French Art de Vivre

French Art de Vivre

Restaurants & Neighborhoods

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Food in Paris...where to begin? The Parisian city is world-famous for its cuisine and offers up nearly any type of food that you can imagine -- and many that you can’t! There are many different possibilities; you can savor steaming hot, authentic Chinese and Cambodian cuisine in the 13th Arrondissement, delicious treats for people on a budget in the Montmartre neighborhood or the Latin Quarter. Your palate will thank you for coming to Paris. Of course, don’t miss out on French classics like a juicy steak frite with a lovely glass of wine! Finally, spending time in Paris wouldn’t be complete without trying one of its internationally-ranked 3-star restaurants. While these restaurants tend to be pricey, the culinary experience they offer is unmatched by nearly anywhere in the world. 

Cafe Culture

Forget running into a franchised coffee chain to grab a cup of weak coffee while you frantically move on to your next meeting or commitment. In Paris’ centuries-old cafe culture, a cafe is a place to sit, relax, catch up with a friend, or read a newspaper while enjoying an espresso and a croissant. It’s part of the famous art de vivre of French culture, where slowing down and truly savoring the moment is a natural part of life. Allow this way of life to work its way into your everyday routine, and it just might stick with you forever. 


Paris has been a shopping destination for over a century, and it has yet to lose its charm as a mecca for both haute couture and bargain shoppers alike. From luxurious international flagship stores in areas like the Louvre-Tuileries neighborhood and the Champs Elysées, to the cozy bookshops of the Latin Quarter, there is something for every shopper in Paris. You may also wander through the grandeur of Paris’ classic “department stores”. Check out the latest from some of the unique independent designers among the boutique shops in the Marais, and don’t miss out on one of the most unique shopping experiences in the city: the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, known as one of the biggest flea markets in the world where 3,000 vendors sell just about anything under the sun. 

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