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.
Antidote fills a tiny storefront with independent European labels that share an aesthetic of understated cool: Italy’s Kristina Ti, Danish line Day Birger & Mikkelsen, the French Stella Cadente, Bash, and more.
Right at home on Pigalle's racy Boulevard de Clichy, this over-the-top homage to La Belle Epoque features kitschy striptease routines and a never-ending-parade of topless girls.
Bruno Louis, former marketing executive for L'Oreal and graduate of the London School of Economics, brought a host of ideas with him from extensive world-travel when he founded Ekobo in Paris.
Not your average Parisian boutique, Claude Nature on fashionable Boulevard Saint-Germain feels part natural history museum and part curiosity shop.
A tantalizing array of stalls selling everything from olives and spices to fabrics, shawls, and tablecloths. Be sure to stop by the master chocolatier Joël Durand, who flavors his exquisite chocolates with flowers and herbs.
The legendary gallery has been selling affordably priced art for more than half a century, and its walls are lined with some of the most famous examples. For under $50, you can buy a Miró reproduction; lithographs by Braque and others cost $155.
For Bonpoint's iconic baby clothes—pin tucks! smocking! hand-knitted booties!—priced at 30 percent off, this French brand's Fin de Séries Outlet is the place to go on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche).
Pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch - olive breads and pizza with sautéed onions - at this colorful market. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
This public museum, just a 15-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe, was once the home of art collector Édouard André and his wife, painter Nélie Jacquemart.