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Want to learn more about Paris? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Top Reasons to Go to Paris

Iconic Landmarks: From the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris dazzles. Chic Shopping: The Champs-Élysées and Rue St-Honoré are the...

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Paris Today

Bienvenue à Paris ! Or, welcome to Paris! Although it may seem as if time stands still in this city—with its romantic buildings and elegant...

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Paris Jazz Clubs

The French fell hard for jazz during World War I, but the real coup de foudre —literally "lightning bolt" or figuratively "love at first sight...

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Paris Apartment Rentals

Many Fodorites rent apartments in Paris because they favor extra space plus that special feeling of living like a local. Rentals can also offer...

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French Restaurant Types

Bistro: The broadest category, a bistro can be a simple, relaxed restaurant serving traditional fare, one of the new "bistronomic" eateries...

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Museum Dining in Paris

Most Paris museums offer a passable café, but sometimes a top-notch lunch, teatime, or even dinner is just the thing after a few hours of museum...

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A French Cheese Primer

Their cuisine might be getting lighter, but the French aren't ready to relinquish their cheese. Some restaurants present a single, lovingly...

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Paris Café Culture

The café capital of the world is making room for the new barista cafés sweeping cities across the globe. For discerning coffee lovers this is...

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Bicycling in Paris

You've seen those 1930s photographs of Paris—men in berets bicycling the streets, a baguette tucked under one arm; elegant women in billowing...

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Eiffel Tower

Originally built as a temporary exhibition for the 1889 World's Fair, today there's no other monument that symbolizes Paris better than Gustave...

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Left Bank Artists and Writers

Some of the greatest artists and writers of the 20th century were attracted to the winding streets and bustling boulevards of Paris's Left Bank...

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Paris With Kids

Paris is often promoted as an adult destination, but there's no shortage of children's activities to keep the young ’uns busy, not to mention...

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Hands-on Paris

Sometimes it's not enough to see the sights, shop the boutiques, and sample cuisine: you must really immerse yourself. Taking part in some of...

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Cheap Things to Do in Paris

It's easy to break the bank in Paris, but those acquainted with the city know where to find the free (or almost free) stuff. Here are some tips...

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Romantic Things to Do in Paris

It isn't hard to stumble across a romantic moment in Paris. Couples kiss on park benches, dine by candlelight in cozy neighborhood bistros,...

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Paris Museums

There's no shortage of museums in Paris, so it's a good idea to make a plan. This overview includes all the museums listed elsewhere in the...

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What the Locals Do in Paris

To appreciate the City of Light as the locals do, you can start by learning some of the daily rituals of Paris life. These simple, fun pleasures...

Nightlife

Paris Cocktail Bars

The cocktail bar is undergoing a renaissance in Paris. In fact, classy concoctions haven’t been served up with such flair since the days when...

Shopping

Jardin du Palais Royal

Paris's secret oasis no more. With the arrival of Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens, and Stella McCartney, the palace and gardens of the Jardin du Palais...

Shopping

Best Shopping in Paris

Paris's legendary shopping destinations draw people from the world over, but perhaps a deeper allure lies in lesser-known attractions: the city...

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A Scenic Walk in Montmartre

One of Paris's most charming walks begins at the Abbesses métro station (Line 12), which has one of only two remaining iron-and-glass Art Nouveau...

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Hemingway's Paris

There is a saying: "Everyone has two countries, his or her own—and France." For the Lost Generation after World War I, these words rang particularly...

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Paris's Covered Arcades

Before there were the grands magasins, there were the passages couverts, covered arcades that offered the early-19th-century Parisian shopper...

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Shakespeare and Company

This English-language Shakespeare & Company ( 37 rue de la Bûcherie 01–43–25–40–93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com ) is one of Paris...

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Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore

Les Deux Magots ( 6 pl. St-Germain-des-Prés ) and the neighboring Café de Flore ( 172 bd. St-Germain ) have been duking it out on this bustling...

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Artists, Writers, and Exiles in Paris

Paris became a magnet for the international avant-garde in the mid-1800s and remained Europe's creative capital until the 1950s. It all began...

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