Paris, the city of love, history, and delicious food.
From strolling down the Champs Elysees, climbing up the Eiffel Tower, exploring the catacombs, and indulging in all the delicious cheese and wine on offer, there are so many amazing things to do in Paris.
Here is a list of the top 10 absolute must do’s in Paris:
1. Picnic at the Eiffel Tower
Cliché as it is, a visit to Paris is not complete without going to the Eiffel Tower, it’s the most iconic landmark of the city. If you’re not keen on forking out the Euros to climb up the tower, then just pack a basket filled with some delicious cheese and wine and set up a picnic in the surrounding park.
If you also want to go up the tower, you can book tickets online beforehand.
2. City Walking Tour
The best way to experience Paris is on foot. There are many walking tours on offer that take you through the various attractions of Paris. You can choose a general tour that will take you around the popular landmarks including The Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, Latin Quarter, Champs Elysees, and other historical landmarks. Or you can do a more specialized tour focusing on a specific interest like graffiti, or an area like a Versailles or the Latin Quarter.
3. Visit the Museums
While the walking tours are a great intro into Paris, you’ll probably go past a few places that you’ll want to go back to spend more time exploring – some likely being the museums. There are some amazing museums in Paris, that you will need to dedicate a lot of time to. There’s of course the famous Louvre Museum, which you’ll need a full day to explore – if not more (get a 'skip the line' ticket online beforehand)! With others including The Centre of Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, and many other smaller, more niche museums.
4. Catacombs Tour
The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries which hold the remains of more than six million people, if you’re interested in the fascinating history of the Catacombs and the mysteries of the unknown you should definitely book a Catacombs Tour. You’ll get to explore the underground passageways lined with the bones of thousands of former Parisians, and learn the history of the mesmerizing and macabre labyrinth. Get a 'skip the line' ticket before you go to save time!
5. Moulin Rouge
Another renowned Parisian landmark, Moulin Rouge is the home of cabaret. While mostly a tourist attraction now, there are still shows and tours on offer and the inside décor still holds true to the original building. Even if you’re not able to attend a show, it’s worth going to see the iconic windmill on the outside of the building. But going for a full-on show with dinner is a great experience.
6. Luxembourg Gardens
Bordered by Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens are loved by all Parisians. The lovely gardens are perfect for an impromptu picnic, or just an afternoon stroll past the orchards and the old apiary, where they teach beekeeping and sell honey in the fall.
7. Shop ‘Till You Drop
One of the shopping capitals in the world, Paris is renowned for its endless stream of shops, from high-end boutiques to classic vintage shops. For designer shopping, there’s the Louvre and Tuileries District, and Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées. For department store shopping, there’s Boulevard Haussmann and the Grands Boulevards, while those looking for more unique, quirky finds will enjoy The Marais. Those on a smaller budget can check out Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli, the home of major chain stores and trendy boutiques. And those on even smaller budgets can browse around the weekend vintage markets for some classic finds.
8. Eat at a Sidewalk Café
While walking around Paris you will notice that there is no shortage of sidewalk cafes. From delicious bakeries with the most exquisite sweet treats in the windows, to coffee shops, delis, take-aways, and fine French cuisine. If the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than pulling up a chair at a sidewalk café, ordering something delicious, and sitting back watching the daily life of Parisians go by.
9. Boat Tours on the Seine
There’s nothing quite like seeing Paris from a boat on the Seine, it adds a whole new perspective to the city. There’s no lack of boats to choose from, all offering similar tours up and down the Seine while pointing out the most famous city landmarks. Some include a meal, drinks, and entertainment, while others only the sightseeing with commentary. They can range from two to four hours.
10. Spend a day at Disneyland
Whether you have kids or not, Disneyland Paris is always provide a fun day. The entertainment resort is just outside of Paris, though easily accessible by train from the city. There’s so much on offer at the resort, including shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues, golf course, hotels, and of course all of the rides and attractions. Some of the top attractions include Crush’s Coaster, Space Mountain, Mission 2, Phantom Manor, Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.
This city is full of excitement, and never-ending lists of things to do in Paris.
Travel tip shared by Bridget Langer for Travel Dudes.