So, you’ve finished doing 150 things in London and you’re looking for somewhere to go next. Well, Paris has always been a perfect place to
When it comes to places to go in Paris everyone seems to know the most obvious ones – the Eiffel tower at night or walk along the Champs-Élysées towards the arc de triomphe. But, not everyone knows every place on this list, not even close!
Below is a list of what to see in Paris that is in no particular order – perhaps subconsciously we’ve put all the most famous attractions at the top, but that isn’t supposed to be an indication of quality. Deep in the depths of this article you will find things to interest even the most travel shy and to make them turn their gallic shrug into a leap of joy.
No descripton needed – a universal symbol for lovers everywhere. Although security has tightened around it, perhaps spoiling the views from close up, it is still something that has to be seen at least once in life…well twice, day and night!
The Catacombs of Paris contain the remains of more than six million people in a section of a tunnel network built to bring together Paris’ ancient stone mines. This has to be booked in advance and is usually very busy!
Arc de Triomphe
Built to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Inaugurated on the 29th July 1836, the arch is used in many celebrations, such as the new years lights show. Beneath us lies the tomb of the unknown soldier from world war 1.
1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 70 metres (230 ft) wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. It is a fantastic place to stroll down – yes, stroll, not walk because the sheer amount on display takes a while to go in.
The most famous European pyramid, the world’s most visited museum, the only one place where you can see (and take a selfie with) the mona lisa. If you are well and truly interested in art then you are going to want to take a day, possibly two to go and explore the whole place. Rooms are absolutely packed with priceless pieces of art that deserve to be admired. If you just want to tour the most famous pieces because you are short on time etc.. then you only need about an hour. Do be mindful of the fact that it is the world’s most visited museum and therefore attempting to go mid-day during tourist season is a real waste of your time. Make the effort to get up extra early and see the Mona Lisa first. The vast majority of people entering the museum are only really interested in that and therefore it pays to be as far away as possible when the herd arrives.
Notre-Dame de Paris
Where “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” took place. It also, arguably, has a lot to thank Victor Hugo (author of the aforementioned book) for, as the cathedral was heavily damaged during the French Revolution and it was only after his book (1831) that interest in the cathedral’s restoration (1845) came about.
Père-Lachaise is the celebrity cemetery. From Balzac to Chopin (interestingly without his heart – his heart is in Poland in Saint Cross church in Warsaw – he was Polish after all) to Oscar Wilde and jim morrison.
Montmartre – Wall of Love
Montmartre is a large hill in the northeast of Paris and is best known for its artistic environment where a number of world-renowned artists, including Monet, Picasso and Renoir. It’s a fantastically beautiful and open place – well worth a visit even on a rainy day.
It houses one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art. Aside from works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, there’s a collection from the Art Nouveau era and lots of sculpture. All of it can be oggled at from the café behind the museum’s giant transparent clock.
The home of the can can and I’m sure it’s also home to a great many other things. Arguably the most famous nightlife venue in the world and once again, well worth a visit even to just see the outside of it lit up. It does have a rather extensive waiting list if memory serves me well so it is recommended to book in advance and not just wait til the morning on your visit. It really is the quintessential Parisian night time experience and one of the best places to go in Paris.
Musée National Rodin
Without doubt one of Paris’ most romantic green bits, covered with statues by Rodin, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and Balzac. A stroll among fine art, if you’re into that sort of thing then it doesn’t get much better anywhere in the world.
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the Kings of France from Louis XIV in 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, located 30 minutes outside Paris. We drove there without a problem and the queue wasn’t too bad even though it looked huge. We were slightly confused about how to start our walk around, but once we did it was worth the wait. The gardens are absolutely stunning as well, if you manage to find the time.
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a Roman catholic church sitting atop of the Montmartre hill. It is a Parisian landmark and popular place to visit when you tour around Montmartre. It’s also a place that personally I’ve never visited. The only time I’ve managed to see it was in the rear view mirror as we drove out of Paris. One day I’ll get there… It’s also a favourite place to watch the Bastille day fireworks from (apparently).
