The places to get your food and culture fix in Paris

Insider’s guide to Paris in France, ranked #1 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.

Insider’s tips

By Leigh-Ann Pow
Editorial director,
International Traveller

Les Marquis de Ladurée

Part of the Ladurée group (they of the macaron), this divine store on rue de Castiglione is heaven for chocolate lovers, with endless choices.

Pick and mix and have them all wrapped up in one of its lovely little boxes for the perfect gift.


Another one for the sweet-toothed, or for those who, like me, have a thing for pretty packaging, Meert’s Marais outpost is a charming old store, with a suitably diffident assistant, that is filled with treats such as its signature waffles and candied violets.

Fragonard Musée du Parfum

Paris has a wealth of museums, but this one is a special treat: housed in a Napolean III townhouse built in 1860, the delightful French perfume house of Fragonard offers free tours of its collection of perfumery objects with guides dressed in pretty floral smocks.

Couldn’t be any cuter if it tried.

Le Wood

With its funky fit-out, friendly hipster dude staff and delicious food, this Marais restaurant is definitely worth searching out.

Order a croque monsieur – it will rock your world!

(1 Place de Thorigny)

Cafe Marly

Located on a terrace under the archways that surround the Cour Napoleon, this cafe has the best view of Ieoh Ming Pei’s glass pyramid.

Sit back, enjoy a coffee (they make it strong and dark) and an éclair and watch the endless stream of people flocking to the Louvre.

Musée Picasso

There are other Picasso museums but this really is the best in terms of works and atmosphere.

Located in gorgeous Hôtel Salé, it closed for expansion in 2009 and eventually reopened at twice its original size last October.

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