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.
Created as a “declaration of independence” in a world of commercialized fragrance, this is perfumery’s most libertine indie. Offering 18 concoctions for men and women, the scents carry sexy, provocative names such as Sécrétions Magnifiques, Vraie Blonde, and Jasmin et Cigarette.
At this Left Bank shop, renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Gérard Mulot sells what many consider the city's best macarons (cookie-like sandwiches stuffed with buttercream or jam filling).
The newest addition to the high-speed TGV rail line, the TGV Est line zips through 20 destinations in France and to 10 destinations in Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
The geographical center of Paris, the First Arrondissement is home to many of the city’s most renowned landmarks, including the Musée du Louvre; the 1629 Palais Royal (Royal Palace); and the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), the city’s oldest public park.
The Galerie Christine Diegoni in the 18th Arrondisement showcases the best of interior design from the 1950s to 1970s. The three main foci of the gallery are lighting, furniture, and household objects, such as mirrors and plates.
Atelier des Chefs provides one of those must-do-while-in-Paris bucket list experiences: instruction in the preparation of authentic French cuisine. A half-hour to four hours in length, group classes are offered in red and white kitchens with stainless steel tables.
Created by the same manager behind the all-but-inaccessible nightclub Le Baron, this hotel’s restaurant, bar, and lush terrace serve as the Paris headquarters for many of the hottest names on the fashion and art scenes.
Established by designer André Perugia in 1896, this widespread French footwear chain sells trendy, high-quality shoes at reasonable prices.
Offering a unique, yet still Parisian, take on pastries, La Pâtisserie des Rêves in the 16th arrondissement features the work of Phillippe Conticini.
Paris provides ample opportunities to shop for high-dollar brands, but when the shopping list is full of essentials, Monoprix is the answer.
Le Corbusier designed the facade of the building which now houses Spree, an art gallery and high fashion boutique hybrid which stocks everything from women's clothing by Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Maison Martin Margiela to vintage mid-century furniture and books.
Philippe Gosselin learned the art of baking from his father and hails from a family of bread artisans. Since 1989, his boulangerie-pâtisserie has consistently been drawing crowds to Rue St Honoré with his traditional family recipes.
Ever since 1887, when then-unknown Cézanne offered founder Gustave Sennelier tips on his “Couleurs du Quai Voltaire” formulations, this house has been known for creating colors and products to artists’ specifications.
Famed fashion designer and perfumer, Thierry Mugler began crafting clothes at Parisian boutique, Gudule, at the age of 24. Two years later, he was working for some of the biggest ready-to-wear labels in Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona. Mugler opened his first boutique in Paris in 1978.
An interior designer for more than 40 years, Alberto Pinto has been featured in dozens of magazines like Instyle Home, Elle Decoration and Yacht Premiere. His eclectic designs have included projects like an English castle, a Boeing jet and a villa in Kuwait.