Paris

Things to do in Paris

A collection of excellent shops along the galleries that enclose the garden behind the palace itself: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, the glove maker Mary Beyer, Rick Owens, the king of vintage couture Didier Ludot, and the accessories genius Pierre Hardy, who also designs for Balenciaga and Hermè

Just 100 meters from the Eiffel Tower, the Quai Branly Museum draws crowds to its treasure trove of ethnic art. Opened in 2006, the Jean Nouvel-designed complex contains four buildings, with the main one sitting on stilts and adorned with a protruding jumble of 30 colorful cubes.

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.

Opened by Charles Drouant in 1880, this storied restaurant in Place Gaillon occupies the same building it has since its 19th-century founding as a tobacco bar.

Housed in an 1826 Neoclassical retail arcade, Galerie du Passage has been visited by the likes of auction-house chairman Simon de Pury and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Merci is the creation of Marie-France and Bernard Cohen, who founded the children’s couture clothing brand Bonpoint.

Awash in minimalist shades of taupes and creams with , Bleu Comme Bleu embodies serenity and well being — with a keen sense of style.