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Paris has a trillion cool places to visit and a high velocity of amazing art and culture. Paris also has endless shopping and entertainment options, plenty of local gourmandise and just SO much to discover and explore .. but you’re probably not having several months of vacation to see even half of it.
Paris is one of the most visited cities of the world, why not profit from the first hand experience from fellow travellers that have been in this wonderful city before? That’s exactly what I did: I asked around and a few of them agreed to share with us their favourite places and activities in Paris. Et voilà: The Travel Bloggers Paris Bucket List! (starting with our all time favourite!)
# Visit the Eiffel Tower
submitted by Kate from Our Escape Clause
Strolling underneath the Eiffel Tower and enjoying the view from the park in front of it is a must while in Paris–but for the truly iconic view, you need to head to the Trocadero Gardens. Set just a short walk (but across the Seine) from the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero Gardens are home to some of the best views of the tower, plus a gorgeous marble courtyard and staircase that have become nearly ubiquitous in Paris Instagram photos (for good reason). The Trocadero Gardens are also where you’ll find the famous carousel that boasts incredible views of the Eiffel Tower!
# Eat at Michelin rated restaurant
submitted by Dan from Honeymoon Always
When in Paris, there are plenty of restaurants with Michelin stars to choose from. Take advantage of it to splurge on a meal during your stay. To keep it affordable you can find restaurants with lunch menus, there are several in Paris where you can find a 3-course lunch menu costing less than $50 per person. Restaurant Auguste is my top recommendation where lunch will be 37€ per person. If you don’t get reservations early enough, head to Garance where lunch starts at 42€.
You can also take a Michelin Star Food Tour! A local guide will share their knowledge about exclusive french cuisine and you get to enjoy dishes at 3 different Michelin star restaurants. Click here for more information, rates and booking.
# La Villette – great tip for families!
submitted by Erin from Erin at Large
It’s easy to visit Paris and never make it up to Parc de la Villette. The third largest park in Paris, it manages to include several cultural venues, a science museum, an epic dragon slide, and the Canal d’Ourcq. Look out for open-air film festivals and other events, watch the local breakdancers do their stuff, or just hang out along the canal.
Tip: Fancy a boat tour? Take this cruise and enjoy the Canal St.Martin and the Seine (The Canal St.Maring links the Canal d’Ourqc and the Seine)
# Discover the hidden villages in the 14th
submitted by Karen from Wanderlustingk
In Paris, there are many beautiful secret villages to explore. One of my favorites villages is in the 14th arrondissement where a left off a normal street transports you instantly into a magical world full of ivy. Be sure to check out Villa d’Alésia, which is where Matisse had his studio.
# Take a walking tour and discover Paris on a slower pace
submitted by Nadine from Le Long Weekend
Without a doubt, the best way to explore Paris is by foot! If it’s your first time visiting, you’ll be amazed at how many famous sites you’ll see on a short ramble through the city. And even if you’ve been to Paris plenty of times before, you’ll still be sure to find a secret garden, or beautiful boutique you haven’t laid eyes on before. My favourite walking tour of Paris starts at the Gare de Lyon station and ends at the Eiffel Tower – taking in the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Tuileries Garden on the way!
# Visit one of the famous writers cafés
submitted by James from This Travel Guide
For established writers, and for all of those who know we have a novel in us, Paris is one of the most inspiring destinations in the world. It has been home to many writers including Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne, George Orwell, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway, to name just a few. Why not get the first words of that novel written while sitting in one of the cafes that these writers themselves wrote in? Café de la Rotonde, for example, has attracted Hemmingway, Dostoevsky, Stein, and Fitzgerald. It’s the perfect place to pull out a notepad and muddle through that first chapter.
My Tip: If you are interested in literature and art, take the opportunity and join a writers and painters walking tour through Paris. Check here for availabilities of your local guide booking options.
# Saint Chapelle
submitted by Victoria from Follow Me Away
Visiting Saint Chapelle should 100% be on your Paris bucket list because it is a stunning chapel and a little off the beaten path! Located less than 2 blocks away from the famous Norte Dame, Saint Chapelle is tucked away and is a stunning chapel with fabulous stained glass windows that you must see! The stained glass windows are almost floor to ceiling and they will wow you from the moment you walk in!
