Paris Attractions: 31 Best Places to Visit in Paris

17 Feb, 2022

Paris Attractions: 31 Best Places to Visit in Paris

Feb 17, 2022

Places to Visit in Paris

Paris has it all- delicious food, fine wines, breathtaking museums, beautiful art and a boatload of things to do!

From children to the elderly, everyone wants to go to Paris at least once in their lifetime. This incredible city is etched into literally every travel bucket list imaginable (and with good reason!). 

If you’re planning a holiday in Paris, book for at least a week to be able to enjoy the city peacefully rather than rush through everything in 3 days. When you’re here, don’t spend all your time on museums and history either. The city is a food lover’s paradise and there are plenty of Parisian food tours on offer for foodie travellers.

Even though Paris tends to be an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Paris if you’re on a tight budget. Once you’ve made your way from the famous CDG to Paris, just drop off your bags and go enjoy the city. In this guide, we’ve brought you a list of the best things to do in Paris to make the most of your time there.

Towers and Views

1- The Eiffel Tower

Things to See in Paris: Eiffel Tower at night

Let’s dive straight in with the most visited (and obvious) landmark in France. People tend to be divided about the Eiffel Tower. They either love it or hate it. Many consider it an ugly steel monstrosity that ruins the aesthetics and elegance of Paris. Others are mesmerised by its awe-inspiring design especially considering that it was built over a century ago.

The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for the Exposition Universelle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. This puddling iron tower is 324 metres tall. The structure was meant to serve as the entrance to the Exposition. Gustave Eiffel’s design proposal was only one amongst 107 design proposals for the grand entrance to the World Fair.

Interesting fact about the Eiffel Tower: The structure was supposed to be demolished after 20 years. However, it soon turned into one of the most visited landmarks on earth and the rest, they say, is history.

What to know about visiting the Eiffel Tower: Understanding the basics of the Eiffel Tower will save you time. 

  • The entrances to the Eiffel Tower are located at the legs of the tower
  • You can climb the tower by lift or staircase
  • You can go to the second level, first level or all the way to the top
  • The public staircase ends on the 2nd level. If you want to go all the way to the top, you have to use the lift from the second level
  • The Summit can accommodate only a limited number of people. 
  • Tickets to to the summit are often sold out months in advance
  • It’s best to buy your tickets online to avoid standing in long queues
  • Guided tours of the Eiffel Tower are available

When to visit the Eiffel Tower: The best time to visit the Eiffel Tower is at or after sunset. There is a light show every evening from dusk to 1 a.m. As soon as it gets dark, the lights switch on for the first five minutes of every hour creating a beautiful spectacle of the tower sparkling and twinkling. Don’t miss out on it! It’s magical.

2- Montparnasse Tower

Things to see in Paris: Montparnasse Tower

Paris is a city of many iconic landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame Cathedral. However, one of the most unique and recognizable buildings in the city is the Montparnasse tower. Built in the 1970s, the tower stands out from its surroundings thanks to its modern design. At 210 meters tall, it is also one of the tallest buildings in Paris. But the Montparnasse tower is not just a remarkable feat of engineering. It also offers stunning views of the cityscape, making it a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. Whether you’re admiring the view from the observation deck or enjoying a meal at one of the tower’s restaurants, the Montparnasse tower is an essential part of any visit to Paris.

3- Arc de Triomphe

Things to See in Paris: Arc de Triomphe

Construction of the Arc de Triomphe began in 1806. It was commissioned by Napoleon I to commemorate the achievements of his Grande Armée. The design itself was influenced by some of the great arches of antiquity. You can either just enjoy the Arc from outside or climb its narrow, winding staircase all the way to the top. If you choose to go up, you’ll be treated to an absolutely stunning view of Paris. Mind you- the climb itself can be quite challenging and is not recommended if you have mobility issues or are not in good shape.

