Things to do in Paris

The list of must-dos in Paris is long. Don’t feel like you have to do all of them, just pick the ones that interest you the most otherwise you’ll run yourself ragged. One attraction that few people can resist is, of course, the Eiffel Tower - the most popular attraction in Paris. Standing at 320 metres high, the famous iron lattice structure is one of the most recognisable structures in the world and offers a fantastic view of Paris during the day and at night.

Another Paris icon is the Arc de Triomphe, located on the western end of the Champs-Elysees. The famous structure was built in 1836 to honour French soldiers who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and makes a grand sight on the legendary boulevard of Paris.

With over 200 museums in Paris, it’s inevitable that you'll wander into one eventually. The Louvre is the most popular but if the crowds don’t appeal, Musee d’Orsay is nearby or the Picasso Museum in Le Marais may be more suitable. History buffs who aren’t afraid of the dark should also check out the Catacombs. Join a tour to avoid being spooked and wander the ossuary that holds the remains of over 6 million people. Another curious sight in Paris is the Musee des Egouts de Paris, better known as the Paris Sewer Musuem, where you can take a whiffy wander underground and along the city's sewer system.

Culinary travellers who prefer to eat and drink their way through their destinations will find plenty of places to treat their taste buds. Don’t miss feasting on delicate macaroons from Laduree and falafel in Le Marais’ Jewish area and all the gateaux you can stomach. After all, Marie Antoinette did say: "Let them eat cake!".

For more must-dos in Paris, check our list below:

Eiffel Tower

If ever there was a must-do in Paris it's the Eiffel Tower. A must-see, even just to say you saw it. For some, just a photo of it will do, while others will want to walk around it, climb it, eat on it, watch it at night and visit it again and again.

Palace of Versailles

Once home to a few royal Louis and the infamous Queen of France, the royal chateau of Versailles is a stunning monument to French opulence and excess that was enjoyed by the royal family from 1682 to 1789.

The Louvre

If you were to visit just one museum in Paris, nay, the world, many would argue it should be the Louvre. The historic museum located on the right bank of the Seine is after all, the most visited museum in the world. 


Shakespeare and Company

Chances are if you've seen a movie set in Paris, you've seen a glimpse of this iconic bookstore. Quaint, romantic and quintessentially Parisian, Shakespeare and Company is a writer's dream.

Champs-Elysees

For a leisurely Parisian stroll where all the action happens, make your way to the Champs-Elysees. This grandiose tree-lined avenue is one of the most famous and expensive streets in the world. 

Le Marais

For a historic area with hipster cred, head to one of Paris' most popular arrondissements, Le Marais. Inviting cafes, medieval buildings, art galleries and emerging designers make this a fave spot to wander in Paris.

Montmartre

Infused with an artistic bent, Montmartre is the Parisian area for high art on the Butte Montmartre, the French capital's highest point with romantic starways and amazing views of the city and architecture.

Disneyland Paris

Is this the happiest spot in Paris? Head to Disneyland Paris for Mickey et al with a decidedly Euro feel. Make sure you visit for some of the theme park's great rides, entertainment and awesome annual events.

Musee d'Orsay

Housed in a former railway station, Paris' Musée D’Orsay contains a collection of classic European artworks from the mid-19th century to 1914. With an exterior that rivals the interior treasures, the museum is a must-see.

Sacre-Coeur Basilica

With intricate mosiacs and an ideal spot atop the Butte Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur Basilica is one of Paris' best-known churches. Head here for stunning sights both in and outside the famous monument.