travel guide : paris, france

Places to see
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
    The Jardin du Luxembourg is Paris's most celebrated and historic park. On a sunny day, we love to sit in the light green metal chairs, just like Olympia Le-Tan in this picture!

    15 rue de Vaugirard
    6th arrondissement
    + 33 1 44 54 19 49
    Open daily, seasonal hours
  • Jardin des Tuileries
    The Jardin des Tuileries truly makes you feel like you're in Paris with a capital P: it's all topiaries, fountains, and finely ground sand that sticks to heels as a rite of passage. It has become famous for background shots of editors traipsing around during fashion week, but we like stopping to pick up 1-euro Eiffel Tower trinkets, as Humberto shows in this picture!

    rue de Rivoli & Place de la Concorde
    1st arrondissement
    Open daily, seasonal hours
  • La Pagode
    La Pagode is the most stunning movie theater in Paris, a Japanese-style pagoda and garden screening current movies. Worth the trip to the 7th for a truly unique cinematic experience.

    57 rue de Babylone
    7th arrondissement
    +33 1 45 55 48 48
  • Marche des Enfants Rouges
    The Marché des Enfants Rouges is Paris's oldest food market, but it's a thoroughly modern meeting spot and one of the best snack spots in the city, with scrumptious Italian, Japanese, and Moroccan food. To bring home, there's organic produce and perfect flowers. Worth a wander.

    39 rue de bretagne
    3rd arrondissement
    Tuesday-Thursday 8:30am-8:30pm
    Friday-Saturday 8:30am-1pm; 4pm-8pm
    Sunday 8:30am-2pm
  • Palais Royal - Sarah's Pick
    8 rue Molière
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 44 55 33 77
    Open daily, seasonal hours
  • Palais de Tokyo - Sarah's Pick
    The Palais de Tokyo opened nearly ten years ago, but it still feels like a contemporary art museum of tomorrow. From its midnight closing time to the progressive restaurant in a glass box on the roof (Nomiya), to exhibits like this year's 'Fresh Hell' curated by Adam McEwan, the museum truly pushes boundaries. Suggested by Sarah of colette!

    13 avenue du président wilson
    16th arrondissement
    +33 1 47 23 54 01
    Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-12am
Places to eat
  • Bob's Kitchen - Maria Luisa's Pick
    "After he opened his famous juice bar in the 10th, Bob set up in the Marais with his great fruit and vegetable juices and organic stews. I love their perfect, healthy and yummy pancakes and especially their delicious brunch on the weekend! They are only open for lunch, though sometimes for dinner on Thursdays with a piano playing situation too!" - Maria Luisa

    74 rue des Gravilliers
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 9 52 55 11 66
    Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
    Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Breizh Café - Maria Luisa's Pick
    "Simply the best crêpes, not only in town, but probably in France - never tasted anything better. Good price, large selection - impeccable!" - Maria Luisa

    109 rue Vieille du Temple
    3rd arrondissement
    Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-11pm
    Sunday 12pm-10pm
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Café Germain - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    25-27 Rue de Buci
    6th arrondissement
    +33 1 43 26 02 93
    Monday-Sunday 12pm-3pm, 7:30pm-11:30pm
  • Candelaria
    This newly opened Mexican taqueria is one of the few places in the city where you can find carnitas tacos and other delicious, authentic Mexican dishes. Try their amazing experimental cocktails and don't miss the candlelit speakeasy through the doors in the back.

    52 rue de la Saintonge
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 74 41 28
    Tuesday-Sunday noon-11pm
    Bar opens at 6
  • Chateaubriand - Sarah's Pick
    129 av Parmentier Paris
    11th arrondissement
    +33 1 43 57 45 95
    Opens Tuesday-Saturday at 12pm
  • Chez Georges - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    1 rue du mail
    2nd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 60 07 11
    Monday-Friday 12:15pm-2:30pm, 7:15pm-10:15pm
  • Chez Janou - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    A bustling Provençal restaurant with dozens of different kinds of Pastis and an emphasis on the native flavors of Southern France: rosemary, garlic, and seafood reign. Suggested by Guillaume Henry of Carven!

    2 rue Roger Verlomme
    3rd arrondissement
    + 33 1 42 72 28 41
    Open daily 12pm-12am
  • Chez Julien
    A quirkily chic brasserie that elevates the typical to the extraordinary. Oozing with elegance of the candle wax dripping kind. The perfect spot for a semi-secret rendez-vous.

