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The Internet's Ultimate Guide to Secret Paris: 51 Hidden Gems That Only Locals Know
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by Savoir Flair 20-minute read February 23, 2024

Let the tourists flock to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. We'll tell you where you should really go.

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In a metropolis renowned for its grandeur, arriving as a tourist in Paris can be more than a little overwhelming. The lines into the Louvre are long, the galleries are packed, and don't even get us started on the tourist trap that is The Eiffel Tower. In fact, the city can be downright daunting for someone coming in expecting it to be like the movies. But let us tell you a secret: we love Paris. The food, the culture, the people, the fashion, and the joie de vivre are delightful — as long as you know where to go. 

From secret bistros serving culinary delights to tucked-away museums floating on the Seine, let us show you how to navigate the romantic labyrinth of the City of Light and let you discover for yourself the understated elegance that makes Paris, well, Paris. One word of advice: pack good walking shoes.

Where to Stay


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Bulgari Hotel Paris

Located on the prestigious Avenue George V, the Bulgari Hotel Paris offers a location unparalleled in the city. It's a stone's throw away from landmarks like the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, providing guests with easy access to explore Paris's renowned attractions. Situated in the 8th arrondissement, this hotel is a haven for fashion connoisseurs, surrounded by world-class boutiques. The experience of staying here transcends expectations, where each moment is infused with luxury and elegance. The crowning jewel of the hotel is the Penthouse Suite, located on the top floors, arguably the most incredible penthouse in the world, offering a unique blend of luxury and breathtaking views.

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Cheval Blanc Paris

What could be more elite than the LVMH-owned Cheval Blanc Paris? Nestled discreetly in the heart of the city, Cheval Blanc exudes an aura of exclusivity, offering an intimate haven where friends, families, and lovers come together to experience the epitome of luxury. Awaken to breathtaking panoramic views of the Seine River, savor warm croissants, and luxuriate in scented baths at the Dior Spa, immersing yourself in the very essence of Paris. Renowned architect Peter Marino meticulously designed every aspect of this extraordinary property, from its architecture and furnishings to its array of amenities. With 72 accommodations, including 26 rooms and 46 suites, and a selection of four exceptional restaurants, Cheval Blanc Paris seamlessly blends modern luxury with Parisian charm. It's more than a mere address. It is an urban sanctuary overseen by dedicated and passionate individuals. Whether you’re enjoying the views and sunset drinks on the roof or eating at one of its Michelin-starred restaurants, relaxing in the spa, or enjoying the essence of the French art de vivre from your perfectly appointed suite, it's truly a one-of-a-kind experience for both family and friends.

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Hôtel Lutetia

It might seem ironic that we’re dubbing the Hôtel Lutetia a hidden gem (you couldn’t miss it if you walked around Saint-Germain-des-Prés with your eyes closed), but this palatial hotel is so much more than just another swanky, five-star offering. Steeped in history (it counts the likes of Matisse and Picasso as guests), the stunning art-deco property has everything you could possibly want when it comes to the ultimate Parisian experience. Views of the Eiffel Tower included, of course. Rooms are elegantly colored in beige and midnight blue, with luxurious details like brushed oak floors, marble bathrooms, and unique Murano glass lights adding to the calming ambience. There’s a dreamy spa and even dreamier 17-meter-long indoor pool, a restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Patrick Charvet, and a chic bar that – of course – even Emily in Paris has visited. Plus, with Le Bon Marché and Café de Flore around the corner, your shopping and hot chocolate fix are sorted. Like we said – everything.

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J. K. Place Paris

J.K. Place Paris is the talk of the town, blending Italian luxury with Parisian chic in the heart of the city's Left Bank. Housed in a former European Consulate on Rue de Lille, this boutique hotel is a true masterpiece of interior design. Each of its 29 rooms is impeccably designed and features a mix of Parisian antiques and bespoke Italian pieces that ooze style. It's more than just a place to stay; it's a total experience with its exclusive, subterranean Noble Panacea spa, complete with a heated indoor pool, sauna, and steam rooms. And when it comes to dining, the hotel's Casa Tua restaurant offers superb Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, making it a hot spot for the fashion elite. Add to that the top-notch personalized service, and you've got a standout city stay in Paris.

