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The low-down on Lisbon

From its coastal backdrop and colourful tiled buildings to its traditional trams, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most picturesque capital cities. Here, we bring you our highlights Read more

Les Foodies: The hot new address in the Marais

Photos: (C) Les Foodies  Internationally renowned for its thriving restaurant scene, the Marais often leads the way in Paris foodie trends – so we always sit up and take notice when a new place opens… Read more

St. Moritz: The height of skiing chic

With its idyllic Alpine setting, illustrious Olympic heritage and inimitable lux lifestyle, St. Moritz is one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world. Susie Hollands brings us the inside track Read more

20 Questions with CEO of VINGT Paris, Susie Hollands

The founder and CEO of VINGT Paris, Susie Hollands, has lived in Paris since 2003 – during which time she has advised countless clients not only on the best neighbourhoods but also where to enjoy… Read more

Hôtel Lutetia: A Parisian icon awakes

With the recent re-opening of legendary Paris landmark, the Lutetia, Yann Perreau traces the fascinating history of this iconic Left Bank hotel Read more

Our pick of the best… Ibiza beaches

While Ibiza is perhaps most well-known for its buzzing nightlife, it also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Here’s our pick of the best… Read more

Budapest: The Paris of the East

With its mountainous backdrop, enchanting architecture and the sparkling river at its heart, there’s an almost fairy-tale feel to Hungary’s capital city. Here, Susie Hollands, a seasoned visitor, shares its magic Read more

Enjoying the high life in Courchevel

Still trying to decide on a location for your winter ski break? Then look no further than VINGT Paris favourite, Courchevel, one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. Susie Hollands brings us her… Read more

The trend-setting city of Tel Aviv

Dubbed ‘the Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, Tel Aviv is a modern, diverse and cosmopolitan city known for its beautiful beaches, Bauhaus architecture and buzzing cultural scene. Here, we bring you the… Read more

A tale of two villages: Èze and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

For a break from the bling of the French Riviera, take a trip to the beautiful hilltop villages of Èze and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin – where you’ll also find some of the best views around Read more

10 of the best hip & happening hotels in New York

With VINGT Paris delighted to have expanded into New York, here we bring you a few of the hippest places to stay in the Midtown/Downtown districts Read more

Join us at the SILENCIO private members’ club

Here at VINGT Paris, we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure our clients enjoy the very best of the city – from access to the leading sporting fixtures and invites to exclusive art previews to securing tables at the… Read more

Snow turns Paris into a winter wonderland

With the heaviest snowfall for 30 years last month, Paris was transformed into a winter wonderland! Here, we share a few of our favourite photos (simply click on each image to move onto the next… Read more

A sneak peek inside the Moulin Rouge

One of the great Parisian institutions, the Moulin Rouge has been entertaining audiences since 1889 – and with photos inside strictly forbidden, it still retains a glamorous ‘Belle Époque’ allure even today. Here we bring… Read more

OUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE MARCHÉ AUX PUCES: PART TWO

Further to our recent article on the Marché aux Puces, the sprawling antiques market in the north of Paris, here we bring you the low-down on each section. So whether it’s a sunburst mirror, an… Read more

A Spotlight on our CEO

To mark the 15th anniversary of VINGT Paris, here we catch up with founder and CEO, Susie Hollands, to discover the inspiring story of how she succeeded in the world of Paris property Read more

A wonderful waltz through Vienna

Conjuring up images of elaborate balls, elegant coffee houses and enchanting winter markets, the city of Vienna is all that and more – and very do-able on a weekend break from Paris Read more

5 top tips for making a success of the sales

Unlike many countries, the sales in France are state-regulated and only run twice a year. The good news about this is that there are genuine bargains to be snapped up! With that in mind, here… Read more

Our essential guide to the Marché aux Puces: Part One

One of the largest flea markets in the world, the Marché aux Puces, in the northern suburb of Saint-Ouen, is the perfect place to seek out everything from vintage clothing and old vinyl to antique… Read more

20 of the best… hip & happening hotels in Paris

From a rumoured refuge of Kanye West to a hotel that’s a Mecca for artists and another with a renowned rooftop terrace, here we bring you a few of the coolest places to stay in… Read more

20 of the best… discreet luxury hotels in Paris

For the discerning traveller looking for style and substance over blow-the budget bling, there are plenty of options in Paris. From Haussmannian hotspots and private mansions to cutting-edge design, here’s a few of our favourites… Read more

