30 best things to do in Paris
Paris is the capital city of France as well as its most populous one. Being the 3rd most visited city in the world, there are lots of Things to do in Paris. Founded in the 3rd Century BC, Paris is best known as the home to various most visited museums in the world.
Going to this city is such a great pleasure especially if you like romantic walks through the old streets and seeing some of the greatest architectural treasures. However it is not so easy as Paris is quite large, so prepare comfortable shoes and reserve few days for it. Here is a list of the most beautiful places in Paris you will definitely want to visit.
Evening in Paris, France by Joe deSousa
Things to do in Paris – Visiting Most Beautiful Places in Paris
1. The Louvre Museum
Considered to be the most visited art museum in the world, one must not forget the Louvre Museum as a destination to be in Paris.
It serves as the home of many artworks of the pre 20th-century era. The place has a lot of history in itself so visiting it would also mean travelling back in time.
Louvre Museum, Things to do in Paris, France by Dennis Jarvis
2. Notre Dame Cathedral
Trips to Paris will never be complete without visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral which features architectural designs that date back to the 12th century.
It would definitely take your breath away to see one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of the Europe.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Things to do in Paris, France by Anna & Michal
3. The Eiffel Tower
Who can imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower? This is an attraction in Paris that already recorded around 220 million visitors.
Watch it glow with different colors of light during the night time and see why it is considered as a place to see when visiting the city of Paris.
Eiffel Tower at night, Things to do in Paris, France by Gilad Rom
4. Musée d’Orsay
Apart from The Louvre Museum, one must visit also the Musée d’Orsay in order to see another collection of classical artworks which will definitely take your breath away.
At night time, the museum is highlighted by lights which will definitely be hard not to watch.
Musée d’Orsay, Things to do in Paris, France by Yann Caradec
5. The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter
If you are in Paris, take some time to visit The Sorbonne University which is considered to be one of the oldest universities in Europe, being founded in 1257.
After your visit, enjoy walking at the Latin Quarter which is just behind it for a relaxing unwinding.
Sorbonne, Things to do in Paris, France by Clem
6. Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées
Do you want to see a place that was built to show military power and great triumph? Try visiting this towering structure in Paris built by Emperor Napoleon.
You would also see why this destination has proven to be one of the tourist attractions in Paris and despite its military background; Arc de Triomphe is still popular among tourists.
Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Things to do in Paris, France by Norio NAKAYAMA
7. Centre Georges Pompidou
This art museum and cultural center were made famous because of its skeletal design that depicts blood vessels that evoke thinking.
If you are looking for a place of modern art collections, then Centre Georges Pompidou is the perfect place for you to be in Paris.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Things to do in Paris, France by Travel Stock Photos
8. Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre
If you want a little more adventure while you are in Paris, you should definitely visit the Sacré-Cœur, which is basilica that is located at the highest point of the city of Paris.
While you are at it, consider walking by the village-like streets of Montmartre.
Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre, Things to do in Paris, France by leo gonzales
9. Boat Tour of the Seine River
Do you want your experience in Paris to be extra special? Why don’t you try to go for a boat to the Seine River?
That way you can see all the beautiful sights in Paris while travelling through the calm waters of this beautiful river.
Seine river, Things to do in Paris, France by Joe deSousa
10. Père Lachaise Cemetery
Looking to pay respect for famous personalities in France that have become your inspiration and idol?
Then perhaps you should visit Père Lachaise Cemetery that is considered to be one of the famous cemeteries in Paris.
Père Lachaise Cemetery main entrance, Things to do in Paris, France by Coyau
11. Tour Montparnasse
This huge and 212 meters high skyscraper known as Tour Montparnasse is the office building visible from all over Paris. At the time of its completion (in 1972) it was the highest office building in Europe.
The elevator takes you to the 59th floor, and after some more steps, you get to the spacious roof from where you can admire spectacular views all over Paris.
View of Paris from Tour Montparnasse, Things to do in Paris, France by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo
12. Les Invalides
Les Invalides was built in 1670 at the order of Louis XIV for his veterans. The building now houses the military museum, but if you are not a weapons enthusiast then you may go through the tree-lined promenade to the Seine river.
The main landmark of Les Invalides is not this building itself, but it is Dome of Les Invalides. During the sunny day, it is its golden roof that shines in the middle of Paris when you look at it from above. And it is right here where is the tomb of Napoleon.
