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Paris

Tips and Articles in Paris

Paris's Musée Guimet opens new doors to art — from Afghanistan to Vietnam Though we may scorn the colonial pretensions of collector Émile Guimet, we can only be grateful for his legacy: the Musée Guimet. France's national museum of Asian art, es...
I was born and raised in Paris, and yet it is only now, as a visitor, that I can wander the city of my childhood at will. "What were you doing there?" asks my sister, who has lived in Paris all her life. She is visibly annoyed whenever I tell her ...
Bilbao, Los Angeles, and Düsseldorf can all claim distinctive Frank Gehry––designed landmarks, but for almost a decade, Paris has had the rarest Gehry creation of all: a white elephant. This month, the building—vacant since 1996—reopens as La Ci...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
Some might say that the biggest event of the Paris fashion season happened not on the runways but on the Champs-Élysées. In time for its 150th anniversary, Louis Vuitton (101 Ave. des Champs-Élysées, Eighth Arr.; www.vuitton.com) inaugurated a...
Palaces with grand prices or cozy yet cramped pensions—those were the kinds of hotels that Paris had always done best. What was missing, concluded interior designer Frédéric Méchiche, was a reasonably priced, high-style extension of home. The grap...
"What's in the bag?" asked Jean-Paul Gaultier, pointing to the overstuffed satchel I had been trying to conceal. Several years ago, in Paris to interview the designer, I had arrived at his studio straight from a shopping spree on the Rue de Rivoli...
It used to be that the only option open to gastronauts wanting to taste and buy a broad range of handcrafted food products from the six corners of France was to clear their calendars for five years, purchase an atlas, and take to the road. Pari Fe...
We are overlapping elbows in a tight corner at Chez L'Ami Jean, a raffish little joint in the Seventh Arrondissement recently taken over by Stéphane Jego, a chef who worked at our favorite Parisian bistro, La Régalade. The place is so packed, the ...
Hedi Slimane, famous for his form-fitting menswear for Dior Homme, has created another up-to-the-minute classic: the round Chiffre Rouge watch, available in three styles. "I wanted it to be heavy, with simple chromatics," says Slimane, who is alwa...
Winter may be just around the corner, but that's not stopping a group of renegade mixologists from going glacial. New Yorkers are sipping icy dessert shots, such as the "sake slush" (lychee and sake) and "minted melon ball" (mint, honeydew, and Mi...
Folded into a stolid 19th-century building on a hectic Haussmann thoroughfare, the 52-room Murano Urban Resort offers itself up as a hipper-than-thou, early-21st-century alternative to the Parisian palace hotel. To woo a fast, pleasure-seeking cro...
British conceptual artist Tracey Emin took her passion for travel and sent it packing. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Longchamp's classic Le Pliage bag, Emin applied her avant-garde sensibility to a three-piece collection. Only 200 of the "I...
OCCUPATION Soprano HOME BASE New York SWEPT AWAY Since making her Paris Opéra debut 13 years ago, Fleming has developed an affinity for the city and its residents. (Most recently, she sang in Richard Strauss's Capriccio at the Palais Garnier.) "I'...
LONDON Nigella Lawson, author of Forever Summer and host of her own show by the same title on the Style Network. • MARKET Borough Market 8 Southwark St.; 44-207/407-1002; www.boroughmarket.org.uk. The only wholesale and retail market left in cent...