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Things to do in Paris

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Welcome to Paris

Even first-time visitors experience a sense of familiarity when they arrive in Paris, with its instantly recognizable monuments, tightly packed bistro terraces, and chic boutiques. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum are three attractions rarely left off any itinerary—and for good reason. For more, add on a Seine River cruise, Montmartre walking tour, Moulin Rouge dinner show, and day trip to the Palace of Versailles. But for all its iconic scenery and artistic treasures, there’s something to be said for discovering the City of Light like a Parisian, with leisurely visits to cafés, boulangeries, and the narrow alleyways of ‘arrondissements’ (neighborhoods).

Top 10 attractions in Paris

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower isn't just a symbol of Paris but a symbol for all of France. Erected by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, the 1,050-foot (320-meter) tower once held the title of the world's tallest structure. Despite having been dwarfed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa and The Shard in London, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet. View the architectural icon from afar, or stop in at the three observation levels for stellar city views.More
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River Seine

River Seine

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The lifeblood of Paris, the River Seine plays many roles in the city: It separates the Right Bank from the Left Bank, acting as a dividing line between Paris’ historically sophisticated and bohemian halves; it provides transportation via riverboat and plenty of opportunity for romantic strolls; and its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.More
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Louvre

Louvre

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Primarily associated with the steady gaze of Leonardo Da Vinci's famousMona Lisa, Paris' Louvre museum is home to a 35,000-strong collection of paintings and sculptures considered one of the greatest in the world. The contemporary glass Louvre Pyramid heralds the museum's entrance, which millions of tourists flock to every year to feast their eyes on masterpieces that span from antiquity to the 20th century.More
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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Second only to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is one of Paris' most iconic attractions, a marvel of medieval architecture that was immortalized in Victor Hugo's classic novelThe Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today, the Gothic grandeur and stained-glass windows of the UNESCO World Heritage site continue to reign supreme from Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the Seine River.(UPDATE: Notre Dame Cathedral is currently off-limits due to fire damage)More
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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

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Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.More
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Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

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Situated on the right bank of the Seine River and flanked by the idyllic Tuileries Garden and the grand boulevard of Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. The infamous guillotines of the French Revolution were located here, but today the square is best known for striking monuments, elegant hotels, and elaborate fountains.More
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Grand Palais

Grand Palais

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The Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most beautiful and recognizable structures. Debuted in 1900 in time for the World’s Fair, the architectural marvel is famed for its colossal nave, Beaux-Arts architecture, and immense glass roof. Today, the Grand Palais houses several gallery areas and also hosts tournaments, Chanel fashion shows, and other major events.More
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Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

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The Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) date back to the 1700s, when the ossuary was formed from an old underground quarry. Over the years, more and more remains were brought here from overcrowded cemeteries to make room for the city's development, up until 1860. For those with an interest, it’s a fascinating look at a former burial practice.More
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Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

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Though it translates to “New Bridge” in French, the Pont Neuf is in fact the oldest bridge in Paris, built in 1607 to connect the banks of the river Seine to Ile de la Cite. Known in the 18th and 19th centuries for its unsavory street vendors and pickpockets, Pont Neuf is now a tranquil pedestrian bridge and meeting place for visitors and locals alike.More
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Montmartre

Montmartre

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A large hill in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, the historic district of Montmartre is crowned by Sacré-Coeur Basilica, attracting visitors who come to walk the cobblestone streets and imagine what life was like during the Belle Epoque, when artists such as Dalí, Renoir, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Picasso lived and worked here from the late 19th to early 20th century. Today, artists still gather at Place du Tertre to sketch tourist portraits—a favorite souvenir.More