What to know about visiting Arc de Triomphe:

  • The entrance ticket to the Arc de Triomphe will cost you 13 Euros
  • The visit is free is you’re under 18 years of age
  • The visit is free is you’re an EU resident under 25 years.
  • Guided tours of the Arc de Triomphe are available for 30 Euros

4- Tour Saint Jacques

Tour Saint Jacques is a Gothic-style church located in the heart of Paris. Built in the early 16th century, the church is best known for its spire, which stands nearly 400 feet tall. Visitors can climb to the top of the spire for breathtaking views of the city. The church also houses a number of beautiful works of art, including a sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and a painting by Nicolas Poussin. In addition, the churchyard contains the remains of many famous Parisians, including Voltaire and Victor Hugo. A visit to Tour Saint Jacques is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

5- Grande Arche de la Défense

Things to see in Paris: Grande Arche de la Defense

The Grande Arche de la Défense is a massive limestone structure that was built in the late 20th century to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution. It stands at the west end of the La Défense business district, just outside of Paris proper. The Arche is a triumphal arch, and its cubic shape is meant to symbolize the values of the French Republic: liberty, equality, and fraternity. Its stark white exterior is adorned with a number of reliefs, including one that depicts the signing of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The Grande Arche is both an imposing and impressive sight, and it has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris.

Major museums

6- Louvre

Things to see in Paris: Louvre Museum

We’ll give you 35000 reasons to visit the Louvre! The Louvre is world-famous. This erstwhile palace is home to 35000 marvellous works of art that you can discover and appreciate at leisure. Sadly, most tourists dash through the palace just to check things off their list. The Louvre is way more than just the Mona Lisa. We recommend spending at least a full day here. If you’re pressed for time, book a guided tour or a themed tour on sites like Viator, Getyourguide or Airbnb.

Interesting fact about the Louvre: The Louvre was originally a mediaeval fortress built in the 12th century by King Philip 1 to protect Paris from foreign invaders. In the 13th century, it was converted into a palace for the French monarchs. In the 14th century, the rulers preferred to spend their time in the chateaux de la Loire rather than the Louvre. The Louvre fell into disuse. Francis 1 ordered its demolition in the 15th century. Later, his son commissioned a new palace in the same location. 

What to know about visiting the Louvre:

  • Minors under 18 can enter the Louvre for free
  • EEA residents under 26 can enter for free
  • A ticket to the Louvre costs €17
  • A ticket gives you access to temporary and permanent collections 
  • You need to book a time slot in advance
  • You can use the Paris Pass to access the Louvre
  • The main entrance to the museum is the pyramid
  • The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays
  • The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mask is compulsory

7- Musée D’Orsay

Things to see in Paris: Orsay Museum

If you’re a fan of impressionist masters like Rénoir, Manet, Monet and Degas, this is where you need to go. 

The Musée d’Orsay is a massive converted railway station on the left bank of the Seine river. This impressive building was constructed in the late 1800s for the Exposition Universelle. 

The museum is home to fabulous French artworks that date between 1848 and 1914. It has the single largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist artworks in the world. Moreover, the building itself is clean, calm and airy and the artworks are thoughtfully arranged making them easier to digest and appreciate.

Our recommendation: If you have limited time in Paris and have to choose between the Louvre and the Orsay, we’d say choose Orsay. Rent an audio guide or book a guided tour to learn interesting tidbits about the museum and the artists. For example, did you know that Van Gogh purchased a mirror to do self-portraits because it was easier on his pockets than hiring a model?

What to know about visiting the Orsay Museum:

  • Admission is free for all minors under 18
  • Admission is free for residents of the EEA under 26
  • A ticket to the Orsay museum costs €16
  • You need to book a time slot in advance
  • The Paris Pass gives you access to Orsay
  • The Orsay is closed on Mondays
  • The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursdays, it is open till 9.45 p.m
  • Mask is mandatory in the museum

8- Orangerie Museum

Things to see in Paris: Orangerie Museum

If you can squeeze it in to your Paris schedule, the Orangerie museum is a real gem (often underappreciated). The museum’s main highlight is Claude Monet’s massive water lily paintings. The paintings were donated by the artist himself after WW2. People who’ve already visited Monet’s home in Giverny will find them all the more charming in this perfect setting.

