#01 Jardin du Luxembourg
The oasis of the Left Bank: students hang out on the lawns, old men play chess under the trees and children sail toy yachts around the pond.
#02 Musée Rodin
Elegance matched with passion: Rodin’s powerful works are shown off to their best advantage in the sculptor’s beautiful eighteenth-century mansion.
#03 Puces de St-Ouen
It’s easy to lose track of an entire weekend morning browsing the acres of fine antiques, covetable curios and general bric-a-brac at St-Ouen, the mother of Paris’s flea markets.
#04 The Eiffel Tower
The closer you get to it, the more exhilarating and less familiar the Eiffel Tower feels.
#05 Pompidou Centre
The Pompidou’s radical “inside-out” architecture still draws the crowds, but don’t miss its fine modern art museum inside.
#06 Left Bank cafés
The cafés of St-Germain and Montparnasse remain gloriously Parisian institutions.
A superb early Gothic cathedral, Notre-Dame rises majestically from its island in the middle of the Seine.
Pay homage to Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde or Jim Morrison – just some of the notables buried in one of the world’s most famous cemeteries.
Belle époque interiors, perfect steaks and white-aproned waiters: the city’s brasseries offer an authentic slice of Parisian life.
Paris is ringed by splendid châteaux. Versailles may be the grandest, but Malmaison is the most intimate.
#11 Musée Picasso
This revamped museum features an unrivalled collection of Picasso paintings, sculpture, drawings and ceramics.
#12 Musée d’Orsay
A converted railway station makes a stunning setting for France’s great collection of Impressionist (and pre- and post-Impressionist) art.
For something utterly Parisian, seek out a concert of the singer-songwriter genre, chanson.
Forget the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples: the really exciting cooking in Paris takes place in the little chef-owned bistrots.
#15 Fondation Louis Vuitton
Frank Gehry’s astonishing “cloud of glass” in the Bois de Boulogne holds an impressive collection of contemporary art
#16 Hip nightlife
Northeastern Paris, especially around South Pigalle, Oberkampf and the up-and-coming 10e, currently offers the city’s coolest nightlife.
The Sainte-Chapelle’s glorious interior ranks among the finest achievements of French High Gothic.
#18 Berges de Seine
Join the joggers and cyclists, have a picnic, or just soak up the wonderful river views along this scenic riverside promenade.
#19 Palais de Tokyo
This Modernist building harbours two superb modern art galleries, both off the usual tourist track.
#20 Place des Vosges
A superb architectural ensemble, lined with arcaded seventeenth-century buildings.