Paris is a beautiful city famous for its cafe culture, iconic monuments and fashion. Being one of the most desirable cities in the world to travel to, Paris has a little something for everyone. From incredible views from the Arc de Triomphe to tasty pastries from quaint bakeries. You will be left wanting to return for more. Therefore it is so easy to fall in love with the charm of this city. I know I have. Below I have written an ultimate guide to visiting Paris. In addition, this ultimate guide will help you navigate through the city with ease and will also help you save some money along the way.
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN PARIS
Paris has some of the most iconic landmarks and famous streets in the world. This picturesque city has so much to offer! I have listed some of the top things to do below in this ultimate guide to visiting Paris. The best things in life are free? well, this could be the case as some of these top things to do are free! perfect if you are on a budget.
EIFFEL TOWER– Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
The most iconic monument in France. Ticket prices start from €16.60 to go to the different viewing platforms. You can also visit for free if you don’t want to climb it therefore perfect if you are on a budget.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE- Location: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
This famous monument stands tall at the end of the Champs-Élysées. This being one of the busiest junctions in Paris, consequently, it now has a pedestrian walkway through the middle. It can be seen from twelve avenues! Admission is € 12. First Sunday of every month is free therefore factor this in when booking your trip if you have a tight budget!
CHAMPS ELYSEES Location: Avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris
This is known to be one of the most glamour shopping streets Paris and maybe even the world! therefore has become a top thing to do in Paris as its a major tourist attraction. Venture off for a walk down the street and do a bit of window shopping!
SACRÉ COEUR Location: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
Otherwise known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. This is a popular tourist attraction leading it to be the second most visited monument in Paris. The basilica stands on the highest point in the city, So what better place to visit to enjoy the view! Tickets cost €5 to visit the top, otherwise going inside the church is free.
SINKING HOUSE OF MONTMARTRE Location: Montmartre, right next to the Sacre Coeur
Located right next door to the Sacre Coeur, this often gets overlooked. The sinking houses have become a bit of an Instagram trend over the last few years gaining popularity, this is a must as the ultimate guide to Paris wouldn’t be complete without it! This optical illusion is a great memento of your trip!
MOULIN ROUGE Location: 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris
As well as the film the moulin rouge is a cabaret bar in Paris. The original building burnt down in 1915. Its best known for being the birthplace of the modern can-can, it is hard to miss with its landmark red windmill on the roof. Ticket prices start from €80.
LOUVRE MUSEUM Location: Musée du Louvre75001 Paris
Famous for being the worlds largest art museum. With an astonishing 9.6 million visitors a year! The Lourve is one of the top things to do on this ultimate guide to visiting Paris. Just the building itself is stunning. You could spend a week inside this museum and still not see everything! Therefore if art is something you are interested in, make sure you leave yourself enough time to enjoy your visit. Ticket prices start from €15.
JARDIN DES TUILERIES Location: Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
These public garden just down the way from the Lourve, so make sure to plan this for the same day to avoid double backing on yourself! the gardens cover a whopping 55 acres! With over 200 sculptures there’s plenty to see! what better way to rest your feet than having a picnic in these beautiful gardens!
LES INVALIDES Location: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
This very large and beautiful building and gardens stand in the 7th arrondissement in Paris. Home to French military-historical monuments as well as retaining its functional hospital built for injured war veterans. The building also houses churches and the tomb of napoleon. There is so much to see at this monumental building. Admission is €14
SAINTE–CHAPELLE Location: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Astunning gothic masterpiece. This gem of a chapel is known for its rich and bold decorations inside and out. with over 900,000 visitors each year, this is a must to tick off your ultimate guide to Paris. The stained-glass windows will leave you in an ore as this is one of Paris most magical sites. Tickets are €15.
