Things to do in France
From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in France. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite France attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.
Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in France to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in France.
The largest French airport fragrance and cosmetics store (nearly 6,500 square feet) shimmers in a sleek black-and-white interior. Friendly multilingual staff guide you through the big brands but also niche and designer names, from Viktor & Rolf to Annick Goutal.
Home to both the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, the Eighth Arrondissement is one of the city's busiest and most famous districts.
The vast and often crowded beauty supply store, sometimes referred to by guidebooks as City Pharma or the discount pharmacy at Saint Germain, stocks French brand toiletries and cosmetics at reduced prices that average 20 to 40 percent less than the big name pharmacies. Narrow aisles lined with ta
Named after the beloved French poet (Valéry wrote the classic verse Le Cimitière Marin), the museum also has a local focus; collections illustrate Sète's history and its people. Be sure to catch the view from the Marine Cemetery on site, where Valéry is buried.
A sweet diversion for shoppers browsing the stores of Le Marais or those returning from the National Modern Art Musem, Pain de Sucre, run by Didier Mathray and Nathalie Robert, sells a range of artisanal breads and elaborate pastries.
The former 17th-century church has been transformed into a bar/cinema/art complex. On sunny days in the late afternoon, the outdoor terrace is bathed in sunlight, and the crowds descend to bask in the warmth.
For splurge-worthy outfits with a classic bent.
Paris is known for fashion but Iglaine near Rue Etienne Marcel covers the whole gamut—from modern to early 20th century and from Europe, America, and Asia.
The Tour: After watching a film on the history of champagne and how it is made, visitors descend into the caves, where they see how the bubbly is preserved until the dégorgement, when yeast sediment is removed from the bottle.
A sister to a gallery in Geneva, the recently opened art house specializes in modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures by artists such as Arman, Tolla, and Sportes.
Le Corbusier designed the facade of the building which now houses Spree, an art gallery and high fashion boutique hybrid which stocks everything from women's clothing by Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Maison Martin Margiela to vintage mid-century furniture and books.
Only the finest in lead crystal tableware, jewelry, and light fixtures is offered at Maison Baccarat, the renowned Paris store which is housed in a former mansion near the Trocadero.