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101 things to do in Paris

Discover the best of Paris with our ultimate list of things to do in the capital

Jacques Lebar / Paris Tourist Office

Welcome to the definitive guide to getting the most out of Paris, be you visiting for a weekend or two weeks. Read on for our list of the 101 best things to do in the capital, put together by Time Out’s expert writers and editors. With activities ranging from scaling famous monuments to secret shopping passageways, and from peaceful parks to fast and furious nights out on the town, we've got you covered whatever you're looking for in Paris.

Cultural highlights

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Get lost in the Louvre

A behemoth of a museum, the Louvre has galleries and wings so vast you could easily spend a day feasting your eyes on treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Egyptian mummies – not to mention on the building itself, which sports sumptuous architecture erected and remodelled over the centuries by the rulers of France. When cultural overload sets in, take a breather in the Café Mollien at the top of the grand Mollien staircase.

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1st arrondissement
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Check out the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton modern art gallery opened in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris’s second largest public park, in October 2014. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the impressive new space plays host to Louis Vuitton Group CEO Bernard Arnault’s art collection. Visually stunning, the FLV is shell-shaped and made up of twelve glass sails that soar above the park's greenery. Inside is a huge auditorium and 3,850m2 of exhibition space divided into eleven galleries.

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Be impressed by the Musée d'Orsay

The old Belle Époque Orsay train station was converted into the Musée D’Orsay in 1986 to house one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art. Aside from works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, you'll find a dapper collection of decorative arts from the Art Nouveau era and a wide range of 19th-century sculpture. Digest it over coffee in the café behind the museum’s giant transparent clock.

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St Germain des Prés
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Go crazy at the Centre Pompidou

As cutting-edge as ever, the ‘extra-skeletal’ Centre Pompidou is home to modern art treasures by (amongst others) Braque, Dubuffet, Matisse and Ernst, plus ever-changing temporary art exhibitions that ensure that no two visits are ever the same. Get there early when the queues are bearable, or arrive at 6pm and stay until closing time at 9pm, after which Georges, the Pompidou’s trendy rooftop bar-cum-restaurant, serves moreish cocktails in a futuristic setting with panoramic views over the city.

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The Marais
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Take in classical ballet at Palais Garnier

The 'wedding cake', as the Palais Garnier is nicknamed, wows a highbrow crowd with some of the world’s best ballet and the occasional opera. The building is an ode to opulence, dripping in marble and gold leaf. It’s also rather fascinating, with the underground lake that inspired Gaston Leroux to write Phantom of the Opera (now used by the fire-service for diving training), and beehives on the roof which produce the honey on sale in the Boutique de l’Opéra.

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Opéra
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(Re)discover the Musée Picasso

Finally, after many years of building works, the Musée Picasso re-opened its doors on October 25 2014 – once again, the people of Paris can enjoy masterpieces such as La Celestina, The Suppliant or Portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter. Set in the great 17th century Hôtel Salé in the heart of the historic Marais area, Picasso’s masterpieces hang on the walls of bright, spacious exhibition rooms. First opened 29 years ago, the Musée Picasso is one of the city’s most precious and prestigious institutions – now that it's finally re-opened, it feels like the Parisian art scene is back on track.

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The Marais
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Wander Les Passages Couverts

More than just olde-worlde shopping malls, Les Passages Couverts around the Grand Boulevards are atmospheric old covered passages that date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Glass-roofed and utterly charming, their second-hand bookshops, tea-rooms and gift boutiques make fun alternatives to stores elsewhere in Paris – especially the Gallerie Vivienne and the Passage Jouffroy, which houses the Musée Grévin, Paris’s answer to Madame Tussauds.

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9th arrondissement
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Attend an auction at Drouot

Not as daunting as it might seem, an afternoon at Drouot, Paris’ main auction house, can be great fun, even if you don’t fancy spending. On the day before the auction (and on the morning itself), drool over the objects for sale, then come back for the show (usually 2pm). Anyone can take part; and you don’t have to sign up beforehand. Neither do you have to worry about sneezing or scratching your head – it’s the role of Drouot’s commissaires des ventes (auctioneers) to distinguish a real bid from nose twitching.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Meet the dead famous at Père-Lachaise

Père-Lachaise is the celebrity cemetery – it has almost anyone French, talented and dead that you care to mention. Not even French, for that matter. Creed and nationality have never prevented entry: you just had to have lived or died in Paris or have an allotted space in a family tomb. From Balzac to Chopin to Oscar Wilde (the tomb worn away by the kisses of visiting admirers), the talent-spotting is endless.

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Eastern Paris
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Scale the Eiffel Tower

The most famous edifice in the world, the Eiffel Tower, was originally erected as a temporary exhibit for a World Fair. It provides heart-stopping views over Paris and is visible from most vantage points across the city. Apart from the new glass floor installed in 2014, there’s also a panoramic champagne bar on the third floor, a brasserie, and the Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant. At night, the Eiffel’s girders sparkle like fairy lights on a Christmas tree (every hour, on the hour).

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South-west Paris
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Free your inner architect at Cité Chaillot

Walk your way through 900 years of French architecture at the wonderful Cité Chaillot, set inside the vast Palais Chaillot, built for the 1937 World Fair. Everything from monumental moulded portions of French cathedrals to copies of rare 11th-century frescoes and industrial-era construction models cover the walls, floors and ceiling. If you’re into modern architecture the highlight has to be a mock Le Corbusier apartment, copied from the Cité Radieuse in Marseille.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Ramble around the Cité des Sciences

Kids love the hands-on aspect of futuristic Cité des Sciences, where mock submarines and rockets, a planetarium and a whole array of interactive science games prove that communications, physics and technology can be fun. Once everyone’s IQ has been bolstered, the grassy expanses of Parc de la Villette are ideal for a stroll or a picnic. You can also combine your ticket with the Géode Imax cinema, which shows fun, science-related 3D films inside a giant silver golf ball structure.

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North of the centre
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Hunt gargoyles on Notre-Dame's rooftop

Quasimodo certainly had good taste: the views from Notre-Dame cathedral’s towers are nothing short of stupendous, especially on a cloudy day, when the skies spin a moody hue across the River Seine and on towards the Eiffel Tower. From the top you also get the best view of the cathedral’s famous gargoyles – cheeky little chimeras whose ugly mugs watch over the city below. Unbeknown to most, they’re not originals; architect Viollet-le-Duc added them in the mid 19th-century.