Le Crazy Horse
Unlike Paris’s other cabarets, the Crazy Horse doesn’t have a restaurant. However, it has undergone a change of artistic direction and limelight brought in by Dita Von Teese (who performed here for a while) and by all accounts it’s breathed new life into it. It’s a rather avant-garde place where you will see nudity, but it doesn’t seem to be seedy at all…not sure how they managed it, but it’s an interesting attraction (the place in generally!).
Allow yourself a break in the Tuileries Garden located right next to the Louvre. Another fantastic bit of green space in the heart of Paris. It does come with a small amusement park – probably very small depending on where you’re from and therefore probably a great place if you’re with kids. It’s a great place to relax after walking around the Louvre.
The Paris Passages
The Parisian arcades are a thing of beauty – Galerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, Galerie Véro-Dodat, and Passage Colbert are arguably the best options. They’re the city’s original shopping centres and full of tiny boutiques, bookstores, antique shops, cafés, and other quaint Parisian spots. Once you’ve seen the big picture of Paris in all it’s outward splendour, then walking the passages are a great way to enjoy the detail and finery that really makes Paris what it is.
St-Ouen flea market and antiques fair
Be amazed by bearskin rugs, antique tapestries and brass diving bells and all other necessary household items in the rather expensive flea market. It’s most likely the largest of it’s kind in the world and also the most likely to make your wallet significantly lighter. If you’re like us, and like looking at expensive things, then it’s a great place to go for a wander.
Au Pied de Cochon
Au Pied de Cochon is a fantastic foodie attraction, whose lights have been on since 1947: it serves every part of the pig you can think of (yes, really), around the clock.
“Here, you push a gilt pig’s foot to get to the toilets, and dunk a pink meringue piglet in your coffee – and eat stuffed trotters, head cassoulet, smoked belly, tail, ear and brawn… hardly a light supper, but a genuine thrill for fans of eating ‘nose to tail’.”
Musée de l’Orangerie
The impressionist art gallery Musée de l’Orangerie (Orangerie Museum) is found in the west corner of the Tuileries Garden, and is best known for hosting eight “Water Lilies” murals by Monet and other masterpieces of Renoir and Picasso.
King Louis IX had the rather peculiar hobby of accumulating holy artifacts. In the 1240s, he bought what was advertised as the Crown of Thorns, and ordered Pierre de Montreuil to design a shrine. The result was Sainte-Chapelle. The windows show hundreds of scenes from the Old and New Testaments, finishing with the Apocalypse.
Parc du Champ de Mars
Bring a blanket, wine and other French fancies that you can find to this expanse of greenery and wait for the light show at dusk to allow the Eiffel Tower to amaze you in all her glory.
Fashion Saturdays at Le Bristol
Le Bristol Paris is the chic-est hotel that brings in a fabulously chic base. To allow for said style-conscious visitors, the hotel organizes a special haute couture version of high tea.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
For a surreal view of French culture, dive into the permanent collections of Paris’ Museum of Modern Art. Although modern art isn’t for everyone – it has to be said that Paris has very much been at the centre of the art world and what is now traditional was once modern as well. Worth keeping in mind.
Every summer, several spots around the city are transformed into pop-up beaches, each with its own unique theme. Island hopping the beaches of Paris…doesn’t sound too bad really, does it?
Palais de Tokyo
Arguably the coolest, hippest, liveliest space for modern and contemporary art in Paris
Only the finest local produce at this wonderous covered food market (so yes, it’s worth it even in the rain!). It’s everything you would expect from a food market in Paris. Really, think of a stereotype and you’re probably there.
Despite looking like a fairytale castle, during the Revolution it served as a prison for those awaiting the guillotine, including Queen Marie-Antoinette. Today, the main draw is simply it’s architecture, although it does still have some mock prison cells.