The museum is located in the Tuileries Gardens super close to the Louvre. Don’t rush through the rooms! Enjoy the place in silence and the art soak in. Audio guides are available for those who want to know more about the artworks on display.

9- Musee Marmottan Monet

Things to see in Paris: Musee Marmottan Monet

For fans of impressionist artworks, this is the second best place to go in Paris (or even the world) after Musee d’Orsay. You’ll find a wonderful selection of paintings by popular impressionist gurus like Monet, Manet and Morisot alongside a permanent collection of Empire furnishings. The museum is housed in a lovely 19th century mansion in a quiet neighbourhood away from the hustle and bustle of central Paris. It is definitely worth a detour as it is less crowded than the mainstream museums although it can get quite busy on certain days of the week.

What to know about visiting the Musee Marmottan Monet:

  • It can be a bit harder to find as it is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood
  • It is closed on Mondays
  • If you’re going there only to see Monet’s work, head straight down to where the permanent collection is held
  • Audio guides are available for those who want to know more about the paintings
  • Get your ticket online in advance to avoid waiting in a queue

10- Musee Nationale Picasso Paris

Best Things to Do in Paris: Picasso

Housed in Hôtel Salé in the Marais district, the Musée Picasso is an outstanding art gallery showcasing the works of Pablo Picasso. A substantial portion of the artworks and papers on display were donated by the Picasso family after his death. Every exhibit delves deep into one particular aspect of the artist’s work or life. The building itself is impressive. If you don’t want to go inside the museum to see the collection, you could just take a quick peek at the building from the outside.

What to know about visiting Musée Picasso

  • The artworks on display are often rotated. So with every visit, you’ll have a different experience
  • Audio guides are available to improve the quality of your visit
  • Two to three hours are enough

11- Conciergerie

Best Things to Do in Paris: Conciergerie

Situated on the Ile de la Cité, the Conciergerie is a former courthouse and prison in Paris. In its early days, it used to be a section of the medieval Palais de la Cité, which also housed the Sainte-Chapelle. Its use as a palace was discontinued in the 14th century.

The Conciergerie played an important part in the French revolution. Around 2800 prisoners were held, tried and sentenced here. The prison’s most famous resident was Queen Marie Antoinette before she was executed at the Place de la Révolution. In essence, this was her last ever home.

The inside of the building is rather plain but you need to remember that it was being used as a prison. It’s fascinating to just walk around and ponder the events that transpired during the Revolution. The museum also contains an interesting Marie Antoinette exhibition that studies how she has been portrayed in films and books after her death.

What to know about visiting Conciergerie

  • The museum is included in the Paris Pass
  • You can buy a combined Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle ticket

12- Centre Pompidou

Things to See in Paris: Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou in Paris is a work of architecture that is both striking and controversial. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the building stands out for its unusual use of color and its radical design. While some have praised the Centre Pompidou for its daring and original approach, others have criticized it for being garish and out of place. Regardless of one’s opinion of the building, there is no denying that it is a highly distinctive piece of architecture that has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris.

13- Les Invalides

Things to See in Paris: Les Invalides

Les Invalides is one of the most iconic sights in Paris, and it’s not hard to see why. The massive complex of buildings, which includes a church, a hospital, and a museum, is an impressive sight, and it’s easy to spend hours exploring all that Les Invalides has to offer. But what exactly is Les Invalides? Les Invalides was originally built in the 17th century to house disabled soldiers, and it continued to serve as a military hospital until the 19th century. Today, Les Invalides is home to the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as the Museum of the Army. With so much history to explore, Les Invalides is a must-see for any visit to Paris.

