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101 Things to do in Paris - see also: Romantic Paris and Paris for Foodies

What to do in Paris? Whoever you are - culture vulture, jazz lover, bargain hunter, fashionista, café lizard, bar hound, party beast, nature lover - there's something for everyone here in 101 Things to do in Paris.

1. The Louvre

The world's largest palace is home to the world's largest collection of art. If you are not impressed by the unbelievable amount of masterpieces on display here, you will certainly be overwhelmed by the shear scale and beauty of Paris's most famous museum. Métro: Palais-Royal

2. The Paris Mosque

One of the city's best kept secrets is a haven of calm for any visitor wanting to experience a true taste of Morocco. Enjoy a mint tea with honey cakes around the fountain in the tiled courtyard café or relax in the steam baths or hammams where a bathe or a massage will recharge any battery. 39 rue Geoffroy St-Hilaire. Métro: Censier Daubenton

3. Fondation Quartier

This beautiful modern building designed by Jean Nouvel (also see Institute du Monde Arabe) is almost entirely constructed of glass and steel. The transparency of the building means that one can see directly through the building, from the street, to the garden behind. It houses some of the city's most interesting contemporary art exhibitions using light and space to maximum advantage. 261 boulevard Raspail. Métro: Raspail

4. Père-Lachaise Cemetery.

Explore the ally's amongst the vaults and the tombs of what is arguably the worlds most beautiful cemetery and pay homage to the countless notables that are buried here including Balzac, Moliere, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaff, Jim Morrison, Yves Montand, Delacroix, Haussmann, Chopin, to name but a few. Métro: Père-Lachaise / Phillipe-Auguste

5. Musée D'Orsay

This beautiful building was once a railway station and houses paintings and sculpture from the period spanning 1848 to 1914. The highlights are the electrifying works of the impressionists and post-impressionists including Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Rue de la Légion de l'honneur. Métro: Solferino / RER Musée D'Orsay

6. Notre Dame

The mighty gothic cathedral of Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of the city and one of its most famous monuments with its magnificent rose windows and soaring nave, a truly awe inspiring sight. Métro: Saint Michel / Cité

7. Saint Chapelle

One of the finest achievements of French high gothic, renowned for its exquisite stained glass windows, on sunny days a myriad of colour explodes into its glorious interior. Not to be missed. Métro: Cité

8. Ile St-Louis

Arguably one of the most romantic parts of Paris, it's a wonderful place to take a stroll. The island lives in another time zone with its own distinct charm where you will find beautiful houses on single lane cobbled streets, restaurants and interesting shops. It's also home to the famous sorbets of M. Berthillon. Métro: Cité / Pont Marie

9. The Arc de Triomphe

The best way to visit this famous monument, constructed by Napoleon to commemorate his imperial victories, is from the viewing platform at the top. From here you have magnificent views along the 12 Avenues, many named after illustrious generals, that radiate from the Arc de Triomphe to every part of Paris. Métro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile

10. Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Perched on top of the Butte de Montmartre, a 234 step climb to the top of the dome, offers one of Paris's most spectacular panoramas. On a good day you can see Paris in its entirety from east to west! Métro: Avers / Abbesses

11. Bateaux Mouches

A wonderful way to experience Paris at a leisurely pace is by boat. Cruises depart and return to the Pont d'Alma and pass the statue of liberty in the west, and the Ile St Louis, Notre Dame to the east. The night time spectacle of Paris shimmering off the Seine on a summer evening is an unforgettable experience. Métro: Pont d'Alma

12. Catacombes de Paris

A truly original experience but not for the faint hearted! Visitors to the Catacombes will find themselves 20m (65ft) underground, walking along mile upon mile of corridors stacked with bones. Indeed in 1975 Paris decided to solve the problem of its overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones of the buried and relocating them to several unused quarries. An unusual and memorable experience awaits you! 1 avenue du Clonel Henri Rol-Tanguy. Métro: Denfert Rochereau

