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For centuries, Paris has been seducing visitors from around the world. Thankfully, even as this tantalizing city remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Paris has been basically unchanged by the centuries and still has its romantic allure.

As the city is vast and its sights numerous, Paris can seem daunting for even the most seasoned traveler. When faced with limited time and too many options, the best approach to experiencing Paris is to wander through its neighborhoods. In between the many sights, you will stumble on beautiful buildings, delectable restaurants and wonderful little shops that really give you the flavor of the city.

The Seine River divides Paris into the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) to the south of the river, and Rive Droite (Right Bank) to the north. The Rive Droite was historically considered more elegant and sophisticated, replete with fashion houses and grand palaces, as well as the elegant Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, Place Vendome and the Louvre. The Rive Gauche was more bohemian, artsy and home to the student-y Latin Quarter and Blvd Saint-Germain. However, these days there’s fashion, funky bohemian hideouts and art on both sides of the river.

Paris is further divided into twenty arrondissements, or districts, that spiral out from the Louvre in the 1st arrondissement at the center of the city. Each arrondissement has its own distinct personality and a wealth of sites to visit among its quartiers (neighborhoods).

The everlasting symbol of the city, the Eiffel Tower remains as popular as ever. You can purchase a ticket to one of the three levels and ascend via elevator, or if you have the stamina, you can walk up the stairs for free. The base has become a bit of a carnival over the years, with vendors hawking all sorts of goods and the tower is bedecked with a questionable blinking light show due to never-ending millennium celebrations, but it’s still a must visit. After you’re done, cross the river and get the best view of the tower anywhere from the top of the Trocadero hill that houses the Palais de Chaillot. Just beware the numerous skateboarders that flock to the hill below the Palais (palace).

Paris travel guide Arc de TriompheThe centerpiece of any Paris visit is the Louvre with its stunning collection of art. Housed in a series of connected Palais, the museum is large and worthy of a multiple day visit. Much of the museum has been renovated and expanded, as a decades long project brought the facilities up to modern standards. The well known, formerly controversial inverted pyramid entrance by I.M. Pei is now a signature piece of the complex and the grounds, formerly hardscrabble sand have been integrated with the adjoining Tuileries Gardens. These beautiful gardens are Paris’ centerpiece park and run all the way to Place de la Concorde and the Orangerie Museum, home of Monet’s famed Water Lilies.

From Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysee makes its way west through parks towards the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way, tourist shops and movie theaters including the Louis Vuitton flagship and a plethora of exclusive clubs line the street, which has been brought more upscale after years of neglect. The wide sidewalks make for a relatively easy walk. Looming far in the distance is La Defense and its signature arch.

Paris travel guide Place Vendome ParisAnother great walk is up Rue de Castiglione to ritzy Place Vendome with its well-known Napoleonic column and expensive boutiques. The Place is also home to the original Ritz Hotel and a stroll through the lobby allows you to bask in its opulence. Continuing north on Rue de la Paix, you will arrive at the Place de Opera and the Opera House (now called the Palais Garnier). Circle around this gorgeous building and take in its façade. The roof of the building is adorned with sculptures, including Apollo, Poetry and Music. Just north of the Opera is Boulevard Haussmann with the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores. Even if you are not a big shopper, slip into Printemps de la Mode to gaze up at the gorgeous restored stained-glass cupola in the ceiling.

The gorgeous Notre Dame, on Île de la Cité, justifiably entices thousands of visitors daily. You can climb up the towers to commune with the gargoyles and get a view of the Seine and view the gothic windows inside. Lesser known, and just a five-minute walk away, Sainte-Chapelle is reputed to have even lovelier Paris travel guide Notre Damewindows and hosts frequent classical music concerts for about €19 a ticket-making it the perfect way to avoid long lines and to enjoy a stunning church without the pressing throngs of people found at Notre Dame.

Across the river from Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter (5th Arr) throbs with life day and night. It is home to the Sorbonne and thus thousands of students and the requisite cheap eating options they require. West of Boulevard Saint-Michel is the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg, worth a stroll after dealing with the tourist masses. Or walk down Rue de Rennes in the nearby 6th Arr. for mid-to high-end French clothing stores and art deco cafés that were frequented by Hemingway, Stein and the intellectual expats of the 1920s.

