A cosmopolitan capital of food, wine, and nearly every imaginable artistic pursuit, the City of Light has long been a destination for artists and dreamers, from cobbled streets to grands boulevards, sidewalk cafés to romantic brasseries, medieval churches to Renaissance palaces.
Despite a name that literally means “swamp,” the Marais neighborhood is one of Paris’ trendiest quartiers. One of the oldest parts of the city – long the aristocratic enclave, then home to the city’s Jewish community – the Marais’ narrow streets are lined with both charming medieval houses and the private mansions known as hôtels particuliers, which now house everything from designer boutiques and cocktail bars to traditional Jewish bakeries and museums like the Musée Carnavalet.
Paris’ street markets have long inspired the daydreams of picnickers and chefs alike, and, on any given day, you’re guaranteed to stumble onto a street lined with stalls of fresh produce and fish, cheeses and olives, and prepared foods of all kinds. Running up the Avenue du Président Wilson from the Pont de l’Alma on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Marché Président Wilson is one of the city’s largest and best-stocked.
Since 1919, the sprawling Hôtel Biron estate has housed a museum devoted to the works of Auguste Rodin, who – along with the likes of Henri Matisse and Isadora Duncan – lived and worked here in the early 20th century. Meander between masterpieces, explore the manicured gardens surrounding the 18th-century château, and peruse pieces the artist collected from friends like Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
While most of the Opéra National de Paris’ opera performances are held at the more modern Opéra Bastille, on the other side of town, the ornate, 19th-century Palais Garnier is an attraction in and of itself. Dress for the occasion, catch a ballet or classical concert, and don’t forget to look up: the 1964 Chagall ceiling rounds out every artistic performance.
The Jardins de Luxembourg and Jardins des Tuileries may be the city’s best-known public gardens, but there are plenty more for the adventurous flâneur to discover. Tucked away in Paris’ quiet northeast, on the edge of the 8th and 17th arrondissements, this 17th-century park is filled with sculptures, ponds, a Renaissance archway from the old City Hall, and plenty of lawns for picnicking.
Discover the latest in haute couture fashion in the most stylish city in the world at the runway shows of the world’s top designers.Learn More
One of Europe’s premier film festivals attracts world-renowned filmmakers and films to its three days of screenings each spring, which are supplemented by year-round talks and events.Learn More
Every summer, the world’s premier tennis players – and most ardent tennis fans – descend on Paris for the tournament better known as the French Open.Learn More
Discover the best of Paris’ theater, visual arts, cinema, dance, opera, and more during this world-renowned, season-long arts festival, now in its 45th year.Learn More
This highly anticipated exhibition at the iconic Grand Palais brings together works by Mexico’s most famous artists from the early 20th century, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo.Learn More
One of the world’s foremost collections of films and film memorabilia, the Cinémathèque Française hosts an exhibition dedicated to the history of filmmaking, in the city that invented it.Learn More
For one night each fall, Paris stays out until sunrise for one of the world’s premiere contemporary art festivals, with museums open all night and large-scale public art installations around the city.Learn More
Paris’ many Christmas markets turn the city festive and bring Gallic holiday traditions to life; one of the largest and most celebrated lines the Champs-Élysées for nearly two months.Learn More
Every other Thursday evening, the stretch of the Boulevard de Belleville between the Couronnes and Ménilmontant metro stations turns into a lively market of street food from around the world.Learn More
"I first experienced the magic of classical music at the historic Théatre des Champs-Elysées, located steps away from the Champs-Elysées and the Prince de Galles. Founded by journalist and impresario Gabriel Astruc, and built by French architect Auguste Perret in 1913, the historic building features sculptural work by Antoine Bourdelle and impressive ceiling murals by Maurice Denis. When it opened, the theatre was innovative for its time in both its Art Deco design and as a venue for contemporary music."
Designed to welcome the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) in 1928, the hotel is one of the city's 20th-century architectural landmarks, and has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley and Winston Churchill.Learn More
Indulge your senses with a personalized spa and wellness treatment in the serene Wellness Suite by Olivier Lecocq, complete with a private hammam and natural Unique Elixir Paris products.Learn More
Inspired by the flavorful simplicity of Southern French cuisine, Michelin-starred chef Stéphanie Le Quellec has shaped La Scène restaurant into a gastronomic destination highlighting exceptional ingredients.Learn More