50 unmissable attractions in Paris
Paris: the food, the fashion, the fromage, the fantasy. No matter how many times we visit the French capital, its charms never ever grow old. And we’re not alone in thinking that. Paris is a major tourist destination that attracts thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic travellers with heads filled with images of Breton jumpers, tiny dogs and posh chocolates. But how do you enjoy this gorgeous city without just succumbing to the age-old clichés? We’ve compiled a list of the 50 best attractions in Paris, from the big-name ‘must-visits’ to something a little bit more bespoke and authentically Parisian. So whether you’re looking for lesser-known museums, late-night live music or the best places for shopping, we’ve got ideas a-plenty - and they’re all as tasty as a Ladurée macaron. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in ParisRECOMMENDED: The best food tours in ParisRECOMMENDED: The best tours in Paris This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
Where to stay in Paris: the city’s best areas
Paris is big. Very big. And not just home to the Eiffel Tower, there's so much to do and explore in the city of lights. But for the ultimate experience, you need somewhere equally as incredible to rest your head for the night. But where to stay in the great big city of Paris? That could well be the million Euro question. Every option in Paris seems like a great one, but it is undeniable that some neighbourhoods are better than others when it comes to restaurants, others for bars, nightlife, shopping, history and all the rest. The French capital is a collection of towns within a city, a very big city (did we mention that?), and these are the best places to stay in Paris. Whether you’re a Paris novice or walk the streets like they're your own, there's always a new neighbourhood to explore, places to stay, and restaurants to taste-test. This is your go-to guide to Paris, trust us, we are the experts after all. The city is so vast and begging to be explored in its entirety, you'll be booking a return trip before you've finished this one. À bientôt! RECOMMENDED: 🏨 Full guide to the best hotels in Paris🏠 The best Airbnbs in Paris🥐 All of the best things to do in Paris🍽️ The best restaurants in Paris right now🕰️ Brilliant flea markets in Paris This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
10 choses à faire à Londres
Que vous ayez vécu ici toute votre vie ou que vous veniez d'atterrir à Heathrow, Londres ne vous offre que l’embarras du choix pour ce qui est des choses à y faire. Des attractions de cartes postales aux moments forts dans des endroits étranges, de jour comme de nuit, des musées d’art à la faune sauvage, il y a d’innombrables activités à Londres. Cette liste (qui fait l’objet de débats houleux au bureau de Time Out) est un bon point de départ pour partir à la découverte de la ville. Découvrez les monuments de Londres sous un jour nouveau, faites un tour dans le West End si tous les spectacles affichent complet, parcourez le monde avec la cuisine fabuleuse d’une myriade de pays et explorez des quartiers de la ville que vous n’avez encore jamais vus. Et s’il vous reste encore un peu d’énergie, lisez nos conseils sur les secrets de Londres, nos attractions préférées, les meilleurs musées de la capitale ou découvrez les événements du moment dans le calendrier de Time Out. Bon séjour !
13 things you can only do in Paris
Paris is as unique as they come. Where else in the world can you have a wine at Picasso's local, walk through the world's biggest catacomb and largest museum - all in one day? Here's our guide to 10 experiences you can only have in Paris. Each as miraculous as the city itself...
9 magical Paris date ideas to impress
Paris is indeed the city of love, but don't expect romance to be handed to you on a plate. Whether you're whisking someone to the capital for a weekend break, or are a Parisian in need of inspiration, we've collected some date ideas to help you out. From languid park picnics, to cool activities and alternative movie viewings - here are some date ideas to help love blossom in Paris.
17 Paris tourist attractions that locals love
Parisians are known for being...how can we say this...a bit mean about tourists. But as much as they complain about the masses milling about the Louvre, there are quite a few tourist destinations that they like themselves. From the classic to the quirky, there are more than a few attractions that Parisians have a soft spot for. If you're looking for some more inspiration, take a look at our classic ultimate city guide: 101 Things to Do in Paris.
