Top 10 Things To Do In Paris
Paris is the city of light and love. We love Paris and will never get enough of this beautiful city. We recently visited Paris again in 2016 on our 3 week honeymoon. There is also so much to do in Paris and though we’ve seen most of the major spots, there is still so much to see and do. Based on our visits so far, below are our top 10 things to do in Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower/ Trocadero / Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Okay, you are wondering why we have three things listed as the number one site to see, well, it’s because Trocadero and Pont de Bir-Hakeim are two spots that will give you amazing views of the Eiffel Tower! Bryan actually proposed at Pont de Bir-Hakeim.
It is not a well frequented spot compared to the Champ de Mar, but it has amazing views of the Seine river as well as the Eiffel Tower. It is also very private so you can enjoy almost a private view! Trocadero is beautiful, has great views of the Eiffel, and is a great place to enjoy a picnic while watching the sunset over the Eiffel. Of course, you don’t want to just view the Eiffel Tower from afar. Going up is definitely a worthwhile experience.
Pro tip: We actually took the stairs! It was cheaper and had shorter lines than taking the elevator. We actually really enjoyed the climb and you can go at your own speed!
2. Luxembourg Gardens
This garden is absolutely gorgeous. We love having a peaceful and scenic picnic here (make sure to bring the wine!). When we went during the summer, there was live music by a local high school band. Sit back, lay down, relax, and enjoy great people watching!
3. Musée d’Orsay
This is one of our favorite museums in Paris because it has an amazing collection of Art. We love the impressionist pieces, a whole floor of it! It is a much more manageable museum to see and overall, not as crowded.
4. Musée du Louvre
This is a definitely stop if you are visiting Paris. The museum is huge and all of its structures both inside and out are beautiful. The famous Mona Lisa is housed here but you will have to fight through a mountain of tourists to get a glimpse. There are so many amazing art and exhibits here at this museum. You can spend a whole day here. Buy your ticket in advance and enter on the lower flower entrance to avoid long lines!
5. Notre Dame Cathedral
This a beautiful cathedral both inside and out. It is well preserved and the architecture is breathtaking. Take a tour while you are here or read about its history beforehand to enhance your experience. You might even spot Esmeralda or Quasimodo!
6. River Seine (walk or cruise)
We love casually strolling along the riverbanks and deliberately walked to many of the attractions along the river. It makes for an enjoyable walk. Take a cruise along the river at night and see the city of light light up!
7. Jardin des Tuileries
If you are staying near Place Vendôme, you must stroll through this garden on your way to see the Eiffel Tower! It is a great detour. This peaceful garden is great for picnics as well. The second time we went, there was a festival set up here and had amazing fair foods (nutella crepes, anyone?).
This will be a great day trip option if you are staying more than 5 days in Paris. The palace is absolutely stunning and definitely worth visiting. Take the train from the city and it will only take you an hour to get here. One thing to note about Versailles is that most of the time, it will be overcrowded. Plan to visit very early or just before closing.
9. Sacre-Coeur & Montmartre
While the basilica itself is well worth the visit with its unique architecture and history, we really enjoyed the city views from the steps. Take a break and bring some macaroons to enjoy while sitting on the steps overlooking the city.
10. Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées
This is another classic site to see while visiting Paris, but it will be a short visit. You can marvel at the arc from the outside or go inside to the top where you can see a 360 degrees view of Paris. It is very close to Champs-Élysées, so if you are heading that way, definitely stop here and take a look!
There is so much to see and do in Paris and we’ve barely scratched the surface of this amazing city. This list is what we think you should definitely do and see if it’s your first time in Paris.
Let us know what your favorite spots in Paris are in the comments below!