A city that draws in millions visitors from around the world in search of the picture perfect, romantic shot with your lover. Fashionistas exploring the most famous and fashionable quarter of the city, there is always something for everyone. Most people visit the city over the weekend but there is all so much more to the city that a weekend is never enough that you have to return many times to the city of light. With so much to see and do in the city I thought I would compile a list of things to see and do in Paris to help you get started as well as not miss out on what the city has to offer.
1. See Mona Lisa at the Louvre – The beauty of the pyramids are enough to call the world to the Louvre but dont forget about the art! Filled from corner to corner with art that reveal stories in all the individual canvas. You can easily spend a day here, but just don’t forget to drop by on Mona Lisa.
2. Eat Macaroons
– I do have a sweet tooth and have indulged on many a Macaroon. You will find many a great sweet shop that sells freshly made macaroons so don’t just think you have to head to Ladurée – considering its on just about every Instagram account out there(other than mine). Branch out. There are many more luxe macaroon shops with ridiculously delicious flavours too.
3. See sunrise at Trocadero – I have had the pleasure of seeing many sunrise but nothing compares to that feeling or being the first to reach a spot before the city wakes up. Now that we are heading towards better weather months, take the opportunity to see the sun rise. Trocadero is as good a spot as it gets without paying entrance fees or waiting in line.
4. Explore Place des Vosges – Located in the beautiful and chic Marais neighbourhood. Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. Easily recognised for its ornate brick and stone arcades, gardens and fountains as well as former royal palaces. With a list of famous people a former residents, of whom, most notable is Victor Hugo, who lived at No 6 Place des Vosges. This is now a musuem devoted to his memory.
5. People watch outside Parisien cafes
– You are in Paris so get a taste of Paris life and chill with a coffee outside. Extra points if you can even manage a conversation in french.
6. Visit Notre Dame – This 850-year old church is a must see in Paris. The church is still in use and has masses still taking place even with the many tourists that are on the constant in this beautiful Gothic masterpiece.
7. See Paris from above Monteparnes Tower
– This place offers up 360 degree views of Paris. It boasts Europes fastest elevator taking you up to the 59th floor in 38 seconds. Take a glimps of Paris 210 meters above the streets.
8. Head Shopping on Champs Elysee – The most famous avenue in the world. Stylish cafes, luxury boutiques and hundreds of tourists taking to the streets proving why a stroll on the avenue is another must when visiting Paris.
9. Explore Paris’s beautiful neighbourhoods – Many a beautiful neighbourhoods in Paris waiting to be discovered so don’t spend all your days looking at Eiffel Tower. Makes sure to check out Montmatre, Saint Germain, Canal Saint Martin, Latin Quarter, the list is endless with so many quiet streets in Paris
10. Watch Moulin Roug
e – For a little entertainment this is one show to add to your list when in Paris.
11. Climb the spiral steps at Arc de Triomphe – Take in the views of Paris and its 12 avenues that meet at the Arc de Triomphe. Another must is taking to Champs Elyeeses for a little retail therapy.
12. Go shopping at Printemps
– This is a luxury bazaar in the heart of Paris. The sheer abundance and luxury of merchandise on offer will send you in a spin. Definitely worth stopping by.
13. Climb the steps of Eiffel Tower – Everyone makes their way to this beautiful city to have pictures with the Tower in the backgrounds but don’t forget to experience climbing up for the views.
14. Visit Sacré Coeur – Montmarte is a unique village within this beautiful metropolis. Sacré Coeur is open 6am to 10.30pm and free entrance, although you have to pay to climb the spiral staircase to the base of the dome to enjoy th views of Paris in the second highest post in Paris after Eiffel Tower.
15. Eat croissants in Paris with a view
– there tasty little buggers taste even better warm, fresh and if you have a good view while chomping them down then all the better.
16. Stroll through Parisian Gardens of Tulleries and Luxembourg – With many parks to choose from these two are not to be missed. Especially when the flowers are in bloom head to Luxembourg Gardens and grab a seat by the fountains. Chill out with the Parisians that bring their books and a picnic and zone out for a bit.
17. See Paris Street Art Quarters
– The city is not just about luxe boutique shops and eating macroons as you burn plastic. For a little change in scenery head to Belleville and continue on to Canal Saint Martin and surround areas for a little more splash of colour.
18. Head behind the clock of Musee d’Orsay – It doesn’t get any prettier than this! You can also see Sacre Coeur and Louvre from the clock. While you are at it you can also check out the beautiful art.
19. Walk Across Paris’ Bridges –
Pont Alexander III draws the crowds perhaps almost as much as the Eiffel Tour this days. It’s also made popular as place to shoot for many a fashion brand and blogger. Walk on the bridge, under it or even drift by on a tour boat. Many of the bridges in Paris are just few of individual charm that which ever one you pick with come with views to boot.
20. City of Ligh – Light show
– You have explored the city over its now time to end your tour with short stroll on the River Seine and pick a spot with a clear few of the Eiffel Tower and wait for the light show. It starts at the first hour after dark and runs on the hour until 1am.
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