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Tips and Articles in Paris

See our slideshow of Europe’s Top Family Run Restaurants. Running a restaurant is truly a labor of love, so it only makes sense that some of Europe’s purest and most soulful dishes come from a family hearth. Fortunately, of course, kin cooking is...
On a bleak back street near the Marseilles train station lies a former cigarette factory where Gitanes and Gauloises were once rolled, before the manufacturers realized Gitanes and Gauloises could be rolled far more cheaply elsewhere. The building...
I've just checked into La Bergère, a cool new hotel in Maastricht. My room is wonderfully minimal—I designed it that way. Yes, designed. When making my reservation, I was asked what furniture I'd like in addition to a bed and armchair. As I was on...
Call it what you will: buzz, spirit, or—borrowing, appropriately enough, from Borges—fervor. Some cities have it, other cities have it in a big way. Buenos Aires is definitely in the latter group. Mixing european style with latino passion, the arg...
Walk into an apothecary on the Faubourg-St.-Honoré or Via della Scala or Grosvenor Square and you enter a field study in cultural anthropology. As you look at the shelves—even if you don't speak the lingua franca—you can immediately establish the ...
Guerlain equals glamour. And there's no shortage of it at the Hôtel de Crillon's petite, recently opened spa, designed by Sybille de Margerie with three lilac treatment rooms. As befits an 18th-century palace hotel filled with gilt Louis XV antiqu...
One particularly good reason to love Paris in the fall—of even-numbered years, at least—is the biennial "Mois de la Photo." It's held in galleries, cultural centers, museums, and other sites around the city, ostensibly during November, but in prac...
Two just-opened boutiques have both makeup pros and garden-variety lipstick junkies riveted. "My friend is a makeup artist in Germany and she sent me here to buy something—anything," explained a young man to the amused staff at Stephanemarais (217...
Three superstar designers have upped the style quotient at a trio of just-opened bars in Europe. • In Paris, Terence Conran has transformed the cavernous space once occupied by the Whiskey-A-Go-Go into happening Wagg (62 Rue Mazarine; 33-1/55-42-2...
ST.-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS Hôtel de l'Abbaye For a Left Bank hotel that started life as a 17th-century abbey, this cloistered gem inspires surprisingly unfettered romantic yearnings. A tiny cobbled forecourt buffers the hurly-burly of modern Paris, and...
Europe without cafés?As unimaginable as a house with no living room, a theater without a stage — a continent without content. And as any European worth his beans will attest, the perfect café is a lot more than the sum of its parts: a tingling dos...
After five years of tussling with city planning officials and haggling with construction crews, Sir Terence Conran has helped design and open Bridgemarket, a dining and shopping complex beneath Manhattan's 59th Street Bridge. Those hurdles, though...
Locals have kept Pudlo Paris—food critic Gilles Pudlowski's guide to over 1,500 restaurants, bars, cafés, and gourmet shops around the city—to themselves; now the paperback tome is available in English (The Little Bookroom; $19.95). Go to travelan...
Parisians were at first puzzled by the peeling walls and rough-and-tumble attitude of the enormous new center devoted to cutting-edge art and culture that opened its doors in January on the river near the Champs-Élysées. The renovation may look mo...
Emma Tennant goes home again, in A House in Corfu (Henry Holt & Co., $23). Returning to the Greek isle where her parents built a rambling mansion overlooking a bay—"a long blue swirl straight from the tube marked Ultramarine"—the author of Sylvia ...