Paris is one of our favorite cities in the entire world. The only problem is that there is just so much to do and picking the places you want to visit can be tough. That’s why we made a list of our very favorite things for people to do while in Paris, whether they’ve been multiple times or are just planning their first trip. Bon Voyage!
This iconic boulevard is about 2 kilometers long and runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, right near the Arc de Triomphe. With classic French architecture surrounding you and hundreds of shops to explore, a walk through The Champs-Élysées is a simple activity that can’t be missed.
9. La Madeleine
Originally built by Napoleon as a tribute to his army, La Madeleine wasn’t finished until he was exiled and was converted into a church upon completion. The temple was designed to look just like a Greek temple with 52 six-story tall columns surrounding it. The inside is just as much of a marvel as the outside with intricate paintings and sculptures throughout. We highly recommend visiting for an afternoon and taking a tour as a person could easily spend hours analyzing all of the buildings intricacies.
8. Le Marais
This historic district in Paris is a popular destination for many citizens and tourists. Originally, it was of significant relevance in France’s history with a steady stream of aristocrats flowing in and out of the local hotels. Today, it has been transformed into a high-fashion shopping district known for its restaurants and nightlife.
7. Jardin du Luxembourg
A perfect place to go and relax with some bread, cheese and a bottle of wine. This garden is full of beautiful scenery just waiting to be explored. Jardin du Luxembourg is decorated with 106 statues representing French artists and famous personalities, allegories and mythology subjects, monuments and animals. Walk around and enjoy the flowers, fountains and ponds that surround the area or just take a step back from the city, relax and read a book.
6. The Louvre
This museum was once a fortress for Philip II back in the 12th century. Nowadays, the massive building has been converted into one of the most popular museums in all of the world with its iconic glass pyramid and thousands of pieces of Greek, Roman and egyptian art including Leonardo Davinci’s Mona Lisa.
5. The Catacombs
Not all things in Paris are considered romantic. This eerie attraction is referred to as the world’s largest grave and holds about six million skeletons organized throughout the walls. If you’re daring enough and looking for a chilling experience outside the norm while in Paris, then this tour is sure to get your skin crawling.
4. Notre-Dame Cathedral
This world renowned Catholic church is one of the most beloved attractions in all of France. Standing for nearly 900 years, its gothic architecture is just a small portion of what makes this church so special. The church is surrounded by amazing fictional tales as well as important historical events such as the crowning of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France by Pope Pius VII.
3. Arc de Triomphe
Built in 1806, this arch is one of the most famous sites in all of France. The enormous structure was made to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Beneath the arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to the soldiers who were never identified in the both World Wars. Millions of tourists come each year to view the fantastic neoclassic architecture and pay their respects to the lost French soldiers.
2. The Palace of Versailles
This royal palace was once the center of political power in France back in the 17th – 18th centuries. Today it serves as a symbol of the ancient regime with high ceilings, gold walls, marble floors and a variety of art and sculptures – all with centuries of French history. The building carries an assortment of magnificent design on the inside and out and gives definition to the word lavish.
1. Eiffel Tower
Bet you saw this one coming, but how could this not be our favorite attraction in Paris? Standing at over 1000 feet tall, this tower was once the tallest structure in the world (1899-1930) and is one of the most visited attractions on Earth. The tower contains three levels for visitors; the first two being restaurants and the third an observation deck standing nearly 1000 feet above the ground giving a fantastic view of the city. This French monument is essential for any trip to France and is without a doubt our bonafide favorite place in all of Paris.