Party Earth Review After a day of shopping on Rue de Rivoli or a cultural dip into the Louvre, nothing beats a refreshing reprieve in the serene and slightly surreal gardens behind the Palais-Royal, the former childhood home of Louis XIV. The crème de la crème of French society used to hang here in Louis’ time, and while the palace itself ... more
Place du Palais-Royal
Rue de Rivoli
Party Earth Review One of the oldest streets on the Left Bank, Rue de la Huchette is a narrow pedestrian passageway full of eateries and bars that lends itself nicely to a good old-fashioned pub crawl. Although Huchette is best known for its numerous Greek restaurants whose owners sometimes stand outside shattering plates to attract customers ... more
Rue de la Huchette
Party Earth Review Anyone in search of a delightful retreat from the traffic and noise of the Paris streets should take a short trip on the metro and spend an afternoon at Le Parc Floral. Visitors to this gorgeous setting can walk through the magical butterfly garden, visit the peacocks, or rent a bike and take a leisurely tour of the meandering ... more
Route du Champ de Manoeuvre
Party Earth Review Set behind the Palais du Luxembourg are the grand and lovely Luxembourg Gardens. Picturesque gravel paths meander through the lush foliage and vibrant flowers, past fountains and statues and sculptures, to finally end at the expansive green lawns that make up most of the park. The focal points are the gorgeous Marie de ... more
Party Earth Review In operation since the late 1700s, Marché D’Aligre is a resoundingly budget-friendly market that features a massive assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, ethnic curios, vintage wares, and flea market flotsam among its many stalls. Given how easy it is to find a kilo of oranges or a big carton of fresh ... more
Party Earth Review As the name implies, La Quille (“The Pin”) is a classic bowling alley and pool hall, though seasoned bowlers might be really confused when they first walk in the door. That’s because bowling here is all Duckpin, which means the bowling balls only weigh a couple pounds, the lanes (a whopping six) are quite a bit shorter ... more
111 Rue Saint-Maur
Party Earth Review The word “ephemeral” refers to things or events that only last for a short period, and that notion is clearly in play at Point Ephémère, the ever-changing hub for local, national, and international artists. Managed by non-profit group Usines Éphémère – whose sole purpose is to convert unused buildings into thriving cultural ... more
200 Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris, France
Party Earth Review The Latin Quarter around Blvd. Saint-Michel is named after the students of the Sorbonne who have populated the area since the thirteenth century, in the days when they spoke the scholarly language of Latin. Not much has changed in the last eight hundred years, since the area remains dedicated to and populated by students ... more
Blvd. Saint-Michel and Environs
Party Earth Review Although it’s hard to imagine today given its immense popularity, public opinion about the Eiffel Tower – constructed as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair – was emphatically negative. Critics decried it as an eyesore, headlines screamed with quotes like “A BLACK PUDDLE OF IRON,” and everyone took heart that designer ... more
5 Parc du Champ de Mars
Party Earth Review The broad, tree-lined sidewalks, bustling outdoor cafés, glittering architecture, and important historical sites have earned the Avenue des Champs-Élysées the distinction of “most beautiful avenue in the world.” Named for the Elysian Fields in Greek Mythology – where the chosen would live a blessed and rich afterlife ... more
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Party Earth Review Its gaping rotunda and centuries-old stone façade could easily be home to a museum – and in fact it used to be Louis XVI’s government customs house – but once through La Rotonde’s colonnaded entrance, patrons find themselves in a labyrinthine space that combines centuries of history with ... more
6-8 Place de la Bataille
Stalingrad 75019 Paris
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the Bastille just between Rue de la Roquette and Rue de Charonne, the short but vibrant Rue de Lappe offers dozens of bars and restaurants that attract locals, expats, and students alike. One of the few areas in Paris devoid of velvet ropes and long lines, the street is ideally suited for a night ... more
Rue de Lappe
Although the endless nightlife options in the City of Light are enough to fill a thousand night-lifetimes, the same could arguably be said about all the other things to do in Paris during the day.
Long days can be passed wandering through the winding streets, sighing over masterpieces in the museums, or oohing and aahing the boundlessly beautiful historic buildings, plazas, and other landmarks (that little tower by some dude named Eiffel comes to mind).
The city’s reputation as the fashion capital of the world also deserves a nod, and those interested in designer duds will find a veritable shopping Shangri-la at the houses of Dior, Hermès, and Givenchy.
Paris might not have beaches, but strolling down the river Seine with a baguette is just as satisfying – minus the annoying sand. Beautiful parks and gardens also abound, and the city’s grassy outdoor expanses can be enjoyed year-round, perfect for lazing about before venturing into the ever-vibrant Parisian night and enjoying all the other things to do in the city.