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.
Based in Paris, Bonnie Brayham’s Purple Truffle is a travel design company that specializes in “authentic and extraordinary experiences” in the Franco-Italian region of Europe.
For restored, vintage, and pre-owned Hermès and Louis Vuitton trunks, leather goods, and jewelry, Le Monde du Voyage is the place to go. Located in the heart of the Paris Flea Market (Les Puces), this shop has been in business for more than two decades.
The shop stocks the indestructible moleskin riding pants worn by cowboys in the Camargue region of Provence owe their erotic cachet not just to the thigh- girding cut but to a graphic pencil line of contrast piping that runs down the legs.
Château Cos d'Estournel is one of the top Haut-Médoc wine producers in Bordeaux’s St.-Estèphe region. The property sits on 200 acres with an impressive, yet somewhat quirky 19th century château (hand-carved doors imported from Zanzibar and Asian-style pagodas).
Just around the corner from Avenue Montaigne, this popular source for embroidered fine linens made in France offers its wares at a third of the price of similar Paris retailers.
Tucked in a corner of the Tuileries Gardens near the Champs Élysées is this building reminiscent of a Greek temple, with large columns on its stone façade. Inside, is a rotating collection of photography, film, and video from the 19th to 21st centuries.
Famed for his fondness for treating shoes like pieces of clothing — fabrics and even zippers often adorn his designs — Bruno Frisoni sells whimsically unique shoes and colorful handbags at his popular Left Bank boutique on Rue de Grenelle.
It's all in the family at this brightly lit corner bakery in the Gambetta district that's named after founder Bernard Ganachaud's own la flûte gana (thin baguette), the moniker of which he patented.
Haute couture jewelry designer Adeline Roussel runs her bauble business from both this boutique and her atelier in Jaipur, India.
For the past 30 years, eager Francophiles have been improving their French at this intensive language school located in the 16th Arrondissement, not far from the Eiffel Towel and Champs Elysées.
Stop by for the colorful and fragrant olive-oils soaps at this market. They make excellent souvenirs.
The ganache is spiked with the russet-colored piment d’Espelette.