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The Islands
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Discover La Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle

Behind its allure as a fairytale castle, the turreted Conciergerie hides a bloody past: During the Revolution it served as a prison for those condemned to the guillotine, including Queen Marie-Antoinette. Remnants of its revolutionary history are still visible in mock prison cells, but the Conciergerie’s main draw nowadays is its stunning medieval architecture. After visiting, head up the road to the 13th-century Sainte-Chapelle, which contains some of the finest stained glass windows in the world.

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The Islands
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Style it up at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a temple to French interior design, showing how lifestyle and taste have evolved from medieval times to today. Everything from the Duc de Berry’s gold-encrusted cradle to chairs by Philippe Starck are on display. There’s also an interesting set of rooms that reconstructs the living quarters of key figures like couturier Jeanne Lanvin, whose 1920s boudoir, bedroom and bathroom are in on show. At the end of you visit, grab a restorative cocktail in the restaurant-bar, Le Saut du Loup.

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Opéra
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Climb the Arc de Triomphe

Power up your legs and climb the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The views sweep in geometric splendour between the arc of La Defense and the Louvre. It’s also a plum spot for observing Parisian driving techniques: the unmarked traffic island creates speedy anarchy – in fact, have an accident here and it’s automatically 50/50 on the insurance claim, no matter whose fault it is. Back on solid ground, spare a thought for the Unknown Soldier whose grave sits solemnly in the centre of the arch.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Visit the Grand and Petit Palais in one day

The Grand and Petit Palais are photogenic throwbacks to Paris’ 1900 World Fair. The big one houses world-class temporary arts exhibitions and a science museum; meanwhile the little one charms with fine arts that span the period from antiquity to 1918. Ease yourself in gently with the Petit Palais; have lunch at Mini-Palais (the Grand Palais’ restaurant managed by Le Bristol’s acclaimed chef Eric Fréchon); then see which chef d’oeuvres the Grand Palais has on show beneath its iconic glass roof.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Enjoy world-class opera at Bastille

What the Opéra Bastille lacks in aesthetics, it gains with the quality and variety of its opera and ballet performances. Here you can enjoy cutting-edge renditions of 20th-century works like ‘Lulu’ by Alban Berg, or opt for 19th-century French classics like Charles Gounod’s ‘Faust’ and Jules Massenet’s ‘Manon’. Christmas is always a fine time to go, when Opéra Bastille joins forces with the Palais Garnier to showcase international opera favourites by composers like Verdi.

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12th arrondissement
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Explore Montmartre

Gone are the days when Montmartre was a tranquil village packed with vines and windmills, although two 'moulins' (windmills) and a small patch of vines do still exist. Today, perched high on the 'Butte' (Paris's highest and most northerly hill), the area is tightly packed with houses, spiralling round the mound below the sugary-white dome of the Sacré-Coeur. Despite the thronging tourists (chiefly around Place du Tertre) it remains the most unabashedly romantic part of Paris.

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Be intrepid at the Musée du Quai Branly

On the edge of the Seine, by the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Quai Branly is an urban jungle; an earth-toned, neo-cubist structure signed Jean Nouvel and shrouded in vegetation, including a botanical wall. Inside you’ll find a fascinating collection of primitive art treasures from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, all displayed along dimly-lit winding paths. If you fancy a gourmet pause, the Quai Branly’s rooftop restaurant, Les Ombres, serves fusion cuisine with views onto the Eiffel Tower.

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South-west Paris
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Go back in time at the Musée de Cluny

Most people visit the Musée de Cluny to see the extraordinary Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. But inside this chocolate-box gothic mansion you’ll also find hundreds of intriguing medieval objects, including the epitaph of 15th-century Parisian alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who supposedly made the philosopher’s stone (if Harry Potter is to be believed). The Cluny’s other draws are an extraordinary collection of ancient stained glass fragments and a Gallo-Roman section, which leads you down below street level to former Roman baths, including a frigadarium (cold bath).

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Latin Quarter and south Paris
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Visit kings and emperors at Les Invalides

The Sun King built the gold-domed Invalides as a military compound, but Napoleon got the final word: his tomb takes pride of place inside its Dôme church. The rest of this vast complex is home to one of the world’s largest collections of armoury, with a particularly impressive section devoted to armour from the 13th to the 17th century. The Second World War gets good coverage too in the Invalides’ multi-media Charles de Gaulle section. A must for war buffs.

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South-west Paris
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Dig deep at Les Catacombes

Descend, if you dare, into the entrails of the city. The Catacombs are without doubt the spookiest attraction Paris has to offer, with kilometres of tunnels lined with the femurs and skulls of defunct Parisians. Created 18 metres underground in the late 18th-century to stop disease from spreading from overrun inner-city cemeteries, they now make for a chilling stroll. Just don’t feel tempted to nick any bones: Yorrick might look good on your mantelpiece but the guards check your bags on the way out.

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Montparnasse and south Paris
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Live the dream at the Musée Gustave Moreau

The Musée Gustave Moreau makes you feel like you’re stepping onto the set of a 19th-century period film: gorgeous knick-knacks fill rooms that look just as they did when the symbolist artist lived here and around 1,300 paintings cover the walls over three storeys. Best of all is the light-filled workshop where Moreau used to paint. Climb the swirly iron staircase to feast your eyes on works like the two metre tall Jupiter and Semele – a hypnotic feast of blues, green and golds, in which Moreau spins his own interpretation of the Classical myth.

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Pigalle
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Make like the cool kids at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

The Marais is an El Dorado for contemporary art collectors, with a maze of streets given over to top galleries. Of all those places, however, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin stands out above the rest. It's the establishment that gave Damien Hirst his first solo show in 1991: since then it has showcased a constant stream of headliners like Maurizio Cattelan, Takashi Murakami, Sophie Calle and Tatiana Trouvé. Best of all it’s free to look around, so you can get your art fix for zip.

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The Marais
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Embrace the romance at the Musée Rodin

Canoodling opportunities abound in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, without doubt one of Paris’ most romantic green bits, strewn with Rodin’s greatest statues, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and Balzac. Inside the Hôtel Biron, where Rodin worked until the end of his life, you’ll find oodles of his works, including The Kiss, but also a touching selection by his tortured lover, Camille Claudel. On a sunny day, grab an ice cream in the garden and eat it on your way to the marble gallery, where Rodin’s most fragile, exquisite statues are displayed behind glass.