Panthéon – Latin Quarter
The Panthéon is home to a crypt containing the tombs of famous French figures such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo and Marie (Sklodowska) Curie (who was Polish). It’s also in the lively Latin quarter, which isn’t to be missed, so why not combine the two?
There are quite a few secret clubs and lounges hiding around the city that make your evening out feel even more exclusive than an evening out in Paris already is. There’s the wildly successful Experimental Cocktail Club, which began the craft cocktail scene in Paris.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Although it’s one of the steeper walks in Paris, it’s worth a visit for the escape that it provides. For most of us an escape from a holiday in Paris isn’t needed, but for those wanting to really get into the Paris spirit of things then this is going to be somewhat essential – and something that I can almost guarantee your friends haven’t done. If nothing else then this park has a waterfall in it – it’s not huge, but STILL!
Situated along the River Seine, Saint-Germain-des-Près is a traditional Parisian neighborhood punctuated by upscale shops, galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. It is also a great place a for night on the town.
Musée de Cluny
Medieval art, unicorn tapestries and Roman baths – what else do you need to know?!
The sculptor famed for works like “The Kiss” has a little place in the world just outside the pompidou centre – lovingly created.
The Musée Picasso houses over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archive pieces demonstrating the creative process of Pablo Picasso.
The elevated railway-turned-park that inspired New York City’s popular west side destination.
Yet another perfect picnic spot – oh Paris!
“Designed in the 1970s by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, the Centre Pompidou garners attention for its high-tech style and unique colorful tubular façade. In addition to being an eye-grabbing feat of modern architecture, the Centre also houses the city’s vast Public Information Library, the IRCAM music research institute, one of the city’s best views on it’s top floor and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest modern art museum in Europe.”
The Eiffel Tower Apartment
Only recently made viewable to the public, Gustave Eiffel’s secret apartment is located on the third level of the tower. It’s still decorated in the same way as it was when it was used for hosting prestigious guests all those years ago.
Medieval style streets, upmarket and boutique shops, plenty of cafes to watch the world go by. That was definitely my definition of Paris and I think that I found it.
The inspiration for phantom of the opera. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and a story about the use of a former ballet pupil’s skeleton. It’s absolutely breath-takingly beautiful and I don’t use that term lightly. If you get the chance to see an opera or even a ballet at this wonderous venue then by all means take it.
You just have to, don’t you? One of each please!
Arènes de Lutèce
Dating back to 1AD, it is thought to be the longest Roman amphitheatre ever constructed. The long lost gladiatorial fights have been repalced by the rather tame pétanque, although it does seem like the competitors do take it just as seriously.
Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
Paris is famous for its year-round flea markets. The biggest of them all is the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen—or as it’s more commonly referred to, Clignancourt. It covers seven hectacres (700 metres squared) with over 3,000 merchants in 15 different sections, drawing up to 180,000 visitors each weekend. If you would like to explore it all…well…you probably won’t be able to, so go with an action plan of what you’d like to see (and how you’d like to escape!)
Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
While no where near as huge as the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, it does have a spirit of it’s own and, if you arrive early enough, you might even snag a bargain before anyone even knows it’s gone!
This cobblestoned market street is stuffed with artisanal bakers, cheese makers and gourmet sweet shops. Visit it on a Saturday when it closes off to create a massive food market!
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Like dinosaurs? This is the place for you. As well for all things natural history.
The ultimate Paris shopping experience can be found here in the dazzling (literally and metaphorically) Galeries Lafayette. Situated just next to the stunning Opéra, the department store has 3 blocks of buildings to present you some of the most upmarket stores including Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Also, right at the very top, is an amazing view of Paris!
Pont Alexandre III
Built for the 1900 World Exposition, the Pont Alexandre III is now a listed historical monument and is most likely one of the most beautiful crossings in the world.
Otherwise known as the Temple of Love, this structure sits on an island in the middle of Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes,. It’s really rather serene and quiet (more romantic) and provides a great little escape for you and a loved one. Or, if you’re use, a loved one and a cat.
