10 Things to do in Paris
A first-timers guide to Paris!
Paris is one of those places that everyone should go to at least once. There is something about it that is magical, and feels like no where else. Here is a list of 10 things to do in Paris!
Tips for where to go, what to see, what to do, and a bonus suggestion at the bottom! Enjoy!
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1. Montparnasse Tower
First on our list of 10 things to do in Paris is the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Deck is an AMAZING place to watch the Eiffel Tower at night.
From 689ft in the air you can have a romantic view of the most iconic structures in the world!
Try to go after the sun sets, so you can watch the Eiffel Tower light up and sparkle! However, you can also go during the day time if you are looking for a clear view of the entire city.
There is even a bar up here and comfortable seating. Grab a drink, and enjoy the views!
2. Saint Chapelle
Saint Chapelle has some seriously amazing stained glass windows. I mean just beautiful! When the sun shines through the glass, the church fills with colors that you will not forget!
You will need to climb up a spiral staircase to get here, which is a little cramped.
The church itself is pretty small, so be sure to book tickets in advanced!
3. Eiffel Tower
Obviously, am I right?!
But really. Pick up a baguette, a bottle of wine (or buy some from one of the many people selling them there), and enjoy a romantic moment together!
I suggest getting this awesome selfie stick tripod so you can take cute pics with your significant other!
This area can get pretty busy, so find a spot off to the side. We found an area between the walkway and the flowers, where we had the whole lawn to ourself!
You cannot go to Paris and not eat a macaroon. Its basically a law.
These are from Pierre Herme. HIGHLY recommended.
SO many flavors, so little time! You can get tons of free samples in the store, and the workers are very friendly and willing to help you out!
They also sell different kinds of chocolates, which you get to sample as well.
5. Luxembourg Gardens
This is a great spot to relax and eat those macarons!
There are plenty of gorgeous gardens and landscapes to step away from all the hustle and bustle.
Here, you will find botch locals and tourists taking a load off, kids playing with little boats in the fountains, and high school marching bands practicing.
6. Moulin Rouge
Ok, yeah it was a little pricy. But OMG SOOO worth it.
We were blown away. The nudity wasn’t distracting from the show as a whole, the costumes were phenomenal, and the stunts (I had no idea there would be stunts) were BREATHTAKING.
Spend the extra money and go see a show here.
Our hotel was right around the corner from here.
7. The Louvre
Prepare yourself, art lovers.
This museum is home to the ever famous Mona Lisa!
Keep in mind, the popular exhibits like the Mona Lisa are very busy and heavily guarded. Be patient, and recognize it might be a little chaotic!
Take this classic photo while you’re here for your instagram (all the tourists are doing it)!
You could spend all day in here. Plenty of exhibits for all interests!
Again, buy tickets ahead of time to skip lines!
8. Palace of Versailles
This place is full of stunning art and 250 acres of gardens!
It used to be the royal residence of Louis XVI until the French Revolution, so there is plenty of history here!
See how the rich lived back in the day! Be sure to take a stroll in the grounds and see the magical fountains!
If you get hungry, there is a cafe near the grounds, so stop at get a bite to eat, then talk a walkabout!
Get a 10% discount on tickets here!
9. Notre Dame
We were lucky enough to have visited Notre Dame before the unfortunate fire this past year. If you are planning to visit here in the future, be sure to keep an eye on new policies and procedures when visiting the cathedral once it re-opens.
When renovations are completed, be sure to check out the inside of this beautiful church!
Be careful of scams in this area. It is a hot spot for tourists, so there will be pickpocketers in the area.
10. Put a lock on the Pont des Arts Bridge
Putting a lock with you and your significant others initials on it is said to be a committment to your love for each other, and what better place to do this than Paris?!
We learned there are so many keys in the river that they have to clean it out every so often!
Many sources say doing this is no longer available, but we saw plenty of locks.
Pick up a lock before you travel (locks can be pricy in nearby gift shops because of this trend) like this one! Super cute!
Bonus tip: hotel recommendation
We stayed at Hotel Trinite Haussmann right near the red light district. It is very close to the Moulin Rouge area, with lots of local restaurants and shops nearby!
It was super chic and actually very affordable!
Also very close to the train which made it a very conveninent home base.
Thanks for reading 10 things to do in Paris! Comment your favorite Parisian things below!