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Paris, one of the most heavily touristed cities in the world, fascinates visitors with its architecture, its 6 500 years of history and particularly the magic in the air, which some visitors notice faster than others. The City of love is multifaceted, full of contrasts but never boring. Impressive attractions stand alongside romance, countless shopping opportunities, restaurants without end from «très» chic in the evening to simple at noon.
The Arc de Triomphe, built between 1806 and 1836 to honour the French army, stands in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle.
This boutique, which resembles a mini-couture house, is a place where customers can also have their entire wardrobe tailored.
Ask a few Parisians which is the loveliest restaurant in the city and most will tell you Le Grand Véfour.
In what is surely the smallest cheese shop in Paris Roland Barthélémy offers an enormous selection of premium cheese specialities that even change seasonally.
The luxurious Bristol Hotel is part of the hotel collection of the German Oetker industrial family.
The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world. One of the best known works in the unimaginably huge collection of paintings at the Louvre is undoubtedly Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The basilica sits like a throne atop the 130-metre Montmartre hill. This impressive building was completed in 1914 and has become a visible monument to Romano-Byzantine architecture.
This café in the Parisian quarter of Saint-Germain-de-Prés has been an iconic establishment for decades.
The first Ladurée bakery was opened in 1862 on the Rue Royale. Later it added a pastry shop, followed by one of the first Parisian tea salons.
In 1947 Rosa Repetto invented a revolutionary technique to make more comfortable ballet shoes for her son, Roland Petit, the dancer and choreographer.
Many consider the restaurant of Jean-Pierre Vigato in the ground floor of an impressive mansion to be the best in all of Paris.
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If anything – the best tip for Paris is to buy the Paris Museum Pass, not to be confused with the Paris Pass.
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Created in the 1860s, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is relatively unknown among tourists, but it’s a real discovery.
For going out I recommend Bar du Marché at Saint Germain des Près on the corner of Rue de Seine and Rue de Buci.
Paris is a city worth visiting in all seasons. A walk on the Montmartre presents a breathtaking panoramic view of Paris.
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The Boulangerie de Papa serves a typical French breakfast. The Pain au chocolat is especially delicious.
This is the place to eat for those who like it quiet, uncomplicated, elegant and nonetheless unpretentious.
The second boutique belonging to Didier Ludot is completely dedicated to the «little black dress».
Parisian star chef Alain Passard celebrates the versatility of cooked vegetables in his restaurant.
I warmly recommend these museums because of their awesome atmosphere and free admission...
The national centre for art and culture was designed by the architects Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini ...
There’s cool and cooler and then there’s Mama Shelter, the coolest, most out-of-the-ordinary hotel in the city, way on the eastern side of Paris.
Chez Georges, near the Place des Victoires, is the place for visitors to experience the real Paris of old.
Just the way Parisian gourmands love it: popular, a cheerful ambiance and the best French cuisine.