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Paris is said to be the most visited city in the world, and for good reason. There are so many independent and individual places, it's almost overwhelming. The city's constant and beautiful Haussmann architecture should not be mistaken for sameness throughout: the city is full of a variety of cultures if you know where to look. The centre is home to the world-renowned, majestic art galleries and typical 'Parisian cafés', with their high ceilings and art deco decor; the Latin Quarter is full of old and quaint shops. Montmartre is renowned for its little shops, although tourist prices prevent most people shopping there too regularly... For the younger, more lively Paris, Canal Saint Martin, Bastille and Pigalle are packed with budding bars, cafes and restaurants, serving all sorts of world cuisines. The streets surrounding the Gare du Nord and further north offer a more ethnically diverse range of shops than most parts of the city. Down south, Butte aux Cailles feels like a little village atop a cobbled-stone hill - a great place for dinner and a drink in a choice of small places. Sift through our guide to discover much more...
For a wide selection of loose-leaf tea and ethnic gifts, Thé Bleu is a true infusion heaven situated in the centre of Paris, specifically in the 5th arrondissement.
KB café is a cosy coffee haven on the less touristy side of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, situated just where Paris’ 9th and 18th arrondissements meet.
A cheap, cheerful, and abundantly supplied Chinese supermarket in Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
An unassuming vintage clothes boutique in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame.
A simple, rustic and cheap wine bar in Paris’ 12th arrondissement.
For fresh and healthy Korean food in Paris’10th arrondissement – a stone’s throw from the Gare du Nord – the best restaurant and takeaway around is without a doubt Ma Kitchen Bibimbap.
Cho Cantine is a modern Vietnamese-inspired restaurant in the heart of Paris’ 10th arrondissement. The fast but good food makes it the perfect lunch spot.
Shouting young and fashionable, but not try-hard pretentious, Le Sésame offers a colourful café and restaurant setting right on the waterfront of Canal Saint Martin in Paris.
Set in an old warehouse on the banks of the Bassin de la Villette in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, Paname Brewing Company is a microbrewery, bar and restaurant which serves a range of craft beers brewed on the premises.
Candelaria is a cozy cocktail bar hidden at the back of a Mexican restaurant on the edges of the Marais.
La Bellevilloise is almost an independent arts, food and drinks venue, which covers so much ground it almost has the feel of a cool community centre. Nestled away in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, it offers jazz brunches, yoga classes, grime gigs, up-and-coming art exhibitions, and much more.
Monsieur Baba is a quirky bar on Rue Faubourg Saint Denis serving anything from Thai curry to a grill-house steak burger.