14- Grand Palais

Things to See in Paris: Grand Palais

The Grand Palais is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris. It was built for the 1900 World’s Fair, and it has been home to some of the city’s most important museums and exhibitions. But the Grand Palais is more than just a building; it’s also a symbol of Parisian style and elegance. The palatial façade, with its soaring arches and ornate details, is a perfect example of Beaux-Arts architecture. And inside, the vast spaces are used to stage some of the most creative and innovative exhibitions in the city. From fashion shows to art installations, the Grand Palais is always at the forefront of culture in Paris.

Major cathedrals and churches

15- Notre Dame Cathedral

Things to See in Paris: Notre Dame

Although not among the most eye-catching cathedrals in Europe, the Notre Dame of Paris is certainly a sight to behold. Construction of the cathedral began in the 12th century and went on for almost 300 years. Primarily of French gothic architecture, the Notre Dame also displays elements of Renaissance and Naturalism. Did you know that the cathedral’s famous flying buttresses were not part of the original design? They were only added later to support the higher walls (that were popularised by gothic architecture) and prevent structural fractures. Despite having suffered innumerable damages during it’s long history, the Notre Dame was always restored and renovated and continued to garner attention within and outside the Europe.

What to know about visiting the Notre Dame:

  • The Notre Dame is currently closed to public due to a devastating fire in 2019
  • You can still gawk at its beautiful façade from the outside
  • The cathedral is located on the eastern part of the Ile de la Cité

16- Sacré Coeur

Things to See in Paris: Sacre Coeur

Perched atop the Montmartre hill, the Basilica of Sacré Coeur is the second tallest point in the city at 213 meters above sea level and offers some of the most amazing views of Paris. The architecture of the basilica is both impressive and grandiose and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The interiors are airy, serene and peaceful. When you’re there, make sure you take the time to admire the beautiful stained glass windows. Outside, don’t limit yourself to the viewing platform. Walk around the church to absorb the beauty of this church in its entirety.

17- Sainte Chapelle

Things to See in Paris: Sainte Chapelle

Located near the Notre Dame Cathedral, this beautiful little chapel is well-known for its breathtaking 13th-century stained glass windows that have survived remarkably well. If you’ve seen its pictures online, know that they simply do not do justice to the actual splendour of the windows. The memory of its lovely blue and violet hues will remain with you for life. The chapel is not visible from the street as it is located in a courtyard within the Conciergerie.

It was constructed in the 13th century by Louis the 9th to house his personal collection of holy relics. On the outside, the structure has numerous carvings The chapel’s design may seem a bit strange as there are two different levels- the upper level was meant for kings and queens whereas the lower level was designed for erstwhile palace workers.

What to know about visiting the Sainte-Chapelle

  • It is included in the Paris museum pass
  • The exhibits include Jesus Crown of thorns
  • The whole visit will take you only about 30 minutes
  • Try to visit on a bright, sunny day to be able to see the stained glasses in all their glory

18- Pantheon

Things to See in Paris: Pantheon

Located in the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon is an architectural masterpiece with an interesting history. Constructed in neoclassical style as a church in honor of Paris patron saint St. Genevieve, the Pantheon turned into a sort of secular mausoleum after Victor Hugo was buried here. Subsequently, well-known figures from Parisian history like Marie Curie, Zola, Voltaire, and Dumas were also buried here.


The building’s façade resembles the façade of the Pantheon in Rome. The walls are adorned with magnificent floor-to-ceiling murals and the sculptures and paintings are simply marvellous. The building is home to massive pieces of art that can make your jaw drop literally.

The Pantheon also hosts the Foucault’s pendulum designed by French Physicist Leon Foucault to demonstrate Earth’s rotation. Do not miss it!

