Paris

Things to do in Paris

For Bonpoint's iconic baby clothes—pin tucks! smocking! hand-knitted booties!—priced at 30 percent off, this French brand's Fin de Séries Outlet is the place to go on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche).

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 Pasteur and Rue Mizon in a slightly out-of-the-way section of the 15th arrondissement.

A striking Art Deco boulangerie complete with starburst light fixtures, 1930’s mirrors, and curved display cases, Boulangerie Bechu, in the heart of the chic 16th Arrondissement, is also a tearoom.

Ever since 1887, when then-unknown Cézanne offered founder Gustave Sennelier tips on his “Couleurs du Quai Voltaire” formulations, this house has been known for creating colors and products to artists’ specifications.

Famed fashion designer and perfumer, Thierry Mugler began crafting clothes at Parisian boutique, Gudule, at the age of 24. Two years later, he was working for some of the biggest ready-to-wear labels in Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona. Mugler opened his first boutique in Paris in 1978.

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 its wares at a boutique showroom on Rue de Grenelle.

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 Gelenter has an eclectic mix of tours led by people like author, film historian, and raconteur John Baxter.