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.

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 neighborhood is home to the Latin Quarter and its many universities, including those housed in the Sorbonne.

Chaumet, jewelers to Napoleon, and Van Cleef & Arpels divide this elegant space beneath photos of the real Place Vendôme. Fine jewelry and watches can be reserved ahead and delivered to your gate.

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

Sylvie Chateigner opened this Paris vintage shop with an ironic name between the Place de la République and the Canal St.-Martin in 1994.

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's owner, Sylvain Labrosse, also curates seasonal art exhibitions.

Housed in a five-story limestone hôtel particulier dating back to the 17th century, the 13,000-square-foot flagship, with its Versailles-style parquet floors, took four years to complete.