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South-west Paris

Attractions and days out

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Get more than a screening at La Pagode

This glorious edifice is not, as local legend might have it, a block-by-block import, but a 19th-century replica of a pagoda by a French architect, François-Emile Morin (he also directed Bon Marché), for his Japanophile wife. Unfortunately for him, she upped and left as soon as the project was completed – but that doesn't stop us enjoying the building today. Renovated in the late 1990s, this is one of the loveliest cinemas in the world.

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South-west Paris
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Explore Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter

Explore the one-time haunts of Hemingway, Stein, Picasso, Giacometti, Camus, Prévert and, bien sûr, the Bonnie and Clyde of French philosophy, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir; the hotspot of the Paris jazz boom after World War II; and the heart of the Paris book trade. This is where the cliché of café terrace intellectualising was coined, but nowadays most of the local patrons of the Flore and the Deux Magots are in the fashion business, and couturiers have largely replaced publishers. Never mind: it's a smart and attractive part of the city.

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By: Time Out editors
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Make like a sports star at the Stade de France

Football- and rugby-crazy kids (and grown-ups) will absolutely love the behind-the-scenes tours of France's handsome national sports stadium. After a quick scan of the museum (photos, football shirts, electric guitars from the rock stars who also play here), the tour begins by sitting in the stands and ends with a runout through the tunnel to the sound of applause. On the way, you can visit the changing and shower rooms and learn about the on-site hospital and prison cells. Tickets are best bought online beforehand, and tours are not available on match or concert days.

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North of the centre
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Fly along the river in the Bateaux-Mouches

There’s no denying that the River Seine’s a good-looker: Her bridge-freckled curves are punctuated with some of the world’s most beautiful monuments, and her tree-lines quays sit like ready-made postcards on the water’s edge. By far the best way to drink it all in is from the panoramic deck of one of a Paris’s iconic Bateaux-Mouches riverboats. Yes, they’re touristy (to the point where most Parisians shun them irrevocably), but sometimes it’s worth grinning and baring the multi-language commentary and the bum-bagged clans to get an eyeful of something wholly beautiful.

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8th arrondissement
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Admire the Musée Jacquemart-André

The collection in this grand 19th-century mansion was assembled by Edouard André and his artist wife Nélie Jacquemart, using money inherited from his rich banking family. The mansion was built to order to house their art hoard, which includes Rembrandts, Tiepolo frescoes and various paintings by Italian masters Uccello, Mantegna and Carpaccio, and was fabulously renovated for 2015 in consultation with Christian Lacroix. The adjacent tearoom, with its fabulous tottering cakes, is a favourite with the smart lunch set.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Go gaga for Giverny

It's no secret that painter Claude Monet was a gardener extraordinaire: The luxurious gardens surrounding the artist's pink house in Giverny (where he lived for 40 years) are an ode to the painter's green fingers, with lines of rose bushes, willow trees hanging over Japanese bridges, and lily pads floating on the ponds as if waiting for the father of Impressionism to return home.

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Take a helicopter flight over Paris

Nothing beats the panorama or the thrill of seeing Paris from a chopper. Taking off from the Héliport de Paris, IXAIR Helicoptères offers a choice of three 30 to 50 minute tours, all of which sweep over the capital’s western extremities, past Versailles and over the countryside. If you’re really into flying machines, opt for the 45-minute Grand Paris tour which touches down at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Bourget, home to Concorde and space rockets.

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15th arrondissement
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Scale the Institut du Monde Arabe

A clever blend of high-tech and Arab influences, this Seine-side 'grand projet' was constructed between 1980 and 1987 to a design by Jean Nouvel. Shuttered windows, inspired by the screens of Moorish palaces, act as camera apertures, contracting or expanding according to the amount of sunlight. A museum covering the history and archaeology of the Islamic Arab world occupies the upper floors: start at the seventh with Classical-era finds and work down via early Islamic dynasties to the present day.

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Latin Quarter and south Paris
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Go deeper underground at the Musée des Egouts

For centuries, the main source of drinking water in Paris was the Seine, which was also the main sewer. Construction of an underground sewerage system began at the time of Napoleon. Today, the Egouts de Paris constitutes a smelly museum; each sewer in the 2,100km (1,305-mile) system is marked with a replica of the street sign above. The Egouts can be closed after periods of heavy rain.

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South-west Paris
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Take a trip to Champagne

As you meander through the rolling hills that characterize the Routes du Champagne between Reims and Epernay (cities just an hour from Paris by train), dreaming of all the bubbly and wondering why on earth no-one ever told you about how beautiful this region could be, remember one thing: with champagne tasting it’s all about swallowing and inhaling through the mouth. There’s none of the smelling, swirling and spiting you get with wines, so go steady behind the wheel.

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By: Time Out editors
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Take a trip to the Château de Versailles

Centuries of makeovers have made Versailles the most sumptuously clad château in the world – a brilliant, unmissable cocktail of extravagance. Architect Louis Le Vau first embellished the original building – a hunting lodge built during Louis XIII's reign – after Louis XIV saw Vaux-Le-Vicomte, the impressive residence of his finance minister Nicolas Fouquet. André Le Nôtre turned the boggy marshland into terraces, parterres, lush groves and a spectacular series of fountains.

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Experiment with the cutting edge at La Gaîté Lyrique

19th-century composer Jacques Offenbach isn’t usually associated with cutting-edge digital art, but after a 10-year revamp, Offenbach’s former Belle Époque Gaïté Lyrique theatre has been turned into Paris’s first ever digital cultural centre – a seven-floor, multidisciplinary concert hall-cum-gallery that thrusts visitors deep into the realms of digital art, music, graphics, film, fashion, design and video games.

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3rd arrondissement
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Live the high life at the Hippodrome de Longchamp

For spectacular flat racing in the Bois de Boulogne, check out the schedule of races at the Hippodrome du Longchamp. As well as the regular fixtures, this course hosts the racing season's most fashionable social event, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, currently sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. The stakes for seeing and being seen are high – women in wild hats get in for free, and there are even prizes for the best-dresed couples – 2014's winners were awarded two Citroen DS3 cars.

