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The Essential Guide to Paris

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Paris effortlessly walks the line between being a romantic, Old World capital and a destination where trends are set almost daily in fashion, architecture, art, and cuisine. That uncanny balance has made the City of Light a favorite destination for all types of travelers—ones who’ll wait to book flights until reservations are locked down for the latest Michelin-starred bistro, ones who’ll travel to see a single painting by an Old Master, and those who arrive merely to check the Eiffel Tower off their list and then leave enchanted by every tree-lined boulevard and candlelit café. Enjoy your stay in Paris, and know you’ll definitely be coming back.
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6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
A devastating fire on April 15, 2019, has closed the interior of the cathedral to visitors. Plans to rebuild and reopen the structure are being made, but at present, visitors are not allowed near the site.
For a first-time visitor to Notre...
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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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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 Métro ride to the far-flung 16th arrondissement. The multiple...
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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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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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132-140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France
Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, aka Clignancourt, is Europe’s largest flea market and the city’s favorite place to find a bargain. Exiting the Métro at Porte de Clignancourt, those in the know pass by the counterfeit...
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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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13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
The largest contemporary art space in Europe is also the coolest place to be for kids of every age. Teens come in flocks, lining up for the vintage Fotomaton, exploring the experiential art exhibitions, and waiting for the opening of the YoYo...
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Place de la Concorde, 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 Place de la Concorde, is a place where Parisians and tourists stroll amid Rodin and Maillol statues or relax...
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9 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
The friendly neighborhood of Rue des Martyrs is a favorite destination for buying edible souvenirs of Paris. To get started, head to No. 9, where the beautiful Chambre aux Confitures stocks endless jars of jam for your...
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80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
With Michelin-quality food, a casual and friendly atmosphere, and shared plates that won’t break the bank, Clamato (sister restaurant to the much-hyped Septime next door) is a bistronomic hit. Arrive around 7 p.m. to get a seat without...
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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. From...
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34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France
Husband and wife team Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian opened this restaurant in the “très Brooklyn” style that’s so popular in Paris now. The food is of American influence, but is made with fabulous French ingredients. We...
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112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
Located at Le Bristol Paris hotel, this gourmet French restaurant is helmed by chef Éric Fréchon, who serves up dishes like macaroni stuffed with black truffles and pigeon from the Bresse area.
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37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris, France
The Experimental Cocktail Club was one of the first to bring the craft cocktail scene to Paris, landing here in a dark and moody room with stone walls. This once-simple bar has become the flagship of an international empire with...
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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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32 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France
For food from the most exciting female chef in Paris, Le Servan is the spot. Here, you can enjoy shared plates courtesy of Tatiana Levha, who has extensive experience at two of the most distinguished temples of haûte cuisine in Paris,...
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22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris, France
The next time you head to Rue des Rosiers in Paris, rather than joining the hordes and standing in line for a falafel, pop into Miznon on Rue des Écouffes for a slightly more gourmet take on Israeli street food. The restaurant, owned by...
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72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
The great macaron debate may forever wage on, but from the first time I tucked into a small box of Pierre Hermé's diminutive cookies, perfectly crisp on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside, I knew I'd remain loyal to his...
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55 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France
He loves to work with French produce, but Pierre Sang has also introduced French people to flavors they aren’t used to. He was born in Korea and adopted by a French family when he was seven. In his cooking, he incorporates some of his...
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Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, France
This 18th-century building that used to be the mint still holds treasure: It now houses the three-Michelin-starred Guy Savoy. Dark-colored walls set off the contemporary art, and large windows frame views of the Seine, setting the stage for an...
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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 Grébaut’s cooking, consider it winning the lottery. The smartly modern bistro—which made it onto the 2016 “World’s 50 Best...
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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 Canal St-Martin. He collaborated with two Englishwomen, Anna Trattles and...
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45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
Why we love it: Revived glam and rich history on the Left Bank

The Highlights:
- A prime location for exploring the Left Bank
- Lots of social spaces in which to see and be seen
- Updated rooms still boast loads of character

The Review:
Opened in...
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10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France
Steeped in history, this Parisian landmark was commissioned by King Louis XV in 1758, though it didn’t open as a hotel until 1909. Since then, it’s seen such notable guests as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, Madonna, and more...
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228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
What kind of hotel might attract such diverse guests as Pablo Picasso and Elizabeth Taylor, Mata Hari and FDR, Queen Victoria and Jay-Z, Tchaikovsky and the Olsen Twins? The answer is Le Meurice. Opened in 1815 as one of the world’s first...
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15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
Coco Chanel famously made the Ritz Paris her home for 34 years, but the grandest hotels need a little brightening once in a while. The Ritz, which originally opened on Place Vendôme in 1898, reopened in 2016 after a four-year, $450...
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109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France
Mama Shelter’s owners, who launched the Flèche d’Or indie rock club across the street, turned an outlying location in the 20th arrondissement into an advantage. They enlisted Philippe Starck to design the restaurant, bar,...