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Nolinski

You could walk by it and not even realize it was there if you weren't paying attention, but the Nolinski — an adorable luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Paris — is everything we want for a quaint getaway in the midst of a bustling metropolis. Located in the first arrondissement, Nolinski is walking distance from everywhere you want to be: Place Vendôme, the couture boutiques along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne, the Louvre, Palais Royal, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de l’Opéra, the Seine, and even Le Cafe Marly — which you may also remember from Emily in Paris. As far as location goes, it really doesn't get much better. The rooms are elegant with high-end furnishings that elevate the sophisticated suites in luxury and in comfort. Decorated with soft grays and blues, it holds an old-world charm while being simultaneously modern and sleek. The balcony will afford you many photo ops with backdrops that will say you're in Paris without having to say you're in Paris, and the marble bathrooms and comfortable sitting rooms in the junior suite make it almost too easy to spend the day lounging around. But you should seize the day and absolutely carve out a few hours to descend into the spa, which is, to this day, one of the best hideaways we've found in Paris. With a long, dark lap pool with a mirrored ceiling surrounded by stone showers, marble steam rooms, and a wooden sauna, you’ll feel as if you've escaped into the caves underneath Paris where you have uninhibited rest and relaxation away from the hyperactivity above.

Where to Eat


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Bar Des Prés

Bar des Prés, a creation of renowned chef Cyril Lignac, is a chic Franco-East Asian culinary spot that's been stirring up quite the buzz. Tucked away on Rue du Dragon, this Parisian-born eatery leans heavily into its Japanese influences, offering a menu filled with delights like sushi, sashimi, and maki. The restaurant's ambience combines cream and marble interiors, crafting an elegant yet understated setting that's popular with the city's trendsetters. Despite its posh feel, the restaurant has faced some critique for its high prices and the portions of its dishes. But if you're in for a stylish dining experience that fuses French and East Asian flavors in a sophisticated setting, Bar des Prés might just be your scene.

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Bonnie Roof Restaurant and Bar

Bonnie is like that cool, trendy friend who knows exactly where to party in Paris. Perched on the 16th floor of the SO/Paris hotel, it's got this epic view that makes you go, "Wow, am I in a movie?" Think stunning sights of the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame, all from a swanky terrace that’s flipping the Seine upside down with its mirrored roof. The vibe? A total throwback to the groovy 60s and 70s, but with a modern twist that feels oh-so-now. Food-wise, it’s all about that fancy seafood and choice meats, served up in a chic brasserie style. So, if you’re up for a night that’s a little bit Paris, a little bit New York, and a whole lot of fabulous, Bonnie is your spot.

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Brigitte

Brigitte is your quintessential traditional French bistro with a contemporary touch, located just a stone's throw from the Batignolles and Parc Monceau. This spot is all about authenticity, from its wooden counter and marble to the old-school family photos and quaint white tablecloths. The menu is a delightful dance of seasons, with many fish options presented daily on a silver platter, making it ideal for seafood lovers. Plus, the extensive wine list boasts over 350 passionately selected references. Whether you're in for a business lunch or a cozy family dinner, Brigitte's warm and energetic atmosphere, combined with its inviting terrace, makes it a charming choice.

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Bristol After Dark

Bristol After Dark at Le Bar du Bristol is where Paris' nightlife gets a luxurious, edgy spin. This prestigious venue within the Le Bristol Paris hotel transforms into a vibrant celebration spot as night falls, offering a unique sensory experience. With a décor that mixes Studio 54 vibes with the plush splendor of a Parisian palace, it's all about seductive violet shades and disco balls. The ambience is enhanced by sumptuous woodwork, plush sofas, and silk carpets, creating an enchanting setting. Expect innovative cocktails and a DJ set that blends retro Italo-disco with 80s pop, making it a prime destination for music, dance, and that oh-so-famous Parisian nightlife.

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Cibus

Tucked away in the heart of Paris, Cibus offers a culinary escape to tantalize the taste buds and enchant the senses. Located in a wood-lined, church-like space, Cibus is the ‘IYKYK’ establishment known for its Roman and Neapolitan-style organic pastas, pairing its dishes with a curated selection of Italian wines. Boasting a seriously intimate atmosphere with no more than 20 seats in a small, charming inner courtyard, Cibus is renowned for its traditional, regional Puglian cuisine, making it a must-visit for authentic local specialties. Highlights include delectable lamb with roast potatoes and a wine list featuring the region’s best labels. 

