgence of its surrounding district, the formerly...
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75006 Paris, France
Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest park in Paris. It is teeming with blooming flower gardens, flowing fountains, historical buildings, a few smoking teenagers and yes, enormous sculptures of horses.
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Père-Lachaise, 75020 Paris, France
Pere Lachaise has got to be the coolest cemetery in the world. Although that claim is subject to personal opinion it is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris and one of it's oldest (Note that I have also visited Lafayette in New Orleans and...
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1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Small enough to get around without being overwhelmed, the Musée d'Orsay is a favorite stop in Paris not just for its size but for its collection of impressionist, postimpressionist, and art nouveau art. Perfectly set in the center of the...
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Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This former royal palace is one of the largest museums in the world, and its art collection is considered one of the most comprehensive. It contains around 400,000 works, although—mercifully, perhaps—not all are on display at any one...
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113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Before the French Revolution, this park used to be the site of the Royal Palace. Today, the garden, which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, is a place where Parisians and tourists stroll amid Rodin and Maillol statues or relax...
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Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe was inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus and commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. It was inaugurated in 1836 by King Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the revolution...
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75001 Paris, France
Stand on the the quais beneath the Pont Neuf bridge—the city's oldest crossing of the Seine—and look up. Staring down at you are mascarons, stone faces that resemble gargoyles, but without bodies. No two of these grotesque visages are the same....
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6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
For a first-time visitor to Notre Dame, investing in the audio guide is essential to immerse in and understand this overwhelmingly significant Paris icon. There's a lot to see and absorb—history, architecture, artifacts,...
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1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
In the 14th district of Paris are the Catacombs, also known as the underground ossuary (or l'Ossuaire Municipal) where 6 million skeletons are stacked in an orderly fashion and date back several centuries ago. This was done because Paris...
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Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
The Centre Pompidou, France's national museum of modern art, led the way for steel and glass buildings in the 1970s. Now the museum leads the way in modern art with its extraordinary collection, currently the world's second largest....
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Place des Vosges, Paris, France
This beautiful square is one the city's oldest; set in Le Marais, it's surrounded by grand houses and an arched walkway lined with galleries and quaint cafés. At Number 6, you'll find the former home of Victor Hugo, author of "The Hunchback of...
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69 Rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris, France
Paris boasts an unusual elevated park, La Promenade Plantée, built atop an abandoned elevated railway viaduct in the 12th arrondissement. It starts a block east of the Place de la Bastille and stretches for 2.9 elevated miles. Landscape architect...
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10 Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France
The Palais Garnier, the national opera house of Paris, is a magnificent building dripping in ornate details and glittering with gold. The five-ton chandelier, made famous in The Phantom of the Opera, still takes center stage in the auditorium. It...
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6 Rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris, France
Passages were designed in the 19th century to give Parisians protection from muddy streets and horse-drawn vehicles. Some 20 of these covered walkways remain today, including the Passage Verdeau; they are an excellent way to journey back into...
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Nothing is a more powerful symbol of the City of Light than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Paris Exposition, it's one of the world's most-visited monuments, with nearly 7 million people ascending the 1,062-foot...
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3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris, France
Step off the beaten path that leads to Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise and head instead to the lesser-known, yet extraordinary Montparnasse Cemetery. Locals bring metro tickets to leave on Serge Gainsbourg’s grave in...
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
High atop Montmartre is this distinctive white church, Sacré-Cœur, or "sacred heart." Constructed of travertine stone (the same used in the Arc de Triomphe), the Roman Catholic Church took nearly 40 years to complete and five more years to be...
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8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France
This private cultural initiative was officially announced in 2006 “to promote and support contemporary artistic creation for a wide French and international audience.” The new art and culture museum was opened in November 2014 in...
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14 Rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris, France
This small park in the Canal Saint-Martin area offers a respite from the bustling city. Among the many varieties of trees and flowers, you'll find a grassy space for sunbathing, a pond for birdwatching and a garden where veggies and flowers are...
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5 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Frenchie (the restaurant) is nearly impossible to get into, but the wine bar across the street provides a taste of chef Gregory Marchand’s housemade charcuterie and pasta, as well as small plates such as homemade smoked trout and burrata cheese...
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67 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France
There's a new wave of wine bars in Paris, ones that champion natural wine (a step beyond organic) and serve artful small plates. Camille Fremont's La Buvette (not to be confused with Buvette restaurant) is considered one of the best; the place has...
