The Best Things to Do in Paris

PARISIANS SHARE WHAT TO SEE & DO IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

There’s so much to do and see in Paris, it’s impossible to do it all. There are, of course, many must-see places in the city, including the main attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, but the French capital has a whole other side beyond its famous monuments. Enjoy Paris like a local by exploring lesser-known neighborhoods, stepping into some of the city’s 100+ small museums, enjoying a wine and cheese tasting, or eating typical French food in an authentic local restaurant. Here are our suggestions for the top things to do in Paris, France.

Guided Tours, Tastings, & Workshops

Learn a new skill, express your creativity, and explore the City of Light in a new way with the help of a local. These unique activities will help you experience a different side of Parisian life, whether you’re visiting Paris as a family, traveling solo, or on a romantic getaway. Reserve kid-friendly street art tours, historical sightseeing walks, private wine and cheese tastings, French baking classes, and more.

Private & Group Tours

Guided Tours of Paris

Learn about the history behind famous Paris monuments, discover off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods…

Cooking Classes & Tastings

Paris Gastronomy Experiences

Workshops & Artsy Ateliers

Creative Activities in Paris

  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Street Art Tour of Montmartre
    See a different side of this romantic hilltop neighborhood by seeking out street art in its winding streets and learning all about this urban art form along the way. The perfect Parisian activity for families, this one-and-a-half-hour interactive guided walking tour through the streets of Montmar…
  • Creative Activities, Experiences
    Beauty & A Bag Workshop
    Spend the morning at a gorgeous day spa in Saint Germain, learning how to design and paint your own custom canvas tote before treating yourself to a manicure! Paris-based designer Kasia Dietz will teach you her techniques for designing wearable art, sharing some examples of her work and explai…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Street Art Tour of Beaubourg
    How about a giant scavenger hunt in the streets of Paris, seeking out and learning about street art along the way? Both kids and adults are sure to enjoy this unexpected art tour, and remember this great family time for years to come!
  • Creative Activities, Experiences
    Totes & Treats Workshop
    Spend half a day in a Parisian apartment learning how to design and paint your own custom canvas tote! Paris-based designer Kasia Dietz welcomes you into her Marais home where she’ll teach you how to create wearable art. She’ll share examples of her work along with the techni…
  • Experiences, Gastronomic Experiences
    French Wine Tasting in Paris
    This is the main session of Wine Tasting in Paris.  It will take you on a road trip straight into the heart of French wine country. This tasting is perfect if you want to have a broader understanding and a global view of French wines. A veritable feast of wines will be awaiting you at each sto…
  • Experiences, Gastronomic Experiences
    Champagne & Choux Baking Class
    Pâte à Choux or Choux pastry dough is what is used in making so many sexy French treats… Éclairs, Gougères (savory cheese puffs), Choux Salé, Chouquettes, Profiteroles (sweet cream puffs), Saint Honoré-Piece Monté (aka Croquembouche)…
  • Experiences, Gastronomic Experiences
    Café Gourmand Cooking Class
    This baking class is all about exploring the thoroughly brilliant Parisian concoction – Le Café Gourmand – a wonderful coupling of a good Espresso, a pousse-café* and miniature versions of four or five French pastries. It’s a small, extravagant luxury – go on, treat yourself! *Pousse-café – a li…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Paris Fashion Tours
    Spend a few hours with Paris designer Kasia Dietz to learn all about Parisian style, discover the city’s best boutiques, and meet other local designers. About the Tour As a designer who’s called Paris home for over nine years, Kasia will introduce you to shops exclusive to Paris and…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Gastronomy-Themed Louvre Guided Tour
    Take a tasty tour of the Louvre, looking at its artworks through an original and mouth-watering point of view! Professional local Paris guides lead you on a gastronomically themed discovery of paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts while also teaching you about the culinary customs and artist…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Walk Through History in Le Marais
    Follow local guides Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond through the city squares and alleyways of Le Marais as you retrace the history of this iconic Parisian neighborhood. If many today consider Le Marais a must-see on any trip to Paris, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, in the early 20th cent…

Parisians’ Favorite Restaurants

If you love food, you’ve come to the right city. Paris has approximately 15,000 restaurants, meaning you’ll never run out of options for places to eat. But that also means it can be tough to decide where to go. To help you choose, our curated Paris restaurant guide includes only our absolute favorite eateries in the City of Light, covering all tastes and budgets. From fine French cuisine and Michelin-starred restaurants to laid-back bistros and tasty vegetarian street food, here are our local recommendations for where to eat in Paris like a local.

Le Saint-Régis restaurant

Le Saint-Régis

Charming Café on the Corner
Dining room of Pantagruel restaurant in Paris.

