Top Things to do in Paris


Paris is a tres magnifique city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime! With so many things to see and do, Paris attracts more than 32 million tourists annually who want to experience it’s unique offering of cultural opportunities including fashion and cutting-edge culinary delights.

And, when you’ve pre-arranged your airport transfers from Aéroport Beasuvais Tillé, Aéroport de Paris Orly or Aéroport Charles de Gaulle, you’ll arrive at the city center of Paris in no time. Without further ado, let’s take a look things to do in Paris!

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Museums

In my humble opinion, there are 3 or 4 must-see museums when you’re in Paris. While everyone recognizes the pyramid-style entrance of Musée du Louvre and its’ famous painting of Mona Lisa, my suggestion has always been to visit the striking Musée d'Orsay. Underneath the atrium roofs of a former Beaux-Arts railway station, the Musée d'Orsay offers up Impressionist collections by Van Gogh, Monet and Degas, to only name a few. Another Louvre alternative includes the Musée Rodin, that’s housed in an 18th-century manor home, where exhibits consists of drawings and sculptures, including The Thinker, as well as landscaped gardens. Set amongst 2 buildings, Musée Picasso offers up the biggest public collection of Picasso artwork in the world. And to make the most of any museum experience in Paris, be sure to sign up for an English (or native language) tour - they’re well any additional cost on top of the ticket price as you’ll be sure to not to miss any highlights!

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Architecture & Attractions

When you of think of breathtaking views of Paris, chances are La Tour Eiffel and maybe even the Arc de Triomphe come to mind. But if you climb 270 steps up to Basilique du Sacré Coeur at the top of Montmartre, you’ll be rewarded with skyline views of Paris that include the famous Eiffel Tower. Of course, no visit to Paris would be complete without seeing the 14th-century Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, the crowning place of Napoléon himself, where architectural highlights include its’ world-renowned flying buttresses and gargoyles. If you’d like to see something more contemporary, check out the modern lines (and the private collection) of Fondation Louis Vuitton. Enjoy a quintessential Parisian-style family experience at Luxembourg Gardens where kids regularly race sailboats and ride the carousel - it’s also a perfect location for people watching or for an afternoon picnic amongst the locals.

© Paris Tourist Office - Photographer: Amelie Dupont

Shopping

Similar to shopping malls in North America, you’ll find 19th-century covered passages - think high atrium glass ceilings - chock full of boutiques and galleries, on such streets as the bustling Passage Joffroy. If high-end designer shopping is your thing, you can shop till you drop along Rue Saint-Honoré where chic stores include Chanel and Hermès. The Marais district is perfect for those who love wandering the streets looking for unique shops, including second-hand, and enticing side streets. If you’re looking for an authentic Parisian experience, head over to Rue Des Martyrs where you’ll find an array of market shops offering everything from chocolatiers and cafes to boulangeries and fromageries. And while it may seem like the cliche thing to do when visiting Paris, I still suggest visiting Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The lush Palais-Royal Gardens offer access to the Jardin des Tuilieries as well as to designer shops like Stella McCartney, oo-la-la!

And there you have it, my list of the Top Things to do in Paris. De rien! 


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