INSIDER TIPS Le Bon Saint Pourcain 10 rue Servandoni, 75006

The intimate venue reflects the privileged air of its neighborhood, with the peaceful charm of the beaux quartiers. The restaurant also feels delightfully secluded in its position on the short Rue Servandoni, its midnight blue facade standing out between the Église Saint Sulpice and the Jardin du Luxembourg.  The interior feels light and airy with its white linen tablecloths and exposed stone walls.

INSIDER TIPS Little Red Door - Bar 60 rue Charlot 75003

A haven for cocktail lovers and a place to unwind. Inspired by the American bars of Prohibition but perfectly at home in Paris, they bring the best of both worlds together. They’ve reinvented the cocktail bar for anyone who enjoys a quality cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere. By fusing the French art of décompression with the clandestine feel of the speakeasy, it’s a sanctuary from the city. www.lrdparis.com

INSIDER TIPS Merci 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003

Merci is much more than a shop. It was set up in 2009 to support a children’s charity in Madagascar. Spread over three floors, this well curated collection of home wares, fashion and furniture also acts as a developer or launch-pad to young designers. A canteen and two cafes, including the cosy book cafe feature floor to ceiling shelves filled with books, adding to Merci’s general homeliness.

INSIDER TIPS Nose 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003

Born from a team of beauty professionals and enthusiasts, Nose is centered around a single idea: running personalized perfume diagnostics. With a surface of 175 m2, the store is located right in the middle of Paris’s 2nd arrondissement. Nose offers an exceptional collection with more than 50 brands of rare perfumes, cosmetics and home fragrances, as well as perfume diagnosis to discover what's best suited for you. nose.fr/en

INSIDER TIPS Monuments Run Route 8 miles of beauty

Stay in shape while enjoying the beauty of Paris. Start from the Eiffel Tower and run along the Seine towards Les Invalides, cross over Pont Alexandre III and head to the Louvre. Run around Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis, by Notre Dame, then head back to the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank past the Musée d’Orsay. bit.ly/1TNyOQY

INSIDER TIPS Maison de la photographie 5/7 rue de Fourcy, 75004

Probably the capital's best photography exhibition space, hosting retrospectives by Larry Clark and Martine Barrat, along with work by emerging photographers. The building, an airy mansion with a modern extension, contains a huge permanent collection. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 8pm (tickets on sale until 7.30pm). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays.

INSIDER TIPS Laurent Dubois - Cheese 47 Ter Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005

Laurent Dubois has been designated a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), the highest honor for a cheesemonger and affineur (cheese ager) in France. The cases at Laurent Dubois are magnificent to behold. They are arranged from mild to strong (goat, sheep, cow). There is also a case for yogurt and butter, also made by highly acclaimed artisans.

INSIDER TIPS Gerard Mulot - Patisserie 76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris

Gérard Mulot is most famous for his Left Bank shop on the rue de Seine, where he turns out magnificent fruit tarts, from simple to architectural, buttery pastries which include a rich-rich-rich chocolate coconut fondant, and an impressive selection of hearth-baked breads for the appreciative crowds that are always oogling the pastries in the shop.

INSIDER TIPS L'Ambroisie - Fine Dining 9 place des Vosges, 75004

Parisian mainstay of French haute cuisine, L'Ambroisie restaurant lies in the heart of the Marais, Paris's historical district, at 9 Place des Vosges. The cuisine of Bernard and Mathieu Pacaud is classical, sophisticated and seasonal, composing together "an ode to exceptional products". www.ambroisie-paris.com

INSIDER TIPS Monsieur Bleu 20 avenue de New York, 75116

Monsieur Bleu is a place for pre-club cocktails and nightcaps, as well as dining. This impressive restaurant in Paris’s Palais de Tokyo is a dramatic space warmed by burnished bronze and mossy green. The menu exemplifies modern French brasserie dining with seasonal dishes and a decadent caviar list. The panoramic terrace – overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower – is already a firm favorite with visiting celebs and Parisian socialites. monsieurbleu.com

INSIDER TIPS Brasserie Lipp 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006

Founded in 1880 by Léonard Lipp, Brasserie Lipp has since become a real Parisian institution, welcoming the political and literary elite of the country through the years such as Proust, Hemingway or Camus. Its large mirrors, ceramics and ceiling paintings make it a true 19th century French restaurant.

INSIDER TIPS Lachaume - Florist 103 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008

Armfuls of roses, baskets of wild flowers, variety of orchids, violets follies invade the Faubourg Saint Honoré 103 in Paris Lachaume new address. Maître fleuriste since 1845, Lachaume has little changed since the time or Marcel Proust came daily to decorate his buttonhole with a fresh cattleya. Arguably one of the city’s most famous and expensive boutiques.

INSIDER TIPS Les Papilles 30 rue Gay Lussac 75005

In the Latin Quarter, down the street from the Jardin du Luxembourg, this quaint little bistro is a safe bet for lunch or dinner in an otherwise touristy neighbourhood. It has a playful yet old-world ambiance, with colorful mosaic floors, wooden curios and a zinc bar . www.lespapillesparis.fr

INSIDER TIPS La Grande Épicerie 38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007

As a purveyor of basic, traditional, rare and ultra-sophisticated items in their thousands, the Epicerie leaves quite an impression. Sourced from all four corners of the globe by a team with sharply honed skills, the range of foods on offer includes the world’s most flavoursome, original and inspiring items, available exclusively at La Grande Epicerie. www.lagrandeepicerie.com

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