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.
Top label-lovers scour the racks of Dominique Balloffet's dépôt-vente (consignment shop) for secondhand Prada skirts, Lanvin shoes, and black Birkin bags.
Ground zero for a dizzying selection of straight-off-the-runway styles, this Italian manufacturer of some of the world's most coveted shoe labels sells its wares at a boutique showroom on Rue de Grenelle.
Located on the Left Bank, the Sixth Arrondissement was a prominent hub of art and philosophy in the 20th century, hosting such personalities as Pablo Picasso, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
The vintage boutique specializes in designer pieces from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.
Right at home on Pigalle's racy Boulevard de Clichy, this over-the-top homage to La Belle Epoque features kitschy striptease routines and a never-ending-parade of topless girls.
Situated in the Eighth Arrondissement just off Avenue Montaigne, this tiny shop sells vintage haute couture from designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Hermés.
Located at either end of Terminal 2E in Charles de Gaulle Airport, these secluded relaxation zones offer a relatively quiet place to relax before or after a flight.
Located on the Left Bank, a short walk from the Pont Neuf, the Action Christine theatre has long been a popular spot for cinephiles who enjoy seeing Tinseltown classics and quality US independents on the big screen.
The Sun King’s palace at Versailles is so vast that three different ASTEL stations rent rowboats, bikes, and electric golf carts to visitors looking to explore the grounds.
The words “fabrication traditionnelle” are emblazoned above the entrance of this antique-filled boulangerie (bakery), advertising Christophe Vasseur’s “traditional manufacturing” of homemade breads.
The oldest chocolate shop in Paris (opened in 1761) is exactly as you would picture it: the classic Parisian storefront says epicere fine (delicatessan) printed above the door in gold belle époque lettering.
Pain d'Epis remains true to its name, which means wheat stalk bread.
What was once a vast, vaulted boat hangar underneath the Right Bank pillars of the city’s most ornate bridge, the Pont Alexandre III is now a popular nightclub that hosts album launches, fashion week after-parties, and other glittery happenings during the week. Starting at 10 p.m.
Become a museum VIP and waltz right past the long lines with the Paris Museum Pass.
Antidote fills a tiny storefront with independent European labels that share an aesthetic of understated cool: Italy’s Kristina Ti, Danish line Day Birger & Mikkelsen, the French Stella Cadente, Bash, and more.