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Paris is not an under-examined city, but the sheer breadth of its offerings can overwhelm newcomers and veteran visitors alike.

It’s also Ahlem’s hometown and current residence, so who better to ask for a few recommendations? Here, she offers insider insights on everything from ice cream to Japanese massage.

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Une Glace à Paris

A boutique parlor in the Marais that takes its flavor profiles seriously, from the classic (multiple interpretations of vanilla and chocolate) to the sophisticated (pistachio neroli, litchi caramel, carrot sorbet). The little ice cream pastries are works of art.

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Septime La Cave

This natural wine temple is tiny and charming, with a stellar list by the glass or bottle as well as delicious small plates. Stop in for apéro or stay all evening.

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Cravan

Franck Audoux’s super refined cocktails and small plates—emphasizing fresh ingredients and simple preparations—respect legacy while improving upon it.

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Jaïs

A neighborhood bistro with more locals than tourists, this hidden gem is Ahlem’s cantine. Expect elegant preparations of French classics in a cozy atmosphere.

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Maison Suisen

Jet lagged? Burned out? This tranquil Japanese spa, inspired by traditional ryokans, will melt away tension with shiatsu techniques and signature hospitality (eachsession concludes with green tea and a macaron)