North of the Hotel De Ville, which houses the city’s administrative offices, Le Marais (named for the marshland it was built on) is a quaint area to walk though with its tiny alleys and streets. The centerpiece of the area is the Place des Vosges, still ringed by original buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The area is the center of Jewish life in Paris, as well as home to a growing gay population. The Picasso Museum is located here in the Hotel Sale, a 17th century mansion.Paris travel guide Hotel DeVille

Further afield is the historic district of Montmartre, with its iconic Sacre Coeur Cathedral perched high on a hill. The quaint area was eventually subsumed by the city proper but due to its protected status, remains virtually untouched. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a magnet for artists, including Pissarro, Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh and many others. The well known Moulin de la Galette (windmill) was depicted in many paintings and still stands near the top of the hill. Today, the area houses the works of Salvador Dali at the Espace Dali and is the final resting place for many artists buried in the Montmartre Cemetery (37 Avenue Samson), including Francois Truffaut, the painter Degas and famed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

Paris is suffused with history from the medieval buildings on the Île de la Cité to the Gallo-Roman, 1st– 3rd century baths at the Musee du Moyen-Age or the little visited Arènes de Lutèce in the 5th Arr. Take a walk along the Promenade Plantée at the Viaduc des Arts in the 12th Arr.-a 19th century railway that was renovated in the 1980s to house craftsmen and artists. For an eerie trip into the past, visit the Catacombs, an 18th century ossuary that houses the remains of six million Parisians. Or search out the graves of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th Arr.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has poured money into public art events throughout the city. During Fête de la Musique taking place during the summer solstice, hundreds of musicians, from high-school bands to stadium-tour headliners, entertain the city throughout the night. During the first weekend in October, Paris Nuit Blanche is an all-night event for artists and their galleries. During summer weekends, the city’s parks host classical and jazz ensembles. Stop by a market and spend the afternoon nibbling snacks, sipping wine and enjoying la belle vie.

What Paris Is

Paris is a visually seductive city that, with every narrow alley you discover or wide boulevard you stroll along, transports you to centuries past. Paris was occupied through much of WWII and therefore sustained far less damage than many of its European counterparts.

Paris is the artistic and cultural heart of France, home to the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Georges Pompidou. But these museums are on most tourists’ to-see lists, which means you’ll be navigating their halls with thousands of other visitors. Try taking advantage of extended hours, one to two nights a week, when museums stay open till 10 or 11pm and don’t miss some of the hundreds of smaller museums.

Paris is a foodie’s haven, from ethnic street foods to traditional, Michelin-starred fine dining, and there is a budget and a meal for every palate and wallet.

As the capital city, Paris attracts a fair number of demonstrations – generally strikes and worker welfare protests. Don’t be surprised to find the Metro shut down one day or a passing protest. Parisians have learned to take them in stride.

What Paris Is Not

Paris is not cheap, but since the city is home to a large student and artist population, there are deals to be found. Sure, take a walk though Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis to enjoy the gothic and Romanesque architecture, but also explore elsewhere where you’ll find a more authentic city and prices that aren’t inflated for tourists’ budgets.

Paris is not an efficient city. The Parisians celebrate the beauty in their lives from leisurely meals and designer fashion to stunning food displays at the local grocers. But this appreciation of la belle vie isn’t conducive to whirl-wind tours or a “quick bite to eat” in a local restaurant-you won’t be able to change Parisian habits during your stay, so it’s best just to assume everything will take a bit longer than planned. Enjoy this leisurely pace of life.

Paris is not home to legions of rude, American-hating waiters and shop assistants, no matter how many movies depict it. Use a little bit of French, say merci and smile. Parisians will let their guard down and be happy to help.

Paris is not good at cleaning up after dogs. Carefully watch where you walk and try to avoid the merde.

Practicalities

Time to Visit: Visit in the spring or fall when the weather is cool enough to walk across the city but warm enough to wile an afternoon away at an outdoor café. And of course, with off-season travel, you’ll find better hotel rates and smaller crowds.

