10 amazing places to visit in Paris

Ever since I first went to Paris, aged 13 on a French exchange at high school, I fell in love with the city. I can still remember that moment, sailing along the River Seine at sunset, when I knew that it was somewhere I would come back to and, over the years, I have returned countless times. It’s very hard to explain to someone who hasn’t visited Paris just how amazing it is, not just for the many things there are to see and do, but for the general atmosphere, the air of mystery and romance, the way that it makes you feel inspired, happy, alive. And I guess for those reasons, and so many more, it has become my favourite place in all the world.

I thought I would share my top ten must see places in Paris!

1. The Eiffel Tower 

Unsurprisingly, The Eiffel Tower is at the top of my list as the most well known, and prominent, place in Paris. At 325 metres high, the Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris World Exhibition in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. At the time it was the world’s highest building on record and today remains the second most visited building in France. I recommend buying tickets for a tour of The Eiffel Tower and a visit to the top is a must, the views are just breath-taking!

2. Notre Dame Cathedral 

Notre Dame is the most impressive Gothic cathedral which took over 170 years to build, starting in 1163. Until the 13th century it was the largest religious building in the West, and over the years it has been lovingly restored to maintain its impressive stature. The cathedral became hugely iconic thanks to Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, published in 1831. The belfry houses the biggest bell of Notre Dame, weighing 13 tons which you can actually visit before entering the panoramic terrace that offers a 360 degree view across Paris.

3. Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees

One of my favourite landmarks in Paris is the Arc de Triumph, ordered by Napoleon to commemorate the victory of there Battle of Austerlitz in 1806. Today it commemorates the First World War and holds the flame of the Unknown Soldier. There us something hugely emotive about standing at the Arc de Triomphe for  its enormity in all it represents.

The Arc de Triomphe overlooks the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, known to be the most beautiful avenue in the whole world. If you want to hit the shops in Paris, this is where you need to be!

4. Louvre Museum 

The Palais du Louvre is not only incredibly beautiful, but has been hosting the Louvre Museum since 1793. Home to some of the most iconic works, such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s mona Lisa, it would be a sacrilege to visit Paris and not visit!

5. Cruise on the River Seine

I honestly can’t stress enough that a cruise on the Seine is a real must have for a visit to Paris. It’s the best way to see the ‘City of Light’ and enjoying dinner as you cruise along the Seine is undoubtedly the most romantic way to spend an evening with the one you love. I still get goosebumps when I think about it!

6. Centre Pompidou 

One of my favourite buildings in Paris is the Centre Pompidou, a 40 year old post-modern design that was so shocking when it was first built with it’s criss-crossing primary coloured popes and a diagonally rising tube escalator. It fast became one of Paris’s must see buildings and now houses a significant collection of modern art, as well as a cafe a library and shops.

7. Visit  Pere Lachaise Cemetery 

It may seem unusual to recommend visiting a cemetery but Pere Lachaise has a whole host of celebrities buried there. You can visit the graves of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Eugene Delacroix, Jean de la Fontaine and Moliere. I remember my first visit to the cemetery and how humbling it was to stand at the grave of such huge icons.

8. Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret known as the spiritual birthplace of the famous cancan. Located at the foot of the Montmartre hill in the heart of Pigalle, it was built in 1889 and was initially introduced as a courtship dance. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, providing entertainment for visitors from around the world.

9. Sacre Coeur 

Located at the top of the Montmartre Hill, the Sacré-Coeur is the second most visited religious monument, right behind the Notre-Dame cathedral. Built after the Franco-German war of 1870 it is a historical landmark well worthy of a visit. Not only is the inside absolutely stunning, with its white stones and the painting of the Christ inside the Heart, but the view from the top of Montmartre is breathtaking.

10. Disneyland Paris

For the big kids amongst us, Disneyland Paris is a must! I have been three times now and honestly, it is just magical! With two parks to visit – Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios, and between the rides, the parades and the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, it is the most amazing way to finish off a visit to Paris!

** This is a collaborative post **

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21 Comments

  1. June 6, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    I think the only things I haven’t done on this list are No. 7 and No. 10. I need to go back to Paris very soon, it’s been far too long! 😀

  2. June 6, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Paris one of my favorite European cities. I’ve been to many, but Paris is my first and greatest love.

  3. June 6, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I haven’t been to Paris since I was a kid but this post makes me want to drag my husband there! It’s such a beautiful city with so many iconic landmarks x

  4. Simone
    June 6, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    I’d also recommend Sainte-Chapelle, not far from Notre Dame…it’s amazing!!! Google images don’t do it justice!

  5. June 7, 2018 / 12:03 am

    I am dying to go to Paris and your post has made me want to go even more! I did go to Disneyland Paris all the time as a kid but never made it into the City.

  6. June 7, 2018 / 3:10 am

    These are all beautiful places indeed. I’ve gone and went back to Paris time and time again and I still fall in love with the city! It’s a must go to whenever we travel back home. Everything about it is amazing and lovely!

  7. June 7, 2018 / 3:58 am

    My daughter would LOVE to go to Paris one day. Of course she wants to hit up many of the places you have listed but I do not think she is aware of some of them such as Centre Pompidou! How cool! I am going to send her your link so she can check out all these cool places to visit in Paris too!

  8. June 7, 2018 / 4:07 am

    I’ve never been to Paris before, but have heard it’s beautiful. I love seeing pictures from visits by others who have been there. Sounds like a great list of places to visit.

  9. June 7, 2018 / 4:22 am

    I have been to France but never to Paris. I can’t wait to travel abroad again.

  10. June 7, 2018 / 8:18 am

    The only place I’ve never been on this list is the cementry but I’d have loved to go I’ve just not had the time before x

  11. June 7, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I’m in love with these photos! My dream trip is Paris, one day we’ll get there!

  12. Melanie
    June 8, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Oh, how I would love to see Paris! It really is a magical city. Each of these sounds like part of a great adventure.

  13. June 8, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    Ahhh…Paris! It is my dream destination. I will get there…someday…with my boys. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

  14. June 10, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Paris is so romantic and breathtaking, Laura! These are some exceptional places which I would love to explore and see. How many days would be enough to stay in Paris and see all the places?

  15. June 10, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Hubby and I went to Paris for our first wedding anniversary and went to Moulin Rouge. It’s somewhere I would like to go back one day. I am hoping we may get to Euro Disney one day soon too.

  16. June 10, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Oh fabulous, this is such a useful post for me as I’m taking my Mum and Brother to Paris in about 3 weeks and we’ve just been planning what we will do. We have our Paris Pass which is a good start! Mich x

  17. June 10, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Oh fabulous, this is such a useful post for me as I’m taking my Mum and Brother to Paris in about 3 weeks and we’ve just been planning what we will do. We have our Paris Pass which is a good start! Mich x

  18. June 10, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I first went to Paris when I was 13 with the school and fell in love. I’ve been back since and I just love it even more. I would love to take Andy as he has never been and of course the girls would love Disneyland x

  19. June 11, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Paris is fantastic and pretty simple to get to on the eurostar. I love all the buildings it is just a beautiful city!

  20. June 11, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    We are taking the kids to Disneyland Paris in October and I can’t wait. I am hoping to a little bit of sightseeing too! I must bookmark this post!

  21. June 12, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Ahhh, I’ve been to Paris twice and been to all of these places! I think I’m in the minority though by now singing it’s praises about how romantic it is. I don’t think it’s THAT amazing but there are some wonderful places to go a visit. I mean, obviously Disneyland is a huge plus 😉

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