Fathom Favorites : Paris Sites

1. Lafayette Anticipations

Lafayette Anticipations

The concept space and multidisciplinary artistic incubator is located in a building originally constructed for the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville in the Marais district, where makers of fashion, design, and contemporary art are given resources for experimenting in the creative process. There's a production workshop, exhibition tower, and open passageway for artist-in-residence programs, partnerships, and productions — supported through the endowment Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette. [PARTNER PROMOTION]

9 Rue du Plâtre 
75004 Paris

2. Le Bal

Le Bal

This building has seen a lot of action — as a pre-war dance hall, a post-war gambling den, and now an exhibition space devoted to documentary photography, film, and performance. It’s also home to a lovely Brit-influenced cafe. Sunday brunch is a best bet.


6 Impasse de la Defense
Paris, 75018

3. Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy

Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy

Don't ask, "Who'd come to Paris to see skeletons?" until you've made your way to Jardin des Plantes. Ignore the modern displays at Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and come instead to this old-fashioned display in a soaring Belle Époque gallery. A cavalcade of skeletons of every creature under the sun are lined face forward, as if in a giant procession off Noah's Ark. You walk among them, noting how everything is so similar, rapt by the sheer scientific wonder of it all.


2 Rue Buffon
Paris, 75005
+ 33-1-40-79-56-01

4. Foundation Louis Vuitton

Foundation Louis Vuitton

A Frank Gehry-designed cultural center with expansive gardens and dynamic programming. A great destination for fashion aficionados, as Pallais Galliera and Fondation Yves Saint Laurent are located nearby.

8 Ave. du Mahatma Gandhi
Paris, 75116

5. Sainte-Chapelle


At the heart of Paris, this 13th-century, Gothic chapel is tucked away next to the Palais de Justice. On the ground floor, a space dedicated to saints and martyrs. Up a narrow, winding staircase, a cavernous chapel with jaw-dropping, stained-glass windows of biblical scenes. You'll want to sit down in order to take it all in.

8 Boulevard du Palais
Paris, 75001

6. Musée Picasso

Musée Picasso

See a broad collection of the works of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, including Massacre in Korea and Celestina, without even going to Spain. Get a glimpse of Picasso's personal art collection of paintings by artists such as Cezanne and Matisse. Visit the café on the roof for toasted sandwiches, fresh salads, and a few Spanish specialities.

5 Rue de Thorigny
Paris, 75003

7. Grande Mosquée de Paris

Grande Mosquée de Paris

Adjacent to the Jardin des Plantes, the Grande Mosquée dazzles with its intricate mosaic walls, towering minaret, and lovely patio where birds find shelter. In the center, a marble fountain surrounded by a courtyard area and a café serving oriental-style tea and pastries. The mosque is both a functioning place of worship and serene spot to meditate.

2bis Place du Puits de l'Ermite
Paris, 75005

8. Institut du Monde Arabe

Institut du Monde Arabe

To promote understanding between France and the Arab world, the Institut du Monde Arab was established in 1987 along the left bank of the Seine. Featuring a concert hall, multiple restaurants, a café, and terrace with a panoramic view of the city, go to the Institute to learn more through ancient art, cultural performances, and a cup of traditional thé à la menthe.

1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Paris, 75005

9. Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée Jacquemart-André

The former home of banker Édouard André and painter wife Nélie Jacquemart is a time capsule of how the wealthy lived in the mid 1800s. The couple traveled extensively throughout Italy, collecting the collection of art and sculpture (Donatello, Tiepolo, della Robbia, Botticelli) that fills the bijoux museum that's a masterwork of tasteful and thoughtful opulence.

158 Blvd. Haussmann
Paris, 75008

10. Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Don't let the legions of tourists scare you from one of the world's best art collections. But be smart about your visit. Get tickets in advance, either online, at the tabac at Le Carrousel du Louvre shopping center, or at FNAC bookstore. Then use the Passage Richelieu entrance for shorter lines or buy a Museum Pass to skip them altogether. Once inside, prepare to be disappointed by the Mona Lisa (if you can see past the selfie sticks) and stunned by Rembrandt's Bathsheba at Her Bath, Poussin's Four Seasons, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the recently renovated the Napoleon III apartments in the Richelieu wing. The Louvre is closed on Tuesday and is otherwise open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

Paris, 75001

11. Sacré-Cœur


The iconic all-white basilica sits at the top of Montmartre, making it the highest point of the city. Climb the 234 spiral steps of the dome for magnificent panoramic views of the city.

35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Paris, 75018

12. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The impressive calendar of temporary exhibitions may get more attention, but the permanent collection is a stunner. The thematic and chronological walk through centuries of fine French craftsmanship includes some 150,000 objects: an entire wall of cabinets, Jeanne Lanvin's striking 1920s apartment, and a 15th-century bedchamber. When you're finished, stop by the design-driven museum shop to pick up incredible accessories, books, and home lighting.

107 Rue de Rivoli

Paris, 75001

13. Water Taxi on the Seine

Water Taxi on the Seine

A cheap, fun way to see the city from bottom up. Batobuses run every fifteen minutes at eight different spots, but our favorite route is from Tour Eiffel to Musee D'Orsay.

14. Musée des Arts Forain

Musée des Arts Forain

An enchanting museum unlike any in the city whose name roughly translates to "Museum of Fairground Arts." Hop on a 19th-century ride (like the classic bicycle merry-go-round, manège de vélocipèdes) or play a game of racing French waiters (yes, really). Note that most tours are in French, but with old-school attractions, century-old games, and Belle Époque flair, who needs to understand every word?


53 Avenue des Terroirs de France

Paris, 75012

15. The New Morning

The New Morning

Open since 1981, the jazz and blues club has hosted some of the best, like Prince and Chet Baker. A great place for funky, no-frills music.

7 and 9 Rue des Petites Écuries
Paris, 75010

16. Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Created in 1612 by King Henry IV's widow, Marie de' Medici, Jardin du Luxembourg continues to be one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. Pick up lunch from one of the many shops nearby and head to the lawns, chairs, and topriaries to while the afternoon away. 

Paris, 75006

17. Paris Danse

Paris Danse

Belly up to the barre in broad daylight for classes ranging from African dance to tap to French-Algerian beats. Drop-ins welcome.

41 Rue du Temple
Paris, 75004

18. O'Kari


A Morocco hamam in the middle of Etienne Marcel, where the four-hour experience includeds extensive soaking, scrubbing, and massage. Of course, a basic hour-long service could be just what a weary traveler needs. Every outing in Paris should be this steamy.

22 Rue Dussoubs
Paris, 75002