Between all the art, food, history and fashion, you’ll never run out of things to do in Paris. You’ll probably need longer than a weekend to experience everything you’d like to, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, here’s where to get started.
Skipping over the more obvious attractions like the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées, we’ve rounded up the best things happening in the City of Light this weekend.
1. Jazz à la Villette
Music lovers should head down to the Parc de la Villette for this annual festival featuring jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues artists from around the world, including Mos Def. While you’re there, don’t miss the giant inflatable art exhibit in the park until Sunday.
2. Mangeons Local
Foodies can’t miss this 16-day celebration of local French produce, starting on Saturday. Sample delicious nibbles from local bakeries, butcheries and cheese shops at Berges de Seine.
3. Explore the Marais
This is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city, and definitely worth a visit. It has a great historical feel to it, with the most pre-Revolutionary buildings and streets of any area in the city. It’s absolutely packed with cute boutiques, vintage shops, little museums and Jewish bakeries. Stop in at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and then have lunch at Nanashi.
4. Go to the pharmacy
Yes, really. French pharmacies are renowned for their cult beauty and skin products, so start stocking up! You didn’t think French women were born that way, did you? Top picks are Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire and Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré, but there are so many things to choose from.
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5. Top to Bottom Graffiti Festival
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more alternative, check out street artists in action all this weekend, as they share their creations and perform live on Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute. At night a documentary on French urban culture will be projected on to the side of the building.
6. See the view
If you can’t be bothered to wait in the queue for the Eiffel Tower, make your way over to the Centre Georges Pompidou. After exploring all the contemporary art the museum has to offer, take the escalator to the roof and sip on a glass of wine at Le Georges while enjoying one of the most amazing views in the city.
By Reenat Sinay