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Located on the Right Bank, the 11th Arrondissement is one of the city's most densely populated neighborhoods. The district's most notable feature is the... Read More

Stop here for award-winning baguettes and croissants from accountant turned passionate artisanal baker Benjamin Turquier in the upper Marais. His crisp... Read More

Also called the Arrondissement des Gobelins (District of Goblins), this Left Bank neighborhood is home to the Manufacture des Gobelins, which was named... Read More

20 Sur 20 is a tiny costume jewelry shop in the 1ère arrondisement. Located on a narrow street just one-half block from the Seine river, the... Read More

English-speaking drivers chauffeur you and three companions around Paris in a vintage Citroen 2CV convertible. There are many themed tours, ranging from... Read More

The oldest chocolate shop in Paris (opened in 1761) is exactly as you would picture it: the classic Parisian storefront says epicere fine (delicatessan)... Read More

Located on the Left Bank, a short walk from the Pont Neuf, the Action Christine theatre has long been a popular spot for cinephiles who enjoy seeing... Read More

Haute couture jewelry designer Adeline Roussel runs her bauble business from both this boutique and her atelier in Jaipur, India. Located on Rue Jacob... Read More

An interior designer for more than 40 years, Alberto Pinto has been featured in dozens of magazines like Instyle Home, Elle Decoration and... Read More

Just around the corner from the historic Hotel DeVille, Alter Mundi specializes in organic, fair trade clothes with urban edge. The designs offer... Read More

Set up by Alexandre Mattiussi in 2011, this trending brand already has two stores in Paris. The label’s name means friend in French, and Mattiussi... Read More

Established by designer André Perugia in 1896, this widespread French footwear chain sells trendy, high-quality shoes at reasonable prices.... Read More

At her flagship store for a line of goods that permeates European and Asian markets and can be found in upscale hotel room bathrooms around the world,... Read More

Visit this boudoir-style shop, set up by its namesake back in the 80’s, or any of the other six locations in Paris that were recently revamped. Circle... Read More

Known locally as the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Arab World Institute in Paris’ Fifth Arrondissement serves to foster goodwill and cross-cultural... Read More

The 2007 winner of the Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris (the best baguette in Paris contest), Arnaud... Read More

On the gourmet Rue des Martyrs strip below Pigalle, this long-standing bakery and patisserie is famous for its award-winning “Renaissance” baguette.... Read More

Along the banks of the Canal St.-Martin, a bright orange façade marks the location of Artazart, one of the most celebrated art and design... Read More

The name says it all at this understated bar just below Montmartre. There’s a short but quality list of natural wines and cocktails, plus an excellent... Read More

The Sun King’s palace at Versailles is so vast that three different ASTEL stations rent rowboats, bikes, and electric golf carts to visitors... Read More

This exquisite crockery is handmade in Paris of white-glazed terracotta and inspired by 19th-century designs. Take home a beautiful teacup or plate. The... Read More

Atelier des Chefs provides one of those must-do-while-in-Paris bucket list experiences: instruction in the preparation of authentic French cuisine. A... Read More

Located on an old-school market street in Paris, Atelier du Bracelet is a tiny leather crafts business directly across from the modern all-glass home d... Read More

These convenient multimedia computer stations come equipped with high-speed Internet connections, ready-to-use desktop computers, and (in some cases)... Read More

The merchandise at Paris’s venerable temple of toys has drawn locals and travelers for 170 years. The treasures that built the store’s... Read More

Opened by French-American Vanessa Elia in 2004, this high-end flower retailer on Avenue Paul-Doumer has a single overriding passion: to bring 150... Read More

Although the public cannot join the herdsmen on their walk into the mountains here, there is a send-off festival with folk dancing, a market, and... Read More

It’s always hard to find a seat at this popular Oberkampf wine bar, buzzing with happy locals climbing over each other to sample the wine list or the... Read More

At home in the Bohemian chic Monmartre, this caberet-style watering hole is often the last and most memorable stop on a night spent out in the city's... Read More

An 11-day wine-cruise itinerary winds along the Rhône River, stopping at the medieval Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the oldest domaines in... Read More

The boutique for urban clothes horses carries women's fashions from Martin Margiela, Maria Calderara, and Ann Demeulemeester, as well as international... Read More

Only the finest in lead crystal tableware, jewelry, and light fixtures is offered at Maison Baccarat, the renowned Paris store which is housed in a... Read More

Housed in the former mansion of art patron Marie-Laure, Viscountess de Noailles, this Place des Ètats-Unis museum is frequently used for swank... Read More

Active travel (cycling; walking; sea kayaking; rock climbing) paired with unexpected cultural experiences (storytelling in Ireland; a game of boules in... Read More

A recent addition to the Paris nightclub roster, out by Bastille, is segmented into three sections: an upstairs “secret room,” decorated like an... Read More

On Rue de Marseille on the Canal St Martin, Balibaris is in good company, alongside other quality French outfitters such as A.P.C. and Agnès b. This... Read More

The hotel's low-key yet elegant bar was once the favorite local watering hole of Errol Flynn (Orson Wells, Rita Hayworth, and Greta Garbo were regular... Read More

Its owners used to run a design agency in London, which is apparent the instant you step into the lobby. Bright contemporary prints and photographs take... Read More

The rustic, typically Sètois bar is popular with residents, who come here for affordable wines and simple grilled seafood brochettes. Read More

Tuck into beer and sausages at this buzzy HQ for the Parisian brewer Demory. (OK, they brew in Germany, but are based in Paris.) You can taste all five... Read More

The twin spires of the Basilique Ste. Clotilde once marked it as the most famous and oft-visited church of 19th-century Paris. Though the construction... Read More

See the city from the Seine on this eight-stop river circuit. Voyagers pass the Jardin des Plantes, the city’s sweeping botanical gardens, as well as... Read More

Bayeux’s famous 230-foot-long tapestry—displayed in this well-run little museum—tells the story of the Norman conquest of England. Read More