    1 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
    4th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 78 31 64
    Open daily 12pm-10:30pm
  • Cibus - Sarah's Pick
    5 Rue Molière
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 42 61 50 19
    Monday-Saturday 12pm-2:30pm, 7pm-10:30pm
    Closed Monday & Saturday at lunchtime
  • Du Pain et des Idees
    A lot of folks claim to know the best bakery in Paris, but OC really does. Du Pain et Des Idées uses time-honored methods to make truly artisanal bread. The "petits pains" are a steal at just a few euros, filled with yummies like fig and goat cheese, or spinach and pine nuts. The best thing to do on a sunny day: compile a bag o' goodies and eat them on the banks of the nearby Canal St. Martin.

    34 rue Yves Toudic
    10th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 40 44 52
    Monday-Friday 6:45am-8pm
    Closed July 26-August 20
  • Ferdi - Maris Luisa's Pick
    "I don't really have to advertise for it - I never did actually - and it's always packed, always booked! Unfortunately, they are closed for lunch except for Saturday brunch, but they're open every night. They have the best cheeseburger in town and a mix of family comfort food (mac and cheese) and latin dishes (ceviche...) Jacques, Alicia's husband, also prepares the best margaritas and cocktails - watch out, the third one might be lethal!" - Maria Luisa

    32 rue du Mont Thabor
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 42 60 82 52
    Monday-Friday, Sunday 6:30-11:30pm, Saturday 12pm-11:30pm
  • Francis Labutte - Pedro Winter's Pick
    122 rue Caulaincourt
    18th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 23 58 26
    Monday-Saturday 8am-2am
  • Frenchie - Sarah's Pick
    5 rue de Nil
    2nd arrondissement
    +33 1 40 39 96 19
    Monday-Friday 7pm-10:30pm
  • Fulvio
    Weirdly enough, good Italian food is hard to come by in Paris. That's why Fulvio is a closely guarded secret. Its hand-written and largely illegible menu is read by a jovial Italian proprietor. We love the huge plates of tagliatelle with freshly sourced mushrooms.

    4 rue du Poitou
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 71 62 80
    Monday-Saturday 12pm-3pm, 7pm-10:30pm
  • Guilo Guilo - Sarah's Pick
    8 rue Garreau
    18th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 54 23 92
    Tuesday-Sunday 7pm-11pm
  • Kunitoraya - Sarah's Pick
    39 rue Sainte-Anne
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 47 03 33 65
    Open daily 11:30am-10pm
  • La Poule Au Pot - Pedro Winter's Pick
    9 rue Vauvilliers
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 47 00 90 73
    Tuesday-Sunday 7pm-5am
  • Le Castiglione
    Le Castiglione is a super-good standby in the tony Saint-Honoré area. With one of the most scrumptious and shopping-antidotal burger and fries in the city, this spot is a nice li'l oasis near some of our favorite window-shopping neighborhoods.

    235 rue Saint-Honoré
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 42 60 68 22
    Open daily 7am-11pm
  • La Fermette Marbeuf
    A classic restaurant in the poodle-chic 8th arrondissement that has been reappropriated by a younger crowd. Music label folks including the Ed Banger crew flock to the picturesque spot to eat tried and true dishes like crêpes Suzette, flambé on the spot by a lovely Mademoiselle! A good spot if you find yourself near the Champs Elysées for whatever reason.

    5 rue marbeuf
    8th arrondissement
    +33 1 48 05 93 21
    Open daily 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11:30pm
  • Le Martel
    One of our favorite spots for frites, couscous, and perfect strawberries. Mehdi always welcomes us with open arms. The private room for 10 is a classic.

    3 rue martel
    10th arrondissement
    +33 1 47 70 67 56
    Monday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
    Friday-Saturday 7:30pm-12am
  • Petrelle - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    34 rue Pétrelle
    9th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 82 11 02
    Tuesday-Saturday 8pm-10pm
  • Pho 14
    There is always a line out the door at this greasy-spoon Vietnamese spot, and with good reason. The OC crew always treks down to Chinatown for a bowl of pho and some lettuce-wrapped spring rolls when we're in town. Although Belleville, to the north, is a more trendy Chinatown at this point, the southern Chinatown was the first and is fantastic for disorienting wandering.