Summer can be hot and air conditioning is still spotty, but definitely avoid August. Many shops and restaurants are closed but the city is still clogged with other visitors. Businesses also often close the week between Christmas and New Year’s and although the city is beautifully lit with Christmas decorations, finding a good meal can be difficult.

Whenever you plan your trip, remember an umbrella, as Paris can be rainier than even London.

Tipping: A 15% tip is already included in the total of your check at restaurants and cafés-signified by servis compris written on the check or menu. This charge is required by law for taxation purposes. However, if service is good, it’s common to leave an extra amount. Round up to the nearest euro for a coffee or drink, and add 1 to 5 euros for lunch and dinner.

When taking a taxi, a tip of 5 to 10% is appreciated.

Language: Many people speak some English, but if you make an effort to speak French, even poorly, you’ll receive warmer service. Practice your French when entering a store by greeting the shopkeeper with a Bonjour Madame or Bonjour Monsieur, as this vestige of 19th century propriety is still held in high regard.

Paris travel guide Paris Metro EntranceTransport: Paris has a comprehensive bus, Metro and light-rail (RER) system. Maps are available from every station and un carnet – a book of 10 tickets – is the best value at €11,10. An individual ticket (une billet) is €1,50. These tickets work on the RER, metro, and bus. Swipe your ticket when entering a Metro or RER station and keep it handy as you’ll need to swipe it again to exit. You can also purchase a Mobilis Pass or a Visite Pass good for a certain number of days, but as Paris is so walkable you probably won’t get full use from these tourist passes.

Though the metro is the quickest form of transport, buses are more picturesque. The 67 begins in the 5th and winds across Île Saint-Louis and up to Monmartre, while the 69 traverses the city from the Eiffel Tour in the west to the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in the east. If it’s rainy, spend a day enjoying the view from these buses. Remember, when you get on the bus, composter (stamp) your ticket by inserting it into the box by the driver.

Insider Tips

Stretch your pennies with prix-fixe lunches as most cafés offer them, or hit the markets and pack a picnic for one of Paris’ many parks. Just don’t sit on the grass or you’ll risk the wrath of the guards for in most parks, pelouse interdit (lawn prohibited).

The RER is mostly a commuter train, but it’s also the easiest way to travel from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the center of Paris, especially if your suitcases are light and it cuts quickly across the city, providing access to sights such as the Musee d’Orsay.

Taxis are expensive and in the late evening-after dinners, theater and the opera are done-the lines at taxi stands can often take 30 minutes. You must wait at a taxi stand, signified by a large sign, as most taxis will not stop on the side of the road.

If you’re in Paris solely to see museums, consider a museum pass. However, they’re pricey at €30, €45 or €60 for two-, four-, or six-day passes.

For an art deal, entrance to the garden at the Musée Rodin costs only €1 (free in the winter) and is full of awe-inspiring sculptures and flowers. 79 rue de Varenne, (33) 1-44-18-61-10.

Spend an hour watching the romantic architecture of Paris’ grand monuments slip by on the Bateaux-Mouches (river boats). Tickets €10, departure from Pont de l’Alma.

For art outside the confines of museum, walk along rue de Seine from rue de Buci to the L’Académie Française and peruse the many galleries.

Many museums are free on the first Sunday of the month.

If you don’t want order a pricy bottle of water at a restaurant, order a carafe d’eau-you’ll receive a bottle or carafe of tap water.

Where to Stay

Paris can be expensive but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few well-priced, conveniently located gems on both sides of the river. Service and tax are always included, breakfast generally is not unless otherwise noted.

The Hotel Grandes Ecoles (75 rue Cardinal Lemoine, (33) 1-43-26-79-23, Website), located in the heart of the 5th within walking distance of many Rive Gauche sites, has a country atmosphere and beautiful stone terrace for breakfast. With doubles from €120, this hotel is hard to beat. Plus it has wi-fi.

For a bit of a splurge, the newly renovated Hotel Saint Paul (43 rue Monsieur le Prince, (33) 1-43-26-98-64, Website) is luxurious and steps away from the Jardin de Luxembourg. Standard doubles from €125.