With easy-to-spot blue-and-white massage outposts throughout the airport, mini-spa Be Relax has two treatment rooms. If an upper-back massage (from $33)... Read More

The largest French airport fragrance and cosmetics store (nearly 6,500 square feet) shimmers in a sleek black-and-white interior. Friendly multilingual... Read More

The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes,... Read More

A recent overhaul has seen this quaint inner-city bazaar be jazzed up for Marais trendsetters, luring stylish Parisians and hipsters by the dozens.... Read More

Founded by Patrick Melloul, Biondini sells a collection of super pricy, and unique, shoes. The largest designer shoe retailer in the city, the... Read More

Swedish wine writer and author Britt Karlsson, a Paris resident since 1990, organizes 20 tours annually to wine regions in France, Spain, Italy,... Read More

Awash in minimalist shades of taupes and creams with , Bleu Comme Bleu embodies serenity and well being — with a keen sense of style.... Read More

When travelers think of French nightclubs, visions of Paris's trendy, velvet rope venues—with their pulse pounding club music, hypnotic lightshows... Read More

This immense park, located on the Eastern border of the city, is three times bigger than New York’s Central Park, and has tons to do. Whether visiting... Read More

Based in Paris, Bonnie Brayham’s Purple Truffle is a travel design company that specializes in “authentic and extraordinary experiences... Read More

From privileged little princes and princesses to chic young adults, the garments at Bonpoint are classic, polished, and meticulously well-made. ... Read More

For Bonpoint's iconic baby clothes—pin tucks! smocking! hand-knitted booties!—priced at 30 percent off, this French brand's Fin de Sé... Read More

The gorgeous flagship in the heart of the booming Northern Marais is a 3-floor bazaar featuring the trendy brand’s collection for boys and girls. ... Read More

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

The first thing that will draw your attention to Boucherie Becquerel on Rue St. Antoine is the aroma of roasting chicken. Set up in glass cases on the... Read More

A striking Art Deco boulangerie complete with starburst light fixtures, 1930’s mirrors, and curved display cases, Boulangerie Bechu, in the heart... Read More

Owned by Jean Noel Julien for 20 years and located at 75 rue St. Honoré, Boulangerie Julien was awarded best crescent in Paris by the BBC in... Read More

Located in the Auteuil neighborhood of the 16th Arrondissement, this open-air flea market takes place twice a week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.... Read More

Famed for his fondness for treating shoes like pieces of clothing — fabrics and even zippers often adorn his designs — Bruno Frisoni sells... Read More

This beautiful park built in the Romantic tradition features moody grottos, waterfalls, waterways and an artificial lake, and even a temple inspired by... Read More

The former 17th-century church has been transformed into a bar/cinema/art complex. On sunny days in the late afternoon, the outdoor terrace is bathed in... Read More

Camard, and a number of other shipping companies, maintain offices at the Porte de Clignancourt flea market and other spots around Paris. You register,... Read More

This hybrid site combines an excellent taqueria with a speakeasy cocktail bar hidden out the back. Squeeze in street-side for excellent tacos and... Read More

Set in a former warehouse, the museum shows a rotating collection of art from the 1960's to the present. Read More

Housed in two 16th century mansions, the Carnavalet Museum details Paris's history back to its earliest Neolithic roots. Recreations of salons and... Read More

Special Booking: For a group of women on a china- and silver-shopping excursion, the table at their private villa was set with different patterns, which... Read More

Carole, the gregarious chef and owner of the Good News Café in Woodbury, Connecticut, and her French husband, publisher Bernard Jarrier, host... Read More

This chic mini-mall is located below the Louvre and its famous Pyramid. A great solution for rainy Sundays, it features a quality selection of shops... Read More

The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art comprises 12,000 square feet of exhibition space designed by Jean Nouvel. This non-profit organization was... Read More

The creepy Paris Catacombs is an underground labyrinth stocking the remains of about six million Parisians, removed from cemeteries at the end of the... Read More

The Tour: After watching a film on the history of champagne and how it is made, visitors descend into the caves, where they see how the bubbly is... Read More

A tour of the Caves of Roquefort will turn you into a lover of Roquefort cheese if you aren't one already. Read More

The 20-year-old family-run company, Cecile and Jeanne, opened a boutique in the Charles de Gaulle airport in 2005. Located in terminal 2, near gate 2F,... Read More

Before moving to London, Paris-born Phoebe Philo developed a penchant for slim silhouettes and clean lines. She has been at the helm of the old French... Read More

Temporary exhibitions of contemporary paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations are set in a vast space designed by architect Lorenzo Piqueras,... Read More

Located in the center of Paris in a building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou is the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou... Read More

One the most visited buildings in Europe, the iconic Centre Pompidou, built in the mid-1970s in the heart of the city, looks like some kind of colorful... Read More

The contemporary and modern art museum with its emblematic architecture has a kids’ space on the mezzanine presenting interactive programs in sync with... Read More

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... Read More

Possibly Paris’s most iconic fashion house, Chanel keeps making waves, thanks to its irrepressible creative director Herr Karl Lagerfeld. The historic... Read More

Charles de Gaulle International Airport (XDT) is Europe’s No. 2 airport (after London’s Heathrow) in the number of passengers this... Read More

Fifty-six miles southwest of Paris, and easily accessible by train from the Gare Montparnasse, this pretty French town is home to the Unesco World... Read More

Château Beychevelle is an estate along La Gironde about 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux near the village of St.-Julien. Founded in the Middle Ages,... Read More

Château Cos d'Estournel is one of the top Haut-Médoc wine producers in Bordeaux’s St.-Estèphe region. The property sits on 200... Read More

As producers of an A.O.C. Vallée des Baux de Provence oil, the 18th-century Château d'Estoublon is required to press its olives within... Read More

Never mind the fancy name, the "château" is actually a former prison—the Mediterranean equivalent of Alcatraz. Built in the 16th century,... Read More

Never mind the fancy name, the "château" is actually a former prison—the Mediterranean equivalent of Alcatraz. Built in the 16th century,... Read More

