A philanthropic shade of chic; all profits go to charity. The clothes and homewares are beautifully curated and even if you don't want to buy anything, it is a pleasure to be there. It also has two good cafés and a canteen.
111 bd Beaumarchais
Métro: St Sébastian Froissart (line 8)
The outdoor food market
Because what could be more French than visiting an open-air food market? 7am-2.30pm on Tuesday & Friday. There is an organic market on Sundays from 9am-3pm.
between rue de Rennes & rue du Cherche Midi
Métro: Rennes (line 12)
CAFÉ de FLORE
The Flore, which opened in 1885, is the grande dame of St Germain and its Art Deco interior has changed little since World War II. It offers a variety of meals, snacks and drinks, from the break of day until the early hours.
172 bd St-Germain
+ 33 1 45 48 55 26
Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés (line 4)
A Guided Tour
(not the coach kind!)
Guided tours don't have to be a heaving mass of humanity. There are several companies that provide tours by bike or in a 2CV. If you want to go on a solo bike ride, hire a Velib (they are all over Paris) on a Sunday when some roads are closed off to cars, allowing you to cycle freely.
TAKE A TOUR IN A 2CVCedric's Paris
TAKE A BIKE TOURBike About Tours
HAVE A LOCAL SHOW YOU AROUNDCariboo
Because even by Paris' unrivalled sense of romance, this place takes some beating. Plus you'll get to wander around the charming village of Montmartre. Word of warning, it can get crowded.
35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Métro: Abbesses (line 12) + funicular to get you up the hill
Waiters in white jackets and a tureen of sangria on the bar.
11 bis rue Delambre
+ 33 1 43 35 38 54
Métro: Vavin (line 4)
ÎLE de la CITÉ & ÎLE St LOUIS
Islands in the Seine; île de la Cité is both the geographical centre of Paris and its place of birth, while the neighbouring île St Louis has come a long way from its origins as a cow pasture. It's wonderful to stroll round and through both the islands which are now home to Notre Dame (Cité) and some of the most ancient and elegant buildings in the city.
Métro: Cité (line 4)
Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)
JARDIN du LUXEMBOURG
The romantic gardens are one of the best things about Paris, whatever the weather. And for little people there is a toy boating pond, puppet shows, ponies and a fantastic playground.
Métro: Saint-Sulpice (line 4)
RER: Luxembourg (line B)