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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herboristerie de la Place de Clichy

Herboristerie de la Place de Clichy has one of Paris’ most beautiful shop facades. The wooden interior from the 19th century will take you back in time and houses 900 different types of plants to… Read more

Monday evening fresh food market and veggie baskets

Stanislaus Branle is a producer based near Lyon who supplies fruits and vegetables to some of the city’s restaurants. Each Monday night he sets up a small ‘pop up’ fresh food market, selling out the back… Read more

Fragonard

Image: Flickr Looking for a Paris souvenir that has it all, then head over to Fragonard. Founded in 1926 in Grasse, France’s perfume capital, the shop sells loads of fabulously chic yet reasonably priced items:… 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

Porthault – Fine Linens

  Image: Jan Marlyn Reeseman Jackie O, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn were Porthault addicts. If you enjoy getting up close and personal with high thread count bedsheets follow in their kitten heeled footsteps down… Read more

Serge Lutens

Stroll into the wonderful Palais Royal, a few steps from the Louvre but quite off the tourist beat; in the Galerie de Valvois running down one side is Les Salons du Palais Royal. Here you… Read more

Thé Mariage Frères

Image: Robyn Lee This famous company carries exclusive teas with great packaging and a huge range of flavours. Try Thé du Nil or “Marco Polo” (mélange parfumé fruité). Not only is it a fantastic place… Read more

Fondation Cartier

The Fondation Cartier – one of the many Paris museums dedicated to contemmporary art – puts on consistently good shows and invests in young artists, as well as some more established international names. The beautiful building… Read more

Aux Crus de Bourgogne

Image: Aux Crus de Bourgogne Want to eat where the Parisians do? This is the place – a bistro dating from 1900. More foie gras and lobster than you can shake a stick at. Aux… Read more

Rousset-Gaulejac Joaillier

Simon-Pierre Rosset-Gaulejac carrries on the family tradition of fine jewelery.  His claim to fame – engraving clients’ fingerprints or handwriting on gold necklaces, bracelets, pendants and charms. Rousset-Gaulejac Joaillier 23 Rue Jacob, 6th Ph. 01… Read more

Arthus-Bertrand

This legendary shop has been crafting signet rings and official decorations since 1803.  One of creations is “Lune de Miel”, a gold disk that can been worn as a bracelet, necklace, pendant or ring. He… Read more

Musée du Louvre

The Louvre. Need we really say more? Get there early to avoid the queue or even better, head to the nocturnes Wednesday and Friday nights. Read more

L’Institut Guerlain

France’s doyenne of Design, André Putnam, renovated the mythic L’Institut Guerlain, which is credited with being the first modern day spa, inaugurated in 1939. Read more

Le Plateau

Since January 2002, the Frac Ile-de-France has been in charge of Le Plateau, a contemporary arts centre located near the park Buttes-Chaumont, mixing together arts, dance, and music, with a particular focus on promoting works… Read more

Blonde by Franck Vidoff

Frank has his own parlour dedicated to the art of being blonde – perhaps reminiscent of Marilyn’s dressing room which seems to have been the inspiration. And he takes hair seriously, in an altogether French… Read more

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