The Château produces some of the region's finest olive oils—fruity, rich ... Read More

Located northwest of Bordeaux proper, the Château Giscours winery is set on a hilltop in the commune of Labarde. The domaine started... Read More

Château Grand Callamand is both a winery and a bed-and-breakfast. Located near the town of Pertuis in Luberon National Park, the château is... Read More

Just off the D2 highway—known as the Route des Châteaux—this 128-acre winery is easily recognizable by its two conical turrets rising... Read More

Chateau Pichon-Longueville is known locally as Pichon Baron. Located northwest of Bordeaux along the Garonne River between the towns of Pauillac and... Read More

More than just a winery, Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a family home, a hotel with a natural mineral springs spa, and one of the most praised... Read More

Producer of both olive oil and wine. Read More

The ganache is spiked with the russet-colored piment d’Espelette. Read More

The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and... Read More

Located on a street that’s considered prime territory for hunting down kitten heels, stilettos, and wedges, Louboutin’s leopard-print pumps... Read More

Located on a street that’s considered prime territory for hunting down kitten heels, stilettos, and wedges, Louboutin offers leopard-print pumps... Read More

Five miles northwest of Quimper, a first-generation cider maker produces top-notch brews and distilled lambigs. Read More

A popular destination for a stroll, this cemetery in northern Paris' Montmartre once served as home to French Revolution-era mass graves. Spruced up and... Read More

The historic candle-maker dates back to 1643 and supplied the royal court of Louis XIV, as well as most of the great churches of France. Today, it... Read More

Yes, it's touristy, but how can you miss the chance to see the gardens? Grounds stay open till November 1 and are ablaze in autumn hues. Read More

Not your average Parisian boutique, Claude Nature on fashionable Boulevard Saint-Germain feels part natural history museum and part curiosity shop. ... Read More

Wine and cheese appreciation in the language school’s 400-year-old mansion highlight central France’s excellent vintages and fresh goat... Read More

Established by a pair of local fashion-industry refugees, this cult bath and body-care store elevates the basic Provençal soap to a supremely... Read More

This high-end retailer with seven Paris locations takes its coffee seriously. At home on Paris' grandest shopping streets, Comptoir Richard is part of a... Read More

Context Travel puts a new spin on the classic walking tour by marshaling a network of English-speaking art historians, writers, architects, and other... Read More

Cooking classes at La Pitchoune, the former home of Julia Child, taught by Kathie Alex. Read More

Frustrated with the lack of stylish but practical children’s clothing in Paris, stay-at-home mom Daniéle Tellinge began designing her... Read More

This confectioner churns out whimsy by the boxful, such as mountains of buttery fleur de sel caramels, and paves de Bordeaux ("Bordeaux cobblestones"),... Read More

Serious collectors head to the second arrondissement in search of Old Master drawings. Launched in 1936 by Patrick and Rose-Anne de Bayser, Galerie de... Read More

During the festival, the population of Deauville swells from some 4,000 to 40,000—more than a few of them royals and retainers, though now more... Read More

A destination specialist for all of Italy, she makes her focus luxury leisure travel to worldwide destinations (particularly Western Europe, South... Read More

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... Read More

Founded by sisters Katia and Vanessa Sanchez, Des Petits Hauts (which translates to “The Little Tops”) is an ultra-feminine clothing... Read More

For vintage threads, this boutique situated among the gardens of the Palais Royal attracts a well-heeled clientele. Every piece in fashion expert Didier... Read More

Located in the heart of the stylish Hotel DeVille district, on the northern bank of the Seine, the Different Company, true to its name, is a different... Read More

Bright red awnings stretched across each window of the Plaza Athenee hotel beckon visitors inside to this spa in the eighth arrondissement. The... Read More

Since the Paris-born debuted its first fragrance in 1968 (a spicy, unisex scent with sandalwood, cinnamon, and rose) the scent-specialist has been... Read More

This kitschy tiki cocktail bar in Pigalle serves up umbrella drinks, but also offers a good range of craft beer, including ales from as far away as... Read More

Produces an excellent collection of Côtes de Thongue wines; every July, the Swiss owners hold a classical music festival onsite. Read More

Open for public tours; also hosts multicourse wine-pairing dinners twice a year—book early. Read More

To purchase the lusty red that Dominique Hauvette turns out under the Baux de Provence appellation at Domaine Hauvette, you'll need an appointment&mdash... Read More

Opened by Charles Drouant in 1880, this storied restaurant in Place Gaillon occupies the same building it has since its 19th-century founding as a... Read More

Opened in 1852, The Drouot Richelieu in the Ninth Arrondissement is the oldest auction house in the world. Treasures reside throughout this glass and... Read More

The words “fabrication traditionnelle” are emblazoned above the entrance of this antique-filled boulangerie (bakery), advertising... Read More

Everything at this pared-down affair by the Canal St-Martin is excellent. Alain Ducasse thinks so too, and features the crusty sourdough “Pain des Amis”... Read More

An optician of choice for fashion-conscious Parisians, this high-end eyewear retailer on Rue Castiglione sells premium brands and its own handcrafted... Read More

Not for the culinary faint of heart, this 200-year-old kitchen supply store caters to serious cooks, home chefs, and foodies. Look for the hunter green... Read More

Amateur cooks now have access to the culinary secrets of Paris’s top chefs at the nine-month-old École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse. On a quiet... Read More

The city-sponsored program offers wine-country weekend tours and onsite two-hour tasting courses at a posh-looking but bargain-priced wine bar. Read More

For the past 30 years, eager Francophiles have been improving their French at this intensive language school located in the 16th Arrondissement, not far... Read More

Founded ten years ago by master pefumer Frederick Malle, this perfumerie on Rue du Mont-Thabor keep its emphasis on the fragrance. Malle is the grandson... Read More

Frédéric Malle is a publisher of scents, and is best known for his partnerships with independent perfumers, such as Olivia Giacobetti and Dominique... Read More

Two young entrepreneurs are reviving bespoke for a new generation in this tiny men’s boudoir. Trendy and classic custom shirts start at $293, two... Read More

