Top 10 Things To See and Do in Paris
Your guide to the city of lights
A seamless blend of classic and cutting edge, the French capital is a favorite destination for many a seasoned traveler. It’s also one of those rare places where the tourist destinations are just as satisfying as mixing with the locals. So, whether you’re a Parisian pro or someone simply aspiring to visit one day, consider this as your must-do list when in the city of lights…
One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, Le Marais is the Paris you’ve imagined. With narrow, crooked cobblestone streets and more pre-revolution buildings than any other arrondissement, it’s rich with history and home to some of today’s hippest art galleries and fashion houses.
It sounds obvious, but don’t let that fool you. Some iconic landmarks earn their status and this is definitely one of them. Go just before dusk to experience daylight, sunset and the lights that make it famous.
Yes, it’s a cathedral. But you’ve never seen one like it. Building started in 1163 and a trip up 387 steps will give you a view of some of the city’s other most famous attractions including the Arc de Triomphe and The Pantheon.
The Latin Quarter
Known for its bistros, music and universities, many consider the Latin Quarter the liveliest arrondissement in the city. An intellectual epicenter it was also home to bohemian Paris at its height.
Okay, so the river that bisects the city into left and right is hard to miss. But you’d be the one missing out should you choose to skip a cruise from Pont Neuf, which is the oldest, and many would argue, prettiest bridge in the city.
The largest museum in the western world, the Louvre is many an art lover’s first stop in Paris. As if its unending collection isn’t enough reason to go, visitors enter through a glass pyramid in the Cour Napoleon.
Something like New York’s Fifth Avenue, but even more grand and glamorous, no woman with even the slightest appreciation for clothing, cosmetics or luxury goods of any kind can miss this destination. While it’s been commercialized in recent years, you’ll still feel the spirit of cosmopolitan chic.
Located in a Belle Époque era train station, this is where you’ll find all the famed French Impressionist paintings of Monet, Degas, Cezanne and Van Gogh. You’ll also get a breathtaking view of our next can’t miss attraction.
The Sacred Heart Basilica dates back to the 19th century and towers over a neighborhood known as the Montemartre. Inside, you’ll find glittering gold ceilings with red and blue mosaics depicting notable figures like Joan of Arc. And if you’re feeling adventurous, a crypt!
Bois de Boulogne
Located on the city’s western edge, the Bois de Boulogne is two and a half times the size of Central Park. Inside its borders you’ll find lakes, botanical gardens, a zoo, an amusement park, two horseracing tracks and the tennis stadium that houses the French Open.
Is this number 11? Paris is simply that fabulous! And the famed Jardin du Luxembourg just couldn’t be left off any list. Described by some as taking a stroll through a French Film, you’ll find sailboat and pony rides, a puppet theater and merry go round in addition to the colorful paths and some of the best people watching in the city.