Discovering the city of Light: Paris

With over 10 million visitors per year, the architectural heritage of Paris is world famous and is an essential place to visit. If you want to explore the City of Light on your own, check out our Best of Paris page for a bit of history and condensed information, by district, on museums, monuments, theaters, parks and gardens, Parisian gastronomy and some of the most interesting sites to discover.

What is your lodging model in Paris?


Divided in 20 districts, the city of Paris is the capital of the Île-de-France region and also the seat of the Metropole du Grand Paris. Established on a loop of the Seine, on the original site of Lutetia, it is known to have been inhabited since 52 B.C. by the Parisii, one of the 98 Gallic peoples who lived there at that time. The name Paris was only adopted in 310 B.C., but it is only in the 10th century that the city will gain in importance and will then become the French kings' capital, to then shine increasingly through art and culture.

Which are the 20 arrondissements in Paris?

Since 1860, there have been 20 arrondissements in Paris, established by Baron Haussmann on the proposal of Napoleon III. From now on, following a reform by the Mayor of Paris in May 2020, the first 4 arrondissements have been merged under the name "Paris Centre". As every Parisian arrondissement had defined its own way of life, its own neighborhoods and points of interest, hereafter, we describe them as they were listed before the reform.

1st district : Les Halles

This is an open air museum, there are many cultural places and museums in this arrondissement, considered as the most central in Paris. Apart from the Louvre Museum, the most famous of the museums, there are many other monuments in this neighborhood, such as the Conciergerie, the Saint-Jacques Tower, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Vendôme Column, the Innocents Fountain, the Carrousel Arch, the Palais-Royal and the Law Courts, the Tuileries Garden and its beautiful statues.

2nd district : Bourse

Although the smallest in Paris, the area is not without its own interest. Built around the old Paris Stock Exchange, called the Palais Brongniart, the area has gradually become the banking quarter. This zone is home to the most beautiful covered passages of Paris such as the Galerie Vivienne and the Passage des Panoramas, but also famous streets such as the rue Montorgueil, the rue de la Paix, the rue Montmartre and a string of small streets with old-time charm.

3rd district: Temple

The district of the Temple is home to historic museums and many green spaces, at times it is called the Haut Marais, a multicultural area with many art galleries. There are the National Archives, the Carnavalet Museum of Paris history, the Picasso National Museum, the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, the Carreau du Temple and some very beautiful hotels that are worth a visit, in particular the Soubise Hotel.

4th district: City Hall

The île de la Cité, currently housing both the spiritual and the temporal power as well as the île Saint-Louis are charged with history and very culturally rich, it is highly rated by tourists and locals alike. In addition to housing emblematic places like the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the City Hall or the Georges Pompidou Center. The 4th district is a welcoming place, on the city island, you will discover amazing places like the rue des Franc-Bourgeois, the rue Chanoinesse, or the legendary place des Vosges.

5th district : Pantheon

The Pantheon sits atop the Latin Quarter, which is propably one of the best known in Paris. It dates back to the time when Paris was a Roman colony. In the district, the many prestigious universities like Sorbonne reminds you of its student character. The ambiance of the rue Mouffetard and the rue du marché are a must, just like the cobbled and winding streets of the old Paris. You can also find some vestiges of the roman Paris, but don't expect to see the whole arena de Lutèce!

6th district : Luxembourg

A very pleasant district to live in, famous for its literary cafés like Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots, for its luxury boutiques and its rich patrimony. It is centered around the Institut de France, the magnificent Luxembourg garden, and the Palais, which is the Senate's seat. In any case, it would be impossible to talk about the 6th without mentioning the Saint-Germain-des-Près district and its prestigious café terraces, the Beaux-Arts, the Odéon theater, the whole art of living in Paris!

7th district : Palais Bourbon

The capital's most symbolic place with the world's best known monument, la Tour Eiffel, a must-see for every single visitor. Many famous museums can be found there, such as the Orsay Museum, the Army Museum, the Rodin Museum, the Branly Museum. You should also see the Palais-Bourbon, seat of the National Assembly, as well as Matignon, the home of the French Prime Minister. This is the most verdant part of Paris with the esplanade des Invalides, the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Champ de Mars and the Seine banks.