Designed in the 17th century, Église St.-Sulpice is a “monument to the faith of past centuries.” Under the direction of Father... Read More

Many families have this icon on top of their list of places to visit. Open every day, it stays open until midnight in summer (11 p.m. the rest of the... Read More

Home to both the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, the Eighth Arrondissement is one of the city's busiest and most famous districts.... Read More

Bruno Louis, former marketing executive for L'Oreal and graduate of the London School of Economics, brought a host of ideas with him from extensive... Read More

One of the most coveted names in French lingerie also does bathing suits, which insiders swear shave 10 pounds off your figure. Read More

Eric Bompard was trekking across the Gobi desert in Mongolia when he came across the Capra Hisca, a goat with a long, soft hair that insulated it... Read More

The Charles de Gaulle airport is the first to offer Espaces Detente Service (Relaxation and Service Areas). The first of these multimedia "bars" are... Read More

Created as a “declaration of independence” in a world of commercialized fragrance, this is perfumery’s most libertine indie. Offering... Read More

Reminiscent of a French cottage, this tiny gardening and gourmet food shop is located in the heart of the Montmartre district on Rue des Abbesses. Open... Read More

Eugène Boudin, a landscape painter from the area, met a young artist named Claude Monet and taught him to use oil paints and to work outdoors. It... Read More

The quiet cobbled street, tiny brass sign, and nondescript door give little indication that the Experimental Cocktail Club is located here in the... Read More

Open since 2007 and one of the pioneers on the Parisian cocktail scene, this place remains a Mecca for grown-ups on the lookout for serious drinks,... Read More

An extraordinary museum Ricard founded as a "permanent encyclopedia" of wine and spirits. The collection includes 700 related books, 5,000 labels, 8,000... Read More

For more than a decade, this group has been providing guided, English-speaking bike tours of Paris, as well as other major European cities. Take to the... Read More

Lingerie designer Delphine Véron sells her 50s-inspired unmentionables under the Fifi Chachnil pseudonym. With three boutiques in the city, Fifi... Read More

Settled by the Romans in the first century B.C., the Fifth Arrondissement is one of the oldest districts in the city. Located on the Left Bank, the... Read More

Edgy kids will love the rock & roll-style designs at this French fashion house. With its insolent name and well-respected collection of denim, kids... Read More

The geographical center of Paris, the First Arrondissement is home to many of the city’s most renowned landmarks, including the Musée du... Read More

If there is a Belgian "look" in today's interior design, it is captured in this flagship of the three Flamant brothers' stores. In comfortable room... Read More

This Frank Gehry masterpiece in the Bois de Boulogne went up in 2014, ruffling a few Parisian feathers with its daring design in the quiet calm of the... Read More

The town of Fontainebleau was home to François I’s hunting “lodge,” and every subsequent King up to Louis XV also left his mark on the 1,900-room... Read More

With art scholar Marie-Charlotte Bouton as your guide, tour St.-Paul-de-Mausole, the hospital where Van Gogh painted 140 works. At the Château... Read More

Pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch - olive breads and pizza with sautéed onions - at this colorful market. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Read More

A family-run business for nearly 100 years, Fouquet sells various candies from this antique-store-turned-confiserie (candy store). At home on Rue... Read More

Situated on the Right Bank, the Fourth Arrondissement is home to the Renaissance-era Hôtel de Ville (City Hall); the 17th-century Place des Vosges... Read More

This contemporary Paris perfumer makes a delicious range of perfumes and colognes for men and women. Inspired by the city of Paris, the brand uses the... Read More

A chichi department store out in the West, Franck & Fils is entirely dedicated to women’s wear. On the ground floor, find Chanel, Dior, Tod’s, or... Read More

This pioneering Parisian multi-brand pimps great international fashion brands from Scandinavia, the US and Japan, along with the cream of the French... Read More

The company operates throughout France and Italy, but the shining jewel is the Bordeaux Prestige Tour. The Bordeaux Prestige Tour is offered three times... Read More

The Galerie Christine Diegoni in the 18th Arrondisement showcases the best of interior design from the 1950s to 1970s. The three main foci of the... Read More

A sister to a gallery in Geneva, the recently opened art house specializes in modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures by artists such as Arman,... Read More

You'll get an eyeful of decorative objects and other furnishings by cutting-edge designers such as Christophe Pillet, Jurgen Bey, and Karim Rashid. Loup... Read More

Housed in an 1826 Neoclassical retail arcade, Galerie du Passage has been visited by the likes of auction-house chairman Simon de Pury and Princess... Read More

Galerie J Kugel is one of the most distinguished antique dealers in the city. The galerie is housed inside Hôtel Collot, which is a palatial... Read More

The legendary gallery has been selling affordably priced art for more than half a century, and its walls are lined with some of the most famous examples... Read More

The gallery run by arts patron Yves Faurie is the spot in town to view the work of contemporary artists such as Hervé di Rosa (founder of the Mus... Read More

A collection of excellent shops along the galleries that enclose the garden behind the palace itself: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, the glove maker... Read More

The biggest luxury department store in Europe, Galeries Lafayette opened in 1893 and is now home to hundreds of designer shops as well as the world... Read More

Galeries Lafayette is famous for its stunning century-old stained-glass dome, arching over the stellar Beauty department. Inaugurated in 1912 and family... Read More

After more than a decade of renovations, the main gallery under the soaring glass roof of the Grand Palais is a favorite show venue for fashion houses... Read More

At this Left Bank shop, renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Gérard Mulot sells what many consider the city's best macarons (cookie-like... Read More

The famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s house and gardens in the town of Giverny, 45 miles west of Paris, are open to the public between April... Read More

This busy Pigalle rock 'n’ roll “dive bar” has a big selection of bottled beer and draught to choose from, including Brooklyn Lager IPA. It also... Read More

Lavender, geranium, and mint are some of the scents that may inspire you during GoLearnTo.com’s weekend perfumery course in France’s verdant... Read More

