Arc de Triomphe
Attack the interminable winding staircase which leads to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon to celebrate the glory of war and his military successes. After visiting the museum, refurbished in 2008, head to the roof for some breathtaking views over Paris.
Place Charles de Gaulle (underground passageway) 8th arrondissement Paris
Phone number : 01.55.37.73.77
Website : http://arc-de-triomphe.monuments-na...
Opening times : Every day from 10 am to 11 pm (1st April-11th Sept) and from 10 am to 10.30 pm (1st Oct-31st March)
Transports : Metro : Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Admission price : From €6.50 to €9.50. Free for under 10s, for under 18s on Wednesdays (2 pm – 6 pm)
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
All roads lead to the splendour of historic monuments in the maze of the City of Architecture and Heritage. From Visconti’s palaces to Jean Nouvel’s skyscrapers, this museum which opened in 2007 is brimming with scale models, reproductions and samples of buildings inviting visitors to take a vertiginous tour of France’s urban landscape.
Palais de Chaillot Place du Trocadero 16th arrondissement, Paris
Transports : Metro : Trocadéro
Place de la Concorde
The biggest square in Paris. It breaks away from the traditional style of the capital’s royal squares which are usually enclosed by offering open views both east and west stretching from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe, and from north to south from Madeleine to the National Assembly on the other side of the Seine.
1st / 8th arrondissement Paris
Transports : Metro : Concorde
The Champs-Elysées is one of the world’s most famous avenues with its cinemas, cafés and luxury stores. The avenue’s status has ensured it has been regularly embellished over the years to help make it one of the most representative symbols of Paris.
The Opéra Garnier is one of the most emblematic monuments of the capital and since its inauguration in the second half of the 19th century its stage has been devoted to opera. Although its shows are pricy, you can still admire the interior by taking a guided tour (between 4 and 8 euros). Those interested in architecture will not be disappointed.
Opéra Garnier Place de l’Opéra
9th arrondissement Paris
Phone number : 08.92.89.90.90 and on +33 (1).18.104.22.168 from abroad
Website : www.operadeparis.fr/cns11/li...
Opening times : Box office from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday. By telephone from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays
Transports : Metro : Opéra
Price : From €10 to €180
In the former Orsay railway station you can get your fill of 19th century art. A temple to realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, pointillism and other major movements born between 1848 and the beginning of the 20th century, the Musée d’Orsay has just undergone a facelift to refresh the presentation of its collections made up of Courbet, Millet, Manet, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Address : Musée d’Orsay 62 rue de Lille 7th arrondissement
Phone number : 01.40.49.48.14
Website : www.musee-orsay.fr/
Opening times : From Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, late nights (9.45 pm) on Thursdays
Transports : Metro : Solférino or Assemblée Nationale ; RER : Musée d’Orsay
Admission price : Between €5.50 and €10. Free for under 26s, disabled people and those accompanying them, jobseekers and for everyone on the first Sunday of each month
Behind the exposed pipes, air ducts and framework of this hulk of a building designed by the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers hides one of the most extensive modern art collections in the world. Head back to the 20th century with Picasso, Magritte, Duchamp, Pollock, Warhol and Tinguely.
Adresse : Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art) Rue Saint-Martin 4th arrondissement
Phone number : 01.44.78.12.33
Website : www.centrepompidou.fr
Opening times : from Wednesday to Monday from 11 am to 9 pm
Transports : Metro : Rambuteau
Admission price : Between €8 and €12
Musée National Rodin
Amble through the gardens of the Musée Rodin, in the shadow of The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell. A vast collection brought together in this haven of peace in the 7th arrondissement, to pay homage to 19th century art.
Musée national Rodin 79 rue de Varenne 7th arrondissement Paris
Phone number : 01.44.18.61.10
Website : www.musee-rodin.fr
Opening times : Every day except Monday from 10 am to 5.45 pm
Transports : Metro : Varenne
Admission price : Between €5 and €7. Free for under 26s and teachers
The shortest route to Asia !
From its creation by Emile Guimet in 1889 to today, the museum has never stopped expanding and diversifying its collections. Presenting 5 millennia of Asian art, time has not stood still at the Musée Guimet. Indeed, as you stroll through the rooms of its elegant exhibition spaces, expect to be surprised by installations by contemporary artists.
Musée Guimet, National Museum of Asian Art 6 place d’Iéna 16th arrondissement
Phone number : 01.56.52.53.00
Website : www.guimet.fr
Opening times : Every day except Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm
Transport : Metro : Iéna
Admission price : Between €5.50 and €7. Free for under 26s and holders of the Pass Education
Musée du Palais de Tokyo
Effervescent, playful, adventurous, the Palace of Tokyo, opened in Paris ten years ago to much excitement : an anti-museum par excellence, a rebellious plot of wasteland in the 16th arrondissement, a quirky and ambitious “palace”, a place of exchanges and surprises, it was the pioneer of a movement of reconciliation between the City of Light and contemporary art.
13, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 PARIS
Phone number : 01 47 23 54 01
Metro : M° Iéna, line 9
The perfect museum to stroll around ! At the heart of the Marais, housed in the splendid Donon mansion, the Musée Cognacq-Jay is a little gem of a museum which is still relatively unknown by Parisians. And what’s more, admission to the Musée Cognacq-Jay is free !
8 rue Elzévir - 75003 Paris
Phone number : 01 40 27 07 21
Metro : Saint-Paul, Chemin-Vert, Rambuteau
Admission : The tour of the Museum’s permanent collections is free for all visitors.
Opening times : Open from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday. Ticket desk closes at 5.30 pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays
Awarded a Michelin star in 2012, Akrame is a unique kind of restaurant in the 16th arrondissement where the pleasure of rediscovering French gastronomy is blended with subtle and innovative flavours.
Phone number : +33 1 40 67 11 16
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.akrame.com
19, rue de Lauriston - Paris 16th arrondissement
Situated in the elegant quarter facing the Tuileries Garden, this Parisian institution is a must-visit tea-room for all food lovers. When it opened in 1903, Angelina quickly became the essential meeting place for the French aristocracy. Its private lounges hosted the likes of Proust, Coco Chanel and some of France’s finest fashion designers. A mythical establishment in Paris to savour the famous chocolate and the legendary Mont-Blanc whose age-old secrets are as well-kept now as they were one hundred years ago.
Victor - Bistrot
A stone’s throw from Trocadéro in the 16th arrondissement, Victor has carved itself a reputation over the last three years as the bistro for lovers of fine wines at reasonable prices. They are served to accompany traditional bistro cuisine, made with seasonal ingredients.
101 bis, rue Lauriston - Paris 16th arrondissement
Website : +33 1 47 27 55 07
Located on Place du Trocadéro, Le Coq is a modern brasserie with a chic, refined and very cosy atmosphere created by Jacques Garcia. It serves up a simple and well-executed cuisine. The district’s VIP clientele particularly appreciates the attentive and professional service of Le Coq. A delightful terrace faces the poetic inscriptions on the Palais de Chaillot.
2 place du Trocadéro, 11 novembre - Paris 16th arrondissement
Phone number : +33 1 47 27 89 52
Experimental Cocktail Club
Once you have tested the concoctions of the Experimental Cocktail Club, you will never again settle for the run-of-the-mill cocktails which are what hamburger and fries are to French gastronomy. Paris was in need of this type of place which is currently all the rage in New York, the Mixology Bars which are reinventing cocktails with rare alcoholic drinks, fresh fruit juices and subtle spices.
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur 2nd arrondissement Paris
Phone number : 01.45.08.88.09
Website : www.experimentalcocktailclub.com
Opening times : From Monday to Wednesday from 6 pm to 2 am, Thursday from 6 pm to 3 am, Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 4 am
Transport : Metro : Sentier or Réaumur-Sébastopol
Le Bar at the Hotel Shangri-La
A unique and sophisticated sound system complements Le Bar’s authentic Empire decor in which you can relax in a typically Parisian atmosphere and discover the fresh and exotic flavours of the Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Pékin Express.
10 Avenue d’Iéna, Paris, 75116, France
Near the Lobby
Phone number : +33 (0)1 53 67 19 93
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
The oldest market in Paris (1615).
An enormous guinguette, the Marché des Enfants Rouges is the market to visit in Paris : historical, lively, high-quality, authentic…Every morning, the colourful stalls add a highly visual dimension to this market making for some splendid photos. The particularity of this market, with its Moroccan, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese and West Indian stalls, is that it is possible to eat reasonably-priced specialities from across the world at the tables which each stall sets out. The market owes its name, (‘Market of Red Children’), to an orphanage where the children wore red capes. It was listed as a historical monument in 1982.
38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Metro : Filles du calvaire
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday : from 8.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm
Friday, Saturday : from 8.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm
Sunday : from 8.30 am to 2 pm
The second-hand booksellers
Enjoy a delightful walk along the Seine, in a quarter brimming with historical references (Notre Dame, Louvre, Pont Neuf) and discover the second-hand booksellers.
The ‘biggest’ bookshop in the world : stretching 3 km along the quays of the Seine, the sellers of used and collectible books are present (almost) all week, from 11.30 am to dusk.
Along the Seine – from Pont Marie to Quai Voltaire-75004 Paris
Quarter : Notre-Dame – Ile-Saint-Louis
Metro : Saint-Michel/RER : Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame