Jardin Nelson Mandela


Adjacent to the canopied Forum des Halles underground mall, late-Gothic Église St-Eustache and Collection Pinault – Paris, this 2018-inaugurated park's 4 hectares of meadow-like gardens, fountains and kids' playgrounds provide a refreshing counterpoint to the built-up surrounds. Its 500-plus trees include elms, birches, magnolias and Japanese cherry blossoms.

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1. Église St-Eustache

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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,…

2. Collection Pinault – Paris

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This much-anticipated art museum occupies the Bourse de Commerce, an 18th-century rotunda that once held the city's grain market and stock exchange…

3. Forum des Halles


Paris' main wholesale food market stood here for nearly 800 years before being replaced by this underground shopping mall in 1971. Long considered an…

4. Tour Jean sans Peur


This 29m-high Gothic tower was built during the Hundred Years' War by the Duke of Bourgogne so that he could take refuge from his enemies – such as the…

5. Musée en Herbe


One of the city’s great backstreet secrets, this children’s museum is a surprise gem for art lovers of every age. Its permanent exhibition changes…

6. Fontaine des Innocents

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The name of this multi-tiered Renaissance fountain (1550) comes off as a bit ironic – nothing in central Paris feels even remotely innocent – but is in…

7. 59 Rivoli

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In such a classical part of Paris, 59 Rivoli is a bohemian breath of fresh air. Watch artists at work in the 30 ateliers (studios) spread over six floors…

8. Immeuble des Bons Enfants

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Home to the Ministère de la Culture et Communication (Ministry of Culture & Communication), this inspired structure (Francis Soler and Frédéric Druot,…