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West of the centre
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Discover the Quartier Chinois (Chinatown)

South of Rue de Tolbiac the shop signs suddenly turn Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian, spices fill the air and even McDonald's is decked out à la chinoise. Welcome to the city’s main Chinatown (Quartier Chinois): set amid 1960s tower blocks, this is where you’ll find exotic groceries, Vietnamese Pho noodle bars, hairdressers and Chinese patisseries, along with the huge Tang Frères supermarket (48 ave d’Ivry, 13th), which sells everything from dim sum and fresh spices to ready-made sauces and rice-cooking machines.

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Things to do outdoors

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Get away from it all at the Albert Kahn Musée & Jardins

The spectacular, ten-acre jardin alone makes a visit to the Albert Kahn Musée & Jardins in Boulogne-Billancourt worthwhile: Each section is modelled on a garden from around the world – rocky Vosgienne forest, Japanese village gardens, contemporary Japanese gardens and English and French gardens – and makes for a wonderful, lazy afternoon away from the hubbub of central Paris.  If you get the right day, you can even partake in a Japanese tea ceremony, led by a tea master from Kyoto’s Urasenke school.

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Visitors' areas
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Pick your own at Les Vergers de Champlain

The Île de France has a surprising number of farms where you can pick your own rustic delights, including the Vergers de Champlain farm in La Queue-en-Brie (23km south-east of Paris), which rotates over 40 different types of fruit and vegetables according to the season. Carry your cutters for fresh apples and pears, flaunt your trowel in the lettuces and potato sections, and grab some gherkins for pickling when you get home.

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Run along La Coulée Verte

In 1969, the steam engines on Avenue Daumesnil’s viaduct whistled their last and the train-line between Bastille and Vincennes closed forever. The viaduct was converted into glass-fronted workshops and boutiques for local artisans and the old lines became a 5km long trail (also known as the Promenade Plantée), made up of elevated gardens, the Jardin de Reuilly and tree-lined cycling paths. Start at the Bastille end and climb up one of the staircases on avenue Daumesnil to the elevated gardens to get a new perspective of the city.

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12th arrondissement
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Picnic in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

There are plenty of handsomely ordered opportunities to indulge in a bit of park life in Paris, from the pathways of the Jardin des Tuileries to the ponds of the Jardin du Luxembourg. But if you're looking for something a little less formal, one patch of greenery definitely worth a stroll is the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Set high up in Belleville and often missed by weekenders keen not to stray too far from the tourist loop, this 19th arrondissement gem is one of the city's most magical spots.

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North-east Paris
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Zoom on a Friday night skate with Pari-Roller

Friday nights in Paris don’t have to be about sinking your liver in red wine and steak-frites, and inhaling ciggie smoke on some café terrace. You could be healthy and join hundreds of rollerblade fanatics on a three hour ride around Paris ny night. Pari-Roller is open to all, as long as you’ve got the stamina for three hours, know how to break and change direction. Just arrive with your blades at 10pm in front of the Tour Montparnasse, and the city – or at least a 27km-long trail of it – is all yours for the evening.

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14th arrondissement
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Explore the Jardin du Luxembourg

This 25-hectare park is a stylish retreat from the buzz of the Left Bank, a literary pilgrimage for Hemingway fans (the park features regularly in 'A Moveable Feast'), and a prized family attraction. Kids come from across the city for its pony rides, ice-cream stands, puppet shows, pedal karts, sandpits, metal swingboats and merry-go-round (the attractions have entrance fees). Horticulturalists will enjoy the ambitious plantings (inclduing fruit and veg) and the lively resident beehives.

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St Germain des Prés
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Play boules along the Canal de l'Ourcq

The 19th-century Canal de l’Ourcq was originally created by Napoleon to provide Paris with drinking water, but was largely used for freight haulage before its edges were bestowed with some of the worst 60s and 70s housing in Paris. Nowadays, like the Canal-St-Martin further downstream, the Canal de l’Ourcq draws a trendy crowd, from students to 30-somethings with young families, who come to play boules on the sandy stretches, picnic on the water’s edge, and even play ping-pong in the playground areas.

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19th arrondissement
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Cycle the city on a Vélib

In 2007, the mayor launched a municipal bike hire scheme – Vélib. There are now over 20,000 bicycles available 24 hours a day, at nearly 1,500 ‘bornes’ across the city. They feel sturdy, have a handy basket for transporting your groceries, and best of all, are available every 300 metres, so even if a stand is empty, you should find a bike at the next one. The Vélib scheme is complemented by the 400km (250 miles) of bike lanes snaking their way around Paris.

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Paris
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Discover the Parc Montsouris

The most colourful of the capital's many parks, Montsouris was laid out for Baron Haussmann by Jean-Charles Adolphe Alphand. It includes a series of sweeping, gently sloping lawns, an artificial lake and cascades. On the opening day in 1878 the lake inexplicably emptied, and the engineer responsible committed suicide.

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Montparnasse and south Paris
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Wander through the Jardin des Plantes

The Paris botanical garden - which contains more than 10,000 species and includes tropical greenhouses and rose, winter and Alpine gardens - is an enchanting place. Begun by Louis XIII's doctor as the royal medicinal plant garden in 1626, it opened to the public in 1640. The formal garden, which runs between two dead-straight avenues of trees parallel to rue Buffon, is like something out of Alice in Wonderland. There's also the Ménagerie (a small zoo) and the terrific Grande Galerie de l'Evolution. Ancient trees on view include a false acacia planted in 1636 and a cedar from 1734. A plaque on the old laboratory declares that this is where Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity in 1896.

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Latin Quarter and south Paris
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Hit the funfair at the Jardin d'Acclimatation

Founded in 1860, this amusement park and garden has animals, a Normandy-style farm and an aviary, as well as boat rides, a funfair with mini rollercoasters, flying chairs, the Enchanted House for children aged two to four and two playgrounds. There's also a place to steer radio-controlled boats and mini golf. Many of the attractions cost €2.90 a go; others are free. A miniature train runs from Porte Maillot through the Bois de Boulogne to the park entrance, and has space for pushchairs.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Stroll around the Place des Vosges

Paris's first planned square was commissioned in 1605 by Henri IV and inaugurated by his son Louis XIII in 1612. With harmonious red-brick and stone arcaded façades and steeply pitched slate roofs, it differs from the later pomp of the Bourbons. Laid out symmetrically with carriageways through Pavillon de la Reine on the north side and Pavillon du Roi on the south, the other lots were sold off as concessions to officials and nobles (some façades are imitation brick). It was called place Royale prior to the Napoleonic Wars, when the Vosges was the first region to pay its war taxes.

