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.
Temporary exhibitions of contemporary paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations are set in a vast space designed by architect Lorenzo Piqueras, who recently overhauled the Salle des États, where the Mona Lisa is displayed in the Louvre.
The market hosts La Cave à Fromages where wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Comté line the walls of a cavernous cheese cellar. Don’t miss the fresh chèvre infused with olive oil from the southern Ardèche.
A group of 49 merchants stock everything from Renaissance art to mid-20th-century treasures. Don't expect to find a great bargain; for that, hunters will have better luck at the weekly flea market outside the neighboring Saint Michel Church.
Opened in 1852, The Drouot Richelieu in the Ninth Arrondissement is the oldest auction house in the world.
Since launching in 2000, this cutting-edge boutique in Le Marais has expanded with a multidisciplinary studio and film division that covers everything from music videos to TV commercials.
The rustic, typically Sètois bar is popular with residents, who come here for affordable wines and simple grilled seafood brochettes.
Located in the Nineteenth Arrondissement, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the steepest park in Paris. The 23-hectare park was commissioned by Napoleon III and officially opened at the World Fair of 1867.
Established in 1976 by perfumer-chemist Jean Laporte, this tiny French perfume house in the Marais woos shoppers with rows of impeccably packaged fragrances, candles, and sachets created from high-quality, raw materials (Laporte later left the company to form rival Maître Parfumeur et Gantier.).
If there is a Belgian "look" in today's interior design, it is captured in this flagship of the three Flamant brothers' stores.
Just off the D2 highway—known as the Route des Châteaux—this 128-acre winery is easily recognizable by its two conical turrets rising behind a wrought-iron railing.
Opened by French-American Vanessa Elia in 2004, this high-end flower retailer on Avenue Paul-Doumer has a single overriding passion: to bring 150 varieties of the popular orchid flower to its Parisian devotees.
Situated in the Eighth Arrondissement just off Avenue Montaigne, this tiny shop sells vintage haute couture from designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Hermés.
The Sun King’s palace at Versailles is so vast that three different ASTEL stations rent rowboats, bikes, and electric golf carts to visitors looking to explore the grounds.