Top 10 Things to Do In Paris, France

How does one begin to narrow down a list of top 10 things to do in Paris? I feel as though it would take a lifetime to explore Paris in all of its romantic splendor. It is a city where gorgeous 17th city architecture stands next to a modernized Zara storefront. Here, historic underground jazz clubs are now the filming sites of Hollywood blockbusters.

This clash of old and new somehow flow together seamlessly making the city of Paris feel like a modern day fairytale. It’s a place where some of the greatest writers and artists throughout time have drawn inspiration from. Home to the world’s best restaurants and fashion houses. The birthplace of sidewalk cafe culture. And as the saying goes…Paris is always a good idea.

1. The Louvre

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The Louvre

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

The Louvre is the largest museum in the world and home to the famous Mona Lisa. Originally built as a fortress in 1190 and later reconstructed as a royal palace in the 16th century, the building itself is a French artifact. If you spent 30 seconds looking at every piece of work all day, every day, it would take 100 days to see the entire museum! I say you should at least spend one day exploring here.

2. Eat

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Le Dali

With more Michelin star restaurants than any other city in the world, there is no better place to dine than Paris. There are so many incredible places to eat but my favorites so far are Polidor, for a historic and delicious dining experience, Le Dali for a spectacular splurge, and L’as Du Falafel for a tourist attraction that 100%  lives up to the hype.

3. Rue de la Huchette

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Rue de la Huchette

75005 Paris, France

The Rue de La Huchette is one of the oldest streets in Paris’ Latin Quarter and is home to great bars and late night food spots. Make sure to check out Le Caveau de la Huchette, a historic Jazz club and filming location for the movie La La Land and Le Relais de la Huchette, a piano bar with a talented singer performing French and American classics.

4. Luxembourg Gardens

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Luxembourg Gardens

75006 Paris, France

Created in 1612, the meticulous manicured grounds that surround the Luxembourg palace will transport you straight into the world of Alice in Wonderland. It’s the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll or layout a blanket for a relaxing afternoon.

5. Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

This is obviously THE main event in Paris. I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of French wine, cheese and a baguette from the nearest market, and having yourself a nice little picnic at the park under the Eiffel Tower.

6. Notre Dame

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Notre Dame

6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

The Notre Dame Cathedral began construction in 1163 and is widely revered as the finest example of French Gothic architecture. Whether your a religious or not, this is an awe-inspiring sight not to be missed.

7. Shakespeare and Co.

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Shakespeare and Co.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

This is perhaps the most famous and beloved book store in the world. Founded by George Whitman, Shakespeare and Co quickly became a center for expat literary life and has been home to over 30,000 writers and artists. Go here to find a great read, discover more about your favorite writers, or grab a snack at their tasty cafe next door!

8. Sidewalk Cafe

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Sidewalk Cafe

Paris is the birthplace of sidewalk cafe culture and it is definitely a cultural experience that you should partake in during your visit. All of the cafe seating faces outward toward the street, make it perfect for people watching. Not to mention pretty much every cafe in Paris will be serving up some of the best baked goods you will ever have the pleasure of eating in a lifetime.

9. The Seine River

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Seine River

This world famous river flows through the heart of Paris and is a large part of the city’s romanticism. I suggest just taking a walk down the river as far as your heart desires. On any given day you can find Parisians gathering with friends at the water’s edge, enjoying a bottle of wine and watching the sunset. There are also many beautiful bridges, food carts, and vendors that line the river.

10. Champs-Élysées

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75008 Paris, France

Often described as the world’s most beautiful avenue, this 2-kilometer pedestrian stretch is lined with some of the best restaurants and shops in Paris. It also leads straight to the famous Arc De Triomf so it makes it a two in one tourist destination.

I think you should do all the things (in fact I need to go back and do more things myself.) However, these are definitely the top 10 things to do in Paris that you don’t want to miss on your first trip.

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