The very name conjures up a multitude of images: pavement artists in Montmartre's lively Place du Tertre, evening cruises down the majestic Seine under the famous bridges, dusty bookstalls along the Left Bank and bohemian restaurants in the Latin Quarter.

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On a hot day, enjoy a walk or a picnic in the cool shade along the side of the Canal St Martin.

The large department stores Printemps and Galaries Lafayette offer immense choice. For those looking for the latest fashions, designer shops can be found along rue St Honoré, boulevard St Germain and avenue Montaigne. The Marais offers an appealing mix of chic interior design, trendy boutiques and original jewellery, while St Germain is renowned for its antique shops.

For those who enjoy street markets, head to rue Mouffetard close to the Latin Quarter for cheese, fruit, vegetables and meat, whilst the large weekend flea market at Clignancourt meight tempt those looking to track down a vintage piece.