Though the rooms are tiny, the Hotel de Nice (Website) is situated in the heart of the Marais’ shopping district and steps from incredible restaurants, so what you lack in space you make up for in location. Doubles from €100. Another option in the Marais is the Hotel Duo (formerly Axial Beaubourg) (11 Rue du Temple, (33) 1-42-72-72-22, website), which has been done up as a “design hotel.” Doubles are €200 in low season, €240 in high season.

If dancing all night is your scene and you want to be close to Bastille nightlife, l’Hôtel Bastille Speria (1 rue de la Bastille, (33) 1-42-72-04-01, Website) has clean, simple rooms. Special-rate doubles from €105.

Another option is to rent an apartment – RentParis has many apartments centrally located (1st through 7th Arr.) Rates go down the longer you stay making this a great choice if you are in the city for 6 days or longer.

 Eat & Drink

The food in France is generally of very high quality, with even simple cafés taking pride in having good ingredients. Of course, it is expected that you wash down your meal with a carafe or bottle of wine. French table wine can be quite good in a bistro as that is generally what locals drink, so enjoy and save up for a splurge at dinner

Meals are so important to the French that most employers give their workers Ticket Restaurants-vouchers to cover the cost of their lunchtime meals. With this in mind, many restaurants and cafés offer affordable three-course, prix fixe menus at lunch – just look for a sticker denoting a Ticket Restaurant. What you lose in choice-you will typically have only one or two main courses to choose from-you will make up for in value.

Prix fixe lunch menus are also the most affordable way to taste the work of Paris’ finest chefs. Yves Camdeborde’s newest venture, Le Comptoir (9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, (33) 1-43-29-12-05) in the 6th Arr., offers a €30 lunch menu and the chance to sample his artisanal goodies, from homemade pates to suckling pig.

Most cafés have good quality meals that can range from elegantly opulent to casual and homey. The trick to finding a good one is to stay away from major tourists sites and head to cafés that look busy. These are some good restaurants and bistros:

Bistrot Mazarin (42 rue Mazarin, (33) 1-43-29-99-01) is a great little bistro in the 5th that is popular with locals. Prices and food are both great and the bistro also has outdoor seating.

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Chez Prune (36 rue Beaurepaire, (33) 1-42-49-89-19) overlooks canal Saint Martin and attracts a boho-artsy clientele with its well-priced food and drink-a small pitcher of wine costs €6. For late-night eating, try the excellent charcuterie plate. Dinner for two, €50.

Le Petite Marguery (9 Boulevard Port Royal, (33) 1-43-31-58-59) will seduce with its shimmery deco interior and traditional French cooking. Three course lunch menu €26, three course dinner menu €30.

Le Réconfort (37 rue de Poitou, (33)  1-49-96-09-60) is in the heart of the Marais and a perfect first stop in a night on the town with its sexy red-walled dining room and traditional Provençal cuisine. Dinner for two, €65, Lunch menu is a deal at €14.

Ma Bourgogne (19 Place des Vosges, (33) 1-42-78-44-64) is a classic bistro overlooking the gorgeous Place des Vosges. Grab a sidewalk table under the beautiful arches and order a classic steak tartare. Just beware the dreaded “hole” in the bathroom.

Restaurant Cousin Cousine (25 rue Mouffetard, (33) 1-47-07-73-83) is a casual crêperie and a typically Breton dinner for two with a pichet du cidre (a quarter liter of cider) will cost around €30.

Ambassade d’Auvergne (22 rue du Grenier-St. Lazare, (33) 1-42-72-31-22, Website) near the Centre Georges Pompidou, features the rustic cuisine of the Auvergne region of southern France. Try the house specialty, Country Sausage & Aligot (melted Laguiole cheese with mashed potatoes) or the terrines – duck, rabbit or whatever is in season. For dessert, order the chocolate mousse and they will bring you a giant bowl of the stuff – take as much as you want.

Benoit (20 rue St. Martin, (33) 01-42-72-25-76, website) is a Parisian classic around the corner from the Hotel De Ville that opened in 1912. In danger of closing, it was taken over by renowned chef Alain Ducasse in 2005. With the world-famous name came predictable price hike, so if you want to enjoy the classic surroundings, stop by at lunch for the three-course €38 prix fixe.

