Things to do in Paris
Lydia Courteille is a haute couture jewelry designer with just one boutique on the ever-chic Rue St.-Honoré. Just around the corner from the dramatic Place Vendôme, the boutique is quite unassuming outside with royal blue wainscoting and a brass Lydia Courteille sign.
Not for the culinary faint of heart, this 200-year-old kitchen supply store caters to serious cooks, home chefs, and foodies. Look for the hunter green façade close to Metro Les Halles and prepare for an abundance of copper pots and stainless steel gadgets.
Originally established in the 10th Arrondissement in 2003, this privately funded gallery reopened in 2007 at its current location on Place de la Madeleine.
Only the finest in lead crystal tableware, jewelry, and light fixtures is offered at Maison Baccarat, the renowned Paris store which is housed in a former mansion near the Trocadero.
What was once a vast, vaulted boat hangar underneath the Right Bank pillars of the city’s most ornate bridge, the Pont Alexandre III is now a popular nightclub that hosts album launches, fashion week after-parties, and other glittery happenings during the week. Starting at 10 p.m.
Become a museum VIP and waltz right past the long lines with the Paris Museum Pass.
Owned by Jean Noel Julien for 20 years and located at 75 rue St. Honoré, Boulangerie Julien was awarded best crescent in Paris by the BBC in 2005 and best pain au chocolat in 2007.
One of the city’s best markets, the Marché d’Aligre—located behind the Bastille between the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and the Rue de Charenton—stands out compared to Paris’s other outdoor markets because its lively, personable vibe makes it feel like a village within a village.