Hg2 : The Hedonist

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Paris

La Grande Epicerie de Paris
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is not just a food hall, it’s a luxurious temple devoted to food found on the ground floor of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche.
La Poule au Pot
A classic French bistro in the centre of Paris.
Louvre
The Louvre needs no introduction but a trip could benefit from a few helpful tips.
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Chez Paul
Musée Rodin
This 18th century mansion presents Rodin's major works while also playing host to temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Musée National Gustave-Moreau
Eccentric for all eternity, you really should pay a visit to the house-turned-museum of Gustave Moreau.
Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen
From 'junk' to 'merchandise', this market will provide.
Marché des Enfants Rouges
A food market to satisfy even the most organic foodie.
Marché Saint Pierre
This shopping district is where couturiers and amateur craftsmen alike go for the finest in local and imported silk, duchesse satin and tulle. The display of colour and texture is well worth a wander for passers-by.
Villa d’Estrées
A little bolthole with large beds and bathrooms tiled in black slate.
Saint-Grégoire
You'll feel you've been invited into the private home of the eccentric owner.
L’Hôtel
Decorated with great care, the plush interior and themed rooms are breathtaking.
Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon
Contemplate French history amongst lovingly chosen patterned wallpaper and antiques.
Hôtel des Grands Hommes
Stylishly put together, this was once home to André Breton, father of the Surrealists.
Hôtel Chopin
The hotel’s real draw is its unmissable view over the rooftops of Paris. Set off the main stretch down Passage Jouffroy.span
Grandes Écoles
An old favourite where you can enjoy birdsong with breakfast in the courtyard.
Franc Pinot de L’Île Saint Louis
This sophisticated jazz club is authentically smoke-filled and dimly lit
Thé-Troc
This hippy-trippy store is a sanctuary for comic book fans.
Poilâne
Visit the original bakery that started the international phenomenon.
Le Café
Unpretentious but trendy spot close to the Louvre great for light salads tartines and croques monsieurs.
Cinéma du Panthéon | Salon du thé
Aside from the film programming, the venue's other highlight is the salon du thé above the theatre. One of us actually lived next door before discovering this spot—a genuine hidden hideout.
Le Petit Fer à Cheval
A wonderful microscopic wine bar-brasserie.
The Fish Club
Les Deux Abeilles
This charming Parisian boite brings a bit of old-school kitsch to the standard café experience. As for the food, everything is made in-house, from tomato tarts to the trays of madeleines.
Free ‘P’ Star
A vintage store so good it might break your heart but not your bank.
Piscine Pontoise Quartier Latin
A gem of Art Deco design neat the Sorbonne, with mosaics, columns and original brass fittings.
Piscine George Vallerey
Built in 1924 for Olympics, this big pool has a retractable roof, sunbeds, a bar area and children's pool.
Parks
Craving some greenery and a little serenity? Head to one of Paris's parks.
Rech Paris
Those seeking fresh seafood and innovative preparations should snap up a table at Rech. The kitchen opened in1925 and is now led by two Alain Ducasse disciples, Jacques Maximin and the young Adrien Trouilloud.
Big Ben Bar
A very indulgent spot to wait for a train.
La Contrescarpe
With seating areas to accommodate every mood this is a popular choice across the ages.
La Charlotte de l’Isle
This enchanting chocolate shop is a place of fairy-tales.
La Mascotte
Authentically old-school unpretentious dining - a Parisian classic.
Le Baiser Sale
'Salty' or not this is one kiss you want to pucker up for.
Barboza Bijoux Anciens
Pierre Barboza’s prime location in the 1er arrondissement means it’s the best showcase for vintage jewellery, or “bijoux anciens,” that the city has to offer.
Minuit Moins 7
This Parisian cobbler is a master of the trade. Artisans use ancient techniques and only the finest of materials to repair even the most worn-down and lived-in shoes.
Le Train Bleu
The gold Rococo brilliance and painted frescos make this no ordinary railway buffet.
Le Taxi Jaune
Cool and retro bistro in the up and coming northern Marais.
Au Pied de Fouet
Wonderful unpretentious French cuisine and lovely staff.

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