Sights & Attractions in Paris

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Name Category Location
 
Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue
Art Nouveau genius Hector Guimard built this unique synagogue...
Religious Sites The Marais
 
American Church
Not to be confused with the American Cathedral, across the river...
Religious Sites Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Ancien Cloître Quartier
Hidden in the shadows of Notre-Dame is this evocative, often-overlooked...
Neighborhoods / Streets The Islands
 
Aquarium de Paris
An aquarium and cinema may seen like a strange combination but...
Zoos / Aquariums Champs-Élysées
 
Archives Nationales
Thousands of important historical documents are preserved inside...
Libraries The Marais
 
Arènes de Lutèce
This Roman amphitheater, designed as a theater and circus, was...
Archaeological Sites The Latin Quarter
 
Basilique de St-Denis
Built between 1136 and 1286, St-Denis Basilica is one of the...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Bibliothéque National François Mitterand
The National Library of France, across the sleek Simone de Beauvoir...
Libraries Eastern Paris
 
Bibliothèque Nationale Richelieu
Superseded by the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterand...
Libraries Around the Louvre
 
Bois de Vincennes
Like the Bois de Boulogne to the west, this much-loved retreat...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern Paris
 
Bourse du Commerce
Best approached from the rear, the old Commerce Exchange looks...
Financial Institutions Around the Louvre
 
Champ de Mars
Flanked by tree-lined paths, this long expanse of grass lies...
Parks Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Cimetière de Montmartre
Overshadowed by better-known Père-Lachaise, this cemetery is...
Cemeteries Montmartre
 
Closerie des Lilas
Now a popular and pricey bar-restaurant, the Closerie remains...
Restaurants Montparnasse
 
Comédie Française
Refined productions by Molière and Racine are staged regularly...
Arts / Performance Venues Around the Louvre
 
Cour du Commerce St-André
Like an 18th-century engraving come to life, this charming street...
Neighborhoods / Streets St-Germain-des-Prés
 
École Nationale des Beaux-Arts
Occupying three large mansions near the Seine, the national fine...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue), Educational Institutions St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Église de la Madeleine
With its rows of uncompromising columns, this enormous neoclassical...
Religious Sites Around the Louvre
 
Église St-Germain-l'Auxerrois
Founded in 500 AD, this grand church across from the Louvre's...
Religious Sites Around the Louvre
 
Espace Salvador-Dalí
One of several museums dedicated to the Surrealist master, the...
Museums / Galleries Montmartre
 
Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent
With his business partner, Pierre Bergé, the late fashion designer...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Hôtel de Sens
One of the few remaining structures in Paris from the Middles...
Castles / Palaces The Marais
 
Hôtel Drouot
Hidden away in a small antiques district, not far from the opera...
Markets / Bazaars Les Grands Boulevards
 
Institut de France
The Institut is one of France's most revered cultural institutions...
Government Buildings St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Jardin Atlantique
Built above the tracks of Gare Montparnasse, this park nestled...
Gardens / Arboretums Montparnasse
 
Jeu de Paume
This Napoleon III-era building at the north entrance of the Jardin...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
La Coupole
One of Montparnasse's most famous brasseries, La Coupole opened...
Restaurants Montparnasse
 
La Défense
First conceived in 1958, this Modernist suburb just west of Paris...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue), Neighborhoods / Streets, Stores / Malls Western Paris
 
La Grande Mosquée de Paris
This awe-inspiring white mosque, built between 1922 and 1926...
Religious Sites The Latin Quarter
 
La Maison Rouge
One of the city's premier spaces for contemporary art, La Maison...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
La Sorbonne
You can't get into the city's most famous university without...
Educational Institutions The Latin Quarter
 
Le 104
Le Cent Quatre takes its name from its address in a rough-around-the-edges...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
Le Musée de la Préfecture de Police
Crime buffs will enjoy this museum hidden on the second floor...
Museums / Galleries The Latin Quarter
 
Les Égouts
Leave it to the French to make even sewers seem romantic. Part...
Archaeological Sites Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Mairie du 6e
The "town hall" of the 6e arrondissement (as "mairie" is roughly...
Arts / Performance Venues, Government Buildings St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Maison de Baccarat
Designer Philippe Starck brought an irreverent Alice in Wonderland...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Maison de Balzac
Literature aficionados can visit the modest home of the great...
Houses / Mansions Western Paris
 
Manufacture des Gobelins
Tapestries have been woven at this spot in southeastern Paris...
Industrial Sites, Educational Institutions The Latin Quarter
 
Marché Edgar Quinet
One of the best ways to experience local living, this excellent...
Markets / Bazaars Montparnasse
 
Moulin Rouge
When this world-famous cabaret opened in 1889, aristocrats, professionals...
Arts / Performance Venues Montmartre
 