Philippe Gosselin learned the art of baking from his father and hails from a family of bread artisans. Since 1989, his boulangerie-pâtisserie has... Read More

Esteemed luggage manufacturer Goyard has been in business on the rue Saint-Honoré since 1853. Window displays of colorful totes catch the eyes of... Read More

Located within the Jardin des Plantes, this exhibit devoted to Darwin’s theory presents a Noah’s Ark of stuffed animals inside a beautifully restored... Read More

Architect Victor Louis' neo-classical theater has a monumental façade with 12 Corinthian columns and a sweeping staircase that was the... Read More

With spiritual tourism on the rise, the sacred grotto of Lourdes is experiencing a revival. The sacred spring was discovered by 14-year-old Bernadette... Read More

In business in the city of lights for nearly two centuries, this iconic perfumerie dating to 1912 is one of the world's oldest perfume houses. A bit of... Read More

Situated at the foot of Montmartre, this iron-and-glass Baltard-style structure was a 19th-century marketplace before it was converted into a cultural... Read More

Ask to see the Socoa models. Read More

Leather, ready-to-wear, lifestyle accessories retailer Hermès has attracted a fashionable clientele since 1837. Its new flagship store opened its... Read More

The city's aristocratic Marais district hosts this ritzy repository for designer shoes, handbags, and jewelry owned by stylist and fashion consultant... Read More

Created by the same manager behind the all-but-inaccessible nightclub Le Baron, this hotel’s restaurant, bar, and lush terrace serve as the Paris... Read More

Wellness seekers find health, fitness, and spa offerings at Hotel Bel-Ami Spa in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Decorated with blonde... Read More

Paris is known for fashion but Iglaine near Rue Etienne Marcel covers the whole gamut—from modern to early 20th century and from Europe, America,... Read More

To the modern visitor, the island offers a small but exquisite menu of simple pleasures: walking, cycling, birding, glancing over garden walls to dote... Read More

Île de Ré is the only place in France where everything works, nothing tacky offends the eye, no one serving you is in a bad mood, and you... Read More

This maritime-themed shop specializes in traditional marine-motif dishware, lighthouse lamps, boat-shaped tables, and other nautically inspired objects. Read More

Designed by Jakob + MacFarlane at a pricetag exceeding $60 million, this dramatic green riverfront building is home to the French Institute of Fashion,... Read More

Ground zero for a dizzying selection of straight-off-the-runway styles, this Italian manufacturer of some of the world's most coveted shoe labels sells... Read More

From the exterior, this flagship location of designer Isabel Marant’s boutique looks more like a weathered British pub than haute-fashion... Read More

This public museum, just a 15-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe, was once the home of art collector Édouard André and his wife, painter... Read More

Before opening his chocolaterie at the end of 2008, Parisian pastry chef and food stylist Jacques Genin only sold direct to Paris’ top restaurants... Read More

Arnaud Maurières and Eric Ossart's enthralling one-of-a-kind garden, Le Jardin de l'Alchimiste, showcases the sorcerous power of plants and the... Read More

The Jardin des Plantes, one of the most renowned botanical gardens in Paris, was founded as a medicinal garden by King Louis XIII in 1635. Located in... Read More

The former Royal garden attached to the adjacent Louvre, and running west along the Seine to Place de la Concorde, was established by Catherine de... Read More

This massive garden stretching West from the Louvre is home to a fun fair every July and August, and in winter a huge Ferris wheel sets up on the Place... Read More

You'll get a glimpse of Marseilles's ancient Greco-Roman past at this garden, where, during the 1967 construction of the Centre Bourse (the Stock... Read More

Created in 1612 around the palace built by Marie de Medici, this graceful garden on the Left Bank is a delightful spot to relax and wander among its... Read More

Located in the northern city of Lille, this home furnishings shop is the namesake of interior designer Jean Maniglier. The store is spread out among a... Read More

France’s premier designer and distributor of Basque linens. Read More

Pick up provisions from this esteemed shop and picnic on the St.-Malo seawall. Read More

A travel industry veteran of 38 years, Jerry Greenburg of Cassis Travel Services makes leisure travel his particular focus. Recognized within the... Read More

Tucked in a corner of the Tuileries Gardens near the Champs Élysées is this building reminiscent of a Greek temple, with large columns on... Read More

Joël Durand's chocolate flavors swing from the herbal (thyme, rosemary) to the floral (violet, jasmine). Sweetening his international reputation... Read More

New favorite: The just-renovated Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Seville, with its spacious rooms decorated in Castilian, Andalusian, and... Read More

Years as agent: 31. Specialties: Italy, France, luxury cruises. Consulting fee: From $100. Read More

Take home a swank pair of handmade Tropezienne sandals as a souvenir. Read More

Kenzo Takada was born in Japan, but relocated to Paris in the ‘80s to begin his luxury line, originally limited to handmade womenswear. Today, the... Read More

The Dior Homme designer’s own label now has its first Paris flagship. The elegant but avant-garde two-story space, just off Rue St-Honoré, houses the... Read More

Established in 1976 by perfumer-chemist Jean Laporte, this tiny French perfume house in the Marais woos shoppers with rows of impeccably packaged... Read More

For nearly 30 years, L’Eclaireur boutiques have innovatively displayed high-end fashion finds. Now the family-owned company’s fifth&mdash... Read More

For nearly 30 years, L’Eclaireur boutiques have innovatively displayed high-end fashion finds. Now the family-owned company’s fifth&mdash... Read More

L’eclaireur is a small empire of cutting-edge multi-brands, and this particular storefront is dedicated to menswear, promoting both emerging and... Read More

L’Habilleur may stock last year’s designs, but legions of shoppers don’t seem to mind since the store offers serious discounts (around... Read More

For a relatively small-town venue, L’Opéra de Lille has attracted eminences from all walks of culture to its Beaux-Arts stage (the original 1788... Read More

Exotic bamboo gardens in Anduze. Read More

Among today's tourists, the most popular souvenir is a half-dozen cans of prized millimisée sardines (they're dated, like wine) from this La... Read More

