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The Classic Paris Guide

The Classic Paris Guide

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Paris is overrun with culture-defining institutions, whether it’s its storied cafés, unparalleled art collections, our couture-based boutiques. Here are a handful of spots that epitomize classic Paris.

T’CHA La Maison de Thé

T’CHA La Maison de Thé

6 Rue du Pont de Lodi, 6th | +33.1.43.29.61.31

Quiet and tucked away, this little teahouse is the perfect destination if you’re in the mood for a light lunch or a perfect cup of sencha.

Le Bar

Le Bar

31 Avenue George V, 8th | +33.1.49.52.70.06

Opulent to the max, Le Bar at the George V is one of our favorite places to tuck into a martini: It’s pricey, but it has atmosphere in spades, along with a well-heeled crowd. It's one of these places that feel like time just stops...or maybe it's just the wine.

La Boîte à Frissons

La Boîte à Frissons

13 Rue au Maire, 3rd | +33.1.42.72.17.78

Inarguably one of the best places to dance in Paris, this aptly named joint (the Thrill Box, en anglais)—tucked away in an alley in the corner of the Marais—offers tango classes until 1 a.m., at which point it morphs into an all-out gay disco.

Café de Flore

Café de Flore

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th | +33.1.45.48.55.26

This classic Parisian Art Deco café on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain has played host to everyone from Sartre to Picasso. They came for the coffee and the people-watching, as should you: When the weather's nice, find a spot on the outdoor patio.

Au Petit Fer à Cheval

Au Petit Fer à Cheval

30 Rue Vieille du Temple, 4th | +33.1.42.72.47.47

Still sporting its original décor from 1903, the horseshoe-shaped bar beckons for a coffee, a kir (white wine and crème de cassis), or a quick meal. While there's a full restaurant in the back, it lacks the prime people-watching you'll get up front.