Fathom Favorites : Paris



Indulge your Parisian fantasies at this locally loved department store famous for its combination of marquee brands, concept shops, pop-ups, lunch spots, enormous beauty department, and fantastic selection of French lifestyle staples. Housed in a stunning, 160-year-old Parisian landmark in the trendy fourth arrondissement — one of the most sought-after shopping districts — BHV operates like its own ecosystem, reflecting the best of the neighborhood. Le Perchoir, the rooftop bar, offers incredible views of the Panthéon, Hotel de Ville, Eiffel Tower, and sunset against the Parisian skyline. [PARTNER PROMOTION]

52 Rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris

2. Lafayette Anticipations

Lafayette Anticipations

The concept space and multidisciplinary artistic incubator is located in a building originally constructed for the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville in the Marais district, where makers of fashion, design, and contemporary art are given resources for experimenting in the creative process. There's a production workshop, exhibition tower, and open passageway for artist-in-residence programs, partnerships, and productions — supported through the endowment Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette. [PARTNER PROMOTION]

9 Rue du Plâtre 
75004 Paris

3. POD


Short for Parisian Omnivore District, the outdoor, communal, plant-filled food court is where new restaurants test run their food concepts and franchises. Nestled within LE BHV MARAIS department store, well-designed kiosks turn out all manner of delectable, Instagrammable fare: galettes from Brittany, vegetarian street food from Brazil, bissap from West Africa, Buddha bowls, cold-pressed juices, as well as other healthy treats in constant rotation. [PARTNER PROMOTION]

14 Rue du Temple
75004 Paris

4. Le Bal

Le Bal

This building has seen a lot of action — as a pre-war dance hall, a post-war gambling den, and now an exhibition space devoted to documentary photography, film, and performance. It’s also home to a lovely Brit-influenced cafe. Sunday brunch is a best bet.


6 Impasse de la Defense
Paris, 75018

5. Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy

Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy

Don't ask, "Who'd come to Paris to see skeletons?" until you've made your way to Jardin des Plantes. Ignore the modern displays at Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and come instead to this old-fashioned display in a soaring Belle Époque gallery. A cavalcade of skeletons of every creature under the sun are lined face forward, as if in a giant procession off Noah's Ark. You walk among them, noting how everything is so similar, rapt by the sheer scientific wonder of it all.


2 Rue Buffon
Paris, 75005
+ 33-1-40-79-56-01

6. Foundation Louis Vuitton

Foundation Louis Vuitton

A Frank Gehry-designed cultural center with expansive gardens and dynamic programming. A great destination for fashion aficionados, as Pallais Galliera and Fondation Yves Saint Laurent are located nearby.

8 Ave. du Mahatma Gandhi
Paris, 75116

7. Bar Hemingway

Bar Hemingway

The Ritz is back, as is the epic Bar Hemingway, along with the Papa memorabilia — the typewriters, the letters, the photos. This is the most wonderful, overpriced tourist trap in town for a Certain Kind of Paris Lover. Don't fight it — everyone ends up here. Happily.

15 Place Vendôme
Paris, 75001

8. Experimental Cocktail Club

Experimental Cocktail Club

ECC, the team behind favorite spots like Restaurant Bachaumont and Grand Pigalle Hotel, ushered in a new wave of craft cocktail culture in the city. See where it all started in the second arrondissement speakeasy with black chesterfields, chandeliers hanging from wooden beams under tin-pressed ceilings, and chill vibes from the live DJs.


37 Rue Saint-Sauveur
Paris, 75002

9. Le Perchoir

Le Perchoir

See Paris from above at this laid-back rooftop bar in the 11th arrondissement. Good food and chill vibes make it a great place to catch the sunset or dance the night away under the full moon.

14 Rue Crespin du Gast
Paris, 75011

10. Le Comptoir Général

Le Comptoir Général

A bar/restaurant/shop/museum in a remarkable space focusing on Francophone African and Caribbean culture. Young Parisians come here for the great cheap drinks, the comfy couches and cozy atmosphere, and the frequent concerts from world musicians.


80 Quai de Jemmapes
Paris, 75010

11. Lulu White

Lulu White

Look for a small brass engraving of a lady’s face (the bar's infamous namesake from NOLA) on Rue Frochot to enter. Absinthe is in all the cocktails in the Art Deco space, and Tuesdays mean live music.

12 Rue Frochot
Paris, 75009

12. Mathis Bar

Mathis Bar

Enter through a discreet door next to the Hotel Mathis entrance. If you can, that is. It's almost impossible to get in, thanks to regulars packing the place. But if you do, settle down for a fun night of people-watching and celebrity-spotting from the plush red velvet benches under the Art Nouveau chandelier.

