#01 Jardin du Luxembourg

The oasis of the Left Bank: students hang out on the lawns, old men play chess under the trees and children sail toy yachts around the pond.

#02 Musée Rodin

Elegance matched with passion: Rodin’s powerful works are shown off to their best advantage in the sculptor’s beautiful eighteenth-century mansion.

#03 Puces de St-Ouen

It’s easy to lose track of an entire weekend morning browsing the acres of fine antiques, covetable curios and general bric-a-brac at St-Ouen, the mother of Paris’s flea markets.

#04 The Eiffel Tower

The closer you get to it, the more exhilarating and less familiar the Eiffel Tower feels.

#05 Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou’s radical “inside-out” architecture still draws the crowds, but don’t miss its fine modern art museum inside.

#06 Left Bank cafés

The cafés of St-Germain and Montparnasse remain gloriously Parisian institutions.

#07 Notre-Dame

A superb early Gothic cathedral, Notre-Dame rises majestically from its island in the middle of the Seine.

#08 Père-Lachaise

Pay homage to Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde or Jim Morrison – just some of the notables buried in one of the world’s most famous cemeteries.

#09 Brasseries

Belle époque interiors, perfect steaks and white-aproned waiters: the city’s brasseries offer an authentic slice of Parisian life.

#10 Malmaison

Paris is ringed by splendid châteaux. Versailles may be the grandest, but Malmaison is the most intimate.

#11 Musée Picasso

This revamped museum features an unrivalled collection of Picasso paintings, sculpture, drawings and ceramics.

#12 Musée d’Orsay

A converted railway station makes a stunning setting for France’s great collection of Impressionist (and pre- and post-Impressionist) art.

#13 Chanson

For something utterly Parisian, seek out a concert of the singer-songwriter genre, chanson.

#14 Bistrots

Forget the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples: the really exciting cooking in Paris takes place in the little chef-owned bistrots.

#15 Fondation Louis Vuitton

Frank Gehry’s astonishing “cloud of glass” in the Bois de Boulogne holds an impressive collection of contemporary art

#16 Hip nightlife

Northeastern Paris, especially around South Pigalle, Oberkampf and the up-and-coming 10e, currently offers the city’s coolest nightlife.

#17 Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle’s glorious interior ranks among the finest achievements of French High Gothic.

#18 Berges de Seine

Join the joggers and cyclists, have a picnic, or just soak up the wonderful river views along this scenic riverside promenade.

#19 Palais de Tokyo

This Modernist building harbours two superb modern art galleries, both off the usual tourist track.

#20 Place des Vosges

A superb architectural ensemble, lined with arcaded seventeenth-century buildings.

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