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Design Heat Maps: 12 Essential Stops in the City of Light

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Welcome to Design Heat Maps, wherein travel journalist Stirling Kelso—a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and the New York Times, among other outlets—breaks down that which an architecture and design junkie can't miss in can't-miss cities. Feel free to tack on additions in the comments and recommend Curbed's next destination by dropping us an email.

One of the world's great design cities, and one of its all-time great destinations, Paris is chock full of legendary works of art and architecture, but most of it is, well, a bit old and dusty. Throwing much of the Midnight in Paris-style nostalgia to the wind, here now are more recent additions to the City of Light. From stark hotels to glassy restaurants to subterranean clubs (designed by a famous film director no less), these are a dozen of the essential Parisian destinations for the design-minded visitor. So, hop a flight, rent some fashionable digs, or make like a billionaire and buy a $138M mansion, and start exploring.

· All Paris coverage [Curbed National]
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· A $138M House on Paris's Formerly Bitchy Place des États-Unis [Curbed National]

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Hermès Rive Gauche

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L'Opéra Restaurant

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Petit Moulin

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Mandarin Oriental

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La Belle Juliette

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Silencio

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Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

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Les Arts Décoratifs

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Centre Pompidou

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