Wander up rue de Belleville to see where Edith Piaf is said to have been born under a street lamp, then right onto rue Dénoyez where you’ll find Paris’ best street art. End your tour with awe-inspiring views of the city from leafy Parc de Belleville.
Tango on the Seine
If the mood so takes you, go to the amphitheaters that line the Seine in the 5th arrondissement. Here, dancers and lovers gather in the evenings to tango til’ twilight. There are also plenty of on-lookers too, if you’d rather bring a bottle of wine and people-watch.
The Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge across the River Seine. Constructed during medieval times, the ancient stone bridge connects Île de la Cité (Notre Dame cathedral) – the island in the middle of the river – to the left and right banks.
One of the best ways to discover the City of Light is to cruise along the enchanting River Seine on a Bateau-Mouche riverboat.
Musée des Arts Forains
A collection of carnival curiosities and fun fair attractions.
Place de la Bastille – Bastille Market
The Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square) is the former locale of the Bastille prison where the “Storming of the Bastille” took place and marked the start of the French Revolution.
La Madeleine (Madeleine Church)
It might be mistaken for an ancient Greek Temple due to the exterior. It is, in fact, a Roman catholic church designed as a pantheon to the glory of Napoleon’s army.
Vintage Car Tour
A company called 4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie offers a unique Paris tour experience. Get chauffeured around in a vintage convertible Citröen 2CV by a local Breton-stripes-wearing guide with unsurpassed knowledge of the city. Although some may consider it a tad tacky – we think it’s all rather cute and most definitely educational. If you want to speed up your places to go in Paris tour then this is definitely one way of doing it.
The Tour Montparnasse is the only skyscraper in the city of Paris. While it’s not exactly as luxurious looking as the rest of Paris, a trip to the rooftop will give you an unobstructed 360° panoramic view over the whole city.
Château de Chambord
The nearly 500 year-old Château de Chambord (Chambord Castle) located southeast to Paris is the largest and most visited chateau in the Loire Valley. Built by King Francis I as his “hunting lodge”, the castle boasts a magnificent French Renaissance architectural style and offers stunning sceneries with its surrounding gardens and forests.
For a less risqué experience than you’ll find at Crazy Horse, the Folies Bergère has replaced its seductive, feathered performances with musicals, comedy and dance shows—but the grandeur of old remains.
Palace of Fontainebleau
The Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal palaces and served as a residence for the French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III.
Karl Lagerfeld’s own library. A sleek, fashionable space that’s a treasure trove of beautiful books. It’s also where the Chanel designer discreetly houses his photo studio.
Giverny – Monet’s House and Garden
Jump into Monet’s “Water Lilies” in Giverny, where the impressionist master lived for over 40 years and created some of his most distinguished masterpieces.
For the young and the old. For the everyday and for the special occassion. Disneyland is a fantastic experience even for proper grown up grown-ups.
Sunset Cruise on the Seine
Book a romantic dinner cruise on the Bateaux Mouches for date night—violins and a piano set the mood as you dine and watch the City of Light fade from glowing sunset into illuminated night.
Fireworks and the Eiffel Tower. Be advised, this is the only time of year that this happens – it doesn’t happen on new year’s eve.
La Vallée Village
Located close to Disneyland Paris, this outlet centre includes 115 luxury outlet boutiques ranging from high-fashion to lifestyle brands such as Ferragamo, Burberry and Armani. Definitely one of the top places to go shopping in Paris – depending on your budget, of course.
La Fête de la Musique
This summer music festival is held each year on June 21st. Hundreds of musicians, ranging in genre, give free performances in the streets, bars, and cafés all over Paris.
Château de Chantilly
The Château de Chantilly (Chantilly Castle) along with the lake and gardens is storybook stuff. It’s also home to an art collection that is only bettered by the Louvre itself.
Theme park based on the French comic series “Astérix” and is famous for its large variety of rollercoasters. Definitely not Adam’s thing, but maybe you’re a bit braver than he is!