    129 ave de Choisy
    13th arrondissement
    +33 1 45 83 61 15
    Open daily 9am-11pm
  • Robert et Louise
    Robert et Louise is one of the spots to which the OC team flocks shortly after landing in Paris. The crackly roasted potatoes, along with wood-fired meats, are beyond delicious. A special mention goes to the old-fashioned pepper mill that grinds into a little tray.

    64 rue vieille du temple
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 78 55 89
    Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm
  • Rose Bakery
    Rose Bakery is the much-loved British lunch destination and coffeehouse owned by chef Rose Carrarini and her husband Jean-Charles (with deep ties to the Comme des Garçons crew). Its mostly vegetarian specialties include quiches, salads, and Paris's most delectable cakes and tarts. A standby from the 9th arrondissement that has a new branch in the ever-popular 3rd.

    30 rue debelleyme (starred on map)
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 49 96 54 01
    Tuesday-Sunday 9am-6pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)

    46 rue des martyrs
    9th arrondisement
    +33 1 42 82 12 8
    Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6:30pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)
  • Taeko
    This super-authentic Japanese stand in the oldest market in Paris, the Marché des Enfants Rouges, is a no-fail culinary delight. Charming women in kerchiefs serve up Japanese specialties including fresh sushi, fried chicken with leeks and soy, and other delicacies. Devastatingly slow, but totally worth the wait.

    Marché des Enfants Rouges
    39 rue de Bretagne
    3rd arrondissement
    Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm (3pm Sunday)
  • Takara - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    14 rue Molière
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 42 96 08 38
    Tuesday-Friday 12pm-2pm
    Monday-Sunday 7pm-10pm
  • Usagi - Maria Luisa's Pick
    "Meaning 'rabbit' in Japanese, this is a special place for new Japanese cuisine with a twist. The portions are small, but everything is a delight for the senses! All in a very amusing decor." - Maria Luisa

    58 rue de saintonge
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 48 87 28 85
    Open daily 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Places to drink
  • Cacahuète - Guillaume Henry's Pick

    1 rue Pierre Sémard
    9th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 80 14 39
    Monday-Friday 8:30am-2am
  • Cafe de Flore
    The Café de Flore, although old-school and pretty much in every guide out there, is still one of our favorite spots for a decadent espresso and the most sublime people watching. We're also super into the scrambled eggs with fines herbes-yum!

    172 boulevard saint-germain
    6th arrondissement
    +33 1 45 48 55 26
    Open daily 7am-1:30am
    This historic lesbian cabaret has become one of the more interesting places for fun times in the city.

    54 rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
    9th arrondissement
    +33 1 45 26 64 64
    ‎Tuesday- Saturday from 11pm til sunrise
  • Chinatown de Belleville
    Chinatown de Belleville is a Chinese banquet hall in deepest, highest northern Paris. Up a steep hill, the rococo dining hall is usually occupied by at least one wedding. But there's always at least one table left over for a strange group of foreigners drinking gin and tonics and engaging in a raucous dance party.

    27, rue du Buisson-Saint-Louis
    10th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 39 34 18
    Open daily 12pm-3pm, 7pm-1am
  • Bar Hemingway - Sarah's Pick
    If you drop true cash in only one spot in Paris, make it Bar Hemingway in the Ritz Hotel. A Parisian institution, the bar strikes that rare balance between classy and cozy. Take your sweetheart and she'll get a fresh flower in her cocktail. And say "hey" to Colin, one of the most legendary (and legendarily down to earth) mixologists on the planet. Suggested by Sarah from Colette!

    Hotel Ritz
    15 Place Vendôme
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 43 16 33 65
    Open daily 12pm-11:30pm
  • La Fidelite's Basement
    "The jukebox" is the unofficial name for the basement of restaurant La Fidélité. André opened this lofty and lovely restaurant in the depths of the 10th arrondissement, and it quickly became a neighborhood hangout for impromptu dance parties in its smoking lounge basement, with a jukebox curated by well-known DJs.

    12 rue de la fidélité
    10th arrondissement
    +33 1 47 70 19 34
    Monday-Saturday 10pm-2am
    The tried and true standard of small clubs. The original André spot.