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Clover Grill

Clover Grill stands out as a modern French steakhouse, perfect for both business lunches and leisurely meals with friends. It features an enticing display of dry-aged meats – including Baltic black beef and Black Angus – which are the heart of its culinary experience. The unique cooking methods, involving coals and spit-roasting, infuse each dish, from starters to desserts, with distinctive flavors. While beef takes center stage, with options like filet and prime rib, the menu also offers refined starters and lighter choices like braised shrimp and local fish, all complemented with a variety of sauces. The casual yet sophisticated atmosphere is enhanced by the well-dressed, warm, and knowledgeable staff, and no visit is complete without indulging in their dreamy mashed potatoes and churros for dessert.

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Comptoir du Ritz

If you love pastries (which we imagine you do), then you need to go to the Comptoir du Ritz where the pastry chef of the Ritz, François Perret, has a boutique. The pastries are delicate works of art that are about as bougie and Parisian chic as we want to be when in Paris. We are partial to the Tarte poire Belle-Hélène, but you won't find anything by Perret that you won't adore. 

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Contraste

Yes, we know. Is it really a hidden gem if it has a Michelin star? But honestly, the food is so delicious at Contraste that it would be a sin not to tell you about it. It's a tiny little place (as most establishments are in Paris), and it is always packed (so be sure to make advance reservations). Its charm is in the stylish, vintage vibes complemented by its modern take on the trendy cuisine "bistronomy" sweeping through Paris. Started by two childhood friends who both happen to be chefs – Erwan Ledru from Brittany and Kevin de Porre from Perpignan – it's a celebration of whatever is in season, carefully crafted into a deliciously risky blind menu of contrasting flavors. That's right, we went in not knowing what Ledru and de Porre were cooking up behind the counter, even as we had a full view of the masters in the kitchen. But as every dish was revealed, it was a feast for all our senses. Their bravery paid off because we enjoyed every bite of this thrilling meal.

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Coretta

Just opposite Martin Luther King Park tucked away in the often-forgotten 17th arrondissement is a suave little restaurant called Coretta (the name of the late Dr. King's widow). Its modern and chic style, with natural colors and woodwork throughout, adds to the eco-friendliness of this exceptional little place, but it is what Mexican chef Beatriz Gonzalez has done with the menu that takes our breath away. We absolutely recommend you try the sweetbread (ris de veau) because not a lot of places feature it, or get it right, but Gonzalez nails it. Crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside, it strikes just the right balance and we have no confusion as to why it is one of the restaurant's signature dishes. Try to book yourself a table upstairs so you can leave the noise of the street behind and look out over the trees for a beautiful and peaceful view.

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Du Pain et Des Idées

In the bustling streets of Paris, where every corner boasts a bakery claiming to be the best, there's one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Du Pain et Des Idées. This isn't just any bakery; it's a shrine to the art of bread-making, where every loaf is a masterpiece and every pastry a stroke of genius. Stepping inside feels like entering a time capsule, with its charmingly rustic decor and intoxicating aroma of freshly baked goodies. From their iconic pistachio-chocolate escargot to the perfectly crusty baguettes, every bite is a revelation. Once you've experienced this place, there's simply no going back.

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Frenchie

Frenchie stands out as one of Paris' most popular dining destinations, renowned for its challenging reservation list. Located in the Sentier neighborhood, the restaurant's intimate setting features bare bricks, beams, and stones, with an open kitchen view. It’s often bustling with an enthusiastic crowd eager to experience its carte blanche menu (guests are invited to surrender to the creative genius of chef Gregory Marchand). The chef's cuisine harmonizes with contemporary international tastes, showcasing inventive flavor combinations and astute food and wine pairings. The ambience is lively, maintained by a dedicated, youthful staff, demonstrating that fine dining can be both enjoyable and relaxing.