13. Centre Pompidou

One of the world's most important modern art museums, with significant holdings of some of the world's most influential artists including Matisse, Kandinsky, and Picasso. Visitors are also drawn by the building itself with its "inside out" architecture that has been the centre of much critical comment. Métro: Chatelet-les-Halles / Hôtel de Ville

14. Eiffel Tower

The symbol of Paris and undoubtedly its most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower cannot be missed albeit for its stunning views from the top floor and its radical structure that cannot fail to impress. Métro: Trocadero

15. Musée Rodin

One of the most tranquil spots in the city, this magnificent 18th century mansion, once owned by Rodin himself, shows off his powerful works to their best advantage. The Hand of God, St John the Baptist, Balzac, Cathedral and the Kiss are all on display here. The largest private garden in Paris boasts his most famous work, The Thinker, which everyone comes to see. 77 rue de Varenne. Métro: Varenne

16. Palais Royal

Another famous mix of classical and modern where Buren's black and white stripes play with the senses and splash a bit of folly to this otherwise stately ensemble of arcades and peaceful gardens. A welcome break from the city's bustling streets. Métro: Palais-Royal

17. Parc André-Citroen

On the south western corner of the city on the shores of the river Seine, this magnificent futuristic park offers fountains and themed gardens built on the site of the old Citroen car factory. One of the highlights of a visit here is of course a ride in the tethered balloon with dizzy aerial views. Métro: Javel / Balard

18. Rue Oberkamf

The rue Oberkamf has become a byword for Parisian cool and is the destination for anyone looking for concentrated and lively nightlife. This long street is lined with bars, restaurants and nightclubs enjoyed by the cutting edge of the city's young. The whole evening can be spent wining dining and dancing all within walking distance! Métro: Parmentier / Menilmontant

19. Belleville

Belleville is the former neighborhood of Edith Piaff and has become one of the most lively and vibrant areas of Paris, a melting pot of different cultures with restaurants to match. The young and trendy occupy some of the city's most "in" bars and the area is also home to a flourishing artistic community who open their studios to the public every summer. Métro: Belleville

20. Puces de St Ouen

The largest of Paris's flea markets, it's easy to loose oneself whilst browsing the acres of fine antiques, covetable curios and general bric-a-brac. Perfect for a Sunday walk. Métro: Porte de Clignoncourt

21. Buttes-aux-Cailles

Truly of the beaten tourist track, this is a great place to visit if you want to experience the true "vie du quartier" often lacking in the large impersonal tourist areas. Enjoy one of the many restaurants or bars that occupy the area and discuss politics and Parisian life with the students and locals. A good place to relax at the end of a busy day. Métro: Corvisart / Place d'Italie

22. Montmartre Vinyard

This charming area of Montmartre, and the pride of the locals, is well worth a visit. The last existing vineyard in Paris echoes back to a time when one of the most famous French wines was produced here. Rue des Saules. Métro: Lamark

23. Canal boat-trips

One of the more original things you can do in Paris is a canal boat trip. Less touristy than the Bateaux Mouches, a 3 hour journey will take you from the Musée d'Orsay to the Parc de la Villette. One of the highlights of the journey is a long spooky tunnel that takes you all the way from Bastille to the 10th arrondissement. Quai Anatol France by the Pont Solférino. Métro: Solferino

24. Institute du Monde Arabe

A stunning and radical piece of architectural engineering designed by Jean Nouvel - see also the Musée du quai Branly (101). Its southern façade comprises thousands of tiny light sensitive shutters which modulate the light levels inside. It houses wonderful exhibitions from the Arab world. Métro: Jussieu

25. The Marmottan Museum

The Marmottan museum boasts the world's most extensive collection of paintings by Monet. But this is only one of the many reasons to visit. It's also quiet and relatively free of crowds. Métro: La Muette

26. Ice Skating in front of the Hôtel de Ville. (December)

Every year a real ice skating rink is built in front of the town hall. A wonderful experience on a crisp winters evening with the lights of Paris glittering around you. Métro: Hôtel de Ville

27. Basilica of St Denis

Generally regarded as the birthplace of the Gothic style in European architecture, the basilica of St-Denis, located in Paris's northern suburbs, shelters astounding tombs of France's kings and queens. Métro: St-Denis-Basilique

28. Fontainebleau

A wonderful alternative to the crowds of Versailles this exquisite Renaissance château is within easy distance of Paris. It is situated in the middle of a magnificent forest which can be explored for hours. It's a great day out and a perfect place to enjoy a picnic. You can also rent a boat on the Etang des Carpes. Getting there is easy with regular trains from the Gare de Lyon.

