Paris has proved to be a compelling city, not only for its impressive beauty but also for its rich history of creativity. Through the centuries, Paris has been the magical place where writers, artists and composers were stimulated to conceive transcendent work. This lecture explores creativity in Paris for approximately 400 years. The Grand Siecle of the 17th century produced grand, magnificent art and paved the way for an Age of Refinement in the 18th century. The 19th century witnessed the modernization of Paris, allowing it to become the modern capital of the world. In the 20th century, Paris was the magnet that attracted creative spirits dedicated to exploring innovation and originality. This efflorescence of inventiveness can be seen in all artistic disciplines: architecture, painting, furniture, fashion, music, ballet and film.