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.
For Bonpoint's iconic baby clothes—pin tucks! smocking! hand-knitted booties!—priced at 30 percent off, this French brand's Fin de Séries Outlet is the place to go on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche).
The name in translation, simply enough, is "cakes and bread." Run by Claire Damon, this pastry shop and bakery occupies a corner along the Boulevard Pasteur and Rue Mizon in a slightly out-of-the-way section of the 15th arrondissement.
Across the Seine from the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d'Orsay is Paris's premier museum of Impressionism, displaying works from 1848 to 1914.
Situated in the 11th Arrondissement, this feminine, pink-and-white bookstore is dedicated entirely to cooking. Founded by Andrea Wainer, Laetitia Bertrand, and Natalie Redard, the shop sells a wide variety of cookbooks, chef biographies, and volumes on everything from kitchen disasters to the his
With its always-surprising mix of art, high-tech gadgets, music, books, and individualistic curios, Colette has quite simply become the bellwether for all things stylish in the capital of style.
Enjoy a dozen high-quality roses from artisan small producers at Odorantes near the Eglise St.-Sulpice, a floral boutique patronized by a who's who of celebrities.
Catherine B has been collecting vintage Chanel and Hermès pieces for more than two decades. Whether shoppers are searching for a discontinued Birkin bag, the perfect color Kelly bag, or a rare silk scarf, the store's hand-curated collection of more than 1,500 pieces is bound to have it.
Owned by Jean Noel Julien for 20 years and located at 75 rue St. Honoré, Boulangerie Julien was awarded best crescent in Paris by the BBC in 2005 and best pain au chocolat in 2007.
Lydia Courteille is a haute couture jewelry designer with just one boutique on the ever-chic Rue St.-Honoré. Just around the corner from the dramatic Place Vendôme, the boutique is quite unassuming outside with royal blue wainscoting and a brass Lydia Courteille sign.
Five minutes outside of Versailles, this modern-designed spa within the Les Étangs de Corot Hotel lies on a sprawling landscape of ponds, forests, and gardens in the small town of Ville-d’ Avray.
Claudia Strasser, who runs a New York—based interiors business called the Paris Apartment, has decades of experience showing American clients around Parisian markets.
Located in the Nineteenth Arrondissement, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the steepest park in Paris. The 23-hectare park was commissioned by Napoleon III and officially opened at the World Fair of 1867.
The long line down the sidewalk in front of this Latin Quarter bakery says it all: Boulanger de Monge is a local favorite. Fastidious bread bakers are in full view of throngs of spectators outside through the front window, making for a show while people wait to get in.
Arguably the most beautiful bookshop in the world—and the first English-language one on the continent—Galignani is a meeting place that verges on house of worship.
Located in the heart of the stylish Hotel DeVille district, on the northern bank of the Seine, the Different Company, true to its name, is a different sort of boutique shopping experience. The store is owned and operated by famed French perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena and his daughter, Celine.