The local specialty is a layered praline paillardise. Read More

Home to more than 40,000 films—one of the largest collections in the world—La Cinémathèque Française was first ... Read More

Situated in the 11th Arrondissement, this feminine, pink-and-white bookstore is dedicated entirely to cooking. Founded by Andrea Wainer, Laetitia... Read More

Think "Paris," and food is probably the second thing to come to mind—after the Eiffel Tower, of course. At La Cuisine, a team of English-speaking chefs... Read More

It's all in the family at this brightly lit corner bakery in the Gambetta district that's named after founder Bernard Ganachaud's own la flû... Read More

This is the defining southern France shopping experience—perfumed, scrumptious, and homespun. On two floors of a lovely old village house, La... Read More

Yes, you can get your Prada, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana in St. Tropez, but the town is also a center for Provençal ceramics. The pair of... Read More

The museum devoted to butterflies presents more than 4,500 species, many of them rare or endangered; most have been collected by the artist Dany... Read More

This purveyor of luxury chocolate touched down at CDG in 2009, opening two mini boutiques catering to discerning jet-setters. Truffles, éclairs,... Read More

The old Paris mint has been reinvented into an exhibition space, inaugurated in 2014, hosting visiting shows of a more contemporary nature. While other... Read More

On the quiet Rue de Babylone in Paris’ Seventh Arrondissement, tucked behind a wall among trees, vines, and neighboring buildings, is a red, brown... Read More

Offering a unique, yet still Parisian, take on pastries, La Pâtisserie des Rêves in the 16th arrondissement features the work of Phillippe... Read More

Former circus performer Cedric Casanova quickly rose to fame in the Parisian food world after his small Sicilian olive oil store in the 10th... Read More

The best way to buy wine is to visit the small vineyards in the area. But if you just want to hit a shop with a varied inventory, try this huge... Read More

Paris’s famed tea salon opened its second airport boutique here in March 2009 (the first opened in Orly in February 2009). The signature pale... Read More

The historic Parisian patisserie made the macaroons for Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film “Marie Antoinette.” These little delicacies, in an exquisite pastel... Read More

Aveyron's famous Laguiole knives can be bought at the new factory, designed by Philippe Starck, at the edge of the village of Laguiole. Read More

The hottest after-hours address in town is a bar-lounge that was designed by its architect-owner, Guy Falco, to look like a riad in Marrakech.... Read More

What a surprise to stumble across this edgy fashion labyrinth just off the Champs-Elysées. Organized around three spaces (shoes, accessories, and ready... Read More

Set amidst high-end shops on the Left Bank, Le Bac á Glaces, or Ice Tray, specializes in ice cream and sorbets made the old-fashioned way in... Read More

Decades of fads and trends haven’t changed this old-fashioned, working-class dance hall much. Operating since 1936 on Rue de Lappe in the Bastille... Read More

Bordeaux fussy and overpriced? Not at this bar run by the region’s wine council. Architect Françoise Bousquet has appointed the soaring... Read More

Even if you aren't a fan of samba, bossa nova, batucada, or any kind of dancing for that matter, the casual atmosphere and quality of live music at Le... Read More

The long line down the sidewalk in front of this Latin Quarter bakery says it all: Boulanger de Monge is a local favorite. Fastidious bread bakers are... Read More

The beachfront bar near the Plage du Prado is where young surfers and their admirers flirt over fruity cocktails. Read More

A rotating roster of guest DJs sets the tone at the tiny zinc bar with a loyal following. The festivities often spill into the street. Late night,... Read More

This one-of-a-kind spot is one of the most surprising venues in Paris. The sprawling ground-floor space dedicated to “arts from the ghetto,” especially... Read More

Navettes are crisp, orange-flavored pastries shaped like boats (commemorating a party of seafaring saints). Le Four des Navettes—the oldest bakery... Read More

This museum is dedicated to digital creation across all disciplines, including art, fashion, and music. The space includes an all-access video game... Read More

You don't have to have a private yacht to enjoy evening cocktails with a view. Sip pastis at this port-side café and watch the jet set float by. Read More

Original Debut: When the king of theaters broke ground in 1931, with a whopping 3,300 seats and a John Eberson–designed interior, patrons were... Read More

Housed in the former French royal palace, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest and most visited museums. Some highlights include the Egyptian... Read More

Join the fabulous people for a glass of bubbly or a plate of crepes on Manureva's terrace. Inside, a pale-wood bar gives the feel of the interior of one... Read More

For restored, vintage, and pre-owned Hermès and Louis Vuitton trunks, leather goods, and jewelry, Le Monde du Voyage is the place to go. Located... Read More

A group of 49 merchants stock everything from Renaissance art to mid-20th-century treasures. Don't expect to find a great bargain; for that, hunters... Read More

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... Read More

As much an institution as the better-known La Coupole, Select, and Closerie des Lilas nearby, the cozy Rosebud hasn’t changed noticeably in the 50... Read More

The Sètois take their cocktails seriously. Join the crowds ordering aperitifs at this sleek bar overlooking the docks.... Read More

What was once a vast, vaulted boat hangar underneath the Right Bank pillars of the city’s most ornate bridge, the Pont Alexandre III is now a... Read More

A high-octane dance club in a renovated bunker, Le Trolleybus's roster of musical genres ranges from techno to salsa over three dance floors. ... Read More

Zip across Paris’ quintessential stoned streets and around the city’s highlights (the Arc de Triomphe; Notre Dame) on vintage-style Vespa scooters.... Read More

This young brand has forged a link between Grasse, New York City, and Paris. It’s dedicated to slow, thoughtful perfuming—a focus on craftsmanship—and... Read More

Just a few hundred feet downhill from Sacré Coeur, in the Abbesse quarter, a more authentic kind of charm is still alive. Sure, its winding... Read More

At the hottest nightclub in town in the hottest hotel in town—the Byblos—you'll have to dress the part; once you get in, be prepared for the... Read More

The striking green façade overlooking the Seine is the calling card for this center of design and culture. It houses the Museum of Art Ludique, the... Read More