How to skip the queue at top Paris attractions
Queuing sucks. Full stop. And as one of the world's most touristic cities, Paris comes with a fair amount of queuing. While the crowds are often unavoidable, there are lots of Paris attractions where you don't have to line up. Voilà - here are our best museums and sight-seeing musts where you can skip the queue! Waiting is a thing of the past.
Candlelight evenings at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
This summer, the spectacular Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is hosting special candlelit evenings for visitors.From May 6 to October 7 2017, the Château's manucured grounds will be covered in candlelight - the perfect backdrop an evening walk.The ticket includes entry to the château, basements, formal lounges, and museum area. Tickets are undated, and valid for every Saturday night from May 6 to October 7 2017, from 7pm to midnight. First admission for the evening from 2pm, and last admission at 11pm. From 5.15pm to 7pm, the château itself is closed in preparation for the candlelit evening, but the grounds remain open for guests during this time.What? Candlelit evenings in the grounds of Château de Vaux-le-VicomteWhen? May 6 to October 7 2017 Where? Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, 77950 MaincyHow much? Adults, €19.50Reduced, €17.50Children under 6 go free. Buy tickets here.
21 unmissable things to do in Paris this automn
‘I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles,’ crooned Ella Fitzgerald. ‘I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles.’ The First Lady of Jazz may have had a taste for the French capital in all seasons, but anyone truly acquainted with the city knows that winter is when it comes into its own.Parisians, who abandon their city en masse during its long hot August, have always had a special relationship with September’s la rentrée. In theory, it’s the ‘back to school’ season of pressed uniforms and new pencils, but it also represents a wider reinvigoration of intellectual and artistic life – leaves might be falling, but the city blooms into a fantastic array of cultural events that continues for months.To get you started this autumn, here’s our pick of the 21 ultimate things to do in Paris.
Galeries Lafayette, a Spectacular Spectacular Christmas 2017
Ho ho ho! It’s already Christmas at Galeries Lafayette. The famous department store has donned its festive coat and the annual Christmas tree is now in place, fully decked out and looking splendid. Moreover, for the first time in 20 years Boulevard Haussmann is lit up for the end of the year, and is inviting you to play festive decorative, thanks to the app #PlayHausmann - available to download on your smartphone. What’s on the programme for this year? They’re inviting you to a giant festive fun fair, marked by red lines that run through the different stores spaces, in the windows and under the domes, finishing at the immense tree. This year’s edition - as enormous as ever - is decorated with multicolored ballons and giant festive treats. No doubt that kids, big and small, will be equally enthralled in its presence. Trust us, once you see it, it’s easier to understand why ‘Spectacular Spectacular’ is the name of this year’s theme.
Black Friday at Galeries Lafayette
Christmas is kicking off at Galeries Lafayette! As per usual, the department store doesn’t do things by halves and is bringing us a gift of a holiday programme. Beyond the festive decor which will have your eyes popping out of your head (a towering Christmas tree made from giant balloons and sweet treats, plus a window display which takes the shape of a 20th century fun fair), the Galeries are going even further by spoiling us with an incredible Black Friday offer. A US import, this promo-laden day is the ideal time to get Christmas shopping. Or just to treat yourself...don’t worry no one is judging you here. On Friday 24 November, there’s 20% off the entire store (excluding for red-labelled items), plus 25% off the Beauty department and 15% off items from the Gourmet section (excluding red-labelled items). The perfect time to pick up those coveted APC jeans, offer them that beloved L'Occitane gift set or the delicious Pierre Hermé macaron box. You’re sure to find what for amongst the 70,000 m2 space with over 3,600 brands to browse. Whoever doesn’t find happiness in this retail paradise will surely end up with coal in their stocking! Click here to shop now
Paris Boutik - the most Instagrammable hotel suites in Paris