Musée de l'Érotisme
What better place for the Museum of Erotic Art than smack in...
Museums / Galleries Montmartre
 
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Mark this down as one of Paris's most bizarre—and fascinating—collections...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée de la Monnaie
Louis XVI transferred the royal mint to this imposing mansion...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée de la Poupée
Providing an impressive overview of dolls through the ages, this...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée de la Vie Romantique
A visit to the charming Museum of the Romantic Life, dedicated...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée de Montmartre
In its turn-of-the-20th-century heyday, the building—now home...
Museums / Galleries Montmartre
 
Musée Delacroix
The final home of artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) contains...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée du Parfum
More of a showroom than a museum, the small exhibit run by parfumier...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée du Vin
Oenophiles with some spare time will enjoy this quirky museum...
Museums / Galleries Western Paris
 
Musée Edith Piaf
Devotees will appreciate the tiny two-room apartment where the...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
Musée Grévin
If you like wax museums, this one founded in 1882 ranks among...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Maillol
Bronzes by Art Deco sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861–1944), whose...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée National de la Légion d'Honneur
A must for military-history buffs, the National Museum of the...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée National de la Marine
Perfect for naval and history buffs, this underrated museum in...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Musée Nissim de Camondo
The story of the Camondo family is steeped in tragedy, and it's...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Rodin
Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) briefly made his home and studio in...
Museums / Galleries, Gardens / Arboretums Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Nicolas Flamel's Home
Built in 1407 and reputed to be the oldest house in Paris (though...
Houses / Mansions The Marais
 
Palais Bourbon
The most prominent feature of the Palais Bourbon—home of the...
Government Buildings Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Palais de Justice
This 19th-century neoclassical courthouse complex occupies the...
Castles / Palaces The Islands
 
Palais de la Découverte
The Palace of Discovery, a popular science museum in the rear...
Museums / Galleries, Observatories / Planetariums Champs-Élysées
 
Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode
The city's Museum of Fashion occupies a suitably fashionable...
Museums / Galleries, Castles / Palaces Champs-Élysées
 
Passage du Grand-Cerf
This pretty glass-roofed arcade was built in 1825 and expertly...
Stores / Malls Around the Louvre
 
Passy Cemetery
Visiting graveyards in Paris can become addictive. The Passy...
Cemeteries Western Paris
 
Pavillon de l'Arsenal
If your knowledge of Paris history is nul (nil), stop here for...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
The "little" palace has a small, overlooked collection of excellent...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Pinacothèque de Paris
The Pinacothèque, one of the city's most original art spaces...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
Piscine Josephine Baker
This modern floating aquatic center, named after the much-beloved...
Architectural Sites, Pools, Spas Eastern Paris
 
Place Dauphine
The Surrealists called Place Dauphine "le sexe de Paris" because...
Squares The Islands
 
Place des Vosges
The oldest square in Paris and—dare we say it?—the most beautiful...
Squares The Marais
 
Place du 18-Juin-1940
Next to Tour Montparnasse, this square commemorates an impassioned...
Squares Montparnasse
 
Place Jean-Baptiste-Clément
Monsieur Clément, a singer, was "Mayor of Montmartre" during...
Squares Montmartre
 
Place St-Michel
This square was named for Gabriel Davioud's grandiose 1860 fountain...
Squares The Latin Quarter
 
Porte Dauphine métro entrance
Visitors come here to snap pictures of the queen of subway entrances—one...
Architectural Sites Western Paris
 
Rue d'Auteuil
This narrow shopping street escaped Haussmann's urban renovations...
Markets / Bazaars, Neighborhoods / Streets Western Paris
 
Saint Jean L'Evangéliste de Montmartre
This eye-catching church was the first modern house of worship...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Square du Vert-Galant
The equestrian statue of the Vert Galant himself—amorous adventurer...
Squares The Islands
 
St-Étienne-du-Mont
This jewel box of a church has been visited by several popes...
Religious Sites The Latin Quarter
 
St-Julien-le-Pauvre
This tiny shrine in the shadow of Notre-Dame is one of the three...
Religious Sites The Latin Quarter
 
St-Louis-en-L'Ile
You can't miss the unusual lacy spire of this church as you approach...
Religious Sites The Islands
 
St-Paul–St-Louis
The leading Baroque church in the Marais, its dome rising 180...
Religious Sites The Marais
 
St-Pierre de Montmartre
Tucked in the shadow of mighty Sacré-Coeur is one of the oldest...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Studio 28
This little movie house has a distinguished history: when it...
Arts / Performance Venues Montmartre
 
Tenniseum
This sprawling museum, sponsored by the French Tennis Federation...
Museums / Galleries Western Paris
 
Tour Jean Sans Peur
This fascinating little tower is the only remnant of a sprawling...
Architectural Sites Around the Louvre
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