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For a true lo­cal experience, join Meet­ing the

French and learn the French lawn game pé­tanque, make baguettes at a boulan­gerie, head backstage at the cabaret, and more

( en.meet­ingth­e­french.com). At Semilla, ex­posed pipes and an open kitchen cre­ate a fac­tory-style set­ting for a mod­ern, daily-chang­ing menu that might in­clude the likes of pork ribs with cin­na­mon. Leave room for the out­stand­ing desserts

( semil­la­paris.com).

The Marché aux Puces de

Saint-Ouen is Europe’s largest flea mar­ket, with over 2,500 stalls. Each has its own spe­cialty, from fur­ni­ture to vin­tage toys. Ar­rive early for the best bar­gains

( marcheaux­puces-sain­touen.com). Pale wood­work and bare­bulb lights cre­ate a pared-back set­ting for qual­ity gins and craƒ beers at

Tiger Bar; it sits on bar-heavy rue Princesse, mak­ing it the ideal start­ing point for a fine night t out ( tiger-paris.com). ) Vin­tage decor and flea-mar­ket finds through­out: check. Per­sonal iPads loaded with mu­sic in the bed­rooms: check. DJs play­ing at the bar: check. As one of the lead­ing char­ac­ters in Paris’s new breed of “life­style ho­tels,” Le Pi­galle has all the boxes ticked (from $228;

lep­i­galle.paris).

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