Sharpen Your Five Senses in Paris

Paris is a city for the senses — beautiful sights, interesting textures, a humdrum of sounds, varied fragrances, and the promise of gourmet food when turning every corner. But when you’re surrounded by so much to discover, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on just one experience. Here, then, is a little guide to indulging your sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste to a feast in a way only Paris can offer.

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Sight

See deserted and muted Paris sceneries in photographer Jean-Michel Berts’ book, The Light of Paris, which features shots of the city taken before sunrise and after sundown, available at bookstore Assouline. Grab a pair of the French brand Waiting for the Sun’s wooden sunglasses at La Galerie de Lunettes. Then, go analog — capture Paris via a viewfinder with an old-school Polaroid camera, which you can get at the Impossible Project. Take that, Instagram!

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Hearing

Give your city meanderings a soundtrack by grooving to an electro-rock record from the French label Tigersushi Furs and listen to it through plush Parrot x Philippe Starck headphones, which you can pick up at Colette.

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Touch

Who doesn’t love that envelopingly-warm feeling of fur? Keep warm with these fur earmuffs by Tsumori Chisato while lounging on a fur hammock from Bless. And if fur isn’t your thing, go silk: splurge on some beautiful silk lingerie at Sabbia Rosa, a boutique discreetly tucked in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres that caters to a powerful clientele including Catherine Deneuve, Madonna, and Isabelle Adjani.

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Smell

Are you a rebel? Etat Libre d’Orange’sHotel Slut” or “Jasmine and Cigarettes” may tickle your fancy. Or maybe you’re looking to sport a cleaner, fresher fragrance, like Maison Francis Kurkdjian? Still not sure? Thankfully, you have the boutique Nose, which offers personalized perfume diagnostic tests that will help you narrow down your choices when hunting down the perfect scent.

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Taste

Satisfy your sweet tooth with an eclair au chocolat at Sébastian Gaudard, who reinvents the classic pastries and desserts in his 9th arrondissement shop. Stop by Causses for groceries and to support your local and independent food producers, and then head over to Les Caves Augés, frequented by Marcel Proust back in the day, and offer yourself a vintage bottle of wine.