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LE NARCISSE BLANC Quietly chic, this new light-filled hotel is within easy walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and great restaurants. lenarcisseblanc.com

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Eiffel Tower.

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SHANG PALACE Barely in his thirties, chef Samuel Lee helms this Michelin-starred jewel with seasoned aplomb. The classic Chinese menu is superb. shangri-la.com/paris

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CHARTRES An hour fast train from Paris, the 13thcentury cathedral’s ongoing C= 20m restoration is uncovering the original glory of the majestic interiors. chartres-tourisme.com

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MEMORIAL DES MARTYRS DE LA DEPORTATION This beautifully austere memorial to the 200,000 French deported to Nazi concentration camps is literally hidden behind the Notre Dame. cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr/en/memorial-des-martyrsde- la-deportation

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MERCI Together with a great café and bookshop, the everchanging seasonal stock makes Merci an unbeatable destination for unusual retail strikes. merci-merci.com

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FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON Starchitect Frank Gehry’s roof of sails for this landmark is currently covered by artist Daniel Buren’s psychedelic coloured panels. fondationlouisvuitton.fr

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MARCHÉ RICHARD LENOIR This classic, lively marché volant is a gastronome’s haven, with rows of fresh farm and sea produce, and baked goodies. Open Thursdays and Sundays. Boulevard Richard Lenoir

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LA RESERVE Pierre Cardin’s ex-HQ now houses a fabulously lush boutique hotel. The private garden salon is a haven for a gossip and afternoon tea. lareserve-paris.com

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RITZ PARIS There’s no moment more quintessentially Paris than a decadent hot chocolate in the terrace of this legendary hotel, recently renovated at a cost of C= 400m. ritzparis.com

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SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY Forget Airbnb. This literary institution offers guests a bed amidst its crammed bookcases in exchange for helping out in the store. shakespeareandcompany.com

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LES HALLES Paris’s most controversial new cultural centre is notable for architect Patrick Berger’s soaring 7000 tonne steel and glass roof. parisleshalles.fr

Paris When It Sizzles

Now is a good time to fall in love again with the French capital, says Daven Wu.
Nov 5, 2016 5:50 AM

Janet Flanner, the famous American correspondent for the New Yorker who spent most of her life in Paris, memorably described her beloved city thus: "One's eyes became the eyes of a painter, because the sight of [PARIS]itself approximates art, with the narrow, pallid facades of the buildings lining the river; with… the vast chiaroscuro of the palatial Louvre, lightened by the luminous lemon color of the Paris sunset off toward the west; with the great square, pale stone silhouette of Notre-Dame to the East… The Pont Neuf still looked as we had known it in the canvases of Sisley and Pissaro."

Flanner may have been describing the Paris of the 1920s when she and the first wave of American expatriates first arrived in the City of Lights, but not a lot has changed in the intervening 90-odd years.

To hear local Parisians tell it, though, the city is suffering from a malaise - that somehow, Paris has withdrawn a little into itself after the attacks of the past couple of years. Maybe. The consensus, though, especially from regular visitors, is that this, too, shall pass. Paris has endured much worse. Which explains why, in every arrondissement, life goes on with quiet fortitude and solidarity, and a great deal of style.

The city is still every bit as beautiful and romantic as it was in Flanner's time. And with the Euro a little softer against major currencies, this is as good a time as any to drop in for a dose of Paris's endless attractions. In kitchens across town, imaginative chefs are firing up their stoves. Museums are staging mini-blockbuster shows. The boutiques are stuffed with the latest fashions. And it's easier than ever to find a room in a fabulous hotel. Carpe diem, we say.

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