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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

Cooking Classes & Tastings

Paris Gastronomy Experiences

Workshops & Artsy Ateliers

Creative Activities in Paris

  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Paris Vintage Shopping Experience
    This 3-hour vintage shopping tour  Embark on a journey in the most charming district of Paris and find the clothing styles that suits you best. This is the ideal shopping experience for those who love the most authentic and rarest items. Vintage and chic!
  • 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
    Fashion Week Shopping Experience
    This unique experience includes a 3-hour shopping tour with professional stylist Izabele as well as entry to an exclusive Paris Fashion Week event as her guest.
  • 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, Guided Tours
    Pastry Tour of Le Marais
    Le Marais is arguably the hippest neighborhood in Paris. While some may say that there are too many fashionistas, bobos, and tourists in the area, the charming cobblestone streets and vibrant atmosphere just can’t be beat. But Le Marais isn’t just about appearances. Local guides Nikki and Frederi…
  • 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…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Origins of Paris Historical Tour
    Enjoy a small-group historical walking tour in the streets of the Montagne Sainte Genevieve down to the river.
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Explore the Bastille Neighborhood
    Follow Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond down the small streets of the Quinze-Vingts, an often-overlooked part of the Bastille neighborhood that’s as interesting as its oddly arithmetic name — quinze-vingts translates to fifteen twenties, or 15 x 20.
  • 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…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    See the Sights Along the Seine
    Spend a leisurely morning like a true Parisian! Your local guide Sophie will meet you for a sightseeing stroll along the Seine, telling you tales of Paris past as you make your way east to explore a historic area before ending at a popular fresh food market just in time for lunch!

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.

Gourmet donuts with sprinkles, icing, and more

Boneshaker Donuts

Vegan Donuts & Specialty Coffee in the Center of Paris
Pretty pastel interiors of trendy Paris brunch restaurant

KafKaf

Cozy Coffee Shop for All-Day Brunch in Paris
Môm Paris restaurant exterior

MÔM

French Tapas en Terrasse
Pied de Cochon classic Parisian brasserie

Le Pied de Cochon

All Night Eatery in Paris

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.

The Cafe Marly Louvre

Café Marly

Iconic & Unique Café Looking onto the Louvre
Coffee shop Soucoupe

Café Soucoupe

Delicious, Healthy, & Cozy Coffee Shop
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
  • 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…
  • 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 …
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Travel Services, Welcome Services
    Parisian 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…
  • Concierge Services, Travel 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…

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.

Main table in a whimsical and colorful boutique

Marin Montagut

Where Whimsy Meets Wonder
Shelves full of a variety of green plants

Plantes Pour Tous

Eco-Conscious & Budget-Friendly Plant Store in Paris
Stuffed lion standing on a table in the middle of an elegant Paris cabinet of curiosities, Deyrolle.

Deyrolle

Stylish Paris Cabinet of Curiosities
Façade of Paris art galerie, La Slow Galerie

Slow Galerie

Inviting Art Shop & Gallery Full of Comfort, Creativity, & Community

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.

Stone pillars and vaulted ceilings in the medieval Collège des Bernardins in Paris

Collège des Bernardins

A breathing cultural center
Rose garden fo the Parc de Bagatelle in the 16th Arrondissement.

Parc de Bagatelle

Rose Gardens, Waterfalls, & Peacocks in Paris
Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves

The American Library in Paris

A haven for English-language book lovers
Beautiful spiral staircase inside the Galerie Dior

Galerie Dior

Discover the Life & Work of Fashion Legend Christian Dior
  • Paris river cruise on the Seine.
    Top Recommendations
    The Best Seine River Cruises
    If you’re dreaming of floating past the Eiffel Tower at sunset with a glass of champagne in hand, you’ve come to the right place! This guide to choosing the best Seine cruise will help you get the most out of your time in Paris.
  • Comic books at shop in Paris 5th arrondissement
    Top Recommendations
    The Best Graphic Novel, Manga, & Comic Book Shops in Paris
    A bit off the beaten path, Paris’s Rue Dante is a hidden gem for comic enthusiasts. Stroll down the street and into a whimsical journey through manga, graphic novels, superheroes, and even a touch of Harry Potter magic. Here are the stores you won’t want to miss if you’re in the mood for a nerdy shopping spree!
  • Best Paris vintage shops
    Top Recommendations
    The Best Vintage Shopping in Paris
    Discover the hidden gems of Parisian vintage and thrift shopping. Uncover the city’s most charming boutiques, where timeless fashion and unique treasures await. From classic haute couture to retro chic, embark on a stylish adventure through the French capital’s rich secondhand scene!
  • Vegan hamburgers
    Top Recommendations
    Where To Find the Best Burgers in Paris
    Indulge in the culinary fusion of traditional French cuisine and the beloved hamburger at some of the best burger joints in Paris. From classic smash burgers to bao burgers with an Asian twist, these establishments offer a wide variety of options to satisfy every craving. Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey through the vibrant burger scene of the City of Lights.
  • Best Paris jazz clubs
    Top Recommendations
    Top 10 Best Jazz Clubs in Paris
    Paris, which calls itself the jazz capital of Europe, beckons with its vibrant jazz scene. From renowned clubs that have stood the test of time to hidden gems tucked away in historic districts, the city offers an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies and captivating performances as you explore the diverse range of jazz styles, from traditional …
  • Stands at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market in Paris
    Top Recommendations
    8 Best Paris Flea Markets & Antique Shops
    After some eco-friendly and off-the-beaten-path shopping in Paris? These top antique shops and flea markets are some of our favorite places for unique gifts and original home decor.
  • Three teenage girls on a Paris rooftop with their backs to the camera, looking at the Eiffel Tower in the distance
    Top Recommendations
    10 Things To Do with Teens in Paris
    Bringing a teen or two to Paris with you but aren’t sure what activities to do together to make your stay special? These ten top things to do in Paris with teenagers will help make your family trip fun for everyone.
  • 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
    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.

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.

La Seine Musicale, Paris concert venue, illuminated at night

La Seine Musicale

Wonderful Modern Concert Hall on the Water
Slides and pool inside Aquaboulevard indoor waterpark.

Aquaboulevard

Paris’s Indoor/Outdoor Water Park
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
  • 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.
  • View of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro
    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 transportation system works, and walk with you in your neighborhood to show you around. As your person…
  • Planning Q&A session for your Parisian trip
    Concierge Services, Travel 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 session.
  • Basket of French breakfast essentials including orange juice, eggs, milk, jam, and sparkling wine.
    Travel Services, Welcome Services
    Parisian 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 trust.

Our Favorite Hotels in the City

Most of our Urbansiders started out by visiting Paris before deciding to make it home. Some have since moved out of the city but return frequently while a few others have a lasting long-distance love that brings them back several times a year. So although we’re local insiders, we have gotten to know some great places to stay. These are the Paris hotels we book for ourselves or recommend to friends.

Staircase at The Ritz five star hotel in Paris

Ritz Paris

Luxury Hotels
Hôtel du Petit Moulin, hidden gem hotel in a historic Paris bakery

Hôtel du Petit Moulin Paris

Boutique Hotels
Rustic Paris hotel room at Hôtel Minerve

Hotel Minerve

Budget-Friendly Hotels
Hôtel Marais Bastille

Hotel Marais Bastille Paris

Budget-Friendly Hotels