Paris puts you on tip top form. Here’s how in 20 great ideas!

Parks and gardens, markets, restaurants, shows … Our round-up of energizing outings in Paris.

Paris is a party! More than any other capital, it buzzes with positive and creative energy. Going out, walking around the city, strolling along the Seine quaysides, enjoying the best bars, restaurants, concert halls … there are so many ways of soaking up the vitality of Paris.

Here are 20 ideas for things to do that will boost your spirits!

Paris, energy outdoors

Paris loves pedestrians and pedestrians love Paris! The best way to explore the heart of the capital is to wander through old districts, like the Marais, the île de la Cité or the Latin Quarter. Along the Seine, the quaysides (many of which have become pedestrianized) are the perfect place to stroll, daytime or evening and during the summer months there is a whole raft of fun activities and entertainment for all, between Alma and Concorde. And it goes without saying that the views are breathtaking! In the 12th, the bucolic and tranquilCoulée verte René-Dumont (Promenade Plantée) crosses the entire arrondissement. You can even continue as far as the Bois de Vincennes if you like!

Les berges de la Seine, Paris OTCP - Sarah Sergent

Parisian markets are also part of the charm of Paris with their lively atmosphere and character which vary from one district to the next: we especially like the marché d’Aligre for its friendly vibe, but don’t miss the market at market of Batignolles (organic), the one at Belleville (cosmopolitan) or the one at Saxe-Breteuil with its view of the Eiffel tower.

Why not get some exercise and discover Paris at the same time? Conquer Your Day is a free ‘open boot camp’ that offers group sessions with a coach on four evenings per week. Choose from: Montmartre, Monceau, Opéra and Odéon. The group, encouragement, and the energy of the coaches will certainly give you an invigorating boost!

Places that will raise your spirits and broaden your mind

Take an invigorating break during the day by opting for one of the new energizing concept bars, like Yello’s, which has an organic menu, a zen space, and which uses light therapy. You can also try Ma Cocotte, a new restaurant in the ever-lively setting of the Puces de Saint-Ouen (flea market).

Le 104 / Cent Quatre - Musée Paris - Nef curial

With the family? Go and visit 104, the most comprehensive centre for art and other activities in Paris, with a rich programme of events for all ages. As for the REcyclerie, at Porte de Clignancourt, it is a conference centre, a cafe, repair workshops, second-hand shops, a shared garden … rolled into one. In short, a dream place to give you a boost!

Have a drink, go out to eat, party!

Come evening time, the choice of things to do is endless, but some places are certain to put you on top form, like Bouboule or the Niçois, two popular pétanque bars. A great atmosphere guaranteed! 

In the space of a few years, numerous cocktail bars and other speakeasy bars have opened in Paris. Very cosmopolitan and ideally situated in SoPi, the Dirty Dick is a former ‘hostess bar’ that houses a friendly Tiki bar, direct from Hawaii! Cosier and in the heart of Paris, the 153 is a cocktail bar full of surprises, which puts the accent on sharing through the senses and invites clients to take part in mixology lessons!

Lido de Paris - Groupe

Fans of sparkling and high-kicking revues should head to one of the capital’s famous cabarets such as the Lido or the famous Moulin Rouge. On stage: a high-spirited show packed with energy, especially when the dancers perform their famous cancan number! The more adventurous spectators can even try out a few dance steps backstage at the Paradis Latin, which gives lessons to teach people this dance that is a typical feature of Parisian revues.

 More infos on cabarets

For those wanting a good dose of laughter, why not go and see the show How to become a Parisian on one hour ? This hilarious show by Olivier Giraud, which has already won over 500,000 spectators, gives you the keys (in English) to the so hectic Parisian life!

Lido de Paris

Cabaret / Show
116 bis avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 75008

Experience an extraordinary evening at the Lido de Paris, a legendary cabaret situated on the most beautiful avenue in the world,......

Moulin Rouge

Cabaret / Show
82 boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 75018

The most famous cabaret in the world! The Moulin Rouge was immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec and was the cradle of the music hall......

Paradis Latin

Cabaret / Show
28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris, 75005

Located in the heart of the the Left Bank, a few steps from Notre Dame and the Pantheon, the Paradis Latin is the oldest Cabaret......

Quartier du Marais

Street, area of interest
Le Marais, Paris, 75004

The Marais district gets its name from its location: once a marshland (‘marais’), it has been inhabited ever since it was drained......

Île de la Cité

Street, area of interest
Île de la Cité, Paris, 75004

Ile de la Cité, once known as Lutetia, is the oldest settlement in Paris, and boasts more than its fair share of Paris sights:......

Quartier Latin

Street, area of interest
Quartier Latin, Paris, 75005

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement, on the Left Bank. The area’s many......

Pont de l'Alma

Street, area of interest
Place de l'Alma - Quai Branly, Paris, 75008

Built in 1854 on the orders of Napoleon III, the Pont de l’Alma is situated in the western part of Paris. It became a household......

Place de la Concorde

Place (square)
Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75008

Place de la Concorde is situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk (a 3,300 year old......

Coulée verte René-Dumont

Park, garden, promenade
Avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

Created in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely on the former railway line, which linked Place de la Bastille to......

Bois de Vincennes

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of......

Marché Beauvau - Marché d'Aligre

Food markets
Rue d'Aligre et place d'Aligre, Paris, 75012

Between the place de la Bastille and the place de la Nation, the Beauvau market - also called the Aligre market (in name of where......

Marché biologique des Batignolles

Food markets
34 boulevard des Batignolles, Paris, 75008

The all-organic Batignolles market, held every Saturday, is extremely popular with locals. It is not one of the usual markets......

Marché Saxe-Breteuil

Food markets
Avenue de Saxe, Paris, 75007

Saxe-Breteuil is a food market located behind the École Militaire and the UNESCO Headquarters. It has, among others, many stalls......

Le Centquatre

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
5 rue Curial, Paris, 75019

The CENTQUATRE is a new Paris city council artistic establishment and a unique place devoted to production and innovation.......

La REcyclerie

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
83 boulevard Ornano, Paris, 75018

The REcyclerie is located in the former Ornano train station, entirely renovated for the occasion and located just a few steps......

Chez Bouboule

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
Avenue Trudaine - Rue de Rochechouart, Paris, 75009

Chez Bouboule offers a quirky concept. Enjoy a drink, nibble on an aperitif or dine before playing a great of petanqe! This......

Les Niçois

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
7 rue Lacharrière, Paris, 75011

As the name suggests, the Les Niçois restaurant is an eclave in the heart of Paris, between République and the Père-Lachaise......