In this issue

There is a unique magic to the capital that has survived all kinds of instability

The city of light shines brightly

There is a unique magic to the capital that has survived all kinds of instability, writes Paul Betts

Political landscape: One-way traffic for mayor’s middle-of-the-road policies

Green initiatives find favour, writes Hugh Carnegy

Property: Regeneration trend stands firm as going gets tougher

Critics say the pessimists are overstating their case, writes James Boxell

Getting around: Pioneering spirit steers initiatives for transport hire

Bike and car schemes are cheap and green, says Yann Morell y Alcover

Dior boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement

Luxury shopping: Where mystique mixes perfectly with chic

A glorious, eclectic selection awaits, says Carola Long

Well trained: Every dog has its day

Paris likes to look after its canine visitors like no other city, writes Paul Betts

Palatial: The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

Hotels: Stars in their eyes

An arms race heats up among the luxury set, writes Adam Jones

Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's '‘Midnight in Paris'

Film locations: Reels of fun for movie buffs

Places seen on the silver screen are around every corner, writes Paul Gould

Sale and markets: Come to buy or browse, all life is on display

There are antiques and bric-à-brac galore, writes Robert Graham

Light bite: How to eat well

Most of the guidelines for Paris apply similarly to other big cities, writes Paul Gould

Gastronomy: Fine dining is all in the best possible taste

The capital of haute cuisine still reigns supreme, says Paul Betts

Music: Historic venues deliver a symphony for the senses

From opera to jazz, sounds abound in the city of light, says Paul Betts

High and low, two hidden gems to visit

Montparnasse Tower boasts magnificent views, while the Catacombs are not for the faint-hearted, writes Paul Gould