Paris

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.

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.

Recently rejuvenated after a $390 million renovation, notable architecture has been a symbol of Charles de Gaulle Airport since it opened in 1974. Today, look for showstopping features, such as moving sidewalks in glass tubes that crisscross through a soaring atrium.

Since launching in 2000, this cutting-edge boutique in Le Marais has expanded with a multidisciplinary studio and film division that covers everything from music videos to TV commercials.

More than a suburb of nearby Paris, more than one of the most ambitious architectural endeavors undertaken by man, more even, than one of the most dizzying, dazzling tourist sites in the Western world, the Palace of Versailles is an immaculately preserved symbol of history, in particular of the s

If your idea of an ideal day is whiling it away in a Left Bank wine bar or literary salon, Pittsburgh native and sometime-local resident Terrance Gelenter has an eclectic mix of tours led by people like author, film historian, and raconteur John Baxter.

Founded by Jean-Placid Mauclaire in 1928 as an independent cinema and meeting place for creative minds near the Montmartre Cemetery, Studio 28 has a gray front with red steps and its name in neon above the arched doorway.

Since February 2005, creative director Josephus Thimister, formerly of Balenciaga, has boosted Jourdan's style quotient and given the label's classic pump a sexy new contour.

Galerie J Kugel is one of the most distinguished antique dealers in the city. The galerie is housed inside Hôtel Collot, which is a palatial neoclassical Louis Visconti-designed building along the banks of the Seine in the 7ème arrondissement.

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.

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.

TGV

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.