Get your skip-the-line ticket for Saint Chapelle here (it’s surprisingly affordable!).
# Disneyland !!
submitted by Jenn from Will Save For Travel
Disneyland Paris may seem like an unconventional choice for a trip to Paris but as a Disney lover I just had to check it out! There are two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. If you’ve visited Disneyworld in Florida, these parks are much smaller. We opted for a one day /2 park ticket so we could enjoy both parks in the one day we had. Disneyland Park features Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and other classic rides with a Paris twist like Pirates of the Caribbean, Phantom Manor, and Big Thunder Mountain. Walt Disney Studios Park has beloved rides like Rock n Roller Coaster and rides unique to Disneyland Paris like Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop. Whether you have kids with you, or you’re a couple of Disney lovers like us, Disneyland Paris offers a day to play and take a break from the museums!
# Have a walk in Montmartre
submitted by Andra from Our World to Wander
Montmartre is one of those must-see places in Paris. This quaint neighborhood is famous for its cafes and boutiques where all the famous artists and painters used to hand around. If you want to follow to footsteps of Renoir, Degas, Monet, or perhaps Modigliani, Picasso or Van Gogh you just cannot miss the bohemian streets of Montmartre. Even now, the main square of this area, Place du Tertre, is filled with artists that will sell you their drawings, paintings, or, if you prefer, draw an excellent portrait for you. Enjoy a glass of wine and just get lost in the narrow streets of Montmartre!
# visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame
submitted by Anisa from Two Traveling Texans
Climbing to the top of Notre Dame – First, go inside Notre Dame de Paris and admire one of the largest and best known churches in the world. You will be impressed by the architectural details and gorgeous stained glass. It is free to go inside the Notre Dame cathedral. After you have enjoyed it’s interior, time to head to the roof (be sure to get your time-entry ticket in advance though)! It was a bit of a workout climbing the 400 steps to the top, but the views are worth it. I also enjoyed seeing the gargoyles close up. You can also see one of the large bells, but cover your ears, it is loud. After we finished, we celebrated with a delicious crepe across the street.
Editor’s Tip: if you want to visit the tower, the crypt or the treasuries, you have to pay a fee. The entrance to those is most of the time not included in skip the line tickets, so check carefully if you really need to invest money here, knowing that the entrance fee to the cathedral is free.
# Take a day or half-day trip to Versailles
submitted by Maire from Temples and Treehouses
The Palace of Versailles is an easy train ride from Paris. It takes around an hour to get there from the centre. It’s so well worth a trip, even if you’re only in Paris for a few days. Versailles is the grandest, most impressive palace I’ve ever visited by a long way — think giant halls filled with mirrors, gold and opulent furnishings. You could spend many hours taking it all in. There’s more to Versailles than just the main palace, too. There are extensive, beautiful grounds with manicured gardens, fountains and statues. There’s even an entire “hamlet” that was created as a retreat for Marie Antoinette — it’s basically a tiny village (with life-sized French period buildings) with cottages and shops. It’s a really fascinating place to visit and interesting comparing the hamlet to the stunning luxury of the Palace of Versailles itself.
You can easily reach Versailles by public transport, but if you prefer a hassle free visit, check out these tours from Paris!
If you want to see more of France than just Paris, this might be interesting for you: Top day trips from Paris!
# Shop at the Rue Cler Market
submitted by Linda from Linda On The Run
When deciding what to do in Paris, a trip to the 7th arrondissement to stroll the Rue Cler is a must. It is one of Paris’ most well-known street markets, and while widely known, its not considered “touristy,” so it’s a great place to stroll to be immersed in the local Parisian culture. There’s so much to see- restaurants, bars, grocery stores, bakeries and it’s no surprise that the locals go here daily to shop.
# Stroll around Le Marais
submitted by Chris from Explore Now or Never
Le Marais district, spread across the 3rd and 4th arrondissments, is home to art galleries, fabulous neighborhood bistros, and all things jewelry! It makes a beautiful and convenient base for exploring the city. Don’t missPlace des Vosges, nicknamed the “prettiest square in Paris.”
The Marais is also known to be an excellent place for yummy foods and treats. If you are thinking about taking a food tour in Paris, the Marais is one of the best place for it!
