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Paris: 17 Places To Visit And Explore (Tourist Guide)

A tourist guide to exploring Paris (1 day, 3 days)

Paris at Night

Paris is one of the most visited destinations in the world. With so many iconic destinations in the city, it is hard to experience all of it in a single day. And with the popularity comes the rush, and you do not want to spend your time in long queues. That won’t be fun, and that’s where an Itinerary can help. Some places can be booked in advance to avoid long queues.

Here is a list of the things you could explore in Paris:

1. Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower
Photo Credit: @douceur_a_paris

Imagine standing 300 meters above the ground, looking down at the City of Love. Wind blowing and messing up your hair, but does anyone care about their hair high up there? Imagine dancing around on the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world. Thrilled? The tall, lean tower is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think about Paris.

You can enjoy the magnificent views of the Eiffel tower from Trocadero Gardens across the river or from Champ De Mars gardens behind the tower. You can go up the Eiffel Tower through the stairs or the lifts.

Book your tickets early and arrive at the Eiffel Tower. You will not be waiting in the long lines to access the lifts to the top of the tower. The view from the top is breathtaking.

Tip: If you’re planning to propose to the woman of your dreams, the top of the Eiffel tower is the Perfect Moment alert!

2. Cruise on the Seine River

Seine River
Seine River

A cruise on the Seine River is an amazing experience one should not miss. There are many tour operators who provide cruises up and down the river. You can see some of the best landmarks of Paris like Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Louvre etc. Taking an evening cruise can be a relaxing experience from all the running around the city and also witness the sunset over the Seine river.

3. Tour Maine-Montparnasse

Montparnass Tower in Paris
Montparnass Tower in Paris

Tour Montparnasse is 210-metre office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris. It offers one the best views of the Eiffel Tower. There are two observation decks, one inside and one on the outside of the building. The outside area is surrounded by glass with photography cut-outs for those perfects shots of the Tower of Love.

The Louvre, Les Invalides, the Sacré-Cœur, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, the Panthéon the city’s most beautiful monuments are all laid out before your very eyes. The spot is popular with artists to capture the beauty of Paris from the top.

Montparnasse Observation Deck
Montparnasse Observation Deck

Tip: For 64 Euros, it is definitely worth it for the experience of a lifetime. Book online to avoid long queues.

4. Saint Chapelle

Saint Chapelle, Paris
Saint Chapelle, Paris (Photo Credit: Tim Piland)

Saint Chapelle is a 13th Century small Chapel near Notre Dame. The interiors are beautiful with colorful stained glass, from ceiling to floor. The interiors have violet hues and wonderful to get some amazing shots. There are long lines with security checks, arrive early to avoid the rush. A Paris Pass could help you as well.

5. Notre Dame

Notre Dame
Notre Dame

Notre Dame is one of the famous religious structures in Paris, know for her hunchback resident, the twin towers, and of course, the Flying Buttresses.

It is the Principal Catholic Cathedral of Paris, constructed over 200-years span and completed in 1345. It is a masterpiece of gothic culture. It stands tall at the heart of the city. The biblical details on the facade, stained glass, all add to the beauty in different ways.

Entry is free of cost, with long queues and security checks. If you want to enter the tower or crypts, you have to pre-book a slot for a fee through the Jefile app.

6. The Louvre

The Louvre
The Louvre, Paris (Photo Credit: Dahlia Chan)

The Louvre is a world-famous museum, home to an astonishing collection of art – including the Mona-Lisa by Da Vinci, Dying Slave by Michelangelo, the Venus de Milo and many more. An art lover can spend days here exploring the beautiful art from the ancient time to the recent 19th Century. It also houses amazing sculptures and life-like statues.

The exhibits of the gardens, the landscaping, and the French architecture are classics and provide a deeper insight into the History of France. Don’t miss the Louvre Pyramid when you enter the museum, best viewed in the evenings when it lights up.

7. Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe
Arc De Triomphe

Another iconic landmark in Paris, the Arc De Triomphe, a memorial to those who died in the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolution. It is easily accessible from the Louvre or just a way away from Champs Elysees. The names of all the soldiers who laid down their lives are inscribed on it. Below the monument, lies the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, from the first World War.

If you arrive early, you can climb to the top and get a beautiful view of Paris and the roads spanning from the Memorial.

8. Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

The incredible palace, the seat of French political power, is also home to the French Royalty, including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. To be able to truly appreciate it, it would be better to spend half a day or more here. Arrive early and take the tour of the palace, the Hall of Mirrors and the Grand Apartment of the Kings. You can take a walk in the large gardens surrounding the Versailles or head to the Antoinette’s Estate. The estate houses a small model farm; some tucked away temples and old-style walking paths.

9. The Montmartre

The Montmartre
The Montmartre

Head to the Montmartre region, home to a large hill, on top of which sits the Sacre Coeur de Montmartre, in all of its glory. Another Paris’s iconic buildings, the area around it was lived in or frequented by most artists, with the likes of Dali, Picasso, and Hemingway, all having resided here. It is still a popular spot for artists, and you can get a portrait or caricature painted, at the Place du Theatre.

It houses one of the extensive collections of Dali’s work at the Dali Exhibition. Montmartre is a cute maze of little cafes, shops, and streets. It is also a popular spot to witness the sunset so that you can finish up the day of the trip to Versailles here.

10. Hop On Hop Off Bus

Hop On Hop Off Bus
Hop On Hop Off Bus

Paris is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, you would make the most of your time in the city. Board the “Hop on Hop off” bus and take a guided tour of the city. The bus stops at all the major attractions in the city, with audio guides you will be able to learn all about the place. You will save a lot of money and be able to visit quite a number of places in a single day.