3 Rue de Ponthieu
Paris, 75008

13. La Palette

La Palette

How is it that people of all ages have the same reaction to this place? "La Palette? I used to love going there!" It’s still going strong — inside in the colder months, outside in warmer weather — from breakfast until the wee small hours, from citron pressé to countless bottles of chablis.


43 Rue de Seine
Paris, 75006


14. Télescope Cafe

Télescope Cafe

Just the place homesick American coffee connoisseurs can duck into when they need a direct-trade, small-batch, limited-edition, perfectly pulled espresso-based drink. Disarmingly friendly. Good for slow mornings and afternoon snacks.


5 Rue de Villedo
Paris, 75001

15. Bob's Juice Bar

Bob's Juice Bar

Green juice just got its passport. Breakfast muffins and smoothies draw locals who treat the place like an extension of their own dining room and occasional pop-up dinner party destination. Healthy eating may not sound like vacation, but there's no telling how long one can exist on steak frites.

15 Rue Lucien Sampaix
Paris, 75010

16. Candelaria


Tequila in Paris? Yes, tequila in Paris. And although one could argue a taco is but a Mexican take on a crêpe, a spot at the secret bar at the back of restaurant with a kicky cocktail and side of guac and chips is what this spot is all about.


52 Rue de Saintonge
Paris, 75003

17. Glass


An American bar in Pigalle. Imported beer, artisanal hot dogs, and disco balls draw a cheeky crowd. Craft cocktails take the place of the usual glass of wine. Everyone seems to be having a grand old time!


7 Rue Frochot
Paris, 75009

18. Le Mary Céleste

Le Mary Céleste

Even locals who line up early still squeeze in at the bar for Brooklyn draft brews, freshly shucked oysters, and always-changing small plates with a slight Asian influence. Cocktails are a must.

1 Rue Commines
Paris, 75003

19. Le Fumoir

Le Fumoir

A centrally located bar and restaurant where the clink of glasses is continuous and buzzy business chatter fills the room from the moment the sun begins to go down. A stiff martini and salty peanuts at the bar is a popular after work salut.

6 Rue de L'Amiral de Coligny
Rome, 75001

20. Silencio


At his Montmartre nightclub, David Lynch draws inspiration from his Mulholland Drive's Club Silencio. Located in an equally storied building, the club is filled with intimate spaces like a library, a smoking room, a tiny gallery, and a 24-seat cinema. Lynch has a hand in everything, from the specially designed 1950s-style furniture to the dynamic programming bringing in some of the edgiest names in the art world. Silencio is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from midnight till late.

142 Rue Montmartre
Paris, 75002

21. Concrete


A dance club on a boat on the Seine with a rotating list of DJs and musicians playing from 7 a.m. until late. The club's cultish following makes getting in challenging, but always worth it.

Port de la Rapée
Paris, 75012

22. Sainte-Chapelle


At the heart of Paris, this 13th-century, Gothic chapel is tucked away next to the Palais de Justice. On the ground floor, a space dedicated to saints and martyrs. Up a narrow, winding staircase, a cavernous chapel with jaw-dropping, stained-glass windows of biblical scenes. You'll want to sit down in order to take it all in.

8 Boulevard du Palais
Paris, 75001

23. Musée Picasso

Musée Picasso

See a broad collection of the works of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, including Massacre in Korea and Celestina, without even going to Spain. Get a glimpse of Picasso's personal art collection of paintings by artists such as Cezanne and Matisse. Visit the café on the roof for toasted sandwiches, fresh salads, and a few Spanish specialities.

5 Rue de Thorigny
Paris, 75003

24. Grande Mosquée de Paris

Grande Mosquée de Paris

Adjacent to the Jardin des Plantes, the Grande Mosquée dazzles with its intricate mosaic walls, towering minaret, and lovely patio where birds find shelter. In the center, a marble fountain surrounded by a courtyard area and a café serving oriental-style tea and pastries. The mosque is both a functioning place of worship and serene spot to meditate.

2bis Place du Puits de l'Ermite
Paris, 75005

25. Institut du Monde Arabe

Institut du Monde Arabe

To promote understanding between France and the Arab world, the Institut du Monde Arab was established in 1987 along the left bank of the Seine. Featuring a concert hall, multiple restaurants, a café, and terrace with a panoramic view of the city, go to the Institute to learn more through ancient art, cultural performances, and a cup of traditional thé à la menthe.

