The Ultimate Guide to the 11 Top Things to Do in Paris

Paris is always a good idea! It is not hard to see why Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. The City of Lights has so much to offer, gorgeous historical buildings, French fashion, amazing cuisine, one of a kind cafe culture. Paris has something for everyone.

There is so much to see that it can be hard to know what to see. I have compiled a list of the top things to do in Paris.

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Here are the top things to do in Paris:

Top things to do in Paris - The Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower

You cannot go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel! It was built in 1889 as part of the World Fair and it was not intended to remain in the city. Could you image Paris without the Eiffel Tower?

Climb (or go up in a lift!) to the top of the Eiffel Tower for some amazing views of Paris. However, if you are short on time or you prefer to have your feet on the ground there are many parks around Paris that offer fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower.

The Arc de Triomphe

One of the top things to do in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe was constructed to remember the soldiers who lost their lives during the French Revolution and fighting in wars under Napoleon. It is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI.

If you are looking for a great spot to watch the sunset, I recommend climbing the 300 stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Notre Dame

The Notre Dame was badly damaged by a fire on the 15th of April, 2019. Whilst you cannot go into the Cathedral at the moment you can see the outside of this beautiful building and I believe it is still well worth a visit. It sits right on the Seine River and it is a gorgeous example of a French Gothic Building.

Tip: Take your photos from the bridge that crosses the Seine River and it will look like the Notre Dame was never damaged.

Champs-Elysees

The Champs-Elysees is one of the most iconic streets in Paris. It is beautiful tree lined street that leads to the Arc de Triomphe.

The Champs-Elysees is also home to many high end stores and restaurants. Even if shopping is not your “thing” it is well worth a stroll.

Seine River

The banks of the Seine River is a great place to share a bottle of wine and a picnic after a long day of sightseeing.

It is also a must to take a cruise down the river. There are many companies that offer cruises with some including champagne or dinner. A night time cruise is a great way to see the City of Lights! Especially the Eiffel Towers Lights twinkling.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens is another great place to have a picnic while watching the sunset in the garden.

In the middle of the gardens is a lake where you can watch the small boat races and visit the Luxembourg palace.

Montmartre

Montmartre is filled with cobbled stone streets, cafes, shops and in the middle sits artists square. Many local artists gather in Artists square to paint or draw and then sell their art work. I recommend stopping by one of the cafes on the outside of the square and watch the artists at work.

This neighbourhood is very popular with tourists and can get very busy. It is a great place to take some of those “typical Paris” photos, so I suggest you get there early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the crowds.

Sacre-Coeur

Located in Montmartre is The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. It is a Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Not only is it a beautiful church but it also offers one of the best viewing points in Paris including The Eiffel Tower. Sit on the steps of the church and listen to the buskers while watching the sunset.

The Louvre

The Louvre is home to the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting of the Mona Lisa. It the largest and most visited art museum in the world. It is also an iconic attraction for visitors in Paris and not just for the art lovers. 

The Louvre is a HUGE museum and has many different exhibitions and it is very easy to get lost. You can download the Louvre App to help you create a game plan for your visit.

Pantheon

Set in Paris’ Latin Quarter is the Pantheon. It was originally built as a church for St Genevieve. These days however it is the final resting place for many of Paris’ famous writers, churchmen, politicians and scientists.

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is located in Montmartre and is home to one of the most famous Cabaret shows in the world. It is a show full of glitz, glamour and at times, very little clothing.

There are several shows each day and they sell out in advance so book your tickets before you get to Paris.

I recommend booking a ticket that includes champagne so you can sip on some real french Champagne while taking in the show.

Have you been to Paris? Let me know in the comments below what you think the top things to do in Paris are.

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6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to the 11 Top Things to Do in Paris”

  1. Amazing blog post. I have been to Paris twice in my life and some of these things I have never had the opportunity to do. The last time I went to Champs Elysees, I didn’t have the chance to really stay long. I think the next time I go to France, I will spend sometime there. Eventually I want to explore more. After this coronavirus chaos is over, I think I am definitely going to visit.

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    • Oh my gosh! I am the same, every time I go to Paris I find new places that I haven’t seen before. It is such an amazing city!!

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, Paris is a city that you can return to time and time again. I hope you get to go again soon!

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  2. Paris sounds amazing! Definitely some place that Gary and I will be visiting on our wander lusting journey.

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