Foodie favourites on the rue des Martyrs

One of the best foodie streets in Paris, the rue des Martyrs has become a must-visit destination for those in search of the finest French fare. Here, long-time local resident Caroline Harrap picks out five… Read more

20 Questions with war correspondent Janine di Giovanni

An award-winning war reporter, author and international speaker on foreign policy, Janine di Giovanni has lived in Paris for many years. The author of nine books, her last, The Morning They Came For us: Dispatches… Read more

Arles for art-lovers

The coastline of south-east France has long been a Mecca for artists, drawn to the region by the soft southern light, but Arles in particular has an exceptionally rich artistic heritage – making it the… Read more

20 of the best… blow-the-budget hotels in Paris

If you’re looking for somewhere special to stay, it’s no surprise that Paris is home to some of the most exclusive hotels in the world. From private terraces and underground pools to Michelin cuisine, here’s our… Read more

The attraction of Arles

Immortalised in the paintings of Van Gogh, the historic city of Arles is best-known for its remarkable Roman remains. However, you’ll also find a magnificent market, great galleries and museums, and stunning natural beauty close… Read more

10 of the best rooftop bars

On a clear, starry evening, what could be better than sipping a glass of chilled Champagne with a panoramic view over Paris? Here we bring you 10 of our favourite places to do just that… Read more

On the castle trail around the Loire

From fairy-tale castles and riverside views to sprawling vineyards, a visit to the Loire Valley should be a must on everyone’s bucket list – and it’s all just an-hour-and-a-half train-ride from Paris. Here we bring… Read more

20 arrondissements in just one day

Running from dawn until dusk, and covering almost 60km, the annual expedition taking in all 20 of the Paris arrondissements is no walk in the park – but there is no better way to get… Read more

20 Questions with Paris blogger Yanique Francis

Best-known for her popular blog, My Parisian Life, providing an insider’s guide to the city, Yanique Francis is also an event and wedding planner and a budding wellness practitioner. Here the former New-Yorker reveals a… Read more

The forgotten treasure of the French Riviera

Located on the Cote d’Azur coastline between Cannes and Nice, Antibes is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours – but this charming Riviera resort is a real gem…  Read more

Japanese Gardens: An oasis of order and calm

Text: Anna Bromwich Paris has long had a fascination with all things Japanese, as borne out by the number of gardens in this style that are sprinkled across the city… Read more

Where to go in Paris for an al-fresco swim

We may not have a coastline in Paris, but there’s still the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor swim, if you know where to go. Here we reveal a few of the best spots…  Read more

Why everything’s coming up roses for Grasse

The home of such iconic perfumes as Rochas, Dior and Chanel N°5, the hilltop enclave of Grasse offers the ultimate olfactory experience. And that’s not to mention the medieval streets, magnificent cuisine and meadows strewn… Read more

20 questions with author Andrew Hussey OBE

An English author, academic and historian, Andrew Hussey OBE has lived in Paris for many years. His best-selling book about the city, Paris – The Secret History, received widespread acclaim, and his latest release, The… Read more

The must-see sights around Saint-Tropez

Renowned as much for its spaceship-style super-yachts as its beautiful beaches and quaint cobbled streets, Saint-Tropez remains the destination of choice for the international jet-set… Read more

The co-working cafés that are creative hot spots

There are more homeworkers now than at any time before, but the lack of office banter can leave many feeling isolated. Luckily help is at hand with the new breed of Parisian co-working cafés… Read more

Our essential guide to visiting Versailles

Following the hit TV series Versailles, the world-famous palace at the heart of the show is very much in the spotlight. VINGT Paris reveals a few of the must-see sights… Read more

My favourite Paris…

With her new novel, Paris Mon Amour, praised for its vivid sense of the ‘real’ Paris, author Isabel Costello knows a thing or two about life in the French capital. Here she shares with us her… Read more

A secret garden haven away from the crowds

Words: Rooksana Hossenally & Caroline Harrap If you want to escape the crowded parks when the sun shines, Paris has some lovely ‘secret’ gardens just waiting to be explored, such as this hidden gem tucked… Read more

The best English-Language Bookstores in Paris

There’s a surprising number of English-language bookshops in Paris that are just as enchanting as their French counterparts – and perfect for when you’re through with the passé simple… Words: Caroline Harrap Image: Alexandre Duret-Lutz… Read more

A Bordeaux bucket list

A decade on from its UNESCO World Heritage listing, Bordeaux keeps on pulling in the plaudits, with Lonely Planet naming it the No.1 place to visit in 2017. What’s more, it will soon be possible… Read more