29. Pont-Neuf and Square du Vert-Galant

This wonderful twelve arched bridge, built in 1607 by Henri IV, is Paris's oldest surviving bridge. The best way to enjoy the bridge and some magnificent views along the River Seine is from the Square du Vert-Galant, reached by steps leading down from behind the Statue "Vert-Galant". This tranquil tree-lined island is a popular haunt of lovers. Métro: Pont-Neuf

30. The Conciergerie

Paris's oldest prison where Marie Antoinette and many leading figures of the Revolution where incarcerated before execution. Several splendid gothic halls can be visited from a time before it became a prison and a number of reconstructed rooms including the cell of Marie Antoinette herself. Métro: Cité

31. Brasseries

Wonderfully preserved decors, huge platters of see food, perfect steaks, a style of cooking that has been enjoyed by Parisians and visitors for generations, brasseries offer a true taste of Paris. Ones to try:
Au Pied du Cochon (6 rue Coquilliere 75001)
Brasserie Flo (7 cour des Petits Ecuries 75010)
Bofinger (5-7 rue de la Bastille 75004)
Le Balzar (49 rue des Ecoles 75005)
La Coupole (102 boulevard du Montparnasse 75014)
Terminus Nord (23 rue du Dunkerque 75010)

32. The Grand and The Petit Palais

Both built in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle, today they both house permanent museums, fine arts in the Petit Palais, including gems by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet and a science museum in the Grand Palais. Métro: Champs Elysées Clemanceau

33. Shopping on the Triangle d'Or (Golden Triangle)

The area that links the Champs Elysées, the avenue Montaigne and rue Fancois 1er is nicknamed the triangle d'Or (triangle of Gold) on account of its upmarket character including the multitude of designer stores including Dior, Prada, Chanel and Givenchy. Métro: Champs Elysées Clemanceau

34. Musée Jacquemart-André

Complete with its fabulous collection of French, Dutch and Italian masters, this sumptuous Second Empire residence built for the art loving Jacquemart-André has been preserved more or less intact. Métro: Miromesnil/St-Philippe du Roule

35. Place de la Concorde

The breathtaking fountains, statues representing France's largest cities and the Loxor obelisk gifted to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt are best enjoyed at dusk. Ahead of you the glittering Champs Elysées leads the eye toward a dimly lit Arc de Triomphe, whilst the Eiffel Tower rises from the Seine to your left. Métro: Concorde

36. The Tuileries Gardens

Stretching from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde the Jardin de Tuileries is a good place to relax in the heart of Paris. Its grand alleys are lined with shady, clipped chestnut trees and manicured lawns littered with statues by famous artists such as Rodin, Coustou and Coysevox. Métro: Tuileries/Concorde

37. Jeu de Paume

Located at the concord end of the Tuileries gardens and previously home to the royal tennis courts, the Jeu de Paume is now home to the Centre National de la Photographie and hosts major photographic exhibitions. Métro: Concorde

38. Shopping on the Grand Boulevards

Proudly sporting their fin-de-siecle domes, the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are two of the city's most famous department stores offering wonderful food halls and floor upon floor of fine shopping from high fashion to perfume. Métro: Harvre Caumantain

39. Musée Grévin

Paris's equivalent of Madame Tousauds's London wax works. A fun outing for anyone who would like to mingle with French literary, political and media personalities along with the usual Hollywood suspects. Métro: Rue Montmartre

40. Opéra Garnier

Named after the architect who designed it in 1862 it was immortalised by writer Gaston Leroux in his Phantom of the Opera. This magnificently ornate building boasts a mixture of baroque, Greek, classical and Napoleonic styles and the foyer has a cupola decorated by Marc Chagall. Of course the most romantic way to see this beautiful monument is an evening out at the opera or the ballet, however it is also open to the public during the day. Métro: Opera

