Paris – Recommended Top 10 activities and visits
Paris is an incredible destination, is one of the most visited cities in the world…and let me told you something, it worth the visit!
“La ville des lumières” has plenty of interesting things to do…I had the pleasure of living there for four years, and even if I’ve tried to visit most of the city, there’s some places that I still haven’t had the time to discover…but I will someday, I love this city and I go back as often as I can make it ! Paris is addictive !
Every “arrondisement” or neighbourhood has its own personality and charm, wandering around is a real pleasure, the architecture is impressive, so many different styles it’s like visiting many cities in one, what makes sense because most of the neighbourhoods where towns in the past, which where absorbed by the fast growing pace of Paris.
My recommended Top 10 activities and places to visit are the following:
1. Eiffel Tower. This is one of the Parisian symbols, not to be missed. You can go just to visit the Tower and watch it from the riverside or the “Champ de Mars” gardens. Another option is to go up to see Paris from above.The views are incredible and the best time to do that is by night, to enjoy the lights of Paris.
My Tip : If you plan to go up to the tower buy the tickets in advance online, to avoid the long queue if you buy it the same day there.
2. River Cruise. Visiting Paris by boat you will enjoy an special view of the city, and its historical buildings and bridges : Louvre, Pont des Arts, Notre Dame, Pont Alexandre III, Musée d’Orsay…
Some recommended companies that offer this service are : Bateaux Mouches, Bateaux Parisiens and Vedettes du pont Neuf.
My Tip : I recommend to do this trip during the day and if you are planning something more romantic you can book a dinner night cruise, it’s a nice atmosphere
3.île de la cité and Notre Dame de Paris, Cathedral.
Situated in the heart of Paris, this little and charming island in the city centre, surrounded by the “Seine river”. Here you can visit the Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
My Tip : Try the traditional Berthillon glace at the ile de la cité. It’s a classic.
4.Louvre Museum and Tuilleries gardens. The best museum to visit in Paris if you have to choose only one to visit. Allow at least half day to spend in this gorgeous museum.
My tip : Buy the tickets online in advance in order to avoid the long queue. There’s another entry at the carrousel du louvre that is usually faster. The first Sunday of each month all the Parisian museums are free.
5.Champs Elysées and Triumph Arch. This is the shopping paradise for excellence, indeed many luxury shops closes at 9.00pm even on Sundays.
MyTip : Try the famous « Macaron » or other tasty sweets at Ladurée www.laduree.com
6.Montmatre, the « Mount of Martirs » Picturesque neighbourhood, where you can visit the church « Sacré Coeur » and the « place du Tertre » that is full of artist and painters.
My tip : The Moulin Rouge show is highly recommended. You have the possibility of having dinner there or just watch the french cabaret spectacle with a glass of champagne.
More info : http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/
7.Latin neighbourhood. Saint Germain des Près is one of the nicest areas of Paris, full of shops, bars and restaurants. The Pantheon is in this area, near the magnificent Luxembourg park. Don’t forget to visit the mythical Mouffetard street, the oldest part in Paris, one of the liveliest market streets with hundreds of restaurants.
My Tip : go to the Contrescarpe square to have a drink in one of the cosy terraced bars.
8.Canal Saint Martin– Nice place to hang around, visiting shops and trendy bars, like « chez prune »
My tip : If you go on spring or summer you can join the locals that come to the canal bank for drinks and picnic !
9.Bastille and Marais. Historical place for the French revolution, there’s a commemorative monument in the middle of the Bastille square, a big column topped by the « Spirit of Liberty » statue. The Marais is a hype neighbourhood with nice shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also here at the Marais where the main gay nightlife is concentrated.
My tip : Visit the wonderful « place de Vosgues », the oldest planned square in Paris, located in the heart of the Marais.
10.La Villette. Music Museum, Concert venue and a nice and big park to walk around.
My tip: Go to one of the free film sessions at the Outdoor Cinema in the summer time, bring friends and enjoy a nice picnic and film night out.