Top 15 Things to Do in Paris
Paris, the city of love, light and fashion. To me, the most romantic and iconic city in the world. I was lucky that I could have visited the capital of France a few times since I was a little child. Moreover, I always had a thing for Paris, but after living there in 2016, I just fell in love with this beautiful city. Fascinated by its charm, Paris became my favourite city in the world. The magic of this place always makes me happy, and for nothing, it is said that Paris is always a good idea! If you’re going to visit Paris as well or would like to go, below, I summarised all my to-do’s for the city of love. Hence, here are the top 15 things to do in Paris!
1. EIFFEL TOWER
My all-time favourite sightseeing in Paris is definitely the Eiffel Tower. My French friends have always wondered why I like it so much, in their opinion, there are so many other prettier sights. For me, the Eiffel Tower stands for Paris, not only because it is the town’s landmark but more because it’s the classic symbol of Paris, love and romance. The Eiffel Tower lights it up every hour during the evening and the night, and I love that sparkling view. You can have a magnificent close view from the Trocadero place. Furthermore, I also recommend picnicking under the Eiffel Tower. If you want to have an iconic view over Paris, on the other hand, go on top of it.
2. ARC DE TRIOMPHE
My second favourite sightseeing in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe. Standing for the victory of Napoleon, I love how it is the centre of everything. It is placed at the beginning of the Avenue de Champs-Elysées, and on top of the Arc de Triomphe, you can see clearly that all roads lead to the Arc. Furthermore, the view from the top was one of my favourites. You must climb all the stairs to it (see it as a good booty workout), but the atmosphere is worth it. I guarantee you it will make you speechless! You can stay on top of the Arc de Triomphe as long as you want, so go up there about 30 minutes before the sunset and enjoy this view during the evening.
3. MUSÉE DU LOUVRE
For all art lovers, the Louvre museum is one of the world’s largest and most famous museums! The iconic glass pyramid, also the main entrance, was designed by I. M. Pei. Whether you like art or not, everyone should have seen the Mona Lisa at least once. My personal highlight was the interior rooms from Napoleon. They were absolutely stunning!
Outside the Louvre museum is a lovely café where you can enjoy your coffee or meal with a beautiful view of the pyramid. For more information about the café, head over to the restaurants you can not miss in Paris article!
4. WALK LENGTH OF CHAMPS-ELYSÉES
From the Arc de Triomphe goes the Avenue, where even songs were written about. Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. The main boulevard leading up to the Arc de Triomphe is 1.9km long and packed with restaurants, shops and cinemas. Many flagship stores, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Sephora and Swarovski (with their beautiful stairway), are directly located on the Champs-Elysées. There are definitely better places to go shopping in Paris, but Champs-Elysées is so Paris. Just walk the length of the Avenue toward the Arc, and you will get a great feeling.
If you’re dreaming of shopping in Paris, then make sure to know where to shop! Here is your shopping guide to the city of the most beautiful fashion houses.
5. NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Not only just for the Disney movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, is the cathedral worth visiting. Notre Dame de Paris, which translates to “our Lady of Paris, ” is one of the first gothic cathedrals. So even if you’re not a Disney fan, the architecture is beautiful. As well from the outside as well from the inside. Also, the view from the towers of Notre Dame is gorgeous, as you can see in the photo below.
6. WALK ALONG THE SEINE (OR TAKE A RIVER BOAT TOUR)
Paris, the city of love… I don’t need to go into it to explain any more. Still, one of the most romantic things in the world is probably walking along the Seine with the love of your life and then watching the sunset together. The Seine runs through the centre of Paris, which is also an excellent way to see the sights. If you don’t want to go for a walk, there are also a lot of Seine river boat tours.
7. DAY TRIP TO DISNEYLAND
One of my personal highlights, always have and always will, is Disneyland! I love that heaven-on-earth place so much! As for Disney Parks, I have also visited Disneyland in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The park in Paris is quite similar to the others, but Paris also has a Walt Disney movie studio. If you want to visit both parks, you need two days because the parks are huge. In Disneyland, you can have a banquette lunch like a princess and a fish and seafood dinner in a bay of the Pirates of the Caribbean. If you want this experience, remember to make a reservation in advance, which is very necessary. The Disney Park closes daily with a cute Disney Dream show, including a firework. For more information, head over to your ultimate guide to Disneyland Paris!