Bio, baguettes and Breton crêpes at Bastille

Words: Jill Pope Image: Alain Bachellier While most shops in Paris tend to be closed on a Sunday, a visit to a market is the perfect way to get your retail fix at the same… Read more

Sainte Chapelle

Text: Emily Ruck Keene Image: Luciano Guelfi I’d been past this place so many times on my bike and wondered at the long lines of predominantly Asian and American tourists standing outside, but never once… Read more

Le Musée d’Edith Piaf: a little-known Paris museum

Words: Sara Waldron Tucked away in northeastern Paris’ Ménilmontant neighbourhood is the Musée d’Edith Piaf, a small, unassuming collection of mementos of the singer’s life and work.  Truly one of the city’s musées insolites,the only… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: Boulangerie Basics

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco Who doesn’t like bread? It’s probably humanity’s oldest baked good, and when it comes to breadlove, Parisians take it to the next level. The Boulangerie is not just a place… Read more

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Words: Tiffany Tang Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra Situated in the Louvre’s 19th-century Rohan and Marsan wings is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum of decorative art and design that houses over 150,000 objects, showcasing collections… Read more

Strasbourg

  Words: Jill Pope Image: Daniel Schoenen The far east of France, Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace-Lorraine, a region that has changed hands between the Germans and the French over history, which gives the… Read more

Villefranche and the south coast of France

  Words: Jill Pope The Cote d’Azur offers much more than the blockbuster cities of Nice and Cannes – nestled amongst the rocky crests and twisting curves of the southern coast of France lie some… Read more

Marché bio Raspail

Words: Jill Pope The official Paris markets website states that the Raspail bio market is the “most chic in Paris”, and who are we to argue with them? This market has a slightly less chic… Read more

Marché bio Batignolles

Words: Jill Pope Image: Timothy Mason Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement used to sit outside the Paris city limits and the neighbourhood has retained the village-like lifestyle with cute boutiques, leafy streets and a local… Read more

Lyon

Words: Jill Pope Lyon is an absolute must-see destination for everyone who admits that their favourite part of a holiday is the edible part. Renowned as the heartland of French gastronomy the leafy, hilly city… Read more

Rue de Lévis

Words: Jill Pope Perhaps it’s not technically a market, but the pedestrian thoroughfare near Villiers metro situated amongst the subdued chic of the 17th arrondissement definitely has a village feel. Weave amongst young families, nannies… Read more

Restaurant Sauvage

Words and Images: Jill Pope If it sometimes feels like the bohemian hey day of the 6th and 7th arrondissements is behind it, Restaurant Sauvage has brought back a rather contemporary reinterpretation of that free and easy… Read more

Micro-Quartier Profile: Rennes/Raspail

Words: Jill Pope Who would guess that this calm and stately quartier, cloistered between the 5th, 6th, 7th and 14th arrondissements around Boulevard Raspail and Rue de Rennes, was home to some to the city’s raging bohemian… Read more

Uzès

Words: Jill Pope Images: Susie Hollands Head off the well-trodden Provence tourist trail to medieval town Uzès in neighbouring region Gard. This a sun-drenched patch of fertile Languedoc land features the distinctive stark Mediterranean landscapes… Read more

Meet the Locals: Juliette in Saint-Paul/Place des Vosges

Words: Jill Pope Image: Susie Hollands Vingt Paris Magazine knows that there’s nothing quite like a local’s insider knowledge, so we go straight to source. Juliette has lived in the ‘lower’ Marais (around Saint Paul… Read more

Mélodies Graphiques

Words: Jill Pope Image: Karen For anyone with a major stationery fetish, if you haven’t already discovered it, Mélodies Graphiques may be your new mecca. This shop was a like a chimera for me –… Read more

Micro-quartier profile: Saint-Paul/Place des Vosges

Words: Jill Pope The Marais, which spans the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, is far from a homogenous bloc, but a collection of neighbourhoods with their own character. The eastern part of the 4th arrondissement – that is, the… Read more

Marché d’Aligre

Words: Jill Pope With Emile Zola’s ‘belly of Paris’, Les Halles, reduced to a grim, labyrinthine shopping complex and a hunk of land permanently ‘under construction’, Parisians were in need of another market standard. Thus… Read more

Comestibles et Marchand de Vins

Words: Jill Pope Image: Comestibles et Marchand de Vins The best part of moving to a new neighbourhood is discovering the local haunts. The kind of places that might not necessarily be the first port… Read more