    6 avenue Marceau
    8th arrondissement
    +33 1 47 20 04 01
    Open daily from 11pm till sunrise
  • Le Mathis Bar - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    3 rue de Ponthieu
    8th arrondissement
    +33 1 53 76 10 42
    Monday-Saturday 10pm-6am
    Dark, sexy, and always packed with friends dancing to the best music.

    28 rue Saint-Benoît
    6th arrondissement
    +33 1 45 44 60 60
  • Le Pick Clops - Guillaume Henry's Pick
    16 rue vieille du temple
    4th arrondissement
    +33 1 40 29 00 87
    Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm
    Sunday 9:30am-12am
  • Le Progres
    You know those grey cardigans that go with everything? The café Le Progrès is their drinking and dining counterpart. Open in the early morning for a perfect cup of espresso, and then late into the night for oysters and 3-euro glasses of white wine, this unassuming establishment is the go-to hangout for the art and fashion worlds.

    1 rue de Bretagne
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 72 01 44
    Monday-Saturday 8am-12am
  • Le Pop In
    A standby for cheap pitchers of Pop-beer and dancing to the Smiths in a sweaty basement. Photo credit: Alexandre Marillat

    105 rue amelot
    11th arrondissement
    +33 1 48 05 56 11
    Open daily 6:30pm-1:30am
    The fabulous Régine remains a thriving nightspot even fifty years after it first opened, when among its devotees were Audrey Hepburn, Gene Kelly and Charlie Chaplin. Today the club retains its old disco feel and is the location of our regular NY NY Paris fashion week party with the NY crew.

    49-51 rue de Ponthieu
    8th arrondissement
    Tuesday-Saturday from 11pm til sunrise
  • Social Club - Pedro Winter's Pick
    142 rue Montmartre
    2nd arrondissement
    +33 1 40 28 05 55 ‎
    Wednesday-Saturday 11pm-6am
Places to shop
  • A Chacun Son Image
    This little shop abutting into the Marché des Enfants Rouges is unparalleled for its found snapshots, photo equipment, postcards, and frames. The perfect place for found memories.

    35-37 rue charlot
    3rd arrondissement
    Monday-Friday 5pm-8pm (by appointment)
    Saturday-Sunday 10am-7pm
  • Les Archives de la Presse
    Les Archives de la Presse compiles rare and hard to find magazines from decades past. A truly incomparable resource for the visually inclined.

    51 rue des archives
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 72 63 93
    Monday & Saturday 2pm-7pm
    Tuesday & Friday 10:30am-7pm
  • Barthelemy - Sarah's Pick
    51 rue de Grenelle
    7th arrondissement
    +33 1 45 48 56 75
    Tuesday-Saturday 7am-1pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm
  • Bonton
    Bonton, the playfully elegant children's line, opened in a big way on the boulevard des filles du calvaire, with a beautifully designed, multilevel store that even includes a tearoom and hairdresser for the little ones.

    5 boulevard des filles du calvaire
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 72 34 69
    Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm
  • BHV Rivoli Basement
    52 rue de Rivoli
    4th arrondissement
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am-7:30pm
    Wednesday 9:30am-9pm
    Saturday 9:30am-8pm
  • colette
    The cult shopping destination owned by friends of OC Sarah Lerfel and her mother (Colette) boasts one of the most ingeniously curated stores in the world. Colette never disappoints with its clothing, collectibles, music, tech toys, art exhibits, and more.

    213 rue Saint-Honoré
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 55 35 33 90
    Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
  • Come on Eileen
    Come on Eileen is one of the OC team's must-go vintage spots, a virtual treasure trove of incredible finds with a particular emphasis on 60s, 70s, and 80s French designers. Incroyable!

    18 rue des Taillandiers
    11th arrondissement
    +33 1 43 38 12 11
    Monday-Friday 11am-8:30pm
    Sunday 2pm-8pm
  • Comme des Garçons Pocket Shop
    Anyone who has popped into an Opening Ceremony shop knows that we're mad for Comme des Garçons wallets, fragrances, and Play stripy Ts and Converse. Well, that's exactly what's featured at the CDG Pocket Shop hidden away on a little street in the 3rd, a great place to stock up on basics.

