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.
Along the banks of the Canal St.-Martin, a bright orange façade marks the location of Artazart, one of the most celebrated art and design bookstores in Europe. The company began as an online venture before opening this store in the 10th Arrondissement in September 2000.
Set amidst high-end shops on the Left Bank, Le Bac á Glaces, or Ice Tray, specializes in ice cream and sorbets made the old-fashioned way in various all-natural flavors developed by founder Silvain Yoel. Unique combinations include cherry with peppermint and pear with lemon.
As the world speed record holder, the TGV is the fastest way to travel throughout Europe. Every day roughly 450 trains zip back and forth at a speed of up to 322 kph (201 mph) through a network of cities.
A trip to Paris is not complete with a jaunt along the Left Bank, or the Latin Quarter, home of the University of Paris. A typical walk begins at Saint-Michel fountain before heading toward the Pantheon. Many luminaries are buried here including Rousseau, Voltaire, and Madame Curie.
Opened in 1852, The Drouot Richelieu in the Ninth Arrondissement is the oldest auction house in the world.
Opened by French-American Vanessa Elia in 2004, this high-end flower retailer on Avenue Paul-Doumer has a single overriding passion: to bring 150 varieties of the popular orchid flower to its Parisian devotees.
For nearly 30 years, L’Eclaireur boutiques have innovatively displayed high-end fashion finds. Now the family-owned company’s fifth—but far from chainlike—boutique is doing double duty not just as a source for women’s clothing, accessories, and objets, but also as a chic watering hole.