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The Marais

Restaurants, cafés and bars

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Go wine tasting at Baron Rouge

When the Marché d’Aligre packs up for the day, well-stocked wine bar Baron Rouge is where folks go for a post-shopping tipple and an aperitif of saucisson or oysters. Arrive early and you might just get one of the few tables by the zinc bar: alternatively, follow the crowds and stand at one of the Baron Rouge’s quirky counters, made from old crates and barrels, outside on the narrow pavement.

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Eastern Paris
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Afternoon tea and couture at Le Bristol

Dress in your finest every first Saturday of the month and head to Le Bristol for an afternoon tea with a difference. Taking advantage of its prize location on Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, the palace hotel invites its haute-couture neighbours (think Céline, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy) to strut their designer collections in the hotel bar, while you tuck into the Bristol’s delectable tea and cakes (the whole affair costs €50). The pastry chef even concocts a special gâteau for the occasion, inspired by the designer on show.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
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Check out the cocktails scene

Paris has been slow to host the type of venues that are so fashionable in New York – ‘mixology’ bars that re-invent cocktails with strange spirits, fresh fruit juices and subtle spices – but thanks to the Experimental folk we now have things like the Tommy’s Margarita Especial, an insane 100% agave tequila Arette mix with lime juice and organic agave honey, infused with Bourbon vanilla and cloves. Or perhaps the Bee’s Kiss, a balance between the Jamaican rum Appleton VX, cream, organic floral honey and crushed Indonesian pepper.

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Les Halles
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Detox at a vegetarian restaurant

Don't let anyone tell you Paris doesn't cater for vegetarian and vegan diets – if you know where to look, delicious wholesome goodness is easily available. The trend for gluten-free is kicking off as well, relief for allergy sufferers and fans of wheatless cooking. Our selection of excellent restaurants, cafés and bakeries offer everything from gluten-free brunches to vegan cupcakes – get stuck in!

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Mix liquor and literature at La Belle Hortense

A tranquil boozy and literary escape from the frenetically trendy streets of the Marais, La Belle Hortense's walls are lined with bottles and books, including new releases, rare volumes, independent poetry and classic collections. The wine list is enormous – quite pricy by the glass but much better value by the bottle or carafe. The excellent menu is provided by the kitchen over the road at La Chaise au Plafond (the owner, Xavier Denamur, is the same; he also has L’Etoile Manquante, Au Petit Fer à Cheval and Les Philosophes).

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The Marais
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Stock up at Marché des Enfants Rouges

This historical market takes its name from the 16th-century orphanage that used to occupy the site; the red of the children’s clothes indicated that they had been donated by Christian charities. Although the orphanage closed before the revolution, the imposing wooden edifice remained, and was reopened as a deluxe food market in 2000 after extensive campaigning from locals. Now something of a touristic hotspot, the market is equipped to fill the emptiest of stomachs with its impressive range of Italian, Lebanese, African, Japanese and other stalls.

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3rd arrondissement
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Splurge at Lasserre

For an all out gastronomique treat in a dining institution that has fed the likes of Salvador Dali and Romy Schneider, head to Lasserre. It's set in a bistro built for the 1937 World Fair opposite the Grand Palais, and entering feels like you’re stepping into a very posh private home, with lush drapes, thick carpet and shining silverware throughout. Things can get a tad cheesy when the pianist starts to play, but all is forgotten when Lasserre’s nifty roof opens up, giving the impression that you’re eating al fresco.

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8th arrondissement
60

Dine on a secret supper

Go out to stay in, and discover Paris's food scene in unique ways – supper clubs are all the rage. Private locations, surprise menus and home-cooked food at these clubs attract gatherings of perfect strangers, who nonetheless know they have some important things in common – love of food, discovery and making friends. À table!

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Have a piggy late night snack at Au Pied de Cochon

Au Pied de Cochon is a Parisian institution, whose neon lights haven’t been switched off since 1947: it serves every part of the pig you can think of, around the clock. Favourite haunt of hungry late-night drinkers, there's something fortifying in the old-style brasserie décor as well as the hearty dishes. Here, you push a gilt pig’s foot to get to the toilets, and dunk a pink meringue piglet in your coffee – and eat stuffed trotters, head cassoulet, smoked belly, tail, ear and brawn... hardly a light supper, but a genuine thrill for fans of eating 'nose to tail'.

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4th arrondissement
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Get some cheese and tunes at Fromages et ramage

Charmingly cheeky cheesemongers Christian and Jean-Daniel are the most unconventional pair of shopkeepers you’re ever likely to meet. They set up their cheese shop to be able to listen to music of their choice all day while selling rounds to customers. The end result is a unique and intriguing business – and it’s doing well. Fromages et Ramage offers cheese in all shapes, sizes and intensities, plus rock music, books and more.

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18th arrondissement
63

Indulge a sweet tooth at Chocolaterie Alain Ducasse

In a former workshop, at the back of a courtyard, off a busy street near Bastille – lies multi-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse's chocolate factory. Tantalising scents fill the air; roasting cocoa beans from top producers around the world. Everything about the chocolaterie returns to the roots of chocolate manufacture, employing ancient techniques and salvaged machinery rather than modern industrial methods. The result is exceptional: pralines, ganaches, truffles and more with exceptional flavours, different from any mass-produced chocolate.

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11th arrondissement
64

Treat yourself at the Merci used book café

Merci, Paris's concept shopping sensation, is housed in an elaborately reconfigured 19th-century fabric factory. Inside, three loft-like floors heave with furniture, jewellery, stationery, fashion, household products, childrenswear and a haberdashery. Tha adjoining canteen is excellent, but we love the literary café – the second hand books on the shelves are all for sale, profits to charity – it's perfect for a quality refuel and a spot of fancy people-watching.

