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Top 8 Things to do in Paris, France

Last Updated:
August 25, 2022

Top 8 Things to do in Paris, France

As international travel opens back up, flights to popular destinations are becoming cheaper. Paris, France is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations that are once again welcoming tourists. Below are the top 8 things to do in Paris, France on your next trip.

1. Visit Luxembourg Gardens.

This 25-hectare garden is located near the center of Paris, just a few blocks from Notre Dame Cathedral. Inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, the creation of the gardens began in 1612. Visitors will find the French Gardens on one side and the English Gardens on the other. In between these gardens are a large pond and geometric forest. Furthermore, the Luxembourg Gardens is home to a large apple and pear orchard with over 600 varieties being grown, including 124 from the 18th century. The gardens offer a variety of activities for all ages with rides, puppet shows, tennis courts, remote-control boats, and more. The best way to see the gardens is by booking a free guided tour.

2. Visit the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars

The Eiffel Tower is an iconic piece of architecture, and a must-see while in Paris. The observation deck is also the best way to get a panoramic view of the entire city. Completed in 1889 for the World Fair, the Eiffel Tower was once the tallest building in the world at 300 meters tall. Now the tower measures 330 meters, as communication transmitters have been added.

Below the tower is the Champ de Mars, where there are often events, markets, and exhibitions. Ensure you check what events are happening during your trip. Otherwise, the Champ de Mars is always the perfect place for a Parisian picnic.

3. Visit the Sainte-Chapelle

This royal chapel features an extensive and exquisite stained-glass window collection. This gothic chapel was constructed in 1248 and is one of the oldest buildings still standing from the Capetian era. The chapel building sustained some damage during the French Revolution and was restored in the 19th century. However, the majority of the stained-glass windows are originals from the 13th century. Nowadays, the Sainte-Chapelle does not function as a church and is instead a National Monument.  Ensure you take your camera to capture the amazing detail in the 1113 stained glass scenes. Ensure you check upcoming events as concerts are often hosted within the chapel.

4. Visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world and contains some of the most well-known works of art. From the Mona Lisa to the Venus de Milo, and artwork by Rembrandt. This museum is located within the Louvre Palace, built in the late 12th century. The main entrance is located within the Louvre Pyramid built in 1988 to help deal with the increasing amount of museum visitors. This leads visitors underground and then into the palace itself. Visitors can also view the remains of the medieval Louvre fortress within the basement of the museum.

5. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

This roman catholic church is located on top of the tallest hill in Paris. Other than the Eiffel Tower, this gives the best view of Paris with the dome sitting 200 meters above the Seine. This Basilica has an unusual combination of Neo-Classical and Romano-Byzantine architecture. There are several pieces of artwork around the Basilica including bronze equestrian statues of Joan of Arc and Saint Louis. The interior dome features one of the largest mosaics in the world, covering 475 square meters.

6. Stroll and Shop in Le Marais

Le Marais is one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in Paris. This neighborhood of Paris has long been known as the aristocratic district and hosts many historic buildings. With cobblestone streets, visitors can stroll through the streets lined with mansions and shop at the various boutiques. Here you are likely to find smaller local businesses with handmade goods, as well as vintage stores. In recent years popular designers have also opened small boutique stores within the neighborhood.

7. Cruise on the Seine

The best way to fully enjoy the Seine is by taking a lunch or dinner cruise. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the river while sipping champagne. All of the cruises available offer various food and beverages and every seat has an amazing view of Paris. Learn about the history of the City of Lights and unwind.

8. Explore Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité is an island in the Seine, right in the center of Paris. This is where you will find Norte-Dame (closed until 2024 as restoration of the cathedral is underway following the fire in 2019). This is the oldest settlement in Paris and has various parks, museums, and cafes to explore. Listen to live music as you wander the streets and visit the famous flower market. For an authentic Parisian experience, a day on Île de la Cité is a must.

Use this list of the top 8 things to do in Paris, France to start planning your trip!

Depending on your interests there are many more attractions to see, from the Catacombs of Paris and the Pantheon to the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann and Moulin Rouge.

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