Paris is a wonderful city with plenty of beautiful architecture and culture to keep you entertained for days. On top of that there are plenty of cafes to stop in and enjoy some delicious French fare as well as designer boutiques dotted throughout the city. We’ve put together a list of our top things to do in Paris, read on to find out more…
Top tip for Paris: If you are a European resident under the age of 26, you can gain entry to many attractions for free or a reduced price! Attractions include: Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc De Triomphe and Centre Pompidou. For some of these you do have to be under 25 so do double check. The free/reduced entry isn’t openly advertised so make sure to ask at the ticket office!
1. Watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle from the Arc De Triomphe
The top of the Arc De Triomphe is a perfect vantage point for viewing the Eiffel Tower. Once darkness falls the Eiffel Tower lights up and sparkles on the hour every hour for 5 or so minutes. If you want to get a great picture then this is the perfect time and place! It’s also fairly popular for proposals if you’re looking for some inspiration.
2. Spend the day frolicking at the Palace of Versailles
Just a few short minutes on the train from the centre of Paris lies the Palace of Versailles, the grand home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Especially good in the Spring and Summer, you can walk or cycle your way around the vast picturesque gardens at your leisure. Stop off at the house frequented by Marie Antoinette. Or if you prefer, hire a rowing boat on the lake at the centre of the gardens. Take a trip inside to stroll through the luxurious palace and see the room of mirrors where the treaty of Versailles was signed to bring an end to WWI. A visit to the Palace is not to be missed.
3. Sip cocktails at the top of Tour Montparnasse
When Tour Montparnasse was built in the early 1970s, the Parisians were horrified how skyscrapers would change the Parisian skyline and so no buildings above 7 storeys have since been allowed in the centre of Paris. This left Tour Montparnasse as the only skyscraper in the centre of Paris with unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower! So instead of enjoying the views of the ugly skyscraper from the top of the Eiffel tower, instead why not enjoy views of the Eiffel tower and Paris whilst sipping cocktails in Tour Montparnasse’s rooftop bar!
4. Enjoy sumptuous desserts from La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Paris is known for patisserie. If you’re like us and have a sweet tooth then you must visit La Pâtisserie des Rêves as you will not be disappointed! They do really high end, luxurious pastries unlike anything you will have seen anywhere else. What would a trip to Paris be if you didn’t indulge in fantastic pastries?!
5. Have lunch or dinner in a restaurant with the best views of Paris
Back to that old favourite, the Eiffel Tower. There are two fantastic restaurants in the tower, one each on the first and second floors. Both have amazing panoramic views of the city. Book ahead to avoid disappointment and impress the other half. An added perk is a booking in one of the restaurants also gets you passed those pesky queues at the bottom!
6. Finish your day with an evening at the Moulin Rouge
Everyone has heard of the film but what about being part of the show? There’s not many better ways to finish an evening in Paris than with a trip to the Moulin Rouge. Get yourself a table and some champagne and enjoy the famous show late into the evening.
Tried any of the above? Got any favourite things to do we haven’t included? Please share below your top things to do in Paris in the comments below!
The Rambling Travellers