41. La Défense

Positioned 6km from the Arc de Triomphe and completing the western axis of the monumental east-west vista known as the voie triomphale, is the awe inspiring and beautiful 112-metre hollow cube arch, clad in white marble. It could easily enclose the Notre Dame church within its walls and has become one of Paris's most famous monuments. RER La Défence

42. Place Vendome

One of the most famous squares in Paris this architectural masterpiece was commissioned by Louis XIV and designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart. Exquisitely fronted mansions line the square which has adopted labels of luxury such as Chaumont, Boucheron, Cartier, Guerlain, and Chanel which make it the "most expensive square in Europe". Métro: Tuileries

43. Shopping on rue St Honoré (if the bank balance allows)

A preserve of top fashion designers and art galleries, the rue St Honoré is a shoppers paradise where you can marvel at John Galliano's extravagant creations or join the style conscious young Parisians chasing the latest trends at Colette concept store. Métro: Madeleine/Tuileries

44. A little piece of Japan.

A small Japanese community has established itself on rues St-Roche and Ste Anne to the east of Place Vendome. Some of the city's best and certainly most authentic Japanese restaurants can be found here as well as a number of shops and sushi bars. Métro: Opéra

45. Passages

Explore the beautifully extravagant "passages" or shopping arcades from 19th century Paris. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, twenty passages have survived after decades of neglect and decay and have today been colonised by chic boutiques. Galarie Mazarine (Access by the Bibliothèque Nationale) Galerie Colbert/ Galerie Vivienne (links rue Vivienne with rue des Petits Champs) Passage Choiseul (between the rue des Petits Champs and the rue St-Augustin) Galerie Vero-Dodat (between rue Croix-des-petits-Champs and rue Jean-Jaques Rousseau. Métro: Palais Royal)

46. The white cobbled streets of Quartier Montorgueil

Home to the picturesque market street of rue Montorgueil where traditional butchers, fishmongers, flower shops and grocers ply there trade and an array of restaurants, cafés, music shops and fashion shops cater for the cool crowd. Métro: Sentier / Etienne Marcel

47. Rue Quincampoix

Wonder down the pedestrianized rue Quincompoix and enjoy one of the many salon de thé or quirky book shops. Métro: Reamur Sébastepol

48. Hotel de Ville

This wonderful neo-renaissance style building was used as a seat of government during the French revolution when a guillotine stood imposingly in front of its windows. Métro: Hotel de Ville

49. Sunday in the Marais

The Marais is one of the only areas in Paris that remains open on Sunday. It becomes an "end of weekend" destination of many Parisians who are attracted by the numerous cafés and restaurants offering "brunch". The afternoon is of course spent exploring the many fashion boutiques around the Marais before ending the day in one of the area's numerous tea rooms offering wondrous cakes and teas from all over the world. Métro: St Paul

50. Place des Vosges

One of Paris's unmissable sights, this large square in the heart of the Marais is bordered by shady arcades that shelter beautiful boutiques. Designed by Henri IV and once a favourite setting for duels, the Place des Vosges is almost perfectly symmetrical - pink-brick and stone mansions look down onto the formal gardens at its centre. Both the Cardinal de Richelieu and Victor Hugo lived here and admission to his house is free. Métro: St-Paul

51. Musée Picasso

The Musée Picasso, hidden away in the backstreets of the Marais, hold the largest collection of Picassos anywhere representing almost all the major periods of the artists life from 1905 onwards. His works are wonderfully displayed in a beautiful renaissance mansion. Métro: Chemin Vert / St Paul

52. Musée Carnavalet

A fascinating museum that charts the history of Paris from its origins up to the Belle Epoque through a collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and archaeological finds. Worth the visit itself are the magnificent renaissance mansions in which the museum is found with over 140 rooms! Métro: St-Paule

53. The Jewish Quarter (rue des Rosiers)

The rue des Rosiers has been the Jewish quarter ever since the twelfth century. You will find a excellent array of bakeries, bookshops, cafés and restaurants with a distinct Jewish identity. Try one of the many delicacies on offer in this truly authentic area. Métro: St-Paul

54. Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l'Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the Place de la Concorde. It contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Chaim Soutine, Alfred Sisley and Maurice Utrillo among others. The gallery is on the bank of the Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace. Métro: Place de la Concorde.

