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CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Paris boasts a host of breathtaking attractions, and arguably some of the world’s most iconic.The city’s elegant monuments, expansive museums and romantic churches help define Paris’ beautiful character and offer visitors a wealth of cultural experiences. Paris has a rich artistic and cultural history, with each arrondissement dense with sights to explore. 

4 cultural attractions to vist in paris 

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PALAIS DE TOKYO

Situated a short distance from the Eiffel Tower and next to the Museum of Modern Art, Palais de Tokyo is far from traditional
and stuffy: this self-dubbed ‘anti-museum’ showcases all forms of contemporary art infun and interactive ways, with exhibitions that are always changing. Housed in a 1930s monument, Palais de Tokyo is a must-visit for modern art lovers. 

Address: 13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75017
HOURS:  MON–SUN 12pm–12am  
METRO: Iéna (line 9) 


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PALAIS ROYAL

Set in the heart of the city. Palais-Royal boasts a beautiful garden thats manicured rows of trees, owerbeds and a tranquil pond make it a peaceful haven amidst the city centre’s bustle. It's arcades high-end boutiques, restaurants and cafes as well as the Colonnes de Buren, an art installation comprising 260 black-and-white-striped columns set against Palais-Royal’s spectacular facade. 

ADDRESS: 8 rue de Montpensier, 75001
HOURS: Sun–Sat 7.30am–11pm
METRO: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (line 1, 7)

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Fondation Louis Vuitton 

The Fondation Louis Vuitton stands in sharp contrast to the lush green of Bois de Boulogne, yet its delicate, fluid design makes it seem right at home. Its exterior is inspired by the lightweight glass of the late 19th century and brought to life by 21st-century technology. Inside is a permanent collection of contemporary artwork as well as revolving exhibitions. 

Address: 8 avenue du Mahatma GandhI, 75016
HOURS: Sun 11am–8pm, Mon 12–7pm, Wed–Thurs 12–7pm, Fri 12–9pm,Sat 11am–8pm
METRO: Les Sablons (line 1) 


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Grand Palais

With its glass dome and ornate ironwork, Grand Palais is an icon on the banks of the Seine that hosts some of the city’s grandest events. It hosts a diverse program of events each year, from fashion to equestrian events. Opening hours and entry rates differ depending on the event, so make sure to check their website for details about what’s on. 

ADDRESS: 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
HOURS: Varies
METRO: Champs-Élysées– Clemenceau (line 1, 13) 


GARDENS + OUTDOOR SPOTS

There is nothing like starting the morning with a stroll through one of the city’s beautiful gardens, discovering famous statues and picturesque chateaus, or enjoying an afternoon picnic in a sunlit park. Throughout the year, these spots are frequented by locals taking a break from the bustle of city life. Whether it’s a wander down Canal Saint-Martin, or a leisurely afternoon des Jardin de Tuileries , these spots offer glimpses of Paris’ rich history and rhythms of its modern-day life. 

3 OUTDOOR SPOTS TO EXPLORE IN PARIS

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Place des Vosges

Commissioned in the 17th century by King Henri IV, Place des Vosges is one of Paris’ oldest planned squares. A charming and peaceful spot, Places des Vosges is a popular green oasis on the outskirts of the trendy Marais, surrounded by picturesque mansions, elegant archways and great places to shop and eat.  

Address:  Places des vosges, 75003
HOURS: 24hrs
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8)


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La Promenade Plantée 

La Promenade Plantee is much like New York’s popular High Line:  elevated park that shows the city in a whole new light.  Starting near Opéra Bastille, it sits suspended three stories up on a 19th-century viaduct offering inserting city views before dropping downto street level as it nears Jardin de Reuilly-Paul-Pernin.

ADDRESS: 1 Coulée Verte René- Dumont
OPENING TIMES: 24/7
METRO: Bastille (line 1, 5, 8)  

PALAIS DE TOKYO, GRAND PALAIS, PLACE DES VOSGES AND CANAL SAINT MARTIN - Alistair Wheeler, FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON - Heymann Renoult Associées, PALAIS ROYAL - WINNIE VAN, LA PROMENADE PLANTEE - FAYE BULLOCK

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CANAL Saint MARTIN

Built by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, this once-shabby waterway has become a hip and lively hub full of things to explore. Though considered a dodgy part of town at several points in its history, Canal Saint-Martin has been cleaned up and transformed. The now-trendy quays of the area are bright and bustling, lined with cafes, restaurants and shops.

Address:  CANAL SAINT MARTIN, 75010
HOURS: 24HRS
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent (line 5), République (line 3, 5, 8, 9, 11)


More of OUTDOOR SPOTS and CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS In the Sundays in Paris City Guide