When you visit Paris, you find yourself immersed in a global hub of art, fashion, food, and culture. It’s often the case that when you visit a new city you find yourself running out of things to do within a few days. This is never the case in Paris, as the city has so much to do and see that visitors often return time after time so that they can get it all done. This short guide compiles the ten things that every new visitor to the wonderful city should aim to do.
The Eiffel Tower
The iconic 19th century tower is one of the most easily recognizable structures in the world and attracts over 25,000 people a day. Visitors to the tower can enjoy a range of dining and gift shop option on every floor, and panoramic views of Paris from the observation deck.
The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris. Home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, it’s no wonder that it’s the most visited art gallery in the world.
Housed in a converted noble mansion, the largest collection of Picasso’s work in the world waits for visitors. It spans all Picasso’s incredible variety of styles and relentless reinvention, from the early blue period, through cubism, to surrealism, and everything in between.
This is arguably the most famous avenue in the world. Home to so many shops and fantastic eateries, the Champs-Élysées is an iconic two-kilometre stretch between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. A truly must-see location in this beautiful city.
Palace of Versailles
The home of the Kings of France from Kings of France from Louis XIV way back in 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. Although the palace is located a short journey out of Paris, it is still an extremely popular destination for visitors to the city.
Catacombs of Paris
The entrance to the Catacombes de Paris is just across the street from the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop, so is easily accessible. A creepy look at the more macabre side of Paris’ history.
Located along the beautiful River Seine, Notre-Dame Catherdral is a glorious Gothic masterpiece that is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
Palais Garnier – Opera National de Paris
One of the most extravagant opera houses in the world, performance at the Palais Garnier are always quick to sell out, so if you’re planning on seeing a show, you’ll want to book several months in advance.
Jardin du Luxembourg
With an impressive 106 sculptures nestled in its 61 acre space, including a replica of the Statue of Liberty, the Luxembourg Gardens could easily be considered an open-air museum in its own right. The gardens also benefit from having sports courts, including basketball and baseball.
Arc de Triomphe
It wouldn’t be a proper trip to Paris without seeing this beautiful archway that has been a key location of major national events over the years. From the top of the panoramic terrace, you can cast your eyes over the entirety of Paris.