Paris, the City of Light, romance, fashion, and art offers a plethora of things to do in Paris. If there ever was a place that embodied everything you’d look for in a travel destination, it’s this! Architectural marvel such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame are nestled here and it is the land to legendary poets and artists.
French cuisine is known globally. Works of artists like Picasso, Monet and Manet are exhibited in Parisian museums. Parisian chic is a goal that fashion lovers around the world aim to achieve. Paris, in a nutshell, is iconic! If you’re lucky enough to holiday here, you’re guaranteed a time you’ll never forget!
Although Paris typically conjures images of ages gone by, it's incredibly contemporary and there’s always something new to explore. Independent music, modern buildings and urban projects sit alongside Paris and are told to give the city incredible depth and character.
There’s a very long list of things to do and you won’t be able to cover them all in one trip. However, we’re here to make your stay even more unforgettable by compiling the best things to do and see in Paris. We’ve also added top places to dine at so you get the best of Parisian cuisine. From catching a classical ballet to tasting world-famous macaroons and finding bargains at flea markets, there are a lot of exciting things to do in Paris.
1. See Paris's graceful bridges on a relaxing boat ride with Bateaux Mouche- Paris is peppered with lovely bridges that you don’t want to miss such as the Pont de la Tournelle and Pont Marie. A boat ride on a Bateaux Mouche will help you take it all in along with iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
2. Take a ride in the city's oldest merry-go-round in Luxembourg Gardens- Luxembourg Gardens is a picturesque oasis in the middle of the city. Make your way to the Medici fountain, which was built in 1630. The historical structure with its statues and masks is an idyllic and romantic spot.
3. Cycle the city on a Vélib- You can’t fully appreciate Paris unless you slow down and there’s no better way to do that than on a Vélib’ Métropole. The bicycle system is also an economical way to move around the city.
4. Visit one of the most beautiful Seven Wonders of the World - The Eiffel Tower- Skipping a visit to the Eiffel Tower of Paris is unforgivable! Put it at the top of your list of things to do in Paris and you can cross one thing off your bucket list proudly.
5. Head to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to get an incredible view of Paris city- Another Paris icon, the Arc de Triomphe is not just a famous monument but climb its 40 steps and you get a stunning view of the city. If you can, plan your visit on Bastille Day when there are a parade and a massive flag hanging from the crown of the arch.
6. Take a gourmet sightseeing tour on wheels- French cuisine is renowned the world over but there’s the only way to appreciate it in style: in a double-decker gourmet bus. You’ll sample a multi-course meal while taking in the sights of the city.
7. Marvel at a classical ballet at Palais Garnier- The incredibly famous Palais Garnier is the best place to witness a classical ballet. Log on to the official website for details for upcoming events.
8. Visit immensely popular Musée Picasso museum, home to the world’s largest public collection of Picasso’s inimitable oeuvre- Fans of Picasso will find heaven at the Musée Picasso that’s dedicated to the celebrated artist and houses more than 5,000 works and thousands of archived material. It also has a collection of his sculptures and engravings.
9. Picnic in the Disneyland theme park- Who doesn’t love Disneyland? The magical place is the perfect setting for a picnic with its landscaped gardens, bursts of colour and dreamy gazebos. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a storybook!
10. See an alternative bird's eye view from Tour Montparnasse- There’s nothing like a bird’s eye view to putting a fresh spin on things. Head to the observation deck of the Tour Montparnasse and see Paris laid out to the horizon.
11. Crane your neck at Galeries Lafayette- When in Paris, you have to shop! This is the city of contemporary fashion and there’s no better place to pick up the latest styles than at Galeries Lafayette. The store’s art nouveau architecture coupled with the distinctive domes is attractions in its own right.
12. Take a break at Spa My Blend by Clarins- The 5-star Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is the place to go to for anyone in need of some serious pampering. Spa My Blend by Clarins tailors luxurious skincare treatments to each person’s needs based on their skin type and age.
13. Play boules along the Canal de l'Ourcq- The 19th century Canal de l'Ourcq is a happening place to be at with kids, teens and adults gathering to picnic or better yet, play boules. Summer’s the best time to have fun with boules and if you’re in Paris during the season, slip into a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and head on over to Canal de l'Ourcq for a game or two.
14. Browse the shelves of Shakespeare & Company- Bookworms, you know there’s nothing like spending the day at a bookstore, browsing shelves upon shelves of books. Step into one of the two quaint Shakespeare & Company stores, pick a book and recline on one of many beds before being swept away by tales and imagination.
15. Wander in Les Passages Couverts- Get a glimpse of what shopping arcades were like in the 19th century at Les Passages Couverts. The covered passages with glass ceilings and intricate ornamentation will redefine what shopping is all about.
16. See a musical at Théâtre du Châtelet- Take in a musical at Théâtre du Châtelet where jazz opera, world music and French songs regale and inspire. Check the official Théâtre du Châtelet website for news and events so that you catch the musical you want to see.
17. Have the best Parisian baguette at Le Grenier à Pain- Le Grenier à Pain is an institution in itself with its Parisian baguettes being one of the most sought-after items on sale. The artisan bakery today has chains all over the world.
18. Go wine tasting at Le Baron Rouge- There’s no better place to enjoy a glass of wine than at a wine bar and Le Baron Rouge is the place to go to. There’s quite a list to choose from but you need to get here early before the crowd gathers.
19. Enjoy the nightlife of Paris at Bar 228, Le Meurice- Bar 228, beautifully blends British club style with the 18th century France. However, the cosy ambience is where the real appeals lie. Order a drink and settle down into plush armchairs as you take in the sophisticated décor.
20. Have the most famous macaroon in Paris at Ladurée boutiques- The century and a half-year-old luxury bakery, Ladurée, is an icon and you simply can’t visit Paris without tucking into its world-famous double-decker macaroon. It’s one of the top things to do in Paris and your trip won’t be complete without it.
21. Eat at Mini Palais with sweeping views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower- Mini Palais is a grand, stylish establishment that makes dining feel like a special event. Dine on divine dishes like half-smoked salmon and roasted wild duck while taking in views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.
22. Have the best hot chocolate in Ladurée, Paris- Ladurée may be famous for its macaroons but the hot chocolate will keep your spirits soaring for hours. Rich, strong and incredibly creamy, it’s one of those small pleasures you need to indulge yourself in every chance you get.
23. Go coffee tasting at the Brûlerie de Belleville- Saturday mornings at 11 am absolutely have to see your head towards Brûlerie de Belleville where coffee tasting sessions are held. Not only will you taste some of the best coffee there is but you’ll get insights into making great coffee.
24. Get some cheese and tunes at Fromages et Ramage- Fromages et Ramage is the ultimate cheese store and stocks everything from Italian burrata to cheese infused with spices and herbs. As you enter the gourmet grocery store, you’ll be greeted with music and perhaps be able to engage in conversation with the store’s two unconventional owners.
25. Enjoy French cuisine at Restaurant Le Jules Verne- The second floor of the Eiffel Tower has the restaurant Le Jules Verne, which specializes in contemporary French cuisine. From here, you have one of the best views of the city. Go at night and you’ll see lights twinkling like precious stones as far as the eye can see.
26. Join a Friday night skate with Pari Roller- As Friday comes around, the boulevards of Paris are transformed into an inline skating spectacle. Thousands of skaters take to the streets to enjoy the freedom that comes with it. The event is free. You only have to know how to skate well.
27. Take your sweet tooth to Fou de Patisserie for city’s best treats- Discover some of Paris’ most popular sweet treats at Fou de Patisserie where the city’s best pastry chefs show off their skills. Try the mille-feuille and fig eclair among many delicious others.
28. Enjoy the best natural ice cream at Berthillon Glacier- Next on our list of things to do in Paris is a visit to Berthillon Glacier, maker of luxury ice creams and sorbets. Try the Pina Colada (Creole ice cream), Alexandra Glossy Bomb (sorbet vine peach interior) and Ice Success (sorbets and ice cream with macaroons) for the ultimate sweet thrill.
29. Kick off a night at Point Ephémère- Check out the edgy side of Paris at Point Ephémère, a setting for exhibitions and concerts at affordable prices. Try to catch an evening of music where you can let your hair down and mingle with the city’s music lovers.
30. Invest in good wine at Les Caves Augé- French wine is one of the best in the world and Les Caves Augé is where you need to go to get it. You’ll be spoilt for choice here. Not only will you find what you’re looking for but you’ll get insightful details about what you’re buying.
31. Hands down the best shopping neighbourhood in Paris, The Marais- Paris and shopping are synonymous and you can’t leave without picking up a few Parisian creations. The historic district of Marais is the perfect place to begin shopping. With its medieval lanes, old-fashioned stores and contemporary boutiques, it has something for everyone.
