Collected by Bethany Bristow
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
We spent half a day at this wonderful museum, near the Louvre off Rue de Rivoli. This was part of an exhibit all about chairs. These look like models but are full size, viewed from above. (Cafe at the museum is especially good.)
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris, France
Little needs to be said about Paris's peerless art scene and the iconic museums that greet throngs of visitors each day but we hear very little about spaces like the non profit Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art nestled in the 1'4th...
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
When in Paris, of course you must visit the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and L'Orangerie to see the classics and impressionist masters of Europe. But a trip to France’s capital should not be complete without a stop at the inside out Pompidou modern art...
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France
With its swooping glass panels that resemble a kind of space-age ship's sails, Frank Gehry's design for the Louis Vuitton art collection, which opened in fall 2014, is worth the Metro ride to the far-flung 16th arrondissement. The multiple...
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...
75009 Paris, France
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is worth a visit if only to stand under its magnificent glass dome. The family business has survived as a one-stop-shopping hub for five generations, thanks to steady innovation and an emphasis on high fashion and...
99 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Paris, France
Need a Louis XVI giltwood bergère or a mid-century modern coffee table? A bust of Apollo or a granite-carved sphinx? An 18th-century sunburst mirror with real age spots or a marble staircase from of an old chateau? You can find these and more, or...
64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France
This concept store deals mainly in second-hand clothing and accessories from established labels, but also stocks new items from emerging designers. The condition of the used items is excellent, so don't expect thrift-store prices—denim jackets...
5 Rue Houdon, 75018 Paris, France
Shopping at this store in the Montmartre feels more like visiting a young Parisian fashionista's flat, with independent designer duds spread out across various furnished "rooms." Around 20 brands are carried here—and most of the items are made...
133 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
This isn't your local Walgreens—the edgy glass-and-steel facade should tell you that. And while you can buy aspirin at its pharmacy or Le Figaro at its newsagent, Publicis is really about upmarket retail: Petrossian caviar, Acqua di Parma cologne,...
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
One of the world's original concept stores, this multi-level paean to all things cool remains mobbed nearly a decade after it was founded. It's a highly curated mix of men's and women's apparel, art books, skin products, record albums and more...
18-20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, France
This cramped and crowded temple to cookware is where Julia Child shopped, which might surprise you given how no-frills it is. Creaky floorboards, bad lighting and a basement haphazardly crammed with copper pots and pans is hardly a...
99 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France
Locals queue up for delicious cheeses from this fromagerie, whose namesake owner received a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the country's highest honor for a craftsperson (in this case, for his skills as a master of cheese). Aged Comté is king...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
93 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
I had my misgivings about La Patisserie des Rêves (literally, the pastry shop of dreams). Widely hyped since its opening in 2009, Philippe Conticini's whimsical space breaks with traditional codes both in decor and dessert. I had seen photos of...
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