Named after former French President Georges Pompidou, the Centre Pompidou houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne as well as a public library and an institute for music. Located in the lively 4th Arrondissement, in an area called Beaubourg, this museum is a great place to go rain or shine as it offers both interesting artwork and excellent views of Paris.
The design of the building makes it hard to miss; this über modern architectural masterpiece of colorful pipes and exposed beams stands out like a sore thumb in the otherwise classical Parisian streets. Meander through the various halls of the museum to explore modern art treasures from the likes of Dalí and Matisse or climb the escalators that lift you through the transparent tubes to observe Parisians from above and take in the sights.
If you’ve got extra time after your visit and don’t mind splurging on a meal, head just upstairs and dine at the chic Georges restaurant. Located on the museum’s rooftop, it offers sweeping panoramic views of the city. The interior bears a minimalist design with plenty of light, but you can also sit outside when the weather allows.
Or, stay down on the ground—and within your budget—and walk over to the famous Stravinsky Fountain which is just a few steps away. Settle in at one of the cafés on the place and watch the spinning, spraying sculptures with a drink in hand.
Urbansider tip: The lines can get long, so we recommend buying a ticket online before you go!