Top Things to Do In Paris

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Paris attracts visitors from all corners of the globe for centuries. Paris is a popular destination due to its beautiful historic monuments and exceptional cuisine.

It can be overwhelming to plan an itinerary that covers all the highlights of Paris, with so many things to do and see. This list contains my top picks for Parisian must-sees that every traveler should see at least once.

The Eiffel Tower

It would be a shame to leave Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. It was built for the 1889 World Fair and stands 324m tall.

Although there is an additional cost for going up, it is definitely worth it to get a different perspective of Paris. You don’t have to go up, or you are afraid of heights, there are many parks nearby that you can enjoy the city from.

Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. It hosted more than 8,000,000 visitors in 2017!

You’ll find some the most famous pieces of art from history in the former royal palace. From Leanardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the iconic Venus de Milo statue

You’ll need to plan your visit to the Louvre in advance. It is a huge building. You won’t be able to see all of the exhibits in one day so you’ll need to plan ahead. The museum’s app can help you navigate.

Notre Dame

It has been the spiritual heart of the city since 1345 when Notre Dame was built. It is considered to be the best example of French Gothic architecture anywhere on Earth. Despite the crowds, you will be amazed by the stained glass and gargoyle-framed panoramas.

Top Tip: Arrive early to avoid being late for the cathedral’s opening! This will allow you to avoid pickpockets.

Champs Elysees

One of Paris’ most famous streets is the Champs Elysees. The boulevard is lined with manicured trees that lead to the Arc de Triomphe, another city landmark.

It is also one of Paris’s most beautiful sunset spots!

Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier is a must-see for anyone who loves the arts. The Palais Garnier is the setting for the musical Phantom of the Opera and the book that is based there is no better than this building.

The opulent Beaux-Arts building, which was built in 1898, is primarily used today for ballet performances. You must see the marble staircase and massive foyer, as well as the painted ceiling which depicts music’s history.

Pantheon

Paris, just like Rome has its own pantheon located in the Latin Quarter. This building was originally built to be a church for St. Genevieve.

It is the final resting spot for many famous Parisians, including scientists, generals and writers. Foucault’s Pendulum, which tracks the Earth’s path, can also be found in the Pantheon.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe, which was commissioned by Napolean in 1806, was built to commemorate Napolean’s victory over the Battle of Austerlitz. The 300 steps to the top of this building offer a spectacular spot for sunset in Paris.

The views are worth the extra $9.

Picnic Along Seine

Take a picnic to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Stop by a local grocery store to pick up fresh baked bread, cheese, and a bottle wine.

Square du Vert Galant is one of my favourite spots. It is one of two islands along the river with uninterrupted views of both the Pont des Arts bridge, and the Louvre Museum.

Paris Street Art

Paris’ art scene doesn’t have to be restricted to the walls of crowded museums. Explore the vibrant street art scene of Paris by hitting the streets.

Paris Underground offers a guided tour that takes you around Paris. This is a great way to get a feel for the modern art scene in Paris.

Boulevard St. Germain

Paris is known for its cafe au lait, and the Boulevard St. Germain in the 6th arrondissement is the best place to get one. This boulevard lined by trees is lined with designer boutiques and prestigious cafes as well as classic brasseries.

Cafe des Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore are two of the most well-known cafes. Famous historical figures such as Picasso and Hemmingway frequented both cafes.

All in all

Paris is a wonderful destination for those who enjoy history, art, and the finer things of life. There is so much to do and see. Take your time and make sure you leave enough room for the unexpected.

What are your top Paris things? Comment below to let me know your thoughts!

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