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Paris needs no introduction, but has plenty of reasons as to why it should be your next backpacking destination. Eiffel Tower is what comes to mind when you think of Paris, but there is a lot more to this stunning city. 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.

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.

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most impressive French palaces. Also known as the city of light it has the Eiffel Tower, which is magnificent and truly a masterpiece of engineering design. If you must be thinking of what more there is in store for you, Paris plays a host to many festivals throughout the year. Let us take a look at some of the best places to visit in Paris.

things to do in paris

1. Eiffel Tower


The symbol par excellence of Paris is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is an iconic structure that stands tall at 276 meters. The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, the chief architect and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the world. Visitors can take the staircase to the second floor and then take an escalator to the top of the Eiffel Tower where you are treated with panoramic views of the beautiful Paris city. This architectural wonder, goes without saying as the must visit places in Paris.

2. Tuileries Garden


The Tuileries Garden is situated between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, is the oldest and largest public garden of Paris and spans around 55 acres. It was initially built only for the royals but is now open to all public. The park has perfectly lawns with trees on either side.

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and since then is a popular place among tourists and residents alike, for strolls in the park, pickining in the laws or just sitting by the benches in the park and bask it all in.

3. Louvre Museum


Louvre Museum is one of the most important in the world. 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. The Louvre Museum is an exemplary work of the artwork and architecture of Paris. Situated at the heart of the city, the Louvre museum is the biggest and most visited art museum in the world.

It was constructed under Philip II in the 12th century, as a royal palace and now stands representing art works from different times and cultures for the public to see. Touching the tip of the Louvre Pyramid from a distance is a picture most tourists don't miss clicking. Make sure to make a list of things to see at the museum as it is nearly impossible to cover the entire museum in a day.

Also, if you are not particularly fond of crowds, you could plan a visit on weekdays instead of weekends. Another must-see museum is the Musee d'Orsay, which exhibits an important collection of Impressionist paintings.

4. Canal Saint-Martin


The Canal Saint-Martin is an offbeat place in Paris, and was built from the tax generated from wine. It is a peaceful picnic spot where you can just sit by and bask in the beauty of the scenic views of the canal with pretty French buildings as the backdrop.

5. Arc de Triomphe


Walk Champs Elysee from end to end, from Place du Concord 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. Following the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the construction of Arc de Triomphe to commemorate the victory.

The Arc de Triomphe took around 30 years to complete, and is considered the largest triumphal Arc adorned with intricately carved sculptures. The Arc also has names of the battles won under the Napoleon empire. Arc de Triomphe is a great place to learn about the history of Paris and to remember the soldiers who lost their lives fighting the First World War.

6. Cruise on the Seine


Cruising the Seine on a cruise, especially at night when the lights of the city are lit, is a unique experience. Enjoying a cruise on the Seine river is a popular tourist attraction, especially in the evenings when the sun sets and onwards onto the night. The lights of the monuments and buildings that surround the Seine river light up after dusk, and the reflection of the shimmering lights on the river are nothing less than magical.

You could also enjoy dinners at the cruises with your family. From the cruise, you get panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, Pont Alexandre III and Notre Dame, from where you can bask in all of the beauty of Paris.

7. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris


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.

8. Montmartre


Montmartre is the bohemian neighborhood par excellence. Walk through its cobblestone streets, climb to the top of the hill to visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, 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.

9. Disneyland Paris


Disneyland Paris is a magical place and no less than a fairyland to marvel at your Disney characters. Though not located at Paris itself, it is situated around 32 kms from Paris and has two theme parks - Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. A visit to Disneyland, especially with kids ensures a fun filled day!

10. Restaurants in Paris


If you are one of those people who want to know what to eat in Paris, and of any destination you are traveling to, in this article you will find some ideas of the most important dishes of the city of light. French gastronomy, and therefore that of Paris, is characterized by delicate and refined dishes, with fantastic touches of flavor.

If you have been told that croissants are a must that you must try in France, it is true. It is one of the things to eat in Paris. But not everything is sweet, there are also other delicious dishes that you can try when visiting Paris like the Ratatouille or the cheeses. The macaron in French and macaroon in Italian is a type of biscuit of French origin that has gained worldwide fame.

Originally, the macaroni was not filled, but consisted only of two round domes with a flat base. However, this has changed a lot with the passage of time, since not only do they always carry stuffing called ganache, but this can be found in a multitude of flavors. In this way, the current macaroons in France are considered more a cake than a simple cookie.

Onion soup is one of the most popular entrees in Paris, and it is a delight that you should not miss. It is made with onion, butter and cheese and is usually ideal to enjoy it if you travel to Paris in winter. French tortillas are something you can not stop tasting during your trip to Paris. You will find them stuffed with different ingredients with mushrooms, ham, with various vegetables and made with some cheeses that are the glory.

Croque Monsieur is the name of the most popular sandwich in Paris. It is made with sliced ​​bread and stuffed with ham and Gruyere cheese and even, in some places it is added bechamel. The word escargots means snail in French. The dish is snails that are seasoned with garlic, parsley and butter. Once seasoned, the dish is passed through the oven to melt the butter and make the meat a little.

Foie gras in French would be pronounced something like fuá gras. This dish is made with duck liver or goose, which can be spread on a slice of bread. Quiche is called dishes that look like pies but are salty. Apple pie is another of the most popular desserts in France. It is made with caramelized apples and is one of the things you should not miss out on in French cuisine.

Try to sit in a cafeteria and have a coffee with a Parisian crepe, enjoying the views. Pain au Chocolat is a sweet made with puff pastry and butter, filled with chocolate cream. Among the many types of wine you will find in Paris, we recommend you not to miss the Bordeaux and the Médoc, which are the jewels of the French wine industry.

Among the thousands of varieties of French cheeses we recommend that you do not stop trying the national versions of the Emmental, Brie and Camembert.

That is it guys! I hope this article has inspired you to pack your bags to Paris, and experience the gorgeous city in all its glory. If you are looking at options for backpacks, check out the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack we have found to be the best till now.

Have you visited Paris before, or are you planning a trip real soon? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear your experiences :)
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8 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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