CATACOMBS OF PARIS Location: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris
Probably the most obscure thing on this ultimate guide to Paris but why not do something a little unique while you are here? The catacombs were in use from the 15th century later to be abandoned leaving a labyrinth under the city! Part of the catacombs is illegal to enter as it was deemed so unsafe however a small portion is open to the public via tours. Why not buy a ticket and try something a little different!
JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG Location: Luxembourg Gardens, 75006 Paris
One of the most popular gardens in Paris. Where better to chill and enjoy some snacks! The beautiful promenades are lined with flowers and trees with 56 acres there is plenty to see. Fountains and monuments flood the gardens so grab a map and see what you can spot while you stroll around. The gardens are free however there is a small fee of around €2.50 to enter the children’s play area.
PRINTEMPS ROOFTOP TERRACE Location: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Also known to many as Paris’ best-kept secret. The Printemps is a department store not too far from the Champs-Élysées. If you take the elevator to the top floor you will be in for a surprise! Have a drink and some typical French cafe food while enjoying a 360-degree stunning view of the city! On one side you have Montmartre, turn around and enjoy the Eiffel Tower!
MUSÉE D’ORSAY Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
Just to the side of the Seine sit the Musée D’orasy. deemed one of theworlds richest and most exciting museums. From Matisse to Van Gogh there is something for every art lover here. Being a former train station the museum itself is worth a visit just for its stunning architecture. Tickets are €14
DODO MANÈGE AT JARDIN DES PLANTES Location: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
A small but unusual sight on the list. This is the most unusual carousel in the world as it is made up entirely of endangered or extinct animals. Located in the main botanical gardens in the city, it’s worth hunting down while enjoying a nice walk through the flowers!
THE PASSAGE DES PANORAMAS Location: 11 Boulevard Montmartre, 75002 Paris
Built-in 1799, this is the oldest covered passage in Paris. With quaint boutique and unusual shops, this place has so much charm! What better way to soak up some French culture. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the eateries while browsing for a unique gift to take home.
THE SACRE COEUR CAROUSEL Location: Place Saint-Pierre, 75018 Paris
The Carousel sits pride of place at the base of the Sacre Coeur. This is such a pretty sight. This is also a fantastic place to take photos of the Eiffel Tower as you can capture the carousel and the tower from the viewing platform at the Sacre Coeur. Most definitely an Instagram winning shot right here!
THE DAMOYE COUR Location: Cour Damoye near Place de la Bastille 75011 Paris
This hidden gem is a tiny street off the beaten track. Covered in greenery this is a perfect place to walk around on a sunny day. Take a wander and grab some lunch in the idyllic streets that surround this passageway.
MUSÉE DES ARTS FORAINS Location: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris
This again is probably one of the most unique things to do on the ultimate guide to Paris. This is no ordinary museum. This is a private collection of fairground and funfair objects! The museum itself is just mesmerising but has an eerie feel to it. They have everything for a Carousels to carnival games. You can visit the museum on a 90-minute tour. Don’t forget to book tickets in advance!
CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES Location: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles (Just outside of Paris)
If you have time, it’s worth the trip out to visit this magnificent building. If you re into architecture or grans building this is the place for you! talk a walk through the hall of mirrors and be amazing by the grandness of this building. That not your thing? take a pew in the royal opera hall or walk the stunning gardens that lay beyond. Tickets start from €18 deepening on which tour you opt for.
DISNEYLAND AND DISNEY VILLAGE Location: Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray (Just outside of Paris)
Last but not least, My personal favourite on the ultimate guide to visiting Paris. DISNEYLAND! okay everyone knows about Disneyland, and this is only a 45-minute metro ride from the centre of Paris. The most magical way to add something unforgettable to your trip! Make sure to add in an extra day or two to get around both the parks! Tickets start from € 57. Don’t forget to check out my post all about top Disney tips!
Hopefully, this guide has given you an idea of the different types of entertainment Paris has to offer! If you can think of any unique or fun activities that have been missed off of the list please let me know in the comments below!
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