Paris Travel Guide

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

Whether travelers seek a Chilean cruise, a snowmobile safari in Sweden, or winter in a villa on stilts in Maldives, Voyageurs du Monde makes it happen. For 30 years, this travel company has been committed to trips that offer “specialized destinations” catering to each client.

The merchandise at Paris’s venerable temple of toys has drawn locals and travelers for 170 years. The treasures that built the store’s reputation (and spell magic for kids and parents alike) have included wooden châteaux, rocking horses, and of course, Babar.

Leather, ready-to-wear, lifestyle accessories retailer Hermès has attracted a fashionable clientele since 1837. Its new flagship store opened its doors in the Left Bank in late 2010 with the brand’s signature horseman wearing a flying scarf situated on the roof.

Parisiennes flock to his diminutive shop on a little street behind the Palais Royal for ultra-feminine sandals.

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 base of an ancient stone building on the corner of pedestrian-only Rue Visconti.

Recently rejuvenated after a $390 million renovation, notable architecture has been a symbol of Charles de Gaulle Airport since it opened in 1974. Today, look for showstopping features, such as moving sidewalks in glass tubes that crisscross through a soaring atrium.