1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Paris, 75005

26. Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée Jacquemart-André

The former home of banker Édouard André and painter wife Nélie Jacquemart is a time capsule of how the wealthy lived in the mid 1800s. The couple traveled extensively throughout Italy, collecting the collection of art and sculpture (Donatello, Tiepolo, della Robbia, Botticelli) that fills the bijoux museum that's a masterwork of tasteful and thoughtful opulence.

158 Blvd. Haussmann
Paris, 75008

27. Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Don't let the legions of tourists scare you from one of the world's best art collections. But be smart about your visit. Get tickets in advance, either online, at the tabac at Le Carrousel du Louvre shopping center, or at FNAC bookstore. Then use the Passage Richelieu entrance for shorter lines or buy a Museum Pass to skip them altogether. Once inside, prepare to be disappointed by the Mona Lisa (if you can see past the selfie sticks) and stunned by Rembrandt's Bathsheba at Her Bath, Poussin's Four Seasons, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the recently renovated the Napoleon III apartments in the Richelieu wing. The Louvre is closed on Tuesday and is otherwise open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

Paris, 75001

28. Sacré-Cœur


The iconic all-white basilica sits at the top of Montmartre, making it the highest point of the city. Climb the 234 spiral steps of the dome for magnificent panoramic views of the city.

35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Paris, 75018

29. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The impressive calendar of temporary exhibitions may get more attention, but the permanent collection is a stunner. The thematic and chronological walk through centuries of fine French craftsmanship includes some 150,000 objects: an entire wall of cabinets, Jeanne Lanvin's striking 1920s apartment, and a 15th-century bedchamber. When you're finished, stop by the design-driven museum shop to pick up incredible accessories, books, and home lighting.

107 Rue de Rivoli

Paris, 75001

30. Water Taxi on the Seine

Water Taxi on the Seine

A cheap, fun way to see the city from bottom up. Batobuses run every fifteen minutes at eight different spots, but our favorite route is from Tour Eiffel to Musee D'Orsay.

31. Musée des Arts Forain

Musée des Arts Forain

An enchanting museum unlike any in the city whose name roughly translates to "Museum of Fairground Arts." Hop on a 19th-century ride (like the classic bicycle merry-go-round, manège de vélocipèdes) or play a game of racing French waiters (yes, really). Note that most tours are in French, but with old-school attractions, century-old games, and Belle Époque flair, who needs to understand every word?


53 Avenue des Terroirs de France

Paris, 75012

32. The New Morning

The New Morning

Open since 1981, the jazz and blues club has hosted some of the best, like Prince and Chet Baker. A great place for funky, no-frills music.

7 and 9 Rue des Petites Écuries
Paris, 75010

33. Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Created in 1612 by King Henry IV's widow, Marie de' Medici, Jardin du Luxembourg continues to be one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. Pick up lunch from one of the many shops nearby and head to the lawns, chairs, and topriaries to while the afternoon away. 

Paris, 75006

34. Paris Danse

Paris Danse

Belly up to the barre in broad daylight for classes ranging from African dance to tap to French-Algerian beats. Drop-ins welcome.

41 Rue du Temple
Paris, 75004

35. O'Kari


A Morocco hamam in the middle of Etienne Marcel, where the four-hour experience includeds extensive soaking, scrubbing, and massage. Of course, a basic hour-long service could be just what a weary traveler needs. Every outing in Paris should be this steamy.

22 Rue Dussoubs
Paris, 75002

36. Kinugawa Matignon

Kinugawa Matignon

The modern Izakaya spot shines for both excellent sashimi and chic ambience. Its proximity to the city's Golden Triangle doesn't hurt either.

1 bis Rue Jean Mermoz
Paris, 75008

37. Le Bistrot Paul Bert

Le Bistrot Paul Bert

Everything you think a Parisian bistro should be. Locals and tourists congregate here for comfort French food and neighborly vibes by trendsetting chef Yves Camdeborde. If it ever feels like too much, make your way down the street to Le 6 Paul Bert for much of the same in a more communal setting.

18 Rue Paul Bert
Paris, 75011

38. Ober Mamma

Ober Mamma

A laid-back trattoria in the 11th arrondissement serving some of the best Neapolitan pizza in town. The sister restarant to the equally popular East Mamma in Bastille. 

107 Blvd. Richard Lenoir
Paris, 75011

39. Braisenville


The swanky bistro serving classic French fare with a tapas-style twist is great for groups. You'll want to order everything on the menu, but your waiter speaks great English and will make excellent recommendations along with suggested wine pairings.

