Besides tasting all the croissants and the baguettes!
Full of incredible architecture and structures that stand out due to their scope and unique design, the French capital will have you wanting to explore every nook and cranny to reveal its well hidden secrets. Thankfully that’s what we’re here to do for you so you don’t spend your well-earned vacation time looking for the best places Paris has to offer.
So besides the Louvre and the Arc de Triumph, that have already been mentioned in quite possibly every travel guide out there (and the Notre Dame that sadly isn’t there anymore), here are the five best things to do and see in the city of light:
- Eiffel Tower
It may be a bit of a cliche to mention the Eiffel Tower in a list of things to do in Paris but truly, it would be a waste to visit this city and not get to see its greatest monument up close for yourself. Built in 1889, this lattice tower will carry you to over 1,000 feet and give you a crystal clear view of the entire city — provided you’re not unfortunate enough to be visiting on a cloudy day, a regular occasion for Paris.
If you do plan to visit, come prepared, as no matter what time of the year you’re planning on seeing this site, it is bound to be full of people so you will no doubt spend a long time waiting in the line. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Otherwise you can simply pre-order a fast-pass ticket online that may cost you a little extra but it’ll let you skip the lines altogether.
You have the option of climbing half way or all the way to the top. Additionally, the view from the top will allow you to get a better sense of your surroundings and give you a chance to find your next destination in the city.
2. Champ de Mars
If you happen upon a sunny day and would prefer to take it easy with a nice stroll in the park or even a picnic, then the Champ de Mars is the ideal place for you.
Located right under the Eiffel Tower and lush full of greenery, this is the perfect spot for idling around and watching the day go by, especially if the climate is suited for it.
The large fountain in the middle provides hydration not just for the plants, but also for the air surrounding the park, keeping the temperature cool and humid even on days where the temperature goes well beyond the 30’s (Celsius.)
3. Moulin Rouge
This also belongs in the list of classics that are recommended for a good reason. But it is strongly suggested that you keep all children away not just from the cabaret itself, but from the general vicinity, especially after dark.
After disembarking from one of the nearby metro train or bus stations, you are suddenly greeted to an area full of brothels and other adult-themed locations.
Chief among them is the Moulin Rouge, a cabaret that was first established back in the 19th century and still remains as one of the most famous locations the city has to offer. This isn’t just another brothel however, it’s an entire experience, with the performances and costumes by the personnel and the great food and cocktails by the chefs and bartenders creating a combination that will stay with you for many years to come. Definitely worth a visit!
4. Sacre Coeur
But if you decide to walk the uphill streets behind the Boulevard de Clichy where the Moulin Rouge is located and continue your exploration, you’ll eventually be greeted by one of the most grand architectural accomplishments that you’ll ever happen upon: the Sacre Coeur.
The Sacre Coeur is so impressive in its design, so grandiose in its stature that no matter what your opinion is on religion or culture, you cannot help but be awe struck by it. As if that wasn’t enough, it is built in an ideal location — the highest point in all of Paris — that offers one of the most beautiful views the city has to offer, than can only be compared to those of the Eiffel Tower itself.
The Sacre Coeur is a Roman Catholic church that was built in 1914.
In the same area, you’ll find the most quaint little streets in which you can enjoy a quiet glass of wine with the entire capital of France as your view.
Montmartre, the district that the Sacre Coeur belongs to, is formed by stone-made streets, eerily similar to those of the Greek islands, making this the ideal setting to relax, let your hair down and enjoy a cup of whatever-it-is-you-feel-like.
Or if you’re feeling up to it, you can hop on the nearby petit train (small train) and go on an exploration tour of the area.
The Montmartre area is one of great significance for the entire country, as many artists started off from here or created many of their most important works of art in this district. It is the main reason why very little work has been done to it and why it remains mostly as it is to this day, in order to maintain its image as much as possible.
And those are five things that you can do during your trip to Paris! Some may be rather ordinary and others may be unique, but you’ll definitely stay busy once you get there! As for Disneyland, if you do plan on visiting, our recommendation is that you do it on a weekday and you plan to dedicate the whole day towards your visit to Mickey Mouse’s castle, as it is quite far from the city and there’s a whole lot to see there. But, however you choose to spend your time, as always remember to have fun!