From fashion shows to film festivals, here are the best things to do in Paris this spring



The City of Light is particularly beautiful at this time of year (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)


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The City of Light is particularly beautiful at this time of year (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Paris is one of the most popular cities in Europe, and one of the best times to visit is in the spring.

You can stroll along the Seine in the sunshine, see the Eiffel Tower framed by stunning flowering trees, and sit outside one of the many cafes.

Basically, it’s ideal for living out all your Emily in Paris fantasies.

But there are also some magnificent cultural events currently taking place in the French capital that you won’t want to miss.

Plus, we’ve got some hotel recommendations to end your stay in style.

So whether you’re a French fashion lover, a hip-hop fan or a movie buff, these are the places to put on your Parisian to-do list.

Where to visit

…for music lovers

Music has always flowed through the veins of Paris, the city that gave birth to crooners from Edith Piaf to Johnny Hallyday.

Since the 1980s, however, it has also produced rappers and hip-hop artists (see Dee Nasty and MC Solaar).



Dee Nasty was one of the greatest French DJs of the 1980s


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Dee Nasty was one of the greatest French DJs of the 1980s

Their evolution is traced in Hip-Hop 360, an exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris.

You’ll find New York street photography, boomboxes, graffiti and interviews with rappers and music industry insiders – and you’ll receive headphones to listen

a variety of tracks.

“We wanted to attract a younger audience who wouldn’t necessarily visit the Philharmonie,” explains Hamid Si Amer, who has also coordinated exhibitions on David Bowie.

Until July 24, tickets from £5.70.

Gallery: Inside a £300,000 three-bedroom house with a very unexpected living room (underground)

… for movie buffs



Maison Gainsbourg pays tribute to one of the most famous faces in France (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo)


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Maison Gainsbourg pays tribute to one of the most famous faces in France (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo)

A museum dedicated to one of France’s most beloved singer-songwriters and actors, Serge Gainsbourg, is due to open later this year.

La Maison Gainsbourg, installed in his former house, will present objects and souvenirs, a bookshop and a bar.

Film buffs will also love Festival Paradiso (starting July 1), a multi-day event celebrating film, food and music hosted by independent cinema chain MK2.

…for fashionistas



The famous Parisian museums are invaded by a huge Yves Saint-Laurent exhibition (Photo: Stéphane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images)


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The famous Parisian museums are invaded by a huge Yves Saint-Laurent exhibition (Photo: Stéphane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images)

Paris has always been known for its chic style and one of its biggest shows this year celebrates Yves Saint Laurent.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of his first fashion show, the Pierre Bergé-Yves-Saint-Laurent Foundation presents his life and work in six Parisian museums, each on a different theme.

Perhaps best known for “le tuxedo”, a women’s tuxedo, you’ll also see his 1960s mini-dresses and jeweled pieces (Yves Saint Laurent Aux Musées is open until May 15. Check tickets for individual museums).

The fashion industry is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Smiley symbol at Galeries Lafayette.

You’ll also find a pop-up collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and ’50 for 50′ – 50 brands curated by Sarah Andelman.

Where to stay



Very Parisian, right?  (Photo: Chouchou)


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Very Parisian, right? (Photo: Chouchou)

For a stay with a hint of ooh la la, head to the Hotel Chouchou de Paris (rooms from £185) in the 9th arrondissement.

In addition to its 60 trendy rooms and its cool coworking space and bar, La Guinguette, it has three private jacuzzi rooms in the basement.

It’s decorated with neon artwork, 1970s-style rattan furniture, and alluring lighting.



Enter this unusual hotel (Photo: Benoit Linero)


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Enter this unusual hotel (Photo: Benoit Linero)

Or for a touch of maximalist whimsy, try Les Deux Gares (rooms from £105pn), perfectly positioned between Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est.

A transport card is available for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days for unlimited use of the metro, buses and metropolitan trains. From £10, ratp.fr/en.

The Paris Museum Pass offers free and discounted entry to 60 museums and monuments for 2, 4 or 6 days. From £43, parismuseumpass.fr/t. For more information, visit fr.parisinfo.com.

Eurostar has recently increased its services between London and Paris. Tickets from £57 one way, eurostar.com.

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