36 Rue Condorcet
Paris, 75009

40. Pramil


Down a narrow lane just off the République metro stop is a cozy bistro where Alain Pramil serves excellent French fare for surprisingly affordable prices. The self-taught chef's passion for cooking and playing with rare ingredients shine through his unpretentious dishes. Ask for a table at the back: You'll feel like a special guest of the chef.

9 Rue du Vertbois
Paris, 75003

41. Semilla


Locals flock to the design-driven industrial space for delicious market-fresh dishes prepared in the open kitchen at the back, listed on the menu as "raw," "fried," and "from the oven" and available in full and half portions. The grilled shiitake mushrooms are a must, the wine list is amazing, and the vibe is always relaxed and convival.

54 Rue de Seine
Paris, 75006

42. Le Servan

Le Servan

Chef and co-owner Tatiana Levha brings her Michelin-star experience (L'Arpege and L'Astrance) and Manila roots to her inventive and trendsetting menu. Her sister and co-owner Katia, manages the front of the house, keeping the atmosphere casual and friendly in the bright, airy space. It's a tough reservation to get, and not only because it's closed on weekends.

32 Rue Saint-Maur
Paris, 75011

43. Chez Georges

Chez Georges

When you close your eyes and imagine the movie version of the classic old Parisian bistros, this is it, down to the efficient waitresses who probably inspired the ones in Amelie. Excellent steaks, frites, and other traditional French dishes that remain pretty much unchanged since Julia Child was a regular.

1 Rue du Mail
Paris, 75002

44. Salsamenteria di Parma

Salsamenteria di Parma

Paris is obsessed with Italian food at the moment, maybe because they're finally getting decent versions of it. This popular and low-key spot serves Emilia-Romagna specialities: salumi, stuffed pastas, polentas, and a selection of Parmesan-based sauces. Think of it as a neo-trattoria to rival the neo-bisto trend.

40 Rue Saint-Georges
Paris, 75009

45. Septime


Easily one of the best spots in town. Chef Bertrand Grébaut, an Arpége alum, serves a market-driven modern and beautifully executed French menu. You get three courses for 30 euros; six for 65. Unsurprisingly, it's not an easy dinner reservation to get. They're closed weekends and only take reservations three weeks in advance. Try coming at lunch or try their nearby spots which are open on weekends, Clamato and Septime La Cave.

80 Rue de Charonne
Paris, 75011

46. 52 Faubourg St Denis

52 Faubourg St Denis

A bustling and usually packed local favorite from the team behind Le Richer, in the middle of the lively pedestrian street where everyone's happy to wait outside for their table. (And they will wait.) The room is minimalist — cement and stone walls, wood tables and chairs — as is the French menu, which only lists a handful of appetizers, mains, and desserts. The long wine list includes many natural and biological selections. Open from breakfast until midnight everyday.

52 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
Paris, 75010

47. Le Gabriel

Le Gabriel

A wonderfully grand and discreet restaurant in a former mansion that's now La Reserve, an equally grand and discreet hotel. The Michelin-starred dishes are exquisite to behold and delicious, nuanced, and light with hints of the Japanese influence that has gripped so many French chefs lately. The staff is warm and accommodating, adding to the utter joy of a meal here. Come early or stay late to spend time in the hotel's opulent bar.

42 Ave. Gabriel
Paris, 75008

48. Popelini


Macarons are on high alert. Cream puffs are looking to oust them from the #1 treat spot, and this narrow storefront bakery is leading the charge with classics like vanilla and dark chocolate with rose, pistachio, and salted caramel on backup. 

44 Rue des Martyrs
Paris, 75009

49. Nanashi


Bento boxes by a backer of Le Baron and the backbone of Rose Bakery. A healthy, hearty, organic lunch is easy to grab on the go. 

57 Rue Charlot
Paris, 75003

50. Le 404

Le 404

A low-lit Moroccan mainstay where locals and fashionable out-of-towners go to share spicy tagines and sip rounds of sweet, minty mojitos. For a change of scenery under one roof, take a spin through kitschy watering hole Andy Wahloo next door and cozy Le Derrière restaurant in the back. 

69 Rue des Gravilliers
Paris, 75003

51. Caviar Kaspia

Caviar Kaspia

A clubhouse for Russian aristocracy in the twenties, a designer reservation no less splendid today. It's easy to imagine the legendary of the Ballet Russe troubling waiters with more chichi requests, but the baked potato with caviar is certainly on point.

