Certainly considered one of the most artistic and touristy cities in the world, Paris has too many attractions to cover in a single visit so it’s vital to figure out a game plan before arriving. Possibly the most important is also making sure you have enough time to just sit at a few of the thousands of cafes and enjoy the people watching in this majestic city.
Attractions in Paris
Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a must do for any visit to Paris. Quite possibly the most famous monument in the world you can visit the multiple levels, have a meal on the tower or just take a stroll by to take in the immense height of the structure. Taking the Hop-on-Hop-Off bus tour will let you see many of the sites from a distance, such as driving along the Champs-Élysées, viewing the Arc de Triomphe, and whisking you through the neighborhoods of Montparnasse, the Opera and the Pantheon. Many of these structures you really only need to see from a distance anyway if time is short.
Museums in Paris
With so many options of museums, try to get the time to take in the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, the Dali gallery, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Musée de l’Orangerie. From Van Gogh to Monet’s Water Lillies there are pieces of art throughout the city’s many museums that can grab anyone’s attention, but these may give you the best bang for your buck and time.
TIP: If you are planning on visiting multiple museums and attractions be sure to get the Paris Museum Pass, which lets you cut many of the lines and saves you some cash on ticket prices.
Churches & Cathedrals in Paris
The obvious religious building that is a must see in Paris is Notre Dame and should not be missed. However, be sure to also check out Sainte Chappelle, which is only a block away and will stun you as you ascend to the upper floor, surrounded by walls of stained glass.
Neighborhoods in Paris
The Latin Quarter is a must, whether for a stroll or a meal. Packed with restaurants of every cuisine, this small area just south of Notre Dame is the ideal spot to stop for a meal to try some French standards or to get your Kebab fix from a take-out window. Head over to Montparnasse to visit the historical area that is packed with cafes that have been favored by some of history’s most influential writers.