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102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France
In its heyday, La Couple was one of the most important gathering spots of the Roaring Twenties. Set in the Montparnasse district, where American jazz flourished, the Art Deco hotspot attracted the likes of Josephine Baker, as well as famous...
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27 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris, France
The oldest Basque restaurant in the city, L'Ami Jean has been helmed by Brittany-born chef Stéphane Jego since 2002. Known for his passionate temperament—which is reflected in his cooking—Jego has taken the flavors of his...
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You'd think that having a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (a prestigious crafstman title) at the helm of a restaurant would imply steep prices, but at Semilla, you're in for both a great meal and a great deal. The international influence is strong...
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52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
A boon to taco-starved expats when it opened five years ago, this taqueria-meets-cocktail lounge has been consistently good since day one. Tuck into tacos, tostadas and deliciously chunky guacamole in the narrow taqueria, then head past the...
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43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris, France
Under chef Pierre Touitou, this wine bar has been reinvented with casual cuisine incorporating fresh Italian ingredients. Buffalo mozzarella straight from Naples, Sicilian-inspired pasta dishes, and whole-baked fish are on the menu, accompanied by...
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34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
Situated a block from the Canal St.-Martin in the 10th arrondissement, Du Pain et des Idées is your favorite corner bakery—only better. The owner, Christophe Vasseur, was named best boulanger in Paris in 2008, and for good reason....
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17 Rue de Beaujolais, 75001 Paris, France
Located in the Palais Royale since 1784, the Michelin-starred Le Grand Véfour offers an exceptional culinary experience in a historic atmosphere. It has seen many decades of famous guests, from Napoleon Bonaparte to George Sand. Ask to be...
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75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Picture this: You're heading along the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe looming larger on the horizon. So close, yet so far—you need something to distract you from the long trek ahead. J'ai une idée brillante! Macarons!...
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3 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris, France
Has a restaurant ever haunted you? Well Avant Le Comptoir has haunted me for a couple of years over several trips to Paris. Much is written about chef Yves Camdeborde. His bistro Le Comptoir de Relais is in all of the hip guides to Paris. But I...
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80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
If you're lucky enough to score a reservation to try young chef Bertrand Grebaut's cooking, consider it winning the lottery. The smartly modern bistro—which made it onto the 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants list—is only open five days...
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7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France
In Paris, there’s a brasserie on virtually every corner, but few have stood the test of time as this one has. Yet it’s a bit of a mystery why the century-plus-old Chartier (as it’s commonly referred to) remains so popular, with...
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57 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France
Tucked away in the Passage des Panoramas, the oldest of Paris’ covered walkways, this restaurant delivers exactly what it promises—and does it exquisitely. Look for the bird served every which way: duck foie gras, duck confit, duck...
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5 Place du Chancelier Adenauer, 75116 Paris, France
Few women have cracked the glass ceilings of the kitchens of Paris, but chef Virginie Basselot managed to do so—and earn a Michelin star in the process. Her style at this Relais & Chateaux property isn’t exactly...
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13 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
There’s nothing flashy or trendy about this Bastille-area bistro—just solid French fare served in a traditional setting. The decor is warm and cozy—wood chairs, white tablecloths and golden-yellow walls lined with vintage photos...
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28 Rue Vignon, 75009 Paris, France
When pastry chef Mary Tagliaferro opened Helmut Newcake five years ago near the Canal Saint-Martin, it was the first gluten-free bakery in a country where the baguette and croissant are practically sacred. Today there are many more sans gluten...
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If you’re a picky eater who requires, say, a menu, then this wine cave/bistro isn’t for you. Everyone gets the same four-course dinner, plus cheese (lunches are slightly more flexible) and pays the same price (from 25 to 35 euro). And since it...
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112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
At the nexus of fashion, art, and politics on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Le Bristol so embodies French l’art du vivre that its pampered Burmese cat, Fa-Raon, sports a collar by Goyard and a sterling name tag by...
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99 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
There’s perhaps no better place for watching the well-heeled than from the terrace of this classic brasserie, which fronts both Avenue George V and the Champs-Elysées. Fouquet’s has occupied this prime corner spot since 1899, hosting movie stars...
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13 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris, France
Opened in 1980, Willi's, with its bright blue facade, is a fixture in the 1st arrondissement. This French wine bar, which is actually owned by an Englishman, is perhaps most famous for its wine-themed posters, which are commissioned each year and...