55. Musée de l'Erotisme

In the centre of Pigalle, infamous for its sex shops, the Musée de l'Erotisme offers a fascinating look into the history of erotica. There is a permanent collection which includes some second century pieces as well as regular temporary exhibitions with sculptures and art from private collections. The museum is also open at night. Métro: Blanche

56. Jardin de Luxembourg

An oasis of peace in the heart of the Latin Quarter this is one of Paris's favourite gardens. Students hang out on the lawns, children sail toy yachts around the pond whilst old men play chess under the trees. A perfect place to put your feet up. Métro: Odéon / RER Luxembourg

57. Picnic in the Buttes Chaumont

A masterpiece of Baron Haussman, Paris's own miniature Central Park is a haven for nature lovers, Sunday strollers and picnickers - as it's one of the rare green spaces you can actually sit on the grass! The Buttes Chaumont Park has been described as a cross between 19th century Bavaria and Conan Doyle's lost world. The park is indeed one of the city's most original, boasting cliffs, belvederes, a suspension bridge and large lawns. The birdlife including tits, wagtails, warblers, hedge sparrows, gulls, waterfowl, black swans, geese and mallards. Métro: Butte Chaumont

58. Paris Jazz Festival (Parc Floral)

Every summer the Parc Floral located in the Park de Vincennes plays host to a series of free concerts. The programme is generally excellent and it is a great way to discover this special park dedicated to thousands of species of flowers from around the world. Relax in a deck chair or enjoy a picnic whilst enjoying some brilliant music. Métro: Chateau de Vincennes

59. Cité de Science et de l'Industrie (Parc de la Villette)

This science museum is best known for its "Geode" a sphere 36 meters in diameter with 6,433 triangular plaques of polished steel, and its 180° cinema. A great day out for all the family. Many of the exhibitions have been designed with children in mind and include visiting a real submarine. Métro: Porte de la Villette

60. Art House Cinemas

The Latin quarter around the Sorbonne has a large concentration of art cinemas with screenings ranging from old Hollywood classics to avant-garde international cinema. A must destination for any cinema buff. Métro: St Michel / Cluny la Sorbonne

61. Invalides (Napoleon's tomb)

Napoleon's Tomb is located in the Eglise du Dome at the Hotel des Invalides. The church does not hold back and is a lesson in architectural pomp, with Corinthian columns and pilasters, and grandiose frescoes. Napoleon lies in a giant hole in a sarcophagus of deep red quartzite. The place is awesomely immodest, a must see! Métro: Invalides

62. St-Eustache

At the far end of the Jardin des Halles you will find the beautiful St-Eustache church. It was built between 1532 and 1637 and is a gothic in structure but Renaissance in decoration. Moliere, Richelieu and Madame de Pompadour were all baptised here, while Rameau and Mariveau are buried here. For such a gem it's strange that there seem to be rather less tourists here than in other churchs. Métro: Chatelet-les-Halles

63. Samaritaine

Well worth the visit, both for its shopping and its superbly restored art deco architecture, is the Samaritaine department store on the rue de Rivoli. The exterior is of gold, green and glass whilst the interior boasts brightly painted wrought iron staircases and balconies against a backdrop of ceramic floral patterns. The tenth floor café is a must with its great views over the Seine. Métro: Louvre/Rivoli

64. Salons de Thé

No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the city's many tea rooms. Nowhere does tea and cakes as well as Paris and nowhere with such elegance. A couple of favourites: Le Loire dans la Thélière, 3 rue des Rosiers. Métro: St-Paul
Mariages Frères, 30 rue Bourg-Tibourg. Métro: St-Paul

65. Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Along with the Jeu de Paume, the Maison de la Photographie is dedicated to the art of contemporary photography. Some major photographic exhibitions pass through its doors. Well worth a look. Métro: St-Paul

66. Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie

Automations, distorting mirrors and optical illusions, things that float on thin air, a box for sawing people in half are all on display in this captivating museum. The best fun to be had is at the live show that takes place every half hour by a skilled magician. Métro: St-Paul/ Sully-Morland

67. Shakespeare and Co.

Shakespeare and Co. is a legendary American run English bookshop located in the Latin Quarter. Originally at another address and run by Sylvia Beach, the publisher of James Joyce's Ulysses , the shop is now under the direction of George Whitman, the alleged grandson of Walt! Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Gregory Corso all read their poems outside the shop whilst living across the road. Today the shop is run by young writers who man the tills and clean in exchange for free reading and a bed upstairs. Métro: St-Michel

68. Panthéon

One of the most famous of Paris's many domes, the Panthéon is a towering mausoleum which tops the Montaigne Ste-Genevieve. "Aux grands hommes la patrie reconnaissante" ("The nation honours its great men") is written underneath the pediment of the giant portico. Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo and Voltaire are now entombed in the vast barrel vaulted crypt below. RER Luxembourg / Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

69. Rue Mouffetard and Place de la Contrescarpe

Ernest Hemingway used to live near the Place de la Contrescarpe and drank at the café La Chope now known as the Café Delmas. This beautiful little square is a hub of the area's café life. The adjoining rue Mouffetard followes the line of the old Roman road to Italy and the southern end hosts a bustling food market. Métro: Place Monge / Cardinal Lemoine

70. Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes evolved from a medicinal herb garden into Paris's botanical gardens with hothouses, shady avenues of trees and lawns. It is a pleasant oasis in which to while away a few hours. Métro: Austerlitz / Jussieu / Place Monge

71. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

A wonderful natural history museum, located within the Jardin des Plantes. The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution (the big gallery of evolution) is housed in a magnificent 19th century glass domed building. You will be wowed by the sheer scale of the place. Métro: Austerlitz

72. Arènes de Lutèce

A calm oasis hidden away from the streets and accessed through a small passage from the rue Monge, Paris's only Roman remains are often overlooked by the tourists. A few ghostly lines of stone seats are all that is left of an amphitheatre that one sat ten thousand! Métro: Place Monge

73. Boating at the Bois de Boulogne

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon rowing around the lakes of the Bois de Boulougne before enjoying a picnic on one of its islands. If rowing is not your thing, a boat will take you to the islands for the princely some of 1€50. A tranquil haven awaits you. Métro: Les Sablons/ Porte Maillot

74. Cafés of St Germain des Prés

No visit to the Rive Gauche is complete without a drink at one of its famous cafés - Les Deux Magots and Le Café de Flore. Take a journey back in time and imagine yourself taking a drink with Satre, De Beauvoir or Camus. Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés

75. A Classical Concert at the l'Eglise St-Germain-des-Prés

This magnificent church is one of Paris's oldest surviving buildings, a rare Romanesque structure that dates back to the 10th Century. It's a magnificent setting for classical concerts held here on regular occasions. Flyers for these concerts can be picked up at the entrance to the church. Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés

76. Pont des Arts

The best way to get to the left bank is by walking across what is perhaps Paris's most elegant bridge. It leads directly from the Louvre to the St-Germain-des-Prés district.

77. St Sulpice

Church St-Sulpice is best known for its Delacroix murals and its huge eighteenth century organ which is put through its paces at regular recitals. The Da Vinci Code has recently given it a new celebrity due to the gnomon depicted in it. This is a system of lenses in the south transept window, long since removed, but at the time focusing the suns rays on a narrow strip of brass which still runs right across the floor of the nave to an obelisk on the far side. Métro: St-Sulpice

78. Musée Delacroix

The miniature yet enchanting Musée Delacroix is located in the equally charming place de Furstemberg huddling around trees and candelabra type lampposts. The museum displays a number of sketches and personal effects of the artist who lived and worked in the house from 1857 until his death in 1863. Métro: St-Germain-des-Prés / Mabillon