What to know about visiting the Catacombs

  • The visit is included in the Paris Pass
  • You can walk through the Crypts
  • It is not too far from the Louvre

19- Eglise de la Madelaine

The Eglise de la Madelaine is one of the most iconic churches in Paris, and with good reason. Built in the Neo-Classical style, it resembles a Greek temple more than a traditional Christian church. Its massive portico is supported by a row of Corinthian columns, and its pediment is decorated with an intricate relief sculpture. Even the interior of the church is strikingly different from other churches in Paris, with its soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling and marble floors. However, the most unusual feature of the Eglise de la Madelaine is its lack of stained glass windows. Instead, the church is filled with light from a series of skylights, giving it a bright and airy feel. This unique design makes the Eglise de la Madelaine well worth a visit, even for those who are not particularly religious.

Major castles and palaces

20- Chateau de Versailles

Things to see in Paris: Chateau de Versailles

If you’re in Paris, don’t forget to set aside at least half a day for the Palace of Versailles. It is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved of all the castles in Europe even though it does not have a picturesque setting like the Chateaux de la Loire. The castle’s interiors are ginormous and extremely lavish. Simply setting foot in the castle will give you insights into the extravagant lifestyles of the erstwhile French monarchs. The main highlights of the Versailles include the King’s Private apartment, the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel and the Trianon.

What to know about visiting the Versailles palace:

  • You can reach the castle by RER from Paris. There are also other ways to go from Paris to Versailles.
  • A palace ticket costs 18 Euros
  • An additional ticket to the Trianon costs 12 Euros
  • A passport ticket costs you 20 Euros and gives access to the entire Versailles estate
  • Guided tours are possible. For options, try websites such as Getyourguide and Airbnb.

21- Luxembourg palace

The Luxembourg Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris. Built in the early 17th century, it has served as a royal palace, a government building, and a library. Today, it is home to the French Senate. The palace is located in the heart of the city, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, which are open to the public. The gardens feature numerous statues and fountains, as well as a completely life-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. Visitors to the palace can take a tour of the building and grounds, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens. Either way, the Luxembourg Palace is a must-see for anyone visiting Paris.

21- Palais Royal

Things to See in Paris: Palais Royal

The Palais Royal is one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris. Located in the heart of the city, it is home to a number of important historical sites, including the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. Despite its name, the Palais Royal is actually a complex of several buildings, including an 18th-century palace, a theatre, and a shopping mall. Visitors can explore the beautiful gardens, marvel at the architecture of the palace, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants. The Palais Royal is a must-see for anyone visiting Paris.

21- Palais de la Cité

Things to See in Paris: Palais de la Cité

The Palais de la cité is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris. It’s the home of the French government and the site of the country’s supreme court. It’s also one of the oldest buildings in the city, having been built in the 13th century. As such, it has a long and fascinating history. For centuries, it was used as a royal palace by the French kings. It was even the seat of the English government during the Hundred Years’ War. Today, it’s open to the public and houses a museum dedicated to its history. So if you’re ever in Paris, be sure to check out this incredible building

Culture, entertainment and books

22- Palais Garnier

Things to see in Paris: Palais Garnier

Originally known as the Salle des Capucins, the Palais Garnier was built between 1861 and 1875 for the Paris Opera. Today, the palais is used for opera and ballet performances as well as concerts, recitals and chamber music. Once inside, your eyes will be instantly drawn to the stunning splendor of the grand escalier and it’s gorgeous vaulted ceiling. The staircase leads to the foyers and the various floors of the theatre. The Auditorium and the Salon du Glacier are among the main highlights of the building. Excited at the prospect of exploring the ornate interiors of this impressive building? You can either book tickets to their events online or discover the palais by booking a self-guided tour or a guided tour

What to know about visiting the Palais Garnier:

  • For adults over 26, a self-guided visit will cost 14 Euros
  • People between 12 and 26 pay a reduced rate of 12 Euros
  • Holders of a pass navigo or pass senior pay a reduced rate
  • If you have a ticket for the Bastille opera, you pay a reduced rate
  • Children under 12 can visit the palais free of charge.