The Paris hotel game is competitive. Guest houses, hostels, 5* palaces, Airbnb. This mindfield means you can never really be sure you’re getting the best experience for your buck. You’re done with the hostel life, hotels are too same-same and Airbnbs are often rather different when you turn up… so, what else is there? Well, Paris Boutik has created something that’s bang in between the two. The luxury and originality of a boutique hotel, with the intimacy and freedom of an Airbnb. Plus, these places are about as original as they come. How often do you get to stay in an actual bookshop or vintage food store? La Librairie, in the heart of the Marais (next door to the Marché des Enfants Rouges and Carreau du Temple etc) is a bookworm's paradise. A huge space for two (but with room for 4), you can sleep in amongst 4500 tomes. There’s a small kitchen with the essentials, a Nespresso machine for that all important wake up, plus a microwave, mini-fridge, and utensils to eat meals around the table. A clean and bright bathroom will put those suspect Airbnb showers to shame and the bed promises to be more comfortable than your own. The shelves hold several old and rare books, and there’s unique comic book art decorating the walls. It’s safe to say, Paris Boutik now own the hashtag #bookporn. The suite used to be a former hotel (as the entrance tiles will tell you), and the company have kept the beautiful beams and parquet floor, so it feels that much more Parisian. And like a genuine
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Vin des Pyrénées
When someone mentions the word bistro, a typical, if clichéd, image comes to mind. A blue tiled floor, wooden bar. There’s a leather bench and tables snaking the wall, pendant light fixtures creating a warm halo over each spot. Smells of melted butter, and meat slow cooked in shallots and red wine waft through the kitchen, in between clatters from the chefs. A rocket of a coffee machine is centre stage on the bar, hissing steam and fog over cross-legged ladies on bar stools laughing around a bottle of Chablis. You take a pew, the winter chill fading away fast. Multiple plates of terrine de campagne with pickles (€9), and a side of fondant leeks with a hazelnut vinaigrette (€9) sit atop the hands of skillful traditionally smocked waiters. Sounds like another era, right? This golden-age bistro is alive and well in the Marais. Since 1905, no less. Thanks to ex-comedian and restaurant industry pro Florian Cadiou, a man with infectious enthusiasm, Vin des Pyrénées has been restored to its glory. Taking inspiration from Paris est une fête - the French translation of A Moveable Feast -, Vin des Pyrénées has a history as colourful as one of Hemingway’s stories, serving Baudelaire and Jim Morrison with plonk when it used to be a wine shop. Once one of the city’s most reputable French brasseries, it fell into decline as Paris became a hub for newer and more exotic food. But that’s the good thing about trends, they come and go... A total renovation has revived the space (the new deco
The Cod House
If there’s one new Paris restaurant that’s been making a splash on Instagram lately, it’s The Cod House. Why? The deco, in particular the eponymous neon sign that welcomes you into the building. It’s another name from Groupe Black Code, who have fostered equally shiny and successful names including Orient Extrême, Kinugawa and Yoko. On first impressions, the design is as wonderful as social media has made it out to be, and the crowd as chic as you’d expect from the 6th arrondissement. A concept based on Japanese izakayas, small bars where people meet around a drink and a snack, The Cod House is Japanese tapas meets Parisian cocktail bar. The building has had many lives including stints as a club and a cinema. To the left, a bar area which seemed reserved for cocktail making more than drinking, with a sofa area and small tables around it. To the right, a long dining area with a first floor mezzanine (not opened that night). Tables are tightly packed together but no one seems to mind. The menu is broken down into cold and hot dishes, rolls, boa buns, tempura, toban, sashimi, side dishes and desserts. The spectrum of Japanese food is certainly impressive, with raw fish and fried morsels both well represented. Classics get luxury upgrades, like the California roll with namesake Black Cod and miso (15€), and taramasalata with truffles (€7). A delicious Yellow Tail comes either seared with a ginger confit (14€) or as a carpaccio speckled with chili and yuzu sauce (10€). Tempura is
