Pedestrian-friendly walkways, parks, landmarks and
views make these urban centers the best for exploring on foot.
As countless starry-eyed lovers have discovered, it’s
hard to go wrong swanning around France’s eternally romantic capital: With its
tree-lined avenues, sidewalk cafés and promenades along the Seine, this is a
city that seems designed for leisurely ambling. To see Paris at its most
soigné, though, head to the rue St. Honoré, in the tony 1st arrondissement,
near Place Vendôme and the Louvre. Sidle onto stylish offshoot rue du Faubourg
St.-Honoré and sigh over the world’s most fashionable stretch of real estate,
lined with global luxury houses like Hermès, Goyard, Yves Saint Laurent and
Louis Vuitton, along with more avant-garde players like
perennially adored-by-stylists concept store Colette. Discard any traces of
guilt after retail-bingeing with another form of Parisian decadence, a delicate macaron (or three or four), at cult tearoom Ladurée.