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. 

 

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

Louvre 

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

Conciergerie

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

 

Sainte-Chapelle

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

Pantheon
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​

Montmartre

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.​

 

Montparnasse 

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

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

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 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​

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

 

Hexagone

Montmartre

Lomi

 

Cafe des Deux Moulins

 

KB CafeShop

 

Bob’s Bake Shop   

Les Halles

Matamata Coffee

 

Lockwood

 

L’Arbre A Cafe

Louvre

Cafe Kitsune  

 

Honor (outdoor seating)

 

Telescope

Le Marias

Strada Cafe

 

The Broken Arm

 

Loustic

 

La Belle Hortense

 

Terres de Cafe

 

Galerie 88

 

Le Peloton Cafe

 

La Cafeotheque

 

Fragments

 

Used Book Cafe

 

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

Champs-Elysees

 

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

Bastille

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

Saint-Germain

 

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

Montparnasse

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 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 


Louvre
 

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


Montmartre 


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

Bastille 


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


Montparnasse 


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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