France

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.

You'll get a glimpse of Marseilles's ancient Greco-Roman past at this garden, where, during the 1967 construction of the Centre Bourse (the Stock Exchange), archeologists unearthed the remains of the city's original port, dating back to the ancient Romans.

Top label-lovers scour the racks of Dominique Balloffet's dépôt-vente (consignment shop) for secondhand Prada skirts, Lanvin shoes, and black Birkin bags.

Paris-based Korean designer Moon Young Hee is a regular at Paris Fashion Week, and she is known for her deconstructionist techniques, layered fabrics, and feminine designs.

The quiet cobbled street, tiny brass sign, and nondescript door give little indication that the Experimental Cocktail Club is located here in the Montorgueil district.

Offering a unique, yet still Parisian, take on pastries, La Pâtisserie des Rêves in the 16th arrondissement features the work of Phillippe Conticini.

Architect Victor Louis' neo-classical theater has a monumental façade with 12 Corinthian columns and a sweeping staircase that was the inspiration for the Palais Garnier in Paris. This and the Trianon at Versailles are the only original wooden theaters in France.

This Paris jewelry shop is a fantasy of pure luxury and understated
glamour, an extravaganza of pale creams and beiges, gently curving
display cases and opulent silk-covered furniture, all set off by
sparkling chandeliers and, of course, many, many diamonds. The design by

The vintage boutique specializes in designer pieces from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

Since February 2005, creative director Josephus Thimister, formerly of Balenciaga, has boosted Jourdan's style quotient and given the label's classic pump a sexy new contour.

Philippe Gosselin learned the art of baking from his father and hails from a family of bread artisans. Since 1989, his boulangerie-pâtisserie has consistently been drawing crowds to Rue St Honoré with his traditional family recipes.

Never mind the fancy name, the "château" is actually a former prison—the Mediterranean equivalent of Alcatraz. Built in the 16th century, the island jail was the setting for Dumas's classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Today, the guards have been replaced with guides.

Across the Seine from the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d'Orsay is Paris's premier museum of Impressionism, displaying works from 1848 to 1914.