AN AFTERNOON IN: PARIS

Five places to visit in the City of Light.

We get it: Parisian city guides are a dime a dozen. While the capital's major attractions (we're looking at you, Eiffel Tower) are undoubtedly incredible and worth a visit, there's so much more to the romantic metropolis. Here are some of the best neighborhood eateries, art galleries, and shops for the next time you find yourself with a few free hours in the City of Light.

GUO XIN

47 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris, France

We have it on good authority that this hole-in-the-wall spot in the Belleville neighborhood has some seriously delicious homemade dumplings. The low prices, generous portions of noodles and sides, and a low-key atmosphere have earned this place a strong following of regular diners.

BALICE HERTLING GALLERY

Location 1: 239 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris, France
Location 2: 47 Bis Rue Ramponeau, 75020 Paris, France

Founded by Daniele Balice and Alexander Hertling in 2007, the duo's namesake art space regularly features a program of both French and international artists. One of the gallery's aims is fostering a more diverse and equitable art world, something it does by representing artists of many backgrounds working across mediums from painters like Julie Beaufils to sculptors like Jonathan Binet.

MEDICI FOUNTAIN

Rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris, France

Rendered in the Italian mannerist style sweeping France during the 17th century, the Medici Fountain was planned and constructed under the direction of Marie de' Medici in 1630. The massive structure was originally part of de' Medici's Left Bank palace before it was rebuilt and relocated to Paris' 6th arrondissement where it resides today. Placed at the end of a reflecting pool lined with massive trees, it makes for a serene escape within city limits – and the centuries-old structure is looking especially beautiful after an intense cleaning and restoration in early 2021.

LE SYNDICAT

51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France

Hidden away from the busy Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis right out its front door, Le Syndicat is a gem of a cocktail bar. It may have been featured on the list of the world's 50 best bars over the past few years, but don't expect it to be stuffy. The interior has an unfussy, even industrial feel that contrasts with the distinctly high-end (and often French) ingredients it uses to compose its drinks.

THANX GOD I'M A V.I.P.

12 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris, France

Paris is a global fashion capital and a trip there wouldn't be complete without a sartorial stop along the way. Stocked with loads of hard-to-find vintage from Yves Saint Laurent to Missoni, Thanx God I'm a V.I.P. is an insider favorite. Its racks are carefully organized by color to mitigate the often overwhelming experience of shopping for pre-owned goods. Pictures of staff wearing select pieces are placed directly above to give shoppers a sense of how things will look. And the shop's magpie collection of vintage homewares is also definitely worth perusing.

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