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P A R I S  G U I D E

What to see and eat

From museums to coffee, to old covered markets, Paris has something for everyone. The lists below capture highlights in various categories, pick a few that sound fun and work them into your itinerary. For more see: Paris Neighborhood Guide, Paris in Five Days, and Instagrammer's Guide to Paris. 

Museum Guide

Paris Museum Guide​

There are over 100 museums to choose from in Paris, so do some research and pick just your favorites. Check out the Paris Museum Pass and the Map of Museums

Paris Pass

Cost is a big factor, but if you’re willing to list the places you want to go to and do some math, you can figure out if this is a good option for you 

Pass Pros:
Cutting the long lines, and depending on the time of year, this is a huge PRO.
Access to top museums and monuments (including Palais Garnier and Versailles)
Metro + Bus travel 
1 day hop on/ hop off tour
River Cruise


Pass Cons: 
Costs: 110 Euros to 239 Euros (2-6 day passes respectively) 
Eiffel tower and Catacombs are not included 
Inevitably, you’ll feel rushed and like you need to see everything the pass covers in the amount of time you have the pass for. That means, early mornings and a lot of sightseeing. 


1st Arrondissement


Don’t try to see all of it, but do try to go Wednesdays or Fridays when it’s open late (note: closed on Tuesdays). Pick a few areas and see those in depth but include a quick detour for the Mona Lisa.


Musee D’Orsay 

Just across the river from the Louvre...Worth a visit for the architecture and river views alone. The museum is open late Thursdays and closed on Mondays. It’s full of the Impressionist highlights from Van Gough to Cezanne.


Jeu de Paume 

Inside the Tuileries and a quick stop if the exhibit is interesting.


Musee de l’Orangerie 

A minimal art gallery, featuring impressionist and post impressionist work.  


Musee Des Arts Décoratifs 

Located near the Louvre and worth a visit for the designers and bookstore.

7th Arrondissement/Eiffel Tower

Palais de Tokyo 

A worthy visit for the changing exhibits and lovely grounds. It’s open until midnight many nights, so perfect for an evening activity and dinner at the restaurant.


Musee d’Art Moderne 

Near Palais de Tokyo, usually has large installations, photo booth, and a thrift store.


Musee Rodin 

Visit the famous Thinker, and then wander the pretty gardens surrounding the museum as long as you like.


Hôtel des Invalides 

Military hospital, war museum, and houses Napoleon's tomb


Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac 

Museum showcasing the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.


​Palais de Chaillot 

The Palais de Chaillot houses three major museums – the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, the Musée national de la Marine and the Musée de l’Homme. There is also a restaurant, Café Carlu, and the Théâtre National de Chaillot.  


Musee Guimet 

Visit for a large collection of Asian Art and a break from tourists.

Ile de la Cite


Formerly used as prison during the French Revolution, and now showcases where Marie Antoinette spent her last days.



Visit this royal chapel for the majestic stained glass. You can probably see both the Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle in an afternoon, depending on the lines.

Champs Elysees

Petit Palais

Free to see the permanent collection and has a lovely garden cafe


Grand Palais

Full of rotating exhibits and is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world. Also houses the Palais de la Decouverte, the science museum.


Louis Vuitton Foundation


Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée Nissim de Camondo


​Pagoda Paris

Latin Quarter

Known for architecture and a mausoleum containing the remains of notable French authors and scientists

The Musée de Cluny-Musée national du Moyen Age
National Museum of the Middle Ages, features the Roman baths and other notable medieval artifacts.

Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle & Jardin des Plantes

Institut du Monde Arabe

l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts​

Grand Boulevards

Palais Garnier

One of the prettiest buildings in Paris, if you can catch a show, do it. Otherwise, buy tickets for a tour.


Musée du Parfum

Also known as the Fragonard Musée du Parfum, near the Palais Garnier and a fun treat.

Le Marais

Centre Georges Pompidou

Depending on your tastes, some hate this museum and others love it. The street performers in the front and free rooftop views are worth a visit. (Open until 11pm on Thursdays.


Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Has one of the the largest collections of Jewish art.


Musee des Arts et Métiers

Showcasing inventions and advancements in science and technology


Musee Carnavelet

Temporarily closed, scheduled to open in 2019


Musée des Archives Nationales

Contains a pretty square in the heart of the Marais


Musee Picasso


Maison Européenne de la Photographie


La Musee de la Chassee et de la Nature


Musée Cognacq-Jay​


Espace Dali

Devoted to sculptures and art of Salvador Dali located in Montmartre.