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Gigi Paris

Gigi Paris is the new "It" spot in town, tucked away on the glitzy Avenue Montaigne. It's where the cool kids go to get a taste of French culinary magic with a side of international vibes. Its menu is a love letter to French classics, but with a twist that keeps things exciting. You're in for dishes like the perfect coq au vin and a beef Bourguignon that'll make you swoon, all served up in a space that's pure Parisian elegance. It's got that perfect mix of fancy and fun, making it a go-to for anyone who loves good food and a great ambience. It is quite the hotspot, though, so you might want to book ahead to get in on the action.

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Girafe

Girafe is like stepping into a 1930s Art Deco dream, but with a modern seafood twist. Located in the swanky 16th arrondissement, right on the Trocadero, this place isn't just about dining; it's about an experience. Imagine savoring the finest oysters, fresh ceviches, and perfectly grilled fish, all while being serenaded by the breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. The interior, with its cream-colored banquettes, marble bar, and lush greenery, sets the stage for an elegant yet relaxed vibe. And if you're into sharing, you're in luck — the menu encourages it, making it a perfect spot for a posh night out with friends or a romantic date.

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Jais

Jais is that cool spot near the Musée d’Orsay and Rodin that offers a refreshing change from your typical bistro fare. This place is a fusion of traditional French and international flavors, serving up dishes that are both classic and creative. Think pâté en croûte with a twist of pistachios, or a tuna carpaccio with a bulgogi sauce kick. And don't even get us started on their lemon pie with sky-high meringue — it's a must-try. Jais is where you head when you want a bit of the familiar mixed with a dash of the unexpected in your meal​​.

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Juveniles

If you're looking for a true Parisian gem and mom-and-pop shop, you can't go wrong with Juveniles. Literally. Mom and Pop started it, and Daughter and Son-in-Law now run it. It's about thirty years old and clearly a favorite of the locals from the crowd we saw when we visited. It's a no-fuss bistro that prides itself on its non-stuffy atmosphere and highly delicious food made with top ingredients from local farms. We have to hand it to Son-in-Law Romain Roudeau, who has taken his wife's family business and is now running one of our favorite go-to spots when in Paris. He’s managed to elevate the cuisine but somehow keep that homestyle charm. The establishment serves an eclectic and equally impressive assortment of beverages, and by the way, did we mention the watermelon gazpacho? 

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Halle aux Grains

If you're looking for a true Parisian gem and mom-and-pop shop, you can't go wrong with Juveniles. Literally. Mom and Pop started it, and Daughter and Son-in-Law now run it. It's about thirty years old and clearly a favorite of the locals from the crowd we saw when we visited. It's a no-fuss bistro that prides itself on its non-stuffy atmosphere and highly delicious food made with top ingredients from local farms. We have to hand it to Son-in-Law Romain Roudeau, who has taken his wife's family business and is now running one of our favorite go-to spots when in Paris. He’s managed to elevate the cuisine but somehow keep that homestyle charm. The establishment serves an eclectic and equally impressive assortment of beverages, and by the way, did we mention the watermelon gazpacho? 

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La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac

La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac is like a neighborhood gem with a gourmet twist. It's a go-to spot for indulging in exceptional baked goodies, where the pastry feels personal yet sophisticated. The signature dish, the Equinox, is a must-try, blending bourbon vanilla cream, caramel, and speculoos praline in a circular pastry. Seasonal offerings like the chausson aux pommes, with its crispy, candied exterior and fruity purée, set a high bar for fruit pastries. This spot is perfect for anyone seeking a quaint yet exquisite pastry experience in Paris.

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La Pâtisserie du Meurice by Cédric Grolet

La Pâtisserie du Meurice is a sweet tooth's paradise; a place where pastry becomes art. Hidden away at Le Meurice, this boutique offers a fantastical array of creations, with the highlight being the astonishingly realistic Fruits Sculptés. It's a modern, chic space, reflecting the talent and creativity of celebrity pastry chef Cédric Grolet, who we’re pretty certain you follow on Instagram. Here, you can indulge in a variety of freshly-baked treats like raspberry tarts or unique sculpted fruit on a Rubik’s Cube. It's a must-visit for anyone looking for an extraordinary pastry experience in Paris. You can even pre-order portions for three, six, or eight with 48 hours’ notice!

