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.

A labor of love assembled by owner Alain-Paul Ruzé, this chic boutique on Rue Mozart has been called the world's smallest department store.

Besides trading in colorful produce and lusty charcuterie, this petite marché in the Marais (one of the oldest in Paris) is the spot for an affordable meal assembled from the variety of ethnic prepared-food stands.

Eric Bompard was trekking across the Gobi desert in Mongolia when he came across the Capra Hisca, a goat with a long, soft hair that insulated it from the cold. That encounter began his obsession with cashmere, which led him to launch his own clothing line.

A restored Victorian gingerbread guinguette (drinking place) set in the leafy woods of Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Rosa Bonheur revives the 19th-century tradition of lazing away the afternoon drinking in the out-of-doors.

It's all in the family at this brightly lit corner bakery in the Gambetta district that's named after founder Bernard Ganachaud's own la flûte gana (thin baguette), the moniker of which he patented.

As much an institution as the better-known La Coupole, Select, and Closerie des Lilas nearby, the cozy Rosebud hasn’t changed noticeably in the 50-odd years since Sartre used to come by for a drink.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the largest open air market in Paris is held on the Avenue du President Wilson. White trucks bring goods from the French countryside, including inexpensive table wines, cheeses, oils, home baked breads, sweets, and vegetables.