If you are visiting Paris , you probably want to make the most out of Parisian life. We propose you a list of best things to do in Paris in 2021. Whether you are just passing through the city or taking a long vacation, these activities can be done alone, with friends, with your significant other or with your family in 2021. Since May 3, Covid-19 restrictions and lockdow are progressevily ending.
Covid-19 Restrictions update:
- May 19: Reopening of Shops and Museums, theaters, terraces for restaurants, bars and cafés – curfew shifted to 9 pm
- May 28: Reopening of some boat tours
- June 9 : Reopening of indoor restaurants, bars, cafés and dinner cruises with gauges- curfew shifted to 11pm
- June 29: End of curfew, end of gauges
Online reservation for museums is required.
Cultural Events and Great Art Exhibitions in Paris in 2021
Exhibition Matisse like a novel at the Centre Pompidou
To celebrate the 150th-anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse, the Centre Pompidou (the greatest museum of cotemporary art in Europe) proposes a great Exhibition devoted to the master
The exhibition will demonstrate the link between Matisse paintings and Literature.
- Where: Centre Pompidou Paris
- When: Q1/Q2 2021
- Price: 14€
Henri Cartier-Bresson and Paris at Musée Carnavalet.
For its re-opening, after months of work, the Carnavalet Museum guests us to discover the passion of Henri Cartier-Bresson for Paris. One of the greatest photographer of the 20th century has left us hundreds of photos about Parisians and the City of Light.
- Where: Musée Carnavalet
- When: From November 3, 2020 to February 28, 2021
- Price : 16 €
La Collection Morozov at Fondation Louis Vuitton
The collection Morozov gather more the 250 masterpieces by French dnas Russian great artists like Matisse, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Chagall, Maevitch …
For the first the collection created by two Muscovite brothers, Mikhaïl & Ivan Abramovitch Morozov will be exposed outside from Russia.
- Where: Fondation Louis Vuitton
- When : From February 24 to July 27 2021
- Price: €16
Boat and cruising activities in Paris
This is one of the most popular things to do when you visit Paris for the first time and makes for some good times with friends. And it’s certainly one of the funniest ways to discover Paris.
Bateaux Parisiens (Parisian Boats) (Reopening on May 28)
This is one of the best-known boating companies in the city. From the simple trip passing by Paris’ most beautiful landmarks to a romantic dinner cruise, the choice is yours!
The boat leaves from near the Eiffel Tower and sails to the Port de la Bourdonnais. Prices from 14 euros to 265 euros.
>>Book your Bateaux Parisiens cruise online.
More info: Bateaux Parisiens boat tours
Bateaux Mouches (boat tours on the Seine) (reopening on June 11)
The Bateaux Mouches company also offers river tours and cruises leaving from the same area.
It is the most famous company in France.
Its hudge boats offer attractive 1 hour tours.
Prices from 13,50 euros to 184 euros.
This is the most surprising boat ride in Paris. It goes from the Villette lake to Port de l’Arsenal and Orsay Museum , passing through a long tunnel on the St-Martin canal.
Vedettes de Paris
Leaving from Port Suffren, the Vedettes de Paris offer different types of boat trips and cruises on the Seine.
La Marina de Paris
From a simple boat-ride to a romantic dinner on the Seine, it’s up to you.
The Marina de Paris proposes one of the most romantic dinner in Paris.
Vedettes du Pont Neuf
The famous Vedettes de Pont Neuf leave, as their name suggests, from Pont Neuf near Notre Dame.
Marins d’Eau Douce
Electric boats on the Villette lake, these small vessels and for hire and allow you to take your own trip on the lake or the Canal de l’Ourq.
Attractions and Guided Tours
Guided Tour of the Louvre
Visit one of the world’s most beautiful museums and see the Joconde or the Egyptology department.
A guided visit is highly recommanded to have the gest of this great museum.
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Bargain-Hunting at Flea Markets
Another activity to do just outside of the city in Saint-Ouen, where you will find Europe’s largest flea market.
You can find antiques, thrits and vintage founiture and vinyls.
More info: Paris flea Markets
La Route des Impressionnistes (The Impressionist Way) –
You can begin with a visit of the Musée d’Orsay or l’Orangerie and finish in Normandy, passing through Chatou, Auvers sur Oise, and Givrent. Book tickets here.
You will find many works of Monet in the Orsay Museum and the Orangerie. Giverny is a little bit more far from Paris Center but it is worth a trip.
Visit the Notre Dame
Go to the lookout of Quasimodo and the gargoyles of Notre Dame by climbing the North Tower.
Unfortunately, it will not be possible de enter inside the Cathedral in 2019 but you can still admire it from outside.
Take an Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour – Take a tour of the most famous of Paris’ landmarks with an Open Bus.
Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe
By Climbing to the top of this monument, you can enjoy one of the best view in Paris.
Many lovers go there at the sunset to see the illumination of the Eiffel Tower.
Visite Les Invalides Complex
Les Invalides are hudge complexe with an esplanade, a very interesting museum (Army Museum), the grave of Napoleon and a Iconic Church.
The Museum houses the greatest arm dans armor collection in the world.
More infos: Les Invalides: tickets and tips
For more ideas, take a look at our Guide to Visit Paris
Outdoor and biking activities in Paris
During the Covid-19 pandemie , many outdoor activities are possible. You can have a guided visit in one of iconic quarters of Paris. you can also have a stroll by yourself.