Dome of Les Invalides, Montparnasse, Things to do in Paris, France by Victor R. Ruiz
13. La Défense
Although I am not a big fan of new architecture and glass buildings, La Défense is among the must-sees places of most of the travelers to Paris.
La Défense is the business district on the western outskirts of the city, which is the largest administrative center in Europe.
La Défense, Things to do in Paris, France by Linh Nguyen
14. Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris covering an area of 8 ha. Until the mid-18th century, there was a swamp only, however now this square is one of the most beautiful historic squares in all of the Europe.
Here you can see 23 meters-tall obelisk which is 3300 years old. The two monumental fountains which are in the middle of the square are among of the most beautiful fountains in Paris.
Place de La Concorde fountain and obelisk, Things to do in Paris, France by M.Maselli
Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic architecture jewel with beautiful stained glass windows and is considered one of the most fascinating architectural works of the Western world.
The chapel was built by Louis IX in 1248. During the French Revolution, the chapel served as a warehouse for flour and suffered serious damage. One hundred years later it was renovated by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and today it is a place of classical music concerts.
Sainte-Chapelle, Things to do in Paris, France by bvi4092
16. Saint-Jacques Tower
The impressive Gothic tower dates back to 1523. Saint-Jacques Tower was a part of the church that used to stand on this place, but was completely destroyed in 1797 by revolutionaries.
The tower is 52 meters high and is one of the major landmarks of Paris. Since 1998, the tower is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Saint-Jacques Tower, Things to do in Paris, France by Benh LIEU SONG
17. The Church of Saint-Eustache
The Church of Saint-Eustache can not be missed on the list of the most beautiful places in Paris. It was built in 1532 – 1637 and its interior was designed according to the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The church gained in importance due to its location near the royal Louvre Palace.
Saint-Eustache Church, Things to do in Paris, France by Rog01
18. Fontaine des Innocents
Not far from Centre Pompidou in the Halles quarter, you can find one of the most beautiful fountains in Paris – Fontaine des Innocents.
This Renaissance fountain is the oldest fountain in the city built in 1549 to celebrate the entry of Henry II of France into Paris.
Fontaine des Innocents, Things to do in Paris, France by Moonik
19. La Madeleine Church
La Madeleine Church is a massive building that was built in the style of a Greek temple. It is surrounded by 52 columns and can be found near Place de la Concorde.
Its construction started already in the 12th century but was not completed until 1842 during the reign of Napoleon.
La Madeleine Church, Things to do in Paris, France by Jebulon
20. Opéra Garnier
The magnificent edifice dedicated to the art of ballet stands at the end of Avenue de L’opera and dominates the square of the eponymous name.
Gilded sculptures on the roof of the Opéra Garnier will dazzle you with their beauty on a bright day as well as night when the Opera House is richly illuminated.
Opéra Garnier – Grand Foyer, Things to do in Paris, France by Degrémont Anthony
21. Luxembourg Palace and gardens
Large garden with numerous ponds, fountains, beautiful statues and exotic trees invites you to rest, relax and recharge your mind. With a view of magnificent Luxembourg Palace, there is no better place to do so.
The former royal residence was built in 1617, now houses the French Senate.
Luxembourg Palace and gardens, Things to do in Paris, France by Adriano Ribeiro
Located on the left bank of the Seine river, Panthéon captivates you with its spectacular dome seen from all parts of Paris. It was built by Louis XV. in honor of St. Genevieve as an expression of happiness on his recovery from a serious illness.
Completed in 1790 Panthéon first served as a church, now as mausoleum; houses the graves of important French people (eg. Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexander Dumas, Emil Zola and others).
Panthéon, Things to do in Paris, France by Anna & Michal
23. Church of Saint-Sulpice
Church of Saint-Sulpice is known thanks to the movie based on the novel The Da Vinci Code. Its construction started in 1646 and lasted more than a hundred years.
Interesting are the two towers on the west facade of the church. When you look closely you’ll find out that they are not identical.
Church of Saint-Sulpice, Things to do in Paris, France by Mbzt
24. Palace of Versailles
What a mistake it would be not to visit Palace of Versailles, one of the most famous palaces in the entire world. You can find it only 17 km from the center of Paris.
Being surrounded by extensive gardens the whole complex is so large, that it is perhaps impossible to see everything in one day. Palace of Versailles was built as a symbol of absolute power and became a model for several other European palaces, from which the most famous replica is Schonbrunn Palace in Wien.