Musée National Gustave Moreau


Musée de Montmartre


Musee de la Vie Romantique

Small museum with a cozy tea room.​



Musée Bourdelle


Musée Zadkine

Outside of Paris

Palace of Versailles

Not in the city of Paris itself but not to be missed. Plan and early morning excursion and be prepared for long lines and crowds until you get deep into the gardens.

Best Views

​Best Views

of the Eiffel Tower

Passerelle Debilly

Place du Trocadéro

Palais de Chaillot

Les Ombres, Musée du quai Branly

of the City

Terrasse du Printemps Haussmann

Parc de Belleville

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Tour Saint-Jacques

Musee d’Orsay

Institut du Monde Arabe

Arc de Triomphe

Galeries Lafayette

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Sacré Coeur Basilica

Centre Georges Pompidou

Montparnasse Tower

Metro Line Six

Bir-Hakeim Bridge

Pont Neuf

La Coulée Verte 

Ferris Wheel at Concorde

Seine boat tour

Paris Passages

Paris Passages

Wander through these glass roofed shopping galleries from the 1800s. They’re filled with independent and interested shops, ranging from knife sharpeners to candy shops.

Passage Verdeau (6 Rue de la Grange Batelière)

Passage Jouffroy (10-12 Boulevard Montmartre), gets crowded because of the wax museum next door, but it remains a prime location for Instagram pictures. Have a meal upstairs at Le Valentin and you can watch the entire gallery from the couches.

-Librairie du Passage, one of the oldest bookstores in Paris. Look for the owner, Jean-Luc Langlaude, and ask him to show you the collection in his private office with its fancy windows.

-A la Mere de Famille (33-35 rue du Faubourg Montmartre), a classic candy shop since 1761

Passage des Panoramas (11 Boulevard Montmartre), one of the oldest surviving passages, built in 1800.

-Have (a pricey) lunch at the Caffè Stern

Passage Des Princes (5 Boulevard des Italiens)

Galerie Vivienne (6 rue Vivienne, near 4 Rue des Petits Champs), hard to find because there are no signs, but shouldn’t be missed. Look for shops with antique maps, prints, books and photographs. 

-A Priori The: take a break in this tearoom with a variety of sweets 

Galerie Véro-Dodat (19 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau)

Passage du Grand Cerf (145 rue Saint-Denis)

-​Shop: L’Illustre Boutique, for stationary and prints 

Passage de l’Ancre (223 rue Saint-Marin or 30 rue Turbigo), with it’s cute umbrella shop

Perfect Picnic

Perfect Paris Picnic Locations​

Tourist Favorites 

Champs de Mars

Luxembourg Gardens

Southern side of Pont Alexandre III

Place des Vosges

Anywhere along the Seine 

Palais Royal/Tuileries 

Esplanade des Invalides

Rodin Museum


Off the Beaten Path

Canal St Martin

Parcs des Buttes-Chaumont 

Parc de la Villete


Quai de la Tournelle


Parc de la Turlure


Vert Galant


Bois de Boulogne + Vincennes


Square des Batignolles 

Parc de Sceaux

Parc Monceau

Parc Montsouris

Coffee Guide

Coffee Guide​

San Germain and the Latin Quarter

Shakespeare and Company Cafe


Coutume Cafe


Coffee Cuillier


Cafe de Flore


Dose Coffee Dealer


7th Arrondissement/Eiffel Tower

O Coffeeshop






Cafe des Deux Moulins


KB CafeShop


Bob’s Bake Shop   

Les Halles

Matamata Coffee




L’Arbre A Cafe


Cafe Kitsune  


Honor (outdoor seating)



Le Marias

Strada Cafe


The Broken Arm




La Belle Hortense


Terres de Cafe


Galerie 88


Le Peloton Cafe


La Cafeotheque




Used Book Cafe

Paris Sweets

Guide to Paris Sweets

There is no shortage of delicious pastry shops, chocolatiers, and bakeries. Here are few ideas to get you started.

