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Paris City Trip - Attractions

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower

What to See & Do in Paris

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Paris, the City of Light.

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MUSEUMS
Centre Pompidou at night
Centre Pompidou at night

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
01 44 78 47 99
www.centrepompidou.fr
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.

Grand Palais
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
75008 Paris
01 44 13 17 17
www.grandpalais.fr
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
75008 Paris
01 47 03 12 50
www.jeudepaume.org
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
75008 Paris
01 42 56 13 13
www.sallepleyel.fr
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.

Musée Carnavalet
23 rue Sévigné
75003 Paris
01 44 59 58 58
www.paris.fr
Get educated about the history of the City of Light through diverse galleries and historical artifacts.

Musée Delacroix
6 rue Furstenberg
75006 Paris
01 44 41 86 50
www.musée-delacroix.fr
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
75001 Paris
01 44 77 80 07
www.musee-orangerie.fr
An oblong edifice in the Tuileries gardens, filled with Impressionist paintings.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Site Rivoli
107-111, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
01 44 55 57 50
www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
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.

The Louvre
The Louvre

Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris
01 40 20 50 50
www.louvre.fr
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.

Musée Maillol
61 r Grenelle
75007 Paris 01 42 22 59 58
www.museemaillol.com
The works of Catalan artist Aristide Maillol are exhibited here, as well as works by Matisse, Degas, Picasso, Cézanne, Gaugin, Rodin and many others.

Musée National Picasso
5 rue Thorigny
75003 Paris
01 42 71 25 21
www.musee-picasso.fr
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
75008 Paris
01 53 89 06 40
www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
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.

Musée D'Orsay

Musée D'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay
62, rue de Lille
75007 Paris
01 40 49 48 14
www.musee-orsay.fr
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
75007 Paris
01 56 61 70 00
www.quaibranly.fr
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.

Musée Rodin
77 Rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
01 44 18 61 10
www.musee-rodin.fr
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.

Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
01 53 43 40 00
www.petitpalais.paris.fr
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.

SIGHTSEEING

Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars
75007 Paris
01 44 11 23 23
www.tour-eiffel.fr
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).

Panthéon
Panthéon

Panthéon
Place Panthéon
75005 Paris
01 44 32 18 00
www.pantheon.monuments-nationaux.fr
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.

Bateaux Les Vedettes du Pont-Neuf
Square du Vert Galant
75001 Paris
01 46 33 98 38
www.vedettesdupontneuf.com
Take a romantic ride down the Seine, and see some of the most famous sites in Paris from the boat.

Maison de Victor Hugo
6 Place des Vosges
75004 Paris
01 42 72 10 16
www.paris.fr
This is the house where famed Les Miserables author Victor Hugo lived and wrote.

Opéra National de Paris
8 rue Scribe
75009 Paris
08 92 89 90 90
www.operadeparis.fr
Lucky visitors can catch one of the many shows put on at this beautiful venue, including ballet, classical concerts and more modern music.

CHURCHES

Eglise de la Madeleine
Eglise de la Madeleine

Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
01 44 51 69 00
www.eglise-lamadeleine.com
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 century.

Notre Dame
6 Place du Parvis Notre Dame
75004 Paris
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
75006 Paris
01 42 84 14 67
www.paroisse-saint-sulpice-paris.org
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.

SHOPPING

agnès b.
2, rue du Jour
75001 Paris
01 40 39 96 88
www.agnesb.fr
Sought-after classic clothing with a French touch make agnès b. a must on any Parisian shopping trip.

Baccarat
11, Place des Etats-Unis
75116 Paris
01 40 22 11 22
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11, Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
01 42 65 36 26
www.baccarat.fr
Splurge on a fine piece of glass jewelry or crystal pieces at the brilliant Baccarat boutique.

Bonpoint
320 r St Honoré
75001 PARIS
01 49 27 94 82
www.bonpoint.com
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
75007 Paris
01 45 48 54 67
 Or
33, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
01 40 39 05 50
www.debauve-et-gallais.com
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.

Diptyque
Diptyque

Diptyque
34 boulevard Saint Germain
75005 Paris
01 43 26 77 44
www.diptyqueparis.com
Sublime scented candles of the highest quality.  Choose from a huge range of alluring scents.

Eric Kayser
Boulangerie – Restaurant Malesherbes  
85 bd Malesherbes
75008 Paris
01 45 22 70 30
www.maison-kayser.com
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.

Lavinia
3, boulevard de la Madeleine
75001 Paris
01 42 97 20 20
www.lavinia.fr
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.

L'Artisan Parfumeur
2, rue de l'Amiral Coligny
75001 Paris
01 44 88 27 50
www.artisanparfumeur.com
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.

Le Bon Marché
24 rue de Sèvres
75007 Paris
01 44 39 80 00
www.lebonmarche.fr
This fancy department store can accommodate all your shopping-spree needs.

Cupola at the Galeries Lafayette
Cupola at the Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette
Paris Haussmann
40 Blvd. Haussmann
75009 Paris
01 42 82 34 56
www.galerieslafayette.com
Shopping in Paris is incomplete until you've set foot inside the massive, lavish Galeries Lafayette.

Gérard Darel
229 rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris
01 40 20 44 74
www.gerarddarel.com
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.

La Grand Epicerie
38 rue de Sèvres
75007 Paris
01 44 39 81 00
www.lagrandeepicerie.fr
If you are looking for luxurious, edible souvenirs, this is the supermarket you're looking for.

Louis Vuitton
101 avenue des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris
0810 810 010
www.louisvuitton.com
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.

Hediard
21, Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
01 43 12 88 88
www.hediard.fr
Great spot for preserves, mustard, coffee, tea and other deluxe condiments that make for great gifts.

Mariage Freres
30, rue du Bourg-Tibourg
75004 Paris
01 42 72 28 11
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13, rue des Grands Augustins
75006 Paris
01 40 51 82 50
www.mariagefreres.com
Delicious, exotic teas in lovely collectable tins at this Paris institution tea shop and restaurant.

Patrick Roger
108 bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris
01 43 29 38 42
www.patrickroger.com
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
75006 Paris
01 42 22 47 01
www.paulandjoe.com
Funky, vintage–style fashion boutique where couture-quality clothes are sure to make a statement.

Poilâne
8, rue Cherche Midi
75006 Paris
01 45 48 42 59
www.poilane.fr
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!

Printemps
64 Blvd. Haussmann
75009 Paris
01 42 82 50 00
www.printemps.com
Along with the Galeries Lafayette, Printemps is one of the most luxurious grand magasin, or department store, in Paris.

Sonia Rykiel
175, boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris
01 49 54 60 60
www.soniarykiel.com
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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