The Ultimate NYLON Guide To Paris

Where to eat, where to drink, and where to shop

Let's get this out of the way first: Maybe you shouldn't use a guide for Paris. It's just that, well, there aren't many better cities in which to wander around and get lost in and few better places to allow yourself the freedom of being actually, well, free. Which, I know, sounds horribly romantic and maybe even kind of annoying, but is also true. (Also, horribly romantic and kind of annoying is not an inapt way of describing Paris itself, to be honest.) So if you really want my advice on how to enjoy Paris, it would consist of me telling you to rid yourself of any preconceptions of what you must do, and just find a way to do something—anything. The thing is, it's kind of impossible to go wrong by spending your days—and nights—strolling around (Paris is the home of the flâneur, after all) and making your own discoveries along the way.

But, of course, not everyone is equipped to travel this way; some of us are the type of people who need plans and checklists and a general idea of what the hell we absolutely need to do to get the most out of a travel destination. Which, when I put it that way, actually makes a whole lot of sense. Maybe a guide would be helpful. Especially one that's been put together by the sort of person who is generally unguided. Here, then, are some of our favorite spots in Paris to eat, shop, see, and stay in; many places are good for those on a budget, while others are perfect for those who don't even know what a budget is. Bonne chance!