8th district: Élysée

Residential place of the high bourgeoisie with beautiful cars, luxury stores, palaces and nightclubs, another emblematic district of the city of Paris. It is a must for Parisian tours, with the world' most beautiful avenue, the Champs Elysées, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Place de la Concorde, the Madeleine district, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais de l'Élysée, the home of the French President and the prestigious boutiques of the " Triangle d'Or".

9th district: Opera

Located in the center of Paris, the contrast is amazing between its large Haussmannian boulevards and the popular Pigalle area. This multi-faceted district combines the cultural with the prestigious Palais de l'Opéra Garnier, an imperial monument full of secrets, the Musée Grévin with its intriguing wax statues and of course the " Paris by night " festive and entertaining with the Olympia, Mogador, the Folies Bergère, the Casino de Paris, or the Fontaine Theater. All this bustle is in contrast to the bucolic calm of the Nouvelle-Athènes district and the view on the surrounding countryside.

10th district : Entrepôt

It is a district in full effervescence where friendly bars rub shoulders with conceptual restaurants. It's also a multicultural neighborhood like the passage Brady. A lively borough attracting by its gastronomic, theatrical and commercial activities. It is also an unusual place to be, as you will discover several architectural curiosities along the streets. The magnificent triumphal arches of the Porte Saint-Denis and Porte Saint-Martin, as well as the discreet church of Saint Vincent de Paul are absolutely essential to be seen. Not many green spaces, but the Canal Saint-Martin, a very popular place in summer, is ideal for a picnic or a boat ride.

People visiting Paris can also discover a great number of places from outside, without spending money on entrance fees, by just seeing the sites from outdoors. Between street art, large buildings, and open-air artworks on squares or in the parks, there are unexpected and unique highlights throughout the streets of the city, the art is all over the place in the capital !

11th district : Popincourt

This district has 3 emblematic places in the capital, the Place de la Bastille, Place de la Nation and Place de la République. A lively and noisy urban district where partygoers come to Bastille, Oberkampf and République to have fun. Apart from the Saint-Ambroise church, there is no big building to see, only the Atelier des Lumières with his digital screenings. You can also discover the 11th district for its small bucolic wonders like the Durmar city or the Damoye courtyard.

12th district : Reuilly

A quiet district, suitable for families, a paradise for children with many green spaces and a zoological park. There are no major monuments here except the clock of the Gare de Lyon which is worth a visit, the second highest clock tower in the world behind Big Ben. The Aligre market is extraordinary, every day except Monday, the road is filled with stalls of fruits and vegetables which complete the local grocery stores.

13th district: Gobelins

Despite a small village like ambiance at the Butte aux Cailles, it is a typical example of the Paris in renewal with the national library quarter of France. The area is home to the Austerlitz train station, the Gobelins factory and the well known hospital of Pitié Salpêtrière. It is also here that is located the Chinese neighborhood of Paris, the site is privileged by the amateurs of Street art, but also by night owls come to feast on the quays.

14th district : The Observatory

The place to visit in this district, is without any possible contest, the Catacombs, one of the most unusual places of the capital and to remain on the theme, there is also The Montmartre cemetery, where rest some well known artists. If you are a fan of museums, you can discover the Cartier Foundation, the Giacometti Institute and the Museum of the Liberation of Paris, plus a short detour to the Observatory. You can push the stroll to the 15th, and discover the impressive view from the Montparnasse Tower.

15th district : Vaugirard

Here is the most populated arrondissement of the capital, dotted with green spaces like the Petite Ceinture, the Georges Brassens park or the André Citroën park. There are also 2 magnificent bridges to see, the Mirabeau bridge and the Bir-Hakeim one, overhung by the subway. Another original feature is that you can admire one of the 7 copies of the Liberty Statue in the 15th district of Paris, in front of the Novotel entrance (Dalle de Beaugrenelle). When it comes to shopping, you have the rue du Commerce, the Grenelle market and the Montparnasse station shopping center.

