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  • Rue Montorgueil

    1. Rue Montorgueil

    Louvre | Neighborhood/Street

    Rue Montorgueil was once the gritty oyster hub of Les Halles. Now lined with food shops and cafés, the cobbled street whose name translates...Read More

    Rue Montorgueil
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  • Rue Mouffetard

    2. Rue Mouffetard

    Latin Quarter | Neighborhood/Street

    This winding cobblestone street is one of the city's oldest and was once a Roman road leading south from Lutetia (the Roman name for Paris)...Read More

    Rue Mouffetard
  • 3. 3e arrondissement

    Marais Quarter | Neighborhood/Street

    The thick crowds that flock to Place des Vosges rarely venture to the other side of the Marais: the 3e arrondissement, which has morphed into...Read More

  • Ancien Cloître Quartier

    4. Ancien Cloître Quartier

    Ile de la Cité | Neighborhood/Street

    Hidden in the shadows of Notre-Dame is an evocative, often-overlooked tangle of medieval streets. Through the years lucky folks, including Ludwig...Read More

    Ancien Cloître Quartier
  • 5. Avenue des Champs-Élysées

    Champs-Élysées | Neighborhood/Street

    Marcel Proust lovingly described the genteel elegance of the storied Champs-Élysées (pronounced "chahnz- eleezay, " with an "n" sound instead...Read More

  • Carrefour de Buci

    6. Carrefour de Buci

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Neighborhood/Street

    Just behind the neighborhood's namesake St-Germain church, this colorful crossroads ( carrefour means "intersection") was once a notorious...Read More

    Carrefour de Buci
  • Cour du Commerce St-André

    7. Cour du Commerce St-André

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Neighborhood/Street

    Like an 18th-century engraving come to life, this charming street arcade is a remnant of ancien Paris with its uneven cobblestones, antique...Read More

    Cour du Commerce St-André
  • 8. La Défense

    Western Paris | Neighborhood/Street

    First conceived in 1958, this Modernist suburb just west of Paris was inspired by Le Corbusier's dream of high-rise buildings, pedestrian walkways...Read More

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  • 9. Place des Abbesses

    Montmartre | Historic District/Site

    This triangular square is typical of the countrified style that has made Montmartre famous. Now a hub for shopping and people-watching, the...Read More

  • 10. Place Jean-Baptiste-Clément

    Montmartre | Neighborhood/Street

    Monsieur Clément, a singer, was "Mayor of Montmartre" during the heady 70 days of the 1871 Commune, when this area actually seceded from Paris...Read More

  • 11. Place St-Michel

    Latin Quarter | Fountain

    This square was named for Gabriel Davioud's grandiose 1860 fountain sculpture of St. Michael vanquishing Satan—a loaded political gesture from...Read More

  • 12. Porte St-Denis

    Grands Boulevards | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Not as grandiose as the Arc de Triomphe, but triumphant nonetheless, Paris's second-largest arch (76 feet) was erected by François Blondel in...Read More

  • 13. Rue d'Auteuil

    Western Paris | Market/Bazaar

    This narrow shopping street escaped Haussmann's urban renovations and today still retains the country feel of old Auteuil, a sedate bourgeois...Read More

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