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Lapérouse

Lapérouse is like stepping into a Parisian time capsule with its luxurious and historic charm. This iconic spot, dating back to 1766 and nestled on the banks of the Seine, has been a haunt for the city's literary and artistic elite. Imagine dining in private salons where rumors of illicit love affairs add to its mystique, and mirrors still bear the marks of historical rendezvous. The ambience blends old-world elegance with a menu of classic French cuisine, making it a must-visit for a romantic, historically rich dining experience. It's the kind of place where you can sip on a cocktail and feel the presence of Paris' past mingling with its present.

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Le Bon Georges

Le Bon Georges is a modern twist on the classic French bistro that's got everyone talking. Located in the 9th arrondissement, it's the kind of spot that balances traditional bistro charm with a fresh, modern feel. The big draw here is the beef, served up saignant (rare) or à point (medium rare), but there's more to this place than just meat. Seasonal dishes like asparagus in the spring and truffle-topped fish in the fall keep things interesting. Plus, their focus on quality ingredients, sourced from top-notch suppliers, really shines through in every dish. It's open every day for lunch and dinner, which is a total win if you find yourself in Paris on those tricky-to-plan-for Sunday evenings.

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Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges is basically the coolest, oldest food market you will ever stumble upon. Picture this: a bustling, vibrant spot tucked away in the Haut Marais, dating back to 1628 (yeah, that old). It's like a foodie's playground, with stalls slinging everything from Lebanese falafel to authentic Italian pasta, and let's not forget some seriously good sushi. It's not just about the variety though; it's the vibe — think lively, friendly, totally Parisian. Imagine grabbing a bite of fresh, spicy couscous then wandering around savoring a slice of perfect pizza, all in this historical, yet totally hip market. It's a mix of old-school charm and international flavors, making it a must-hit spot for anyone wanting a real taste of Paris.

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Loulou

Loulou is where classic Italian meets French flair, nestled in an unbeatable spot right by the Louvre. It also happens to be where the coolest people in Paris meet. The ever-changing menu is a parade of simple yet knockout dishes — think raw artichokes hitting it off with parmesan, or a beef tagliata that's all about the flavor without the weight. The vibe is all about understated elegance, making you feel a touch more aristocratic with every bite, in a setting that's both historic and undeniably chic. Tucked inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Loulou serves up an enchanted escape, whether you're lounging on the terrace or basking in the sophisticated interior. 

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Maxime Frédéric at Louis Vuitton

Located opposite the Seine River and above the ‘LV DREAM’ exhibition, the Maxime Frédéric at Louis Vuitton café is a culinary oasis that seamlessly blends style with gastronomic excellence. Step into a world where every dish is a masterpiece, inspired by French tradition and infused with local flavors. Picture yourself dining in a lush tropical garden ambiance, surrounded by verdant foliage and breathtaking views. Indulge in crispy waffles adorned with the iconic Fleur de Monogram or sample a selection of artisanal breads served from a unique trolley, where attention to detail reigns supreme. And for those with a sweet tooth, the selection of desserts, changing with the seasons, is sure to delight.

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Matsuhisa Paris

Matsuhisa Paris is where Japanese cuisine gets a ritzy Parisian makeover. Imagine Nobu's classic fusion of Japanese-Peruvian flavors, but with a dash of French flair. Located in the swanky Le Royal Monceau, this place is a feast for the senses. On the menu are black cod with miso, yellowtail sashimi jazzed up with jalapeno and yuzu, and Wagyu beef ravioli that'll make your taste buds dance. The ambience is all elegance and chic, with a lively open kitchen adding to the buzz. Matsuhisa Paris is the spot for a luxe dining experience that's a bit showy, but in the best possible way.

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Nonos & Comestibles

Nonos & Comestibles by Paul Pairet is where the traditional French grill gets a chic, modern makeover. Nonos is a buzzing city dining room in the Hôtel de Crillon, serving up classic French dishes with a cool twist. Right next to it, Comestibles is the spot for indulging in top-tier deli delights — think the best selections of seafood, charcuterie, and cheeses. It's the kind of place that’s perfect for a laid-back lunch or a dinner that feels fancy without being fussy. Nonos & Comestibles is all about that sophisticated vibe, blending classic flavors with a fresh, contemporary edge.

