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.
Situated at the foot of Montmartre, this iron-and-glass Baltard-style structure was a 19th-century marketplace before it was converted into a cultural center in 1986.
Craftsman boulanger Eric Kayser’s flagship store in Paris opened its doors in 1996. Inside, walls of freshly baked artisan breads and colorful tarts provide edible artwork to the masses.
The legendary gallery has been selling affordably priced art for more than half a century, and its walls are lined with some of the most famous examples. For under $50, you can buy a Miró reproduction; lithographs by Braque and others cost $155.
For restored, vintage, and pre-owned Hermès and Louis Vuitton trunks, leather goods, and jewelry, Le Monde du Voyage is the place to go. Located in the heart of the Paris Flea Market (Les Puces), this shop has been in business for more than two decades.
Designed in the 17th century, Église St.-Sulpice is a “monument to the faith of past centuries.” Under the direction of Father Jean-Loup Lacroix, visitors can attend masses, lauds and vespers, eucharist adoration, confession, and rosary.
Haute couture jewelry designer Adeline Roussel runs her bauble business from both this boutique and her atelier in Jaipur, India.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport (XDT) is Europe’s No. 2 airport (after London’s Heathrow) in the number of passengers this aeronautic hub accommodates each year. Also known as Roissy for its northwestern location outside Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport has three vast terminals.
The bustling Puces de Paris St. Ouen, a.k.a Paris Flea Market, is the setting for this four-hour tour offered on Saturdays and Sundays by Toma Clark Haines, an American expat living in Europe.
In a city known for grand parks, Parc Monceau in Paris’ eighth arrondissement stands in pleasant contrast. Laid out in an English style in 1769 as a place for celebrations by the future Duke of Orléans, it was acquired by the state after his trip to the guillotine.
The Charles de Gaulle airport is the first to offer Espaces Detente Service (Relaxation and Service Areas). The first of these multimedia "bars" are located in Terminal 2F in the baggage claim near carousels 21 and 26.
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.
Just around the corner from the historic Hotel DeVille, Alter Mundi specializes in organic, fair trade clothes with urban edge.
Located on the Right Bank, the 11th Arrondissement is one of the city's most densely populated neighborhoods. The district's most notable feature is the Place de la Bastille.
Tucked in a corner of the Tuileries Gardens near the Champs Élysées is this building reminiscent of a Greek temple, with large columns on its stone façade. Inside, is a rotating collection of photography, film, and video from the 19th to 21st centuries.
Opened by Charles Drouant in 1880, this storied restaurant in Place Gaillon occupies the same building it has since its 19th-century founding as a tobacco bar.