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Three Perfect Days: Paris

Paris is known for its exquisite cuisine, extraordinary shops and dizzying array of museums and cafés. But to really enjoy Europe’s most sublime city, do what the locals do: Keep it simple.

Author Sarah Horne Photography Bruno Fert / Picturetank




“I go for dinner at Pétrelle in the ninth arrondissement. It’s very special, very Parisian, with just eight tables.”



“On a Sunday morning, the Marché D’Aligre is so great. You see celebrities, and there are lots of places to eat and drink—I like oysters with white wine outside on a terrace or a big mint tea served with pine nuts.”



“Chez Prune on the Canal St. Martin has been around for ages and is a good meeting point for a drink. On a beautiful day, there’s fantastic people watching along the banks of the canal.”

Image – Courtesy of Wendy Lyn



There’s nothing more tragic than eating badly in Paris. Wendy Lyn, the force behind The Paris Kitchen, (www.thepariskitchen.com) is an American expat who has been in Paris for 21 years and counts its top chefs as family. Lyn’s food tours take in the best bakeries and artisanal foods, ensuring that you steer clear of mediocre croque monsieurs. Lyn has founded The Paris Supper Club with food writer Alec Lobrano. It hosts intimate dinners at hard-to-book restaurants like Frenchie, Jadis and Les Papilles. When Lyn and Lobrano are in the house, the wine and conversation flow, the chef steps out to say hello, and it’s clear that Paris is your oyster.

Image – Bettmann/Corbis



Americans F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway caterwauled through Provence and Juan les Pins during the Jazz Age, putting France on the map for bohemians with a hankering for the good life. These days, in-the-know Parisians are eschewing the packed Riviera to weekend in rustic Languedoc-Rousillon, where you can escape the arrivistes and taste an older, more authentic France. Save your stilettos for Diddy’s yacht: In Languedoc- Roussillon, where the wine is excellent and the Cathar castles are dramatic, there’s no need to dress up for dinner. Sip a chilled glass of rosé and toast the ’20s.

7 Responses to “Three Perfect Days: Paris”

  1. Ronnie Says:
    September 10th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    That’s all excellent advice and I’d say the principle also applies to London and other European cities famous for their culture.

    Why go there is you’re going to rush around instead of taking in the ambience of the city.

  2. Andrea Says:
    September 10th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I tried to download and nothing happens. I would love to print

  3. Hemispheres Editor Says:
    September 10th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hi Andrea,

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  4. Ken G. Hagmann Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Excellent advice.
    My honey and I are headed out in October for 3 weeks, and are so looking forward to getting lost in Paris. The food, the people, the art, and looking for the special place for a great quite moment. My first trip I was so amazed how big Paris is. I wanted to see so many places, my darling said, well lets do one a day, and then get lost. So that’s what we did, our trip was a joy.

    Thank you for sharing with all of us. Aloha from Hawaii.

    Ken and Lee Hagmann

  5. Gio Sanserino Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Any visit to Paris is not complete without visiting the Jaquemart-Andre museum on Blvd. Hausmann. Visit the stunning home of this marvelously rich couple, and see the incredible art they collected so many years ago. One of our very favorite places, period. Be sure to take the audio guide.

  6. Sandy Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Excellent advice! A great place to just stroll and enjoy. Forget the checklist!

  7. Margaret McCreadie Says:
    February 7th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I love the advise given and am looking forward to viewing the “City of Light” this coming May. Many thanks for the input.

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