Five minutes outside of Versailles, this modern-designed spa within the Les Étangs de Corot Hotel lies on a sprawling landscape of ponds, forests... Read More

The shop stocks the indestructible moleskin riding pants worn by cowboys in the Camargue region of Provence owe their erotic cachet not just to the... Read More

Intimate sessions with star chefs; trips to vineyards and markets; and dinners in private châteaux of such regions as the Dordogne, Normandy,... Read More

The shop specializes in butter biscuits. Read More

Catherine B has been collecting vintage Chanel and Hermès pieces for more than two decades. Whether shoppers are searching for a discontinued... Read More

This designer, marble-lined space by the Canal St. Martin features an open kitchen where you can watch the team led by baker Benoît Castel at work,... Read More

Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld opened Librarie 7L as a space dedicated to his two other obsessions: books and photography. Lagerfeld... Read More

Arguably the most beautiful bookshop in the world—and the first English-language one on the continent—Galignani is a meeting place that... Read More

Located in Le Marais, Lieu Commun offers hipster clothing basics, such as track jackets from Misericordia, jackets made from organic Peruvian cotton,... Read More

Inspired by Native American leather goods, this atelier des ceintures (belt studio and workshop) first opened in 1979. The original Losco shop and... Read More

Within view of the Arc de Triomphe, this Louis Vuitton flagship store is housed regally inside a stylized Haussman building along the legendary Avenue... Read More

The headquarters of the emblematic French luxury brand occupies an entire listed Art Deco building on the Champs-Elysées. The giant shop windows are... Read More

Louisélio is the name of this Second Arrondissement ceramic studio and shop, as well as the pseudonym of its owner, contemporary artist Vé... Read More

Created in 1612 around the palace built by Marie de Medici, this graceful garden on the Left Bank is a delightful spot to relax and wander among its... Read More

With the privatization of the Charles de Gaulle airport in 2006, more than 121 shops have opened in Terminal 2, especially in the newer areas such as S3... Read More

Lydia Courteille is a haute couture jewelry designer with just one boutique on the ever-chic Rue St.-Honoré. Just around the corner from the... Read More

For toys, including extraordinary stuffed animals, miniature soldiers, and the best Easter decorations around, there's nothing like L'Oiseau de Paradis. Read More

Ever since 1887, when then-unknown Cézanne offered founder Gustave Sennelier tips on his “Couleurs du Quai Voltaire” formulations,... Read More

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... Read More

Entering this store is like stepping into a kinder, gentler era of travel. Malletier literally means “trunk maker,” and the shop is stocked... Read More

Last year, the historic 1914 building underwent a glamorous renovation, and reopened as a mirrored, white marble boutique and spa. More than 100... Read More

Craftsman boulanger Eric Kayser’s flagship store in Paris opened its doors in 1996. Inside, walls of freshly baked artisan breads and colorful... Read More

The birthplace of the avant-garde composer Erik Satie houses a series of odd but amusing tableaux vivants that tell of his life and times. The odd house... Read More

Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, Chartres Cathedral lies in a small village about 50 miles south of the capital. The flying... Read More

Leave the hotel early on weekend mornings and take the metro to the far left bank outpost of Vanves, then walk a few blocks to Avenue Marc Sangnier and... Read More

More like a city unto itself than a flea market, this vast expanse—really a series of many markets accommodating a whopping 2,500 dealers&mdash... Read More

The principal Paris flea market is just over the péripherique in the town of St.-Ouen. It’s a sprawling labyrinth, with everything from antique... Read More

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... Read More

One of the city’s best markets, the Marché d’Aligre—located behind the Bastille between the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and... Read More

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the largest open air market in Paris is held on the Avenue du President Wilson. White trucks bring goods from the French... Read More

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

Insider clout: Braly books clients an unadvertised private tour of Río Secreto, one of Mexico’s cenotes (underground rivers), including a... Read More

Local designer Marianne Cat has created a gallery and boutique in an 18th-century town house. She stocks her own silky, ephemeral dresses and blouses,... Read More

The Paris-based brand was set up by childhood friends Mathieu de Ménonville et Rémi de Laquintane in 2008. The casual-but-elegant collections are... Read More

This jewelry workshop and boutique by the Canal St. Martin makes delicate pieces with quirky touches. The brand collaborates with a range of French... Read More

Foodies, take note: Michelin has gone beyond its guidebooks to develop Michelin Food & Travel excursions in and around France, with Canada-based... Read More

Where: Crossing the Tarn Valley in the Massif Central, near Millau in southern France.... Read More

At Miller et Bertaux in Le Marais, designers and perfumers Francis Miller and Patrick Bertaux sell quality clothing, perfumes, and objets d'art. The... Read More

The Charles de Gaulle airport offers mobile phone vending machines in Terminal 2. Purchase a ready-to-use Bic mobile phone with a prepaid SIM ... Read More

Recently rejuvenated after a $390 million renovation, notable architecture has been a symbol of Charles de Gaulle Airport since it opened in 1974. Today... Read More

Dating back to World War I, this English-style music hall once hosted operettas and plays. Today, the theatre, which is just up the street from the more... Read More

This organic bakery is right by the bustling Aligre Market. Join the queue, pick up one or more of their crusty baguettes, and then pop over to the... Read More

Mona is a fashion-forward women’s designer clothing boutique. Located on Rue Bonaparte in the heart of the Sixth Arrondissement, Mona sits at the... Read More

Paris provides ample opportunities to shop for high-dollar brands, but when the shopping list is full of essentials, Monoprix is the answer.... Read More

Paris-based Korean designer Moon Young Hee is a regular at Paris Fashion Week, and she is known for her deconstructionist techniques, layered... Read More

Located in la Place du Palais Bourbon, Moulie Fleurs began in 1870 and was entrusted to Henri Moulie in 1978. Today the florist shop is internationally... Read More

Head baker Basile Kasir utilizes stone-ground organic flour and forms each loaf by hand at Moulin de la Vierge, a popular boulangerie in ... Read More

