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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 ...
Tokyo "In the United States, people only know, like, three Japanese designers," Maiko Seki says, with a go-figure shrug. Maiko Seki is a fashion publicist in Tokyo. To be a fashion publicist in Tokyo is to be in the midst of a scene so frenetic,...
Around the world, the strip club has suddenly gone tasteful and upscale. • In Paris, at Pink Paradise (49-51 Rue de Ponthieu; 33-1/58-36-19-20), a well-heeled crowd dines on foie gras and caviar while ogling the sultry show, performed nightly from...
A bellhop and a concierge stand back-to-back, a rubber ball wedged between them, in a basement office in Paris's Eighth Arrondissement. The men must keep the ball off the floor as they shuffle around, negotiating obstacles and sinking into deep kn...
Forget the subway. Now there are innovative—and fun—ways to avoid traffic in two of our favorite cities. Zip around Paris on the back of a two-seated bicycle with Tandem Services (www.tandem-services.com; $1 per kilometer). Sporting a cute orange ...
For three years, an American company searched Paris for the optimal hotel site. Five more years would pass before construction could proceed. Developers would have to contend with miles of red tape: city ordinances, building permits, legal hagglin...
Undergoing a renaissance likened to those of New York's Harlem and London's Docklands district, the once rough-and-tumble Goutte d'Or section of Paris is earning a place on the city's shopping map. The epicenter: Rue des Gardes, a.k.a Rue de la Mo...
Looking to maximize shopping time on your next European trip?These new personal concierge services will escort you to all the hippest stores and fit in the odd museum, restaurant, or theater visit, too. In Paris, So French! (8 Rue de la Baume; 33-...