Pantagruel

Michelin-Starred Restaurant Giving You a Taste of Paris Gastronomy
Paris brasserie, La Lorraine

Brasserie La Lorraine

Scrumptious Seafood Steps from the Champs-Élysées
Paris bakery Du Pain et des Idées

Du Pain et Des Idées

Paris’s Best Traditional, Artisanal French Bakery

Parisians’ Favorite Bars, Cafés, & Coffee Shops

Finding the perfect place to have a drink in Paris can get tricky, but certainly not for lack of choice. We’re letting you in on our favorite spots to quench your thirst, whether you’re looking for a cozy coffee shop with good Wi-Fi, a picturesque Parisian café terrace with excellent people watching, or to sip some of the best cocktails in Paris. Here are our suggestions for where to go in the French capital for a great cup of coffee, a refreshing pint, a crafted cocktail, or a good glass of wine.

Hip Paris cocktail bar Bisou

Bisou.

Creative Cocktails & Cool Décor
Terrace of Paris pub on the Bassin de la Villette

Paname Brewing Company

Cool Spot for Craft Beers on the Water
Mexican speakeasy in Paris Mezcaleria

Mezcaleria

Hidden Mexican Cocktail Bar
Ice cream at Berthillon in Paris

Berthillon

Best Ice Cream in Paris
  • Travel Services, Vacation Packages
    Weekend in Paris Vacation Package
    This 3-day, 2-night Paris vacation package includes everything you need to discover the best of the City of Lights in just a weekend. From the moment you arrive at the airport, you won’t have to lift a finger. A chauffeur will pick you up at the terminal and drop you off at your 4-star hot…
  • Concierge Services
    Tailor-Made Trip to Paris
    Whether it’s your first or fifth time to the City of Light, let Travel Light Paris work with you to tailor-make the best possible experience.
  • Welcome Services
    Paris Christmas Tree Service
    A Christmas Tree in your Parisian home Travel Light Paris will deliver and decorate a beautiful Christmas tree for your Paris apartment : Delivery & set up of the French pine at your apartment Decorating of the Christmas Tree Removal and cleaning at the end of your stay
  • Travel Services, Concierge Services
    Planning Assistance Session
    You already know more or less what you’d like to do while in Paris, but wouldn’t you love to get some personalized planning assistance from a local? To make sure you have the best trip possible and to ease any initial concerns or answer any questions, chat with us during a one-time phone or Skype…
  • Travel Services, Vacation Packages
    Paris-Champagne Vacation Package
    Specialized boutique travel agency The French Travel will prepare a 6-day, 5-night trip for you, including everything you need to explore the capital city and the Champagne region of France in an effortless and authentic way. Upon your arrival in Paris, a chauffeur will pick you up at the …
  • Travel Services, Vacation Packages
    Paris-Normandy Vacation Package
    This 7-day, 6-night Paris – Normandy vacation package includes everything you need to explore more of France in an effortless and authentic way.
  • Welcome Services, Travel Services
    Welcome Baskets
    What better than to be welcomed into your Parisian home with a true French touch? For those early arrivals, we’ll deliver delicious, carefully chosen, fresh food, and drinks directly to your apartment! Both little luxuries and the French essentials produced in France by brands we know, love, and …
  • Travel Services, Welcome Services
    Paris Welcome Meet & Greet
    Settle right into the City of Light with a personal welcome experience ​designed to leave you fully equipped to head out and explore Paris. Paris concierge Karina will spend the extra time with you at your apartment or in a local café to answer all your questions, explain how the transport…

Parisians’ Favorite Places to Shop

Known for luxury fashion houses and beautiful department stores, the City of Love offers some of the best shopping in the world. But if you ask us, it isn’t the world-famous brands and avenues that make Paris shopping so good; it’s the pretty little boutiques by local designers tucked away in the shopping districts of Le Marais and Montmartre, the fine foods shops with a history going back generations, the oh-so-French fromageries selling 200 different varieties of cheese, or the enchanting bookstores full of as many stories as the pages of the books they sell. Here are the places where Parisians shop for fashion, home décor, wine, and more.

Yellow façade of La Cure Gourmande gourmet shop in Paris.

La Cure Gourmande

Classic Paris Candy Shop & Chocolaterie
Farmers market stands on streets of Paris

Marché Belgrand

Lively Local Market in a Lesser-Known Part of Paris
Bercy Village outdoor shopping center in Paris.

Bercy Village

Charming Shopping Village in Paris
People browsing the stands at a flea market in Paris.

Les Puces de Vanves

No-Frills Flea Market in Paris

Parisians’ Favorite Sights to See

It seems every street in the City of Light has something worth seeing, whether it be a stunning gothic cathedral like the Sainte-Chapelle, a charming museum like the Musée Marmottan Monet, a hidden city square like the Place Dauphine, or a beautiful park like the Tuileries Gardens. When you want to surround yourself with art and beauty, there’s nothing better than a day of sightseeing in the French capital. Whether you’re lucky enough to live here or are just visiting, grab your camera and head to these must-see places in Paris.

Square behind Sacré Coeur

Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

Beautiful Square Behind Sacré Coeur
Inside the newly reopened Bourse de Commerce.