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The Marais
65

Book ahead for Verjus

American team Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian started out in Paris running a well-regarded supper club, ‘Hidden Kitchen’, so it's little surprise that Verjus – opened in 2012 after rave reviews paved the way for a full-blown restaurant – hasn’t quite lost its word-of-mouth feel. A discreet corner in an achingly sophisticated neighbourhood, Verjus is much patronised by Brits and Americans, and the light, inventive, precise cooking has achieved recognition across Paris.

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Opera
66

Go coffee tasting at the Brûlerie de Belleville

The coffee here is the result of experience and training, tasting and smelling, investment in hardware and in relationships with producers. The three young entrepreneurs who set up the Brûlerie have travelled the world for the expertise to create a sophisticated Parisian coffee brand – one that can banish Paris's association with industrial coffee providers who demand a 20-year contract with their outlets. On Saturdays, you can book ahead online for an hour-long €20 coffee 'dégustation', which includes a bag of beans to take away.

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Belleville
67

Sip tea at La Grande Mosquée de Paris

Some distance removed from the Arabic-speaking inner-city enclaves of Barbès and Belleville, this vast Hispano-Moorish construct is nevertheless the spiritual heart of France's Algerian-dominated Muslim population. La Mosquée café is delightful – a modest courtyard with blue-and-white mosaic-topped tables shaded beneath green foliage and scented with the sweet smell of shisha smoke . Charming waiters distribute thé à la menthe, along with syrupy, nutty North African pastries, sorbets and fruit salads.

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Latin Quarter and south Paris
68

Strike a pose at Mama Shelter

The initial buzz created by the opening of Mama Shelter (an audacious design hotel designed by Philippe Starck) has died down, but Mama still draws an über-cool crowd to its bar and restaurants. It's set in a grungy spot north of Père-Lachaise in the 20th, and there is something deliciously surreal about watching its clientele slink around in clothes that wouldn’t look amiss in a Vogue shoot. Come for the show, or be part of it; and check out Mama Shelter’s pizzeria – a great option for a quick bite before a concert at the Flêche d’Or opposite.

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East of the centre

Shopping

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Rummage around Les Puces de Montreuil

As fleamarket prices have risen over the last few years (especially at Les Puces de St-Ouen, north of Paris at Porte de Clignancourt), bargain hunting has become a major challenge for Parisians. Fortunately, there’s still Les Puces de Montreuil, just east of Nation on line 9. Haggle well and you’ll emerge with some great value bric-a-brac, furniture and antiques. Its location by the Periphérique (Paris’s ring road) is devoid of all charm, but the pleasure of bargain-hunting is priceless.

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Eastern Paris
69

Browse English language bookshops

In the last few years there have been some sad casualties on the English bookshop scene in Paris, with much-loved outlets Tea and Tattered Pages, Village Voice and Red Wheelbarrow all closing their doors for the last time. But the city that nurtured Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Orwell and Beckett remains a major hub and an inspiration for English writers and readers, and there are still glossy emporiums, delightful second-hand treasure troves and plenty of mixed-language outlets to explore.

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70

Ditch Monoprix and head for Marché Beauvau

The stalls on Rue and Place d’Aligre are renowned for selling the cheapest fruit and veg in Paris. Buy your apples and your pears then head inside the covered Marché Beauvau to the cheese and meat counters, where you can stock up on delicious picnic favourites like paté, saucission and Camembert. If you fancy wine with your collection, Caves d’Aligre (3 place d’Aligre, 12th) has a wide selection; and you can buy plastic cups at Franprix (13 place d’Aligre, 12th). Voilà – pique-nique.

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Eastern Paris
71

Coffee and vinyl at Walrus

Like its mammalian namesake, Walrus is something of a rarity in Paris: a record shop that doubles up as​ a bar-cum-café. The concept is rooted in necessity: record sales just don't pay the rent nowadays. To judge by its spacious layout and gleaming fittings, Walrus seems designed with the coffee-drinking flâneur in mind; the impressive range of rock and indie LPs notwithstanding, people mostly come here to chat and chill rather than jam. Beer, coffee and that great emblem of Berlin rave culture Club Maté are all stocked.

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est
72

Stock up on rounds at Fromagerie Quatrehomme

Famous across the city for its Beaufort, four-year-old Comté and goat’s cheese, Fromagerie Quatrehomme is where Paris’ A-listers come to buy their fromage. Follow your nose to one of two boutiques – one in the 7th and the other in the 18th. The branch on rue du Poteau (18th) is off the tourist trail, on a particularly charming, café-filled street on the northern side of the Butte de Montmartre. Meanwhile, Fromagerie Quatrehomme’s Left Bank branch is a 10-minute walk from Jardin de Luxembourg, should you fancy tasting your cheese, rustic style, on a park bench.

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South-west Paris
73

Crane your neck at Galeries Lafayette

Possibly the most famous store ceiling in the world, the Galeries Lafayette is also a department store shopping experience to be reckonned with. The men’s fashion space on the third floor, Lafayette Homme, has natty designer corners and a ‘Club’ area with internet access. On the first floor, Lafayette Gourmet has exotic foods galore, plus a vast wine cellar including its own Bordeauxthèque from 2010. Now that’s how to shop in style.

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Opéra
74

Take a break at Appartement 217 spa

Head to Appartement 217 on rue St-Honoré and leave your shopping bags at the door. This temple of beauty and massage is the antidote to aggressive shop assistants and crazed crowds. Whether you opt for a facial or a body massage, all products used are organic. Particularly unique is Appartement 217’s physio-harmonising treatment – a deep-tissue massage performed by a physiotherapist; and the Lyashi Dome, a heated ceramic chamber that apparently encourages your body to eliminate toxins and fat.

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Opéra
75

Pick up a very French fashion item

You can buy almost any brand you like in Paris – even staple London high street brands like Topshop and Urban Outfitters even have concessions in the big department stores. But if you're here with some cash to splash, nothing beats Parisian boutique shopping – and when the design and manufacture is local, you'll be the proud owner of a unique piece that has benefited French industry as well. These are our favourite boutiques 'made in France'.

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76

Go window shopping at Montaigne Market

In the heart of the 'golden triangle', Montaigne Market is a temple to luxury fashion, with a stream of designers – both old and new – under one roof. Flit between Givenchy jackets, Valentino dresses and tailored t-shirts signed The Row, and check out the latest cuts and fabrics. If you’re feeling daring, you could even try a few on. It’s unlikely you’ll find anything under €150 and most items rise into the thousands, but for fashionistas in need of inspiration browsing Montaigne Market’s shelves is like walking through the pages of Vogue.

