France Travel Guide
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.
At her flagship store for a line of goods that permeates European and Asian markets and can be found in upscale hotel room bathrooms around the world, Camille Goutal continues the perfumery tradition of excellence that her mother began before her.
Home to more than 40,000 films—one of the largest collections in the world—La Cinémathèque Française was first established by Henri Langlois in 1936.
Nestled in the very hip 3rd Arrondissement, this minuscule boîte has the look of a cultivated living room. Its dove-gray walls, white curtains, Empire-style chairs, Baccarat glasses, and many candles make it an ideal haven for a simple glass of champagne as an aperitif or a nightcap.
From the exterior, this flagship location of designer Isabel Marant’s boutique looks more like a weathered British pub than haute-fashion epicenter.