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Whilst many of the world’s cities seem to be becoming increasingly homogenised, Paris remains something else. It’s not that Starbucks hasn’t made its way here or that the Gauloise fumes have escaped the European smoking bans, but step out onto any street in The City of Light, be it the grand Champs Elysées or a side alley in some obscure outer arrondissement, and you’re never really in doubt that you’re in Paris.

And this is meant in a good way, because as archaic as the French capital can be, it’s not only the men who have that certain “je ne sais quoi”; the city oozes it, too. So while it may not be as edgy as London or as hip as New York, it has that little extra bit of flair that can make its Anglo brothers look a bit brutish in comparison.

However, don’t be quick to put its appeal entirely down to the vagaries of “flair” (or that accent) – Paris more than holds its own. With a gay mayor and Le Marais, the gay scene is as thriving as they come; gourmet super stars like Alain Ducasse, Joel Robuchon and Pierre Gagnaire won’t keep you hungry for long (though perhaps broke); and shops like Colette, No Good and L’Eclaireur will do their best to lighten the weight of your wallet.

Art classicists will revel in the spectacular displays at the Louvre, Palais de Tokyo is so cutting edge it practically bleeds, while places like Galerie-Musée Baccarat and the Musée du Quai Branly accommodate those who like to be surrounded by beauty, as well as standing in front of, beauty.

We will have suggested itineraries for you soon, but for now we hope that you will enjoy browsing our listings and recommendations and maybe even discover a few new places. And to launch the guide, we’re offering you the chance to win a stay at the spectacular Murano Resort Paris, kindly made possible thanks to Avantgarde Hotels. Good luck and enter the competition here!

Whilst many of the world’s cities seem to be becoming increasingly homogenised, Paris remains something else. It’s not that Starbucks hasn’t made its way here or that the Gauloise fumes have escaped the European smoking bans, but step out onto any street in The City of Light, be it the grand Champs Elysées or a side alley in some obscure outer arrondissement, and you’re never really in doubt that you’re in Paris.

And this is meant in a good way, because as archaic as the French capital can be, it’s not only the men who have that certain “je ne sais quoi”; the city oozes it, too. So while it may not be as edgy as London or as hip as New York, it has that little extra bit of flair that can make its Anglo brothers look a bit brutish in comparison.

However, don’t be quick to put its appeal entirely down to the vagaries of “flair” (or that accent) – Paris more than holds its own. With a gay mayor and Le Marais, the gay scene is as thriving as they come; gourmet super stars like Alain Ducasse, Joel Robuchon and Pierre Gagnaire won’t keep you hungry for long (though perhaps broke); and shops like Colette, No Good and L’Eclaireur will do their best to lighten the weight of your wallet.

Art classicists will revel in the spectacular displays at the Louvre, Palais de Tokyo is so cutting edge it practically bleeds, while places like Galerie-Musée Baccarat and the Musée du Quai Branly accommodate those who like to be surrounded by beauty, as well as standing in front of, beauty.

We will have suggested itineraries for you soon, but for now we hope that you will enjoy browsing our listings and recommendations and maybe even discover a few new places. And to launch the guide, we’re offering you the chance to win a stay at the spectacular Murano Resort Paris, kindly made possible thanks to Avantgarde Hotels. Good luck and enter the competition here!