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La Cinémathèque Française

 51 rue de Bercy Paris 75012 Métro: Bercy

Now installed in a building designed by Frank Gehry at the edge of the Bercy park, France's legendary Cinémathèque includes a superb movie museum and a vast film-archive library. Daily screenings and excellent temporary exhibits. Closed Tues.

Pâtisserie des Rêves

 93 rue du Bac Paris 75007

Philippe Conticini, the chef of the most buzzed-about pastry shop in town, claims to be on a mission to "reach people's souls through their taste buds."

Musée Dapper

 35 bis rue Paul Valéry Paris 75016 Métro: Victor-Hugo

A private museum offering top-notch temporary exhibits of African art. Closed Tues.


 40 rue de Sévigné Paris 75003

Armand and Martine Hadida's "concept store" mixes high fashion with design, art and contemporary furniture by such hot names as Philippe Starck and the team of Garouste and Bonetti. "This is not just a shop, it's an experience," boasts Arne Quinze, the store's avant-garde designer, who, among other things, embedded the walls with 147 video screens projecting subliminal black-and-white images. The clothes include select pieces from Lanvin, Balmain, Dries Van Noten and Junya Watanabe, alongside collector items from China and other exotic corners of the world.


 5 place de la République Paris 75003

A luxurious range of 100 percent organic beauty products and perfumes in retro glass bottles and stylish packaging.

Alter Mundi

 5 Boulevard du temple, Paris 75003 39 rue de Charonne, Paris 75011 135 rue Ordener, Paris 75018

A chain of fair-trade boutiques promoting ecologically friendly fashion, beauty products, home decor, ethnic jewelry, accessories and design items, from computer cases made from recycled posters and seatbelts to tagua-nut jewelry and Colombian black earthenware ceramics.


 111 blvd Beaumarchais Paris 75003

A four-story boutique complex in the upper Marais that includes a florist shop, used bookstore, designer and vintage clothing for men, women and children, accessories, kitchenware, design furniture and flea market finds—and a restaurant. Designers including Stella McCartney and Paul Smith offer customized versions of items from their collections at more accessible prices, and profits go to a charity for disadvantaged children.

Maison de la Truffe

 19 Place de la Madeleine Paris 75008

Has a superb tasting menu that offers tuber-based delicacies such as scallop carpaccio with Brumale truffles, and a shop for gourmet gifts including truffle-infused Armagnac.


 49 rue de Rennes, 6th

A wonderful little shop with some of the most delicious scented items in Paris: home fragrances, scented candles, incense, bath products and perfume. The poudre pour aspirateur is a powder that transforms your vacuum cleaner into an ingenious fragrance diffuser.

Petit Palais

 Avenue Winston Churchill Paris 75008 Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau.

The fine arts museum of the City of Paris, in a beautifully renovated Belle Epoque building, originally built for the World’s Fair of 1900. The permanent collection covers the history of art from antiquity to the early 20th century. Closed Mon.

Musée Gustave Moreau

 14 rue de La Rochefoucauld Paris 75009 Métro: Trinité

A small museum in the former home of the 19th-century Symbolist artist. Closed Tues.


 31 rue Dauphine, 6th Métro: Odéon

A big Left Bank gallery that is one of the most important dealers in design-as-art, showing and producing limited editions for top designers including Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Humberto & Fernando Campana, Pierre Charpin, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Marc Newson and Martin Szekely.
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