Here are our top picks for your Parisian holiday. This is bare minimum you have to see when in Paris. Of course the city has a lot more to offer, look forward to more guides on off beat destinations from Paris coming soon.
- Walking around in the city is fun and recommended.
- Don’t forget to try the delicious food Paris is known for while you are walking around.
- Paris offers a strong network of public transportation. You can take a local train to almost every part of the city.
1. Eiffel Tower
A visit to Paris is incomplete without visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower. Well it’s hard to miss even if you want to ;). Standing tall at 1063 ft , Eiffel Tower is certainly an engineering marvel. The wrought iron structure was built in 1889 for centennial celebration of the French Revolution, by the company owned by engineer Gustave Eiffel (that’s why the name). With about 7 million people visiting every year, it is the one of the most visited monument in the world. You can go all the way to the top of the tower. You can either take the stairs to the second floors and then the elevator to the top or directly take the elevator to the top.
- The lines are very long, especially for the elevator even if you reserve your tickets in advance. So, plan your trip accordingly.
- In fact, you can catch an awesome view of the tower from The Trocadéro across the Eiffel, and it is absolutely free
2. The Louvre
Musée du Louvre (The Louvre) is the largest art museum in the world. It has a collection of over 38000 objects from prehistory to 21st century from around the world and a display of 35000 work of arts. It is also the most visited art museum in the world. The museum is housed inside the majestic Louvre palace (castle) built in 12th century and is home to the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
- The glass pyramid that serves as the entrance to the museum has exact same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza. So, even if you are not an art lover stop by to admire this modern glass structure that has become a symbol of the Louvre
3. Notre Dam
Paris is home to some of the most spectacular churches and cathedrals that stand today as the symbol of Christianity. You are bound to absolutely mesmerized by these majestic edifices.
Notre Dam was built around the 12th century. It is known for its French Gothic architecture. It has been modified several times since then. With 12 million people visiting every year, it is also the most visited monument in Paris. We visited Notre-Dame de Paris on the Christmas day and the cathedral was beautifully decorated for the occasion.
4. Arc de Triomphe
Located at one end of Champ de Élysées, Arch de Triomphe is one of the most famous monument in Paris. The structure was built in the memory of soldiers who fought and died for the country during the French Revolution.
5. Champ de Élysées
Champ de Élysées is one of the most popular avenues of Paris. Lined with iconic shopping brands including Louis Vuitton, Zara, Sephora etc, it has become a commercial avenue. Walking on this street will give you the big city vibe of the fashion headquarter. The avenue is decked out with beautiful holiday decorations and vibrant lights especially during the holidays.
While in Paris, every tourist wants to catch the astonishing skyline of the city. Most tourists head up to the Eiffel and end up waiting hours in line to climb up the tower. Instead we recommend to catch this breathtaking bird’s eye view of Paris from Montparnasse Tower which will cost you less and you can see miles on a clear day including the Eiffel tower , Notre dam , Arch de triomphe and The Louvre .
Known for its artistic history, Montmartre was a hub for famous artists including Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh who worked or who had studios in the area. Today, you can find street artists painting tourists portraits (like the ones in the picture). A walk around in this interesting neighborhood is a must on your next trip to Paris. It was certainly the highlight of our visit. Of course one thing that you must visit in Montmartre is Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Located on the top of the hill, it also offers one of most beautiful views of the city.
8. Roaming on the Parisian streets
While in Paris, strolling on the beautiful streets (or “Rue” as they say in French) was our favorite thing. Whether it is a cobbled passage lined with cafés, eateries and boutiques, a lane filled with colorful houses and quirky architecture or the iconic shopping street of Champs-Élysée, strolling on any Parisian street will make you fall in love with this magical city.
- When you get tired of walking, you can take a break and try all kinds of foods including macrons, croissants, hot chocolate, pastries and more.
- Our personal favorite was Gérard Mulot bakery shop. This privately owned pâtisserie offers bunch of delicious options to choose from. Definitely try it on your next trip to Paris.
8. Cruising on Seine
Hop on a sightseeing cruise on the river Seine to catch a glimpse of the beautiful monuments of the city. Bateaux Mouches offer several cruise options you can choose from.