France Travel Guide
This oft-overlooked church on the Left Bank plays second fiddle to Notre Dame, but that's probably a good thing. Housing a few paintings by French painter Eugene Delacroix, the church is better known for its role in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code.
The Louvre offers so much beyond the Mona Lisa, but few tourists seek out more than this tiny little painting by da Vinci. THATLou changes all that by assembling teams that explore the museum on a themed scavenger hunt, be it food, animals, or signs of love.
Stunningly restored and reopened in 2014, the Picasso Museum is located in an exquisite 17th century mansion in the Marais. The collection contains some 5,000 works, including paints, drawings, and sculptures set throughout the museum's four floors.
The newest musical venue in Paris, the Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris finally opened in 2015, boasting a 2,400 seat concert hall that is now home to Paris's symphony.
The former elevated train tracks that once circled Paris are slowly opening back up to the public as green spaces for jogging and strolling. The newest section in the 15th district features a little slice of nature cutting through the urban jungle.
The most famous cemetery in Paris, and one of the most recognizable in the world, Pere Lachaise is the final resting place for many celebrities. Visitors can wander the mausoleums and tombs of personalities like Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and Chopin, among thousands of others.
During the renovations of Paris in the late 1800s, few monuments constructed could equal the grandeur of the palatial Opera Garnier. With nearly 2,000 seats, the enormous theater is the official home to Paris's ballet, though opera performances are also produced here.
Dating back to World War I, this English-style music hall once hosted operettas and plays. Today, the theatre, which is just up the street from the more impressive Opéra Garnier, stages French adaptations of iconic Broadway and West End musicals, including Cabaret and Cats.
Created in 1612 around the palace built by Marie de Medici, this graceful garden on the Left Bank is a delightful spot to relax and wander among its many statues, trees, shrubs, flower beds, and the beautiful Medici Fountain, dating from 1630.
The striking green façade overlooking the Seine is the calling card for this center of design and culture. It houses the Museum of Art Ludique, the world's first museum dedicated to entertainment arts like manga and other cartoons.
The old Paris mint has been reinvented into an exhibition space, inaugurated in 2014, hosting visiting shows of a more contemporary nature.
Think "Paris," and food is probably the second thing to come to mind—after the Eiffel Tower, of course. At La Cuisine, a team of English-speaking chefs host cooking classes to help clients recreate iconic French items like baguettes, croissants, and macarons.
This Frank Gehry masterpiece in the Bois de Boulogne went up in 2014, ruffling a few Parisian feathers with its daring design in the quiet calm of the public park. It hosts works belonging to the luxury group LVMH, including pieces by Basquiat and Jeff Koons, among others.
The creepy Paris Catacombs is an underground labyrinth stocking the remains of about six million Parisians, removed from cemeteries at the end of the 18th century.
Housed in two 16th century mansions, the Carnavalet Museum details Paris's history back to its earliest Neolithic roots. Recreations of salons and drawing rooms, dozens of paintings from the 19th century, and the preserved bed chamber of writer Marcel Proust are all on display.