Palace of Versailles, Things to do in Paris, France by ToucanWings
25. Château de Vincennes
East of Paris you can step into the Middle Ages. Here you can find one of the most important palaces in French history – Château de Vincennes.
This Royal Palace, which was originally a hunting lodge was built in the 12th century.
Château de Vincennes, Things to do in Paris, France by Selbymay
26. Statue of Liberty
Did you know that Paris also has its own Statue of Liberty? It is not so big as the one in New York but it can be interesting to see the Statue of Liberty together with Eiffel Tower, what do you think?
The statue is located on the island of Cygnes in the southwestern part of Paris.
Statue of Liberty, Things to do in Paris, France by Fabrice Terrasson
27. Les Catacombes
Paris Catacombs (Les Catacombes de Paris) originated after 1785 when the city started to tackle the problem with hygiene and with insufficient capacity of the Paris cemeteries at the same time.
There are about 2 kilometers of tunnels in the catacombs and the temperature is around 14°C so it is useful to take a jacket with you.
Les Catacombes, Things to do in Paris, France by Mariejo71
28. The Garden of Palais-Royal
The garden of the Royal Palace, or the Jardin du Palais-Royal is located in the 1st district near the Louvre. In the foreground is Neoclassical Palais Royal founded by Cardinal Richelieu in 1624.
The garden is suitable for a picnic or a resting after challenging walking tour of Paris.
Palais-Royal Gardens, Things to do in Paris, France by David Baron
29. Bois de Boulogne
Large park Bois de Boulogne was founded during the reign on Napoleon in 1852. The park has many lakes, at which the people are relaxing.
The park is suitable for children as they can have fun in the small amusement park with a small roller coaster, children’s train ride or you can rent a boat and sail the lakes. There are even a zoo and botanical garden. As it is typical for such places in Paris, one day is not enough here.
Bois de Boulogne, Things to do in Paris, France by Free On Line Photos
30. Elysee Palace
Elysee Palace is located in the heart of Paris, near the Champs-Élysées, after which takes its name.
Since 1873 is the seat of French presidents. The private residence of the President is located in the east wing of the building.
Elysee Palace, Things to do in Paris, France by Thomas Faivre-Duboz
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Where to stay in Paris?
The location where you will stay in Paris is important to optimize your trip during your stay in the capital. That said, since the Paris metro serves every corner of the city, you can visit the most famous monuments in Paris without having to stay very close to them.
Stay in Montmartre if you want to wake up in a district that looks like a village, and where the joy of living is felt. Stay in the Latin Quarter (Left Bank) if you like history and student spirit. Stay in Saint-Germain-des-Prés if you have the soul of a poet. La Motte Piquet Grenelle/Passy if you are a movie lover (near Eiffel Tower). Stay at Opéra/Grands Boulevards/Bourse if you wish to taste dishes in the best restaurants. Or stay in Bastille if you like nightlife and popular culture. You can find an cheap hotel in Paris by searching on this hotel aggregator.
Finally, we recommend you book a parking spot in Paris before you even get there to avoid wasting your precious time in this beautiful city time hunting one down.
These were Things to do in Paris. There are much more great places to see and visit in Paris and if you think that some of them should be listed here please let me know below in the comments.
And if you liked Paris you will also like the rest of France. The country boasts countless cities, towns, and villages that you should really see! Check these 50 most beautiful cities and towns in France.
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deepak sahni Le 12/09/2017 à 10h41
that is the nice place
Julius Le 12/09/2017 à 20h55
It really is! 🙂
Auralyn Le 20/04/2017 à 14h00
Great list i have been there 7 months back had great memories and here is a list of things you should
keep in mind before visiting Paris for a happy stay and a memorable trip … Hope you would like it https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-travelguide/10_things_you_should_know_before_visiting_paris/
Monika Le 28/09/2016 à 7h51
Brilliant article dear! Thank you for these great and informative information with us. I am dreaming of going to the Eiffel tower. Let me add some more places which are my favorite and want to go: 1. Musée d’Orsay
2. Louvre museum
3. Catacombs of Paris
4. The Towers of Notre Dame
Julius Le 06/10/2016 à 19h31
These are definitely the top places in Paris, but you have to see all 30 of them! 🙂
Farah Tariq Le 26/08/2016 à 18h58
I love to visit paris….not only paris but the whole world….but it is just a dream that’ll never come true???
