Paris, France

Ah Paris, the romantic French capital known for its gothic architecture, cafe culture, designer boutiques, and food that is simply magnifique.

We set afoot on the cobblestone streets of Paris with a long list of sights to see and found ourselves equally as captivated by mouthwatering French cuisine. Keep reading to see our recommendations on things to do in Paris.

THINGS TO DO IN PARIS, FRANCE:

Eiffel Tower Must See in Paris
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View of Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Steps

The Eiffel Tower
Let’s start with the obvious attraction and one of the most famous symbols of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Standing 320m tall, it won’t be hard to find amongst the cityscape which also this iconic monument is incredibly busy with tourists almost all the time.

For a more intimate first experience of the Eiffel Tower, we recommend waking up at sunrise and making your way to the Trocadero Steps. An easy climb up the stairs will give you breathtaking clear views of the Eiffel Tower with hardly anyone around. Watching the sun and the pink and purple sky dance behind the Eiffel Tower will truly be an experience to treasure.

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Image from Yellow Flat Paris

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View of Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse Tower

Another special way to experience the Eiffel Tower is to watch it sparkle at night. The tower is adorned with over 20,000 golden lights that twinkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour once the tower has been lit up until 1am. This is best enjoyed from the very bottom of the Eiffel Tower and if you have the time, catch it twinkling from the Montparnasse Tower, a panoramic observation deck which offers 360 degree views of the city (make sure to go upstairs to the roof for the best view and some bubbly!).

If you would like to travel inside the Eiffel Tower itself, you can certainly do so (we recommend looking at purchasing a Paris Pass or skip-the-line ticket). However, if you’re short on time, we assure you’ll be satisfied with your sunrise or after dark experiences from outside the tower.

  • Trocadero Steps: Simply take a taxi, Uber or train/bus ride to the steps.
  • Montparnasse Tower: Buy your tickets in advance to avoid the crowds.
  • Paris Pass: Avoid queues by buying tickets online if you plan to enter the Eiffel Tower and other attractions.

The Louvre must see in Paris
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The Louvre 
Another must-see in Paris is the Louvre, home to the world’s greatest art museum including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. We were forewarned that experiencing the Louvre could easily take a full day or two and getting lost is almost always expected when you’re inside. But don’t despair, we are sure you’re bound to find something incredible around every corner of the museum.

For those that are short on time, the Louvre Pyramid itself is worth the visit. Luckily for us, our accomodation was within walking distance from the Louvre and after crossing paths several times, we are sure that the pyramid and its surrounds are best enjoyed at night in its lit up glory.

  • Louvre: Avoid waiting in line and buy tickets if you plan on entering the Louvre.
  • Paris Pass: This is also included in the previously mentioned Paris Pass ticket.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe
The most monumental of all the arches is the Arc De Triomphe, a symbol to honour those who fought for France in the Napoleonic Wars. We stopped by the Arc De Triomphe during our walk around the Champs Elysees, a bustling area that is often touted as the “New York” strip of Paris. We spent most of our day enjoying a walk around the avenue and thoroughly enjoyed the arc from the streets. However, tours are available for a more in-depth experience of the Arc De Triomphe which we’ll include below.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Paris
The Notre Dame Cathedral is a Catholic Church and a spectacular example of the peak of architecture in the 12th Century. The architecture itself is jawdropping and if you have time to take a tour the cathedral, it’s a great place to admire famous religious artworks,  stained glass windows and meticulously designed gargoyles. If you make your way to the top of the tower, the South Tower will give you sweeping views of the City but you’ll be limited to a few minutes of enjoyment here during peak hour crowds.

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The Pantheon
The Pantheon is home to some of Paris’ most famous graves including Marie Curie and Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the man that designed the building itself. Although the Pantheon does have its own intrigue and a great view of Paris from the Pantheon Dome, we wouldn’t say this is a “must-see” in Paris.

The Latin Quarter
Image of Latin Quarter from Virtual Visitor Paris

The Latin Quarter
However, short walking distance from the Pantheon is the Latin Quarter which is something you should definitely add to your itinerary. This is the perfect place to take a stroll when hunger is imminent. Here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by amazing eateries, patisseries and lots of options for cheese fondue.

Palace of Versailles
Chateau de Versailles
Jardins du Chateau

Palais of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is a 30 minute train ride from Paris but we recommend setting aside a full day for your visit. Tickets to visit the palace can often sell out during peak season so book them online in advance and, if you can, pay a little extra to skip the queue.

Our pre-purchased tickets still required us to wait under the blistering sun for almost 3 hours behind the queue of other pre-purchasers before we even made it to the entrance. Also be sure to pack plenty of water, food and snacks as there are limited eating options inside and you’ll be starving from all the waiting around.

Ok, back to the palace. The first thing that comes to mind when your eyes set sight on the palace is just how opulent and jaw-droppingly huge it is. The palace itself is remarkable but the pushing and shoving from the crowds can be a bit of a hinderance to the overall experience. During our time here we explored both the palace and gardens and the highlights were definitely the Hall of Mirrors and the fountains around the garden.

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Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries holding the remains of over 6 million people lining the ancient tunnel mines of Paris. Upon entry, you’ll find yourself walking down a spiral of stairs leading to a maze of skulls and bones. The tunnels are dark and eery but the history of the tunnels will captivate you to continue deeper to the other side.

The visitor numbers here are restricted to 200 at a time, so unless you purchase “skip the line” tickets in advance you’ll be waiting in an extremely long queue.

As you might have gathered by now, the list of things to do in Paris is just endless. We had a hard time cutting down and prioritising our itinerary and below is a list of things we haven’t been able to tick off the list (but maybe you could!)

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Basilique Du Sacre-Coeur

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Musee d’Orsay

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Sainte-Chapelle

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Palais Garnier

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Pont Alexandre III

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Disneyland

 

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I love these photographs. Paris looks so beautiful. Where did you eat?

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  2. Vivian says:

    Beautiful shots of Paris!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
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  3. Nikkie says:

    Everything looks so gorgeous and I love how you guys took the photos without anyone in the background ❤ stunning and plain gorgeous :)! Can't wait for my turn next year when visiting Europe!^^

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  4. kimiasia says:

    Its really beautiful!!

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