Paris is home to cultural landmarks like the Louvre Museum and extravagant architecture from bygone times, such as the Palace of Versailles. Cobblestone streets lead through historic neighborhoods, and corner cafés serve up cups of rejuvenating lattes and cappuccinos.
If you’re seeking a blend of history and adventure in the city of romance, don’t miss these iconic stops.
Things to do in Paris
Marvel at the Eiffel Tower.
A trip to Paris is only complete once you’ve seen the Eiffel Tower. Standing 984 feet tall, the wrought iron structure was originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair.
Now it’s a world-famous landmark. Picnic with locals and tourists alike and watch its dazzling lights at night.
For an extra special treat, you can also take in the sights from above with dinner inside the Eiffel Tower at Le Jules Verne.
See what it was like to live as a 17th-century king at the Palace of Versailles in the Île-de-France region. Spend the day touring King Louis XVI’s magnificent home, and take a peek into Marie Antoinette’s private Petit Trianon.
Then, walk through the famous Hall of Mirrors and roam through the gardens on a day trip from Paris.
Artists like Picasso, Modigliani and Hemingway called this area known for cheap rent home in the early 1900s. Though it’s a slight detour south of central Paris, it’s worth a stop-in at La Coupole or Le Dôme to drink where the greats used to cheers.
Under Parisian streets lie the catacombs, old mining tunnels that hold the bones of six million bygone folks. Originally buried in cemeteries, the remnants were moved in the 1700s and 1800s to stabilize the tunnels and clear graveyards. Nowadays you can tour the tunnels, lined with the bones of many famous French figures.
Left of the Seine lies the beautifully preserved Latin Quarter, originally named for students at nearby universities who conversed with professors solely in Latin until the French Revolution.
Stroll through tiny cobblestone streets and peer into eclectic bookshops and bistros. The Latin Quarter is lovely for people-watching and sidewalk cafes. There, you’ll also find the Panthéon, Sorbonne University, Luxembourg Gardens and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Parisienne streets are packed with designer shops, specialized boutiques and markets — especially near the Seine. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Galeries Lafayette and Boulevard Haussmann have cafés, luxury retailers and gourmet food.
Make time to meander through the Marché Dauphine, a covered flea market where you’ll find a little bit of everything. And of course there’s the most famous shopping street of all, right between the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde: the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
The Louvre may be most famous for the Mona Lisa, but don’t overlook its extensive collections of Greek and Roman art. Enter through the glass pyramid and prepare to be awestruck by thousands of masterpieces.
Other popular museums include the Musée d’Orsay, which displays a western collection of art, and the Musée de l’Armée — the largest military museum in France. Fans of Picasso should visit Musée National Picasso-Paris, solely dedicated to his work.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for a range of travel publications including Thomas Cook Magazine and Showpo. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping consumers stretch their travel cash while on holiday.
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