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.

Just around the corner from Avenue Montaigne, this popular source for embroidered fine linens made in France offers its wares at a third of the price of similar Paris retailers.

When it comes to off-the-charts cookies in France, all roads lead to Le Petit Duc, whose Oreilles de la Bonne Déesse, or Ears of the Good Goddess, are an adaptation of an elaborate Roman porridge recipe that uses olive oil, red wine, pepper, honey—and cumin.

This flagship boutique on Rue Cambon was founded in 1915 by Coco Chanel, whose brand quickly became one of the most famous haute couture labels in the world.

This shiny white store brings together for the first time chic women’s wear, accessories, and shoe collections, all selected by the owner, Maria Luisa Poumaillou.

More like a city unto itself than a mere flea market, this vast expanse—really a series of many markets accommodating a whopping 2,500 dealers—could easily take up an entire day.

Bookstore has literature and architecture books that really help one understand the region.