7th Arrondissement/Eiffel Tower

La Pâtisserie des Rêves, 111 Rue de Longchamp

known for: paris-brest and saint-honore

Jacques Genin, 27 Rue de Varenne

known for: paris-brest

Boulangerie Malineau, 3 Rue Vineuse

Louvre & Tuilieres

Jean Paul Hévin Chocolatier, 231 Rue Saint Honoré

known for: pure chocolate guayaquil

Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli

known for: high priced high tea and hot chocolate

Pierre Hermé, 4 Rue Cambon

known for: 2000 feuilles, flaky layers of pastry and

praline mousse cream

Yannick Martin, 302 Rue Saint Honoré

Hôtel Ritz Paris, 15 Place Vendôme



Mon Eclair, 52 Rue des Acacias

Montmartre & Pigalle

Compagnie generale de Biscuiterie, 1 Rue Constance

known for: shortbread cookies

Pain Pain, 88 Rue des Martyrs

Popelini, 44 Rue des Martyrs


Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, 40 Rue de la Roquette

Le Marais


Pain de Sucre, 14 Rue Rambuteau

known for: fresh fruit pastries, like the mille-feuille

Mariage Frères, 30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg

Bontemps, 57 Rue de Bretagne

La Boutique Jaune, 27 Rue Rosiers

Ile Saint-Louis


Martin Marcel, 40 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île

Latin Quarter

Carl Marletti, 51 Rue Censier

known for: fraiser a seasonal strawberry shortcake

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 2 Rue Monge

Solques Bruno, 243 Rue Saint-Jacques



Poilâne, 8 Rue du Cherchi-Midi

known for: sourdough loaf and tarte aux pommes

Un Dimanche à Paris, 4-6-8 Cours du Commerce Saint-André

known for: croquant, three textures of chocolate

Hugo et Victor, 40 Boulevard Raspail

Arnaud Larher, 93 Rue de Seine

Les Halles & Grand Boulevards


Fou de Patisserie, 45 Rue Montorgueil

concept shop with deliveries from the top pastry chefs in the area

L’Eclair de Génie, 32 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires

Boulangerie Aux Castelblangeois, 168 Rue Saint Honoré

Boulangerie Julien, 75 Rue Saint Honoré

Charles Chocolatier, 15 Rue Montorgueil

Stohrer, 51 Rue Montorgueil


Des gâteaux et du pain, 63 Boulevard Pasteur  

known for: seasonal fruit pastries, and the signature, Le Kashmir, cake with saffron, dates and orange

Canal Saint-Martin and Belleville


Liberté, 39 Rue des Vinaigriers

known for: tarte a la creme, pie crust, custard, and whipped cream

Du Pain et des Idées, 34 Rue Yves Toudic

known for: "the best croissants" in Paris

Paris Markets

Paris Market Guide​

The best way to get to know Paris is to visit a few markets-hear the locals discussing produce, see the dogs, smell the cheeses and find the ripest fruits for your picnic. Confirm hours as they change seasonally. 

7th Arrondissement/Eiffel Tower

Marche President-Wilson
Wednesday & Saturday: 7am to 2pm 


Marché Saint-Honoré
Wednesday: 12:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday: 7am-3pm


Marche St-Quentin 
Tuesday-Saturday: 8am-8pm, Sun: 8am-1:30pm
Marché Dejean
Monday-Saturday: 8am-8pm, closed Sundays


Marche d’Aligre 
Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-1pm, 4pm-7:30pm, Sun: 9am-1:30pm, closed Mondays 
Marché Bastille
Thursday & Sunday: 7am-2:30pm

Le Marais 

Marche des Enfants Rouges

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 8:30am-5pm, closed Monday 

Ile Saint-Louis

Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II

Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm

Marche aux Oiseaux 

Sunday 8am-7pm

Latin Quarter 

Marche Monge 

Wednesday/Friday/Sunday: 7am-2:30pm

Marche Mouffetard 

Tuesday-Sunday: 8am-1pm, closed Monday​

Les Halles 

Marche Montorgueil 

Tuesday-Sunday: 8am-1pm, 4-7pm, closed Monday


Marche Raspail

Sunday: 9am-3pm

Canal Saint-Martin and Belleville 

Marche Saint-Martin 

Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-8pm, Sunday: 9am-2pm, closed Monday

Marche de Belleville

Tuesday & Friday: 7am-2:30pm

Northern Paris

Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen: Europe’s largest flea market 

Saturday: 9am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm, Monday: 11am-5pm

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