Meet the Locals: Anne-Laure and Harry in Clignancourt-Jules Joffrin

Words: Jill Pope Image: Rui Ornelas Vingt Paris Magazine knows that there’s nothing quite like a local’s insider knowledge, so we go straight to source. To get the low-down on the northern part of the… Read more

Micro-quartier profile: Clignancourt-Jules Joffrin

Words: Jill Pope Image: Aurélien Michaud There’s more to the 18th arrondissement than Montmartre and Pigalle! Head north from Sacre Coeur and discover the other side of the ‘butte’ – neighbourhoods like Clignancourt Jules Joffrin, huddled… Read more

Les Nautes

Words: Jill Pope As soon as the sun starts shining the word on everyone’s lips is “terrasse”. Parisians are on a constant quest to discover the best place to soak up that prized Vitamin D,… Read more

Jim Haynes – Atelier A-2 and Sunday night salons

  Words: Jill Pope Images: Alex Leggett I imagine that journalists the world over are united in their trepidation of interviewing people who have reached “legendary” status. It’s hard to know how to probe beyond… Read more

VDB

Words: Jill Pope VDB is a bit of a sleeper. On a side-street off the more well-trodden ‘lower’ Oberkampf, of Aux Deux Amis et al, I had been meaning to check out this open-fronted cave… Read more

Vee Hair

Words: Jill Pope Images: Hotze Eisma You would think, in a city teeming with immaculately groomed people, that good hair salons would be easy to find in Paris. Why is it then, that if I… Read more

Felicity Lemon

Words: Jill Pope Image: Jill Pope On an unassuming street in the 20th arrondissement lies a small outpost of modern bistro cuisine at seemingly impossible Parisian prices. Despite living just around the corner, it took… Read more

In the Garden

Words: Jill Diane Pope Image: In the Garden Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hectic pace of life in La Capitale and go, like the famous theme song says, somewhere where everybody knows your name.… Read more

En Vrac

Words: Jill Pope This is a caviste with a difference. For those who love drinking wine and saving the planet En Vrac provides an opportunity to combine those two worthy objectives in its small boutique… Read more

Fondation Café

  Words: Jill Pope Image: Emilie Nielson Tucked away on Rue Dupetit-Thouars in the 3rd arrondissement sits the latest chapter in Paris’ coffee renaissance. Australian barista Chris Nielson, previously at Ten Belles, has opened his… Read more

Le Dépanneur

Words: Jill Pope Image: David Rager Opening quietly over summer, new bar and restaurant Le Dépanneur has brought a touch of California casual to the 9th arrondissement. The original Le Dépanneur is fondly remembered through hazy… Read more

Holybelly

Words: Jill Pope Image: Chris and Emelie Nielson Ask any Australian living in Paris what they miss most about home, and they’re likely to tell you ‘breakfasts’. In the city where a croissant, cigarette and… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: Casual Eye Contact

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco Eye contact is something we all do. There’s something special, or distinct or something about looking into someone’s eyes. The only adjective that keeps popping up when thinking of the… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: L’amour, bien sûr!

Image: Robert Doisneau’s “Les Amoureux” Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco  You know that moment right before you jump into a pool that you know is filled with cold water? That strange mixture of drive and… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Self-Esteem SOS

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco Escobedo Image: Nouvelle Vague photographer Raymond Cauchetiere It was one thirty in the morning on one of those April days when it’s finally warm enough to be jealous of the people… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Friends For Sure

  Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco The bar right outside of Étienne Marcel was crowded. It wasn’t crowded in the normal, busy brasserie of the deuxième-kind of way. No, there were people awkwardly standing next… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: How To Be Bored

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco Paris can be exhilarating, beautiful, surprising, interesting, warm, foul, and many other things. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever come across two people who have identical views on the… Read more

A selection of African restaurants in Paris

Text: Ndali Amobi Home to over 5 million people of African and Arab descent, France enjoys a rich culinary diversity; and where better to experience this than in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Paris. Stroll around… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Montmartre, Tonmartre

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco I am about to describe something we’ve all been through. It’s nothing we should be ashamed of because we didn’t know any better. It goes a little something like this.… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Rivers, Canals, Bridges

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco I don’t think I remember the first time I went to the banks of the Seine at night. It must’ve been during winter. I’m almost sure that they were very… Read more

Le Bal Café

Words: Omid Tavallai Anna Trattles sits across from me at one of the handful of tables inside the high-ceilinged, white-walled, windowed room that is Le Bal Café. “You’ve got five minutes,” she says, constantly looking… Read more