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Pépé Pizza

At Pépé Pizza, you're in for a slice of pizza heaven in a trendy spot. Located in the bustling Pigalle neighborhood, this pizzeria stands out with its champion pizza-making skills and lively ambience. The place is all about embracing the art of pizza with a touch of Parisian flair. You'll find a menu that tempts with a range of delicious pizza options, each crafted to perfection. It's the perfect place for a casual hangout with friends or a laid-back dinner after exploring the city. 

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Piero TT

Envisioned by celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire, Piero TT is a chic spot in Paris where Italian cuisine gets a high-end twist. Tucked away on Rue du Bac, this place is all about celebrating the classics of Italian cooking, but with Gagnaire's signature creative flair. The ambience is a blend of modern and traditional, featuring carrara marble tables and wood paneling, creating a vibe that’s as stylish as a weekend in Florence. The menu is a delightful trip through Italy, from perfectly crafted antipasti to pasta dishes. And for those with a sweet tooth, the desserts, like the tiramisu and torta caprese, are a must-try. It's a bit on the fancy side, but for fans of Italian cuisine looking for something a bit special in Paris, Piero TT is well worth the visit​​​​​​.

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Septime

Septime is that spot that's been the talk of the town for its top-notch, ingredient-driven cuisine. This place in the 11th arrondissement has made a name for itself with its inventive menu that almost makes getting a reservation feel like winning the lottery. The vibe? It's a mix of modern and cozy, with a hint of rustic elegance that makes you feel right at home. From the white asparagus with oyster-spiked sauce gribiche to the beautifully plated beetroot salad, every dish screams fresh and seasonal. And let's not forget about the wine list — it's as impressive as the food itself.

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Substance

Tucked away in the 16th arrondissement in Chaillot is yet another Michelin-starred restaurant pushing the boundaries of French bistronomy to our everlasting delight. Consequently, it is also the sister to Contraste. Chef Matthias Marc (who, fun fact, was a semi-finalist in France's Top Chef in 2021) uses bistro flavors with complex combinations for a stunningly delicious menu that we had to mourn when it was over. The cafe itself is modern and comfortable, and yes, also always packed (so make your reservations early). Marc uses as much local produce as he can and makes his menus to reflect what is in season on any given day, but his style is fresh, spontaneous, and completely unfettered by any kind of rules but his own, and we love it. 

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Tram Cafe

Tram Café in Paris is a hidden gem that's all about cozy vibes and incredible eats. Tucked away just behind the Pantheon, it's a poetic little nook that's part café, part bookstore, and all parts awesome. Think: a place where you can sip on excellent coffee or almond milk with orange blossom, and munch on their Instagram-famous croque-monsieur that's a bit heavy but totally worth it. Plus, their menu is full of bright, delicious options like a couscous of market garden vegetables or a sublime tartare-flank steak. And let's not forget the adorable sidewalk terrace with views of the church — it's perfect for those Parisian people-watching sessions. Tram Café is where you go to read a book, work a bit, or just soak in the Paris vibes.

Where to Shop


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Aux Puces Vintage Chez Sarah

Tucked away in Lecuyer Passage, Aux Puces Vintage Chez Sarah is a treasure trove of high-quality vintage fashion. The store offers an extensive collection ranging from clothing and accessories to hats and shoes, catering to serious collectors and casual vintage lovers alike. It's a place where history and style intersect, providing a unique shopping experience. Here, each piece tells a story, making it a must-visit destination for those passionate about vintage fashion and its rich heritage.

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Larry Deadstock

For sneaker enthusiasts seeking something truly special, Larry Deadstock is a hidden treasure. This hotspot is a gold mine of hard-to-find and limited-edition sneakers, boasting brands like Supreme, Palace, Off-White, Jordan Brand, and Yeezy. It's a haven for collectors and fashion-forward individuals alike, offering a curated selection of the most coveted footwear. Whether you're a serious collector or simply looking to elevate your style, this is the go-to destination for exclusive sneaker finds in Paris.

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Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché is a high-fashion playground where luxury meets Parisian charm. This iconic department store is a paradise for fashion lovers and history buffs alike. It's like stepping into a grand, old-school Parisian glamour, complete with Belle Époque architecture and a maze of beauty products under stunning skylights. With its storied history dating back to 1852, this iconic department store has long been revered as the epitome of chic sophistication and unparalleled elegance. As you step through its grand entrance, you're greeted by a world of opulence and refinement, where designer boutiques and coveted labels beckon from every corner. Don’t miss the Grande Épicerie de Paris, its sister store, which is a culinary haven offering everything from gourmet delicacies to everyday staples in a chic grocer-shop setting.