    31 rue debelleyme
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 72 15 12
    Monday-Saturday 1pm-8pm
    Sunday 1pm-6pm
  • Comptoir de l'Image
    One of the city's most magical bookstores, with rare fashion, art, and photography tomes as well as vintage magazines. A pleasure to comb through.

    44 rue de Sévigné
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 72 03 92
    Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm
  • Deyrolle
    We are so completely enamored of this historic taxidermy boutique that we created a special animal printed collection with it. Formerly a nature museum, Deyrolle is now a stunning shop filled with the most exquisite stuffed furry friends, as well as butterflies, insects, and classic posters. A true OC favorite.

    46 rue du Bac
    7th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 22 30 07
    Monday 10am-1pm, 2pm-7pm
    Tueday-Saturday 10am-7pm
  • Galignani - Maria Luisa's Pick
    "The most chic international bookstore in Paris." - Maria Luisa

    224 rue de Rivoli
    1st arrondissement
    +33 1 42 60 76 07
    Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm
  • Laduree
    Laduree is one of the most quintessential of French shops, with its tea houses doubling as gift purveyers for macaroons, cakes, and candles. Their packaging is uniquely sublime: it's no wonder the store commanded such a major role in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Our fave: the tiny doll-like outpost in the 6th.

    21 rue bonaparte
    6th arrondissement
    + 33 1 44 07 64 87
    Monday-Friday 8:30am-7:30pm
    Saturday 8:30am-8:30pm
    Sunday 10am-7:30pm
  • Merci
    A stunning and spacious concept store, Merci is a one-stop shop for clothing, vintage, homewares, and stationary. There's also a bookworm's CAFÉ, restaurant, and florist. Genius.

    111 boulevard beaumarchais
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 77 01 90
    Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm
  • 0fr
    The end all and be all of magazine and photography bookshops in the city. A right-bank phenomenon that feels both familiar and exciting at once. Hosts exhibitions, readings, and concerts (a recent highlight included Mark Borthwick and musician Ami Sioux in a collaborative event).

    20 rue Dupetit-Thouars
    3rd arrondissement
    +33 1 42 45 72 88
    Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
  • Printemps - Maria Luisa's Pick
    "I have never been that fond of department stores but since Printemps's refurbishment I am spending more and more time there... they have a great selection, the space is modern and welcoming, and it's close to my house!" - Maria Luisa

    64 bvd Haussmann
    9th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 82 50 00
    Monday-Saturday 9:35am-8pm
    Thursdays 9:35am-10pm
  • Shakespeare and Co.
    Shakespeare and Co. is one of those rare dusty legends that actually lives up to its storied reputation. Under the direction of owner George's daughter Sylvia, the English language bookstore is still a destination for readings, encounters, and the most fantastic book finds. Also the location of Olympia Le-Tan and Spike Jonze's recent video collaboration!

    37 rue de la bûcherie
    5th arrondissement
    + 33 1 43 25 40 93
    Daily 11am-11pm
  • Thanx God I'm a VIP
    One of our favorite vintage spots, Thanx God I'm a VIP features dead stock from incredible French designers such as YSL and Lanvin. Everything is in great condition, and the charming owner Sylvie will help you out!

    12 rue de lancry
    10th arrondissement
    +33 1 42 03 02 09
    Tuesday-Sunday 2pm-8pm
Places to sleep
  • Hotel Amour
    The Hôtel Amour somehow still feels like a wonderfully kept secret, despite its position as one of the jewels in André Saraiva's ever growing empire. With a fairy-lit garden restaurant, foozball in the bathroom, and affordable, sexy rooms decorated with photos by the likes of Terry Richardson, the hotel is stripped down to the things we really care about.

    8 rue de navarin
    9th arrondissement
    +33 1 48 78 31 80
  • Le General Hotel
    A simple hotel within walking distance of the Marais that hits all its marks with zero hype. Perfectly comfortable and lovely, in a residential area behind Place de la République.

    5/7 rue Rampon
    11th arrondissement
    +33 1 47 00 41 57
  • L'Hotel
    L'Hôtel is one of those elegant hotels that it's worth splurging on for a night or two. The sumptuous Oscar Wilde suite is where the writer spent his last days. Hidden behind the hustle and bustle of St. Germain des Prés, we know quite a few friends who hide away in the bar for a lavender champagne during fashion week.

    13 rue des Beaux-Arts
    6th arrondissement
    +33 1 44 41 99 00
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