Things to do in Paris
Over the centuries, millions have fallen for Paris. Whether you’re a romantic, history buff, fashion maven, foodie, or culture hound (or all of the above), you will find plenty of things to do in Paris to fill your days and your nights. The City of Light never fails to deliver, inspiring swooning at Old World corner cafés and patisseries selling the world’s best croissants, underground jazz clubs, impossibly chic boutiques, and exceptional museums that will make your heart flutter. And there’s always the iconic and ever-beautiful Eiffel Tower.
Don’t miss Travel + Leisure’s insider finds from the Marais and Montparnasse to Pigalle and Abbesses. Our listings highlight the very best things to do in Paris—many of which celebrate food. From shopping at a 200-year-old kitchen supply store and taking a course at chef Alain Ducasse’s cooking school to a store dedicated solely to cookbooks and gourmet food purveyors, T+L guides you to the city’s best culinary experiences. Shopping is also one of the French city’s favorite pastimes. Let us show you just what to do in Paris, and where to find top artisans, up-and-coming designers, talented jewelry makers, great haute couture, vintage accessories, and uniquely French souvenirs. Whether on your way to a romantic getaway or a dream trip, T+L’s Paris travel guide—with its 530+ listings—is a must-have travel resource.
The utilitarian, oddly chic designs at Yves Andrieux Vincent Jalbert are made from unlikely antique fabrics—parachute nylon, canvas, and cotton originally intended to cover French camping cots.
Children's-wear designer Domitille Brion and her sister Angelique sell chic clothing for girls ages 8 to 18, and many stylish Parisian moms (including Inès de la Fressange) wear the stuff, too.
Whether travelers seek a Chilean cruise, a snowmobile safari in Sweden, or winter in a villa on stilts in Maldives, Voyageurs du Monde makes it happen. For 30 years, this travel company has been committed to trips that offer “specialized destinations” catering to each client.
The merchandise at Paris’s venerable temple of toys has drawn locals and travelers for 170 years. The treasures that built the store’s reputation (and spell magic for kids and parents alike) have included wooden châteaux, rocking horses, and of course, Babar.
Leather, ready-to-wear, lifestyle accessories retailer Hermès has attracted a fashionable clientele since 1837. Its new flagship store opened its doors in the Left Bank in late 2010 with the brand’s signature horseman wearing a flying scarf situated on the roof.
Famed for his fondness for treating shoes like pieces of clothing — fabrics and even zippers often adorn his designs — Bruno Frisoni sells whimsically unique shoes and colorful handbags at his popular Left Bank boutique on Rue de Grenelle.
Lingerie designer Delphine Véron sells her 50s-inspired unmentionables under the Fifi Chachnil pseudonym. With three boutiques in the city, Fifi Chachnil’s Rue St.-Honoré outpost is perhaps the most chic with its pretty picture window and pink awning.