May 25–26, 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 25, 2013 12:00 pm 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 Nestled among little shops and cafés on the narrow Rue des Lombards, Le Baiser Salé (The Salty Kiss) – a Paris jazz institution since 1983 – is a particular favorite of older American tourists, though its roster of world-class musicians and jam sessions brings in a steady flow of younger local jazz aficionados as well ... more
58 Rue des Lombards
May 25, 2013 9:30 pm Le Comedy Club
42 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
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
Arts Festival / Art Exhibit
May 25–27, 2013 For whatever reason, we all want what we can’t have. Every May in Paris, locals get what they normally can’t have in access to Les Portes Ouvertes , where they see works by some of the best artists in the world. Les Portes ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Jazz fans won’t want to miss Sunset/Sunside, known far and wide for booking the best acts in town. The two combined clubs are situated smack dab in the middle of Paris, near Les Halles and the Centre Pompidou, and offer incredible acoustics designed especially for listening to jazz. The intimate underground Sunset concert ... more
60 Rue des Lombards
May 25–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 In operation since 1885, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen – commonly known as “Les Puces”– is one of the largest flea and antique markets in the world, attracting more than a hundred thousand visitors every weekend. Covering several acres, the area is actually a collection of several distinct markets (marchés), with stalls and shops ... more
140 Rue des Rosiers
Arts Festival / Music Festival
May 25–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 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
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.