Marché de l’Olive La Chapelle

Text: Emily Sands-Bonin The recently-refurbished Marché de l’Olive has been hailed as very “Baltard” by Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, an allusion to French 19th century architect Victor Baltard, designer of Les Halles, Paris’ mythical… Read more

Le Tango

Words: Richard Price Image: Le Tango Timing, as they say, is everything. At Le Tango, this could not be more true. On a recent Saturday night, my gal-pal and I arrived there at 23:30 and… Read more

La Tête Dans les Olives

Words: Omid Tavallai Image: Roberto Baibich In Paris, food is fashion. And just as fashion has its trends and fads, so does food. In January of this year, influential food critic François Simon (after whom… Read more

Marché Saint-Quentin

Text: Brendan Seibel Image: Dale Calder Today it’s hard to imagine Les Halles as anything other than an architectural disgrace. Centuries ago it was the “Belly of Paris”, but now teems with a distinctly different… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: Supermarket Savoir

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco As skinny as everyone around you looks in their rolled up navy or khaki pants, people in Paris have to eat. As a matter of fact, you have to eat… Read more

Florian Aubertin – La Cave des Papilles

Words: Omid Tavallai The story has almost become a cliché in what’s hot and exciting in Paris: A young upstart with no formal training. Someone who bailed on a corporate career to pursue an unrelated… Read more

Paris’ Best Art & Craft Supply Stores

Text: Anne S. Ditmeyer & Natalie Turturro Whether you want to make some art or just like window-shopping for supplies – here’s some of Paris best options to help get those creative juices flowing. Lavrut… Read more

From Grand Boulevards to Palais Royal

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco If ever there was a walk that would evoke everything Paris wanted others to see about it without showing that which it didn’t, it would be the one-hour stroll that… Read more

From Grand Boulevards to Palais Royal Part 2

Go back to Part 1 Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco You walk around it and wonder what the word ‘Madeleine’ even means. You’re back at Capucines but decide to turn right. The thought of heading… Read more

From Grand Boulevards to Palais Royale Part 3

  Go back to Part 2 Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco “Why am I here?” You ask yourself as you’re trying to cross Place de la Concorde. It takes you four minutes and three separate… Read more

Unspoken rules: 35 Parisian New Year’s Resolutions

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco 1-Find someone French to have a date with 2-Actually do that thing where I pick an area of the Louvre per week, and visit it very attentively 3-Buy a bicycle… Read more

Classic Parisian Movie Houses

Text: Brian Clark Image: Flickr Slipping into a small theatre at two in the afternoon to catch a beat-up 35mm print of an old movie is probably one of the most authentically Parisian activities still… Read more

Unspoken rules: Où est le feu?

Words: Richard Price     Images: VINGT Paris I have never tired of trying to figure out what it is that makes the French unique.  That is a delicate way of saying that I am endlessly frustrated… Read more

The Smoking Museum: for Les Fumeurs and Les Non-Fumeurs alike

Words: Sara Waldron At first glance, the Musée du Fumeur, a tiny museum near Père Lachaise, has a bit of a head shop feel – with cigarettes, lighters, and all manner of smoking contraptions for… Read more

Nordik Market

Text: Anne Ditmeyer Image: Nordik Market Inspired by his travels and friends Guillaume Deroy made his long time dream a reality when he opened Nordik Market, a concept shop devoted to Scandinavian design. Coming from… Read more

Atelier Boba : Photo Prints ´sur mesure´

Text: Philip Tonda The new Paris-based photo studio Atelier Boba does not only offer printing and technical advice on a high, professional level; they are also, unlike most printing places, very competent in giving artistic advice… Read more

Le Beverley Cinéma: Last Porn Theatre in Paris

Text: Brian Clark Image: Alaina Lele Upon taking a seat at Le Beverley Cinéma, the first thing I notice is that all of the patrons except my girlfriend and I choose to sit at the… Read more

Paris’ 20 Best Vintage Clothing Shops

Text: Meg Gagnard Our vintage clothing post has long been one of our readers’ favourites. We decided it needed an update, so we called on urban explorer Meg Gagnard of De Quelle planète es-tu? to update… Read more

Le Rocketship

Text: Anne Ditmeyer Image: Le Rocketship Part design boutique, part coffee bar, the location is prime in the 9th arrondissement, around the corner from Hotel Amour, a block from rue des Martyrs, and just a… Read more

Le Lieu du Design

Text: Anne Ditmeyer, Prêt à Voyager One of my favorite parts of events like Paris Design Week is discovering new venues. One of these discoveries was Le Lieu Design. Located at located at 74, rue… Read more

