Paris is the city of lights, culture and love; and it definitely has something to offer to all of us.
In this post I will talk you through the top 10 things to do in Paris.
Unfortunately I haven’t been to Paris yet, but the suggestions are based on a thorough research, tips and advice from locals and travel experts who shared their opinions about this beautiful city.
Here are your Top 10 Things To Do in Paris (All places are linked to Google maps for easy reference):
1- Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles is an impressive royal residence of the king of France from 1682 until the start of the French Revolution in 1789.
Château de Versailles is located about 12 miles from the centre of Paris and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The visit offers an insight into the abundant lifestyle of the French royalty before the French Revolution.
2- Catacombs of Paris
I have to say that this place sounds a little creepy for me to visit yet very interesting.
Catacombs of Paris is basically underground tunnels and galleries underneath busy Parisian streets.
The ossuary known as the catacombs date back to the 18th century when the remains of over six million people were moved into underground tunnel network to reduce the growing number of cemeteries in Paris.
The most famous museum in Paris is Musée du Louvre, which is the world’s largest art museum, featuring permanent displays of the most famous world artists, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
4- Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognized world attractions and most-visited paid monument in the world.
Including the tip, Eiffel Tower is 1,063 ft tall and is the tallest structure in Paris. The company owned by the engineer Gustaf Eiffel constructed it in 1889.
Fact: Did you know that there is a small secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower?
Eiffel built it for himself and to entertain the science elite such as Thomas Edison.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a 1.2-mile-long street located in the centre of Paris.
It is considered to be one of the most recognizable avenues in the world, and features numerous luxury shops, theatres and cafés.
6- Parks and Gardens
Paris is full of beautiful parks and gardens where you can walk, jog, read a book or simply soak in the atmosphere and experience the Parisian lifestyle.
Some of the best gardens include:
a. Tuileries Garden is located just next to the Louvre museum.
b. Luxembourg Gardens were created in 1612 as a garden of the Luxembourg Palace.
Quick Local Tip: while passing through Luxembourg Gardens look around and try to find a hidden Medici Fountain.
c. Bois de Vincennes is the largest public park in the city featuring lakes, gardens, zoo, a botanical garden, castle and other attractions.
d. Now for more romantic getaway, visit Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a 19th century park surrounded by a lake. You can relax on the hill overlooking Paris, explore the landscape park and while you are there visit one of the bars hiding in between the greenery.
Montmartre is a charming hillside neighbourhood with amazing views of Paris.
It was a popular spot for world-famous artists who worked and lived in Montmartre.
Artists such as Picasso or Van Gogh found inspiration in beautiful streets and atmosphere of Montmartre.
At the top of the hill you will find the famous Sacré-Cœur basilica, an important political and
cultural monument and an architectural marvel.
At the foot of the hill there is famous Moulin Rouge, the historic birthplace of French cancan dance.
Moulin Rouge is now a popular tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment shows.
8- Stroll along the Seine River:
With the constant movements on the banks of the Seine River, it becomes the heartbeat of Paris.
Locals go there to walk, relax and meet at the banks of the river.
From Eiffel Tower to Grand Palais to Louvre Museum, these are just few of the highlights that you can see by walking along the Seine River.
Paris is all about slow travel, so grab your cheese and wine to spend some time along the river, meet the locals and admire the views OR you can even book a river cruise to experience all these highlights effortlessly.
9- Explore the Beautiful Parisian Streets and Try French Pastry
Paris is full of amazing and unique streets, markets, and neighbourhoods offering an insight into Parisian culture and art.
Each street offers a completely different experience.
To see a collection of colourful facades, visit Rue Crémieux. This hidden gem is the happiest street in Paris, and it is absolutely an Instagram spot.
Paris and France are known for its amazing pastry.
Try the famous macarons at Ladurée or one of the other well-known pastry shops.
Or find your preferred pastry shop like A. Lacroix Patissier and try crème brûlée, soufflé, croissant, profiterole, or mille-feuille.
EXTRA TIP: Visit unusual bars and cafés
Paris is famous for good food, sweet pastries, and interesting and unusual bars.
You can visit Lavomatic, this gem is hidden in a laundromat. enough said!
10- Paris Canals
If you want to avoid the crowds, you might want to consider going to the Canal Saint-Martin, grab your picnic rug and food basket with baguette, some cheese and some wine and you are all set.
While many people think that canals are only located in Venice or Amsterdam, you’d be surprised that Paris is full of canals too.
The Canal Saint-Martin is almost 3 miles long and was built in 1825 to supply fresh water.
You will find many popular bars, restaurants, and other attractions along the canal.
If you want to experience the canal differently, go to Bassin de la Villete, where you can rent a boat and be your own captain. 🙂
Of course, Paris offers so many other interesting and unique places and experiences; but I have tried to highlight the main ones, which I think we should definitely visit.
I hope you enjoyed reading these top 10 things to do in Paris.
Do you have a favourite place, hidden gem or something interesting to do in Paris? or have you been to one of the places listed above?
Share it in the comments below.