Paris is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, which is why it’s not surprising that the city pulls in over 30 million tourists a year! Known as the City of Love, Paris is the ideal vacation destination for those who want to strengthen their bonds with their partners (or fall in love with themselves)! With beautiful buildings, delicious food at every café, and great streets to go shopping, this city has a wide range of experiences just waiting for you to enjoy.
Here are some of the top things to do in Paris!
1. Visit the Eiffel Tower!
Now, you certainly cannot make a trip to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. Standing 324 metres tall, this iconic landmark looks absolutely beautiful during the day and night. Make this a day trip with a picnic basket filled with wine, baguettes and cheese and sit on the grass with your loved ones!
2. Head down to the Louvre Museum!
If you’re an art lover, you must head down to the Louvre Museum. As the world’s largest art museum, the Louvre boasts of the most coveted art pieces in the world, with over 38,000 pieces that date all the way from the prehistoric age to the 21st century.
3. Visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame, is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the city and is a major tourist hot-spot. With stunning rose coloured windows, majestic sculptures and lovely architecture, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is certainly a place you should include in your travel itinerary!
4. Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe!
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most well-known monuments in Paris, second only to the Eiffel Tower. Built to honour brave soldiers who fought in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, this monument enjoys a reverential status in the hearts of local Parisians. What makes this monument truly beautiful is the fact that it has the names of all French victories along with war heroes inscribed all over. Additionally, it also features the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, a beautiful way to recognise everyone who fought for the country.
5. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées!
If you want to enjoy an evening of fun and frolic, then you’ve got to head down to the The Avenue des Champs-Élysées (also called Champs-Élysées). The 1.9-km road is filled with bustling cafes and restaurants, along with iconic tourist spots like Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Place Charles de Gaulle. This road is also where the Bastille Day Military Parade takes place so if you happen to be in Paris in July, you should definitely head here to enjoy a stunning show of patriotism! The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is also a great place to go shopping, especially if you love luxury brands. So, grab your wallet and make a dash for this street for a day that you will never forget!
6. Head down to the Sacré-Cœur!
The Sacré-Cœur, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, is a Roman Catholic and minor Basilica that was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacré-Cœur is incredibly stunning, with the white building juxtaposed beautifully against the property’s pristine lawns. Sit on the steps with your partner and enjoy a stimulating conversation about your lives together!
7. Enjoy art at The Musée d’Orsay!
The The Musée d’Orsay is a gorgeous museum in Paris that’s set right on the banks of the river Seine. What makes this so aesthetically beautiful is the fact that the museum is built in a former railway station called Gare d’Orsay. You’ll find the largest collection of impressionist paintings along with post-impressionist masterpieces. Some of these include works by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Degas and Gauguin. So, if you think that you’ve seen it all at the Louvre, think again because this museum should be included in your list of the best places to see in Paris!
8. Take a stroll at the Tuileries Garden!
The Tuileries Garden is a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic stroll with your partner. The lush garden is wonderfully landscaped and is one of the top places to relax and celebrate a great day! After a day filled with visiting sightseeing places in Paris and fun, head down to the Tuileries Garden to wind down in a great way.
9. Visit Montmartre!
Located in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is a hill that’s lent its name to its surrounding district. This place is mainly revered for its artistic history, which is why you should definitely make it a point to head here. It’s a great nightclub district, so if you’re looking for wild experiences and tons of partying, all you need to do is pick a place that’s located here. Montmartre also has quaint cobbled streets, great bistros, and beautiful buildings. If you’re a fan of street photography, then you’ll find plenty to take pictures of over here.
10. Go Shopping at the Boulevard Saint Germain!
The Boulevard Saint Germain is a great place for shopping enthusiasts. You won’t just find multiple shops and boutiques that sell luxury items, but also amazing home décor stores and gourmet food stores. If you’ve always dreamed of dressing like a Parisian and eating like one too, then this is the right place to get started! As the Boulevard Saint Germain sees a lot of people visiting, it’s another great place for photographing strangers living their lives.
Paris is a beautiful city that has a diverse range of experiences to offer. If you’re planning your next trip, make sure that there is someone there to document all the high points of your trip! As a professional photographer, I can help you leave Paris with an album that you’ll enjoy looking through for the rest of your life! Get in touch with me while planning your trip!