17 Pl. de le Madeleine
Paris, 75008

52. Frenchie


Take one French chef and stick him on the line with Jamie Oliver in London. Once service has finished, plant him back where he can surround himself with seasonal ingredients, a handful of local purveyors, and a few choice bottles of wine from around the world. Then pray for a reservation and the chance to try a few refined-yet-rustic plates.

5-6 Rue du Nil
Paris, 75002

53. Kunitoraya

A perfectly preserved turn-of-the-century French brasserie serving piping hot bowls of Japanese udon. Tables are packed with notables of the fashion, music, and media sets.

5 Rue Villedo
Paris, 75001

54. Café de Flore

Café de Flore

Along with Les Deux Magots, one of the most epic cafes in town. Rife with literary history, its patrons could fill a who's who of Parisian history. Politicians, actors, fashion designers — everyone hangs out here alongside the welcomed tourists. Flore has been cool for so long, it's immune to trends.


172 Blvd. Saint-Germain
Paris, 75006

55. Astrance


One of the city's best, so reservations are impossible. (Start calling two months ahead.) Chef Pascal Barbot trained with Alain Passard at L'Arpège and earned three Michelin stars for his innovative French cuisine. There's no menu; the meal is tailored to every diner's tastes.

4 Rue Beethoven
Paris, 75016

56. Le Chateaubriand

Le Chateaubriand

The influence that chef Iñaki Aizpitarte has had on modern Parisian dining since he opened in 2006 can't be overstated, and many credit him with inventing the neo-bistro trend. The foodie crowd comes for the innovative, vegetable-centric, Basque-inflected menu (€70 prix fixe) and for the anything-can-happen vibe. If you can't get a table, try Aizpitarte's tapas joint next door, Le Dauphin.

129 Ave. Parmentier
Paris, 75011

57. L'Auberge Bressane

L'Auberge Bressane

A super local restaurant that serves French classics like duck confit and soufflé. Full of local families and couples. Anti-trendy and very delicious.

16 Ave. de la Motte-Piquet
Paris, 75007

58. L'As du Fallafel

L'As du Fallafel

The epic, cheap falafel place in the Marais with take-out in front and tables in the back is a great counterpoint to the French cuisine you'll gorge on during a visit. L'As is so popular, it supports competitors on the block who lap up the spillover. The harissa makes a great souvenir. 


34 Rue des Rosiers
Paris, 75004

59. Les Deux Magots

Les Deux Magots

The iconic bistro/cafe that's been popular since long before Hemingway, Picasso, Sartre, and their ilk chain-smoked and binge-drank their way through their croque monsieurs. Just as epic is Magot's friendly long-standing (since the 1800s) rivalry with neighbor Café de Flore. They're both super touristy, but still super cool.

6 Pl. Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Paris, 75006

60. Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Paris

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Paris

Your maison away from home. Set in an 18th-century building partly designated as a historical monument, the 68-room boutique hotel is both spectacularly grand and intimate thanks to the recent renovations by noted French interiors guru Pierre-Yves Rochon. The concierge team will work tirelessly to secure otherwise impossible reservations.


4 Rue de Valois
Paris, 75001

61. Hôtel Providence

Hôtel Providence

Built in 1854 and recently refreshed by Parisian architect Philippe Medioni with marble mosaics and vintage accents, the cozy 18-room upper Marais hotel along Canal Saint Martin is a great base for discovering the up-and-coming 10th arrondissement and galleries in nearby Beaubourg. The lobby fireplace is especially inviting in cold months.

90 Rue René Boulanger
Paris, 75010

62. Hotel Bachaumont

Hotel Bachaumont

Young, trendy types are flocking to the newish Art Deco-inspired hotel for its chic rooms, skylit restaurant run by the Experimental Cocktail Club, and proximity to David Lynch's Silencio. Interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon brings her signature patterns to the 49 rooms in the form of oversized fabric headboards and geometric tiles under luxurious clawfoot tubs.

18 Rue Bachaumont
Paris, 75002

63. Grand Pigalle

Grand Pigalle

The first hotel from the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club bars (look down as you're climbing up the gorgeous spiral staircase for custom martini-inspired patterns) is filled with mid-century modern furnishings (brass lamps, geometric wallpapers) and boho vibes. Of the 37 rooms, opt for the 05 line for Montmartre views.


29 Rue Victor Masse
Paris, 75009

64. La Reserve

La Reserve

The ultra-luxe boutique hotel is one of the finest in Paris. It's intimate and grand, with velvet-rich lounges, light-filled suites, surrounding gardens, and a basement wellness center with a gym (well equipped), a spa (great treatments), a hamam (so relaxing) and a pool (a rarity in the City of Lights). Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gabriel is an intimate Belle Époque experience where exquisitely courses have a slight Japanese accent, and the chocolate souffle is killer. The challenge here will be leaving the hotel to explore the neighboring Grand Palais and the culture at your doorstep.