16th district : Passy

Often shunned due to many clichés of a golden youth, the 16th arrondissement is actually rather unknown, it is home to foreign embassies and famous museums, including the Louis Vuitton corporate foundation. The Serres d'Auteuil and the Jardin d'Acclimatation, 2 green lungs of the city that offer relaxing strolls. From a tourist point of view, you can visit the Marmottan Museum and see the Monet paintings, do luxury shopping and admire the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero esplanade. Another curiosity offers a breathtaking view of the great Lady, the most majestic staircase in Paris, dedicated to Luís-Vaz de Camões. For the sportsmen, the district shelters the Parc des Princes and Rolland Garos.

17th district : Batignolles Monceau

It consists of 4 quarters in totally different style, with the Ternes and the Plaine de Monceaux, a bourgeois quarter with a high concentration of Haussmann buildings, one of the most expensive in Paris, and on the other the Batignolles and the Epinettes, on the contrary very popular. The Parc Clichy-Batignolles is a peaceful green space, crossed by a small river. There are vegetable gardens, divided into small plots cultivated by local residents, and with its bohemian streets, the neighborhood is like a village in the city.

18th district : Buttes Montmartre

Montmartre's popularity is well-known, especially in the area of the Butte Montmartre and the Abbesses, which has become one of the must-see places in Paris. Along its cobbled streets, the district shelters numerous small buildings, bars and restaurants which give to the whole, like a charming village, having gained a worldwide fame over time. However, there are a few small museums to visit, the Montmartre Museum, the Dali Museum and the Halle Saint-Pierre. The Sacré Coeur of course and the church of Saint-Jean de Montmartre, but you can also see the remnants of Montmartre's agricultural past.

19th district : Buttes Chaumont

Quite cosmopolitan, once very popular, it is constantly changing and increasingly appreciated by families thanks to its many green spaces. With the Parc de la Villette, it is a very dynamic cultural crossroads that brings together classical and contemporary music scenes, cinemas, theaters, and art galleries. A must-see is the Cité des Sciences and the Buttes Chaumont park. Built on an old quarry, it reveals breathtaking mountain landscapes, caves, cliffs and waterfalls. The urban art is expressed on the side of the canal Saint-Denis with the Street Art Avenue and in the Ourcq streets, Germaine Tailleferre and Monselet place (Street Art Avenue map).

20th district : Ménilmontant

Engaged, ecological, popular and multicultural, the 20th district has recently become a trendy area, with tiny bars, cafés, theaters and hipster stores. For those who love pilgrimage of memory and art, the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is a must. Many visitors stroll the alleys of this immense green space where great French celebrities, such as La Fontaine, Molière, Édith Piaf, Jim Morrison, etc. are buried. Street art is also expressed in many streets of the district, rue du Retrait, which are full of collages and creations of urban artists, in the narrow street Laurence Savart, rue de Tourtille, at the belvedere of Belleville, rue Denoyez, Maronites, etc..

Which are the must-see attractions in Paris?

As Paris was not made in one day, you will need certainly much more time to discover the city of lights. First of all, here are some places that can be classified as must-see in Paris, it's up to you to make a choice, even if you would like to see everything... For this, you will have to plan some new visits!

N° 01 - La Tour Eiffel - Champ de Mars - Avenue Anatole France

The Eiffel Tower is certainly the most emblematic point of interest in Paris. In fact, is there a more famous and more iconic monument in the world? This huge iron structure was a real architectural and technical challenge in its time, it was built from 1887 to 1889, for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889. The Eiffel Tower impresses by its dizzying dimensions: 330 meters high today (312m originally), 18,038 metal parts, and 2.500.000 rivets.
Address : Champs de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France - Paris 75007 - Rates and opening hours - Visit with an audio guide

