Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the Pompidou Centre is a brave demonstration of 20th-century architecture, with its iconic exterior escalators and coloured tubing. Now it houses the National Museum of Modern Art and is worth a visit for must-see Matisse, Picasso, Warhol masterpieces, among many others.
From the breathtaking glass pyramid in the courtyard to the unmissable Mona Lisa, this is a perfect morning’s dose of culture. Head to Le Café Marly afterwards, situated under the arches with a stunning view of the Louvre Pyramid.
Palais de Tokyo
Home to the city’s contemporary art collection, the Palais de Tokyo is an enormous museum which was renovated in 2012. It holds visitor exhibitions, screenings, concerts, and performances, and there’s the Little Palais offering special activities for children. Leave time to try out the on-site restaurants, explore the gardens and lose a few hours in the bookshop.
One of the most iconic Parisian monuments, the Grand Palais has three major sites that host national and international events, from horse riding to contemporary art (recently they held a Michael Jackson exhibition). There’s a cultural centre dedicated to science which children can explore and many large-scale exhibitions come here, such as Picasso and Renoir.
For traditional fine art, look no further than Petit Palais. A wondrous building of ornate design and intricate detail, the Petit Palais captures a moment in time and is home to some of the most exciting classical works of art.
Opened in 1919 and dedicated to the works of Auguste Rodin, this rococo mansion and its gardens feature many of his sculptures. Take time to enjoy the extensive outdoor area too.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Bernard Arnault wanted to “present Paris with an extraordinary space for art and culture and demonstrate daring and emotion by entrusting Frank Gehry with the construction of an iconic building for the 21st century” and he delivered. This striking space has exhibitions, an events programme, restaurant, bookshop and more.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
The most visited monument in France, Notre Dame has legendary film status and is a Parisian landmark. Located on île de la Cité, you can take a boat trip and view it from the water, or in certain months watch a sound-and-light show for a magical evening event.