129 Things to Do in Paris (Something for everyone)

So, you’ve finished doing 150 things in London and you’re looking for somewhere to go next. Well, Paris has always been a perfect place to conquer visit!

When it comes to places to go in Paris everyone seems to know the most obvious ones – the Eiffel tower at night or walk along the Champs-Élysées towards the arc de triomphe. But, not everyone knows every place on this list, not even close!

Below is a list of what to see in Paris that is in no particular order – perhaps subconsciously we’ve put all the most famous attractions at the top, but that isn’t supposed to be an indication of quality. Deep in the depths of this article you will find things to interest even the most travel shy and to make them turn their gallic shrug into a leap of joy.

Eiffel Tower
No descripton needed – a universal symbol for lovers everywhere. Although security has tightened around it, perhaps spoiling the views from close up, it is still something that has to be seen at least once in life…well twice, day and night!

The Catacombs of Paris contain the remains of more than six million people in a section of a tunnel network built to bring together Paris’ ancient stone mines. This has to be booked in advance and is usually very busy!

Arc de Triomphe
Built to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Inaugurated on the 29th July 1836, the arch is used in many celebrations, such as the new years lights show. Beneath us lies the tomb of the unknown soldier from world war 1.

1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 70 metres (230 ft) wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. It is a fantastic place to stroll down – yes, stroll, not walk because the sheer amount on display takes a while to go in.

The Louvre
The most famous European pyramid, the world’s most visited museum, the only one place where you can see (and take a selfie with) the mona lisa. If you are well and truly interested in art then you are going to want to take a day, possibly two to go and explore the whole place. Rooms are absolutely packed with priceless pieces of art that deserve to be admired. If you just want to tour the most famous pieces because you are short on time etc.. then you only need about an hour. Do be mindful of the fact that it is the world’s most visited museum and therefore attempting to go mid-day during tourist season is a real waste of your time. Make the effort to get up extra early and see the Mona Lisa first. The vast majority of people entering the museum are only really interested in that and therefore it pays to be as far away as possible when the herd arrives.

 Notre-Dame de Paris
Where “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” took place. It also, arguably, has a lot to thank Victor Hugo (author of the aforementioned book) for, as the cathedral was heavily damaged during the French Revolution and it was only after his book (1831) that interest in the cathedral’s restoration (1845) came about.

Cimenterie Père-Lachaise
Père-Lachaise is the celebrity cemetery. From Balzac to Chopin (interestingly without his heart – his heart is in Poland in Saint Cross church in Warsaw – he was Polish after all) to Oscar Wilde and jim morrison.

Montmartre – Wall of Love
Montmartre is a large hill in the northeast of Paris and is best known for its artistic environment where a number of world-renowned artists, including Monet, Picasso and Renoir. It’s a fantastically beautiful and open place – well worth a visit even on a rainy day.

Musée D’Orsay
It houses one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art. Aside from works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, there’s a collection from the Art Nouveau era and lots of sculpture. All of it can be oggled at from the café behind the museum’s giant transparent clock.

Moulin Rouge
The home of the can can and I’m sure it’s also home to a great many other things. Arguably the most famous nightlife venue in the world and once again, well worth a visit even to just see the outside of it lit up. It does have a rather extensive waiting list if memory serves me well so it is recommended to book in advance and not just wait til the morning on your visit. It really is  the quintessential Parisian night time experience and one of the best places to go in Paris.

Musée National Rodin
Without doubt one of Paris’ most romantic green bits, covered with statues by Rodin, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and Balzac. A stroll among fine art, if you’re into that sort of thing then it doesn’t get much better anywhere in the world.

Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the Kings of France from Louis XIV in 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, located 30 minutes outside Paris. We drove there without a problem and the queue wasn’t too bad even though it looked huge. We were slightly confused about how to start our walk around, but once we did it was worth the wait. The gardens are absolutely stunning as well, if you manage to find the time.

Sacré-Coeur Basilica
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a Roman catholic church sitting atop of the Montmartre hill. It is a Parisian landmark and popular place to visit when you tour around Montmartre. It’s also a place that personally I’ve never visited. The only time I’ve managed to see it was in the rear view mirror as we drove out of Paris. One day I’ll get there… It’s also a favourite place to watch the Bastille day fireworks from (apparently).

Le Crazy Horse
Unlike Paris’s other cabarets, the Crazy Horse doesn’t have a restaurant. However, it has undergone a change of artistic direction and limelight brought in by Dita Von Teese (who performed here for a while) and by all accounts it’s breathed new life into it. It’s a rather avant-garde place where you will see nudity, but it doesn’t seem to be seedy at all…not sure how they managed it, but it’s an interesting attraction (the place in generally!).

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