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I will wonder as I wander Paris and contemplate my life, the meaning of life and anything else those philosophers never gave us the answer to. Cheers!

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Eating Taillevent, Paris

Chef Alain Solivérès, a native of Montpellier, has a remarkable pedigree: He trained under Maximin, Thulier, Senderens, and Ducasse. But he won his... more

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Eating Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

With his 1990s hit restaurant, the far-flung La Régalade, Yves Camdeborde was credited with reinventing the Parisian bistro. Now the cult chef presides... more

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Eating Le Cinq, Paris

No matter how good the food, a meal at a grand hotel restaurant used to be a yawn or, worse, a parody of obsequiousness. It's places like Le Cinq at the Four... more

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Eating L'Avant Goût, Paris

More popular than ever, this contemporary bistro (opened in 1997 near the Place d'Italie), draws crowds because of the superb cooking of Christophe Beaufront... more

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Rue Mouffetard
Eating Rue Mouffetard, Paris

Milk-goats no longer wander up Rue Mouffetard, but this cobbled market street has retained much of its pre-industrial character. A dozen "old Paris" shops sell... more

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Eating L'Arpege, Paris

In 2006, chef Alain Passard's L'Arpege turned 20 years old and, with the reconversion of Alain Senderens's Lucas-Carton, this pear-wood-paneled property in the... more

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Eating Chez Les Anges, Paris

Cool jazz on the sound system, a sunny veranda, and a cool, modern bar: That's how Jacques and Catherine Lacipiere—the husband-and-wife team also behind... more

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Eating Café Constant, Paris

Formerly the executive chef of Les Ambassadeurs, Christian Constant has spun his well-earned celebrity into a mini empire of four restaurants, located... more

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Nightlife Paris Social Club, Paris

Paris Social Club's entrance on a corner of Rue Montmartre (one of the second arrondissement's bar-and-restaurant blocks) is unannounced—but that's because... more

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Aux Lyonnais
Eating Aux Lyonnais, Paris

For years a seedy neighborhood bistro, Aux Lyonnais is a case study in turning pigs' ears, snouts, and trotters into a silk purse. When Alain Ducasse took over... more

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Nightlife Moulin Rouge, Paris

Before Las Vegas, and even Ziegfeld, there was a time when a visit to Paris meant catching a "show"—where else could frothy underwear look like so much... more

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Nightlife La Perle, Paris

At the epicenter of the "new" Marais (the northern end, where the galleries are), this bar and café has nothing specific to recommend it—neither... more

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Nightlife Au Pied de Cochon, Paris

During the day, Au Pied de Cochon looks like a tourist trap—a typical Belle Époque brasserie with a multilingual menu of standard fare. Late at... more

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Shop Spree, Paris

To stock this well-curated boutique above the Place des Abbesses, Roberta Oprandi oversees the clothing and a collection of unusually comfortable, jewel-toned... more

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Shop Sabbia Rosa, Paris

For those who like to be pretty through-and-through, Sabbia Rosa has been nirvana since 1976. Lingerie fetishists the world over crowd into her tiny light-green... more

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Shop Marie Papier, Paris

Paris loves paper; it's a city where visiting cards are still in use, and graveurs can be found in every neighborhood. Since 1977, Marie-Paule Orluc has been... more

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Shop Le Bon Marché, Paris

Le Bon Marché is a reference for everything a department store (Paris's first) ought to be—from its Gustave Eiffel–designed glass and steel... more

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Shop Ladurée, Paris

They did not invent the macaron, but they may have perfected it—which is why Sofia Coppola had all the sweet treats for her film Marie Antoinette... more

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Shop Flea Markets in Paris, Paris

The days of true flea-market finds may be long gone, yet aficionados will not be disappointed by the depth and range of Paris's markets, and certainly will be... more

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Shop Colette, Paris

L'art de vivre was practically invented in France, so it's not surprising the country has some of the best, and best-known, lifestyle stores. Colette is an ad... more