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45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France
When I first moved to the 11th arrondissement, rue Oberkampf hadn't yet shaken off the vestiges of its grungy, working-class past and was lined mostly with dive bars, ethnic take-away joints and merchants (fishmongers, cheese-mongers, florists,...
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10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, France
If the coffee scene in Paris is as robust as it is today, it's thanks in large part to Thomas Lehoux, one of the city's star baristas and co-owner of Ten Belles, just off the Canal Saint-Martin. He collaborated with two Englishwomen, Anna Trattles...
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5 Rue Daunou, 75002 Paris, France
In 1911, American star jockey Tod Sloan took a bar in Manhattan, dismantled it, and shipped it to Paris. At the time, American tourists and members of the artistic and literary communities were beginning to visit the City of Light in...
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172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
Go for the scene, not the food, and enjoy the Art Deco décor and great people-watching at this buzzy Left Bank landmark. Despite a limited menu and steep prices, the place is packed day and night. Order a chocolat chaud and sit on the...
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6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
One part tourist trap, one part beloved café, Les Deux Magots is a legendary spot that everyone should visit at least once when in Paris. Most famous as the place where the likes of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway...
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145 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France
Occupying a prime corner in the edgy Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood, this scruffy Parisian café attracts bobos (Parisian hipsters) looking for affordable wine and good coffee. The canal-front terrace fills up fast on a warm summer day; on...
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75019, 39 Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris, France
It's billed as part café, part workspace, but we can't imagine slaving away in front of a laptop with these views. Set inside a old stone house, Le Pavillon des Canaux overlooks a picturesque canal with houseboats bobbing in the distance....
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33 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
The landmark 1928 Prince de Galles hotel on Avenue George V is the setting for this plush Art Deco bar, where the cocktails are pricey (at around 18 to 24 euro) but beautifully executed. You can go for a classic, but the signature concoctions are...
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14 Rue Bochart de Saron, 75009 Paris, France
It's the most grownup of the cocktail bars in super-trendy SoPi (South Pigalle), a quickly gentrifying area that is still home to a large number of sex shops and massage parlors. Around the U-shaped bar, with soul music gently throbbing in the...
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14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris, France
We admit, it's not the easiest place to find—the entrance is through an unmarked door on a bland residential street in Menilmontant. But once you do (hint: look for the velvet rope) and take the elevator seven floors up, you'll be rewarded...
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69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better barman than Kaled DeRouiche, who crafts some of the best cocktails in the city in this groovy, Morocco-meets-70s-louche spot in Le Marais. Grab a seat at the bar—there are also a smattering of...
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21 Rue Keller, 75011 Paris, France
The understated retro vibe of this Bastille area bar is the perfect backdrop for its well-crafted, "Mad Men"-inspired cocktails. The drinks menu unabashedly channels mid-century America: Palm Springs, California Cool, Brooklyn are just a few of...
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171 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
Stop here before—or after—a stroll in the nearby Luxembourg Gardens for a taste of classic 19th-century Paris. Expat writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented the bar, as did legendary artists like Picasso (brass...
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6 Avenue Jean Aicard, 75011 Paris, France
Wine may be the Parisian drink of choice, but a burgeoning interest in craft brews has inspired the opening of several artisanal beer bars in the capital city. La Fine Mousse has 20 beers on tap—a mix of mostly French, Belgian, German and...
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1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
Yes, this corner spot in Le Marais serves a fine mixed drink—not surprising since it's from the same team that founded Glass, one of the city's best cocktail joints. Order a refreshing Kolpa Kopul: cachaça, white vermouth and Falernum...
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78 Rue d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris, France
This expansive brasserie, which includes a covered rooftop bar and sprawling terrace, occupies the old Auteuil train station, which serviced the 16th arrondissement. When will you find yourself in this far-flung quarter of the city? When you go to...
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54 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
This sliver of a wine bar and tapas joint is ideal for drinking solo or with a pal (larger groups will have a hard time finding a seat). Settle in at the wood bar or at one of the stools alongside the stone walls, and choose from the well-curated...
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25 rue de Douai, 75009 Paris, France
Late evening is the best time to experience buzzy South Pigalle, and it's when you should plan to hit up this hipster favorite, which occupies a prime corner in the heart of the neighborhood. It delivers on the "terrasse" in its name, with a...
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6 Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris, France
If you've been to the Louvre, one of the city's top attractions, you know that most of the restaurants and bars in the near vicinity are mediocre tourist traps. Fortunately, Le Fumoir is an exception, a restaurant-bar-café-tearoom that...