Paris

Things to do in Paris

After more than a decade of renovations, the main gallery under the soaring glass roof of the Grand Palais is a favorite show venue for fashion houses like Dior and Chanel and exhibits like “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures.” As impressive as this turn-of-the-last-century structure is from the outside, t

On the quiet Rue de Babylone in Paris’ Seventh Arrondissement, tucked behind a wall among trees, vines, and neighboring buildings, is a red, brown, and green Japanese pagoda accented with stained glass; it got its start as a ballroom in 1896.

The book and music store has high ceilings and an eclectic mix.

The biggest luxury department store in Europe, Galeries Lafayette opened in 1893 and is now home to hundreds of designer shops as well as the world’s largest perfumery.

The bustling Puces de Paris St. Ouen, a.k.a Paris Flea Market, is the setting for this four-hour tour offered on Saturdays and Sundays by Toma Clark Haines, an American expat living in Europe.

In a city known for grand parks, Parc Monceau in Paris’ eighth arrondissement stands in pleasant contrast. Laid out in an English style in 1769 as a place for celebrations by the future Duke of Orléans, it was acquired by the state after his trip to the guillotine.

Vélib’ is an affordable public bike-sharing system in Paris with approximately 20,000 two-wheelers and 1,800 stations. The three-speed gray bikes come with LED lights, a locking system, and a basket.

The Prescription Cocktail Club is a Left Bank lounge and drinking den from nightlife entrepreneurs Romee de Goriainoff and Pierre-Charles Cros, who are responsible for bringing the city other speakeasy type establishments like the Experimental Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor.