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Introduction

Once the home of cutting-edge art then accused by some of resting on its laurels, Paris has recently been reasserting its cultural authority with the reopening of the Palais de Tokyo and Musée Picasso, and the emergence of a raft of new restaurants and producer-driven food outlets. It almost makes you forget the frustration of dealing with the city's public institutions.

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Essentials

  1. Be polite. Even though Parisians might seem rude at times, a little 'bonjour', 's’il vous plait' and 'merci' goes a long way.
  2. Neo-bistro is as popular as ever. Try Bruno Doucet’s restaurant, La Régalade Saint-Honoré, 123, rue Saint-Honoré +33 1 4221 9240.
  3. Get a perfect old-school shave at Alain Maître Barbier, 8 rue Saint-Claude.
  4. Check out La Gaîté Lyrique, a digital arts centre from the future, for exhibitions, conferences and concerts. 3 bis rue Papin +33 1 5301 5200.

Two-hour tour

  • Musée du quai Branly

    37 quai Branly

    +33 1 5661 7000

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  • La Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

    1 place du Trocadéro

    +33 1 5851 5200

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  • Musée d'Art Moderne

    11 avenue du Président Wilson

    +33 1 5367 4000

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Hotels

  • Luxury

    Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

    37 avenue Hoche

    +33 1 4299 8800

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  • Dependable option

    L'Hotel Collectionneur

    51-57 rue de Courcelles

    +33 1 5836 6700

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  • Premium

    Le Bristol

    112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

    +33 1 5343 4300

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Du Pain et Des Idées

    34 rue Yves Toudic

    +33 1 4240 4452

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  • Lunch on your own

    Restaurant Abri

    92 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière

    +33 1 8397 0000

  • Dinner on your own

    Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    5 rue de Montalembert

    +33 1 4222 5656

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  • Private dinner

    Kunitoraya Villedo

    5 rue Villedo

    +33 1 4703 0774

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Passage 53

    53 passage des Panoramas

    +33 1 4233 0435

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  • Late bite

    La Maison de l'Aubrac

    37 rue Marbeuf

    +33 1 4359 0514

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  • On the tiles

    L'Arc

    12 rue de Presbourg

    +33 1 4500 7871

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  • Business breakfast

    Le Camélia

    Mandarin Oriental, 251 rue Saint-Honoré

    +33 1 7098 7400

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Ten Belles

    10 rue de la Grange aux Belles

    +33 1 4240 9078

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Septime

    80 rue de Charonne

    +33 1 4367 3829

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  • Late drinks

    Le Carmen

    34 rue Duperré

    +33 1 4526 5000

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    L'Agapé

    51 rue Jouffroy-d'Abbans

    +33 1 4227 2018

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    KB Cafeshop

    53 avenue Trudaine

    +33 1 5692 1241

  • Drink after dinner

    The Beef Club Ballroom

    58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    +33 9 54 37 13 65

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Vivant

    43 rue des Petites Écuries

    +33 1 4246 4355

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    0fr. bookshop

    20 rue Dupetit-Thouars (Carreau du Temple)

    +33 1 4245 7288

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Thank yous

  • Chocolates

    Patrick Roger

    108 boulevard Saint-Germain

    +33 1 4329 3842

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Shopping

  • Luxury scents

    Etat Libre d'Orange

    69 rue des Archives

    +33 1 4278 3009

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  • Something for the kids

    Miniature wooden cooking utensils and sharp clothes from Bonton

    5 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire

    +33 1 42 72 34 69

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  • Something everyone needs

    Paper laptop bags, fashion, furniture and food from Merci

    111 boulevard Beaumarchais

    +33 1 4277 0033

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  • Something for yourself

    Shoes from French Trotters

    30 rue de Charonne

    +33 1 4700 8435

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Transport

  • Vélib’ — Avoid traffic congestion and hop on a hire bike.

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    L'Usine

    16-20 Rue Quincampoix

    +33 1 4461 3131

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  • Good running route — Start from the Eiffel Tower and run along the Seine towards Les Invalides, cross over Pont Alexandre III and head to the Louvre. Run around Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis, then head back to the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank past the Musée d’Orsay.

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