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.
The Prescription Cocktail Club is a Left Bank lounge and drinking den from nightlife entrepreneurs Romee de Goriainoff and Pierre-Charles Cros, who are responsible for bringing the city other speakeasy type establishments like the Experimental Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor.
For vintage threads, this boutique situated among the gardens of the Palais Royal attracts a well-heeled clientele.
Chateau Pichon-Longueville is known locally as Pichon Baron. Located northwest of Bordeaux along the Garonne River between the towns of Pauillac and Saint-Julien Beychevelle, the domaine includes 172 acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grapes.
Yes, it's touristy, but how can you miss the chance to see the gardens? Grounds stay open till November 1 and are ablaze in autumn hues.
Arnaud Maurières and Eric Ossart's enthralling one-of-a-kind garden, Le Jardin de l'Alchimiste, showcases the sorcerous power of plants and the sometimes spooky medieval art of alchemy.