N°02 - Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral - Ile de la Cité

Who does not know the very famous Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. A medieval building, mixing the primitive Gothic and the Gothic rayonnant, impressive by its majesty, the architecture and the wealth of masterpieces that it shelters. The cathedral was originally built from the 12th to the 14th century, but was looted and destroyed during the French Revolution. Afterwards, it was restored in the 19th century by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc.
Address : 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II - Paris 75004 - Opening hours - Free entrance

N° 03 - The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre 

The second religious building to be visited in the capital after Notre-Dame, the basilica shines with an immaculate whiteness from the 130m high hilltop of Montmartre. Constructed in a Romano-Byzantine style, it is inspired by the models of Saint Sophia of Constantinople or San Marco of Venice. It was designed by Paul Abadie who was awarded the competition, but 6 successive architects were needed to achieve the building. The first stone was laid on June 16, 1875 and the basilica was finished on April 6, 1912. The first war will delay its consecration until 2019. 
Address : 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre - Paris 75018 - Schedule - Free entrance

N°04 - The Arc de Triomphe - Place de l'Étoile 

This monument was built between 1806 and 1836 to commemorate the victory of the Great Army at Austerlitz. The dimensions of this neo-classical structure are impressive. It stands 50m high, 45m wide and 22m deep. There are 284 steps to reach the terrace and admire the beautiful view on the Elisée fields and the surroundings, an elevator is available for the disabled people.
Address : 27 rue Vernet - Paris 75008 - Rates and opening hours

N°05 - The Sainte Chapelle - Ile de la Cité 

Let yourself be dazzled by the incomparable beauty of the stained glass windows of this radiant gothic gem, created to house the most precious relics of Christendom, including the Crown of Thorns of Christ, acquired by Saint Louis. These precious religious objects designated the powerful monarch as the leader of Western Christendom. The most talented craftsmen of that time were called upon to build the Sainte Chapelle over a period of 7 years. In total, 1,113 stained glass windows recount the history of the Old and New Testaments, up to the arrival of the relics in Paris, assembled on some fifteen glass windows, 15m high.
Address : Île de la cité - 10 Bd du Palais - Paris 75001 - Rates and opening hours

N° 06 - The Pantheon - Sainte Geneviève mountain 

The neo-classical monument located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, it was dedicated to Saint Genevieve, the patron of the town in Paris. At the revolution, in 1791, it was transformed into a temple of great men, but it still oscillates between religious and patriotic. Only in 1885, with the entrance of Victor Hugo, did the building become the final resting place for the most illustrious figures of the nation. Find out more about the personalities buried in the crypt, with a display summarizing their life and their work. In the hall, you will find Foucault's pendulum, at first installed in 1851, then dismantled and reinstalled in 1995, proving the Earth's rotation. 
Address : Coline Sainte Geneviève - Pl. du Panthéon - Paris 75005 - Rates and Hours

N° 07 - The conciergerie - Île de la Cité 

A medieval royal palace which became, during the revolution, a famous court and a prison. All that remains of the Royal Palace are the guards' room and the men-at-arms' room from the time of Philippe le Bel and the kitchens built under Jean le Bon. The judicial activity developed from the time when the kings left to settle down at the Louvre or at Compiègne. The Conciergerie then became a major place of detention during the french revolution with the setting up of the revolutionary court, whose most famous prisoner was Marie-Antoinette. 
Address : Île de la Cité - 2 Bd du Palais - Paris 75001 - Rates and opening hours

N° 08 - The Petit Palais - Champs Élysées 

The Petit Palais, right in the heart of the Champs-Élysées quarter, is a veritable jewel of architecture, built by the architect Charles Girault for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. It houses since 1902, the museum of Fine Arts, with 1,300 permanent works displayed in its 2 large galleries. The Petit Palais enchants the visitors by its decoration and architecture, it has taken 22 years (from 1903 to 1925) for the painted and sculpted decors, intended to glorify the City of Paris. Its interior garden, well laid out, is a green haven, with water basins, revealing an elegant peristyle setting that visitors can enjoy quietly at the café terrace.
Address : Av. Winston Churchill - Paris 75008 - Rates and opening hours

