The Top Ten Best Things to Do in Paris
There are so many things to do in Paris, as it is still one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Rich in history and culture, you will never run out of things to do in Paris. Whether you are a fan of French cuisine, a lover of the arts, a history buff or you just like strolling through the magnificent gardens and abundant shops, you will never tire of this gorgeous city. We have compiled a list of some of the best things to do in Paris so call your travel agent and pack your bags, the City of Lights awaits! Bonjour!
1. Le Marais
Visiting Le Marais is a great option for those who look for budget travel. Recently known as the hub of Paris’ gay community, Le Marais is the former home of famous author VIctor Hugo. You will feel as though you have been transported back in time as you stroll down the cobbled streets of one of the oldest districts of Paris. Le Marais houses many quaint cafes, bakeries, nightclubs, boutiques and min art galleries. Keep in mind that many of the shops are closed on Saturday for the Sabbath as Le Marais is also one of Paris’ most prominent Jewish communities, which is a plus if you are a fan of Jewish delis. You won’t be disappointed in a visit to this quaint, historic district.
2. Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
Even the cemeteries are spectacular in the biggest European cities. One of the world’s oldest cemeteries, the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery encompasses nearly 120 acres of the 20ème District. Legendary figures such as Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison and Molière are buried in this famous cemetery with it’s gorgeous wooded paths. You can either take your time or stroll through the burial ground on your own or pay for the guided tour. Either way, you will not be disappointed.
It’s just not a trip to France without a stroll amongst Paris’ most famous boulevard. If you love to shop, then Champs-Élysées is the place to be. You will find everything from high-end boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Armani to less inexpensive (but still great) retailers like the Gap, the Disney Store, and Nike. You will find everything from antiques and collectibles to souvenirs and novelties in this shopper’s extravaganza.
4. Notre-Dame Cathedral
Over 200 years in the making, started in 1163 and completed in 1345, The Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most famous sights in Paris. Thanks to Victor Hugo stirring excitement is his infamous 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” renovations were made on the Notre-Dame Cathedral following its state of disrepair after the French Revolution.
Admission to the cathedral is free, but if you wish to journey to the top of the Notre-Dame you will have to pay. However, it is universally agreed that the view is worth the admission fee. You can also venture down to the crypt beneath the famous cathedral to explore the ancient remains.
5. Musee d’Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay houses some most compelling collection of works by great French impressionist and post-impressionist artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cezanne. Since the museum attracts a great deal of visitors, you may want to book your tickets in advance. If you are up for it, it is definitely worth a trip to the top balcony of the Musée d’Orsay to take in the picturesque view of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.