Lack of time…
Lack of resources…
Julius Le 26/08/2016 à 19h02
There are lots of amazing places all around the world. No one can see everything, but what you can do is to start travelling locally! In every corner of the world, there is something wonderful to see and visit! So it’s close to you as well! 🙂
Valter D Machado Le 04/11/2015 à 22h10
Paris o amor da minha vida!
Becky Padmore Le 02/11/2015 à 11h21
Paris is so pretty, great list!
madi Le 29/10/2015 à 20h02
These are great shots! I’ve only been to about half of those places in Paris – I’ve only ever been for a few hours, got some inspiration for my next visit 🙂
Sue Le 11/09/2015 à 16h43
Tough choice with this city full of gems, bridges, museums but good selection. I am a big fan of Saint-Denis basilica http://uk.tourisme93.com/basilica/ It’s not as popular as Notre Dame but it’s a Gothic masterpiece and the home of the kings of France.
Julius Szabo Le 11/09/2015 à 16h59
Thanks for your tip, Sue! Saint-Denis basilica looks very nice both from outside as well as from inside! I haven’t heard of this before. Should definitely be included in this list!
Robb Saunders Le 10/09/2015 à 5h31
All of those places look so amazing. I must go. I have to speak French a little at work so hopefully I’ll be able to understand some of what the locals say.
Keep up the great work!
Claudia Le 09/09/2015 à 8h44
I am kind of ashamed to admit that I have never been to Paris. I have been to France a few times, but I am still waiting for the right time to go there. It seems that there never is one for me!!
Revati Le 09/09/2015 à 4h30
Sigh. You have literally covered every one of my favourite places in Paris. I’d perhaps add Village Saint Paul to the mix as well.
christine Le 08/09/2015 à 18h34
Stunning!! You made me fall in love with Paris all over again 🙂
melody pittman Le 07/09/2015 à 16h05
You have posted a gorgeous article, and great information, but I simply have no desire to ever visit Paris. I cannot even be in the airport for a few hours without getting my blood pressure all elevated and finding 10 things to complain about. I do not know what it is, but Paris is the only place that makes me feel this way. Any suggestions?
Conor Le 06/09/2015 à 15h02
We were so glad to be tipped off about Tur Montparnasse when we went to Paris. It’s by far the best view of the Eiffel Tower at night…. and it’s not crowded like everywhere else. An absolutely unforgettable experience!
Anne | Girl Chasing Sunshine Le 06/09/2015 à 14h04
As I always say, no matter what others think, Paris is the quintessential European city! You’ve captured some of the best and major sites to visit and things to do in this city. Great job!
Michael Huxley Le 06/09/2015 à 14h03
I love Paris, I never get tired of the Louvre.
antonette - we12travel Le 06/09/2015 à 11h16
Paris is awesome – it’s always such a pleasure to go back there. There’s still a lot for me to see there so I’ll definitely keep this post in mind for future visits!
Lucy Le 05/09/2015 à 23h18
When I was in Paris I didn’t thought of a tour in boat…I regret it now….
Julius Szabo Le 06/09/2015 à 8h54
Usually boat tour or climbing to city’s towers are some of the best experiences and belongs to the must-do activities. So next time do not avoid these! 🙂
Nic from Roaming Renegades Le 05/09/2015 à 16h57
Don’t you just love Paris, such an amazing city and for me the one which inspired my on going wanderlust. Thanks for reminding me of where it all started! Need to head back!
Erica Le 05/09/2015 à 16h36
Great summary in one post! Definitely need to see some of these.
Karla | karlaroundtheworld Le 05/09/2015 à 14h06
Paris is indeed a beautiful city. Spent one week there and I fell in love with it even more. Nice pictures.
Julius Szabo Le 05/09/2015 à 14h18
This is the reason why Paris is always one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe – everyone fall in love with this beautiful city! 🙂
Vicki Mattingly Le 05/09/2015 à 1h37
Great collection of all the must-see sights in Paris, as well as some of the not-as-frequented ones.
Julius Szabo Le 05/09/2015 à 14h16
Thanks Vicki, there are few more places that should be included as well, I will add them later!
Ynah CA Le 04/09/2015 à 19h57
Awesome pics and great info too.
Julius Szabo Le 04/09/2015 à 20h02
Thanks! This article took me the whole day!