Paris never ceases to amaze visitors and locals alike. Whether you are into arts and culture, nightlife, music, gastronomy, sports, history or shopping, Paris will have something for you. From guided walks to ingenious cocktails, the City of Lights is full of treasures.
Museums and exhibitions
Paris is a hotbed of culture, and any trip to the capital needs to include a visit to some of its iconic museums and art collections. Of course, there are the classics: The Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay and the Petit Palais, but make sure you also make time for some of the less publicised gems of the capital. The Musée du Quai Branly is home to an amazing collection of exhibits of non-European culture, and the Musée des Arts et Métiers is an astounding testament to the rich scientific and engineering heritage of France. There are also multiple thematic and private museums in Paris, including the Institut du Monde Arabe, and the Jacquemart André Museum, which is housed in astounding premises.
European youngsters under 26 years old are entitled to free access to permanent exhibitions in Paris. Rates for private exhibitions generally hover around 8 euros, whereas rates for private exhibitions cost around 15 euros. On top of exhibitions, many museums also organise conferences on a regular basis. This is the case for the Louvre, which holds regular events for the public on a variety of themes. For up to date information on classes, exhibitions and seminars, check out the website of the museums you wish to visit.
Paris' operas are world famous. The Opéra de Paris was built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century and is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Located close to the Ritz and Place Vendome, a stroll around the area is a must-do in Paris, but be sure to venture inside the Opéra itself to see one of the amazing performances on offer. Another excellent alternative to the Opéra Garnier is the Opéra Bastille, which is more recent and boasts an excellent sound system within its walls. Artists, ballet dancers and singers from around the world perform in these two magnificent buildings. People under the age of 26 are also eligible to interesting reductions.
Paris has a buzzing theatre scene, which showcases both amateur and professional comedians. The Comédie Francaise, a French cultural institution, was created in the 17th century and since then, it has hosted many French comedians playing classical dramas of Molière, Racine, Beaumarchais, Voltaire and Hugo. On top of classical performances, many modern and young artists regularly perform in Paris, and to keep yourself abreast of the latest plays and shows, it is best to visit the Officiel des Spectacles (please see the link below). Paris also hosts many other smaller but charming boulevard theatres and note that people who are younger than 26 can also benefit from reductions in theaters.
Paris by night
The Parisian night scene is second to none. The party in Paris generally goes on deep into the morning and draws a diverse crowd. Chic generally prevails and popular spots include The Memphis, Queens, Globo, the Mix, Favela Chic, Keur Samba, l’Atelier des Artistes, and many others offering different genres of music for all tastes. The best events are often hosted by schools, associations and magazines. You can find more information about the best trends on Le Bonbon. For those who like electronic music, you will enjoy the Palais de Tokyo, in close vicinity to the Eiffel Tower, constitutes a must-go. The Zéro Zéro, Udo Bar, L’Alimentation Générale and the Bellevilloise, are also fun places in which to hang out.
Cocktail bars and speakeasies are an amazing way to mix with the Parisian crowd. Often, they exude a sense of exclusivity and are naturally quite expensive, but these places often offer the best cocktails in Paris. The Molecular, Tiki, L'Institution and Prescription prepare amazing cocktails. If you want to taste one of the best mojitos in Paris, head to the Little Red Door which is more affordable. Of course, the bar offering does not limit itself to fancy spots. Head to Rue Mouffetard or the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) for more laid-back bars and a beer on a terrace – à la Parisienne. There are also a great selection of wine bars in Paris, in the Marais and around the Sentier areas.