France

France Travel Guide

The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.

This purveyor of luxury chocolate touched down at CDG in 2009, opening two mini boutiques catering to discerning jet-setters. Truffles, éclairs, fruited chocolates, and other bon bons are ready to be eaten immediately or available in ribbon-tied gift boxes.

It wouldn't be a trip to Bordeaux without, well, a bottle of Bordeaux. Oenophiles and amateur tasters alike will find something to love at the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux.

The bustling Puces de Paris St. Ouen, a.k.a Paris Flea Market, is the setting for this four-hour tour offered on Saturdays and Sundays by Toma Clark Haines, an American expat living in Europe.

The wine bar is run by three friends, one of whom is an expert on the local estates, from which he handpicks wines for the menu. Chartrons also hosts frequent tastings.

The name in translation, simply enough, is "cakes and bread." Run by Claire Damon, this pastry shop and bakery occupies a corner along the Boulevard Pasteur and Rue Mizon in a slightly out-of-the-way section of the 15th arrondissement.

At Miller et Bertaux in Le Marais, designers and perfumers Francis Miller and Patrick Bertaux sell quality clothing, perfumes, and objets d'art. The shop’s clothing comes in classic neutral colors like white, brown, and black.