Visit the Montmartre Hill
Stroll through the steep and narrow streets of Montmartre hill and enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of this quarter.
Whilst walking in the footsteps of the famous artists who once lived there.
The Neighborhood is clearly one of the most romantic place in the city of love. And 2021 is certainly the best moment to visit the quarter as it will not be crowded.
Read more about what to visit in Montmartre.
Visiting the Trendy Quarter of Le Marais
This is a quarter which is rich in color and incredibly lively is also one of the oldest in the capital with many historic hotels. You will find many old narrow streets, trendy shopping street and interesting museums (Picasso, Carnavalet).
Read out more about le Marais quarter in Paris.
Cycle along the Banks of the Marne
If you want to venture outside of the city walls for a bike ride, you can cycle along the banks of the river Marne.
You can leave from the Vincennes woods or Nogent sur Marne, getting ever further away from Paris as you cycle next to the river.
Cyclorama Events offer bike-hire and route plans.
Cycle along the Seine Banks
You can also ride along the quays of the Seine and enjoy a beautiful view of Paris’ famous landmarks.
At springtime, it very pleasant to have a bike trail on the Seine Banks. As cars are forbiden, it also safe .
Read more: biking in Paris
Rollerblading in Paris
With Pari Roller, take a tour of Paris on skates! Trips leave every Friday at 10 pm from Place Raoul Daurty in the 14th arrondissement.
See also: romantic things to do in Paris.
Cultural Activities to do in Paris
See a Musical – There are always musical comedy events around Mogador, in Châtelet theatre, and in Casino de Paris – the choice is yours.
Go to the Theater – Is there anything more Parisian than going to the theater? You can visit small venues, the Comédie Française or of course other well-known stages.
Visit Art Galleries – If you would like to see the artistic side of Paris, there is far more than just the grand museums. You can visit one of the many art galleries in Paris in quarters such as le Marais, Saint-Germaine, Montmartre, and near the St-Martin canal.
See a Ballet – This is a spectacular experience for anyone who sees it. You can choose between Opéra Garnier (métro: Opéra), or the newer Opéra Bastille (Place de la Bastille).
Go and see the Street Art in Belleville or in the 13th Arrondissement – Art is everywhere in Paris, even in the streets. Admire these many creations in the 13th arrondissement (rue Jeanne d’Arc or avenue d’Ivry), and on the Dénoyez wall in Belleville.
See a Film in one of the City’s Symbolic Cinemas – There are plenty of cinemas with that old French feel: Le Louxor, Le Grand Rex, and Le Champollion.
Go to a Jazz Club – For many decades Paris was the European capital of Jazz, and there are still plenty of events that will give you a night to remember such as Jazz Club Etoile.
Go to a Classical Music Concert – The Salle Pleyel is a popular venue for this.
Visit Art and Music Exhibitions – for Paris Philharmonic events, see Paris Exhibitions.
Read also our Paris museum guide.
Unique things to do in Paris
Visit the Paris Catacombs – Descend several meters below ground to see centuries-old Catacombs.
Visit the Paris Sewers – This is one of the most unique museums in Paris. discover the sewers, the channeling, and the wastewater treatment systems.
Escape Game – This is one of Paris’ hit activities, teams of 5 to 10 people are locked in an apartment and must guess which of them is the assassin.
Treasure Hunts in the Breezeways – Several companies organize treasure hunts in the breezeways of the Belle Epoque. With this activity, a journey through time is guaranteed.
Spend a day Shopping with a Personal Shopper – Are you a shopaholic? Have you ever thought about getting a personal shopper? Go all out and treat yourself in the Fashion Capital.
Paris with 2CV – One of the most romantic activities in Paris, this tour in a Citroën 2CV takes you around the most beautiful sights of the City of Lights. It is fun and romantic.
Disneyland – Coming to Paris is a fantastic opportunity to visit Europe’s largest amusement park. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dining at the Eiffel Tower – It’s possible to dine on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower
Sport and Sporting Events in Paris
- See a Soccer Game at Parc des Princes – Whether or not you are a fan of the Paris Saint-Germain football club, this is a good opportunity to witness the fantastic sporting spectacle in a great venue.
- See a Red Star match at Stade Bauer – Staying with the theme of soccer, the Red Star offers an alternative to PSG. The crowds are smaller but just as passionate.
- See a Stade Français match at Jean-Bouin – At Jean Bouin you will also find the Stade Français Rugby Club.
- See the French National teams for Soccer and Rugby play at the Stade de France
- Watch a Tennis Tournament – Both Roland Garros and Paris-Bercy offer different atmospheres and serve as stages for the greatest players in the world of tennis.
- Visit the Longchamps Hippodrome
- Christmas Decorations and Lights – During the end-of-year celebrations, shop window displays try hard to impress. Many streets and landmarks are also decorated, and the City of Lights lives up to its nickname.
- Stroll through the Père Lachaise Cemetery – Père Lachaise is a true open-air museum. It is also a very peaceful, green area. Guided Tours of the Cemetery are Available.
- Discover la Coulée Verte (The Green Path) – This elevated walkway is a unique place for a walk.
- Have a Picnic in one of Paris’ Green Areas – This is a very popular activity among Parisians on nice days. Chaumont, the Vincennes woods, and the Montsouris park are fabulous settings for a picnic.
- Take a Boat-Ride on the Minimes Lake in Vincennes Woods
- Play Pétanques at the Villette lakeside
- Have a romantic walk in Narrow streets of Montmartre Neighborhood.