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A city of ancient art and a great place to travel, Paris has one of the oldest and the most enriched history and a beautiful culture. Once you start composing your own list of things to do in Paris, you are going to notice one thing. Namely, you will only have a limited amount of time and a lot of things that need to be done. But that's okay!

That just means you won't spend a dull moment in Paris. And with a bit of good planning and organization, you will be able to find enough time for all the items from our list. Also known as the city of light, Paris is undoubtedly one of the world's cultural centers and one of the most visited cities in the world. We do not doubt that, once you see the City of Light, you will want to return.

Imagine walking through its cobbled streets of the Bois de Boulogne or elegant avenues, touring the Seine in bateau mouche, enjoying a coffee and delicious croissants in the traditional Café de Flore. If you are thinking of what more there is in store for you, Paris plays a host to many festivals throughout the year and in case you are short of time, it's one of our most sincere travel tips that you take the time to visit them.

But Paris is much more than just impressive architecture and incredible people. It's a unique feeling and atmosphere that can be felt only when walking down the Parisian streets. And, try walking as much as you can. A lot of the charm you’ll find in Paris has much more to do with things that are not tourist traps/destinations.

It's one of the best destinations in France for foodies. And it's a place that is bound to leave you speechless. Cafes, shopping in the Marais and cultural treasures at every street corner - Paris never goes out of style. It also kept many world events - did you know that one of the world's largest marathon held here? Sunday, April 5, 2020 hosts the 55,000 runners Champs Elysees, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

things to do in paris

1. Getting around Eiffel Tower

The symbol par excellence of Paris is the Eiffel Tower, which is magnificent and truly a masterpiece of engineering design. In fact, it's practically impossible to think of Paris without the image of this magnificent architectural wonder springing to mind. The Eiffel Tower was named after its engineer Gustav Eiffel and it stands tall at an impressive 324 meters.

A lot of people fall in love with this Parisian landmark that they decide to make Paris their permanent home. And if you are preparing for your move to Europe from America, from South Asia to France or really any other location, it will certainly help to know that you will be moving to a place that has left many an artist impressed and stunned.

The Eiffel tower sparkles at the strike of every hour, after sunset for 5 mins until 1 AM. The best place to see the Eiffel tower is from Trocadero, that’s where these infamous steps are and you can take a picture.

The city can be covered on foot, just wear some comfortable shoes and that’ll be it. Every corner is beautiful and Instagrammable in Paris. However, the city is very well connected with public transportation. M6 is one of the metro lines that goes above the ground and has a magnificent view of the tower. You could buy a day pass or a weekly pass and has unlimited trips for bus, train, metro and trams.

The weekly pass is valid from Monday till Sunday. If you’re arriving via flight, you can buy your pass at the CDG airport itself and take the train to get to the city. It makes more sense because a one way ticket from the airport to the city can cost you around 11 euros, while the weekly pass costs only 23 euros for the whole week. Alternatively, you can also buy a bunch of 10 tickets as a book.

2. Visiting Louvre Museum

Paris has a lot of history and with that comes a lot of museums. One thing that not many know is that many places in Paris are free to visit on the first Sunday of every month. Louvre Museum is one of the most important in the world. Map out where you would like to go, and what you would like to see. This is a MASSIVE museum, and chances are you will not see everything.

On a guided tour you will see the most famous works that houses this museum, such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Another must-see museum is the Musee d'Orsay, which exhibits an important collection of Impressionist paintings.

Although, you should know that precisely because a visit to the Louvre is one of the best things to do in Paris, it's also one of the most crowded places. Lines for entry can be pretty long and excruciating, and they might take up hours of your day. We are not saying this fact should deter you from a visit to the Louvre - quite the contrary. The sights will be well worth it.

3. Arc de Triomphe

Along with the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the main symbols of Paris. Walk Champs Elysee from end to end, from Place du Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle, and finish the walk up to the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe for a panoramic view of the city.

Truth be told, this will be quite a walk, and it might not be suited for those who don't like to walk more than five minutes. However, if you are trying to stay fit while travelling, you are already aware this is one of the best ways for doing so. You get a bit of physical activity as well as enjoyment that comes with beautiful vistas.

4. Cruise on River Seine

One of the best ways to see the city is to take the river cruise over the Seine. You could book tickets online and it costs only 10 euros per person for 1 hour. People say that the real essence of the city is not captured by its magnificent architectural wonders - it's captured by the river Seine. The Seine does not only run through Paris, but it also had an important part in its history.