Rosa Rankin-Gee

Text: Haxie Meyers-Belkin Rosa Rankin-Gee is a winner of Shakespeare & Company’s 2011 Paris Literary Prize, and she co-founded The Book Club at Le Carmen (think gorgeous people swapping books in sumptuous surroundings – an… Read more

BHV Homme

  Words: Richard Price Image: Patrick Janicek There are times when you want to express your individuality and creativity. And then there are times when you just want to blend into the wallpaper. BHV Homme… Read more

Café Coutume

Words: Omid Tavallai Coffee is Paris has taken a turn for the better in recent times. It seems a long time ago that people were slashing through the images of postcard-perfect zinc counter tops and… Read more

Astier de Villatte

Text: Aran Cravey Image: Yoon Viak Studio Beyond the basic plate/bowl/cup trio of everyday tableware, I’m a mere Simpleton when it comes to the subject of ceramics. The finer points of teapots and terrines are… Read more

The Gaîté Lyrique

Text: Aidan Mac Guill Image: Gaîté Lyrique The Théâtre de la Gaîté Lyrique first opened in its current location on the rue Papin in 1862. That incarnation was itself a reconstruction of the original Théâtre… Read more

Hermès – Rive Gauche

Text: Aran Cravey Image: Jennifer Vinopal The airy, tri-level store on Rue de Sèvres in the 6th arrondissement was originally created to house the swimming pool for the Hotel Lutetia during its grand dame era… Read more

Musée Condé – Château de Chantilly

In the unlikely event that Paris is beginning to get tiresome, art correspondent Lilianne Milgrom offers two very different art experiences outside the Paris metropolis. Here she offers a classical option of Chantilly's Musée Condé. Read more

MAC/VAL Vitry Sur Seine

In the unlikely event that Paris is beginning to get tiresome, art correspondent Lilianne Milgrom offers two very different art experiences outside the Paris metropolis. Here she offers a contemporary option at Vitry-sur-Seine's outstanding contemporary… Read more

Monte Laster – President of FACE Association in La Courneuve

Text: Brendan Seibel   La Courneuve is a northern Parisian suburb, which, already tarnished by the legacy of 60’s immigrant exile and post-industrial depression, became even more notorious after photos of police dragging pregnant women from… Read more

Maison Rouge

Text: Aran Cravey With over a hundred museums, Paris is the undisputed capital of artistic institutions. And while it can boast more than it’s fair share of publicly funded, pillars of art history, it’s contemporary… Read more

L’Epicerie de Bruno

Words and images: Omid Tavallai Walking past the trendy boutiques of Rue Tiquetonne, you’re likely to see some storefronts that will grab your attention: Freakish mannequins dressed up in cleverly arranged runway hand-me-downs, hipster vintage… Read more

La Cave à Bulles

On a narrow cobblestone street in Paris' Beaubourg district, Simon Thillou is slowly fomenting revolution. Or fermenting, rather... Mild-mannered and extremely friendly, he explains in fluent English, "Paris is not a beer place. It's difficult… Read more

E. Dehillerin

Text: Carly DeFilippo Image: Kevin Walsh If E. Dehillerin is not the most practical place to shop for kitchen equipment in Paris, it’s certainly the most nostalgic.  The vintage, forest-green storefront spans the corner of… Read more

Centre Pompidou Metz

Text: Aran Cravey Spreading the artistic wealth has been a part of France’s cultural history for centuries. Since the early 19th century, the Louvre has been loaning out its masterful treasures to regional museums within… Read more

Louxor – Palais Du Cinema

Text: Aidan Mac Guill Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra On the corner of Boulevard de la Chapelle and Boulevard de Magenta, at the heart of noisy, relentless Barbès, stands a building. Amidst the clatter of the overground… Read more

Le Verre Volé

Text: Nick Forrester Image: Katte Bellatje Le Verre Volé, on Rue de Lancry, has a rustic French charm, which belies its relative youth. One of the pioneers of the ‘neo bistrot’ scence which swept Paris in… Read more

Au Petit Tonneau

Text: Brendan Seibel Image: Au Petit Tonneau Nestled amongst the glitz and glitter of the 7th Au Petit Tonneau brings the neighbourhood back to Earth. Walking inside this unassuming restaurant is like crossing the threshold… Read more

Manouche – gypsy jazz venues in Paris

Text: Nick Forrester Image: Ricardo Although you’re unlikely to see any of the grey flannel suits and pencil moustaches that one might associate with the Parisian Jazz scene there are a number of cafes and… Read more