79. Le Bon Marché

One of Paris's best known department store (along with Printemps and Galeries Lafayette) the Bon Marché meaning "inexpensive" no longer rings true. The building itself is palatial and Gustave Eiffel and Louis-Auguste Boileau built its extension in 1876 now housed the Grande Epicerie (food halls) on the ground floor. Métro: Sevre Babylone

80. Pont Alexandre III

Regarded as one of the prettiest in Paris, the bridge with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end was named after Tsar Alexander III (father of Nicholas II) of Russia who laid the foundation stone in October 1896. Métro: Invalides

81. Canal St Martin

The area around Canal St Martin, once a working class area with waterways that linked the eastern side of Paris to the river Seine, has now become newly fashionable. Indeed the first rays of sunshine attract a mass of Parisians - from those meeting friends for a picnic to families and Sunday walkers all enjoying a nonchalance that seems to be dictated by the slow moving longboats that ferry along the canal. Trendy shops, bars and restaurants line the canal between Stalingrad and République all of which stay open on Sundays, a rare occurrence in Paris. Métro: Jacques Bonsergent

82. Passage Brady

Known as little India, the passage Brady is lined with curry houses, Indian barbers and grocers. It is hard to imagine you are in Paris. Close your eyes and take in the scent of herbs and spices that transport you a million miles away! Métro: Chateau d'Eau

83. Batignolles

One of the city's last true communities, the residents of Les Batignolles, to the north east of place de Clichy, have even started an association for the preservation of its village character. A handful of bars and restaurants circle the elegant neo-classical place du Dr F Lobligeois and attract the young, bourgeois parent crowd that have colonised the area. Métro: Brochant

84. Rue des Dames and the rue de Lévis

Hidden away behind the crowded place de Clichy, the rue des Dames winds its way down to the wonderful food and clothes market of the rue de Lévis. Many lively and popular bars have sprung up along the road which has become a destination for those "in the know". Métro: Place de Clichy / Villiers

85. Opéra Bastille

A great way to visit Bastille and avoid the crowds of the surrounding streets is a night out at the Opera. Performances include the traditional great classics whilst a recent more unusual offering had Mozart's Magic Flute performed by punks skating on the stage! Métro: Bastille

86. The Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo houses two modern art museums in the same building. In the east wing is the Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, which although not rivalling the Pompidou Centre is a wonderful setting for work by such masters as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and many more. In the west wing you'll find the Site de Creation Contomporaine which remains Paris's most avant-garde art exhibition halls hosting works by some of today's and future greats. The unfinished and distressed interior has been deliberately left to create a sense of "work in progress" Métro: Iéna / Alma-Marceau

87. Tour Montparnasse

One of Paris's first skyscrapers, at the time of construction this huge office block was highly controversial - raised in the heart of "old Paris". The views from the top however are quite magnificent and equal those of the Eiffel Tower with certainly less queuing! There is also a café on the 56th floor with a viewing gallery. This best time to visit is at sunset. Métro: Montparnasse

88. Montmatre and Montparnasse Cemeteries.

Less well known than Père Lachaise both cemeteries are home to a host of famous authors, writers and musicians. Buried in Montparnasse cemetery are the likes of Baudelaire, Becket, and Jean-Paul Sartre to name but a few, whilst in Montmatre cemetery lies Francois Truffaut, Zola, Nijinsky and Toulouse Lautrec. Métro: Montparnasse / Montmartre

89. Puces de Vanves (Flea Market)

Situated on the southern fringe of Paris, the Puces de Vanves is one of the best flea markets. It spreads along the pavements of Avenues Marc-Sangnier and George-Lafenestre where books, curios, antiques and many more treasures can be scooped up. Métro: Porte de Vanves

90. Parc Montsouris

The Parc Montsouris is one of Paris's more unusual and charming parks. Its unlikely contours, winding paths and waterfall above the lake make for a relaxing day out. Lenin, Corbusier, Miller, Dali and Durrell all lived in the area. RER Cité Université

