There’s a good reason Paris is one of the world’s most visited cities every year. Actually, there are a lot of good reasons! With mouthwatering cuisine, beautiful boulevards of honey-hued architecture, world-renowned landmarks, and museums and cultural attractions everywhere you step, it’s no wonder Parisians are famous for their effortless aura of cool. Is there a better place to have the summer of a lifetime? Mais non!
To help you better focus on important matters, like which eatery you’ll check out first during your summer in Paris, here are some must-visit attractions that are sure to put the joie back in your vivre!
For that new museum smell (and awesome art!)
Why you’ll love it: One of the newest fixtures on the Paris art scene is the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection. Once a humble grain silo, the stunning 18th-century building was leased to the French billionaire art collector Francois Pinault in 2016. It was remodelled as a bright modern gallery space by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and opened to the public for the first time in May 2021. It’s set to be one of the biggest draws this summer in Paris.
Inside you’ll be met with one of the most spectacular private contemporary art collections in the world. Expect to be blown away by amazing paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and cerebral sound installations.
For a view from the water
Why you’ll love it: Hemingway called Paris “A Movable Feast”, and never is this more true than when you’re cruising along the River Seine sipping champagne and gazing out over the enchanting City of Light as you drift on by.
A magical experience during the daytime or evening, taking in Paris from its famous waterway with Vedettes de Paris cruises is an absolute must. This relaxing hour of waterbound sightseeing will go a long way toward making this summer in Paris the summer of a lifetime!
For the Picasso fan
Why you’ll love it: The Musée Picasso in Paris has an incredible collection of over 5,000 works of art. Dedicated to one of the most well-known artists of the 20th century, this remarkable 17th-century hôtel particulier is filled to the brim with iconic modern masterpieces by Pablo Picasso – as well as works that he collected, including pieces by Cézanne, Degas, and Matisse.
This museum is housed in the Hôtel Salé, a building described as one of the most extravagant grand homes of the 17th century, so a fitting home for the weird and wonderful works of Picasso. If your idea of the summer of a lifetime involves art, you’ll definitely want to stop by this cultural gem.
For a bird’s-eye view
Why you’ll love it: The Eiffel Tower polarized public opinion when it was built, before eventually winning people over to become the beloved icon that it is today. If you ask the locals, it’s clear that the bulky tower is still in the middle of this process. However, when you visit Tour Montparnasse, you’ll get unparalleled views of the City of Light.
If the crowds at the Eiffel Tower are giving you a headache, but you still crave that postcard view over Paris, Montparnasse Tower Paris might just be for you. Get whisked to the 56th-floor observatory in just 38 seconds. From there you can enjoy some truly spectacular 360° views of summer in Paris. Ooh-la-la!
For the chandeliers alone!
Why you’ll love it: Another recent addition to the cornucopia of Parisian culture is the Hotel de la Marine. Located in the heart of Paris, Hôtel de la Marine was once a repository for royal treasures and furniture, then a navy barracks for 200 years or so, and after much refurbishment, it opened as a museum in 2021.
You can now take a self-guided tour of this majestic cultural monument, exploring the stately reception rooms and taking in ornate fittings, exceptional chandeliers, and grandiose lounges with the aid of an audio guide. C’est formidable!