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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. Rooftop and open-air bars are as popular as ever. Try Pavillon Puebla in Le Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Le Perchoir on BHV roof, Rosa Bonheur on the river or Le Très Particulier in Montmartre.
  3. Get a perfect old-school hammam at the Mosquée de Paris, rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire.
  4. After une coupe de champagne at Café de Flore, dance all night at Le Montana, re-opened in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Two-hour tour

  • Musée Picasso

    5 rue de Thorigny

    +33 (0)1 8556 0036

  • Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

    1 place du Trocadéro

    +33 (0)1 5851 5200

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  • Musée Nissim de Camondo

    63 rue de Monceau 


    +33 (0)1 5389 0650

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Hotels

  • Luxury

    Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

    37 avenue Hoche

    +33 (0)1 4299 8800

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  • Dependable option

    Le Pigalle Paris

    9 rue Frochot

    +33 (0)1 4878 3714

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  • Premium

    Le Bristol

    112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

    +33 (0)1 5343 4300

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Du Pain et Des Idées

    34 rue Yves Toudic

    +33 (0)1 4240 4452

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  • Lunch on your own

    L’avant Comptoir

    3 carrefour de l’Odéon

    +33 (0)1 4427 0750

  • Dinner on your own

    Clamato

    80 rue de Charonne

    +33 (0)1 4372 7453

  • Private dinner

    Frenchie

    5 rue du Nil

    +33 (0)1 4039 9619

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    yam’Tcha

    121 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

    +33 (0)1 4026 0807

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  • Late bite

    La Maison de l'Aubrac

    37 rue Marbeuf

    +33 (0)1 4359 0514

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  • On the tiles

    Mechica

    10 rue Papillon

    +33 (0)6 4689 5194

  • Business breakfast

    Claus

    14 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau

    133 (0)1 4233 5510

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Télescope

    5 rue Villedo

    +33 (0)1 4886 6123

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Ober Mamma

    107 boulevard Richard Lenoir

    +33 (0)1 5830 6278

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  • Late drinks

    Silencio

    142 rue Montmartre

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  • Need-to-impress-clients lunch

    Heimat

    37 rue de Montpensier

    +33 (0)1 4026 7825

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Café de Flore

    172 Boulevard Saint-Germain

    +33 (0)1 4548 5526

  • Drink after dinner

    Castel

    15 rue Princesse

    +33 (0)1 4051 5280

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Soma

    13 rue de Saintonge

    +33 (0)9 8182 5351

Reading

  • Bookshop

    0fr.

    20 rue du Petit-Thouars

    +33 (0)1 4245 7288

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Thank yous

  • Chocolates

    Patrick Roger

    108 boulevard Saint-Germain

    +33 (0)1 4229 3842

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Shopping

  • Luxury scents

    Etat Libre d'Orange

    69 rue des Archives

    +33 (0)1 4278 3009

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  • Something for the kids

    Miniature wooden cooking utensils and clothes from Bonton

    5 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire

    +33 (0)1 4272 3469

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  • Something everyone needs

    Paper laptop bags, fashion, furniture and food from Merci

    111 boulevard Beaumarchais

    +33 (0)1 4277 0033

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  • Something for yourself

    Shoes from French Trotters

    128 rue Vieille du Temple

    +33 (0)1 4461 0014

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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 (0)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 Saint Louis and Jardin des Plantes, then head back to the Left Bank past the Musée d’Orsay.

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