13 Things You Must Do In Paris

Paris is, quite possibly, the most amazing city in the entire world. It has something to offer to everyone – foodies, art lovers, history geeks, and more. Paris needs no introduction. My post today will guide you throughout the twenty arrondissements that make up the City of Love, featuring the ever-so-famous Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and more. 

 

Ride Paris’ Metro

When visiting any world capital, the first thing you must do is figure out their main system for transportation. Like many other European capitals, Paris’ main transportation system is the Metro. So, unless you want to walk everywhere (it may sound appealing, but I don’t recommend it) then you must purchase a metro ticket for Paris. Click here for a map of all of Paris’ Metro stations!

Visit the Eiffel Tower

This needs no explanation. On to the next one!

Take a Boat Tour on the Seine

One of my favourite experiences I had in Paris was taking a boat tour on the city’s main river, the Seine. If you only have a short period of time in Paris, then this is a great way to see all of the main attractions the city has to offer in an hour or less.

Click here for a few options of tours.

Visit the Arc De Triomphe (and the other two arches aligned with it)

The Arc De Triomphe is a symbol of Paris, and it is a must-visit attraction. Something I recommend doing if you visit is climbing up to the top. I must admit – it is not extremely fun walking up nearly 300 steps, but the view on the top is very much worth it. Plus, walking back down is a lot easier than walking up.

Explore Paris’ Bridges

The best views of Paris are said to be found from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, and Notre Dame, but truly the best views are found from all of Paris’ bridges! The Seine is a great place to spend a few hours exploring through, as the river is spanned by over 40 bridges. It’s also a great viewing spot as it is completely free to visit!

Visit Notre Dame (and its famous gargoyles)

Notre Dame is famous for its impressive architecture and famous gargoyles (located on a higher level of the church). You may also recognize the name from the classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo. The one regret I have from my visit to Paris was not going inside Notre Dame, as it is (according to pictures) absolutely stunning inside. To go up to the top of the church, you do pay a small fee, but I’m sure the view at the top is more than worth it.

Have Dinner in the Oldest Cafe in Paris 

A unique experience I recommend having in Paris is having a meal in Paris’ oldest cafe, specifically Le Procope. There you will find authentic French cuisine such as Escargots (yes, snails!) and Crème Brûlée for dessert. Le Procope is just a 15 minute walk from the Louvre, and it would be a great place to eat after a long day wandering through the museum.

Visit the Louvre 

Paris is known for its impressive collection of museums, the most famous being the Louvre! Even if you aren’t into art, a trip to the Louvre is very much necessary on any trip to Paris. The almost century-old museum is home to possibly the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, and many other works of art. You are bound to find at least something you like there!

I posted a museum-guide to Paris on my old blog, so if you would like to read it click here.

Wander the Streets of Montmartre

Montmartre, also known as the 18th arrondissement is truly the most beautiful area of Paris. The neighbourhood is full of fancy boutiques, vintage bookstores, and real-life art galleries. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a day people-watching, Montmartre is the perfect place for you.

Visit Sacre Coeur 

Located in the neighbourhood of Montmartre is the beautiful Sacre Coeur. The church is admission-free, and it features some of the most beautiful views of Paris, as it is atop a hill. Sacre Coeur is a bit far from the centre of Paris, but it can easily be accessed by the metro. Since it is a bit out of the way, some visitors to Paris don’t make it to the church, which is a big mistake I advise you not to make!

Visit the Musée D’Orsay

One of the biggest mistakes tourists coming to Paris make is overlooking the Musée D’Orsay for the Louvre. Although the Louvre should definitely be visited on any trip to Paris, so should the Musée D’Orsay! This museum is famous for its amazing entrance and the fact that it used to be a train station. A few of its famous works include “Starry Night On The Rhône” by Van Gogh and “Self Portrait” also by Van Gogh.  

Spend an afternoon in the Tuileries Gardens

A great place to spend an afternoon (or morning!) is the Tuileries Gardens, an outdoor park located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Just at the end of the gardens, specifically in the Place de la Concorde, is a Ferris Wheel that features beautiful views over Paris that I would definitely recommend you all visit!

Visit the Centre Pompidou

Yet another must-visit museum in Paris is the Centre Pompidou! The Centre Pompidou is a modern art museum (the biggest in its continent) that is full of very interesting and beautiful modern art pieces. I would really recommend you visit this museum even if you aren’t a huge fan of modern art, as it has something for everyone. When I visited I was only eight years old, and even then I thought it was a really cool museum!

Bonus: 

Visit the Paris Opera House

Take A Day Trip to Versailles 

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you’ve ever been to Paris, what is your favourite thing you did there? If you’ve never been, what would you most like to do there? Let me know in the comments below. 

Thanks for reading.

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10 Comments

  1. IC
    February 19, 2017

    I have been to Paris many times and my favorite thing to do is to visit all the small shops in the back streets. There are lots of cool antiques, cool clothes, tasty food and interesting things that you would never have thought were interesting!

    I also like going to the cafes and drinking coffee while watching people. My favorite was the Cafe du Trocadero.

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 19, 2017

      I love exploring Paris’ shops as well. I’ve never heard of the Cafe du Trocadero but I will keep it in mind next time I visit!

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  2. PW
    February 20, 2017

    Paris is a magical city. So much to see, do and eat! My favorite thing to do is sit at a cafe with a coffee and a pastry, and just people-watch! If I am lucky enough to visit Paris again, I would like to visit Versailles and spend a day shopping at Le Printemps (the famous department store).

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 20, 2017

      Very true! I would have to say the same, I’ve never been to Versailles but I would really like to visit. I have actually never heard of Le Printemps but I searched it up and it looks amazing!

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  3. NJW
    February 20, 2017

    Hannah another Great Blog and beautiful photo’s I would love to visit Paris oneday NJW

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 20, 2017

      Thank you Nana! Hopefully we can visit together one day!

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  4. JW
    February 21, 2017

    If I had a chance to visit Paris, I would visit all the attractions that you had mentioned.

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 21, 2017

      I hope you get the chance to visit someday! Thanks for commenting 😉

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  5. Kenza
    March 1, 2017

    Love your new design ! 🙂

    Definitely some nice advices for the first timer in Paris, it gives you a good insight of the city. I decided I’ll discover more of the hidden sights of my own city this year 🙂

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Hannah Travels
      March 2, 2017

      Thank you Kenza! 🙂

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