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  • 1. Cinémathèque Française

    Bastille | Film

    This is a mecca for cinephiles brought up on Federico Fellini, Igmar Bergman, and Alain Resnais known for its superb, and exhaustive, retrospectives...Read More

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  • 2. Comédie Française

    Louvre | Theater

    Founded in 1680, Comédie Française is the most hallowed institution in French theater. It specializes in splendid classical French plays by...Read More

  • 3. L'Olympia

    Grands Boulevards | Concerts

    Paris's legendary music hall hosts an eclectic roster of performances that cover such far-flung genres as gospel, jazz, French chanson, and...Read More

  • 4. La Cigale

    Montmartre | Concerts

    Artists like Maurice Chevalier and Arletty were once a staple of this small concert hall in the storied Pigalle neighborhood before cabaret...Read More

  • 5. Le Louxor

    Montmartre | Film

    First opened in 1921, Le Louxor has since been returned to its original Egyptian-themed splendor. Now the city's grandest cinema, this Art Deco...Read More

  • 6. Opéra Comique

    Grands Boulevards | Opera

    Opéra Comique—France's third-oldest theatrical institution—is a gem of an opera house whose reputation was forged by its former director, enfant...Read More

  • 7. Opéra Garnier

    Grands Boulevards | Opera

    The magnificent, magical former haunt of the Phantom of the Opera, painter Edgar Degas, and any number of legendary opera stars still hosts...Read More

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  • 8. Opéra Royal de Versailles


    The most lavish opera house in France (and perhaps in all of Europe) hosts an impressive yearly calendar of major operas, ballets, recitals...Read More

  • 9. Salle Cortot

    Grands Boulevards | Music

    This acoustic jewel was built in 1929 by Auguste Perret, who promised to construct "a concert hall that sounds like a Stradivarius." Tickets...Read More

  • 10. Ateliers Berthier

    Grands Boulevards | Arts Centers

    The outlying atelier for the more illustrious Théâtre de l'Odéon is in the 17e, a bit off the beaten path; the upside is that on Sunday it often...Read More

  • 11. Café de la Gare

    Marais Quarter | Theater

    This spot offers a fun opportunity to experience a particularly Parisian form of entertainment, the café-théâtre —part satire, part variety...Read More

  • 12. Casino de Paris

    Grands Boulevards | Theater

    Once a favorite of the immortal Serge Gainsbourg, Casino de Paris has a horseshoe balcony, a cramped but cozy music-hall feel, and performances...Read More

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  • 13. Centre National de la Danse


    Occupying a former administrative center in the suburb of Pantin, this space is dedicated to supporting professional dancers by offering classes...Read More

  • 14. Cinéma des Cinéastes

    Montmartre | Film

    Catch previews of feature films, as well as documentaries, shorts, children's movies, and rarely shown flicks at Cinéma des Cinéastes. It's...Read More

  • 15. Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione

    République | Circuses

    Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione brings together two famous circus institutions: the beautiful Cirque d'Hiver hall, constructed in 1852, and the Bouglione...Read More

  • 16. Cirque National Alexis Gruss

    Western Paris | Circuses

    Founded in 1854, Cirque National Alexis Gruss remains true to the Cirque à l'Ancienne philosophy, serving up a traditional circus with showy...Read More

  • 17. Comédie des Champs-Élysées

    Champs-Élysées | Theater

    Next door to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Comédie des Champs-Élysées offers intriguing productions in its small theater. ...Read More

  • 18. Days Off Festival

    Eastern Paris | Music Festivals

    Held over 10 days in early July at the Philharmonie de Paris, this festival focuses on pop-rock, with some jazz and electro thrown in for good...Read More

  • 19. Espace Chapiteaux

    Eastern Paris | Circuses

    Parc de la Villette is home to Espace Chapiteaux: a circus-tent complex that hosts guest troupes several times a year, as well as students from...Read More

  • 20. Festival d'Automne à Paris

    Music Festivals

    Since 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival has featured a packed program that includes contemporary dance, theater, music, the visual arts, and film...Read More

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