Paris: Montmartre

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SEE Bouche de Métro Abbesses
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., displays one of Hector Guimard's art nouveau Métro entrances, but the structures look better in their natural habitat-there are 22 still in existence. The entrance to the Abbesses Métro stop is one of the originals, identified by its glass "dragonfly" awning.

SEE Moulin Radet
83 rue Lepic, 01/46-06-84-77
The oft-painted and now-restored wooden Moulin Radet windmill doesn't twirl for tourists, but the famous facade still cuts a mean silhouette above the restaurant Au Moulin de la Galette. Seats in the brasserie's garden provide the best view.

EAT Chez Aïda
48 rue Polonceau, 01/42-52-06-92
A Senegalese institution in Paris's Goutte d'Or African quarter that serves yassa (grilled marinated chicken in a spicy onion sauce) and hard-to-find treats-including the heavenly jus de bouye, a juice extracted from the crushed fruit of baobab trees (known as monkey bread).

EAT La Chope du Château Rouge
40 rue de Clignancourt, 01/46-06-20-10
"The Red Castle Tankard" sports gilded friezes, ceiling moldings, and pretzeled neon tubes in a multitude of colors that cover much of the walls. The real draws at this bar are the satisfying portions of couscous mixed with beef, lamb, or vegetables-served free on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m.

EAT L'Afghani
16 rue Paul-Albert, 01/42-51-08-72
The most economical and authentic Afghan restaurant in Paris, where you can eat such favorites as ashak (pockets of pasta stuffed with leeks and served with beans, ground beef, and garlic yogurt) and halwa (grilled patties of flour, almonds, raisins, and honey).

SPLURGE La Famille
41 rue des Trois-Frères, 01/42-52-11-12
Upscale dining amid sleek, minimalist decor and retro touches, such as a dented 1930s zinc bar and the late-1970s video game Vectrex, which you can play for free. A frequently changing menu can include adventuresome fare such as crème de foie gras infused with popcorn, and herbaceous chocolate cake flavored with basil.

DRINK Chez Camille
8 rue Ravignan, 01/46-06-05-78
A cozy, wood-fitted bar awash in yellow paint. Come early to snag one of the few tables on the terrace that have sweeping vistas of Paris rooftops. On the last Wednesday of the month, a DJ spins ambient tunes.

SHOP Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
Métro Porte-de-Clignancourt,
With some 2,000 stands, this antiques flea market is reputed to be the world's largest-tables covered with everything from 19th-century microscopes and spectacles to 1950s film memorabilia sprawl across the leafy suburb. Avoid the gambling games set up on cardboard boxes; the man that keeps winning is an accomplice of the swindler. Closed Sun.

PLAY Cercle Clichy Montmartre
84 rue de Clichy, 01/48-78-32-85,
Sixteen pool and billiards tables pack the front room at this stable-turned-game-hall. For a real underground feel, push the unmarked door in the back to enter a miniature, windowless casino and try your hand at card games. You can shoot, gamble, and drink until 6 a.m. Note: While the casino may feel secret, it's not seedy, and women are welcome. Be sure to bring ID as the casino is 18+ only.

PLAY Ciné 13 Théâtre
1 avenue Junot, 01/42-51-13-79,
This anti-multiplex is fitted with coffee tables, couches, and a bar. No previews or commercials play before current indie and art house movie screenings. All films are shown in their original language, and many are in English. Ciné 13 also puts on plays and performances. Films from E9, plays from E19.

PLAY Le Divan du Monde
75 rue des Martyrs, 01/40-05-06-99,
A bar/performance space that was once the haunt of Toulouse-Lautrec and Baudelaire. A 50-foot-long wall of flashing screens lights up the mezzanine bar, and the hall downstairs hosts a motley program of theater, dance, movies, and poetry readings. Cover includes all performances, but no drinks. From E10.


Free admission to museums If you happen to be in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, most national museums and monuments have free admission-you could save E13 at the Louvre and E9 at the Musée d'Orsay.

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