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Shop Children's Boutiques, Paris

Spend a day in the Luxembourg Gardens and you'll see that French children have as much style as their parents. For a good introduction to vêtements pour... more

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See + Do Vedettes du Pont Neuf, Paris

Sure, a boat ride on the river is as touristy as an Eiffel Tower hat made of foam rubber, but the fact is that you get a completely different view of Paris, and... more

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See + Do Vaux Le Vicomte, Paris

If you don't have time to visit the Loire Valley châteaux, this gorgeous palace an hour from Paris by commuter train will give you a sumptuous taste of... more

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Père-Lachaise Cemetery and Ménilmontant-Oberkampf
See + Do Père-Lachaise Cemetery and Ménilmontant-Oberkampf, Paris

The winding, cobbled paths of Père-Lachaise spread over 100 acres in the 20th Arrondissement, knotting around thousands of historic tombs, giant old trees,... more

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See + Do Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Only in Paris could the world's single largest collection of Monet paintings (along with works by Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir) be overshadowed by other... more

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See + Do Musée Carnavalet, Paris

Ignore the Mona Lisa's prima donna claim on the world's imagination. The first museum you should go to in Paris is this superb 140-room collection dedicated to... more

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Montmartre
See + Do Montmartre, Paris

The bulbous white-stone domes of Sacré-Coeur (built from 1875 to 1919) are Montmartre's dreamy visual emblem, but its real appeal is far earthier. Lacking... more

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Luxembourg Gardens
See + Do Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

On that inevitable day when you don't want to go to a museum and you're sick of shopping, come to the Luxembourg Gardens. Quite simply, there's no better... more

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See + Do L'Atelier des Chefs, Paris

With a convenient location and well-equipped kitchens, this cooking school offers a two-hour, hands-on course taught by working chefs. You'll learn how to cook... more

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Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis
See + Do Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis, Paris

Midstream in the Seine, the Île de la Cité is Paris's birthplace, where a Celtic tribe known as the Parisii built their wattle settlement around 250... more

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See + Do Cinema, Paris

Even if you speak no French, Paris is the world's best city for going to the movies. On any given night, hundreds of films, both new and classic, are... more

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See + Do Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

When it opened in 1977, the intention of this inside-out modern art museum—the staircases and pipes are famously exposed on its exterior—was to... more

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See + Do Canal St-Martin, Paris

Long a working-class neighborhood with an edge, the Canal St-Martin is the latest quartier to be reinvented by artists and young bohemians. Built in the early... more

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Et Dans Mon Coeur Il y a, Paris

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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Eating L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Paris

Former three-star chef Joël Robuchon was hailed as the best French chef of the 20th century before he retired at age 50. Then, a few years ago, he returned... more

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Hôtel du Petit Moulin
Hotel Hôtel du Petit Moulin, Paris

In the most happening corner of Paris—the northern edge of the Marais in the 3rd Arrondissement—this 17-room hotel with 17 different interiors by... more

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Hotel Hôtel Molière, Paris

Paris used to have dozens of small, independently owned inns with busy floral wallpaper, tiny bedside tables, and curious telephones. However, these good-value... more

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Hotel Verneuil
Hotel Hotel Verneuil, Paris

It's just steps away from hopping Boulevard Saint-Germain and the tourist thrum at Les Deux Magots (6 Place St-Germain des Prés; 33-1-45-48-55-25;... more

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Hôtel le Saint Grégoire
Hotel Hôtel le Saint Grégoire, Paris

Tucked away on a narrow street between Montparnasse and St-Germain-des-Prés, this 20-room hotel, in an 18th-century mansion, is popular with... more

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Hôtel Duo
Hotel Hôtel Duo, Paris

Here's a tale of two hotels: The modest, family-run Axial Beaubourg and the once-seedy Duo Hotel next door were skillfully merged by rising-star architect... more

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