N° 09 - The Great Mosque of Paris 

Built as a tribute to the 70,000 Muslim soldiers who died for France during the First World War, it is a vast complex in the Hispano-Moorish style, registered as a historic monument. Close to the Jardin des Plantes, the enclosure of the Great Mosque contains a magnificent patio, lined with sculpted arcades, dominated by an elegant minaret of 33m high. The plans were drawn by the architect Maurice Tranchant de Lunel and the work was carried out by the architects Robert Fournez, Maurice Mantout and Charles Heubès. The first stone was laid on October 19, 1922. In total, 450 artisans and artists made the feat of building this magnificent edifice in just 4 years. 
Address : 2bis Pl. du Puits de l'Ermite - Paris 75005 - Rates and Hours

N° 10 - The Catacombs - Denfert-Rochereau 

Located 20 m underground, at the origin, it is part of galleries of old subterranean quarries of Paris, they are turned into municipal ossuary in the late 18th century when the remains of about 6 million people, evacuated from various Parisian cemeteries until 1861 for sanitary reasons, were transferred. The Catacombs this is the world' s biggest ossuary and even so, the catacombs of Paris have never been used as a burial place, they just take the name, by analogy with ancient necropolises. Although it is a truly subterranean labyrinth, it is nevertheless a unique site in the old quarry galleries.
Address : 1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol Tanguy - Paris 75014 - Rates and opening hours

N° 11 - The Grand Palais in Paris - Champs Élysées 

 After a century of vibrant life, the Grand Palais closed its doors in March 2021 for a major phase of restoration. The project will run until the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris for the Nave and the surrounding galleries, and until spring 2025 for the rest of the monument. The vagaries of history and time made this renovation imperative: weakened and fragmented, the monument was suffering from a state of general disrepair. The Grand Palais is turning a new page in its history, 121 years after it was founded.
 Address : 3 Av. du Général Eisenhower - Paris 75008 - Visits not currently available

N° 12 - The Madeleine church 

This church, which gave its name to this district, occupies an exceptional site dominating the Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the Grand Boulevards. It took more than 80 years to build, due to the political unrest in France at that time. Conceived by Napoleon 1st in 1806 like a greek temple devoted to the glory of his great army, the building was almost transformed in 1837 into a railway station, the first one in Paris, before turning into a church in 1845. The building is 108m long, 43m wide and 30m high, and is encircled by 52 Corinthian columns.
Address : Pl. de la Madeleine - Paris 75008 - Visits - Free entrance

N° 13 - Royal Abbey Notre-Dame du Val de Grâce 

The former royal abbey Notre-Dame du Val de Grâce is close to the Luxembourg garden. Built in the 17th century, the part of the convent was transformed into a military hospital during the French revolution. Nowadays it hosts the museum of the military health service, installed in the buildings adjacent to the cloister and its elegant French garden, after being the ancient training hospital of the French army. Until June 2016, it was open to all insured persons, including prominent personalities. 
Address: 1 Pl. Alphonse Laveran - Paris 75005 - Visits not currently available

The top 11 most important museums to visit in Paris

Paris is one of the cities with the greatest diversity of museums in the world! Painting, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, science and many other themes are covered by more than a hundred museums. It is difficult to make a choice among such a great cultural diversity, to avoid missing the essential, Memento du Voyageur proposes here a list of the most visited ones.

