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Tips and Articles in Paris

Before there were celebrity chefs, there was the celebrity restaurateur: Sirio Maccioni, the unflappable owner of New York's Le Cirque 2000. Friend and feeder of kings and presidents, Maccioni recently stopped taking reservations long enough to pe...
There is a famous story about the time fashion designer Paul Poiret stopped Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel on the street in Paris and gazed disdainfully at her shockingly simple frock, an early version of what would become her iconic little black dress. ...
Chief Environmental Officer Tom Arnold of TerraPass, a San Francisco–based organization dedicated to helping Americans decrease their carbon footprint, calculated the emissions produced by traveling round-trip from Paris to Rome by train, plane, ...
Back in the mid eighties, Azzedine Alaïa, the diminutive Tunisian-born Parisian designer, made ultra-sexy dresses that defined a fashion moment. Then, as quickly as his star rose, it dimmed. Alaïa's genius—which created a clamoring cult of fans—wa...
Parisians are so obsessed with detail, even sweeteners are getting the designer treatment. Sugar-substitute maker Canderel ($1.80; www.canderel.net) has teamed up with Christian Lacroix and other fashion gurus to create these plastic packs, availa...
It all began in 2000 with the Alain Ducasse stronghold at the Plaza Athénée (25 Ave. Montaigne; 33-1/53-67-65-00; www.alain-ducasse.com; dinner for two $452), followed by the opening last year of Joël Robuchon's L'Atelier (5 Rue de Montalembert; 3...
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 ...