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Designers' Paris

Joanna Van Mulder Ivana Omazic takes it all in at Place Dauphine.

Photo: Joanna Van Mulder

In Paris, there’s so much street life, so much light and joy. Though France’s capital is one of the most beautiful in the world, it’s not always the easiest to crack. Four stylish designers who now call the city home share a few of their secret addresses.

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Inspired by: Insiders’ Paris — by Alexandra Marshall, Published Oct. 2006

Restaurants (6)

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    Café du Marché

    With a central location on Rue Cler, a popular, pedestrian-only market street, Café du Marché is a draw to locals and tourists alike. This is the q

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    Rollet Pradier

    Follow the advice of Julia Child and visit iconic patisserie Rollet Pradier. The stone building, with its large front windows filled with enticemen

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    Au Petit fer à Cheval

    Surrounded by the fashionable boutiques of Le Marais and situated on the winding rue Vieille du Temple, Au Petit fer à Cheval is the place to go to

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    Fellini

    Just blocks from the Louvre, Efisio Mannai's Fellini restaurant presents another grand human achievement: fine Italian cuisine. The sandstone-color

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    Casa Bini

    Housed in the Bini family home on Rue Gérgoire de Tours, Casa Bini looks like a rustic taverna, with its terra cotta tiles, exposed beams, bright y

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    L’Assiette

    L'Assiette on Rue du Chateau has been a "go-to" restaurant since its opening in 2008, when chef-owner David Rathgeber, a student of master chef Ala

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Activities (15)

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    Basilique Ste. Clotilde

    The twin spires of the Basilique Ste. Clotilde once marked it as the most famous and oft-visited church of 19th-century Paris. Though the construct

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    Studio 28

    Founded by Jean-Placid Mauclaire in 1928 as an independent cinema and meeting place for creative minds near the Montmartre Cemetery, Studio 28 has

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    La Pagode

    On the quiet Rue de Babylone in Paris’ Seventh Arrondissement, tucked behind a wall among trees, vines, and neighboring buildings, is a red, brown,

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    Musée de l’Orangerie

    Beyond Monet’s multipaneled and expansive Water Lilies ensemble, what makes this recently renovated space truly special is the regrouping of an exc

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    Jeu de Paume

    Tucked in a corner of the Tuileries Gardens near the Champs Élysées is this building reminiscent of a Greek temple, with large columns on its stone

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    Yves Saint Laurent

    In the Eighth Arrondissement, near the Eglise de la Madeleine and not far from the Champs Elysees, this French fashion shop features a black façade

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    Stéphane Olivier

    Stephane Olivier, owner of the antique shop Rive Gauche on Rue de l'Universite, spent much of his childhood in his grandmother's alpine garden, and

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    Quidam de Revel

    The vintage boutique specializes in designer pieces from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

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    Moulié

    Located in la Place du Palais Bourbon, Moulie Fleurs began in 1870 and was entrusted to Henri Moulie in 1978. Today the florist shop is internation

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    Miller et Bertaux

    At Miller et Bertaux in Le Marais, designers and perfumers Francis Miller and Patrick Bertaux sell quality clothing, perfumes, and objets d'art. Th

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    Iglaïne

    Paris is known for fashion but Iglaine near Rue Etienne Marcel covers the whole gamut—from modern to early 20th century and from Europe, America, a

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    Galerie Christine Diegoni

    The Galerie Christine Diegoni in the 18th Arrondisement showcases the best of interior design from the 1950s to 1970s. The three main foci of the g

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    Drouot Richelieu

    Opened in 1852, The Drouot Richelieu in the Ninth Arrondissement is the oldest auction house in the world. Treasures reside throughout this glass a

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    Colette

    With its always-surprising mix of art, high-tech gadgets, music, books, and individualistic curios, Colette has quite simply become the bellwether

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    Boucherie Becquerel

    The first thing that will draw your attention to Boucherie Becquerel on Rue St. Antoine is the aroma of roasting chicken. Set up in glass cases on

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