Parc des Princes – Paris Saint Germain
One of the largest and oldest stadiums in France, the Parc des Princes is the home ground of the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) football team and where they play all of their home matches
La Cinémathèque Fraçaise
The Cinémathèque Française serves as a museum and theater, and boasts one of the most impressive film archives in the world. The collection was started from the personal film store of co-founder Henri Langlois, who smuggled them out of France before the German Occupation. A must-see for any film buff!
Take in a free movie at the fantastic Cinéma en Plein Air that runs each summer in the Parc de la Villette in the northeast of the city.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum and cultural center. The design of the building itself makes it a striking art piece both in and out. It runs many events throughout the year, even for families with young children.
The futuristic architecture and graphic columns that punctuate the plaza are incredibly unique and other-worldly—definitely worth a visit. While you’re here, stop in the 18th-century restaurant Le Grand Vefour tucked away in the corner of the Palais Royal. Opulence abounds in this lavish, historic eatery, where Napoleon and Josephine once dined.
Created by Louis XIV in the 17th Century as a center for wounded or sick soldiers (hence the name). It’s now home to a church, multiple museums, as well as a hospital/home for retired military, in keeping with its original purpose. On top of all of that, Napoleon Bonaparte is buried here.
Sherbet-colored buildings and flower-lined sidewalks, it looks straight out of a storybook. In our opinion it looks like Burano crossed with Notting Hill.
Place de la Concorde
Paris’s largest square was plotted in 1755 and completed in 1772 between the Champs-Elysées and the Tuileries Garden.
In 1789 the square became known as Place de la Révolution. A guillotine was set up, and members of the French nobility, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, were executed here. Today you have to see the fountains created during the reign of Louis-Philippe in the 1830s, and the 3,500-year-old obelisk at the centre, which once stood at the entrance to the Luxor Temple.
Cartier, too, has its own foundation dedicated to promoting contemporary art and making it accessible to the public. While the initiative is similar to that of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the actual building itself is entirely unique.
Place des Vosges
Designed and built in one go at the start of the 17th century, the Place des Vosges is what made the Marais so fashionable for Paris’ upper class over the following 200 years.
Another monument built for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, the Petit Palais is opposite its big brother the Grand Palais, between Pont Alexandre III and the Champs-Élysées.. Inside is the City of Paris Art Museum, which holds its own against the many other cultural attractions nearby.
Maisons de Victor Hugo.
This house is where Hugo lived for 16 years and conveniently, it’s right in Place des Vosges (No.80)
Trace the city of Paris’ journey to where it is today through a series of rooms, gardens, and displays that will take you back in time.
Musée du Quai Branly
Everything about this place is extraordinary. It’s a museum of indigenous art that features a living wall on the outside featuring 1,500 different type of plant / grass and amazing exhibits inside. Well worth a visit.
Create your own bespoke fragrance at this Paris parfumerie. The experts at Nose perform a “scent diagnosis” on clients to get a sense of your individual taste.
Coulée Verte René-Dumont
The lines dates back to 1859 and had been left abandoned since the 1960s before being regenerated by architects Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely. In some places the vegetation that had cropped up along the railway has been kept, while in others, particularly on the Viaduc des Arts in the west, the Coulée Verte has been neatly landscaped with water features.
Musée Nissim de Camondo
In 1911 the banker Moïse de Camondo had this regal Neoclassical mansion built in the 8th arrondissement to house his invaluable collection of decorative arts from the 17th and 18th centuries. The house has been preserved exactly as it was a century ago, with furniture and decorative pieces still in place.
Musée des Arts et Métiers
At the Saint-Martin-des-Champs Priory by the Arts et Métiers Métro station is a museum championing France’s greatest inventions. Foucault’s pendulum, Bartholdi’s model of the Statue of Liberty, a host of early aircraft like Ader Avion III by Clément Ader, a Panhard & Levassor Type A (one of the earliest cars) and Lenoir’s Gas Engine from 1860.
Paris’s second largest church behind the Notre-Dame.