N°01 - The Louvre Museum 

The Louvre, a former royal residence and the greatest palace in Europe, is the largest and the most visited museum in the world, with no less than 35,000 artworks spread over more than 73,000 m² of exhibition area. Its collections are grouped into 8 different sections: 1 - Egyptian antiquities, 2 - Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, 3 - Oriental antiquities, 4 - paintings, 5 - sculptures, 6 - artefacts, 7 - Islamic art, and 8 - the graphic arts.
Address : Rue de Rivoli - Paris 75001 - Rates and opening hours

N° 02 - The Quai d'Orsay Museum 

 Inaugurated in 1986 for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the former Orsay train station was built by Victor Laloux in 1898. It was converted into a museum on the decision of French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. After 3 years of works, the Quai d'Orsay museum has opened to the public on December 9th 1986, and exposes the most important collection of impressionist and post impressionist painting worldwide. The site is amazing due to its setting and the large glass roof that cover the whole building but also due to the majestic clock decorating the big hall. It is first of all the museum of Western art, a true declaration of love to impressionism and the postimpressionist movement.
Address : 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur - Paris 75007 - Rates and opening hours

N° 03 - The Orangery Museum 

 A museum of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, located in the Tuileries garden, place de la Concorde. The Orangerie was built in 1852 by the architect Firmin Bourgeois to house the orange trees in the Tuileries garden during the winter period. The building was completed by his successor, Louis Visconti. Restoration work took place between 2000 and 2006, and consisted in removing the floor so that natural light could illuminate the Nymphéas, just as Monet desired. An additional space of 1.000m² is also created and this work has revealed the vestiges of the yellow ditch enclosure that protected the Tuileries palace, a part of which is still visible in the museum.
Address : Jardin des Tuileries - Paris 75001 - Rates and opening hours 

N° 04 - The Georges Pompidou Center (Beaubourg) 

A glass and metal structure pierced by light, in the center of Paris since 1977, it can recall a heart irrigated by monumental arteries in bright and primary colors. Created by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, it is built on the Beaubourg plateau. This giant in modern design can be identified by its exterior escalators and its huge colored pipes. It is home to the National Museum of Modern Art, which is now an essential world reference for the art of 20th and 21st century. From the terrace on the 6th floor, the panoramic view over the roofs of Paris is breathtaking.
Address : Place Georges-Pompidou - Paris 75004 - Rates and opening hours

N° 05 - The city of sciences 

Initiated by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the museum is specialized in the diffusion of the technical and scientific culture, to be spread to a large public, and to generate the interest for the issues related to science, research and industry. Located at the Porte de la Villette on the site of the old abattoirs of La Villette, the project was assigned to Adrien Fainsilber on September 15, 1980 and was inaugurated by François Mitterrand on March 13, 1986. In the heart of the largest park in Paris, you can explore and uncover the countless secrets of science, multiply the unusual experiments and the endless possibilities of the imagination.
Address : 30 avenue Corentin Cariou - Paris 75019 - Rates and Hours

N° 06 - The Quai Branly Museum - Jacques Chirac 

On June 20, 2006, Jacques Chirac inaugurated his project, the construction of which was entrusted to the architect Jean Nouvel. Located on the banks of the Seine, near the Eiffel Tower, the museum exposes more than 3,500 works of primary art coming from Africa, America, Asia and Oceania. The museum is composed of 4 buildings with a total surface of 40,600m², the largest building is covered with silk-screened glass facades and partially clad in wood, built on a metallic bridge at 10m of the ground by 2 pillars and 26 stilts, giving acces to the green area easements.
Address : 37 Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac - Paris 75007 - Rates and Hours 

N° 07 - The Jacquemart-André Museum 

This museum of fine and decorative arts, built by Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart in Haussmann's new Paris, invites you to discover 19th century living areas and to view temporary exhibitions. This mansion has kept all the atmosphere of a great Parisian residence, making it a unique place in the domain. Édouard André was a great collector and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, a renowned portraitist, who spent a lot of time in Europe and in the East to acquire some of the most rare works of art and furnishings.
Address : 158, boulevard Haussmann - Paris 75008 - Rates and opening hours

N° 08 - The Army Museum 

 The Army Museum is situated in the heart of the Hotel Des Invalides. It was created in 1905 following the merger of two museums, the Artillery Museum and the Museum of Army history. Renovated in the 2000', it is divided into several sections, the old armament with weapons and armors from 13th to 17th century, and the modern armment of Louis 14 to Napoleon III, and the modern armament covering the 2 world wars, as well as the current commitments of France and its army. The famous Dome is identifiable thanks to its gilding, and since 1861 it houses the monumental tomb of Napoleon 1st.
Address : 129 Rue de Grenelle - Paris 75007 - Rates and opening hours

