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The Art of the Everyday in Paris

The French expression l’art de vivre translates to “the art of living”—and when you’re visiting Paris, it’s apparent the French have it perfected. Locals take time to appreciate an afternoon walk along the Seine, a perfectly pleated blouse, or a baguette from the neighborhood boulangerie. We’ve put together a guide to savoring the small things in Paris as they do. Book through American Express Travel for valuable perks like hotel credits, complimentary upgrades, or other exclusive benefits.
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39 Avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris, France
The glass-and-steel Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe stands out from many of its Parisian luxury-hotel peers thanks to designer Christian de Portzamparc’s rippled façade and sculpted windows. But views onto the city’s mansard roofs still allow...
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14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris, France
Paris has a wealth of museums, some of which don’t get anywhere near the attention given the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay—and that’s a good thing for those eager to contemplate art without the crowds. One enchanting little museum is Musée National...
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228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Pastries and other sweet treats are a refined art form in Paris, and opportunities to indulge are numerous. At Le Meurice hotel, award-winning head pastry chef Cédric Grolet, a Fauchon alum, crafts intensely flavored pastries, such as a St. Honoré...
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1 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 Paris, France
French women continue to set the standard for understated and effortless style. Emerging French brand Sézane offers pieces with bohemian flair, such as embroidered dresses and lace blouses, and keeps clothing and accessories affordable by focusing...
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12 Cour Carrée, 75001 Paris, France
French writer and poet Victor Hugo wrote, “To wander is human, to stroll is Parisian." Indeed, strolling, or the act of walking for no reason other than pure pleasure, is a popular pastime in France. The word for it is flânerie. Although how it...