The perfect Paris experience combines leisure and liveliness. Make the most of your time by exploring the wealth of sites and activities.
Paris’ dining is iconic and France’s reputation for its cuisine precedes it. Whether you seek a cosy neighborhood bistro or a triple-Michelin-starred temple, you'll find every establishment prides itself on exquisite preparation and presentation of quality produce, invariably served with wine. Enticing patisseries, boulangeries (bakeries), fromageries (cheese shops) and crowded, colourful street markets are perfect for packing a picnic to take to the city’s parks and gardens.
10 things to do in Paris for first time visitors
- Admire the view from the Eiffel Tower, the iconic symbol of the city.
- Discover Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the Champs Elysées Avenue.
- Feel your jaw drop at the gothic architecture of the Notre Dame.
- Marvel at the sculptures and paintings in the Musée du Louvre, showcasing 35’000 works of art.
- Take a walk through the Jardin du Luxembourg, backdrop to the Palais du Luxembourg.
- Enjoy a river tour along the Seine.
- Visit the Sacré Coeur and climb the 234 steps for one of the best views of the city.
- Get spooked in the city’s ancient Catacombes.
- Maximize your credit card statement at Les Galeries Lafayette.
- Be dazzled inside and outside the Centre Pompidou.
Free or almost free activities
There’s no need to reach for your wallet if you want to have a good time in Paris. There are plenty of ways to go out in the French capital without spending a cent. Culture, sport and leisure are on offer.
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If the hustle of Paris starts to wear you down, there are plenty of day trips to let you see a different side of France outside the city. Just under one hour’s journey will take you to the stunning Chateau de Versailles, home to King Louis XIII and XIV, as well as the famous Marie Antoinette. Other options include Monet’s Garden, Mont Saint-Michel and Lille.
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