place de la Madeleine, 8e. Based on the Parthenon in Athens, Paris’ top society church almost opened as a bank before it was consecrated in 1842. From the steps leading up to the elegant arrangement of Corinthian columns, there is a marvellous view down rue Royale to place de la Concorde. A flower market spills out from the east side of the church six days a week. Foodies should not miss a chance to drool at the temptations of Fauchon, 26 place de la Madeleine, the delectable Parisien gourmet shop knee-deep in foie gras, caviar and snails. Its closest (and slightly more affordable) rival, Hédiard is at No. 21.