Too many galleries, museums and theatres, not enough time. It's always the same happy problem in Paris so we've whittled the daunting list down to a few select places that are sure to be rewarding even if they're a little off the usual tourist trail.
Of course, there are some well-known sites that are definitely worth a visit but with so many places on offer, our advice is to choose a few to see and never more than two in one day. It's better to take your time in one place than run through without having time to relax and reflect on the wonderful works on offer.
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Cutting edge furniture and objects that blur the line between art and design. Each collection is an introduction to your new favourite piece of absolutely gorgeous statement furniture. Keep you eye out for big name designer exhibitions.
Fresh contemporary art resides in an absolutely beautiful gallery space off a vine-covered courtyard that's partially hidden from the bustling street Revive yourself with some inspiring art after a little shopping in the nearby area.
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Blink and you'll miss this small, hidden museum in the Marais where exquisite examples of furniture, painting and taxidermy related to hunting and nature are exhibited in a private mansion designed by François Mansart.
Paris is the fashion capital so what better place than the neo-renaissance Palais Galliera to make a fashion pilgrimage and delve into the luxurious world of fashion history? Exquisite luxury is on show both inside and out.
La Maison Rouge
10 boulevard de la Bastille
A smaller contemporary art gallery near Bastille where less traditional mediums are celebrated and a youthful energy flows throughout the exhibitions. Don't expect to recognise the space on your second visit, it transforms regularly, keeping it ever-fresh.
Try a cake from the English-style Rose Bakery outpost on site for seasonal and limited edition treats.
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 Wednesday to Sunday
Open until 21:00 Thursday
Closed Monday - Tuesday
La Maison Rouge website
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5-7 rue de Fourcy
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie always teeters on the edge or fantasy and reality with surprising exhibitions by photographers of varied celebrity. It’s usually a little challenging but always entertaining and amusing.
If you're inspired the black & white photography, find some monochromatic fashion at L'Eclaireur nearby.
Hours: 11:00 - 20:00 Wednesday to Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie website
79 rue de Varenne
Absolutely gorgeous gardens filled with Rodin’s sculptures surround the palatial home in which the rest of the collection sits. We recommend starting in the main house and spending the rest of your time wandering the beautiful pathways.
There's a café within the grounds but don't expect the food to be as spectacular as the museum.
Hours: 10:00 - 17:45pm Tuesday to Sunday
Open until 20:45pm Wednesday.
Musée Rodin website
5 rue Curial
A converted railway station houses amusing contemporary exhibitions in a cavernous space that doubles as a community centre. Local dance troupes practice their routines in the shared space, giving it a performative edge.
Be wary, it’s not the safest area so a taxi may be the best way to see the latest exhibition.
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 Tuesday to Friday
10:00 - 19:00 Saturday and Sunday
Le Centquatre website