Right at home on Pigalle's racy Boulevard de Clichy, this over-the-top homage to La Belle Epoque features kitschy striptease routines and a never-ending... Read More

Across the Seine from the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d'Orsay is Paris's premier museum of Impressionism, displaying works from 1848 to 1914.... Read More

St. Tropez was a magnet for early-20th-century avant-garde artists, among them Matisse, Bonnard, Derain, Dufy, and Seurat, who were invited here by... Read More

There’s stuffed animals galore at this intimate museum dedicated to “hunting & nature,” that explores the relationship of man to the animal. Housed... Read More

This compact museum brings to life the 300-plus years of artisanal glazed-ware production in Quimper. Read More

Beyond Monet’s multipaneled and expansive Water Lilies ensemble, what makes this recently renovated space truly special is the regrouping of an... Read More

An Art Deco Pullman car, Madame de Pompadour’s writing table, and the bronze bed of 19th-century prostitute Valtesse de La Bigne are just a few of... Read More

In a wing of the Louvre, this museum presents a vast panorama of the decorative arts from the Middle Ages to today via 6,000 objects on permanent... Read More

Located inside a grand old train station on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, this museum is dedicated to Impressionism, the avant... Read More

The museum houses pottery made by the Gauls. Read More

But for a true understanding of Frédéric Mistral—whose signal work, Mireille, has all the grandeur of a Greek tragedy—visit... Read More

This museum blends contemporary works made of everyday objects (like brightly colored sculpted murals made from toys) and folk art; Argentine botanical... Read More

The museum, housed in a Genoese villa, is accessible by the No. 22 bus that runs from Pace Masséna. The museum is located in Cimiez, where the... Read More

La Musée National des Douanes is France’s National Customs Museum. Located along the waterfront in an 18th-century palace at Place de la... Read More

Named after the beloved French poet (Valéry wrote the classic verse Le Cimitière Marin), the museum also has a local focus; collections... Read More

The museum holds more than 120 of the artist’s works in a 14th-century château. Read More

Located in Terminal 2E of Charles de Gaulle Airport, this shop sells art-related gifts, including replicas of famous artifacts housed in France’s... Read More

The city’s Natural History Museum is an extraordinary compound featuring various galleries specializing in mineralogy, paleontology, anatomy, and botany... Read More

The former archbishop's residence houses a vast collection that includes two wings full of paintings from 17th-century masters, another wing with 19th... Read More

No matter how jaded you are, you just have to cry, seeing those crosses stretch into the horizon. Read More

Take the quaint Petit Train de la Bonne Mère from the Old Port. You'll chug more than 500 feet above the harbor to the towering neo-Byzantine... Read More

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... Read More

Part of the Cité de la Mode et du Design complex, on the river in the 13th, Nüba occupies most of the top floor and commands panoramic views over the... Read More

The Celtic origins of Breizh are audible in the rollicking Friday-night live music sessions at this pub, which is also serious about local beers. Read More

Enjoy a dozen high-quality roses from artisan small producers at Odorantes near the Eglise St.-Sulpice, a floral boutique patronized by a who's who of... Read More

During the renovations of Paris in the late 1800s, few monuments constructed could equal the grandeur of the palatial Opera Garnier. With nearly 2,000... Read More

Pain d'Epis remains true to its name, which means wheat stalk bread. This archetypal Parisian boulangerie is a mainstay on Avenue Bosquet, where owner... Read More

A sweet diversion for shoppers browsing the stores of Le Marais or those returning from the National Modern Art Musem, Pain de Sucre, run by Didier... Read More

More than a suburb of nearby Paris, more than one of the most ambitious architectural endeavors undertaken by man, more even, than one of the most... Read More

Le Palais de Tokyo is not a Japanese palace but an experimental gallery space for avant garde artists. Housed inside the west wing of a 1937 Art Deco... Read More

This exceptional arts space has no permanent collection but is an enormous—at over 236,800 square feet, it’s one of the largest contemporary arts space... Read More

A few blocks from Notre Dame and the Hotel de Ville, this uncommon stationer in the heart of the Marais district is appreciated for the craftsmanship of... Read More

A more modern park, the Parc de la Villette was designed by French architect Bernard Tschumi and built in the mid-1980s. A cultural hub, many... Read More

Located in the Nineteenth Arrondissement, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the steepest park in Paris. The 23-hectare park was commissioned by Napoleon... Read More

In a city known for grand parks, Parc Monceau in Paris’ eighth arrondissement stands in pleasant contrast. Laid out in an English style in... Read More

Held six times a year in and around Paris, the fair assembles in one spot up to 200 independent, small-scale producers from some 21 regions, including... Read More

Claudia Strasser, who runs a New York—based interiors business called the Paris Apartment, has decades of experience showing American clients... Read More

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... Read More

Become a museum VIP and waltz right past the long lines with the Paris Museum Pass. It costs $45 for two days, $70 for four days, or $95 for six days;... Read More

If your idea of an ideal day is whiling it away in a Left Bank wine bar or literary salon, Pittsburgh native and sometime-local resident Terrance... Read More

The acoustic appeal of the crooked Passage des Deux Pavillons, a short, hidden alleyway adjacent to the shops abutting the Palais Royale, has made it a... Read More

This restaurant is exactly as it was in 1872; the waitresses are very unpleasant - which is just as it should be. Read More

“At a proper chocolatier—a place where they make chocolate from actual beans and don’t just mold other producers’—the... Read More

The most famous cemetery in Paris, and one of the most recognizable in the world, Pere Lachaise is the final resting place for many celebrities.... Read More

For over 100 years Petit Bateau—or Little Boat—has been making its signature cotton underwear for boys, girls, and babies.  Today, the brand has... Read More

Run by an artsy Franco-Chinese couple, Petit Pan is a colorful French label offering curated a selection of clothes for boys, girls, and babies. ... Read More

The former elevated train tracks that once circled Paris are slowly opening back up to the public as green spaces for jogging and strolling. The newest... Read More