# Enjoy the view from Tour Montparnasse
submitted by Violeta from Violeta’s Travel Blog
If you want to see Paris from above but can’t be bothered to do the line to climb the Eiffel Tower, head over to 33, Avenue de Maine. Here you’ll find Tour Montparnasse, a very tall office building featuring an observation deck on its rooftop. The entrance costs 15 Euro, but it’s well worth it. There are barely any tourists, so you’ll climb your way to the rooftop right away. You’ll have a great time trying to find some of the landmarks of Paris such as Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, the Louvre Museum and the Arc de Triomphe.
# Visit the department store Printemps – and watch the sunset over Paris rooftops
submitted by Katy from Untold Morsels
Do you like sunsets? If you want to see the sun dip below the horizon over Paris’ rooftops then head to Printemps department store on Boulevard Haussmann at dusk. Make your way to the rooftop on the 9th floor and watch as Paris is bathed in pink light. Enjoy 360 degree views of the city and notice its landmarks – the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur and the nearby Opera Garnier. There is a small café where you can buy wine or a coffee to sip while you take in the beauty of this most magical of cities.
# Enjoy a Macaron tasting tour
submitted by Chantal from Alleen op reis
The highlight of my trip to Paris was a macaron tour around the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district with ‘a macaron in Paris’ (www.lebonparistours.com). During this tour, Jonny, an American who has lived in Paris for 6 years, shows you that there’s so much more than just Laduree when it comes to macarons in Paris. You will visit five different Patisseries while Jonny tells you everything you need to know about the history of the neighbourhood, macarons and the different patisseries. With 5 macarons you will go to Jardin du Luxembourg where the best part of the tour takes place; the test!
Related read: best pastry classes in Paris
# Do some Designer Store Shopping – or window shopping!
submitted by Sherrie from Travel By A Sherrie Affair
Paris the city of love and…shopping! Yes, especially designer shopping! I love to window shop, but I really love going inside and experiencing the designer stores. Everyone should give it a try, don’t be shy, try something on! My favorite experience was at Paris’s Chanel store for Valentine’s Day, my husband bought me a beautiful necklace which I adore. However, the sales lady was so much fun and let me try on this Two-million-dollar emerald and diamond watch. Whew!! I was a little nervous but so happy at the same time!
# discover famous graves at Père Lachaise
submitted by Elaine and Dave from Show Them The Globe
Père Lachaise, Paris’ largest cemetery, is the world’s most visited cemetery with visitors flocking to pay their respects at the graves of legends including Oscar Wilde, James Morrison and Frédéric Chopin. Located on Boulevard de Ménilmontant, Père Lachaise is home to some incredibly ornate tombs and there are regular walking tours guiding visitors through. Oscar Wilde’s tomb is the most visited and is marked with an epitaph from his poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Many visitors leave red lipstick kisses on his tombstone which has resulted in his family erecting a protective barrier to preserve the grave.
# Take a Street Art Tour
submitted by Erin from Oregon Girl Around the World
More than just graffiti, street art can add to the character of a city. This is especially true in Paris. Take a walking tour with Street Art Paris and get an insider look at how the art is made, what messages are being conveyed and who are the famous artists here in Paris. Spend two hours strolling through quirky and cute Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood. You will see the difference between unsanctioned art on the streets and the large-scale commissioned mural project that now colors many walls around the 13th Arrondissement. Get to know this less-visited section of the Left Bank.
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# Discover the Promenade Plantée – Paris’ highline!
submitted by Hannah from Hannah Henderson Travel
The Promenade Plantée in Paris is an elevated walkway garden built on an old railway line. Also known as the Coulée verte René-Dumont, this 4.7 km (2.9 mi) walkway is planted beautifully with shrubs, trees and seasonal flowers. The original ‘high line’, this walkway was built on the old Vincennes railway, and opened in 1993. The viaducts beneath the beginning of the walkway have been turned into high-end arts and crafts shops called the Viaduc des Arts. Starting near Opéra Bastille, the Promenade Plantée offers a wonderful perspective of Paris.
If you have any questions about Paris or need some advice and how to plan your trip, don’t hesitate to reach out! I created a Facebook group for this matter and I am available to help you out! Click here to join the private Salut from Paris Facebook group!
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