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8th arrondissement
77

Shop outside the box at Paris’s concept stores

Merci is the original – and some would still say the best – of Paris's flourishing range of concept stores, but there's plenty of inventiveness and amazing products to be found at these other up-and-comers. Clothing, homeware and random bits of highly designed and highly priced knick-knackery are all available at these temples to style, with many of them also sporting cafés, event spaces and ethical or environmental projects.

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Scarf a classic millefeuille at Pierre Hermé

Picture this: sweet crunchy layers of caramelized pastry, sandwiched with unctuous blobs of mascarpone, flavoured with Pierre Hermé’s magic assembly of vanilla from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico. This heavenly pud – without doubt the best vanilla slice in Paris – is but one of the delights awaiting your taste buds at the cake chef’s boutiques. Pierre Hermé’s macarons (which come in flavours like caramel butter, rose, pistachio and liquorice), may well make it into your book of ‘best ever’ treats too, along with his fruit jellies and nougat.

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St Germain des Prés
79

Stock up on wine at Les Caves Augé

If you want history served with your wine head to Les Caves Augé. It has been open since 1850 and was the store where Proust used to go to stock up his cellar: the décor, awash in mouldings and panelling, has changed little since then. You can choose between thousands of bottles, the savvy cavistes (wine-sellers) will give you titbits about any grape variety or château you see, and there’s an ever-increasing accent on ‘natural’ wines. If you fancy a dégustation, Les Caves Augé offer a tasting day one Saturday each month.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
80

Get well heeled at the best shoe boutiques

Any fashion-conscious traveller's eyes will stray to the windows of Paris's shoe shops as they go, even if their purported destination is a museum. From vintage trainers to sky-high stillettos and from practical classics to one-off designer fripperies, this is certainly the place to invest in some standout footwear. From bargain basements to wacky designers, this list shares our favourites.

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81

Try on vintage couture at Didier Ludot

Didier Ludot’s vintage couture boutique is a beautiful but pricey sanctuary of days-gone-by design. Every piece is stunning, from the Audrey Hepburn-style dresses to Jacky Kennedy-esque jackets and tailored Cary Grant-style men’s suits. Typical brands include Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Chanel and Hermès. There are also displays dedicated to those who Didier Ludot thinks will be the designers of tomorrow.

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Opéra
82

Get the Paris looks at Kitsuné

If you’re into music, you might know Kitsuné as the label that brings underground groups to the surface, but this concept store on Rue Richelieu (open since 2008) is also about its founders’ first love: clothes. It’s even cooler than The Kooples – ultra-branché Parisians come here to buy top quality glad rags with artisan-quality finishes and dead trendy cuts. Boys, add to your wardrobe with a tartan shirt and slim-cut jeans. Girls, see to yours with Kitsuné’s cabled cardies and pleated schoolgirl skirts.

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Opéra
83

Roll up your sleeves at Guerrisol

Roll your sleeves up and dig into Guerrisol’s never-ending racks of second-hand clothes. A lot of it is tat, but every so often (and often enough for Guerrisol to be the most popular shop of its kind in Paris) you find a gem. It’s particularly good for gents in need of a suit and ladies in search of shoes, with all sorts of styles and colours on offer. Just wash before you wear: Guerrisol does have a certain tang of Eau de Charity Shop.

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17th arrondissement
84

Taste luxury at the Maison de la Truffe

At Maison de la Truffe you can taste glorious truffles in the restaurant or buy your own in the boutique. Just breathe deeply as you step in – the enveloping truffle aroma is part of the experience. Then feast your eyes on baskets of fresh truffles (when in season) and tinned truffles and oils. Just remember that truffles, like diamonds, are hard to find – hence Maison de la Truffe’s whopping price tags.

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8th arrondissement
85

Create your own scent at Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

Stepping into Serge Lutens’ dimly-lit Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido feels like you’re walking into a retro-futurist boudoir. It also smells like one, with a light heady fragrance that reminds you Lutens’ perfume means business. Explain what you’re looking for – musk, floral notes, vanilla – then let the knowledgeable staff do the rest. Aside from the perfume creations, Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido has a fab selection of perfume bottles that are well worth keeping as collectables.

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Nights out

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Check out some live jazz

The most exciting global names in jazz regularly come to play in Paris. Check out the sound at New Morning, a low-key club that frequently programmes ‘experimental’ jazz musicians, or tap your toes to USA biggies at Sunside/Sunset in Châtelet. At the bottom of the same street, Au Duc des Lombards also brings in a stream of international jazz stars. Meanwhile, if you fancy a low-key dinner with live Manouche jazz on the side, give Atelier de Charonne a whirl.

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86

Have a titillating time at Crazy Horse

A change of artistic direction and limelight brought in by Dita Von Teese (who performed here for a while) has breathed welcome new life into the Crazy Horse. Yes, it’s erotic, and yes, you watch pert-breasted girls slink across stage dressed in nothing but light, but there is nothing remotely seedy about the experience. In fact, it’s all rather avant-garde. One note of caution – unlike Paris’s other cabarets, the Crazy Horse doesn’t have a restaurant.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
87

Kick off a night by the water at Point Ephémère

Housed in a former warehouse for art deco construction materials, Point Ephémère capitilises on its position next to the waters of the Canal Saint-Martin with a great outdoor area. In 2004 it was an artist’s squat of some 1,400 metres squared, which quickly became hugely popular and near permanent – to the chagrin of Paris’s City Council. Today, this breeding ground of all things artistic organises exhibitions, concerts and evenings of independent music specialising mostly in cutting edge pop, rock, electro and hip-hop, all of which are within reach of youthful budgets.

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Canal Saint Martin
88

Catch a film at Le Louxor

Opened in 1921 and once a temple of silent cinema, the Egyptian art deco Louxor fell on hard times after WW2 and became a drug den, ’80s club and gay disco before being left abandoned for 25 years. It re-opened triumphantly as a cinema in April 2013, with a new brief to promote cultural, artistic and educational projects.The venue's hedonistic past may be behind it, but its nightlife hasn't died outright – you can still enjoy a glass of red from the altogether more sanitized surroundings of its new upstairs bar.

