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Artsy Paris

What was once a village still retains its deeply INTELLECTUAL spirit. There are plenty of ART GALLERIES. Once the cradle of Parisian literature, today it draws a rather snooty crowd, but it's still a hangout of university PROFESSORS.

The local: on a bike, Le Monde under his arm.

Place de la Sorbonne

The beating heart of the Latin Quarter! This square has seen it all: idealistic youth throwing stones at the police in May '68, people demonstrating for every imaginable cause, clusters of students imagining a different world, intellectuals, writers, and publishers at the cafes, the littlest Parisians tossing pebbles into the fountain... The trees, the boulevard Saint Michel, the facade of the Sorbonne. This is where Paris lives. So stop here for a coffee and a croissant.
75005 Paris

Musée Bourdelle

In the heart of artistic Montparnasse you'll find the former studio of Antoine Bourdelle, a French painter and sculptor who was a friend of Rodin's and Giacometti's teacher. You have to see the impressively large studio, which was recently restored to its period glory to better evoke the inner world of this artist who loved flea markets. The lovely garden, where Bourdelle's most famous bronzes are displayed, is a haven of peace and poetry that no one in Paris knows about.

Cartier Fondation

An essential element of the Paris arts scene, this contemporary art foundation created 30 years ago embraces cutting-edge art of all kinds. With an imposing glass facade and green wall, it sits high above Montparnasse and hosts newsworthy exhibits with an emphasis on up-and-coming artists. The "wild garden," designed by Lothar Baumgarten, is worth taking the time to stroll through.
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris
+331 42 18 56 50

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

At the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (Supernatural Wine Co.!) you can rub elbows with hip Parisians, from Millennials to Gen Xers, who love wine and contemporary music. Laid-back atmosphere with a vintage, shabby chic vibe. Low sofas against the stone walls and a skylight above. The wines are excellent, and the food is too: burrata, ham with truffles, cheeses... Only the very best! Worth it, trust us. 7 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris + 33 09 54 90 20 20

Les Papilles

Yes, Virginia, you can find good French food in the Latin Quarter! Chef Bertrand Bluy, who also happens to be a hunky rugby player, learned the ropes at Taillevent, Fauchon and Troisgros. Now, in his own "bistroy" (not a typo!), he serves refined and generous dishes made with products fresh from the farmer's market. The walls are lined with a collection of incredible bottles from enchanted vineyards and passionate winemakers. Pure joy. 30 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris +33 1 43 25 20 79

Le Vavin

Between the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse, this cafe is perfect for people watching. Have a drink on the terrace alongside Sorbonne students and typically Parisian intellectuals before you take a stroll through the Luxembourg gardens. The waiters are duly crabby, and the tables on the terrace are practically on top of each other, but the steak-frites makes it all worthwhile.
18 rue Vavin 75006 Paris
+33 1 43 26 67 47

Le Bon Marché

To be honest, this is OUR absolute favorite place. For everything. Ever. On sale or not. Shoes, luxury brands (Balenciaga, Miu Miu) and designers (Ba&Sh, Iro, Isabel Marant), trendy bags, legendary decorative objects (Vitra, Caravane, Fritz Hansen, Zanotta, Jielde, Foscarini), rare perfumes, unknown brands, bookstore, nail bar... Not to mention La Grande Epicerie grocery store, which occupies such a beautiful space and has such an incredible selection you feel like a famous chef.

Diptyque

The legendary Parisian candle! Its iconic oval label, shaped like an 18th-century medallion and inspired by ancient Roman shields, is the symbol of the fine and delicate fragrance collections of the French perfumer Diptyque. Made of carefully selected raw materials and exceptionally fine waxes, it's Diptyque candles you'll see on Parisian mantelpieces and coffee tables. Our favorites: Feu de Bois, Figue, Mousse, John Galliano, Feuille de Lavande… 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75005 Paris +33 1 43 26 77 44

Aurélie Bidermann

Fashion alert! You could easily empty your bank account in this boutique. The lovely Aurélie designs such stunning jewelry that you immediately forget you only have 10 fingers, one neck, two wrists and two ears. Her feather pendants, and her bracelets and collars made of gold and polished cotton are to die for. THE thing to have among the Paris in-crowd. You need some of this.
55 Bis Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris
+33 1 45 48 43 14