Paris has a million and one things to do, to see and experience and I have delved into more detail into a few of those in my previous posts, (if you haven’t looked yet then go have a read!) but I thought it would be prudent to give an overview of the top hot spots to visit when in Paris.
1. The Eiffel Tower
Obviously the Eiffel Tower is a must see in Paris. Scale up to the top and take in the view, or simply walk around it and admire its structure, either way its not to be missed (though actually missing it would be difficult due to its’ size…). For more info on it take a look here.
2. The Louvre
Go and discover the largest museum in the world. Smile back to the Mona Lisa, check out some of Michelangelo’s and Botticelli’s finest work and stare in wonder at the Sphinx of Tanis. Basically go and feel really cultured for the day. To find out how you may be able to get in for free see here.
Wander down the Champs-Élysées and shop like a Parisian. If you are there over the festive period you can enjoy the boulevard being lit up and lined with food stalls, filled to the brim with wine, cheese and crepes, some may argue therefore that it is the best time to visit. I’ll let you be the judge.
4. Arc de Triomphe
If you are making the effort to walk all the way to the end of the Champs-Élysées you may as well take in the glory that is the Arc de Triomphe. Placed pride of place in the centre of a 12 avenue roundabout on top of the Tomb of the unknown soldier, the Arc de Triomph honours all those that fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. It is often deemed as one of Paris’most notable landmarks and it is not hard to see why.
5. Try the local cuisine
You can’t really say you’ve done Paris without at least trying to eat like the locals. I am not talking steak frites here, I am talking about L’Escargot, frogs legs and likes. Like it, don’t like, but at least try it. Head to a French Brasserie and ask for what french dishes they recommend and have your fill.
6. Hang out with the Gargoyles of Notre Dame
Go listen to the bells of Notre Dame and take in all the gothic architecture by taking a tour around this cathedral. It’ll make you wish that more buildings these days had so much detail put into them.
7. Stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg
After wandering through the student hub of the Latin quarter find yourself getting wonderfully lost in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Grab your partner by the hand have a stroll or find yourself a cosy spot to people watch. This is a place where you can really appreciate Paris in its quintessential glory.
8. Forget the diet and gorge at a Patisserie
I am justifying this as different from trying the local cuisine as lets be honest eating cakes, tarts and pastries isn’t exactly putting yourself out there, but by god you will enjoy every minute. Having a croissant or pain au chocolat for breakfast are basic fundamentals of any Parisian trip, but heading to a sit down patisserie is such a treat and something that you should attempt to at least once on a trip to Paris. Extra points if their window displays make you drool. My personal favourite is Angelina’s, but would love to hear what yours is.
9. Clink your wine glass
It is no secret that France is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to wine, so give it a chance to prove itself. Explore the streets and find yourself a beautiful little wine bar, they aren’t difficult to come by in Paris trust me. If you are feeling really fancy then maybe head into Chez Georges, a vaulted wine cellar that starts off fancy but lets loose with dancing towards the end of the night. Santé !
10. Let your inner child run wild at Disneyland Paris
OK, so probably not the most cultured thing to do, but a staple of what Paris has to offer and it’s not just for the kids. Let your inner child have some fun; head to Space Mountain, meet Mickey and Minnie and have a sugar rush on chocolate, heck, buy the Minnie Mouse ears and have a photo in front of the the castle, because why not?
The Millions more…
That was just a quick glimpse of some must do’s on a short break to Paris. If you have more time then you can really explore more of this beautiful city and putting it bluntly you will not be bored. Some other notable things to do that might take your fancy: Top up on your French history and head to Hôtel des Invalides, have your credit card at the ready at Galeries Lafayette, take in a show in the Opera region, explore the beautiful Palace of Versailles, marvel at the stain glass windows in Sainte-Chapelle, wear your stretchy trousers and experience a Dégustation, take a tour along the Seine and finally just take a wander around this beautiful city and take it all in.
What are your favourite places in Paris?