La Grande Epicerie de Paris

Words: Richard Price Image: Stéphanie Moisan If you are a true food-lover, upon entering la Grande Epicerie de Paris, it feels as if your head might explode at any moment.  They have so much and… Read more

Lac-Hong Vietnamese Restaurant

  Text: Brendan Seibel As the luxury coach pulls away, leaving you to stand in the middle of Saigon, expect to be surrounded by restaurants resembling Lac-Hong. Authenticity hounds would flee from the faux-traditional facade… Read more

Pralus Chocolate

Text: Boris Petrovic Image: Lee McCoy Pralus is one of the three producers in France to go ‘from bean to bar’; he uses nothing but noble ingredients, only pure chocolate butter, no  preservatives, E’ numbers… Read more

Michel Cluizel Chocolate

Text: Boris Petrovic Image: Robyn Lee Like all fine chocolate artisans serious about their craft, Michel Cluizel has his own series of ‘Premier cru’ tablets, meaning that these chocolates come from a single cocoa bean… Read more

Theatre L’étoile du nord

Text: Nick Forrester L’étoile du nord is a small theatre in the 18th arrondissement boasting an eclectic mix of performance, music and contemporary dance – sometimes of a challenging nature. L’étoile du nord 16, rue… Read more

Maison de l’Architecture

  Text: Anna Bromich Photograph: Eric Laignel My dog-eared street map of Paris, printed in 1984, lists the U-shaped building opposite Gare de l’Est as a hospital, causing momentary confusion as I navigate my way… Read more

Artazart Design Bookstore

  Text: Joel Ma In the 21st century everyone knows at least one graphic designer. They usually have a keen eye for visual metaphor, impeccable personal hygiene and may or may not wear slim rectangular,… Read more

La Conserverie

Text: Sarah Moriarty Image: La Conserverie The eclectic bar-restaurant, La Conserverie, at 35 bis rue du Sentier in the second arrondissement, serves some of the best cocktails in the city. This is big praise for… Read more

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

  Text: Chris Holt Image: Mertxe Iturrioz Paris is home to dozens of museums catering to all tastes and interests. Those passionate about hunting and nature should most definitely visit the Musée de la Chasse… Read more

International Bar

Text: Joel Ma Image: Valentin Ottone For those who acquaint themselves with a city by the pulse of its live music, Paris can leave the average punter a little cold. Openied in 2008 and located… Read more

Le Centquatre

Text: Tiffany Tang Developed as one of the cultural projects by the Mairie de Paris with the vision of reviving the city’s contemporary art scene, Le Centquatre – its name taken from the street number 104, Rue d’Aubervilliers… Read more

Cultural Centers in Paris

 Text: Anna Bromwich Image: Flickr Alongside London, Paris is one of the most multi-cultural cities in Europe.  Unlike London, it is not often viewed as such by the outside world which prefers to focus on… Read more

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

Text by Anna Bromwich If you don’t have the time to embark on an architecture tour of France, an afternoon at Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine works just as well. The three galleries in… Read more

Point Ephémère

Text: Will Best If you allow yourself to meander down the Canal St Martin, you’ll stumble upon the industrial arts hub (plus restaurant plus bar) Point Ephémère.  Once a factory, Point Ephémère now boasts performance spaces, 5… Read more

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Text: Philippa Brangam Image: Wally Gobetz Henry Miller aptly described Shakespeare & Co as a wonderland of books. On stepping through the door out of the hustle and bustle of the busy Latin Quarter it is… Read more

Maison des Métallos

Text: Anna Bromwich Maison des Métallos is perhaps best described as a cultural venue with a social conscience. It’s various spaces stage exhibitions, theatre and concerts with strong political themes and host creative workshops for… Read more

Forum des Images

Text: David Britain   Although its location inside Forum des Halles is not the most desirable, Forum des Images is the gem of this underground maze. Nowhere else will you find such an enormously varied… Read more

Cité de la Mode et du Design

Text: Anna Bromwich  Perched on Quai D’Austerlitz on the old industrial banks of the Seine is a 21st century Emerald City. The Cité de la Mode et du Design is a converted storehouse wrapped in… Read more

Ground Zero – independent record shop

Text: Will Hutchins If you’ve failed in your bid to find that Senegalese 1969-1972 funk rarities compilation you’ve been searching for in your local Fnac, then you’ll have better luck at Ground Zero – formely tucked… Read more

