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From Le Ciel de Paris you have breathtaking views of Paris.
From Le Ciel de Paris you have breathtaking views of Paris.

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The spirit of the ’60s is still alive in Paris

1960s Paris was where the new clashed with the old in almost every area: fashion, design, film, music, literature – even politics – this was a city re-evaluating its own identity. Here’s the ultimate list of spots where the spirit of the ’60s is still alive and kicking in this most delightful of cities.

Idol hotel in Paris.

Idol Hotel

Not to be confused with the modern-day talent show, this new boutique hotel, opened in December 2014, gets its design inspiration and room names from soul albums spanning the 1960s to the 1980s.

Idol Hotel

16 rue d'Edimbourg, Paris

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La Cinémathèque was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

La Cinémathèque

If your heart flutters for French films and the realism of La Nouvelle Vague, a visit to La Cinémathèque should be top of your list. There are tours and exhibitions, along with film screenings dedicated to the past and present. As an added incentive, the building was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

La Cinémathèque

51 rue de Bercy, Paris

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Le Ciel de Paris, Ciel means heaven in french.

Le Ciel de Paris

For breathtaking views of Paris and the feeling of being on a film set where the city is the star, the champagne bar on the 56th floor of the tower at Montparnasse is just the ticket.

Le Ciel de Paris

33 avenue du Maine, Paris

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Camelia restaurant is shaped like the petals of a camellia flower.

Camelia Restaurant

Located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this eatery is shaped like the petals of a camellia flower. The dark wood and cream decor is a nod to ’60s Scandinavian design.

Camelia Restaurant

251 rue Saint Honoré, Paris

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Didier Ludot

Paris has one king of vintage: Didier Ludot. Collector, designer, and fashion historian Monsieur Ludot has been offering the chic women of Paris the best vintage haute couture since 1975. Legendary actress Catherine Deneuve trades her couture ­cast-offs for accessories here, so you’re in good company.

Didier Ludot

24 Galerie Monpensier, Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris

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Galerie Yves Gastou

If you want to transform your home into a time-capsule tribute to the good life, this is the place to find exceptional design from the ’40s through to the ’80s.

Galerie Yves Gastou

12 rue Bonaparte, Paris

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Les Trois Marches de Catherine B is vintage heaven.

Les Trois Marches de Catherine B

Catherine B is passionate about both vintage Chanel and Hermès. An avid collector who has more than 1500 pieces on sale in her tiny shop, Catherine B offers an array of rare scarves, bags, and belts.

Catherine B

1&3 rue Guisarde, Paris

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Le Select

Once the center of literary Paris, some of the best-known names of writers were known to while away their days and nights on the sidewalk at Le Select.

Le Select

99 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris

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Jazz club Le Duc des ­Lombards.

Le Duc des ­Lombards

If there was a soundtrack for Paris in the 1960s it would be probably, in some way, involve jazz. This legendary club keeps the spirit of those moody days alive with concerts most nights of the week.

Le Duc des ­Lombards

42 rue des Lombards, Paris

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Guerrisol

This chain of flea market shops is not just found in Paris but in cities around the world. The sheer volume of merchandise means that you might have to dig to find that special piece, but there are great deals to be had. Prices start at €1.50.

Guerrisol

17 bis boulevard ­Rochechouart, Paris

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