42 Ave. Gabriel
Paris, 75008

65. Hôtel Paradis

Hôtel Paradis

The incredibly reasonably priced hotel (from €135) is stylish, fun, and in a great location in the cool 10th near Opera Garnier, Montmartre, and Gare du Nord. An alternative is its equally cool sister hotel, Panache.

41 Rue des Petites-Écuries
Paris, 75010

66. Les Bains Paris

Les Bains Paris

The former notorious nightclub has been transformed into a well-designed, art-filled hotel complex. The spacious rooms have modern, elegant decor with delightful touches like marble headboards, vintage books, gorgeous stationery, and deep bathtubs (of course). The restaurant is notable (brunch is a favorite), the bar has an elaborate cocktail program, the boutique across the street stocks designer pieces for women and men custom-made for the hotel. There's an indoor swimming pool in the basement, which is also home to, yes, the Les Bains nightclub.

7 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé
Paris, 75003

67. Hotel Particulier

Hotel Particulier

Do it for the art. Hidden high on the hill is a townhouse-style inn fueled by creative spirit and high thread-count sheets. Spacious suites have been designed by different artists; the private garden is by the same landscaper as the Tuilieries. Beauty is everywhere.

Pavillon D, 23 Ave. Junot
Paris, 75018

68. Hotel Jules et Jim

Hotel Jules et Jim

Save for charm, which it has in spades, this boutique design hotel's motto may very well be everything in moderation: With 23 rooms (including a few sweet houses across the gravel courtyard), it's known for delivering style, coziness, and mid-range rates.

11 Rue des Gravilliers
Paris, 75003

69. Hotel Costes

Hotel Costes

This exclusive address off Place Vendôme has been scribbled into little black books since its opening nearly two decades ago. Fashion fills the atrium after late-afternoon lunch, and is always in the air at Iunx, the perfumerie and flower shop next door. People-watching should be listed as an amenity.

239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré
Paris, 75001

70. Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon

Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon

A beautiful, old-fashioned hotel tucked away on the tiny street near St. Germain and entered through a little garden area. Most Parisians don't know this place. Big bedrooms, exquisite linens, modern bathrooms, reliable Wi-Fi, reasonable rates.


14 Rue de Saint Simon
Paris, 75007

71. Le General Hotel

Le General Hotel

Hip boutique hotel designed by Parisian architect Jean-Philippe Nuel at a surprisingly affordable price. Great for people with more style than money.

5/7 Rue Rampon
Paris, 75011

72. Hotel de Nice

Hotel de Nice

Small, family-run hotel on lively Rue de Rivoli with a B&B vibe, kitschy decor, and a buzzing café scene. Request room 25 for its view over the square du Bourg-Tibourg.

42 bis Rue de Rivoli
Paris, 75004

73. Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

An ecletic boutique hotel designed by Christian Lacroix located in trendy Upper Marais in what used to be the oldest bakery in Paris. Just one of the charming touches: The reception desk is the former bakery shop counter.

29–31 Rue de Poitou
Paris, 75003

74. Hôtel Amour

Hôtel Amour

Artsy hotel created by nightlife impresario André (of nightclub Le Baron). Outrageous décor includes lime green walls, purple-tiled bathrooms, and a Terry Richardson photo of a male couple in crotchless Batman and Robin costumes. This hotel is not for the faint of heart. L'Hotel Grand Amour in the 10th is André's newest project and just as edgy.

8 Rue Navarin
Paris, 75009

75. La Belle Juliette

La Belle Juliette

Boutique hotel created by French designer Anne Gelbard as a tribute to Juliette Récamier, a celebrated 19th-century Parisian beauty. Amenties include in-room iMacs, free WiFi, and a notable spa.

92 Rue du Cherche Midi
Paris, 75006

76. Saint James Paris

Saint James Paris

An elegant château near Arc de Triomphe on the site of the first hot-air balloon airfield. A rare find with spacious rooms and a large private garden. The English-style Saint James Club on site draws a dapper crowd.


43 Ave. Bugeaud
Paris, 75116

77. Relais Christine

Relais Christine

A 13th-century abbey converted into a 51-room boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter. The rooms are a mix of classic and modern Parisian styles. The private back garden transports you to the French countryside; the gym and Carita spa located under the old vaulted ceiling evoke medieval times. 