For dessert, a favorite stop for artisan ice cream is Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis (29 – 31 rue Saint Louis en l’ile, website). Considered the best ice cream shop in Paris, they serve both traditional and seasonal glace (ice cream) and sorbet. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am – 8pm. Expect long lines on weekends and in the summer.

Although the French typically enjoy leisurely meals, Paris also has a vibrant street food scene. Traditional crepes abound, from the basic jambon et fromage (ham and cheese) to the lusciously sweet nutella-banane (Nutella-banana). Many cafes and boulangerie sell sandwiches for a few Euro – the quality of ingredients and bread is generally quite good, especially if you avoid places near tourist spots. You can also find panini (grilled sandwiches), which have traveled to Paris by way of Italy. In the 5th and 18th, merguez sausage sandwiches and smoky lamb brochettes, direct from former-colonies Morocco and Tunisia, perfume the streets with exotic spices. Daily street markets add to the choice with fresh poulet roti (roast chicken), breads, quiches and dried sausages and in Belleville’s Marché d’Aligre you’ll find African specialties.

Follow the Parisians’ lead and spend your afternoons in cafés sipping coffee, conversing on the sights you’ve seen or catching up on the news. Generally you are expected to choose your own seat, though in more formal cafés a waiter may direct you with a nod of the head. Waiters leave a tally of what you order underneath your place setting or sugar bowl, but this is not the bill. You will need to request the bill (l’addition) when you’re ready to leave as waiters will not bring it un-asked. Also, if it’s coffee with milk you’re after, order a café crème not café au lait-it’s the Parisian way. If you are a fan of tea, visit the Mariage Freres tea salon (30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg or Carrousel du Louvre) to enjoy a cup of tea or to purchase some of the hundreds of varieties.

Café du Marche at the corner of rue de Buci and rue de la Seine in the 6th is always lively and the perfect spot to watch a market by day or St. Germain fashionistas at night. (33) 1-43-26-55-15

Les Etages at 35 rue Vieille du Temple in the Marais has a hip, bohemian crowd and a welcoming vibe. (33) 1-42-78-72-00

Le Tire Bouchon, a piano bar at 9 Rue Norvins on Montmartre, is quirky and caters to an interesting combination of visitors and locals.  (33) 1-42-55-12-35

Le Gibus is the place to go for live music in Paris. 18 rue Faubourg du Temple (33) 1-47-00-78-88

For belle-époque elegance at an affordable price, visit Angelina at 226 rue de Rivoli. Try their famously decadent hot chocolate l’Africain. (33) 1-42-60-82-00

Parisians take their food seriously and have turned picnicking into an art form. On the Pont des Arts, one of two pedestrian-only bridges crossing the Seine and linking the L’Académie Française to the Louvre, hot summer nights become competitive with each group of picnickers displaying a more elaborate feast than the last. The Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne becomes a spectacular cacophony of flowers in the spring and summer with ample spots to picnic just outside the gates.

Food Markets:

La Grande Epicerie, 38, rue de Sèvres, (7 A.) Mon-Sat 8:30am-9pm. This large food hall is part of the Bon Marche Department store and has 5,000 products on its shelves

Marché Mouffetard, Métro Censier-Daubenton. Open every morning but Monday.

Marché Buci, Métro St-Germain-des-Prés. Small but centrally located. Open every day but Monday.

Marché d’Aligre, in Belleville at Métro Ledru-Rollin. Specializes in African food and products. Open every morning but Monday.

Marché Brancusi, organic food, Métro Gaité, Open Saturdays from 9-2pm.

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Sights

Perhaps no city is more closely tied to art than Paris. Its unrivalled museums include the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou and many more. For an extensive look at the city’s museums, visit The Art Trail: Paris.

Notre Dame de Paris, Place du Parvis Notre-Dame, (33) 1-42-34-56-10, Website
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 6:45pm, Sat & Sun 8am-7:15pm.