At the beginning of the 20th century the banker Albert Kahn set out on a mission to record the world with photography and film. Over 22 years he sent photographers and cameramen to all corners of the globe,. And the project was only stopped by the Wall Street Crash. In the end “Archives of the Planet” amounted to 72,000 colour pictures and 180,000 metres of film.
This recently-renovated museum houses the largest collection of Picasso’s masterpieces anywhere in the world. Works from every period in the artist’s career can be found at Musée Picasso, along with his own personal art collection.
This hotspot on Avenue Montaigne is the place to go for nearly guaranteed celebrity sightings. As such it’s painfully over-priced, but if you want to go shoulder to shoulder with the stars and other high-flyers then you have to pay a premium. It’s definitely one of the places to go in Paris for the rich and famous at the very least.
Oscar Wilde kept residence in this chic little hotel in the late 1800s, and lived there until his death. Each room at L’Hotel is unique and the gourmet restaurant is wonderful.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Antique French furniture and tablescapes collections are the order of the day at this museum, but there’s never a shortage of pieces on display–or visiting fashion exhibitions.
This island is quieter and more residential when compared to it’s rival, but lovely in its own way. The purpose of a visit now is to escape the crowds, explore its small grid of streets and dine at one of the bistros or brasseries. On the island is Berthillon, an ice cream parlour with worldwide fame for its exotic sorbets.
Every Friday night and head to the Tour Montparnasse for Pari-Roller. The 27 kilometer-long path is closed to traffic and twists and turns you through the city. The route changes often to keep the experience fresh and new. It’s definitely unique way to sight-see, plus it’ll help burn off those extra macaroons!
When it comes to exclusivity, Montana is among the most difficult to get into of all Paris nightclubs. A veritable VIP magnet, especially within the fashion crowd, you’ll be rubbing elbows with the likes of Kate Moss—if you can make it past the doorman. We will give it a go next time, but last time we were in fluorescent winter jackets, so probably not the look they were going for.
Constructed between 1758 and 1790, it was originally intended as a church. But no sooner was it completed than France was in the midst of the Revolution and Mirabeau ordered it to be secularised and turned into a mausoleum for great Frenchmen. Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Rousseau, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas and Émile Zola are all buried here.
Le grand rex
A massive 1930s Art Deco cinema; many a major movie premiere has been held here, and it’s no wonder why!
“This beautiful park, which has inspired many famous paintings, was created in the 18th century for Philippe Egalité, the cousin of Louis XVI and the father of King Louis-Philippe I.”
The best food markets in Paris are a little off the tourist trail, and there’s a great one in Quartier des Quinze-Vingts.
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
This gigantic space is the go to place for French architecture. The main event is the ground floor with a beautiful collection of plaster and wood casts of cathedral portals, columns and gargoyles. Views of the Eiffel Tower are astonishing, also.
Peruse the flower market at Ile de la Cité.
Found in Place Louis Lépine between Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle, this lovely market is open 7 days a week and the perfect place to slow down.
A district that looks like nowhere else in Paris. A jungle of futuristic glass and steel architecture, La Défense cropped up in the 1960s and new skyscrapers are still being built today. It goes without saying that not many people visit Paris for the skyscrapers, but if you’re fond of modern art and architecture La Défense is a must.
Basilica of Saint Denis
All but three Kings of France were buried at this Gothic church in the suburb of Saint-Denis. It’s a satisfying timeline of French history that begins with Clovis I in the 6th century and ends with Louis XVIII who died in 1824. We have to add that we stayed in Saint Denis for a couple of nights and would not recommend going anywhere near this place at night – seriously. If you want to go then the day time seems friendly enough, though.
There are some free ones too – free French wine!
Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s lab
Science geeks, you’ll love a visit to the free Institut du radium where you can visit physics and chemistry labs run by Skłodowska-Curie (decontaminated now, though!).
Soak in the holidays at the Champs Elysées Christmas market
Champs Elysees christmas edition is an extra level of romance.