N° 09 - The Guimet Museum 

The National Museum of Asian Arts Guimet houses the largest and most complete collection of Asiatic art in Europe, so the visit will carry you across the lands of Asia, Japan and Afghanistan, all without ever leaving the French soil. Moreover, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Chaillot hill and a view on the Eiffel Tower. The museum was built by Jules Chatron and inaugurated in 1889. During the renovation in 1997, it was conceived as a large knowledge center of Asian civilizations.
Address : 129 Rue de Grenelle - Paris 75007 - Rates and Hours 

N° 10 - The Natural Science Museums 

Founded in 1793, the Natural Science Museum is a French institution for education, research and the dissemination of scientific culture of nature, on the themes of life and Earth sciences, anthropology and other related disciplines. For some people, the museum is about dinosaurs skeletons, for others it is about the luxuriant vegetation under the big greenhouses, but the museum is something else. It is a scientific center for sharing its knowledge, while acting for the preservation of the biodiversity and patrimony, both cultural and natural (Find out more about all the exhibitions in Paris and in the surrounding area).
Address : Jardin des plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier - Paris 75005 - Rates and Hours

N° 11 - The Grévin Museum 

The Grévin Museum is a private wax museum, inaugurated on June 5, 1882, where you can find at least 200 wax replicas of celebrities. The Grévin theater, a showroom, and the Palais des Mirages, an optical illusions center, both of which are featured in the tour. The Grévin museum is a unique and must-see site, so enjoy a fantastic experience with your family or friends and take home memories like no other ! 
Address : 10 boulevard Montmartre - Paris 75009 - Rates and Hours

20 museums in Paris to visit for free all year round

All year round - Permanent collections

- Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris - 11 avenue du President Wilson, Paris 16th - Metro Iéna
- Carnavalet Museum - History of Paris - 23 rue de Sévigné, Paris 3rd - Metro Saint-Paul Chemin Vert
- Cernuschi Museum - 7 avenue Velasquez, Paris 8th - Metro Villiers  
- Petit Palais, Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris - Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8th - Metro Champs-Elysées - Clemenceau
- House of Victor Hugo - Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée - 6 place des Vosges, Paris 4th - Metro Bastille 
- Museum of Romantic Life - 16 rue Chaptal, Paris 9th - Metro Pigalle

Υear round with one condition

- Maison de Balzac (free of charge for collections outside the temporary exhibition period) - 47 rue Raynouard, Paris 16th - Metro Passy    
- Bourdelle Museum (free of charge for collections only in part during exhibition time) - 16 rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15th - Métro Montparnasse - Bienvenue   
- Cognacq-Jay Museum (free of charge for the collections only in part during exhibition time) - Hôtel Donon - 8 rue Elzévir, Paris 3rd - Métro Saint-Paul   
- Zadkine Museum (free of charge for collections outside the temporary exhibition period) - 100 bis rue d'Assas, Paris 6th - Metro Notre-Dame-des-Champs   
- Ennery Museum (free entry by reservation on Saturdays) - 59 avenue Foch, Paris 16th - Metro Porte Dauphine   

Free entry all year round

- National Museum of the Legion of Honor and Orders of Chivalry
2 rue de la Legion d'Honneur, Paris 7th - Metro Solferino
- Museum - Library of Companionship   
10 rue Mabillon, Paris 6th - Metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés  
- Curie Museum (Radium Institute)  
11 rue Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris 5th - Metro Cardinal Lemoine / Place Monge  
- New Fragonard perfume museum   
3-5 square of the Opera Louis-Jouvet, Paris 9th - Metro Opera  
- Museum of the Prefecture of Police   
Police station 5th - 4 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, Paris 5th - Metro Maubert Mutualité
- Arenes de Lutèce
47 rue Monge, Paris 5th - Metro Cardinal Lemoine  
- Brancusi workshop - National Museum of Modern Art  
Center Pompidou - Place Georges Pompidou / Rue Saint Martin, Paris 4th - Metro Rambuteau  
- Le Bicolore - Contemporary art platform of the House of Denmark  
142 avenue des Champs-Élysées - 2nd floor, Paris 8th - Metro Charles de Gaulle-Etoile  
- The Plateau - Contemporary Art Center  
Place Hannah Arendt, corner of rue des Alouettes and rue Carducci, Paris 19th
Metro Buttes-Chaumont Jourdain 
- Shoah Memorial   
17 rue Geoffroy l'Asnier, Paris 4th - Metro Saint-Paul

