Montmartre has long been an artist’s haven, with Dalí, Picasso and Van Gogh having lived in the area. Today, South Pigalle is attracting the modern creative classes, thanks to the vibrant nightlife and contemporary café culture.
Roland Garros, one of the world’s most challenging tennis tournaments, will soon be underway. If you’re feeling inspired to get active, you’re in the right place – whether you’re after a gruelling half-marathon or a leisurely game of pétanque, Paris is full of spectacular exercise spots.
Smart and exclusive, Mayfair is where Londoners come to live the high life. A paradise for foodies, fashionistas and art lovers, the area is ideal for those with a taste for the finer things in life.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the spiritual home of Parisian jazz. Students, artists and – according to legend – Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir would file into smoke-filled clubs to listen to the era’s musical greats: Sidney Bechet, Henri Salvador, Mezz Mezzrow. Paris has a special place in jazz folklore. Miles Davis arrived in the late 1940s, and wrote that “Everything changed while I was in Paris. It was like magic, almost like I had been hypnotised.”