36 Hours on the Left Bank, Paris

36 Hours on the Left Bank, Paris

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From the Latin Quarter’s alleys to the grand boulevards of St.-Germain-des-Prés, the Left Bank’s classic charms can be found in cafes, museums and shops.

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    Deyrolle is an exotic emporium filled with rhino heads, panther skeletons, tortoise shells and all manner of taxidermy.
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    Built in 1827, L’Hotel holds a special place in Parisians’ hearts. The discrete and historic five-star hotel has 20 glamorous rooms including a nearly 600-square-foot penthouse with a terrace, a restaurant, bar and hammam pool in the basement.
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    Cire Trudon once supplied King Louis XIV’s royal French court of with candles. Today, you can take home your own piece of French history of sorts: a burning bust of Marie–Antoinette.
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    Tucked behind the newly renovated Saint-Sulpice church, the six-story Hotel Recamier is chic and sophisticated. While interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot made each of the 24 rooms, ranging from small to spacious, they all share a soothing neutral palette.
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    The Fondation Cartier-Bresson concentrates on photographers like Walker Evans and Saul Leiter.
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    The chocolate master Pierre Cluizel created this boutique/salon de thé/restaurant/lounge devoted to high-end chocolate.
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    This visual and literal Sunday feast of local, organic goods, has been a neighborhood jewel for 26 years.
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    Semilla manages the perfect balance of nouveau Parisian cooking, with favorites like shiitake mushrooms, browned in toasted sesame oil, and the côte de boeuf for two.
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    You will find the most ornate umbrellas and walking sticks you can imagine, with details like carved wood animal-head handles and taffeta parasols adorned with Swarovski crystals.
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    The blend of a casual bistro environment and gastronomic cooking reveals its magic with simple yet otherworldly dishes like a creamy-crunchy smoked salmon croque monsieur.
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    Housed inside a light-filled, contemporary Jean Nouvel building, the foundation highlights acclaimed international talent such as the Japanese pop artist Takeshi Kitano and the Australian sculptor Ron Mueck.
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    Once inside the dimly lit Basque restaurant you’ll be elbow-to-elbow with boisterous locals and tourists feasting on dishes like the restaurant’s legendary rice pudding, accompanied by salted butter caramel and crunchy meringues.
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