Places to visit in Paris

 Museums/Art Galleries:

Musée du Louvre: - Palais du Louvre, Cours Napoléon, Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Considered to be the world's greatest art museum, the Louvre was opened as a public museum in 1793. It is home to over 300,000 artworks, antiquities and statues, including the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'. The entrance to this museum is through a 21-metre / 67-feet glass pyramid, as seen in “The Da Vinci Code” movie.

Open: daily, except Tuesday

Monday and Wednesday - 09:00 to 21:45, Thursday to Sunday - 09:00 to 18:45

Musée d'Orsay - 1 Rue de Bellechasse, Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

Covering the period between 1848 and 1914, this former railway station is one of the city's most popular museums. It holds work of both impressionist and post-impressionist artists.

Open: Tuesday, Wedesday, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 21:45, Sunday - 09:00 to 18:00

Musée Picasso - Hôtel Salé, 5 Rue de Thorigny, Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 42 71 25 21

Located in a 17th-century hotel, this museum is home to the largest collection in the world of the works of Pablo Picasso. It is also home to other artists including; Cézanne, Miró, Renoir, Braque, Degas and Matisse.

Open: April to September, Wednesday to Monday - 09:30 to 18:00

October to March, Wednseday to Monday - 09:30 to 17:30

Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet - 2 Rue Louis Boilly, Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 42 24 07 02

Located in a 19th-century mansion, this museum contains numerous works by Monet and other impressionists, including Pissarro, Renoir, Gauguin and Sisley.

Art gallery open: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00

Musée de l'Orangerie - Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 42 97 48 16

Home to a collection of early 20th-century paintings. These include several of Claude Monet's water lilies series and works by other French painters such as Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani.

Art gallery open: Wednesday to Monday - 09:45 to 17:15, closed Tuesday

Musée Jacquemart-André - 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 42 89 04 91

Holding the collection of art-lover Edouard André and his wife, this 19th-century museum features displays of arts from the Italian Renaisance and 18th-century France.

Art gallery open: daily - 10:00 to 18:00

Shopping:

Faubourg Saint-Honoré:

This district is great for designer fashion, cosmetics, and chic home furnishings.

The Saint-Honoré fashion district boasts classic designers like Versace, Hermes, and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as resolutely avant-garde boutiques like Colette.

Paris Department Stores District - Boulevard Haussmann

Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores dominate Boulevard Haussmann. They are home to top designer collections for men and women, gourmet food shopping, home design, jewellery, and even hardware.

The Marais:

Antiques, fine art and unique jewellery are what this district is known for. Try antiques or fine-arts shopping on the Place des Vosges, jewellery shopping at boutiques like Satellite on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, or explore boutiques featuring up-and-coming designers on Rue des Rosiers.

Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées:

Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées are great for both designer shops and trendy chain stores. Fashion designers Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and global chain Zara are all represented here.

Saint-Germain-des-Près:

This area is good for books, home furnishings and Chic classic design. Boutiques include Sonia Rykiel and Paco Rabanne, and the famous department store Le Bon Marché includes a gourmet market that all foodies should pay a visit to.

Markets:

Saint-Ouen Flea Market:

Address: 48, rue Jules Vallès (Marché des Antiquaires), 93400 Saint-Ouen.

Dating back to the 19th century, Saint-Ouen is Paris’ largest flea market.

Located in the very northern tip of Paris, the markets are well worth a visit to browse antique furniture, odd objects, or vintage clothes.

Marché d'Aligre:

Address: Place d'Aligre, 75012 Paris.

This open air market has been open since 1777, and today is known as both a produce and flea-market. Mainly Persian, Marché d'Aligre has many Asian and North African shops.

Marché du Livre Ancien et d'Occasion:

Address: Parc Georges Brassens (under the pavillon Baltard) - 104, rue Brancion, 75015 Paris.

Book dealers have been gathering here every weekend since 1987. The site is underneath the former horse slaughterhouses of Vaugirard.

Marché aux Oiseaux

Address: Place Louis Lépine, 75001 Paris

This daily market sells houseplants, flowers, and orchids. The only exception being on Sundays when a bird market takes over. Other assorted household pets are also sold on Sundays, including potbelly pigs.

Marché Parisien de la Création

Address: At the foot of the Montparnasse Tower, between rue du Départ and rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris

An open-air venue, where 120 artists and designers, exhibit and sell their work. These include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewellery, and other crafts.

Cemeteries:

Cimetière des Batignolles:

This cemetery is located in the Épinettes district, in the northeastern part of the 17th arrondissement. Opening in 1833 it is home to approximately fifteen thousand graves including: André Breton, Gaston Calmette, Blaise Cendrars, Benjamin Péret, and Paul Verlaine.

Catacombes de Paris:

This famous underground ossuary is organized in a renovated section of the city's large network of subterranean tunnels and caverns. It has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1867. Its entrance is located near the Denfert-Rochereau station of the Paris Métro.

Cimetière de Montmartre:

This famous cemetery is located at 37 Avenue Samson, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Built below street level in the hollow of an old quarry the cemetery is a popular tourist destination. For many famous artists who lived and worked in the Montmartre area, it is there final resting place, including the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax.

Cimetière du Montparnasse:

Created from three farms in 1824, this famous cemetery lies in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, part of the city's 14th arrondissement. Here lies of many of France's intellectual and artistic elite, including Bernard Lacoste.

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise:

This is not only the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, but also the world's most-visited cemetery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Located in the 20th arrondissement, it is home to those who have enhanced French life over the last 200 years, most famously, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

Comments on this article

tijani olanrewaju ayoola 1 January, 2011

i love to visit the paris museum

Anna 17 February, 2011

What to visit first???

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