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Imagine Paris and no doubt, your mind will instantly fill with sun-dappled images of Haussmann buildings and old-fashioned romance. But in truth, modern-day Paris offers much more than just vintage glamour. This is a city boasting an incomparable sense of old meeting new, offering some of the most stylishly modern architecture around. So without further ado, we take a look at some of the most intriguing and unusual buildings you’ll find in the City of Love.

1. Ministère de la culture et de la communication

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Take a guess where we shot this photograph from today?

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Can’t get to the slopes this winter? The W Hotel Paris – Opéra has a fun new twist on the standard sidewalk cafe. You can take a drink one of the three ski gondolas, set up in just inside a border of fern bushes on the sidewalk outside the W Lounge. Each gondola has a different decor inside, from flower overboard, to tiki lounge to velvet luxury.

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When culling together our ongoing NYC v. Paris series on all the quirky things that exist in both cities, through Brooklyn Based we came across “Bedford Diner” in Paris that claims to be on both Bedford Avenue and Champ de Mars St. The real funny thing about this whole thing is that nothing on this logo is correct. There’s no counterpart diner on Bedford Avenue and they’ve Anglicized rue de Champ de Mars into “Champ de Mars St.”

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We’ve got a little soft spot for shopping malls, whether looking at their struggles in historical zones like South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan or theorizing about the faux-architecture of planned shopping towns like Val d’Europe in Paris. But it’s rare that we get the opportunity to take a fresh look at a new shopping center as it opens its doors in the middle of a major capital. What’s more, this time it’s in the heart of Paris, a city known for its small shops and boutiques.

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