There are wine merchants, fromageries, butchers, including one selling horse meat, a branch of the revered Daguerre Marée fishmongers, and of course enormous selections of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Go for a skate at City Hall.
During the winter, the space in front of City Hall becomes a free ice rink.
Stade de france
The other big draw in Saint-Denis is France’s national sport stadium. The Stade de France was constructed for the 1998 World Cup (won by France), and echoes with two decades of sporting memories.
68 Rue Crémieux
Rue Crémieux looks like it could be in a village in the south rather than one of Paris’s busiest transport hubs. Some of the odd-numbered houses on the east side have paintings of birds, vines, windows or timbers, and every house on the street has a little flourish of plants and flowers in pots along the pavement.
Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
On the other side of Montmartre, just beyond the Boulevard Périphérique is a market with the largest concentration of antiques dealers and second-hand shops in the world. The market has permanent shops and stalls on indoor and outdoor streets, and is open Saturday to Monday. Each street has its own character and specialty, be it furniture, vintage cameras, toys, kitchenware and books.
Rue des Martyrs is a slice of the earthy Paris of old
There are some 200 independent businesses on the street, from thriving cafes and bars to bookshops, antiques dealers, grocers, patisseries, specialty food shops and the live music venue Le Divan du Monde. The street got its name for supposedly being the place where Saint Denis, patron saint of Paris, was decapitated by the Romans in the 200s.
If there’s a luxury brand worth its salt, you’ll find it on Rue Saint-Honoré. The high-end shops are clustered around the west end of the street where there are names like Max Mara, Valentino, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Fendi at every turn. There’s lots of interesting trivia tied to the street: Joan of Arc was wounded here in 1429 during an attack on Paris when it was controlled by the English, and in 1610 Henry IV was assassinated just off the eastern end on Rue de la Ferronnerie by a Catholic fanatic.
Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures
The macabre collection of Jacques Sirgent, an expert scholar on the undead.
House of Nicolas Flamel
The oldest stone house in Paris was built by its most famous alchemist.
Located in the fancy Saint-Germain neighbourhood, this architecturally unique church stands on the beautiful Saint-Sulpice square. It became famous through the mystery-detective novel The Da Vinci Code. Even though most of the information given in the book is incorrect, its success brought so many tourists that the church began clarifying certain facts suggested in the story. These days there are far fewer tourists making this magnificent renovated edifice all the more enjoyable.
Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France)
This massive library holds what was once the largest book collection in the world.
An abandoned railway line circling the city of Paris. Certain stretches are now overgrown with over 200 species of flora and fauna, vibrant with colorful flowers and greenery against vivid graffiti and street art. Bridges, tunnels, and the original tracks remain mostly untouched, hidden just beyond the streets
Notorious artist squat renovated into legal art studios. The whole place is covered in art – with each room belonging to one artist which means that each has it’s own unique personality.
Museum of the History of Medicine
One of the oldest medical collections in Europe focusing on rare surgical instruments.
The Room of Endangered and Extinct Species
A haunting collection of the vanished and disappearing natural world.
Dans le Noir?
“In the Dark” Restaurant in Paris offers dinner in complete darkness. A sensory experience to remember and savour.
Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy
This museum houses an imposing skeleton army comprised of creatures great and small.
Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, operating near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France. Today it is simply an block of flats.
Paris Bird Market
For one day a week a famed French flower district turns into an avian bazaar (bizarre?)
Grande Galerie de l’Évolution
Natural history museum celebrating biodiversity with a collection of taxidermy animals.
Printemps Rooftop Terrace
On top of the grand Printemps shopping centre, there’s a secret café offering amazing views that you won’t get anywhere else in Paris. To get here, take the elevator to the top floor and then take the escalator to the final level. You’ll be rewarded with one of the most special views you’ll ever see – 360° from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, and everything in between! So, there we have it – 129 things to do in Paris for all people and all budgets. Let us know what you think of the article below! Please remember, we do not get paid for anything we do – so if you found this article useful, please use the booking references in the article, it costs you nothing and means the world to us. Thank you!