23- Moulin Rouge

Things to see in Paris: Moulin Rouge

Not sure how to spend your evenings in Paris other than pig out at one of its countless restaurants and bistros? Why not join the bandwagon and experience a champagne-filled evening in the world’s most dazzling and breathtaking cabaret? Situated in the bustling heart of Pigalle at the bottom of the Montmartre hill, the Moulin Rouge epitomises Belle Epoque Culture. It is over 100 years old and easily one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. Known as the birthplace of cancan and cabaret, the Moulin Rouge attracts over 600,000 visitors per year. It was and still is one of France’s premier entertainment centers where performers regale audiences with their extravagant costumes and stunning, out-of-the-world movements. In our eyes, it is an absolute must-see!

Interesting fact: The Moulin Rouge was the first building in Paris to have electricity

What to know about visiting Moulin Rouge:

  • 7 pm shows are known as dinner shows. At this time, you can book just a show or a VIP ticket that offers premium seating, champagne, dinner and macaroons
  • 11 pm shows tend to be the cheapest if you’re on a tight budget

20- Victor Hugo’s house

Best Things to Do in Paris: Victor Hugo's House

Did you know that Victor Hugo lived in an apartment in the Marais district for 16 years? The apartment is tucked away in a corner of the Place des Vosges. Luckily for fans of the writer, his home has been converted into a mini-museum. You can visit for free and experience the atmosphere in which he lived. You’ll fall in love with every wall, every piece of furniture and every object on display. The decor is simple yet beautiful. Many of the author’s personal belongings are still in the house including the furniture he used and the bed he died in. The first storey contains many paintings, objects of art and sculptures collected by Victor Hugo himself.

What to know about visiting Victor Hugo’s house

  • It is free to visit
  • There is a lift for people with mobility issues
  • You can purchase an audio guide that gives insights into his life and work
  • There is a bathroom on the premises

21- Shakespeare and Company

Things to See in Paris: Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company is a storied bookstore in Paris that has been a gathering place for writers and readers for nearly a century. The store was founded in 1919 by Sylvia Beach, an American expat who was determined to bring the works of James Joyce to the attention of the world. In the years since, Shakespeare and Company has become a mecca for literary pilgrims from all over the globe. The store has remained true to its mission of supporting writers and promoting literature, and it continues to be a beloved destination for book lovers everywhere.

Gardens and parks

22- Tuileries Garden

Things to see in Paris: Tuileries Garden

If time permits, do a leisurely stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries to enjoy the gorgeous landscaping, fountains and statues. With the lovely river Seine on one side and beautiful water fountains and structures on the other, it is one of the best green spaces in all of Paris.

The Tuileries garden was designed at the behest of Queen Catherine de ‘ Medici of France in the 15th century. After her husband died in an ill-conceived jousting tournament, the Medici family moved from the Tournelle Palace to the Tuileries Palace. The Palace was destroyed in 1871. The Bourbons who succeeded the Valois line of monarchs took a liking to the Tuileries garden and preserved it.

What to know about visiting the Jardin des Tuileries:

  • It is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde
  • There are about 200 statues in the garden (many of which are Louvre-worthy)
  • There are six ponds around which there are benches to sit and relax
  • It was commissioned by Catherine de Medici
  • The park can get dusty on windy days
  • You’ll often find carousels and food stalls in the park especially in the summer months

23- Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris are a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike. The gardens were created in 1612 by Queen Marie de Medici, who was exiled from her native Florence. The gardens are named after her husband, King Henry IV of France, who was assassinated in 1610. Marie de Medici commissioned the gardens as a way to bring a piece of her homeland to Paris, and they remain one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. The gardens feature numerous sculptures and fountains, as well as an apple orchard, a rose garden, and a Medici chapel. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful views of the city from the Luxembourg Palace, which is located within the gardens. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax or a bit of history, the Luxembourg Gardens are sure to delight.

24- Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des plantes is one of the most famous gardens in Paris, and for good reason. With over 10,000 species of plants, it is a veritable paradise for plant lovers. But the garden is not just a place to admire pretty flowers. It is also an important scientific research institution, home to the world-renowned Museum of Natural History. Visitors can learn about the history of the garden and its role in the development of modern biology and botany. And of course, they can also simply enjoy the scenic beauty of this urban oasis. Whether you are a budding botanist or just looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Jardin des plantes is sure to delight.

25- Bois de Vincennes

Bois de Vincennes is one of the largest parks just outside Paris, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. With its lush greenery, tranquil lakes, and picturesque scenery, the park is a welcome oasis in the busy city. However, the Bois de Vincennes is more than just a pretty face; it also has a rich history. The park was once the site of a royal hunting ground, and later served as a prison for high-profile inmates such as Marie Antoinette. Today, the Bois de Vincennes is a peaceful haven for all to enjoy, and its storied past only adds to its allure.

26- Bois de Vincennes

Bois de Vincennes is one of the largest parks just outside Paris, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. With its lush greenery, tranquil lakes, and picturesque scenery, the park is a welcome oasis in the busy city. However, the Bois de Vincennes is more than just a pretty face; it also has a rich history. The park was once the site of a royal hunting ground, and later served as a prison for high-profile inmates such as Marie Antoinette. Today, the Bois de Vincennes is a peaceful haven for all to enjoy, and its storied past only adds to its allure.

Spooky places and ghosts

26- Catacombs of Paris

Best Things to Do in Paris:  Catacombs

If you love gory, macabre experiences, the Catacombs are perfect for you! What are the Catacombs? The Catacombs are a series of interconnected underground ossuaries in Paris which house the remains of over six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris’ ancient stone quarries. Extending south from the Barrière d’Enfer former city gate, this ossuary was built in a tunnel network under the city of Paris in order to solve the problem of overcrowding in the city’s cemeteries.

Work on the Catacombs began in 1774 shortly after the collapse of a basement wall in the Saint Innocents-cemetery. The bones from the cemetery were transferred to the old mine shaft by night on covered wagons. It would interest you know that the mines were a result of ancient Romans mining rock out of the earth.

A long, winding staircase takes you to the depths of Paris where you’ll walk in between rows and rows of human bones in an enclosed space. It’s fascinating to think of the complicated logistics involved in removing these bones from the cemetery graves and moving them to the Catacombs.

What to know about visiting the Catacombs

  • If you have mobility issues of severe claustrophobia, it may be best to avoid going here
  • Book tickets online to avoid long queues
  • The visit takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour

26- Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Located in the heart of Paris, this sprawling city of the dead is home to some of history’s most fascinating figures, from writers and artists to politicians and musicians. Whether you’re looking to pay your respects to Jim Morrison or Oscar Wilde, Père Lachaise has something for everyone. Pere la Chaise is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Its tranquil atmosphere and peaceful setting make it a popular place to visit. Just be sure to watch your step – with all those storied names buried here, you wouldn’t want to end up on top of someone famous!

26- Manoir de Paris

If you’re looking for a haunted house experience that will truly send chills down your spine, look no further than the Manoir de Paris.

The Manoir de Paris puts up new shows every year. Nevertheless, their flagship show Les Légendes de Paris remains the most popular. It sheds light on the gruesome history and horrible secrets of Paris. In the dark, you will come across illustrious figures: the man in the iron mask, the Phantom of the Opera, Quasimodo and Queen Margot

The Halloween show is another great option. It s a live horror blockbuster and each edition comes with a brand new theme. Don’t forget to visit if you like macabre stories and haunted experiences.

Popular neighborhoods and streets

27- Champs Elysees

Things to see in Paris: Champs Elysees

Easily France’s most iconic boulevard, the Champs Elysees is definitely worth a “balade” in our eyes.

