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How to Make the Most of Paris in Just Two Days

Innovation is sweeping French restaurants and hotels, adding even more excuses to extend a business trip
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Make The Most of Paris

On your next visit to the French capital, forget your old favorites: The city has brand-new delights to show off. Daring chefs such as seafood masters Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat and baker Christophe Vasseur are luring diners to the up-and-coming 10th and 11th arrondissements. Homegrown fashion and beauty brands Sézane and Ex Nihilo are using technology to change the way Parisians shop. And even venerable hotels such as the Ritz and the Crillon have been overhauled, giving the ­tradition-obsessed city an utterly fresh feel. Here’s where to eat, shop, and explore right now.

Wend your way on foot from the 1st to the 10th to follow the evolution of Paris’s shopping scene. Sandwiched between legacy brands on Rue Saint Honoré, perfumer Ex Nihilo will ­custom-create a fragrance for you in 30 minutes with the help of a one-of-a-kind Osmologue machine. A few minutes’ walk west, the online retailer Sézane has set up a brick-and-mortar shop peddling women’s wear and accessories with a refreshingly simple aesthetic that locals are obsessing over. The expansive new location of Buly 1803 in Le Marais has a similar cultlike following; it sells the brand’s skin-care potions from antique pharmacy cabinets. For men’s grooming products, scope out Le Baigneur’s offerings, stocked at the nearby concept shop Papier Tigre. Finish in the up-and-­coming 10th, where you’ll find indie housewares at La Trésorerie, Franco-Indian scarves and textiles at Jamini, and colorfully edgy suits at Balibaris.