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Maison Européenne de la Photographie

 5-7 rue de Fourcy Paris 75004 Métro: Saint Paul

France’s national photography museum, with multiple temporary exhibits. Closed Mon and Tues.


 5 blvd des Filles du Calvaire, Paris 75003 82 rue de Grenelle, Paris 75007 122 rue du Bac, Paris 75007

Three immense floors packed with fashion, furniture, interior accessories, toys, books, candy and cupcakes galore. Designer Valérie Mazerat has indulged her inner child to the max here, adding a cozy candy store-cum-café, a retro-style barber shop, a photo machine and cinema corner.

The Different Company

 10 rue Ferdinand Duval Paris 75004

High-end niche perfume company created by Jean-Claude Ellena and his daughter Céline.

Musée du Quai Branly

 37 Quai Branly Paris 75007 Métro: Alma-Marceau.

In a colorful and dramatic new building designed by architect Jean Nouvel, set into gardens facing the Seine, a new museum devoted to the tribal arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Closed Mon.

Maison de Victor Hugo

 6 place des Vosges Paris 4th Métro: Saint Paul, Bastille

In the beautiful Place des Vosges, the author's home from 1832-48, with original furnishings, paintings, manuscripts and memorabilia. Closed Mon.

Au Nain Bleu

 252 blvd Saint-Germain Paris 75007

The city’s most famous toyshop, with a vast selection of playthings deluxe.

Galerie Downtown

 33 rue de Seine, Paris 75006 Métro: Odéon

François Laffanour specializes in 20th-century European and American furniture and decorative arts, including works by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier.

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.


 27bis rue du Bac Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du Bac

High-end modern and contemporary furniture and household accessories by famous names past—includingLe Corbusier—and current designers such as Gaetao Pesce and Christian Ghion.

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 des Arts et Métiers

 60 rue Réaumur Paris 75003 Métro: Arts et Métiers

Installed in a former medieval abbey, a marvelous presentation of more than 3,000 scientific and technological discoveries and inventions. Closed Mon.


 35 rue Bonaparte Paris 75006

A lovely bookshop decorated like a private apartment, with polished parquet floors and comfy sofas for browsers, run by the Paris publisher of photography, art, fashion and design books, some of them beautiful coffee-table tomes wrapped in silk or packaged in Goyard trunks. The gift selection includes cashmere throws and scented candles, including one with the aroma of leather bindings and bookshelves.
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