Not one to rest up, Ducasse is back with a new Paris restaurant. After packing up and moving from the Champs to a central location at Bourse, Spoon 2 is an ode to world travel. With cuisine from Asia, Latin and North America, and Sri Lanka, Spoon 2 is a globe-trot across several continents in one lunchbreak. To boot, this culinary roadtrip is more accessibly priced for Ducasse fans, with lunchtime Bento boxes (two starters, a main, dessert, and a tea) priced at 32€. Spicy duck broth with pancake (7€), a hot but fresh shaved papaya salad (8€), a generously stuffed shrimp toast (12€) done the way you always dreamed, plus small but artful bites of raw fish and steamed dumlings. Starters start strong. Next a jumbo shrimp Thai red curry (22€) (only for the brave) with sticky egg rice, or a moreish Sri Lankan Zahtar shoulder of lamb with yoghurt and corriander, and a traditional Tandoori chicken, slowcooked for extra melty meat. Dishes have refined hands behind them but hit really hard with flavour. Good news for spice fans that can't find the real deal in Paris, the meals labelled 'spicy' really are. Even habitual chilli lovers will be taken aback. Desserts are equally as inventive: mango brûlée with avocado and corriander, a twist on the chocolate bar Bounty; and the UK classic, bread & butter pudding. For the thirsty, the journey continues. Starting from 6€ per glass, you can travel from Caso do Valle in Portugal to Klein Constantia in South Africa for white wine, and Innoc
Breizh Café, Odeon
If Café de Flore is synonymous for the croque monsieur, then BREIZH Café is renowned for the galette. The history of the Breton institution begins in Japan, not France. After opening the country’s first crêperie - Le Bretagne - in the Kagurazaka neighborhood of Tokyo, then two more in Yokohama and Kawasaki, the word BREIZH was the international marker point for an excellent crêpe. In 2006 the name finally came to Paris with the Marais opening steadfastly popular with locals and die-hard Japanese fans. Starting the now popular wave of no-reservations, BREIZH Marais is famed for its snaking queue*, well before opening. More chains arrived, including Saint-Malo and Cancale in France, and a cider bar in Japan, proving that BREIZH Café hasn’t lost it’s touch. Now, BREIZH Cafe Odéon arrives, can it replicate the success of the Marais outpost? Do we need another crêperie in Paris? Well, yes, when they’re done this well. Top quality trimmings like succulent ham inside the classic fried egg and Shiitake mushrooms; decadent langoustines paired with spinach, leeks and Comte cheese; or a rich blend of ham, truffle and cauliflower purée. Some come in a typical galette, others in a new Breizh roll - which is, as you might fathom, a rolled galette, chopped up into morsels. There’s a nod to Japan in the form of the Breizh Tsukemono made with fermented vegetables, and a crêpe Suzette flambéed in Yuzu and matcha ice cream for dessert. And if you’re not into crêpes (not 100% sure why you’d be
Crêpes, cocktails. Paris is no stranger to either, but recently they’ve joined forces to start a little trend. Kasha (meaning ‘buckwheat flour’ in Russian) on the already foodie rue des Récollets, is now part of the tribe. Started by three industry rising stars, with a collective CV that includes chez Jeannette, Enfants Perdus (next door), L'Arpège and Garance, Kasha is another great address within sight of the Canal Saint Martin. The deco is pure Instagram fodder, pink-white walls, hexagonal mirror tiles, hanging plants, and mint-green leather benches. An oasis as edible as the scents from the kitchen… Drinks up and the cocktail list, created by the team behind our favourite Monsieur Antoine, is concise and unique. Bespoke creations include Larme, a buttercup coloured concoction of Pisco, vanilla syrup, egg yolk and lemon; Titre, with Calvados and bergamote; or Factory, a simple gin and tonic with rosemary. Good options for those that aren’t keen on cider, but if you do - the list is long as any wine list. If you arrive hungry and want a starter, there are some well-executed dips: a nutty houmous, curried aubergine; and fromage frais, all served with fried galette chips. A good accompaniment to the cocktails. Down to the main event. Savory galettes range from an excellent black pudding with apples soaked in Calvados, and goats’ yoghurt; to roasted carrots with curry, fromage frais and toasted grains; and smoked salmon with rainbow beetroot. There’s a classic egg and ham but
Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers
Rates: from €250 per night (20m2) Added extras: A roof terrace with the best view in Paris Services: Bar, restaurant, terrace & patio After the Hoxton Paris comes another hybrid hotel to shake up the Parisian dining scene. Filling a huge space formerly occupied by two offices, Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers is sat opposite the museum of the same name. Owned by the group behind Hotel Bachaumont, a high-end favourite not far away in Montorgueil. Hôtel National Arts et Métiers offers 70 rooms - with or without terraces, street views or overlooking the patio that the hotel surrounds. Each with a made-to-measure finesse, with well-thought design and seamless style poured into each bedroom. And if you want to have a blow-out, then the colossal Penthouse (100 m2 with sitting room, dining room, equipped kitchen and sizeable terrace) can be rented from €999. Marshmallow-soft duvets, Nespresso machines, monogrammed stationary that’s actually good quality, flat screen TV, spa-style shower - they’ve left nothing to chance here. But to be honest, while the bedrooms are great, the extras are where it’s at. The sprawling ground floor with the Ristorante National, which has Julien Cohen (Pizza Chic, Grazie) and the duo Jean-Pierre Lopes and Thomas Delafon (Le Très Honoré, Bambou, la Plage Parisienne) at the helm, plus Oscar Quagliarini creating a cocktail list for the bar Herbarium. You’ll hear more Italian spoken than French amongst the staff. Downstairs draws in an afterwork crowd as c
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
Less than a month after the death of Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s partner and business manager, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is set to open on October 1 2017. Filling what was Fondation Pierre Bergé, the museum brings back the 'Yves' to the brand, in a glittery tribute to the house, the designer, and the couple that created it all. Small but well-thought out, the museum is spread out over 2 floors. The ground floor beginning with haute couture displaying the intense needlework and bejewelling we’ve come to associate with the brand. An entire wall dedicated to sketches, fabric samples, notes and photos of fittings; before a kind of Pinterest moodboard of Yves’ creative portraits, chalk drawings of elaborately dressed dancers and models - showing not only his inspiration but his artistic talent. Opposite, a collection of accessories, from hair decoration to broaches and buttons. Stars, comets, and hearts are amongst the famous motifs. The first floor holds the real treasure: the studio. The beating heart of 5 avenue Marceau for over 30 years, the atelier has been kept in perfect condition, with fabrics, accessories, drawings added by Yves’ collaborators that knew him best. The designer’s desk, recreated, is an emotive experience, dropping you deep in the spirit of the house’s history. If there’s a resounding sentiment from the museum, it is that there would be no Yves Saint Laurent without Pierre Bergé. Famously saying that he wanted the management to adapt to the design
Wim à Table
After studying under heavyweight chefs Alain Ducasse and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Wim Van Gorp set up shop in Batignolles to create Comme Chez Maman, the gastro bistro. The success of this place has given life to the area - which has been a bit neglected food-wise, in recent times. Newest venture Wim à Table, takes the same principles of his restaurant - home-cooking recipes, fresh produce, a Flemish twist - and has scaled everything down into a 40-cover tapas bar. These gastronomic bites are divided into two menus; a classic - mini beef tartare, fish of the day tartare, ham croquettes, lamb samosas, Bern saucisson-, and a menu of the day. When we visited, a punchy wild mushroom with garlic in a tepid vinaigrette; a heavenly combination of miniature leeks with poached langoustines, rosemary and ginger vinaigrette; duck confit with new potatoes and a sweet mustard reduction; roasted chestnuts with fat lardons and mashed cauliflower. Moreish and warming, they were perfectly seasonal for moving into autumn. We advise ordering moderately with one or two dishes per person, before choosing more. The plates are small but flavours are strong, and not ideally mixed. Each is best eaten alone. The wine list is very small (3 red, 3 white by the glass) but staggeringly well-paired - an organic white from south of Toulouse and a Côtes-du-Rhône from north of Avignon were both excellent. And the setting? A huge print by comic book illustrator Joann Sfar covers the left wall, tables span
