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 68 ave des Champs-Elysées Paris 75008

The beautiful original shop of the classic perfume and cosmetics house, opened in 1914 and renovated several years ago, with an upstairs hallway entirely covered in gold mosaic and a crystalline perfume fountain for refilling your flacons. There’s also an excellent beauty institute.

Christian Liaigre

 42 rue du Bac Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du Bac

Interior designer and decorator Liaigre's gallery and boutique offers his own handsome, contemporary classic furniture and decorative wares.

Eurolingua Institute: Study Abroad Programmes

The Eurolingua One-to-One French language homestay immersions are available year round in some of France’s most beautiful locations.

Institut du Monde Arabe

 1 rue des Fossés-St-Bernard Place Mohammed Paris 75005 Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

A museum of Arab and Islamic arts, in a building designed by architect Jean Nouvel, with a permanent collection that extends from early archaeological artifacts to the 20th century. Regular temporary exhibits too. Closed Mon.

La Grande Epicerie

 38 rue de Sèvres Paris 75007

Paris’s answer to the famous food halls of Harrod’s in London, in the annex of Le Bon Marché department store, a vast space filled with splendid victuals from all over the world, along with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and a bakery.

Musée Guimet

 6 Place d’Iéna Paris 75016 Métro: Iéna

One of the Western world's most important Asian art museums, with outstanding collections from China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Closed Tues.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

 76 rue de Turenne, Paris 75003 Métro: St-Sébastien-Froissart

One of the city’s hottest contemporary galleries, showing works by Sophie Calle, Maurizioo Cattelan, Wim Delvoye, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Othoniel.

Le Bonbon au Palais

 19 rue Monge Paris 5th Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

Rainbow-hued candies, some 200 varieties from all over France, glisten like gemstones in apothecary jars in this dream of a boutique. Other Gallic treasures include light, fluffy guimauve, the square-cut French version of marshmallow; alcohol-filled chocolates covered in marzipan; lollipops in such flavors as blueberry, pineapple, quince and black cherry; and candied flower petals and herbs, including whole roses, violets, vervain, mint and lilac.

Galerie Schmit

 396 rue St-Honoré, Paris 75001 Métro: Concorde

One of the top galleries in town, run by third-generation owner Manuel Schmit, offering museum-quality paintings by 19th- and 20th-century French masters, including Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Caillebotte, Boudin, Seurat, Signac, Sisley, Redon and Vuillard, along with Klee, Miró, Modigliani and Jongkind.

Cire Trudon

 78 rue de Seine Paris 75006

A venerable candle-making business that dates to 1643, formerly an official supplier to the French court, now updated by trendy entrepreneur Ramdane Touhami, with 12 new scented candles that have fashionistas flocking.

Comptoir de l’Homme

 5-7 rue de Tournon Paris 75006

Cosmetics, fragrances, grooming and skin care products for men.

Surface to Air

 108 rue Vieille du Temple Paris 75003

Cutting-edge womenswear in luxurious materials, and quality tailoring at a modest price. Founded as a creative agency by a group of young Paris-based designers over a decade ago, the label's minimalist aesthetic blends fashion with art, overlapping into film, photography and design. The ultimate in street-chic.
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