Top ChoiceMuseum in Louvre & Les Halles

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

It isn’t until you’re standing in the vast courtyard of the Louvre, with sunlight shimmering through the glass pyramid and crowds milling about beneath the museum’s ornate façade, that you can truly say you’ve...

Top ChoicePark in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

This inner-city oasis of formal terraces, chestnut groves and lush lawns has a special place in Parisians' hearts. Napoléon dedicated the 23 gracefully laid-out hectares of the Luxembourg Gardens to the children...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Louvre & Les Halles

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

Renowned for its radical architectural statement, the 1977-opened Centre Pompidou brings together galleries and cutting-edge exhibitions, hands-on workshops, dance performances, cinemas and other entertainment...

Top ChoiceCemetery in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Opened in 1804, Père Lachaise is the world's most visited cemetery. Its 70,000 ornate tombs of the rich and famous form a verdant, 44-hectare sculpture garden. Highlights include those of 1960s rock star Jim...

Top ChoiceMuseum in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin

Sculptor, painter, sketcher, engraver and collector Auguste Rodin donated his entire collection to the French state in 1908 on the proviso that it dedicate his former workshop and showroom, the beautiful 1730...

Top ChoiceTower in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

No one could imagine Paris today without its signature spire. But Gustave Eiffel only constructed this 324m-tall tower as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World's Fair. Luckily, the art nouveau tower’s popularity...

Top ChoiceBasilica in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Begun in 1875 in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the chaos of the Paris Commune, Sacré-Cœur is a symbol of the former struggle between the conservative Catholic old guard and the secular, republican...

Top ChoiceMuseum in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

The home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, postimpressionist and art nouveau movements spanning from 1848 to 1914 is the glorious former Gare d’Orsay train station – itself an art nouveau...

Top ChoiceMonument in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

Flanked by the 500m-long Esplanade des Invalides lawns, Hôtel des Invalides was built in the 1670s by Louis XIV to house 4000 invalides (disabled war veterans). On 14 July 1789, a mob broke into the building and...

Top ChoiceCemetery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Les Catacombes

Les Catacombes

Paris’ most macabre sight are these skull- and bone-lined underground tunnels. In 1785 it was decided to rectify the hygiene problems of Paris’ overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones and storing them in...

Top ChoiceChapel in The Islands

Sainte-Chapelle

Visit Sainte-Chapelle on a sunny day when Paris’ oldest, finest stained glass (1242–48) is at its dazzling best. Enshrined within the city's original, 13th-century Palais de Justice (Law Courts), this gem-like...

Top ChoiceMausoleum in Latin Quarter

Panthéon

Panthéon

The Panthéon's stately neoclassical dome is an icon of the Parisian skyline. Its vast interior is an architectural masterpiece: originally an abbey church dedicated to Ste Geneviève and now a mausoleum, it has...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Musée National Picasso

One of Paris’ most treasured art collections is showcased inside the mid-17th-century Hôtel Salé, an exquisite private mansion owned by the city since 1964. The Musée National Picasso is a staggering art museum...

Top ChoiceCathedral in The Islands

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

While its interior is closed off to visitors following the devastating fire of April 2019, this masterpiece of French Gothic architecture remains the city’s geographic and spiritual heart. Its grand exterior,...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

If anything rivals the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris, it’s this magnificent 1836 monument to Napoléon’s victory at Austerlitz (1805), which he commissioned the following year. The intricately sculpted...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Musée de Montmartre

This delightful 'village' museum showcases paintings, lithographs and documents illustrating Montmartre's bohemian, artistic and hedonistic past – one room is dedicated entirely to the French cancan. It's housed...

Top ChoiceResearch Centre in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Station F

The world's largest start-up campus was unveiled by French president, Emmanuel Macron, in mid-2017. At any one time, some 3000 resident entrepreneurs from all over the world beaver away on groundbreaking new...

Top ChoicePark in Louvre & Les Halles

Jardin des Tuileries

Filled with fountains, ponds and sculptures, the formal 28-hectare Tuileries Garden, which begins just west of the Jardin du Carrousel, was laid out in its present form in 1664 by André Le Nôtre, architect of the...

Top ChoiceChurch in Louvre & Les Halles

Église St-Eustache

Just north of the gardens adjoining the city’s old marketplace, now the Forum des Halles, is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. Majestic, architecturally magnificent and musically outstanding,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Musée Jacquemart-André

The home of art collectors Nélie Jacquemart and Édouard André, this opulent late-19th-century residence combines elements from different eras – seen here in the presence of Greek and Roman antiquities, Egyptian...