Les Lieux

Museums

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The Louvre
We're "Amis du Louvre" annual members. 

L'Orangerie
Monet's "Water Lillies" and Impressionist Masters.

Jeu Du Paume
"Uprisings" - Art of Revolution, Rebellion, and Revolt.

Musée d'Orsay
French Romanticism, Orientalism, Symbolism, Realism, and Impressionism + art decor and artifacts. 

Louis Vuitton Foundation
"Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection" + Frank Gehry's Architectural Masterpiece. 

Centre Pompidou
Cy Twombly, René Magritte, and the largest Modern Art collection in Europe. 

Musée Rodin
The sculptures and collections of the greatest French Modernist sculptor.

Les Invalides
Musée de l'Armée, Musée des Plans-Reliefs, Dome des Invalides, and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte

Catacombes de Paris
These underground ossuaries are the final resting place to over 6 million people. Constructed in a network of abandoned mine shafts. 

Palais de Tokyo
"...an exploration of the sometimes absurd relationships we have with the objects around us..." Absurd indeed. We liked the man who sat on chicken eggs for 27 days. 

Versailles, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon
Hunting lodge, turned court palace, Versailles offers an incredible look into the opulent lives of France's final monarchs. 

Musée Picasso
An underwhelming exhibition of an extraordinary artist. 

Conciergerie
Fortress and infamous prison during the French Revolution.

Palais Garnier
"Bakst: from the Ballets russes to haute couture."

Musée Des Arts Décoratifs
"Tenue correcte exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale."

Atelier Brancusi
The replicated studio of modernest sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. 

Musée Jacquemart-André
Incredible home and art collection of Edouard André and Néllie Jacquemart. 

Panthéon
Once a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, now a crypt and celebration of France's "Grand Hommes" - although Marie Curie rests there, too. 

Musée de la Cinémathèque
A celebration of cinema housed in an equally celebratory Frank Gehry building. 

Musée de Cluny/Musée National du Moyen Age
Museum of Paris' Medieval Past. 

Musée Quai Branly
Ultra modern museum featuring indigenous art and culture. Perhaps the most interesting museum in Paris. 
 
Musée Maillol
The Paul Rosenberg Collection + the works of Arstide Maillol. 

Musée Art Moderne
Contemporary art collection of Paris. 

Petit Palais
Gorgeous palace housing European fine arts and a manicured garden. 

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
An impressive but eerie hall of skeletons and fossils. 

Musée Marmottan Monet
The world's largest collection of Monet's artworks, all housed in park-front mansion. 

Espace Dalí
Avoid. Not a museum, but a scheme to sell reproductions. 

Musée Montmartre
Wonderful museum housed in one of the oldest homes in Montmartre. Visit Renoir's garden. 

Foundation Le Corbusier
Tour Corbusier's early masterpiece, "Villa la Roche." 

Foundation Claude Monet (Giverny)
Monet's famous home and gardens where he lived and worked. 

 

Restaurants & Cafés

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Café de Flor
A famous watering hole for the "Lost Generation."

Holly Belly
Australian + French Project. Our favorite brunch place. 

Le Petit Vatel
Our neighborhood joint.

L'as de Fallafel
The best falafel in the Jewish Quarter.

King Falafel
The second-best falafel in the Jewish Quarter. 

Septime
#2 Restaurant in Paris, #50 in the World.

Le Frank
At the LV Foundation. Surprisingly fabulous. 
 
Coutume
Great coffee and cakes. 

Café Pinson
Vegetarian & vegan food. Good for a break from the heavy bread-and-butter diet. 

Ippudo
Top-notch Ramen. 

Fragments
Our favorite hot chocolate in Paris, so far...

Couquelicot
Decent brunch in Montmartre.

Crepes d'Or
Our neighborhood crepe place. Lovely man who runs it. Open late. 

Relais de l'Entrecôte
A Paris institution. Quintessential steak frites. 

Café Kitsune
The café counterpart to the fashion label. The coffee is equally good. 

Blend
Good veggie burgers for a little bit of needed Americana. 

Street Bangkok
Delicious street thai with a casual, inviting atmosphere. 

Ellsworth
A cosy bistro known for fresh produce, inventive dishes, and a southern-American flair. Very good.

Chez Janou
A fun, colorful French bistro. The food is nothing to write home about.

Telescope Café
The best coffee we've found in Paris. We recommend the noisette. 

Creperie Saint Eustache
Great crepes, and plenty of time to enjoy them with glacial service. 

Il Carpaccio
Michelin Star restaurant in Le Royal Monceau. 

Boutique yam'Tcha
Stilton Brioche Baos. That is all. 

Pho 14
Some of the best pho we've had anywhere. 

Le Petit Chine (Honfleur) 
Lovely little bakery and café. 

Le Ferme Saint Simeon (Honfleur) 
Reimagined Norman cuisine. A bit stuffy, but delicious food. 

Bistro Les 4 Saisons
Very good all-day bistro near Parc Monceau.

Le Bistrot de Paris
Classic French bistro. Great plates. Try the smoked herring and potatoes. 

Verjus
The best meal we've had in Paris. Fresh, inventive, and welcoming. Make sure you choose the wine pairing.

Bistro Jo
A very good neighborhood bistro. 

Le Maison du Jardin
Good plates and friendly service.

Café Oberkampf
Good coffee. Don't stay for the food. 

Georgette
Fabulous neighborhood café.

Honor Café
Good coffee in quiet courtyard. 

La Poule Au Pot
An institution. Expensive but good. 

La Jacobine
Tourist trap. Avoid. 

Clamato
Modern, Inventive seafood. Delicious, but didn't live up to the hype. 
 
Barawine
Delicious and friendly wine bar. The cheese plate is a treasure. 

