Here are fun things to do in Paris. If you have been to Paris before, you’ve probably done the iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre (always great!) but here are some fun things to do in Paris that you may not have tried.
This post has been completely updated with new places to eat, shop and tips for getting around.
Places to Eat
Remember to make reservations…you can do this online.
We had a pleasant dinner outside here. Typical French food in a cozy atmosphere.
Address: 29 Rue Vineuse, 75016 You can make a reservation here. They don’t have a website.
This is a very intimate restaurant featuring small plates of well-priced delicious food!
1 bis Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris
Afternoon Tea At Hotel Lutetia
After a little shopping on the Left Bank, my daughter and I had a pleasant cup of tea and pastry here. The hotel has recently been remodeled and is lovely. You can order a la carte or the full spread.
Notice my “sneakers”? Thank God (since you walk so much there) sneakers are all the rage with the Parisians and there is a whole section devoted to them in Printemps right now in the women’s store.
This is a nice place to take a break while walking around the Marais. You can order an assortment of Middle Eastern Food.
La Grande Epicerie at Bon Marche
Have a gourmet picnic with food from Bon Marché (La Grande Epicerie and it’s a fun place to shop for gifts). There is a park across the street from the main department store or take it back to your hotel or apartment (like we did this year).
Everyone can pick something that catches their eye to share.
This is a well-curated store with all the latest merchandise. I found a dress here on sale and was tempted to buy more!
My daughter discovered this cool shop where they hand-calligraphy names on presents.
The displays are always changing so we like to stop in every time we visit.
Always a fun stop for home interiors! 8 Place Furstemberg, 8 rue de l’Abbaye
I’ve mentioned this before that this is like a French Target/grocery store.
There are cute housewares, children’s clothing and things like soaps and jams that make nice gifts. This trip, we went to the one across the street from where we lived at 40 Bd. Malsherbes, 75008
Our friend Jane, who visits Paris often told us about this darling shop with porcelain dishes and homewares.
So many of the things in our home came from this place! It’s open on the weekends. Try to get there early.
The Google Maps app is great for getting around as it immediately helps you with walking and public transportation directions (like the bus…which is better than the Metro for seeing the sites). And it’s in real time for traffic and schedules.
When buying public transportation tickets, we like to buy packets of 10 called Carnet. Purchasing 10 tickets allows you to save 27% on the price of buying 10 individual tickets.
Bourse de Commerce Pinault Collection Museum
The Bourse de Commerce is the new exhibition space for the Pinault Collection. They have permanent and rotating contemporary exhibits. We saw Charles Ray sculptures while there. It’s in the refurbished ancient grain exchange building that is beautiful to see just on it own.
Glittering Tour Eiffel
Never failing to impress…the light show takes place every evening from sundown until 1AM. On the hour, the tower glitters with hundreds of thousands of lights for five minutes.
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