La Briciola

Words: Daniel Scheffler In the epicenter of Parisian trendiness comes a truly unashamed Italian bistro offering freshness and understated simplicity. Dark rocket leaves, many tomatoes and shavings of parmesan cover an eclectic plate of Southern Italy.… Read more

Rose Bakery

Words: Daniel Scheffler Image: Flickr With sanctuaries like these, the trick is to keep breathing. The light knight has saved me to a place beyond. Some of the best coffee in Paris, the darkest chocolate… Read more

Depot Vente du 17e

Text: Ana Lee Luxury depot vente (second hand shop) in the 17th above Parc Monceau. Here you’ll find last season’s Chloe bags, Dior ties (at 40 euros), and exceptional vintage Chanel jewelry. Used designer clothing… Read more

Guilo-Guilo

Text: Ana Lee Exceptional Japanese cuisine in the heart of Montmartre, the Guilo-Guilo is held by renowned Kyoto chef Eiichi Edakuni. Unique menu composed of little dishes (tempura de figues, sashimi de thon rouge sauce… Read more

Andy Wahloo

Text: Ana Lee A Marais stalwart, from what appears to be an oriental épicerie on the outside, inside you’ll find an eccentric bar and eclectic mix of pop art and Moroccan deco. Wahloo also includes… Read more

Piscine Pontoise

Text: Ana Lee Image: Vincent Noel The Piscine Pontoise is one of the most legendary pools in Paris. Built in the 1930s, this historical landmark has attracted stars such as Commander Cousteau and swimming champion Johnny… Read more

La Maroquinerie (and other right bank music venues)

Text: Jayson Harsin  From the vantage point of Pere Lachaise in the 20th, in the closing pages of Balzac’s delicious Pere Goriot, the hero Rastignac looks down into the mudpit of Paris, seething with moneylust… Read more

Sacha Finkelsztajn

Text: Ana Lee If you’re strolling around rue des Rosiers and you don’t feel like felafel, Sacha Finkelsztajn’s (the yellow bakery) is a great Marais stalwart, filled with rib-sticking Yiddish delicacies from bureks, cheesecake, poppy… Read more

Item Editions

Words: Pamela Price A quirky gallery in the 14th dealing with (mostly) works on paper, and especially lithography, that’s easy to walk by – but take the time to stop and examine the treasures inside,… Read more

Aux Folies

Words: Sarah-Neel Smith Visible almost as soon as you exit the Belleville metro, this neon-lit cafe is a microcosm of the diverse, constantly-in-flux neighbourhood it’s located in. A little rough around the edges, it is… Read more

Le Caveau des Oubliettes

Words: Pamela Price When I first moved to Paris my roommate saw me sitting on the couch, wondering what to do on my Thursday night. “You like jazz?” he asked, and handed me a piece… Read more

Théâtre Des Bouffes du Nord

Words: Pamela Price The historic theatrical structure, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, has endured its struggles with survival. Now thriving under the direction of Micheline Rozan and Peter Brook, the two picked the theatre out… Read more

The Nouveau Casino

Text: Jayson Harsin Nestled in the briar patch of branchitude at 114 rue Oberkampf is a former 1930s cabaret. The building later became an artist atelier. Then in 2001 it opened as home to what… Read more

Maison Européene de la Photographie

Words: Sarah-Neel Smith  The Maison Européene de la Photographie hosts a new round of photography exhibitions every three to four months. Drawing on its own significant permanent collection and from other collections worldwide, it consistently delivers… Read more

Guignol: A Classic French Puppet Show

Words: Pamela Price  “Guignol, Guignol, Guignol, Guignol!!!” My ears ring with the sounds of children screaming French comments at the puppet characters on stage. No this is not a nightmare, it’s the adventures of babysitting… Read more

Hotel du Nord

Text: Stephanie Micci Hotel du Nord has played many roles over the years, with its origins as a hotel dating all the way back to 1885, to its role as the setting of 1938 film… Read more

Canal Danse

Words: Pamela Price Canal Danse is a creative association that hosts various workshops and performances involving dance. Patricia Brouilly is the director of this artistic organization, which is centered around the performing arts. The idea… Read more

Goumanyat & Son Royaume

Text: Carly DeFilippo If your cooking seems a bit bland, spice it up with some of the best herbs and spices. There are several shops that can supply you with all of the zesty flavors… Read more

Centre Pompidou

Text: Ana Lee  In the heart of the Marais, you’ll find one of Paris’s most famous museums – known to locals as Beaubourg although its official name is the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges… Read more