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Top 10 things to see and do in Paris


The sights you should not miss

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Are you in Paris for the first time and don’t know what to see? Surely you have heard of the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ iconic iron skyscraper, but Paris’ reputation and popularity doesn’t only come from that monument. There are countless places of interest in Paris, but some of them are clearly must-sees. A trip to Paris without seeing them wouldn’t be complete. Here is the list of the top 10 things to see and do in Paris, and how to make the best of them. Enjoy! Parisianist.

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is probably the most iconic monument of Paris. This 324m (1063ft) iron tower used to be the highest building in the world from the year of its construction in 1889 to 1930, and still dominates the Parisian skyline today.

Highlights: The monument itself and the views from the 3 floors.

How to make the best of it: To limit waiting in line, buy your ticket online, take the stairs to access the 1st and second floors and go there early in the morning or late in the evening. The Eiffel Tower is most beautiful at night, when it twinkles every hour on the hour.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral celebrated its 850th birthday in 2013 and is the most visited monument in Paris (the entrance is free). Left in ruins and almost brought down in the middle of the 19th century, it was saved by Victor Hugo’s novel ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and beautifully restored.

Highlights: the façade, its 850 year history, its interior gothic architecture

How to make the best of it: go there early in the morning to avoid the crowd. If you wish to visit the towers, start queuing at 9:30 (opens at 10) to avoid waiting too long.


The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world, and also the most visited. Among its many masterpieces, ranging from the antiquity to 1848, the stars of the museum are the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Highlights: the collection (paintings, sculptures, objects), the architecture (outside and inside), the glass pyramid

How to make the best of it: enter through the “Porte des Lions” entrance, far less crowded. Choose what you want to visit before entering as you won’t be able to see everything in one day. Click here for a self-guided visit of the Louvre.


Since 1564, the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens) has been part of the Parisian scenery and is now the biggest park within the city center. Created by André Lenotre, the gardener that designed the gardens of the Versailles Palace, it is a beautiful example of a typical French style garden.

Highlights: its history and beauty (statues, organized plantations of trees and flowers)

How to make the best of it: The best way to enjoy the park is to enter through the West gate on the Place de la Concorde and make your way towards the Louvre.

Sacré Coeur

This beautiful white Sacré Coeur Basilica sits on top of the highest hill in the French capital, Montmartre. Built in 1873 and officially opened in 1918 after the war, it is a place of perpetual prayer for world peace.

Highlights: the largest mosaic in France, the magnificent and unique architecture, the view from the top of the dome.

How to make the best of it: visit the Sacré Coeur Basilica early in the morning or late in the evening when far less crowded. Visiting the dome is really worth it (the view is beautiful and much less crowded than the Eiffel tower), but the 300 steps are a bit of a challenge!

Musée d'Orsay

If you like impressionist paintings, there is no better museum than the Musée d’Orsay. Formally a railway station, it was transformed into a state-of-the-art museum in 1986, housing a collection of paintings, sculptures and objects from 1848 to 1914.

Highlights: the Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir and the architecture of the station-turned-museum building.

How to make the best of it: to avoid endless waiting in line, arrive at 9:10am (20mn before the opening) at 4pm (2h before closing time) or at 6pm on their nocturnal Thursday (closes at 9:45pm).

Arc de Triomphe

Another iconic Parisian monument is the massive Arc de Triomphe, perched on top of the world famous Champs-Elysées Avenue. Built by Napoleon as a symbol of his triumphant Great Army in 1806, it took 30 years to complete.

Highlights: the architecture and statues, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the rooftop panoramic view

How to make the best of it: access the Arc de Triomphe via the underground footpath. Walking around the monument (statues, tomb) is free, but climbing up to see the view costs €9.50. The view from the top is nice, but only highly recommended on a sunny day.


Dubbed “the most beautiful avenue in the world”, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is surely one of the most famous avenues in the world. It is packed with all kinds of things to see and do such as shopping, eating, drinking or sightseeing.

Highlights: luxury shopping (Cartier, Louis Vuitton), great restaurants (Fouquet’s, Ladurée), the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde and 2 museums: the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais.

How to make the best of it: Walk downhill from the Arc de Triomphe towards the Place de la Concorde. The even numbered side is usually more crowded than the odd numbered. Beware of pickpockets and tourist scams

Opéra Garnier

The Opera Garnier is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris. Not only does it welcome world-class opera and ballet performances, but its architectural beauty and stunning interior decoration make it a visit not to be missed.

Highlights: the Grand Staircase, the Grand Foyer and the Amphitheater with its surprising modern Chagall painting.

How to make the best of it: Don’t just take a look at the beautiful building from the outside, get in! For an optimal experience, choose a guided tour every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM

Jardin Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden) is a local favorite and is perfect for an afternoon stroll or an outing with kids as there are many activities.

Highlights: the history of the park, the beauty of both the French style and English style gardens, the Luxembourg Palace and the small Luxembourg museum.

How to make the best of it: The best time to enjoy this park is in summer. Just like the locals, grab a sandwich and improvise a picnic in the park (stick to chairs as the grass is off limits).

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