Pizza Chic
Not your average pizza place. One of our favorite spots in Paris. 

Café Varenne
Good neighborhood bistro. 

Berthillon
Decadent ice cream. Eat along the quai on a sunny afternoon.

 

Boulangeries & Patisseries

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Eric Kayser
Our neighborhood go-to spot. The best baguettes we've found. 

Pierre Herme
Very good Macrons in Paris. Just a few doors away. 

Poilåne
Heavenly croissants and tarte aux pommes. 

Paul
Decent Baguettes. Open on Sundays. 

Boulangerie Secco
Second-best baguettes we've found. Poor service though. 

Boulangerie Parisienne
Voted the best baguette in Paris by critics. We don't agree. 

Angelina
Renowned hot chocolate and sweets. 

Mori Yoshida
French pastries crafted with Japanese influence and precision. Outstanding tarte au citron. 

Les Choupettes de Chouchou
French cream puffs. Nutty, airy, and delicious. 

Ladurée
Delicious macarons with good, pure flavors. 

Sadaharu Aoki
The best macarons we've found. Perfect texture with unique, well-balanced flavors. 

La Mer de Famille
Extraordinary chocolates and confectionery. 

Gérard Mulot
Very good pastries. Open Sunday. 

 

Our Favorite Shops

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Le Bon Marche
Legendary department store. Elegant, with a friendly staff.

La Grande Epicierie
A branch of Le Bon Marche. A gorgeous grocery.

Delfonics
High-quality and stylish Japanese/German stationary.  

Printemps
Large collections of Modern Fashion. 

Colette
The coolest store in Paris, aptly named for the author herself. 
 
Tom Greyhound
Excellent curation of minimalist fashion. 

Magasin Sennelier
Storied art supplies provider. The smell alone is worth a visit. 

E.Dehillerin
Julia Child's favorite kitchen store. Ours too. 

Shakespeare & Company
Sylvia Beach's English bookstore. She rented books to Hemingway and published Joyce's "Ulysses" - need we say more? 

Librarie Galignani
A fine bookstore across from the Tuileries with English and French titles. 

Merci
Inventive multi-department space with good curation and design throughout.

Papier + 
Handcrafted bookbinding and stationary in multiple paperweights, edge qualities, and colors. 

Sunday St. Germain Farmer's Market
Traditional roti chickens. Ask for extra juice. A variety of fresh vegetables, baked goods, eggs, fish and meat, from local producers and farmers. 

Centre Commercial
Beautifully curated fashion and home goods. Filled with minimalist Nordic and French designers. 

Le Labo
Beautifully crafted perfumes and candles. 

Astier de Villatte
Atelier that hand-makes objects of old-world allure. 

Librairie 7L
Karl Lagerfeld's curation of art books. 

Atelier Cattelan
A master cobbler for when all the walking on salted streets wears out your boots.

Les Métamorphoses
A jewelry shop in the Latin Quarter that specializes in affordable, vintage French pieces. 

Buly 1803
Luxurious grooming products for men and women. Try the smoked Hinoki wood shaving cream. 

Martinez J.Claude
A print shop carrying genuine prints and reproductions from across all genres. 

Caron
Historic French scents, and the St. Honoré store is beautiful in its own right. 

 

Cathedrals

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Notre Dame de Paris

Église Saint-Suplice

Sacre-Coeur

Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Église Saint-Francois Xavier 

Église de Saint Germain des Prés

Sainte Chappelle

Le Madeleine 

St. Etienne du Mont

Église Saint-Catherine de Honfleur (Honfleur)

Église Saint-Séverin 

Église Saint-Eustache 

Collégiale Notre-Dame de Vernon

Eglise Sainte-Radegonde (Givreny)

 

Places, Gardens & Squares

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Jardin des Tuileries

Le Jardin du Luxembourg 

Jardin des Plantes

Place des Vosges

Jardin des Grand Explorateurs 

Jardin du Palais Royal 

Jardin Catharine-Labouré 

Square Boucicaut  

Arc De Triumph + Champs - Élysées

Place de la Concorde 

Place de la Bastille 

Parc de Champ de Mars 

La Jardin D'acclimatation

Cemietiére du Pére Lachaise 

Square Laurent-Prache

Place Jean-Paul II

Square Jean XXIII

Place Louis Aragon 

Place de la République 

Jardin Tino-Rossi 

Tour Eiffel 

Ile de la Cite

Ile Saint-Louis 

Parvis de la Défense 

Grand Arche de la Défense 

Canal Saint Martin 

Plaza Vendome 

Julia Child's Apartment 

Hemingway's First Apartment 

Hemingway's Second Apartment 

Esplanade Jaques Chaban-Delmas 

Esplanade des Invalides 

Promenade du Cours de la Reine 

Square de l'abbé-milne

Jardins du Trocadéro

Parvis de l'hôtel de ville

Place Igor Stravinsky

Jardin de l'Oratoire

Jardin de l'Infante

Jardin d'erevan

Jardin Flottant Niki de Saint Phalle

Square de Temple

Parc de Buttes-Chaumont

Parc de La Villette 

Square de Récollets

Jardins du Château de Versailles 

Parc du Grand Trianon

Espace Enfants 

Les Halles 

Parc Monceau 

Parc de Bercy

Place Dauphine 

Omaha Beach (Normandy)

Utah Beach (Normandy)

Plage du Butin (Honfleur)

Les Jardin des Personalities (Honfleur) 

Gertrude Stein's Apartment 

Midnight in Paris steps at Midnight

Bois de Boulogne 

Rue Crémeux 

Plantée Promenade 

Square des Écrivains Combattants Morts pour la France

Jardin Du Pré Catelan

Le Jardin d'Eau