May 22–26, 2013 Grande Halle de la Villette Music lovers of all kinds head to Villette Sonique in Paris every May to hear some excellent live tunage. Villette Sonique features noise rock, experimental, and electronic music and was founded in 2003 as a two-day event, but has grown substantially ... more
Party Earth Review A few blocks west of the plethora of monuments and museums that make up Les Invalides and a few blocks east of the Eiffel Tower, the small pedestrian stretch of Rue Cler offers visitors a quintessentially French shopping experience. And might just be the chicest place in town to buy a potato. This 300-year-old ... more
Rue Cler (between Avenue de La Motte-Picquet and Rue de Grenelle)
Fair / Carnival / Festival
May 22–25, 2013 Pelouse de Reuilly The roots of Foire du Trone – an annual April funfair in Paris – trace back to the year 957, when King Lothaire first held a festival known then as the Saint-Antoine Fair, an early variation of an open-air market. Over the ... more
Pelouse de Reuilly
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
May 22–Oct 20, 2013 Green thumbs and nature lovers of all sorts gather for the annual Festival International des Jardins, or the International Festival of Gardens. Held from April through October, the Festival International des Jardins takes place at the historic ... moreThroughout the city
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
May 22–Jun 3, 2013 Paris hosts an impressive number of jazz festivals each year and some go back decades, while others have a relatively short history. A younger jazz fest with just as much punch as some of the veteran shows is Festival Jazz à ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review On Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings, the square located above the Place Monge metro becomes the open-air Marché Monge market, where vendors manage to pack a lot into a relatively small space. Fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, fish, meats, and cheeses are the stars of the show, but there’s also clothing, furniture ... more
May 22, 2013 There’s no better time to appreciate nature than when spring take its final bow and exits stage right, making enough room for summer. Every year in Paris, locals remove themselves from the hustle and bustle of the city to participate ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Unlike the other perfectly groomed Parisian gardens, Buttes-Chaumont has a wild side in the form of untended plants and towering trees that encroach upon the meandering trails. As one of the biggest parks in Paris, Buttes-Chaumont attracts its share of joggers, dog walkers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, sunbathers, and families ... more
Entrance at Rue Manin
Arts Festival / Music Festival
May 22–Jun 29, 2013 Every March in France, up-and-comers and established veterans in the fields of music, dance, theater, and many other types of artistic performance head to Festival de L’Imaginaire to share their work with contemporaries and the general ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Anyone looking for the best in French accessories, shoes, and lingerie should head to Rue de Rennes, which is the place to go to find something for every budget. With glittering shops rivaling those on the Rue de Rivoli and in the Champs-Élysées area, Rue de Rennes, located in the heart of chic Saint Germain, has the advantage ... more
Rue de Rennes
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.