Tour Eiffel, (33) 1-44-11-23-23, Website
Hours: Jan 1 – June 12 & Sept 1 – Dec 31: 9:30am-11:45 pm, June 13 – Aug 31: 9am -12:45am
Admission: stairs €4, elevator to top €12, elevator to 2nd floor €7.80, elevator to 1st floor €4.80

Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, (33) 1-45-44-64-44, Website
Hours: Mon, Fri & Sat 10:30am-10pm, Tues, Weds, & Thurs10:30-7pm. Sun 9am-7pm
Admission: Adults €11, youth (10-25 yrs) €9

Espace Dali Montmartre, 11 rue Poulbot, Website, (33) 1-42-64-40-10
Hours: 10am-6pm, daily
Admission: Adults €10, youth (under 25) €6

Bateaux-Mouches ((33) 1-42-25-96-10) excursion boats leave from Pont de l’Alma, Rive droite, Paris 8ème. Hours: over 20 tours a day from April to September, 10 tours a day from October to March. Reservations: reservations@bateaux-mouches.fr. Reservations generally not required. Tickets €10.

La Sainte-Chapelle 4, boulevard du Palais. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Ticket €6.50. Call (33) 1-44-07-12-38 to reserve tickets for classical music concerts or purchase at FNAC music stores around Paris. The number is a French recording so if your French is weak, ask your hotel to help.

Parc de Bagatelle, (33) 1-40-67-90-82, Métro: Pont de Neuilly route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne.
Hours: 9:30am – dusk.
Admission: 3€

Vaiduc des Arts, Metro: Arrêt – Bastille / Gare de Lyon, 39 Avenue Daumesnil stretching  from the Opéra Bastille to the Jardin de Reuilly. (33) 1-44-75-80-66, Website

Musée National du Moyen-Age, 6 place Paul Painlevé, (33) 1-53-73-78-00, Website
Hours: Weds-Mon, 9:15am-5:45pm
Admission: Adults €7.50, youth (18-25 yrs) €5.50.

Les Catacombs de Paris, 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, (33) 1-43-22-47-63, Website
Hours: 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults €7, seniors €5.50, youth (14-26 yrs) €3.50.

 Shopping

From designer fashion houses like Dior and Hermès scattered along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to the flea markets on the outskirts of the city shoppers can’t help but to fall in love with Paris.

The grandes magasins (department stores) are spectacular affairs, housed in grand deco buildings and filled with tantalizing clothes, perfumes, gourmet foods and leather goods. The flagships for Samaritaine, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are on the Right Bank and Le Bon Marché on the Left. These shops are expensive, but twice a year, in July and January, everything goes on sale-les soldes in French-which means it’s time to stock up on Longchamp, Hervé Chapelier, Zadig & Voltaire and other French designers.

If you can’t wait ‘till sale-time, hit the dépot-ventes (resale shops), the largest of which being Reciproque at 88-123 rue de la Pompe in the 16th, (33) 1-47-04-30-28. The dépot-ventes often retain the same sense of condescension that a designer boutique has but that benefits the shopper as only the best quality clothes are accepted.

Paris’ largest flea market, Les Puces, at Porte de Clignancourt, is a trove of antiques, vintage Paris travel guide mariage freres storefabrics, clothes and lace. Make sure you get into the heart of the market as the stalls on the edges are more expensive and tourist-oriented. Les Puces de Montreuil at Métro Porte de Montreuil is a smaller, more rustic market, but still lots of fun. Both markets are open Saturday, Sunday and Mondays.

Things to Buy / Bring Back

Stock up on homemade honey, jam and spicy Djion mustard at the street markets.

Clairefontaine has been making paper since 1858 and their notebooks are an inexpensive way to bring a little bit of France back to your daily life.

Paris is the capital of fashion and from the dépot-ventes to the grandes magasins, there is something to suit every budget.

Pastis, an anise-flavored liquor, is a popular aperitif served with an ice cube and a glass of water to dilute as needed. Ricard and Pernod are two famous brands.

Pierre Hermé (Website) macaroons are rightly famous throughout Paris. The flavor combinations from foie-gras-gold to truffle-chevre are unexpected but showoff his mastery of confection. Hours: open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7:00pm. Closed Monday. 185 rue Vaugirard. (33) 1-43-83-89-96 72. Open daily at 72 rue Bonaparte 10am – 7pm (until 7:30pm on Saturday), (33) 1-43-54-47-77,

Mariage Frères Teas (30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg or Carrousel du Louvre, Website) was founded in 1854 and offers hundreds of teas for sale. It is a must for any serious lover of tea.

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