Montmartre: If you get away from the crowds at the Sacré Coeur, this mythic neighborhood a great place to wander up and down winding lanes, tilt at windmills, admire the view, and cafe hop. You could also take my walking tour, p. ###.

The Latin Quarter: Once again, the trick here is to ditch the crowds on rue de la Huchette and take off for the less trampled corners of this historic student quarter, like near the universities on rue Erasme, the food shops on rue Mouffetard, or down by the delightful Jardin des Plantes.

The Marais: Get lost in style in this trendy neighborhood, known as much for its delightful boutiques and hip restaurants as for its magnificent 17th- and 18th-century hôtels particuliers, aristocratic mansions, many of which have been turned into terrific museums. See walking tour on p. ###.

Belleville: You’ll see another side of Paris in this diverse, working-class district, where a combination of artists and immigrants have made it into one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Parc de Belleville offers wonderful views of Paris; around rue de Menilmontant you’ll find cool bars and vintage shops. Further east is the romantic Père-Lachaise cemetery.

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