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Things to do in Île-de-France

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The Louvre is an authentic & historical museum of Paris. You could book it advance to be sure to avoid wasting too much waiting to visit it. It's more archeological one, and also you can see the famous Mona Lisa there. ”
  • 1075 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“If you go to the Eiffel Tower you should avoid the elevators (where will have to wait at least one hour) and take the stairs. It is far easier that it seems until the second floor (the third being quite high). Morevoer climbing inside the tower make feel being in the heart of the structure and let you take time to see”
  • 979 locals recommend
Museum
“Step inside the Centre Pompidou to fall under the spell of Picasso, Magritte, Duchamp, Pollock, Warhol and Tinguely! Your kids won’t be bored because there is specials areas for them and my girls even learn to walk in a Dubuffet cave. It open until 11 PM on thursday so it’s a good way to really see art pieces without any head hidden them! Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris – www.centrepompidou.fr * * *”
  • 973 locals recommend
Garden
“Majestic park overlooking the Luxembourg Palace. A visit here is most enjoyable at any time of the year. So much to see: the ducks swimming in front of the enormous Medici Fountain, children sending an armada of small boats across the pond, the parade of sculptures of the queens of France, the manicured Palace gardens. Take a seat and enjoy the people-watching! You can also just relax, enjoy a sandwich or read a book (plenty of chairs and benches). To do some jogging this is also a great place! Free entrance.”
  • 870 locals recommend
Park
“The park takes its name from the bare hill (chauve-mont) that once occupied this site. It became a place where gypsum was mined, and where the limestone was quarried to be used in buildings in Paris and the US. Worse, though, was that the site also became a dumping ground for sewage, even horse carcasses. Luckily, during the 19th-century renovation of Paris under Napoleon III chauve-mont was chosen as a place for a large park, as part of the emperor's fascination with endowing Paris with green spaces. The artificial lake created at that time wraps around a hilly central island. The lake attracts waterfowl and other birds and is stocked with fish. You will often seen nets and other paraphernalia used by students and researchers studying the lake.”
  • 1117 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
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“Close to Sacré Coeur, Montmartre is one of the most romantic area in Paris. Calm and charming this place is very beautiful”
  • 872 locals recommend
Road
“The Champs Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world, so be prepared to come up against a fair few tourists, though you can sidestep the hordes pretty easily by exploring the side streets just off the main drag. For most, it's a mandatory stop, if only to catch a glimpse of the monumental Arc de Triomphe which crowns the avenue and which was commissioned by Napoléon to celebrate the armies of empire. The imposing tree-lined avenue is home to a mix of chain stores and luxury brands which, once passed, will take you down to La Concorde, where you’ll find some nice green areas, the French Government buildings, as well as the Grand Palais - a must-see for art and architecture fans alike. Don't miss Rue Saint Honoré - the epitome of chic Parisian shopping which take you all the way to the hip independent bars and shops of Le Marais.”
  • 690 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Galeries Lafayette is not far away and nice if you want to do some shopping ! ”
  • 585 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Covering nearly 110 acres of the 20th arrondissement (district), the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It's also Paris' largest green space. Père-Lachaise is a maze of cobblestone pathways lined with leafy, cascading trees which perfectly shade the striking 19th century burial chambers that permeate the grounds. Aesthetics aside, Père-Lachaise is one of the world's most famous burial grounds: Everyone from Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison to Edith Piaf and Gertrude Stein can be found here. But make sure to pick up a map before you venture in, there are 70,000 burial plots here. ”
  • 1053 locals recommend
Church
“You'll love it ! This church is majestic, and moreover, the view from his location over Paris is memorable & extraordinary. It's accessible by the subway (line 2, Anvers station) within 40 min. ”
  • 973 locals recommend
Garden
“The Tuileries Garden takes its name from the tile factories that stood where Queen Catherine de Medici had the Tuileries Palace built in 1564, which has since disappeared. The famous king's gardener, André Le Nôtre, gave it from 1664 its current appearance of a French garden. The garden, which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, is a place for walking and culture for Parisians and tourists where the statues of Maillol rub shoulders with those of Rodin or Giacometti. The two pools are ideal for relaxation. The Orangery Museum in which visitors admire Monet’s works is located southwest of the Tuileries. From March to December, free tours only in French are organized. And for those who love cotton candy, rides and thrills, come to the Fête des Tuileries, from June to August.”
  • 476 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“If you have the opportunity to book a show at the « Moulin Rouge » go for it ! ”
  • 569 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Very hip area in Paris. It would be the equivalent of Soho in New York City. The lower part of the neighborhood is more touristy with high end boutiques while the upper area has great restaurants and fun to walk around during the day. I recommend walking down Rue de Bretagne which is my favorite street in Paris!”
  • 713 locals recommend
Entertainment
“1 hour from La Ravenne. Take A4 towards Paris and follow exit. Disneyland Paris, formerly Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, France, a new town located 32 km east of the center of Paris. A perfect and magical place for kids to visit.”
  • 355 locals recommend
Park
“The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. This beautiful park, which has inspired many famous paintings, was created in the 18th century for Philippe Egalité, the cousin of Louis XVI and the father of King Louis-Philippe I.”
  • 481 locals recommend
Park
“A great park and cultural place : concerts, museums, cafés, etc. Check their website ! ”
  • 599 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Department Store
“Galeries Lafayette is not far away and nice if you want to do some shopping ! ”
  • 585 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Cosy place, good vibes, tasty food and amazing outdoor options on summer time !”
  • 549 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“People cross all the city to come to this 5 minute walk from the appartment bar ! One of the only rooftop in Paris. pretty expensive but it's a must go when the sun shines.”
  • 383 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Just a classic brasserie close form the flat, good beer (wine is not fantastic) and they have peanuts for free, and for me "peanuts is life" so ... :D Cosy atmosphere, lovely service. ”
  • 303 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“One of the best bars in Paris, rewarded. But it's more than a bar. Big beautiful place where they make a lot of different things.. Conferences, there's a ruche where bees product honey, a little farm with chickens, and you can go walking on the old railway that is not used in Paris anymore called la petite ceinture. Flowers grow there and you can sit with your drink and food. Homemade, not expensive. Famous brunch on week ends. And more.... ”
  • 273 locals recommend
Bistro
“Typical french bistrot (the older of paris) good and cheap. It's better to go early or late otherwise you will have to wait in the line.”
  • 284 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A big terrace where everyone gathers for drinks. There are some food trucks as well. ”
  • 280 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Speakeasy - go at the end of the taqueria and push the door. Carefull its a very small bar!”
  • 246 locals recommend

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