91. Shopping around Abbesses and the rue des Martyrs

The area around the Abbesses is one the most pleasant shopping and eating areas in Paris. Artisan boulangeries, cafés, jazzy boutiques, and restaurants located in what used to be shuttered up old shops and unreconstructed workers cafés. Indeed the atmosphere in Montmartre is unique and you should make a bee-line for the shops and restaurants of the rue des Abbesses, rue des Martyrs, rue des Trois Frères, re de la Vieuville or rue Houdon. Métro: Abesses

92. Musée Guimet

A stunning roofed-in courtyard provides an airy, modern space in which to show of the museums world renowned collection of Khmer sculpture - from the civilisation that produced Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Four floors display an magnificent array of Asian art. Métro: Trocadero

93. Musée de la Mode et du Costume

Set in small gardens stands the Palais Galleria, home of Paris's fashion museum. The museum displays a magnificent collection of clothes and fashion accessories from the eighteenth century to the present day. 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie. Métro: Iéna / Alma-Marceau / Trocedero

94. The Promenade Plantée

Another pleasant way to visit a little known part of Paris is along a little used railway viaduct, part of the old Cherbourg line, which has been converted into an elevated walkway planted with a profusion of trees and flowers. Cherry trees, maples, limes, roses and lavender line the path from avenue Daumesnil, just south of Opera Bastille almost all the way to the Parc de Vincennes. Below the viaduct, the red brick arches house attractive space, artisan workshops and craft shops. Métro: Bastille / Ledru-Rollin

95. Musée du Moyen Age

The Hotel Cluny, a sixteenth-century mansion, is home to the Musée du Moyen Age (museum of the middle ages). It is a treasure house of medieval art and tapestries, the most famous being La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn). The building makes a marvellous backdrop for this type of art with its carved stone medieval fireplaces and intricately bricked Roman baths. Métro: Clunny La Sorbonne

96. The Sewers

Yes, even the sewers or les égouts can be visited in Paris. Five hundred metres down are the dank, damp, dripping sewers made famous by Victor Hugo in les Miserables. The visit is not as smelly as one might think although the main part of the visit runs along a gantry walk poised alarmingly above a main sewer! Place de la Résistance. RER Pont de l'Alma / Métro: Alma-Marceau

97. Chinatown

Chinatown is located between the rue de Tolbiac, avenue de Choisy and boulevard Masséna and despite the name it is home to several Asian communities. This is the place to come for all things Asian with restaurants galore and grocers on every street corner. Métro: Tolbiac

98. A meal, an exhibition and a concert at the Point Ephemere

This new creative space for music, visual arts and dance is set in a dilapidated canal boathouse which adds to its urban feel. Rotating art exhibitions are held, whilst a concert hall features bands and DJ from the cutting edge of music. The bar is always buzzing and a restaurant offers simple but generous portions of food which can be enjoyed on the terrace outside. 200 quai de Valmy. Métro: Jaurés

99. A Night of Music and Dance on a River Boat

A great idea for a night out is on one of the many riverboats located in front of the Biblioteque Nationale. A mainly young "in" crowd comes here to listen to live concerts and dance till the early hours. The most famous of these boats is the Batofar, an old lighthouse boat that offers a mix of electro, pop, techno and rock. In the summer the roof of the boat is transformed into a terrace for those wanting a more peaceful environment. Quai Francois Mauriac. Métro: Bibloteque Nationale / Quai de la Rapée

100. The Forests and Parks of the Château de Versailles

If you want to get away from it all for the day it is easy to escape the city to take a stroll around the gardens parks and forests that surround the Chateau de Versailles. This is of course by far the most renowned chateau, an overwhelming monument to the reigns of Louis IV. A whole day can be spent exploring the gardens and it is of course an ideal setting for a picnic. It is easily accessible from Paris using the RER C or by taking a train from the Gare St Lazare.

101. Musée du Quai Branly

One of Jacques Chirac's pet projects, this brand new museum stands one block away from the Eiffel Tower on the left bank of the Seine. The gallery space is impressive with half the space used to display 3,500 objects from the museum's collection of 300.000 works from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It offers a magnificent setting for non-western art that rivals and puts it on a par with the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. 37 quai Branly. RER Pont d'Alma


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