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La Chapelle
89

Sneak in to Silencio

David Lynch’s Silencio (named after the fetish joint in the director's film Mullholland Drive) is Paris’s most coveted private club, giving membership only to those with satisfactory artistic and financial credentials. That doesn’t mean you won’t get in, though. After midnight, the Silencio opens to the public, so you can see which A-listers are there, and above all check out the décor which Lynch designed himself – right down to the furniture and gold leaf walls.

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Find a show to see at Parc de la Villette

Dotted with red pavilions, or folies, the park was designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi and is a postmodern feast. South of the canal are Le Zénith, and the Grande Halle de la Villette – now used for trade fairs, exhibitions and September's jazz festival. It is flanked by the Conservatoire de la Musique and the Cité de la Musique, with rehearsal rooms, concert halls and the Musée de la Musique.

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North-east Paris
91

See a musical at the Théâtre du Châtelet

Théâtre du Châtelet has revolutionised Paris's musicals scene and has set about producing classics like West Side Story and The Sound of Music. Turn up for productions in English, often with a live orchestra – a rarity even by West End standards. Musical legend Stephen Sondheim reportedly said of the Théâtre du Châtelet’s version of his opera 'Sweeney Todd' that they’d cast the best Mrs Lovett he’d ever seen: classical music and dance performances the rest of the year are well worth it too.

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The Marais
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Dance the night away at Théâtre National de Chaillot

The Théâtre National de Chaillot doesn’t just have one of Paris’s most sought-after locations, with breathtaking views over the Eiffel Tower, it also offers world-class dance performances by the best international choreographers: the likes of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, William Forsythe and the Royal Flanders Ballet. Check out the regular circus performances too, which mix dance with street theatre and acrobatics – a good option if you’re in Paris with children. To make a night of it, Théâtre Chaillot has a handy pasta bar where you can dine before the show.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
93

Practice your French at La Comédie Française

Molière’s theatre troupe is still setting the stage on fire. More than 300 years since La Comédie Française was formed it is still the best place to see French classics by the likes of Jean Racine, Pierre Corneille and (of course) Molière. For period performances in breathtaking costumes, book tickets for the red and gold Salle Richelieu, a stunning Italianate 18th-century theatre. Or opt for cutting-edge modern plays by today’s authors in the Comédie Française’s 1996 Studio-Théâtre.

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St Germain des Prés
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Experience contemporary Pigalle at Le Rouge

Red: it’s an appropriate name for this club in the heart of the Pigalle district, wedged between the teasing neon lights of the neighbouring Sexodrome and other peep-shows which compete along the street. Red is never empty, despite the €15 entrance and the drinks prices (€13 for a gin and tonic). But Rouge’s customers can afford it: trendy, affluent young Parisians gather here every weekend to dance, flirt, be seen and to sometimes watch shows by the likes of Metronomy, Gossip or Zombie Zombie.

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Pigalle
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Catch a live gig

While its live music scene may not have quite the underground appeal of Berlin or the rock 'n' roll tradition of London, many French rock, pop and electronica artists are forces to be reckoned with on the international stage. A lively network of muscially-minded bars and collectives, plus a fair few swanky new venues (like the vast halls at Parc de la Villette) keep the scene full of fresh new young bands – you'll catch them in these bars, or sometimes a big name will drop in for a date or two.

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Have a classical time at the Salle Pleyel

The acoustics in the Art Déco Salle Pleyel were conceived especially for symphonic orchestras, making it one of the best places in Paris for classical concerts. Here you can enjoy a performance by resident orchestras L’Orchestre de Paris and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as visiting international ensembles and jazz musicians. The Salle Pleyel’s cheapest tickets often seat you behind the orchestra – an unusual spot, but an interesting one – you almost feel part of the orchestra can watch the conductor’s facial expressions from up close.

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Champs Élysées and western Paris
97

Party 'til dawn at La Bellevilloise

At the top of Menilmontant’s hill, La Maroquinerie is a hip multidisciplinary centre. Start your night in the Halle des Oliviers restaurant in the ground floor then head upstairs to the Forum bar for live acoustic sound and cocktails. The bar leads to a lovely terrace with views over Paris’ rooftops. After dark, you can either peruse the art expos in the top floor gallery, or head to the Bellevilloise’s basement club for a night of cheesy '80s music.

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Explore the Philharmonie de Paris

Paris’s Philharmonie opened its doors in January 2015 – when the city’s culture vultures had been waiting for this moment for close to four decades. Situated in a working-class corner of north-east Paris by Porte de Pantin, the extravagant venue aims to democratise classical music, drawing in newbies as well as concert hall veterans. Tickets are priced competitively, undercutting the costly Salle Pleyel. At a time when cultural activities are getting ever pricier, the Philharmonie hopes to counter the trend much as the Opéra Bastille did for opera.

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Parc de la Villette
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French Chansons at Les Trois Baudets

While Britain was living it up with the Beatles, France was developing its text-led Chanson genre. And in Paris, the launchpad for budding Brassens and Gainsbourgs (both of whom sang here) was Les Trois Baudets. It remains committed to Chanson and is the top place to go to hear France’s new talent. Most concerts start at 8pm and the Trois Baudets Italian bar-restaurant is open from 6.30pm, so you can fill up on antipasti and pasta before the show.

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Pigalle
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Make waves at Le Batofar

Making waves on the electro circuit is Le Batofar, a converted fireman’s boat, docked below the BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) and decked out with art expos. This is where up-for-it Parisians come to hear DJs and VJs (both home-grown and international), see live bands and generally party well into the wee small hours. When you've worked up an appetite, head to the Batofar’s restaurant deck for pick-me-ups like duck with potato gratin (served until 11pm).

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13th arrondissement
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Discover Docks en Seine

When it opened in 2012, the Docks transformed an industrial wasteland into a futuristic vision of culture and entertainment as imagined by architects Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane. From now on, its future is assured. A grassy terrace runs down to the water, there’s a club (Nüba) and restaurant (Moon Roof) on the roof and a bar/club (Wanderlust, by the team behind Silencio) on the first floor, plus a programme of open air screenings and exhibitions. Behind the imposing façade of glass and metal, the Docks are finally teeming with life.

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13th arrondissement

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Rahul S

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