8. PRINTEMPS TERRACE
If you prefer to avoid crowded places and endless queues, but you would still like to see a lovely view over Paris, visit the terrace of the department store Printemps. It is also free, and you can even have a drink up there.
Update: The Printemps terrace is now a café. You will still have a beautiful view, but you cannot stand on an empty terrace anymore since it is now filled with tables and chairs. However, Galeries Lafayette next door has a charming terrace with a view over Paris as well.
9. SACRÉ COEUR & MONTMARTRE
The neighbourhood is one of the city’s most untouched, authentically Parisian districts. The gorgeous white Basilica sits atop the highest point in the town, overlooking Paris from the summit of Montmartre. This famous street, Rue de l’Abreuvoir, is supposed to be the most beautiful street in Paris. Furthermore, Montmartre is also very well known for art, and small museums since the streets of Montmartre are where the artists lived in the city during the early 20th century.
Source: Paris In Four Months
10. STROLL THROUGH JARDIN DES TUILERIES
I love big cities. They have so many benefits, and you will never get bored. The opportunities and chances seem to be unlimited. Nevertheless, sometimes an enormous and hectic big city can get overwhelming, even for me. However, the view of the water makes me very calm. Not only water but also beautiful parks and gardens also have the same influence. The charming Jardin des Tuileries separates the Louvre from the place de la Concorde.
Whenever I was sad or just wanted to clear my mind, I strolled through Jardin des Tuileries and sometimes sat there for hours just to think and watch people. The fact that Tuileries Garden is located in the centre makes it very crowded. If you prefer a quieter place, I recommend the Jardin du Luxembourg. That one is very pretty as well. I have been there often to write my university essays.
11. PONT ALEXANDRE III
The bridge stretches across the Seine to connect the Champs-Elysées area to the Eiffel Tower and is generally regarded as the most beautiful bridge in Paris. Since 1975 it has been classified as one of the outstanding French monuments in historique. Perfect spot for a picture.
12. GALERIES LAFAYETTE
Paris is the city for fashion and shopping. You won’t find anywhere more prestigious brands in one spot than in Galeries Lafayette. Even if you don’t plan to spend anything there, it is still worth going. As one of the biggest department stores in Europe, it spans seven floors and is filled with everything you can imagine. Additionally, the interior is gorgeous! Just breathe the air of luxury and style.
13. CHANEL, 31 RUE CAMBON
If you’re a fashion lover like me, take advantage of the Chanel headquarters store in Rue Cambon. This is the famous Chanel store where Madame Coco Chanel sat on the stairs for her first fashion show. Also, you get white paper bags when you buy something instead of the classic black ones. I know it is just a paper bag, but they are exceptional if you are a Chanel lover. Even the boxes for jewellery or bags are unique in this boutique.
14. MUSÉE D’ORSAY
Musée d’Orsay, a museum, which I actually really enjoyed. The museum was once a railway station and is now a glass-ceiling museum house with impressionist works by artists like Monet, Manet Van Gogh and much more. I loved the paintings by Monet because they gave me such a warm and calm feeling. This is my favourite art museum of all I have ever visited. Moreover, Musée d’Orsay also has my favourite paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
15. CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES DAY TRIP
The Chateau de Versailles and its garden are among the most famous world heritage monuments. Therefore, it definitely deserves a place in my top 15 things to do in Paris. However, the Chateau de Versailles is also outside Paris but really worth the journey. Stroll through the sharply manicured garden and admire the sheer opulence of the palace’s famed Hall of Mirrors.
GETTING AROUND IN PARIS
The cheapest and fastest way of getting around in Paris is the Metro. It is really convenient because it stops everywhere. I recommend buying a ticket for ten trips or day tickets, depending on how long you’re staying. If you visit longer, use the opportunity to walk around the city. Also, I recommend using an Uber or Bolt. Both are companies for private taxis. They are cheaper and safer than taxis; you can always check the way on your phone and even share the location with a close person.
Have you ever been to Paris? I’d love to know if you have any other tips or recommendations. Otherwise, I hope you can get a little Paris inspiration with my top 15 things to do in Paris picks. If you prefer a visual top 15 things to do in the Paris guide, check out my TikToks.
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