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Best Hidden Gems in Paris

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Rasa Yoga

Experience tranquility at this charming yoga studio. Rasa Yoga focuses on teaching and practicing yoga and you can find classes for both beginners and experts. The classes allow you to stretch as you find your inner self and it even has themed classes, such as Kids Yoga. The studio also has yoga instructors that speak English.

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Square du Vert Galant

Square du Vert Galant is a little, green haven stuck out in the middle of the Seine. Tree-lined and set below the level of Pont Neuf, it has the feel of a hidden garden, a place to come to sit and read, to find some repose amongst the pigeons and sparrows. You can quite escape the fact that you are smack bang in the middle of the city, especially with the pleasure boats trundling up and down. Certainly worth taking the time to find a shady spot and take stock.

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The Abbey Bookshop

This is a friendly bookstore in the heart of the Latin Quarter that specializes in Canadian (French and English) as well as Anglo-American authors. Down in the vaulted cellar is the Canadian Club, a place for everyone interested in Canadian literature and culture to meet over a cup of tea and conversation. Keep an eye out for the cockleshell relief above the door that marks this spot as part of the Pilgrim's Way. This shell, a symbol of Saint James, once lined the path of the faithful, all the way to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. Ask for a calendar of author's signings and readings.

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Le Village Saint Paul

If you'd like to fill every nook and cranny of your home with antiques and unique decor items, Le Village Saint Paul is the ideal shopping destination. Old silverware, jewels, pieces of furniture and even antique postcards form an impressive array of goods for your home and office. With over two decades of amassing the highest quality antiques, any shopper is sure to find a personal treasure.

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Passage Jouffroy

Passage Jouffroy is your one stop shop. Though this stop is just a passage, it is a mini shopping paradise offering everything from the most elite jewelry to the simplest of clothes. A multitude of brand names have their products on offer here. A number of quaint shops offering interesting and ethnic wares promise to attract the keen eye. Cozy cafes and bookshops are where you can pick up a steaming hot cup of coffee and a good book to make your day. A very famous haunt at Jouffroy is the Estaminet Lyrique. Even if you are not planning on buying something, a walk around this passage is highly rejuvenating and refreshing.

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Boutique Maille

The Boutique Maille was opened by Antoine Maille in Marseille in 1720. Since then, the store takes pride in stocking the most delicious mustard, with flavors ranging from rose to apricot. With vinegar, oils, sauces, dressings, pickles and tableware for purchase, this boutique is every cook's idea of heaven.

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Spree

Roberta Oprandi and her husband Bruno Hadjaj are the creative forces behind Spree. This concept is a culmination of aesthetic and fashion sensibilities that have made an unique mark on the Parisian shopping scene. This boutique and art gallery is reminiscent of an art loft, replete with whitewashed facades and sketches on the walls. It showcases drawings and paintings by emerging and established contemporary artists. The minimal setting allows a focus on vintage and modern furniture and lamps. Trendsetting clothing for women include designs by the likes of Tsumori Chisato, Giorgio Brato, Bonamano & Ferrari, Giorgio Brato, Roberto Del Carlo.

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Opened in 1867, this park was built by Jean-Charles Alphand who designed a number of parks during the reign of Napoleon III. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is spread over 24.7 hectares (61.03 acres) and features an artificial lake, a rocky island, exotic trees, bridges, waterfalls and a grotto. The most significant part of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle which is a scaled-down replica of the iconic Roman Temple of Vesta. The public park also has restaurants, puppet theaters and other facilities making it very popular among locals and tourists alike. A stroll through the historic Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is definitely worthwhile.

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Clos Montmartre

Home to the annual Harvest Festival, Clos Montmartre is a charming Montmarte vineyard dating back to 1933. Spread over an area of 1500 square meters (16145.9 square feet), this hilltop winery sells a variety of wines for a good cause. Proceeds benefit a number of charities throughout the city. Clos Montmarte is open to the public every day of the week and is an excellent destination to experience a vineyard in the heart of Paris.

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Quai de la Seine

Get up close and personal with the River Seine by venturing to the Quai de la Seine. Nestled on the banks of the river, these quays give way to beautiful river sights and tranquil paths. From sunbathers, pedestrians, floating restaurants and more, the quays of the Seine are full of activity and are a true hidden gem of the city.

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Cercle Delacre

Pampering from head to toe is the name of the game for men at the Institut Marc Delacre salon. Leather armchairs and professionals in a sterilized environment greet males of all ages. Haircuts, manicures, herbal pedicures, ozone baths and collagen masks are the norm here, complete with UV treatments and a sauna. Worthy of GQ model, pampering sessions here will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to hit the town. There's also a French restaurant on the premises, and valet parking services to complete the upscale services found here.

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Spa Diane Barrière

U Spa Barrière Shiseido at Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière is a gem of a day spa located underground. The soothing establishment is calming and relaxing with a grey color scheme. They use the four elements- air, water, earth and ether- as the base for their treatments. The spa offers six treatment rooms, along with a sauna, steam, hammam, fitness center, and a swimming pool. Treatments for both the skin and body are available; a slimming course is also available for those interested. Refreshments like herbal teas, juices, drinks and light meals are offered to top off your experience.

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