32. If elite French brand names set your heart all a flutter then get to the Rue Saint-Honoré- One of the top things to do in Paris is to check out upscale stores stocking the latest in French fashion. The Rue Saint-Honoré has it all with brand names like YSL, Prada and Hermes just a few of the designer stores you’ll find.
33. Shop outside the box at Merci store- Merci is like an all-in-one store where you can pick up everything from fashion items to interior décor. Once you’re done shopping, you can relax at one of the two cafes or at the restaurant.
34. Haggle at Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen- Flea markets have an appeal that’s all their own and Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen is no different. Haggling for art, vintage records and clothing is half the fun here so practice your bargaining skills.
35. Shop at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen the oldest market in Paris- Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen has over 1,000 merchants selling everything from A to Z. You’ll find antique dealers selling old clocks and furniture, art dealers selling paintings, traders selling second-hand trinkets and many more.
36. Find your signature scent from Fragonard Perfume Museum- Fragonard Perfume Museum introduces you to the world of perfumes and perfumery. It also contains exhibits of antique containers and also has a perfume shop where you can buy the scent of your choice.
37. Shop the best vintage collection from Lorette & Jasmin- Vintage fashion is in a class by itself and Lorette & Jasmin offers a gorgeous collection of high-end second-hand items. You can find branded vintage clothing as well as newer pieces from names such as YSL and Chanel.
38. Find the perfect piece of Parisian art at CarreD'Artistes- If you’re looking for art to adorn your home go no further than CarreD'Artistes, which has a collection of contemporary artwork from some of today’s top artists. Nudes, landscapes, abstract, figurative – no matter what your taste is, you’ll find it here.
39. Explore the three most popular pieces of Paris- the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory at The Louvre- No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to see da Vinci’s famed Mona Lisa, the stunning Greek sculpture, Venus de Milo, and the ancient Hellenistic sculpture of goddess Nike, all open for view at The Louvre.
40. Visit the galleries of the Musée d'Orsay which contain the world's largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces- There are only a few better places to see such a large collection of Impressionist paintings than at Musée d'Orsay. Monet, Manet and Cezanne are just a few masters whose works are on display here.
41. Explore the beauty of Paris in the most beautiful museum, Musee Rodin- Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin’s famous works can be admired at Musee Rodin, a monographic museum. The collections include sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics as well as handwritten documents and periodicals.
42. Walk in majestic facades and quiet courtyards of Ile Saint-Louis- One of two smaller islands, Ile Saint-Louis is a lovely escape from the buzz of the city. Although it doesn’t have the Notre-Dame as its larger sister, Ile de la Cité, it still commands attention with quiet courtyards, historic sites and even its own unique ice cream.
43. Enjoy traditional Parisian fare at the Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis- Enjoy mouth-watering Parisian cuisine at family-owned Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis. The homemade dishes are fresh, wholesome and authentic to give every guest a real taste of Paris. Sole meunière, pork knuckle, undercut steak – it’s all here.
44. Visit beautiful Notre-Dame which is the symbolic heart of Paris- When you’re done visiting Ile Saint-Louis, head over to Ile de la Cité where the Notre-Dame Cathedral stands. It’s a testament to French Gothic architecture and is one of the most well-known churches in the world.
45. Climb up to heaven when you visit Sacred Heart Basilica- A visit to Sacré-Cœur makes it to our list of things to do in Paris with its eclectic style inspired by Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. It’s located on the city’s highest point, Montmartre.
46. Picnic in the ParcAstérix- Asterix fans, rejoice for Paris is home to ParcAstérix, a theme park dedicated to the iconic French comic character. Roller-coasters and river rafting rides are some of the attractions to enjoy.
47. Take a trip to the Château de Versailles- Admire French Classical style at Château de Versailles, which today is home to the Museum of the History of France.
48. Live the dream at the Musée National Gustave Moreau- Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau’s works can be seen at the Musée National Gustave Moreau through its collections of sculptures, paintings and watercolours.
49. Scale the Institut du Monde Arabe- Learn about the culture of the Arab world at Institut du Monde Arabe. You can go on a guided visit, explore the museum and even learn Arabic.
50. Go back in time at the Musée national du MoyenÂge- Rounding up our list of things to do in Paris is a visit to Musée national du MoyenÂge where you can see medieval history up close. Among the many artefacts are the head of the Queen of Sheba, a binding plate of Christ in majesty, and a statuette of Ariane.
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