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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ChoiceBooks in Paris

Bouquinistes

With some 3km of forest-green boxes lining the Seine – containing over 300,000 secondhand (and often out-of-print) books, rare magazines, postcards and old advertising posters – Paris' bouquinistes (used-book...

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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...

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Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company

Enchanting nooks and crannies overflow with new and secondhand English-language books. The original shop (12 rue l’Odéon, 6e; closed by the Nazis in 1941) was run by Sylvia Beach and became the meeting point for...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ChoiceDepartment Store in Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette

Grande-dame department store Galeries Lafayette is spread across the main store (its magnificent neo-byzantine stained-glass dome dates from 1912), its men’s store, and homewares store with gourmet emporium.Catch...

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 ChoiceRooftop Bar in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Le Perchoir

Sunset is the best time to hit this iconic, 7th-floor bar for drinks overlooking Paris' rooftops and – on Saturday night – on-trend DJ sets. Greenery provides shade in summer and in winter the bar is covered by a...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Septime

The alchemists in Bertrand Grébaut's Michelin-starred kitchen produce truly beautiful creations, served by blue-aproned waitstaff. The menu reads like an obscure shopping list: each dish is a mere listing of...

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Berthillon

Founded here in 1954, this esteemed glacier (ice-cream maker) is still run by the same family today. Its 70-plus all-natural, chemical-free flavours include fruit sorbets (pink grapefruit, raspberry and rose) and...

Top ChoicePastries in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Ladurée Picnic

The first of its kind, Ladurée Picnic specialises in just that – picnics, albeit exceedingly fine, gourmet picnics to take away in the famous patisserie's signature peppermint-green packaging. Luxury salads...