If you want to have your cheese, and eat it too, in about 76 different ways, head to Pain Vin Fromages (Bread, Wine, Cheese). The sections of the menu include Fondue and Raclette. Cheese and meat plates from each area of France are listed on a cute little map, and the wine list includes some delicious...more
A bohemian hole in the wall serving delicious vegetarian food at totally acceptable prices. Although not a vegetarian myself, I enjoy eating sans la carne. I hate when vegetarianism becomes eating as duty/self-righteous penance. Au Grain de Folie did a great job of making me feel treated,...more
The Marais neighborhood is chic and casual enough to hang out in. There are lots of restaurants and music clubs as well as little boutiques, and it's very accessible as it's close to the Bastille metro.
As a dancer, I find the Paris Opera (and most of the old European opera houses, for that matter) magical. This one is particularly grand, redolent of the years of etoile-produced art and sweat, and with a giftshop du qualite'.
Pere Lachaise is the most gorgeous, peaceful, and celebrity packed cemetery ever. Perfect background for a long chat as you visit luminaries like Chopin, Isadora Duncan, and Edith Piaf. Although there are maps available and signposts along the way, there is still a lovely sense of discovery to be...more
On my first ever trip to Europe I went to Paris and was blown away by the Sainte-Chapelle and its sumptuous stained glass windows. Whatever your religious or non persuasion, this church is a jewel-like wonder.
Don't miss the Musee d'Orsay. Check online to see which day is free: the wait is long but it's so nice to save a few euros. The art features some of Impressionism's greatest hits, reminding you why they were art before an endless procession of coffee mugs and tote bags. The...more
Rodin's sculptures are breathtakingly alive. While "The Thinker" is the big attraction here, don't pass too quickly over the rest of this genius's work-the marble truly suggests movement. Make sure you check the opening hours before you go. And go into the garden...more