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.
The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.
Formerly of Christian Dior and Hermès, impeccably pedigreed shoe designer, Pierre Hardy, displays his sculptural shoes at a black-lacquered space at Palais Royal Gardens.
A striking Art Deco boulangerie complete with starburst light fixtures, 1930’s mirrors, and curved display cases, Boulangerie Bechu, in the heart of the chic 16th Arrondissement, is also a tearoom.
20 Sur 20 is a tiny costume jewelry shop in the 1ère arrondisement. Located on a narrow street just one-half block from the Seine river, the store’s gray and white façade has Art Deco lettering and large picture windows looking to welcoming to those who love les bijoux.
Open for public tours; also hosts multicourse wine-pairing dinners twice a year—book early.
Wellness seekers find health, fitness, and spa offerings at Hotel Bel-Ami Spa in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.
No matter how jaded you are, you just have to cry, seeing those crosses stretch into the horizon.