In one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, it’s hard to recommend the best places to visit, because so many are incredible. However we feel that these are truly unmissable…
The Louvre, it’s largest museum in the western world and it houses some of the most famous paintings in the world too. Everyone’s who has been raves about it, so you really should visit and experience it for yourself. However it does get busy, so try and avoid peak times and pre-book tickets if you can - it’s open until 9:45pm.
The Centre Pompidou
This modern art museum is one of the best-known sites in Paris. It is renowned for its ‘inside-out’ architecture, but it’s really worth seeing on the inside too. With Europe’s largest collection of modern art, they have 50,000 works by 5,000 artists in the vaults; but can only display about 600 at any one time – which means they rotate the exhibitions regularly. So even if you’ve been lucky enough to go before, it is well worth visiting again.
The home of France’s national, not to mention the world’s largest, collection from the impressionist, post-impressionist and art nouveau movements. Expect to see the wonders of Manet, Monet, Cézanne’s, Renoir’s, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. Top tip: try and pre-buy your tickets online to save time when you arrive.
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Technically not a palace at all, but a Belle-Epoque era architectural treasure, the Grand Palais (Great Palace) is the place to see some of Paris’ finest art exhibitions. The Galeries Nationales offers incredible displays from the likes of Claude Monet and Georges Braque. Meanwhile, the adjoining Palais de la Découverte (Palace of Discovery) focuses on science and natural history. Top tip: you will need to buy your tickets separately for exhibits at the National Galeries and the Palais de la Découverte and we highly recommend you pre-book online if you can, as the Grand Palais' temporary exhibits are immensely popular and many people book weeks or even months in advance.
Jardin Tino Rossi
Take a wander along the Seine’s embankments of the 5th arrondissement and you will find Jardin Tino Rossi an “open-air Museum of sculptures”, a beautiful garden, housing around twenty contemporary works. The perfect little serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.