Paris landmarks: An insider's guide

Tick off the main monuments, and still see the city like a native

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Visiting Paris is a double-edged sword. On one side there are the city's glorious museums and monuments, fabulous dining, thrilling culture and great shopping. On the other, there are hordes of tourists, shops selling tat and legions of overpriced, underwhelming cafés. This guide is designed to show you the real Paris, away from the bum-bag-sporting, digital-camera-wielding mob.

After all, the French capital isn't just a museum city – it's inhabited by three million locals who like nothing more than keeping certain addresses to themselves, especially when they live in the shadow of the Panthéon or the Opéra. We've listed some of those secrets here, ensuring that even as you take in the big tourist hitters, you're also eating, drinking, shopping and partying like a native.


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