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L’Éclaireur

L’Éclaireur is a concept store that's a haven for the avant-garde fashion enthusiasts. Tucked away in Paris' vibrant Halles Quartier, L’Éclaireur is renowned for its distinctive blend of haute couture and streetwear. The Philippe Starck-designed concept store offers an unparalleled shopping experience with a carefully curated selection of exclusive pieces you won’t find anywhere else.

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Le Printemps

Le Printemps is where fashion, luxury, and stunning architecture come together for a shopping experience like no other. With a history dating back to 1865, this grand department store in the 9th arrondissement is a blend of classic and contemporary. It's not just about shopping here; the rooftop offers splendid views over Paris, perfect for a quick photo session. Whether you're there for the high-end fashion or just to browse, Le Printemps is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the essence of Parisian chic.

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Maison Guava

For those seeking a unique blend of streetwear and luxury, a visit to Maison Guava is a must. This concept store dazzles with its curated collection of sneakers and luxury pieces. Its ambience, a fusion of high-end sophistication and youthful conviviality, welcomes both sneaker enthusiasts and fashion connoisseurs. Here, brands like Nike, Adidas, and Yeezy share space with luxe labels such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, making it a fashion paradise. 

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Montaigne Market

Offering a touch of minimalist chic, Montaigne Market is Paris' haven for exclusive high-fashion finds. Here, shoppers delve into a world of unique limited-edition pieces, handpicked ready-to-wear collections, and bespoke accessories. The boutique's allure lies in its curated selection of high-end fashion jewelry and designer collaborations. With a reputation for exclusivity and luxury, it's a favored destination for those seeking rare, sophisticated fashion items.

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Rouje

Capturing the essence of French-girl style with a twist, Rouje (founded by mega-influencer Jeanne Damas) is a standout in Paris' fashion and beauty scene. Its collection, marked by understated elegance and simple beauty, offers a modern take on classic Parisian chic. The brand's approach to both clothing and makeup is minimalist yet impactful, with products designed for those who admire the effortless allure of French fashion.

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Violette_FR

A modern twist on French elegance, Violette_FR is a standout in the world of sustainable and ethical beauty. The brand, renowned for its vegan and cruelty-free products, caters to a sophisticated clientele with its minimalist yet effective approach. Its range, which includes versatile, multi-use items, is a testament to simplicity and luxury. Violette_FR captures the essence of understated Parisian chic, making it a top choice for those seeking quality and elegance in their beauty routine. You can either shop the products online and have them shipped to your hotel, or find their entire range at Le Bon Marché.

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Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou, although not a hidden gem, stands as an iconic cultural beacon in the heart of Paris and is undeniably a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and travelers alike. Its distinctive inside-out architecture, where colorful pipes and structural elements are displayed on the exterior, sets it apart as a striking work of art in and of itself. But beyond its eye-catching facade, this cultural powerhouse houses an exceptional modern and contemporary art collection featuring works by masters like Picasso and Kandinsky. With a vibrant program of rotating exhibitions, a public library, a cinema, and panoramic views of the city from its rooftop, the Centre Pompidou offers an all-encompassing experience that transcends mere art appreciation, making it a cornerstone of Parisian culture and a destination that genuinely warrants exploration.

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Fluctuart

We were walking along the Seine, enjoying the view, when we happened upon this little gem. We thought it was a cafe and had decided to stop for a coffee on the roof of the floating riverboat, but when we got inside, we realized we had just entered one of the coolest museums in Paris (and there wasn't a tourist or a queue in sight). Fluctuart is a street-art museum that houses iconic works from some of the most prolific rebels like Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Os Gemios, plus focuses on highlighting upcoming talents and new exhibitions from within the local art scene. Also, we're pretty sure it turns into a party after 10pm. If a museum could slay, then this was it. With vibes and views for days, it’s definitely a spot for the cool kids. And ultimately, we did end up getting a cup of coffee at the cafe on the roof.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

Tucked away in the verdant Bois de Boulogne, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a discreet yet dazzling treasure in the City of Light. Designed by the visionary architect Frank Gehry, this contemporary art haven is a masterful fusion of innovation and sophistication, housing an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary works. As sunlight filters through the ethereal glass sails that crown the structure, visitors are transported into a realm where art and architecture intertwine in harmonious splendor. The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a sartorially inspired voyage into the world of high fashion and artistic expression, offering an intimate escape from the bustling streets of Paris. To explore its galleries is to uncover a destination that effortlessly marries the savoir-faire of Louis Vuitton with the avant-garde spirit of the city, making it an unequivocal must-visit for those seeking the epitome of art and style in the heart of Paris.

