Things to do in Paris

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If you want to stroll some of the world’s most beautiful gardens, galleries, and streets while choosing which iconic monument to visit next, then the... Read More

If you want to stroll some of the world’s most beautiful gardens, galleries, and streets while choosing which iconic monument to visit next, then there’s plenty of things to do in Paris while you’re here.

The City of Light never fails to deliver, whether sitting outside one of its Old World corner cafés or at the patisseries selling warm croissants, at the underground jazz clubs, chic boutiques, or exceptional museums. Fashion and art lovers shouldn’t miss the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, which includes works by Basquiat and Jeff Koons. The recently restored and reopened Picasso Museum, in an exquisite 17th century mansion in the Marais, contains some 5,000 works. History buffs will love the Catacombs, a somewhat macabre but fascinating underground tomb. And if you’re swept away by all the addictive French food, you can learn how to make it yourself before you depart, by taking a class at La Cuisine Paris.

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    Carnavalet Museum

    Housed in two 16th century mansions, the Carnavalet Museum details Paris's history back to its earliest Neolithic roots. Recreations of salons and... Read More

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    Catacombs

    The creepy Paris Catacombs is an underground labyrinth stocking the remains of about six million Parisians, removed from cemeteries at the end of the... Read More

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    Fondation Louis Vuitton

    This Frank Gehry masterpiece in the Bois de Boulogne went up in 2014, ruffling a few Parisian feathers with its daring design in the quiet calm of the... Read More

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    La Cuisine Paris

    Think "Paris," and food is probably the second thing to come to mind—after the Eiffel Tower, of course. At La Cuisine, a team of English-speaking chefs... Read More

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    La Monnaie de Paris

    The old Paris mint has been reinvented into an exhibition space, inaugurated in 2014, hosting visiting shows of a more contemporary nature. While other... Read More

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    Les Docks de Seine: Cité de la Mode et du Design

    The striking green façade overlooking the Seine is the calling card for this center of design and culture. It houses the Museum of Art Ludique, the... Read More

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    Luxembourg Gardens

    Created in 1612 around the palace built by Marie de Medici, this graceful garden on the Left Bank is a delightful spot to relax and wander among its... Read More

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    Mogador Theater

    Dating back to World War I, this English-style music hall once hosted operettas and plays. Today, the theatre, which is just up the street from the more... Read More

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    Opéra Garnier

    During the renovations of Paris in the late 1800s, few monuments constructed could equal the grandeur of the palatial Opera Garnier. With nearly 2,000... Read More

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    Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The most famous cemetery in Paris, and one of the most recognizable in the world, Pere Lachaise is the final resting place for many celebrities.... Read More

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    Petite Ceinture

    The former elevated train tracks that once circled Paris are slowly opening back up to the public as green spaces for jogging and strolling. The newest... Read More

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    Philharmonie de Paris

    The newest musical venue in Paris, the Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris finally opened in 2015, boasting a 2,400 seat concert hall that is now... Read More

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    Picasso Museum

    Stunningly restored and reopened in 2014, the Picasso Museum is located in an exquisite 17th century mansion in the Marais. The collection contains some... Read More

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    Saint Sulptice

    This oft-overlooked church on the Left Bank plays second fiddle to Notre Dame, but that's probably a good thing. Housing a few paintings by French... Read More

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    THATLou

    The Louvre offers so much beyond the Mona Lisa, but few tourists seek out more than this tiny little painting by da Vinci. THATLou changes all that by... Read More

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