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Best things to do in Paris

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“To be done with the walk in the Tuileries garden, the Place de la Concorde and possibly the Champs Elysées or the Musée d’Orsay and if you like Monet Le Muséee de L’Orangerie is nearby”
1241 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“If you go to the Eiffel Tower you should avoid the elevators (where will have to wait at least one hour) and take the stairs. It is far easier that it seems until the second floor (the third being quite high). Morevoer climbing inside the tower make feel being in the heart of the structure and let you take time to see”
1149 locals recommend
“Simply the most beautiful park of Paris to my point of view. Go the TEMPLE DE LA SYBILLE. Then, have a drink at the Rosa Bonheur bar in honor of the most talented woman artist of the XIXth century.”
1195 locals recommend
“Majestic park overlooking the Luxembourg Palace. A visit here is most enjoyable at any time of the year. So much to see: the ducks swimming in front of the enormous Medici Fountain, children sending an armada of small boats across the pond, the parade of sculptures of the queens of France, the manicured Palace gardens. Take a seat and enjoy the people-watching! You can also just relax, enjoy a sandwich or read a book (plenty of chairs and benches). To do some jogging this is also a great place! Free entrance.”
964 locals recommend
“Step inside the Centre Pompidou to fall under the spell of Picasso, Magritte, Duchamp, Pollock, Warhol and Tinguely! Your kids won’t be bored because there is specials areas for them and my girls even learn to walk in a Dubuffet cave. It open until 11 PM on thursday so it’s a good way to really see art pieces without any head hidden them! Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris – * * *”
1068 locals recommend
“A must see in the neighbourhood, not really for the church itself but for the beautoful view over Paris. After you can walk down the rue Steinkerque and visit the Rue des Martyrs.”
1093 locals recommend
“Emblematic monument of Paris. - Stunning view on Paris - It is the largest cemetery in the city with 44 hectares. With more than 3.5 million visitors annually, it is the most visited necropolis in the world. - Crowds of celebrities are resting there; Molière, Jean de La Fontaine, Honoré de Balzac, Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Eluard, Oscar Wilde, Jean Racine, Alphonse Daudet, Marcel Proust, Allan Kardec. Frédéric Chopin, Édith Piaf, Yves Montand, Alain Bashung, Jim Morrison, Mano Solo, Henri Salvador, Gilbert Bécaud, Georges Moustaki, Michel Petrucciani, Maria Callas. Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Marie Trintignant, Pierre Dac, Pierre Desproges, Sarah Bernhardt, Marcel Camus, Pierre Dac, Pierre Brasseur, Ticky Holgado.”
1120 locals recommend
“ A short break in this magnificent garden populated by 18th century statues and decorated with pretty basins ”
527 locals recommend
“ Once a swamp, Le Marais has changed dramatically over the years. The neighbourhood, which was once synonymous with Judaism in Paris, became a hub for LGBT Parisians from the 1980s. Today, the area is one of the most popular places to live and shop. Here are some great things to discover in Le Marais : Rue des Rosiers The Rue des Rosiers is a historic street at the heart of Paris’s Jewish quarter. The street is home to a variety of Jewish restaurants as well as both high-end and vintage clothing stores. Weave through tourists as you window-shop, stopping to chow down on a pastrami sandwich from an American-style deli or snack on hamantaschen at a Jewish bakery. The street’s most popular place to eat is L’As du Fallafel, which serves hefty pita sandwiches filled with falafel balls and smoked eggplant. Overall, the Rue des Rosiers reflects the neighbourhood’s Jewish heritage and its new trendy reputation, making it a must-see in Le Marais. Place des Vosges The Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris. This expansive square is the ideal place to recuperate after wandering Le Marais. Rows of trimmed trees enclose the square, which features four large fountains and a bronze statue of Louis XIII. The surrounding buildings house shops, galleries, restaurants and, most notably, the Maison de Victor Hugo, where the author lived and wrote for many years. Visit the small museum to see mementos from Hugo’s childhood as well as the rooms where he wrote Les Misérables (1862). Musée Picasso his beloved art museum reopened in 2014 after five years of renovation. Located in a 17th-century hôtel particulier, the museum features approximately 5,000 works by artist Pablo Picasso. The museum also showcases artwork from Picasso’s personal collection, including works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. Tourists flock to this museum, so be sure to reserve a ticket online ahead of time. Eglise Saint Paul Saint Louis Built in 1627 by the Jesuits, this visually stunning church is just steps away from the Saint-Paul Métro station. As the first Jesuit church in Paris, the Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis shaped the local Jesuit community. Today, the church is still active. It is free to visit, so step through the distinctive red doors to marvel at the sweeping stone interior lit by hanging chandeliers. Institut Suédois The Institut Suédois offers a glimpse into Swedish life and culture. The cultural centre houses a café, theatre, art museum and artist studios. During the summer, spend the afternoon in the institute’s back garden, where an outdoor café serves coffee, tea, smoothies, bagels and cakes. Order a thick slice of home-made carrot cake and people-watch from a bench or recline on a striped beach chair and lose yourself in a book. Fans of all things Swedish can even take language lessons at the institute. Le Carreau du Temple In the last decade, the City of Paris transformed this run-down clothing market into a lively recreation centre. The space, which houses a boutique, bar, restaurant, gym and more, has become a hub of activity in the neighbourhood. Le Carreau du Temple also regularly hosts events, including September’s highly anticipated Street Food Temple, a festival featuring food trucks, workshops for children and concerts. Le jardin d'Anne Franck This spacious garden named after Anne Frank is at the end of a picturesque side street. Quiet and secluded, the garden offers the perfect escape from Le Marais’s small, crowded streets. Read a book under the garden’s beautiful trellis walkway or enjoy lunch beside the fountain. A playground offers the perfect distraction for children. Musée des Arts et Métiers The Musée des Arts et Métiers is a science and technology museum housed in an old abbey. The museum traces the evolution of machines and modes of transportation, proving to be both entertaining and educational. Temporary exhibits add to the experience. ”
715 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“An iconic cabaret in the red light district near Montmartre. 82 bd de Clichy, Paris – – 0033 (0) 1 53 09 82 82”
635 locals recommend
Department Store
“The most famous department store in Paris, founded at the end of the 19th century... with a magnificent glass and iron dome.”
640 locals recommend
“Big and majestic park. A good place to run and bycicle. There are lots of acitivities for children.”
534 locals recommend
“The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, France, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l'Étoile — the étoile or "star" of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues. The location of the arc and the plaza is shared between three arrondissements, 16th (south and west), 17th (north) and 8th (east). The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Access by the station "Georges V" on line 1”
486 locals recommend
“Go see a movie outdoors. In summer in Paris (from July 17 to August 18 in 2019), you can go see beautiful movies on the lawns of La Villette. Very good atmosphere guaranteed. The movies begin at sunset, and I recommend going early, for a picnic for example.”
654 locals recommend
Department Store
“Do you know the fact that this oldest, but the most stylish Parisian grand store was renovated by Gustav Eiffel? Other than just shopping, this building is architecturally significant. ”
576 locals recommend
“Take your picnic to this beautiful park, hang out in the grass or on benches, and visit the home of Victor Hugo afterwards!”
497 locals recommend