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Institut du Monde Arabe

The Institut du Monde Arabe is the intersection of art, culture, and architectural splendor. A beacon of Arab heritage in the heart of Paris, this institution beckons connoisseurs and curious minds alike with its extraordinary blend of tradition and modernity. The façade, adorned with intricate geometric patterns that mimic the play of light in traditional Arab architecture, sets the tone for the immersive experience within. From contemporary art exhibitions to thought-provoking showcases on Arab civilizations, the Institut du Monde Arabe offers an unparalleled journey through the rich tapestry of Arab culture. A visit here is not just a cultural exploration but a sensory odyssey, where the allure of the Arab world seamlessly unfolds against the backdrop of the City of Light.

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Le Très Particulier

One of our favorite hidden gems in the whole world is a little-known speakeasy in Montmartre called Le Très Particulier. It is within a hidden hotel, the old Hermès family home to be exact, with only a few rooms available, and only for those who are in the know. First, you have to make a reservation and somehow get yourself to the correct address. There is no sign, so you will be searching for the gate. Ring the bell on the gate and wait to be let in by the bellhop, who is tailored from head to toe in old-world charm just to add to the experience. Once in, make your way to the mansion through the opening in the hedge, then go downstairs through the secret garden until you light upon the glamorous and sexy bar with deep red-velvet chairs, gold accents, and rich, green rainforest walls painted with velour. At night, they have a piano player and in the summer they have the garden and conservatoire open. Please do check out the bathrooms too. You'll get a famous surprise.

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent

In the heart of Paris, where couture dreams come to life, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent stands as a testament to the timeless elegance of one of fashion's most revered icons. Nestled in the chic seventh arrondissement, this museum is a sartorial sanctuary dedicated to the legacy of Yves Saint Laurent, inviting visitors into the haute couture universe of the legendary designer. Immerse yourself in the artistry of YSL's iconic creations, from the revolutionary Mondrian dresses to the iconic tuxedo jacket. The museum, housed in the former haute couture house of Yves Saint Laurent, seamlessly blends history and modernity, offering an intimate glimpse into the creative genius that forever changed the landscape of fashion. A pilgrimage for fashion enthusiasts, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is a mesmerizing voyage through the evolution of style, where every stitch tells a story of unparalleled sophistication and innovation.

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Palais de Tokyo

On the banks of the Seine, the Palais de Tokyo is a true beacon of contemporary artistic prowess. A dynamic temple of culture and creativity, this avant-garde institution captivates with its cutting-edge exhibitions, pushing the boundaries of conventional artistry. From its sleek architecture to the thought-provoking installations within, the Palais de Tokyo is a haven for those seeking a curated journey into the realm of modern art. The expansive spaces, bathed in natural light, serve as a canvas for the latest and most daring expressions of the international art scene. A visit to this cultural gem is a definitive rendezvous with the vanguard; an immersive experience that underscores Paris as a perennial epicenter of global artistic innovation.

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Tango

It's one of the most magical and yes, romantic, moments we've ever had in Paris. We aren't sure what group organizes the tango and salsa dancing around Paris and along the Seine, but we are happy they do. You may be one of the lucky ones to run into the dancers on the river while you are wandering around and taking in the view, but if you want to be sure to catch them (and are excited to join in for some dancing yourself), wander over to the Place de l'Opéra and the steps of the Palais Garnier some time after dinner for a memory-making evening. Couples from 17 to 70 dance the Argentine tango on the steps of the famous opera house, and while there is more than one professional in the house, many of the dancers are amateurs as well as fellow onlookers who have been moved by the music, so to speak. You can watch or participate, the choice is up to you, but like the song says, we hope you dance.

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