3 Rue Christine
Paris, 75006

78. Le Bellechasse

Le Bellechasse

Christian Lacroix-designed 34-room boutique hotel with a theater set and tarot-inspired decor. The small rooms are best suited for solo travelers and rates are extremely reasonable given the style and convenient location near St. Germain.

8 Rue de Bellechasse
Paris, 75007

79. Le Relais Saint-Jacques

Le Relais Saint-Jacques

Small, traditional hotel filled with antiques on a scenic, tree-lined street. Extremely well priced, especially considering amenities like free WiFi and the central location.

3 Rue de l'Abbé de l'Epée
Paris, 75005

80. Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris

It's back! And as decadent, lavish, and opulent as ever after a thorough top-to-bottom refurbishment. It's all still there: the restaurants, the ourdoor terraces, the bars (yes, of course, Bar Hemingway), the white-glove service, and the largest indoor pool in Paris. Prestige Suites evoke the guests who used to live there, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Coco Chanel. What a classic.

15 Pl. Vendôme
Paris, 75001

81. Le Pavillon des Lettres

Le Pavillon des Lettres

A boutique literary hotel with 26 rooms named for notable authors. Located off Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré near Palais de l'Elysée, and thus a prime location for luxury shopping. Quiet, discreet, and charming, it's the sister hotel to the beloved Pavillon de la Reine in the Marais.

12 Rue des Saussaies
Paris, 75008

82. Hotel Keppler

Hotel Keppler

Contemporary, small boutique hotel on a quiet street steps from the Champs Elysées. Affordably priced, but not without amenities like a sauna and steam room.

10 Rue Kepler
Paris, 75116

83. Hotel Odéon

Hotel Odéon

Like being a houseguest in an old French manor. It’s all beams, plaster, and sloping staircase. There are few amenities and the rooms aren't enormous, but they are cozy, comfortable, and pristine.


3 Rue de l’Odéon
Paris, 75006

84. L'Hôtel


Glamorous, decadent, and loaded with atmosphere, we love it for its tucked-away location, its illustrious history (Oscar Wilde died here), the underground hammam pool, and the kind staff.

13 Rue des Beaux Arts
Paris, 75006

85. Hôtel du Bourg Tibourg

Hôtel du Bourg Tibourg

Popular with the fashion set for its ornate and over-the-top Orientalist style, the small, 30-room hotel in the Marias is part of the Costes empire and was designed by Jacques Garcia. The rooms are not spacious, but they are devastatingly chic.

19 Rue du Bourg-Tibourg
Paris, 75004

86. Le Meurice

Le Meurice

Chef Yannick Alleno earned three Michelin stars for his classic and sumptuous cuisine. A long and decadent four-hour lunch at Le Meurice is one of the singular pleasures of Paris. Make it your meal of the day; dinner will bowl of soup at Deux Magots.


228 Rue de Rivoli
Paris, 75001

87. Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Hôtel Plaza Athénée

The grand old hotel with modern style, where the large rooms are either Louis XVI elegant or Art Deco glamorous. Convienent to Champs-Elysées shopping, the hotel is also a destination for its three-Michelin-star restaurant, Alain Ducasse; for the scene at the avant-garde Patrick Jouin-designed Le Bar; for the lovely central courtyard; and for Dior Institut spa.


25 Ave. Montaigne
Paris 75008

88. Muriel Grateau

Muriel Grateau

A beautiful, spare space full of exquisite linen napkins, minimalist ceramics, and strong, statement-making crystal jewelry.

37 Rue de Beaune
Paris, 75007

89. Fauchon


Stop by the iconic Fauchon to stock up on serious chocolates, teas, pâtés, Champagne, and light, airy, colorful, ganache-filled macarons. Packages are gorgeously wrapped in signature black, pink, and gold.

30 Pl. de la Madeleine
Paris, 75008

90. Jamini


Beautiful scarves, notebooks, bags, jewelry, textiles, and pillows — all Indian-made with a Parisian twist. Strike up a conversation wth the lovely founder Usha Bora if she's in town. The boutique has another outpost in the 9th on Rue Notre Dame de Lorette.


10 Rue du Château d'Eau
Paris, 75010

91. Inès de la Fressange

Inès de la Fressange

A chic bazaar from the French fashion icon. Fall in love with the wicker hanging lights and rustic furniture, as well as the clothes, housewares, books, and other stylish Parisian essentials.

24 Rue de Grenelle
Paris, 75007

92. Buly 1803

Buly 1803

Enter the luxurious fragrance shop and be transported back two centuries. The interiors evoke old apothecaries, with glass jars lining the dark shelves, a vintage scale on the marble countertop, gorgeous faded blue-green tiles on the floor. Pick up hand cream, soaps, perfume, and candles that come in a cute box that customers can select.

