Best Things to Do in Paris: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Paris, the City of Love, is a city that enchants with its rich history, vibrant nightlife, expansive green spaces, and an atmosphere that effortlessly blends romance and sophistication. Whether you’re here for the art, the food, or the sheer beauty of its streets, Paris promises an unforgettable experience. To make sure you make the best out of your trip to Paris, we prepared this all-encompassing Paris travel guide.

Where to Sleep

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Paris Opera: Located in the heart of the 9th arrondissement, the Leonardo Boutique Hotel Paris Opera offers a perfect blend of tranquility and accessibility. This fully renovated hotel combines modern comforts with Parisian elegance. Its proximity to iconic landmarks like the Palais Garnier and the bustling department stores on Boulevard Haussmann makes it an ideal base for exploring the city.

What to Do

Explore the Musée d’Orsay: Housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station, the Musée d’Orsay is a treasure trove of 19th and early 20th-century art. Renowned for its extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, the museum features works by artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas. The stunning architecture, including the iconic clock face and the fifth-floor café with panoramic views of Paris, adds to the museum’s allure, making it a must-visit for art lovers.

Enjoy Luxembourg Gardens: The Luxembourg Gardens, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a green oasis in the heart of Paris. Created in 1612 for Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV, the gardens are known for their meticulously manicured lawns, beautiful flowerbeds, and the iconic Medici Fountain. It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll, a peaceful picnic, or simply to relax and people-watch.

Stroll the Champs-Élysées: The Champs-Élysées, often described as the world’s most beautiful avenue, stretches from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Lined with theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, this iconic boulevard is the epitome of Parisian elegance. Don’t miss a visit to Ladurée for their famous macarons or a luxurious shopping experience at Louis Vuitton.

Walk along the River Seine: The River Seine flows gracefully through the heart of Paris, flanked by historic buildings and iconic landmarks. A walk along its banks offers stunning views of Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Don’t miss the picturesque Pont Alexandre III, often considered the most ornate and beautiful bridge in Paris, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter with the Invalides and Eiffel Tower areas.

Discover Le Marais: Le Marais is a historic district that exudes old-world charm. Known for its narrow, cobbled streets, hidden courtyards, and beautiful mansions (hôtels particuliers), it’s a wonderful place to explore on foot. The area is also famous for its trendy boutiques, art galleries, and vibrant Jewish quarter. Be sure to visit the Musée Picasso and the Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris.

Street in Paris with little cafés

Watch Sunset from Montmartre: Perched on a hill in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is famous for its bohemian atmosphere and artistic heritage. The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur offers one of the best panoramic views of Paris, especially at sunset. Wander through the charming streets, visit the artists at Place du Tertre, and soak in the unique ambiance that inspired artists like Picasso and Van Gogh.

What to See

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris: An architectural masterpiece, Notre-Dame de Paris is a stunning example of French Gothic architecture. Located on the Île de la Cité, this iconic cathedral is famous for its impressive façade, intricate sculptures, and magnificent stained-glass windows. Climb to the top for a close-up view of the gargoyles and a breathtaking panorama of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe: The Arc de Triomphe stands at the top of the Champs-Élysées and honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The monument’s walls are inscribed with the names of generals and battles, and beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Climb to the top for stunning views of the city and the grand avenues radiating from the monument.

Louvre Museum and the glass pyramid

The Louvre: The world’s largest art museum, the Louvre, is home to thousands of works, including the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Originally a royal palace, the Louvre’s stunning architecture and vast collections make it a must-visit for any art enthusiast. Spend hours exploring its extensive galleries and discovering masterpieces from antiquity to the 19th century.

Opéra Garnier: An architectural gem, the Opéra Garnier is a symbol of Parisian elegance and grandeur. Designed by Charles Garnier, this opulent opera house features a magnificent marble staircase, a grand chandelier, and exquisite frescoes by Marc Chagall. Take a guided tour to learn about its history and marvel at the lavish interior, or catch a ballet or opera performance.

Eiffel Tower: No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Constructed for the 1889 World’s Fair, this iconic structure offers breathtaking views of the city from its various observation decks. Whether you admire it from below, enjoy a meal at one of its restaurants, or ascend to the top, the Eiffel Tower remains an enduring symbol of Paris.

What to Eat

Croissant at Stohrer: Established in 1730, Stohrer is the oldest patisserie in Paris and a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Their croissants are legendary, flaky, and buttery—perfect for a quintessentially Parisian breakfast.

Croque-Monsieur at Café de Flore: One of the oldest and most iconic cafés in Paris, Café de Flore is famous for its classic French dishes. The croque-monsieur here is a must-try, served in an ambiance that has hosted intellectuals and artists for decades.

Entrecôte Steak and Chips at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte

Entrecôte Steak and Chips at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte: Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is renowned for its simple yet delicious menu: steak frites with a secret sauce. The no-reservations policy and consistent quality make it a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.

Onion Soup at Le Saint-Regis: Located on the Île Saint-Louis, Le Saint-Regis is famous for its traditional French onion soup. Rich and hearty, it’s the perfect dish to warm you up after a day of exploring the city.

Where to Drink
CopperBay bar, Paris

CopperBay: CopperBay offers a relaxed, maritime-inspired atmosphere perfect for enjoying creative cocktails. Located near Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, this bar is a hidden gem with a menu that changes seasonally, featuring innovative drinks like the Petit Artichaut made with nut butter-infused whisky, bitters, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and Guinness.

Chop Chop: This small wine bar, created by Julien Pham, Ismaël Jmili, and Ramy Ndione, exudes a young, arty, multicultural vibe. Despite its minimalist setup, Chop Chop attracts a lively crowd and offers a great selection of wines.

Cravan bar, Paris

Cravan: Located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Cravan is housed in a stunning 17th-century building with three cocktail bars and a bookstore. Each floor offers a unique experience, blending architectural styles with contemporary design. The ground floor nods to Art Nouveau, the second floor features a stylish marble bar, and the third floor boasts cozy living rooms with fireplaces.

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