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.

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 museum holds more than 120 of the artist’s works in a 14th-century château.

With art scholar Marie-Charlotte Bouton as your guide, tour St.-Paul-de-Mausole, the hospital where Van Gogh painted 140 works. At the Château Montfaucon, vintner-owner Rodolphe de Pins shares secrets from the property's wine caves.

Chaumet, jewelers to Napoleon, and Van Cleef & Arpels divide this elegant space beneath photos of the real Place Vendôme. Fine jewelry and watches can be reserved ahead and delivered to your gate.

Settled by the Romans in the first century B.C., the Fifth Arrondissement is one of the oldest districts in the city. Located on the Left Bank, the neighborhood is home to the Latin Quarter and its many universities, including those housed in the Sorbonne.

Sylvie Chateigner opened this Paris vintage shop with an ironic name between the Place de la République and the Canal St.-Martin in 1994.

The Sètois take their cocktails seriously. Join the crowds ordering aperitifs at this sleek bar overlooking the docks.