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  • 1. Canal St-Martin

    Canal St-Martin | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This once-forgotten canal has morphed into one of the city's trendiest places to wander. A good time to come is Sunday afternoon, when the Quai...Read More

  • 2. Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

    Eastern Paris | Cemetery

    Bring a red rose for "the Little Sparrow" Edith Piaf when you visit the cobblestone avenues and towering trees that make this 118-acre oasis...Read More

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  • 3. Bercy

    Eastern Paris | Business District

    Tucked away south of the Gare de Lyon in the 12e arrondissement, blocks of stone warehouses that once stored wine are now home to Bercy Village...Read More

  • 4. Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand

    Eastern Paris | Library/Archive

    The National Library of France, across the sleek Simone de Beauvoir footbridge from Bercy Park, is a stark complex comprising four 22-story...Read More

  • 5. Bois de Vincennes

    Eastern Paris | Garden

    Like the Bois de Boulogne to the west, this much-loved retreat on the city's eastern border was landscaped by Napoléon III. Its roots, however...Read More

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  • 6. Château de Vincennes

    Eastern Paris | Castle/Palace

    This imposing high-walled château, on the northern edge of the Bois de Vincennes, was France's medieval answer to Versailles. Built and expanded...Read More

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  • 7. Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

    Eastern Paris | Museum/Gallery

    Occupying a colorful three-story industrial space that recalls the Pompidou Center, this ambitious science museum in Parc de la Villette is...Read More

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  • 8. Coulée Verte René-Dumont/Promenade Plantée

    Bastille | Garden

    Once a train line from the Paris suburbs to Bastille, this redbrick viaduct (often referred to as Le Viaduc des Arts) is now the green heart...Read More

  • 9. Le 104

    Eastern Paris | Museum/Gallery

    Le Cent Quatre takes its name from its address in a rough-around-the-edges corner of the 19e arrondissement, not far from the top of the Canal...Read More

  • 10. Marché d'Aligre

    Bastille | Market/Bazaar

    Place d'Aligre boasts two of Paris's best markets: the lively outdoor Marché d'Aligre and the covered Marché Beauvau. Open every day but Monday...Read More

  • 11. Musée de la Musique

    Eastern Paris | Museum/Gallery

    Parc de la Villette’s music museum contains four centuries' worth of instruments from around the world—about 1,000 in total, many of them exquisite...Read More

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  • 12. Musée Edith Piaf

    Oberkampf | Museum/Gallery

    Devotees will appreciate the tiny two-room apartment where the "little sparrow" lived for a year, when she was 28 years old and sang in the...Read More

  • 13. Opéra Bastille

    Bastille | Arts/Performance Venue

    Paris's main opera house opened its doors on July 14, 1989, to mark the bicentennial of the French Revolution. The fabulous acoustics of the...Read More

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  • 14. Palais de la Porte Dorée

    Eastern Paris | Museum/Gallery

    If you're bound for the Bois de Vincennes, pay a visit to the Palais de la Porte Dorée. Built for the 1931 Colonial Exhibition, it's one of...Read More

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  • 15. Parc de la Villette

    Eastern Paris | Garden

    This former abattoir (slaughterhouse) is now an ultramodern, 130-acre park. With lawns and play areas, an excellent science museum, a music...Read More

  • 16. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

    Belleville | City Park

    If you're tired of perfectly manicured Parisian parks with lawns that are off-limits to your weary feet, this place is for you. Built in 1863...Read More

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  • 17. Parc Floral de Paris

    Eastern Paris | Garden

    A lake, a butterfly garden, and seasonal displays of blooms make the Bois de Vincennes's 70-acre floral park a lovely place to spend a summer...Read More

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  • 18. Parc Zoologique de Paris

    Eastern Paris | Zoo/Aquarium

    The 35-acre zoo in the Bois de Vincennes is France's largest and, thanks to a major renovation, it now promises a more hands-on experience....Read More

  • 19. Pavillon de l'Arsenal

    Bastille | Museum/Gallery

    If your knowledge of Paris history is nul (nil), stop here for an entertaining free tutorial. Built in 1879 as a private museum, the Pavillon...Read More

  • 20. Piscine Josephine Baker

    Eastern Paris | Spa–Sight

    This modern aquatic center, which floats on the Seine and is named after the much-beloved American entertainer, features a pool with a retractable...Read More

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