6 Rue Bonaparte
Paris, 75006

93. La Maison Plisson

La Maison Plisson

A modern grocery packed with fresh produce, fine meats, and artisanal items. After selecting fresh ingredients for dinner, sit back and relax at the cafe.

93 Blvd. Beaumarchais
Paris, 75003

94. Cire Trudon

Cire Trudon

Open since 1643, the candle store and world's oldest wax factory is a delight to the senses. When you're done marveling at the stacks upon stacks of candles of different sizes and scents, pick up a few travel-sized candles for souvenirs.

78 Rue de Seine
Paris, 75006

95. Spree


A concept shop and exhibition space where vintage furniture and international art set the scene for of-the-moment designer clothing and accessories. Each visit yields unexpected delight.


16 Rue la Vieuville
Paris, 75018

96. Odorantes


Modern floral artistry in the hands of a former makeup artist results in dramatic bouquets laden with fresh cut blooms and romance. Particularly popular with those who prefer la vie en rose

9 Rue Madame
Paris, 75006

97. French Trotters

French Trotters

A remedy to the Goldilocks-esque fatigue brought on by sparse designer studios and mega department stores. This multi-lable, multi-level shop mixes clothing and accessories for men, women, and children from France's finest with smart home objects and exclusive products from around the world.

128 Rue Vieille du Temple
Paris, 75003

98. The Broken Arm

The Broken Arm

A little bit of everything for men and women living the thoughtfully arranged, artfully untucked, well-caffeinated life. Design magazines, insidery labels, and a curated cafe are just the start.

12 Rue Perrée
Paris, 75003

99. Nose


Any mademoiselle worth her Number Five will expound on the importance of having a signature scent, but it's the pros at this 1,880-square-foot perfume mecca that will actually help you hone a fragrance to call your own.

20 Rue Bachaumont
Paris, 75002

100. Astier de Villatte

Astier de Villatte

A dreamy hideaway for home decor enthusiasts with delicate dispositions. Pick up vintage-ish ceramics, Cire Trudon candles, dainty silverware, and a journal to keep track of it all. Remember to use inside voices.


173 Rue Saint-Honore
Paris, 75001

101. Beauty Monop

Beauty Monop

Make-up, skincare, and grooming junkies unite at Monoprix's beauty-focused destination for only-in-France products worth smuggling back.

64 Rue Oberkampf
Paris, 75011

102. Le Bon Marche

Le Bon Marche

Drawing locals and tourists alike with it's designer collections, fine housewears, and gifts, the legendary department store keeps shoppers close with the epic Grande Epicerie next door.


24 Rue de Sèvres
Paris, 75007

103. Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company

Make like Ernest Hemingway and get lit at this legendary bookshop. Opened in 1951 as a tribute to the original (which closed permanently during the Occupation), the treasure trove of the written word has and always will be a meeting place for bespectacled bohemian culture.


37 Rue de la Bucherie
Paris, 75005

104. A.P.C. Surplus

A.P.C. Surplus

A quintessential French brand known for clothing and objects with timeless appeal, the outlet offers half-off of last season's men's and women's collections. 

20 Rue de Andre del Sarte
Paris, 75018

105. Deyrolle


Unless you are in the market for a full-size zebra or artfully executed mongoose tableau, treat this legendary taxidermy shop as you would a museum. 


46 Rue du Bac
Paris, 75007

106. OFR


Feeling bookish? Rummage the racks, stacks, and shelves of books and periodicals and find local fashion tomes, international photography fanzines, and the wild world of art and culture publications in between.

20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars
Paris, 75003

107. Merci


Be charmed by three-story concept shop stocking covetable housewares, clothing, gifts, and flowers. Fall in love with the library cafe over an afternoon cup of tea.

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
Paris, 75003

108. Thanx God I'm a V.I.P.

Thanx God I'm a V.I.P.

Designer vintage from stylist Sylvie Chateigner and her sister Amnaye. Download their podcasts even if you can't make it to the store. 


12 Rue de Lancry
Paris, 75010

109. E. Dehillerin

E. Dehillerin

Chefs and foodies flock to this old-fashioned and no-frills cooking emporium that sells everything for a well-stocked fantasy kitchen: baking supplies, cooking equipment, knives, plates, and, best of all, an endless array of cooper pots and pans. Avoid shopper overwhelm: Plan ahead with their online catalogs.

18 Rue Coquillière
Paris, 75001