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.
Founded by sisters Katia and Vanessa Sanchez, Des Petits Hauts (which translates to “The Little Tops”) is an ultra-feminine clothing boutique with multiple locations in Paris, Lyon, and Orleans.
Swedish wine writer and author Britt Karlsson, a Paris resident since 1990, organizes 20 tours annually to wine regions in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Austria.
Built between 1802 and 1804, the pedestrian-only Pont des Arts bridge is a sought after destination among romantics and artists, who turn out in droves throughout the year to marvel at sunsets over the Seine.
Nestled in the very hip 3rd Arrondissement, this minuscule boîte has the look of a cultivated living room. Its dove-gray walls, white curtains, Empire-style chairs, Baccarat glasses, and many candles make it an ideal haven for a simple glass of champagne as an aperitif or a nightcap.
The 2007 winner of the Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris (the best baguette in Paris contest), Arnaud Delmontel’s namesake boulangerie (bakery) frequently has a line of customers extending out the front door.
The usual suspects (Prada, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent) are punctuated by designs from lesser-known names, such as Luciano Padovan and Sartore.
A few blocks from Notre Dame and the Hotel de Ville, this uncommon stationer in the heart of the Marais district is appreciated for the craftsmanship of its wares.
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.
The largest French airport fragrance and cosmetics store (nearly 6,500 square feet) shimmers in a sleek black-and-white interior. Friendly multilingual staff guide you through the big brands but also niche and designer names, from Viktor & Rolf to Annick Goutal.
Paris-based Thai-American designer, writer, and DJ Pring Pichayanund Chinadahporn (known simply as Pring), began her eponymous shoe and accessories brand in 2007 at her high-end boutique in the heart of the Marais.
This Paris jewelry shop is a fantasy of pure luxury and understated
glamour, an extravaganza of pale creams and beiges, gently curving
display cases and opulent silk-covered furniture, all set off by
sparkling chandeliers and, of course, many, many diamonds. The design by
Just 100 meters from the Eiffel Tower, the Quai Branly Museum draws crowds to its treasure trove of ethnic art. Opened in 2006, the Jean Nouvel-designed complex contains four buildings, with the main one sitting on stilts and adorned with a protruding jumble of 30 colorful cubes.
The acoustic appeal of the crooked Passage des Deux Pavillons, a short, hidden alleyway adjacent to the shops abutting the Palais Royale, has made it a favorite among local opera singers, who occasionally come to practice here on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., rain or shine.