Pompidou at night
Place Georges Pompidou
01 44 78 47 99
In the 1970s, President Georges Pompidou had an idea for building a modern venue where visual art, theater, music, cinema, literature and the spoken word could co-exist. Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers designed the Centre Pompidou, which has become one of the most visited modern art centers in the world.
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
01 44 13 17 17
The sight of the perfectly restored glass domes of the Grand Palais is reason enough to visit this most majestic of Parisian landmarks. Built for the 1900 Paris World Fair, the Grand Palais bears witness to the highly revered architectural usage of glass and iron at the turn of the century.
Jeu de Paume
1, Place de la Concorde
01 47 03 12 50
From the outside, you might think the
galleries at Jeu de Paume might consist of
older art pieces, but inside you will find
just modern, contemporary works.
La Salle Pleyel
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
01 42 56 13 13
Founded in 1927, this famed classical music concert hall has recently reopened after a two year renovation which streamlined the architecture and intensified the acoustics. It's all about the music here, where the neo-Art Deco design is soothingly minimalist and audience comfort is vastly improved. Tickets may be hard to come by, so rely on your concierge.
23 rue Sévigné
01 44 59 58 58
Get educated about the history of the City
of Light through diverse galleries and historical
6 rue Furstenberg
01 44 41 86 50
Visit the former home of nineteenth-century painter
Eugène Delacroix; a number of his works
are on display.
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
01 44 77 80 07
An oblong edifice in the Tuileries gardens, filled with Impressionist paintings.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107-111, rue de Rivoli
01 44 55 57 50
Celebrating French craftsmanship and the "art de vivre," the masterpieces on display here include objects designed for both ornament and function. Entry to the Decorative Arts Museum gives visitors access to the fashion and textile museum as well as the museum of advertising, all located under one roof.
01 40 20 50 50
The building that has become the Louvre was
started in the twelfth century, and by the
seventeenth century it was the residence of
the Sun King, Louis XIV. Since 1793, the Louvre
has housed one of the largest and most famous
museums in the world. Visitors flock around
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa (la Joconde),
but there are thousands of other works to
be admired as well.
61 r Grenelle
75007 Paris 01 42 22 59 58
The works of Catalan artist Aristide Maillol
are exhibited here, as well as works by Matisse,
Degas, Picasso, Cézanne, Gaugin, Rodin
and many others.
5 rue Thorigny
01 42 71 25 21
The Musée Picasso has a collection of several thousand works by Pablo Picasso, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics and manuscripts. Some works of Cézanne and Matisse are also on display. (Please note: The museum is currently closed for renovations and will reopen June 2014.)
Musée Nissim de Camondo
63, rue de Monceau
01 53 89 06 40
This pre-World War I town-house is the former
residence and houses the personal art collection
of Moïse de Camondo, a nineteenth century philanthropist
and art aficionado whose son, Nissim, was
killed in combat during WWI.
62, rue de Lille
01 40 49 48 14
Housed in a beautiful old train station, the Musée D'Orsay is home to some of the art world's most valuable pieces.
Musée du Quai Branly
37, quai Branly - portail Debilly
01 56 61 70 00
On a sprawling stretch of riverfront property in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Quai Branly is a cultural arts center showcasing the planet's most valuable primitive art masterpieces. Inside the lofty structure you'll find the museum, a theatre, a media center, a café and a terrace restaurant, Les Ombres, offering a fine view of the neighboring monuments.
77 Rue de Varenne
01 44 18 61 10
The museum, an eighteenth-century château,
was opened to the public in 1919 after the
sculptor bestowed his entire collection to
the French state with the express desire to
transform his Parisian art studio into a museum
in his honor.
Avenue Winston Churchill
01 53 43 40 00
Newly restored, the dazzling domed Petit Palais is one of the most romantic vestiges of the 1900 Paris World Fair. Enjoy a generous view of the glass-domed Grand Palais, the Champs Elysées gardens and the adjacent River Seine. The Petit Palais today houses an astoundingly diverse collection of art, including paintings by the masters.
Champ de Mars
01 44 11 23 23
Gustave Eiffel's tower
was built in 1889 for the International Exhibition
of Paris commemorating the centenary of the
French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later
King Edward VII of England, opened the tower, and at the time, it was the world's tallest building
(at 300 meters).
01 44 32 18 00
Since its completion in 1789, the Panthéon has been a mausoleum, a church, and back again to being a burial place for some of France's most important personages. Voltaire, Rousseau, Marat, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and the Panthéon's architect, Soufflot, all rest here.
Les Vedettes du Pont-Neuf
Square du Vert Galant
01 46 33 98 38
Take a romantic ride down the Seine, and see
some of the most famous sites in Paris from
de Victor Hugo
6 Place des Vosges
01 42 72 10 16
This is the house where famed Les Miserables
author Victor Hugo lived and wrote.