There are many things to do in Paris, but not a lot of them will be as memorable as a cruise on the river Seine. This is especially true at night when the lights of the city are lit and you can get a unique experience. Just bear in mind that if you are packing for a winter trip, you will have to pack a lot of protective gear, like mittens and scarves.

But if you are travelling in summer, you will have no worries. Feel free to let yourself go and soak in the views. They are as good as it gets.

5. Enjoy the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris like a Parisian

The atypical Gothic cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, on the Ile de la Cité, is one of the most famous and oldest in the world. If you arrive early, you can climb the towers and the bell tower. The Cathedrale is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Unfortunately, the Notre-Dame suffered devastating consequences in a fire that took place, while the entire world put in efforts and resources towards its renovation.

In early April, there bloom beautiful cherry trees around central Paris. Streets, parks and the area around Notre Dame are adorned with pink cherry blossoms. An unforgettable moment to visit the city. There are several nice restaurants in Paris and street food places like L’as du Falafel but the best thing you can do in Paris, especially during summer is to take your lunch to go and enjoy it in the beautiful parks and gardens of Paris. It’s also nice to do a picnic, that’s what Parisians do.

6. Montmartre

Montmartre is the bohemian neighbourhood par excellence. It's one of the mandatory places on the itinerary of every person visiting Paris for either a short or long period of time. In fact, Montmartre is so impressive that people who shaped history felt compelled to visit it. That's why, today, you can walk in the steps of Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Feel free to walk through its cobblestone streets, climb to the top of the hill to visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur or tour the Place du Tertre, where you will see the artists in action and sit on the steps to enjoy the view. Visit the lower area of ​​Montmartre at night to see the legendary cabaret Moulin Rouge.

7. Rue Montorgueil

Imagine a perfect street that is lined with all the best opportunities for socializing. We are talking about restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, wine shops, etc. Really, every single shop you can imagine. This type of place doesn't have to be a dream - if you visit Paris, it can be a reality. Rue Montorgueil is the place where Parisians go to socialize while taking care of their day to day tasks.

Whether you are buying cheese, tasting wine, or sipping your favourite hot beverage, you can rest assured that Rue Montorgueil is the perfect place to do it in good company. It doesn't grace numerous lists of the best things to do in Paris for no reason.

8. Boulevard Haussmann

Along with a few other metropolitan cities, Paris is known as the world's capital of fashion. People in Paris, both male and female, are known for their exquisite taste in all things fashion-related. That's why when visiting Paris, one of the best things to do is to take a look at the local style and try and copy it.

The good thing about the fashion here is that it oozes with elegance and grace while remaining fairly simple, making it the perfect style for all occasions. There are many places where you can shop - from local boutiques to big shopping centres, such as Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Although, make sure you don't get too carried away and blow your budget. You will need it for the remainder of your stay in the French capital.

9. Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most impressive French palaces.

10. Disneyland Paris

Among the things to do in Paris with teenagers, Disneyland Paris is one of the best amusement parks to visit in Europe. End the day at Disneyland Paris that has a lot of attractions and is an incredible experience.

Book your tickets directly on the website to get cheaper tickets for weekdays. They have mini/magic packs. It has two parks: Disneyland and Walt Disney studios. You can get three fast passes per park or 1 per 2 hours to skip the queue, so use it wisely.

There are so many things to do in Paris that you won't have a dull minute

Last but not the least, the French pastries are one of the best. The macrons, croissants and those cheese cakes are to die for. Definitely try them when you’re here.

It would truly be a shame to miss any of them considering the fact that they are what make Paris one of the most amazing cities in the world. Finally, just have fun! It's not every day that you get to be in Paris, so you use every second of it. We know we would if we were you! The city is beautiful and has so much to offer during every season of the year. Make the best out of your stay!

Au revoir!
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author


  1. Thank you so much! I'm planing a trip to Paris soon and I'll definitely follow your advice! :D

  2. I like Paris, it is a fine city with lots of things to do and enjoy! Very nice guide

  3. I love Paris. There really is so much to be seen there, we have only ever stayed for a weekend but we packed in a lot.

  4. I loved Paris. We did a cruise at night time and it gave us such a different perspective of the city! Gorgeous!

  5. This is fantastic because I am one of those people who like to eat what and with the locals.

  6. YES to all of these! I love Paris. I could go to everything you listed twice.

  7. We visited all of these while there. The Louvre was my favorite. I kept wanting to try cheese, and would ask for fromage if they didn't speak English. Invariably a bowl of cream cheese would be delivered, lolol!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this list! I would love to visit Paris one day!


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