Paris: A pocket guide

To say that Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world may sound cliched, but it’s true; per square meter, Paris packs an unrivaled punch of history, culture, and adventure, and the City of Lights cannot fail to inspire its visitors.
In Paris, it pays to be the early bird: For breakfast, take an early morning walk and get in line at one of the city’s famous bakeries. You’re guaranteed the best croissants fresh out of the oven. Alternatively, brunch at the Musée Jacquemart-André before exploring the museum’s sumptuous collection.
Paris is a relatively small city, so the best way to explore is on foot. No trip to Paris is complete without a wander around bohemian Montmarte; follow in the footsteps of numerous twentieth-century writers, artists, and playwrights and spend an afternoon in one of the neighborhood’s many hip cafes.
There is a museum for every taste in Paris; sit the Rodin Museum Garden, one of the best small museums in Paris, and admire the artist’s sculptures. Fashionistas should pay a visit to Frank Gehry’s Wild Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum. Musée de l’Orangerie is perfect for art lovers who have done the larger, more famous museums. Fans of Les Misérables should pay a visit to the home of Victor Hugo and, for something completely different, hit up the weird and wonderful Taxidermy Museum. Alternatively, get out of the city for the day and head to the gorgeous medieval city of Chartres, just a short train ride away from Paris.
For stunning panoramic views of the city, avoid the crowds of the Eiffel Tower and instead go to the top of the Parc de Belleville. Or take a shopping break at the iconic Printemps department store by going to the lovely rooftop terrace. Sit back and enjoy a coffee or glass of Champagne while taking in the incredible views.
Foodies should pay a visit to Saxe-Breteuil, an open-air market with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Go vintage shopping in the Marais, which has become a trendy shopping area. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind vintage find, stop in Mamz’Elle Swing at 35 rue du Roi de Sicile.
For an indulgent lunch, try out the midday menus at one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants; the food is as good as the evening meals and a much better deal. The full Parisian haute-cuisine experience can be found at the Michelin-starred Le Violon d’Ingres. For a more relaxed setting, try Café Constant.
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People on bicycles and pedestrians enjoying a car free day on Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France/iStock/delpixart

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