Bottle-green and glistening square cut windows, Ristorante Tosca - a stone’s thrown from chez Macron at the Palais de l'Élysée and rue Saint-Honoré - fits in perfectly with the fancier side of the 8th arrondissement. Part of the bourgeois Hôtel Splendide Royal, a 5-star gem with just 12 spacious suites, the building dates back to 1897. Prestige and luxury are in its foundations. Bought 8 years ago by Neapolitan hotelier Roberto Naldi, who wanted to instill his proud Italian heritage into the hotel and restaurant. And Tosca is just that. The most refined Italian restaurant. Dismiss any thoughts of nonna's home cooking, Tosca is Michelin-starred and it knows it. The kitchen is lead by Michelino Gioia, who joins the team after stints in several one and two-starred restaurants. After working under Alain Ducasse and Gaten Trovato, he was awarded his own Michelin star in 2007. His creations are musically composed, with flurries of colour on the plate and dramatic explosions in the mouth. Classic Italian flavours like ricotta, truffle, lemon are elegantly rethought. From the raw and cooked vegetable salad, planted like a living flower garden; to the veal ravioli with braised onions, cacao nibs and mushrooms; and the magret de canard, with an almond and cherry crumble with Campari and hazelnut sauce. It’s pure drama. If you're choosing between the primi and secondi courses, pasta lovers should really opt for the freshly made pasta dishes. Dessert holds one of the best surprises, m
With 137 years of business, LIPP is a four-lettered institution in the heart of Saint Germain. Even without knowing its famous clientele, you can feel the history with all four senses when you walk through the doors. A classic brasserie aesthetic with antique mosaics, wall to wall mirrors, and leather benches. Tables snake the walls, each with pressed white linen tablecloths, pristine cutlery and fine glassware. Not a water stain in sight. In terms of looks, it's not much changed since the bohemian days of the Rive Gauche. Likewise, the service - with flair but finesse - creates a huge part of the atmosphere. These mature waiters (average job length is 19 years) are LIPP’s gatekeepers - who know the menu back to front and the intricacies of every dish by heart. You'll trust them from the off. Dishes range from classic pied de porc (pigs trotters), to the meaty entrecôte, andouillette AAAAA, or confit de cuisse de canard (duck thigh confit), everything you'll find is hearty and made from top quality produce. Sauced, creamy, indulgent - it's everything you crave from French food. Mashed potato purée, spinach, beans, gratin: are trimmings which complete the picture. Tradition reigns here, to the point that they don't serve any type of soda. So don't even think of asking for a Diet Coke. Still wondering which famous bottoms have graced LIPP’s seats over the years? Here goes... Kate Moss, François Mitterrand, Sharon Stone, Emmanuel Macron, Catherine Deneuve, Marcel Proust, Yve
A la Droguerie
The French equivalent of a hardware store, is a droguerie. Similarly, these stock all related to the home - from nails to sponges and parquet cleaner. And for shops that have everything, it’s almost impossible to find anything. A la Droguerie set out to change the wheel. A droguerie concept-store, this family-run business combines the practical aspect of kitchenware and hardware with design-led products. But to get to the soul of A la Droguerie, we need to go back 30-odd years. Moving to Paris from India in the 1980s, the Mohsin family set up a droguerie in the 15th arrondissement which soon became a neighbourhood favourite, impressing clients with their plethora of stock and welcoming smiles. One shop became two but the Mohsin’s struggled (like others) with the arrival of huge home improvement stores like Leroy Merlin and Darty which started doing things bigger and cheaper. All of a sudden these smaller independent shops became overlooked for the shiner but less expensive version. If drogueries are often a family business, then this follows suit. Although for a while it didn’t look like it. A finance student from a top Paris university, the Mohsin's oldest child, Marc, had already decided that taking on the droguerie wasn’t for him. A self-proclaimed advocate of the finer things in life (Apple, Maison Kitsuné and hipster beard) Marc had decided that this mass product business didn't suit the taste of his ambitions. Heading to China after this degree ended, he was struck by