Fodor's Expert Review Grand Palais
With its curved-glass roof and gorgeously restored Belle Époque ornamentation, you can't miss the Grand Palais whether you're approaching from the Seine or the Champs-Élysées. It forms an elegant duo with the Petit Palais across Avenue Winston Churchill: both stone buildings, adorned with mosaics and sculpted friezes, were built for the 1900 World's Fair, and, like the Eiffel Tower, were not intended to be permanent. The exquisite main exhibition space called Le Nef (or nave) hosts large-scale shows which focus on everything from jewelry to cars. The art-oriented shows staged here—including the annual FIAC, Paris's contemporary-art fair—are some of the hottest tickets in town. Previous must-sees included an Edward Hopper retrospective and Picasso and the Masters. To skip the long queue, booking an advance ticket online for an extra euro is strongly advised.