Events and Sightseeing
Arts and culture
Paris offers an outstanding range of exciting arts and culture venues and things to do:
- The Cathedral of Notre Dame
- The Louvre Museum
- The Musée d’Orsay museum of 19th century art
- The Eiffel Tower
- The Pompidou Centre
- The Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arabic World)
- The City of Science and Industry
- The Palais de la découverte science museum
The historical heart of Paris is devoted to the city’s art and culture. Business venues are therefore mostly outside the Paris city limits in whole districts dedicated to business and industry.
The Paris-La-Défense business district dominates the world of business in and around Paris. The Parc des Expositions exhibition centre at the Porte de Versailles in southern Paris hosts cultural and trade fairs, e.g. Salon du Prêt-à-porter (Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show), the Batimat International Building Trade Fair, the Salon de la Lingerie, the Salon du Chocolat, the French Boat Show, the Salon de l’Agriculture, and the Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre).
Our favourite picks
Want to buy gifts?
Near the Cathedral of Notre Dame
Rose For You – Souvenirs de Paris
4 Rue du Petit Pont, 75005 Paris.
Very close to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, this warm and welcoming little shop offers all sorts of goods you can buy as gifts or souvenirs of your trip to Paris – miniature Eiffel Towers, T-shirts, bags, etc.
Face au Louvre
162 Rue de Rivoli – 75001
Accessories, T-shirts, baseball caps, medallions, key holders, gadgets, stationery, etc. By purchasing at this souvenir shop you will be able to take home a little something of Paris.
Want a good meal?
Restaurant Le Petit Cardinal
29 Rue Monge – 75005 Paris.
This fine brasserie offers a varied menu: salads, hamburgers, omelettes with the fillings of your choice, etc. Enjoy the first rays of spring sunshine on its very well appointed terrace.