Bourse du Commerce

Home of the Pinault Collection
Place Edouard VII

Square Édouard VII

Photographer’s Favorite Square In Paris
Musée de Montmartre atelier

Musée de Montmartre

Charming Montmartre Museum
  • Interior of St Paul in Paris
    Top Recommendations
    Our Top 7 Best Churches in Paris to Visit
    Regardless of your religious beliefs, Paris’s amazing churches and cathedrals have a lot to offer visitors. Their incredible architecture and priceless pieces of art provide a window into French culture of both past and present. These are the ones you’ll want to make sure to add to your itinerary…
  • Paris café terrace near the Louvre
    Happening Now in Paris, Top Recommendations
    Paris Fashion Week Favorites
    If you’re not lucky enough to attend one of the fashion shows, don’t fret! Head to one of these stylish Parisian locations where the Fashion Week crowd can often be found.
  • Sales shopping in Paris
    Top Recommendations
    Where to Shop the Sales in Paris
    Unlike in the United States, stores in France don’t have random, year-round sales. The sales season here is limited to just 2 four-week periods each year, so you need to make the most of that time to take advantage of the best promotions. Here are our suggestions for shopping the sales in Paris.
  • Paris Arc de Triomphe New Year's 2018
    Top Recommendations
    What to Do for New Year’s in Paris
    Whether you’re looking for a romantic way to ring in the New Year or if you just want to dance the night away with friends, Paris is the perfect place to celebrate. Champagne is never hard to find in the City of Light nor is an exceptional setting.
  • Christmas Lights in Paris
    Top Recommendations
    Best Holiday Decorations in Paris
    If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris in December, don’t miss out on the amazing holiday displays all across the city. Many streets and neighborhoods are decked out with twinkling lights and small ‘sapins,’ but here are our picks for the prettiest Christmas decorations in Paris.
  • Paris shopping street
    Top Recommendations
    Our Top 5 Best Market Streets In Paris
    What better way to discover the streets of Paris than by letting your tastebuds be your guide? To help you get started on your gourmet adventure, we’re sharing our five favorite food shopping streets in the French capital. Slip on some comfy shoes, grab a shopping bag, and set off to explore.
  • Nuit Blanche Paris 2022
    Top Recommendations
    What to Do for Nuit Blanche
    This Saturday, October 1st, Paris will be up all night celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ‘White Night’ art festival with dozens of different activities and art exhibitions taking place all throughout the capital. Here are our tips along with a map of our top picks so you can enjoy the event ‘au maximum’!
  • Fall colors in Paris with Eiffel Tower in background
    Top Recommendations
    Our Top 5 Best Places for Fall Colors in Paris
    Besides the buzzing cultural calendar, maybe the best thing about Paris in the fall is that the city turns the most gorgeous shades of red, yellow, and orange. If you’re on the hunt for picture-perfect (or Instagram-worthy) autumn vibes, these are the five places you’ll find the best fall foliage in Paris.
  • Spring flowers in front of the Eiffel Tower
    Top Recommendations
    Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Paris
    If you’ve never been to Paris in the spring, you might not know that the City of Light turns pink every March-April thanks to blooming cherry trees and magnolias. Here are our suggestions for the best places to admire the pretty blossoms while in Paris.
  • Flutes of Champagne on a table.
    Top Recommendations
    Our Top 5 Best Restaurants for New Year’s Eve in Paris
    With so many chic restaurants in Paris, it can be hard to choose where to go for a truly memorable experience. For a wonderful New Year’s Eve, we recommend enjoying a meal at one of these spots, where you can enjoy dishes from a special holiday menu and get great views of the city.

Parisians’ Favorite Places to Relax

In a city where there’s always so much to do, sometimes you need to slow down and unwind. Nothing says self-care like an afternoon of pampering at a soothing spa or hammam. In the mood for a more high-octane outlet? Dancing the night away at a club or playing sports with friends is also a great way to let off some steam when in the capital. Here’s where we go to relax and have fun in Paris.

Red karaoke bar room with seating and screen.

BAM Karaoke Box

Paris’s Classiest Karaoke Bar
Exterior of the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione in Paris.

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione

A Historic Paris Circus That’s Fun for All Ages
Hammam of the Bains du Marais.

Les Bains du Marais

Turkish Hammam & Café in the Heart of Paris
Beautiful Moroccan tiled bench and fountain inside spa.

Aux Bains Montorgueil

Moroccan Relaxation in the Heart of Paris

Recommendations from Paris Insiders

Wondering what to do in Paris with kids? Or perhaps you’re searching for the best little-known museums in the city? Either way, our Urbansiders have you covered! For family trips, romantic evenings, foodie tours, or art and history excursions, they’re sharing their personal recommendations so you can easily discover the best things to do in Paris for you.

Interior of St Paul in Paris
The Paris Cathedrals & Churches To Put On Your List

Our Top 7 Best Churches in Paris to Visit

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Paris’s amazing churches and cathedrals have a lot to offer visitors. Their incredib…
Paris café terrace near the Louvre
Where Fashionistas Spend their Free Time

Paris Fashion Week Favorites

If you’re not lucky enough to attend one of the fashion shows, don’t fret! Head to one of these stylish Parisian locations…
Sales shopping in Paris
Where to Go for ‘Les Soldes’

Where to Shop the Sales in Paris

Unlike in the United States, stores in France don’t have random, year-round sales. The sales season here is limited to jus…
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