This compellingly modern museum – said to be inspired by the Grand Palais, and designed by the singular Frank Gehry – houses an eclectic mix of art from the worlds of design, installation and sculpture. Completed only in 2014, the landmark is located in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne public park, and has already exhibited works by the likes of Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Things to do in Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Café de Flore
A gathering point for the Paris intelligentsia since the years of the Belle Époque, the Café de Flore has hosted artists and influencers ranging from Picasso to Raymond Queneau. Today, the café is slightly more tourist-inhabited than in its bohemian heyday, but it still holds regular literary events; a café noisette on its terrace is a Parisian rite of passage.
One of several key landmarks created for the World’s Fair in 1900, the Grand Palais is a striking example of flamboyant, Beaux Arts French architecture. Used as a hospital in WWI and a military base in WWII, today it houses a science museum and hosts temporary exhibitions sponsored by the Galeries Nationales.
Saint-Ouen Flea Market
A busy morning can be spent perusing the expanse of stalls at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, which is filled with antiques, curiosities, vintage clothes, shoes and everything in between. Teenagers will be tempted by thrift finds, as well as by the chance to admire a more local view of Paris.
Housed in the palatial confines of an enormous former railway station, the Musée d’Orsay is one of Europe’s finest art museums. With a collection that focuses primarily on Impressionism and other French art movements, the institution’s vast offerings include masterpieces by artists the likes of Manet, Van Gogh and Renoir.
Le Jules Verne
This Michelin-starred restaurant, found on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, is the creation of legendary chef Alain Ducasse. Offering diners sprawling views over the cityscape and cuisine that effortlessly blends contemporary and classic French influences, Le Jules Verne is an ideal setting for a romantic lunch for two.
A fine dining institution since the days of Marie Antoinette, Lapérouse is a remarkable and elegant snapshot of Parisian high culture and decadence. A table for two is one of the most coveted in the city, thanks to the restaurant’s striking 18th century décor, gourmet dishes, and suitably impressive wine list.
Montaigne Market is not a market in the conventional sense of the word. Instead, it’s more akin to a multi-brand retail complex, bringing together a multitude of leading fashion labels under one roof. It was the first of its kind in the city and is a prime place to indulge in the Parisian pastime of window-shopping.
Yeeels in Paris
The vibe at this upmarket restaurant, bar and nightclub is fresh, young and inimitably stylish, with décor straight from the pages of the Great Gatsby: all shimmering gold walls, black marble and beautiful people. A meal here is as much about the experience as it is the menu, through dishes like langoustine tempura and a truffle-topped pizza are designed to please.