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Top activities in Paris

Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Must to try in Paris!
Diana_M, Sep 2020
French Wine and Champagne Tasting in Paris
Our host was extremely kind with clear explanations making of this opportunity a unique way to see Paris.
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Lovely tour!
Eunice_N, Sep 2020
Paris Discovery: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour
A really lovely tour, your able to hop on and off at the many attractions throughout Paris...
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Gay Paris
Rory_W, Aug 2020
Private Paris City Tour in an Electric Tuktuk
Fluent in English Full of facts and Funny remarks Highly recommend
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Great!
Marie_A, Apr 2020
City Sightseeing Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Very efficient and helpful to visit all Paris.
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enjoyable but
Krysteena_L, Mar 2020
Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Evening Experience
It was an awesome deal to see so much.
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Skip the Line Eiffel
Aaron_A, Mar 2020
Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket with Summit Access & City of Lights Paris View
Our tour guide was very helpful and it’s a great way to see Paris!
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Great guide
Melissa, Mar 2020
Paris Your Perfect Day in the City Custom Private Tour
Would highly recommend if you are trying to see the most of the city and don’t have lots of time.
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Perfect snapshot
Teagan, Mar 2020
Paris Highlights Bike Tour with Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre-Dame
Get to see a snapshot of Paris.
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Everything was amazing
M_Shep, Mar 2020
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
The service, food, boat and attractions were amazing.
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Paris Segway by night
TOS, Mar 2020
Paris Segway Tour with Eiffel Tower Ticket and Summit Access
A great way to see a lot in a short time by zooming around on a fun Segway.
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Great way to spend half a day touring one of Paris's most sought after areas
Lewis_B, Feb 2020
Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Would definitely recommend this tour as a way to see an amazing part of Paris.
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Friendly staff & driver:))
Che, Feb 2020
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
I really enjoyed my trip in Paris and using Big bus it’s very convenient to see all he landmarks!
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Paris by Segway
Ken, Feb 2020
Segway Eiffel Tour Paris
The tour was a great way to see Paris without a lot of walking.
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Perfect way to see Paris
Kelli_M, Feb 2020
Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën
Got to see the Eiffel Tower and other sites at sunset, also got amazing pictures!
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Classic tour
David_M, Feb 2020
Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën
Great afternoon in such an iconic car - this is a must if you want to see Paris with a top guide in a Car from the olden days - we loved it
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Paris in a day
Katherine_A, Feb 2020
The prestigious tour to not miss anything of Paris
She spoke English well and was accommodating with our visit in Paris.
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Highlight of paris
Paula_S, Feb 2020
Paris Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show with Champagne Only or Dinner
Absolutely amazing well worth going to see great acts and amazing costumes great atmosphere and lovely staff a must see in Paris
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Fun time
Paul, Feb 2020
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Good value for your money well worth getting for a city the size of Paris plenty of places to visit stop at the cafes at some stops and enjoy
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Ladies who lunch
Joanne_E, Feb 2020
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise with Live Music
Such a perfect experience and great way to see Paris sights in luxury and at a relaxed pace of life!
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The Highlight of my Trip to Paris
cpeacock1, Feb 2020
Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
Our guide Ruben was super, really knowledgeable, he took us on a perfect tour for 3 hours showing us and talking through the star attractions.

A local’s pocket guide to Paris

Jade Broggio

Jade worked in Paris’ La Défense neighborhood many moons ago and had an amazing time living in Ménilmontant, between the 11th and the 20th arrondissements (districts).

The first thing you should do in Paris is...

immerse yourself in the typical Parisian atmosphere. Order a coffee on the terrace of a bistro in Les Halles and contemplate the bustle of the city.

A perfect Saturday in Paris...

starts with brunch at Shouk, a Mediterranean restaurant in the 10th arrondissement. Then, follow Amélie’s footsteps down the Canal Saint-Martin, before meeting friends at Prune for a glass of wine (or two).

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is … ...

Montmartre. Escape the crowds in the Place du Tertre and get lost a little further down the cobbled streets for a more local experience.

To discover the "real" Paris...

visit the 19th arrondissement. I like to stroll along the Buttes Chaumont and the Canal de l'Ourcq, before stopping by La Paname, an incredible brewery that overlooks the canal.

For the best view of the city...

go to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre or leave Paris for nearby Saint-Germain-en-Laye for a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower and La Défense from the Saint-Germain Castle.

One thing people get wrong...

Parisians are not always on strike, but make sure to check the local news before planning your day.

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