Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
261 Blvd. Raspail, 14th
The Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, situated in a Jean Nouvel-designed glass building and fronted by a soaring garden wall, houses an important—and growing—contemporary art collection. Don’t miss their Nomadic Nights, when the Foundation invites contemporary artists to host evenings of concerts, screenings, lectures, and performances.
Les Catacombes de Paris
1 Ave. of Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 14th
When a handful of city cemeteries were closed in the 18th and 19th centuries because they were overflowing and posed a threat to public health, the bodies of more than six million Parisians were relocated to a former quarry below the city. What's even gnarlier is that bones and skulls were used to create its walls. You can tour the labrynth-like ossuary—and theoretically visit the remains of notables like Rabelais and Robespierre—but this is not for the claustrophic, and probably not for kids.
Poissonnerie du Dôme
4 Rue Delambre, 14th
Dotted with truly beautiful fish murals—all hand-painted on tile—this is one of those family-owned businesses where it's clear they hold a deep respect for what they do. And at this 30-year-old poisonnerie, they do the freshest fish in Paris. When we visited, they were offering beautiful jumbo crab claws along with a variety of in-season whole fish and fillets.
Marché aux Puces de Vanves
Ave. Georges Lafenestre, 14th
Regardless of what the skies bring, you'll always find a seemingly endless row of tables at this outdoor, year-round flea. Unlike the situation at Les Puces, there are treasures for those who are willing to dig.
243 Blvd. Raspail, 14th
Fresh and wonderful seafood—served in a dining room that feels like the captain's dining room in a ship—justifies the haul to this slightly out of the way institution (unless you’re hoping to hit up the nearby Marché aux Puces de Vanves flea market, in which case it’s convenient). The preparations here are blessedly simple and unflashy, which further underlines the consistently excellent quality of their catch.
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