National de Paris
8 rue Scribe
08 92 89 90 90
Lucky visitors can catch one of the many shows put on at this beautiful venue, including ballet, classical concerts and more modern music.
de la Madeleine
de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
01 44 51 69 00
The hellenic-style structure might look like
a Greek temple, but it is actually a huge
church made of marble, designed in the mid-nineteenth
6 Place du Parvis Notre Dame
01 42 34 56 10
Construction on Notre Dame began in 1163 and
was finished around 1345. However, the church
was never fully completed, as the spires that
were meant to rise atop the two towers were
never finished. Some of the western world's
most important royalty were crowned here,
including Henry VI of England and Mary Stuart.
Napoléon seized the crown from Pius
VII and crowned himself in 1804.
Eglise Saint Sulpice
Place Saint Sulpice
01 42 84 14 67
Baudelaire and the Marquis de Sade were baptized here, and Victor Hugo got married in this church, which was started in 1646 on the remains of an older church.
2, rue du Jour
01 40 39 96 88
Sought-after classic clothing with a French touch make agnès b. a must on any Parisian shopping trip.
11, Place des Etats-Unis
01 40 22 11 22
11, Place de la Madeleine
01 42 65 36 26
Splurge on a fine piece of glass jewelry or
crystal pieces at the brilliant Baccarat boutique.
320 r St Honoré
01 49 27 94 82
Gorgeous, expensive, luxurious and just plain outrageously cute kids clothes that make for over-the-top gifts. Boutiques are virtually all over the city.
Debauve & Gallais
30, rue des Saints-Pères
01 45 48 54 67
33, rue Vivienne
01 40 39 05 50
One of the better traditional chocolatiers in the city purveying intense, pure dark chocolate specialties in a royal setting. Refined packaging makes for excellent gifts.
34 boulevard Saint Germain
01 43 26 77 44
Sublime scented candles of the highest quality. Choose from a huge range of alluring scents.
Boulangerie – Restaurant Malesherbes
85 bd Malesherbes
01 45 22 70 30
Star baker Eric Kayser holds the secret to perfect bread. His numerous outposts dot the city. Try the bakery restaurant in the 8th arrondissement for lunch or dessert.
3, boulevard de la Madeleine
01 42 97 20 20
A "Universe of Wine" in the center of Paris, this large scale oenothèque and restaurant merits a visit if you are a lover of the grape. Check out their web site for special events and activities.
2, rue de l'Amiral Coligny
01 44 88 27 50
The art of French perfumery is preserved at these inviting boutiques scattered throughout the city, the most centrally located of which is adjacent to the Louvre.
24 rue de Sèvres
01 44 39 80 00
This fancy department store can accommodate
all your shopping-spree needs.
at the Galeries Lafayette
40 Blvd. Haussmann
01 42 82 34 56
Shopping in Paris is incomplete until
you've set foot inside the massive, lavish
229 rue Saint-Honoré
01 40 20 44 74
Gerard Darel boutiques can be found throughout the city, offering their incredibly wearable, sexy and not outrageously priced clothes. Treat yourself or the woman in your life to the fetish "Charlotte" bag that is on the arm of the most style-conscious Parisiennes.
38 rue de Sèvres
01 44 39 81 00
If you are looking for luxurious, edible souvenirs, this is the supermarket you're looking for.
101 avenue des Champs Elysées
0810 810 010
Visit the flagship store of this legendary French fashion house which, since the mid-nineteenth century, specializes in hand-made leather goods whose quality is unsurpassed. Today the pervasive luxury brand has extended to clothing, shoes and accessories. The towering boutique is itself a spectacle where a mixture of glass and innovative lighting brings the Art-Deco edifice to life.
21, Place de la Madeleine
01 43 12 88 88
Great spot for preserves, mustard, coffee,
tea and other deluxe condiments that make
for great gifts.
30, rue du Bourg-Tibourg
01 42 72 28 11
13, rue des Grands Augustins
01 40 51 82 50
Delicious, exotic teas in lovely collectable tins at this Paris institution tea shop and restaurant.
108 bd Saint Germain
01 43 29 38 42
An exciting, non-traditional chocolate shop with imaginative products. Indulge in the lime-cream filled chocolate. Signature turquoise packaging is irresistible.
Paul and Joe
64/66, rue des Saints-Pères
01 42 22 47 01
Funky, vintage–style fashion boutique where couture-quality clothes are sure to make a statement.
8, rue Cherche Midi
01 45 48 42 59
Large, crusty round loaves of sourdough-style bread is the superstar at this tiny storefront bakery in the 6th arrondissement. Also delicious are dense rye bread, rich raison loaves, individual apple tarts, flaky, golden croissants and everything else!
64 Blvd. Haussmann
01 42 82 50 00
Along with the Galeries Lafayette, Printemps
is one of the most luxurious grand magasin,
or department store, in Paris.
175, boulevard Saint-Germain
01 49 54 60 60
The French "fetish" fashion designer's knits can be found in most Parisian department stores but a visit to the flagship store(s) in and around Boulevard Saint Germain makes for a more authentic shopping experience.
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