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10 Unknown Attractions In Paris (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/10/2012 7:00 am

Here are ten under-the-radar Parisian addresses from my new app, a selective and idiosyncratic selection of my favorite hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Don't think of it as an all-inclusive guidebook, so much as a hand-drawn map of the best of Paris. Enjoy!

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  • Paris Luxury Boat

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Paris Luxury Boat</strong></a>. Give the troop-carrier like bateaux mouches sightseeing boats a miss, and book a private adventure on the Seine aboard a beautifully restored mahogany motorboat instead. Tel. 06-60-16-00-79. © Paris Luxury Boat. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • La Pagode Cinema

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>La Pagode Cinema</strong></a>. The most elegant and unusual place to catch a film in Paris is La Pagode, which looks like a Japanese temple and was built by a local businessman as a gift to his wife in the 19th century. The main screening room has beautiful Japanese paneling, and their selection of films is always excellent. 57 rue de Babylone, 7th, Tel. 01-45-55-48-46. © Paris Tourist Office, Marc Bertrand. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Bar Le Forum

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Bar Le Forum</strong></a>. Right in the heart of Paris, this attractive and well-run bar is a favorite with Parisians, not tourists, and their Forum Cocktail, a mix of gin, vermouth and Grand Marnier, goes down well after a long day at the Louvre. 4 boulevard Malesherbes, 8th, Tel. 01-42-65-37-86. © Bar Le Forum. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Huitrerie Régis

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Huitrerie Régis</strong></a>. This tiny shop-front oyster bar in Saint-Germain-des-Pres serves sparkling fresh bivalves from the Marennes-Oleron, and has a terrific wine list of whites from the Loire Valley. 3 rue Montfaucon, 6th, Tel. 01-44-41-10-07. © Kim Laidlaw Adrey. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Vanessa Bruno

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Vanessa Bruno</strong></a>. This designer’s finely tuned vision of relaxed chic has made her a go-to address for stylish Parisian women, who also appreciate her reasonable prices. 25 rue Saint Sulpice, 6th Tel. 01-43-54-41-04. © Kim Laidlaw Adrey. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Musée Carnavalet

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Musée Carnavalet</strong></a>. Housed in two magnificent mansions in the Marais, this fascinating but very quiet museum recounts the history of Paris with 600,000 works that range from a Neolithic river pirogue to writer Marcel Proust’s cork-lined bedroom. 23 rue de Sevigne, 3rd, Tel. 01-44-59-58-58. © Paris Tourist Office, Amélie DuPont. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Le Restaurant Jean-Francois Piége

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Le Restaurant Jean-Francois Piége</strong></a>. Almost like a private supper club, this intimate Left Bank dining room where brilliant young chef Jean-Francois Piége cooks is one of the most romantic newer restaurants in Paris. 79 rue Saint-Dominique, 7th, Tel. 01-47-05-79-79. © Stephane De Bourgies. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Café Le Nemours

    <strong>Café Le Nemours</strong>. Even though it’s just steps from the Louvre, this elegant little café with a great terrace for people-watching is always filled with Parisians rather than tourists, and the coffee is good, too. 2 Galerie Nemours/Place Colette, 1st, Tel. 01-42-61-34-14. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Noël

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Noël</strong></a>. This elegant boutique has been offering the crème de la crème of exquisitely embroidered household linens since 1883, and is a great place to shop for gifts—maybe a set of monogrammed place mats. 1 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16th, Tel. 01-40-70-14-63. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>

  • Anne Sémonin

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Anne Sémonin</strong></a>. Book a jet-lag massage (“Anti-Stress Back Therapy”) at this famous Paris beauty salon before you head for the airport. Semonin, a pioneer in essential-oil based beauty treatments, also offers terrific facials and other massages. 2 rue des Petits Champs, 2nd, Tel. 01-42-60-94-66. © Kim Laidlaw Adrey. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Andrew Harper's Paris</strong></a>


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