Tip: Buy a Paris Pass which also includes a 1 Day HOGO bus tour. Also, you will get buses every 10 minutes from one place to another.

11. Fly Over the City in the Balloon Air de Paris

Balloon Air de Paris
Balloon Air de Paris

In the heart of the city, in the Parc Andre Citroen, lies this flying attraction. Perfect for both the old and the young, people can enjoy a birds eye’s view of Paris by boarding the Ballon Air De Paris. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Capital in the world’s largest tethered balloon. Rising to about 150 meters, the balloon is filled up with 6000k liters of Helium.
The balloon surprisingly also plays an active role in the environment. It is designed to change its colors, based on the pollution levels and air quality. Green means good, while red signals poor air quality. It is a symbol of pride for them and an experience you shouldn’t miss. The Rides cost a mere 12 to 6 euros for Adults and Children.

12. Boating at the Bois De Boulogne

Bois De Boulogne (Photo Credit: Fabrice PITOISET)
Bois De Boulogne (Photo Credit: Fabrice PITOISET)

Formerly a hunting ground for the French Royalty, the Bois de Boulogne is now the largest spot for relaxing and easing up in the west side of the capital. With a surface area of some 850 hectares full of nature, it is regarded as one of the lungs of the Capital. There are numerous walkways, 28 Km of bridleways and cycle routes of total length 15km for the tourists.

The boating experience in the lake is very relaxing and gives one a calming sensation and seclusion from the ever-going city. The river is surrounded by trees and has a breathtaking view. It is a perfect retreat from the noisy city.

13. La Chapelle / Little Sri Lanka

La Chapelle / Little Sri Lanka (Photo Credit: Thomas Le Guay)
La Chapelle / Little Sri Lanka (Photo Credit: Thomas Le Guay)

Little Sri Lanka, know to be inhabited with over 100k Sri Lankan Tamils can be found in the capital’s Little Jaffna. Commonly mistaken as Little Bombay by the locals, you can see a lot of cultural differences from Paris here. Women in vibrant sarees, colorful shops that sell everything from spices to silk and affordable restaurants. Most of them are concentrated near the Le Chapelle station.

The place is an import of South Indian and Sri Lankan culture all the way from South Asia. The place has the latest Bollywood hits going off in the streets as you find your way around. And you can’t miss the evocative and strong fragrance of the spices here. Do not miss to have some samosa and chai.

14. Vineyards in Belleville

Belleville Vineyards
Belleville Vineyards

Once a village that just provided wine to the Central part of the capital, Belleville is much livelier now and has its own Chinatown. A melting pot of different cultures, it also has its Artistic quarter. You can find Thai, Chinese, French and Vietnamese bistros and restaurants which are much easier on your wallet than the rest of Paris.

Despite the neighborhood being affordable, the cultural neighborhood sells more authentic products than any other place in Paris. The neighborhood is becoming a hangout for artists, and you can see free artwork displays all around. It is filled with street arts and graffiti. You can also visit the nearby Pere Lachaise cemetery, where Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison are resting.

15. Parc des Butte Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Parc des Buttes Chaumont

The Parc des Butte Chaumon is the largest public park in Paris. It boasts of dramatic slopes, waterfalls, and bridges. Aphand and Baron designed the park creatively, crafting it’s peaceful and relaxing ambiance, from an area that was barren originally.

Deep inside the park is the small hidden mountain, hikers are rewarded with a beautiful view of the park. At the top of its peak lies the Temple of Sibylle, a 19th-century replica. Based on a Roman temple, it evokes a sense of mythology to the place and makes the views even more dramatic.

16. Explore the Catacombs

Catacombs
Catacombs

Under the bustle and glowing lights of the streets of Paris, lies a creepy labyrinth of skulls and bones arranged carefully. They hold the remains of almost six million people, from the late 18th century. And if the unsettling amount of human remains isn’t enough, you can also find Graffiti and other arts from the years of the French Revolution.

It is advised not to enter the Catacombs without supervision, as there is the risk of getting lost. This ossuary was created for the sole purpose of controlling the overflow of city cemeteries, but years later stands as a famous tourist location. The spookiest one on the list, it is highly recommended to visit the Catacombs because as creepy as it is, the view is a very rare one.

17. Wine Tasting in Caves Du Louvre

Caves Du Louvre
Caves Du Louvre

Thinking of France, Cheese and Wine are two things that pop in your mind. And since you are on a vacation, why not take a break from the sightseeing and let loose. Indulge in a little Wine tasting, while gorging on a wide variety of the delicious Cheese.

The French wines are commonly portrayed in movies as exquisite, and the reality is no different. The French winemaking process is as artistic as the rest of the city, so to experience the process itself is worth a trip to the Caves Du Louvre. Near the Louvre Museum is the Caves du Louvre, a wine cellar which provides a wine tasting experience that takes you through the process of winemaking and introduces you to a wide range of wines. The location is an 18th Century Wine Cellar of French Royalty. For 30 Euros, you can go back home a wine connoisseur.

Paris in Photos

Interiors of a Cathedral View Gallery 10 images

While it is impossible to cover all the places in Paris in a few days, Its well worth exploring the above list and planning your Itinerary by choosing what interests you the most. The city isn’t cheap, and with a lot of people visiting there are long queues to dodge. Plan everything ahead to time so that you can make it your times worth.

Do you know any hidden gems we must include in the list above? Do let us know your Paris Experience in the comments below.

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Written by Shefali Ahuja

I love travelling not only because it's the ultimate adventure but also because the exposure to new places, new people, new cuisines can be reviving.

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