It’s a magnificent place for shoppers and shopaholics (window shoppers too!). The avenue runs from the famous Arc de Triomphe to the Concorde and is dotted with almost every high-end brand you can imagine like Givenchy, Hermès and Versace. It also has a selection of affordable shops like H&M, Abercrombie, Zara that you can explore.

The Champs Elysees area is also home to flagship stores of luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Longchamp. The boulevard is about 2 kilometers long and we’d recommend allowing yourself at least 3 to 4 hours to walk on both sides.

As for eating options, you’ll find traditional French cafes and bistros alongside fast-food chains like Five Guys, MacDonald’s and Starbucks. Restaurants along the boulevard tend to be pricey. For pocket-friendly options, you’ll have to venture away from the main boulevard to the side streets.

Champs Elysees is also a fantastic place for those who like to people watch. The area is always buzzing with tourists and visitors from around the world. Just head to a café, order some wine, sit back and relax

If you’re in Paris during the Christmas season, going to the Champs Elysees can be an unforgettable experience. The trees are lit up beautifully and the streets decked up magically to ring in the holiday season.

Our recommendation: We recommend Champs Elysees only if you’re not pressed for time in Paris. It is, first and foremost, a shopping street.

What to know about visiting Champs Elysées:

  • The Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau is the closest metro station
  • Arc de Triomphe and Concorde are located on either side of the main boulevard
  • The Champs Elysees Gardens are a great option for people who are not into shopping.

28- Le Marais

Things to see in Paris: Marais

Le Marais is one of the most historic and charming neighborhoods in Paris. Once a marshy area that was home to farmers and artisans, it is now a fashionable and lively district. The narrow streets are lined with cafes, stylish boutique shops, and art galleries, and the neighborhood is filled with beautiful 18th-century architecture. Visitors to Le Marais can also explore its many museums, including the Museum of Jewish History and the Carnavalet Museum as well as numerous art galleries. With its mix of old and new, Le Marais is a neighborhood that has something for everyone.

29- Montmartre

Things to see in Paris: Montmartre

Montmartre is a hill in the north of Paris, famous for its artistic history and picturesque views. It has been home to many famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to see the sights and participate in the thriving arts scene. The top of the hill is dominated by the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which was built in the late 19th century. From here, there are stunning views of Paris, stretching all the way to the Eiffel Tower. The streets around the basilica are filled with charming cafés and art galleries. Montmartre is a unique and vibrant district that captures the essence of Parisian life.

30- Latin Quarter

Things to see in Paris: Quartier Latin

The Latin Quarter is one of the most vibrant and historic districts in Paris. Home to the Sorbonne University, it has been a center of learning for centuries. Today, the Latin Quarter is a lively mix of students, artists, and tourists. The narrow streets are lined with cafes, bars, and shops, and there is always something going on. Whether you want to people-watch from a cafe terrace or explore the picturesque backstreets, the Latin Quarter is the perfect place to spend a day in Paris.

Gorgeous buildings

18- Hôtel de Ville

Best Things to Do in Paris: Hotel de Ville

Widely considered one of the most majestic buildings in Paris, this 19th century architectural wonder is now the seat of the Parisian local government. The building is so grandiose that one might think it is a museum or palace as opposed to a boring government office. The neighbourhood is close to Marais, Rue di Rivoli and Notre Dame and boasts many restaurants, bistros and cafes. There is a large open space in front of the building and you’ll often find people just sitting on its steps and talking.

What to know about visiting Hotel de Ville

  • The best time to see it is at night
  • It is close to the Rue di Rivoli, one of the most important shopping streets of Paris

Other fun things to consider doing during your trip to Paris

If you’re an art lover, visit some of the best museums in Paris
If you love a bargain, explore some Parisian flea markets
If you’re a foodie, check out these food tours and experiences to try in Paris
If you have extra time, venture out of Paris on a few day trips
If you’re on a budget, check out these free things to do in Paris.

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