Paris is an amazing city, but there is so much to see. Here is a TOP 10 of the things you can do in the magical city… Paris!
1. The Eiffeltower
The Eiffeltower or how French people say it “La Tour Eiffel” is designed and build by Gustav Eiffel between 1887-1889. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited and the most famous sights in France. Every time when I visit Paris I have to go to the Eiffeltower, it is a must. There is a park before the tower, it’s amazing to sit there on the benches or even to picnic there with croissants, wine and cheese. On the other side there is the Seine. If you cross the Seine and walk above to the Palais de Chaillot, you can make the best photos of you and the Eiffeltower. There will be a lot of street vendors, but they are not annoying. They are just trying to sell you little Eiffeltower for a good price.
The Eiffeltower in the evening is more beautiful than during the day, the tower will sparkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour once the Tower has been lit up until 01:00 AM.
2. Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The Champs-Elysées is the most famous and widest avenue in Paris. It is also the most expensive street to rent, the only street in the world with higher rent-prices is the fifth avenue in New York, USA. Luxurious stores like Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Cartier are located on this street, but also Adidas, Nike, Disney-store, Zara, H&M, PSG-fanshop are located in the famous avenue of Paris.
The best way to walk this street is to start from the beginning of the hill, Place de la Concorde (if you go by metro, go to station Concorde, Champs-Elysees – Clemenceau or Franklin D Roosevelt).
It’s a big hill to walk, so don’t do this at 01:00 PM when it’s 30 degrees outside. When you walk up to the hill, you can see the Arc the Triomphe at the end of the street. It feels like a big victory when you finished the avenue.
3. Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is built to honor those who fought and dies for France. The construction began in 1806, in honor of one of Napoleon’s victories at Austerlitz. It’s placed in the center of historically known as the Place de l’Étoile (Square of the Star), it’s the meeting point of twelve straight avenues. The eternal flame in the triumphal arch was first lit in 1923 and it’s burning steadily since then. If you want to go to the top, you have to climb almost 300 stairs and do it in the evening, so you can see the Eiffel Tower sparkle every hour.
4. Sightseeing tour Seine River
The best sightseeing tour is in front of the Eiffel tower. The boat ride is 1 hour and you can see the Eiffel tower, the amazing bridges of the Seine, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Notre-Dame. You can go by day to see all the buildings in clear daylight, but you can also go in the evening so to see Paris at Night.
5. Notre Dame
When I was a little girl I saw the Disney-movie “The Hunchback of the Notre Dame”, the only reason why I wanted to see this historical church is because of this movie. You know what’s funny? The first step you take on that square in front of the Notre Dame, it’s exactly the same as in the movie only modern. A lot of gypsies, some make music like Esmeralda. And the church is magical too, from in the inside but also from the outside.
6. Musée du Louvre
Not far from the Notre Dame, there is the Louvre museum. It is one of the world’s biggest museums. The Louvre is so big that if you want to see a 50% of the museum, it will cost you 3 hours, but totally worth it if you like art and history. The Louvre is famous because of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci “Mona Lisa”.
(Photo: The Holiday Lens)
7. Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmannis a French department store with 56 stores, like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, but also beauty, sunglasses, watches, purses. During Christmas there will be a big Christmas tree in the middle of the warehouse.
8. Restaurant Les Ombres
The restaurant Les Ombres is located on 27 Quai Branly, 75007 in Paris. This is the best restaurant I’ve ever been too. A diner with wine is pretty much €100,- per person when it’s not a national day. On the last day of the year it’s €390,- but totally worth it. The view is 100% amazing from here during diner. You can go outside to make some pictures or just to enjoy the beautiful view.
I’m from Holland and we don’t have famous huge buildings like the Eiffeltower or the Empire state building, so it’s pretty amazing how close you can enjoy the view of the Eiffeltower, especially at night. This was by far the best dinerview I’ve ever had. And the food was amazing too, I thought that I had to go to the BK after this diner, but I didn’t. The food was great, the dessert was lovely, the wine was amazing and don’t let me talk again about that beautiful view. For this price I would do it again.
9. Sacre cœur
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur means Holy heart. It Is located on the hill Montmartre. The hill counts more than 257 steps, but it’s worth it. Once you’re on top of the hill, the view over the city Paris is phenomenal. The neighborhood Montmartre is fun too, some calls it even a cute neighborhood.
Disneyland Paris is the most happiest place in Europe, for me on earth because I have never been to Disneyworld. It is not only a happy place for kids, but also for adults, especially for adults who were born in the 90’s. There are two parks in Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios® Park & Disneyland Park, but there is also a Disney Village, where you don’t need a ticket for. For diner I always go to Disney Village, there a happy 60’s burgerplace and a restaurant what looks like a jungle, those two restaurants are my favorite. But there is also a McDonalds, the McDonalds over there has McRib, which it not available in the Netherlands. The Disneycastle is the castle from Sleeping Beauty. The music, the people, the parade, the shops, the lightning show… it’s all so magical. Every time I feel like a princess (28 y/o uhhu), I just can’t wait to have kids and bring them twice a year to this amazing park. I won’t brag a lot about Disneyland, it deserves its own blogpost.
Other travel tips for Paris
- Moulin Rouge
- Parc Champs de Mars
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Musée d’Orsay
- Palais de Tokyo
- Musée Picasso
- Montparnasse (hoogste gebouw in Parijs)
- Flamme de la liberté
- Pont Alexander III
- Paris plage
- Gare du Nord
- Place de la République
- Arc de Triomphe de Caroussel