The City of Light is home to some of the world’s most incredible and renowned museums and monuments. When exploring the city you’re guaranteed to be enthralled by the beautiful sights, the different cuisines, and the exquisite French culture. Not sure about where or how to start your journey? That’s understandable, there’s so much to see! Here is a curated list of the must-see attractions to explore while you’re visiting Paris.
Bucket List for Paris
- See the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is often the first image that comes to mind when talking about the city and undoubtedly another must-see while enjoying your trip. It’s an icon of the Paris skyline symbolizing timeless beauty.
You can get a great view of the magical monument from several different points around Paris, however, you don’t want to miss out on the breathtaking expanse of the city that can be observed from the top of the Eiffel Tower. When people talk about views of the city, this is what they’re talking about.
If you’re interested in obtaining this amazing experience without the hassle of waiting in a line, check out our awesome new exclusive Eiffel Tower Night Tour with Champagne on the Siene that takes you directly to the top of the tower for the best views of the city!
2. Experience the Seine River Cruise (& French Cuisine?)
Embarking on the Seine River Cruise is a great way to unwind from a day of exploration in comfort, while still being able to revel in the wonders of Paris.
Along the stretch of the Seine River you will pass by iconic Parisian points from a new perspective with the relaxing sounds and sights of the water in the background.
Some of these landmarks that you’ll see throughout the route include the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower. Food and beverages are provided on the cruise, so pair a glass of wine and a delicious French meal with the luxurious experience that you’ll be completely immersed in.
3. Visit the Louvre
You can’t plan a trip to Paris without including the Louvre! The Louvre is globally recognized for its status as an amazing museum, containing timeless works such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.
The museum is huge so upon entering it’s best to plan your trajectory based on the different exhibits and works of art that interest you the most.
To help guide you through the museum, we created a helpful map and video. You can access it through our Top 10 Things to See at the Louvre article.
Keep in mind that large numbers of people frequent the museum, be prepared to wait in line or consider booking a tour through the Tour Guy in advance!
Can’t Miss: The Tuileries Garden is a short 10-minute walk from the Louvre and it’s definitely worth a visit. Created in 1564 as the garden of Tuileries Palace, these grounds have been the site of major events, such as the French Revolution.
4. Explore Montmartre
Montmartre is the neighborhood known for being the epicenter of art in Paris. This is where Moulin Rouge, the world-famous Cabaret known for its glamorous style originated, as well as other signature art forms like Burlesque.
Legendary artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Modigliani called Montmartre home. They produced some of their most famous pieces in the cafes and bistros that still exist there today.
Make sure you designate a part of your day to visit this eccentric neighborhood. You’ll want to have ample time to walk around and explore the intricate art and rich history that it is intertwined with.
5. Visit Notre Dame & The Basilique Sacre Cœur de Montmartre
Notre Dame is the most visited church in France and often regarded as one of the best highlights of Paris. It draws visitors and tourists from all around the world.
Unfortunately, entry is currently not allowed due to the recent fires. However, you can still get a decent view of the monument from the outside.
Sacre Coeur, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is another incredibly famous church and a must-see destination in Paris.
Its rich history is rooted in the French Revolution and the Middle Ages. Upon entry, you’ll be able to take in the astonishing view of the architecture as well as the crypt and ancient relics that lay inside.
This monuments are included in our Paris in a Day tour.
6. Get Lost in the Latin Quarter
This quaint neighborhood in Paris is another area that is deeply connected to history in many ways. It is often referred to as the Center of Literature, well-acclaimed writers like Hemingway and Joyce lived there.
There are several notable points of interest that you don’t want to miss while spending time in the Latin Quarter. It is home to the Pantheon, the widely recognized Sorbonne University, the Museum of Natural History, and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore.
When you’re walking around you’ll come across a number of charming cafes that add to the unmatched ambiance of this unique Parisian neighborhood.
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