Parisian gastronomic specialities to discover

The Parisian brasserie

This is a typical institution of the Parisian restaurant industry, which offers traditional French quality dishes. You can find simple food such as croque-monsieur, mayo eggs, onion soup, blanquette, pot-au-feu and others, all well served with a refreshing draft beer within a warm environment. We also go there to discover the spirit of the brewery in a traditional art deco setting which sometimes turns into a prestigious address.

Paris ham

The jambon de Paris is a cooked ham, poached in a flavored vegetable broth. It comes in a piece exceeding 5kg, sold in slices and available in 3 types, traditional, superior or torchon. It is the essential ingredient for the "Jambon-beurre" the famous Parisian sandwich. Even if the ham is a Gallic creation, it was a sign of opulence in the Middle Age, it only appeared in Paris in 1793 and it is just in the 20th century that it became more democratic.

The Ham and Butter sandwich

This sandwich is a must during your visit to Paris, more than a specialty of the country, the very famous ham and butter sandwich is the most consumed in France, with about 2.2 million sales per day. You can find it in any bakery or neighborhood brasserie, or in vending machines. There are some variations: served with french fries it is called "American", with salad it is called "Parisian" and in Belgium, with mayonnaise, it is called a "Dagobert".

The Parisian flan

The oldest traces indicate that it appeared under the name of "dariole" in the 13th century in Amiens. If the flan is one of the oldest pastries in France and can be found all over the Hexagon and the world, its Parisian version is surely the most famous. A shortcrust pastry base topped with a thick yellow flan that turns brown on baking. The flan can be compared to the Portuguese pastel de nata, the dàn tà in China or the custard tart in England.

The Parisian baguette

With its pretty caramel color, its crispy crust and its melting crumb, the baguette became one of the emblems of France, and of Paris. The story goes that the baguette owes its origin to the Napoleonic campaigns, and that its elongated shape made it easy to carry. The most likely version would be a request from Fulgence Bienvenue, who was in charge of the metro works, to avoid knife fights between workers on the metro site, with a bread that was cut by hand.

The croissant with butter

It is said that the croissant was born in Vienna after the Ottoman siege of the city. To mark their victory, the bakers would have created the croissant in the shape of the Ottoman emblem. In 1838, Baron Zang really promote it, in Paris. By 1800, the coffee bread was a close version, but we had to wait until 1920 to get the famous butter puff pastry well known today. A flaky pastry rolled in the shape of a triangle and curved in the shape of a crescent moon, which after cooking has a light, crispy and airy texture.

The croque monsieur

A French dish that is often eaten in brasseries or traditional French restaurants, the croque monsieur is undoubtedly the king of Parisian bistros. It is said to date back to 1910 when a café owner substituted the missing baguette with sandwich bread and served a delicious snack to his customer. Today the croque-monsieur comes in several versions, with different cheeses and with béchamel sauce. In brasseries, they have created the croque-madame version with a fried egg on top.

The Parisian brioche

This famous brioche, with a small head and fluted body, all golden and as light as it is tasty, is one of the queens of the Parisian pastry. Its delicious buttery taste fills our palate and nose, making it ideal for breakfast or a snack, plain or with jam, honey or chocolate. The first mention of the term "brioche" dates back to the 15th century in Brittany in the region of Saint Brieuc, but the first Parisian recipe only appeared in 1742.

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