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What to Do in Paris: Must See Attractions

Paris Attractions

As Audrey Hepburn once mused, a visit to Paris is always a good idea. The City of Lights certainly has a lot to offer nearly any type of tourist, from families and couples to independent travelers on a self-guided jaunt. Things to do in Paris, France, range from taste testing every baguette sandwich along the Champs -Élysées to eating up the artistic experience offered by the Musée d’Orsay. When you’re not sure where to start when it comes to tackling this French metropolis, Paris tours are a good place to start. Embarking on a single tour will serve up a stop at many local landmarks and Parisian points of interest.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Paris

Paris neighborhood offerings vary from the outdoor to the artistic, and everything in between. Whether you are in France on a romantic getaway, family trip, or in the company of friends, there is a neighborhood brimming with things for you to see and do.

Montmartre — While this hilltop community was once a small, quiet village, it’s now a tourist hub. Along the cobblestone streets you will find historical sites like windmills and the Sacre Coeur basilica. You can also take advantage of the many shops and eateries.

Right Bank (La Rive Droite) — Head to this part of Paris, along the north side of the Seine River, if you are in the market for a chic experience. Famous shopping strips, The Louvre museum, and other high-society venues are found here.

Left Bank (La Rive Gauche) — The southern side of the Seine River is known as the Left Bank, and exhibits a far more bohemian vibe than the Right Bank. Also considered the Latin Quarter, this part of the city is home to The Sorbonne University and preserved Roman ruins.

Things to See in Paris

Before you set out to experience the more active side of the city, considering exploring the spectacular things to see in Paris, many of which present awesome photo opportunities. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Arc de Triomphe are just a few of the top spots in Paris to capture photos worthy of your holiday cards or a spot on the mantle. Paris art and culture activities are also very much alive. If you want to be entertained, snag tickets to a cabaret show or French theater production at venues like Moulin Rouge.

Sightseeing in Paris

Paris is known as fashion-forward city, but visitors should still pack a pair of walking shoes to truly experience the best activities and attractions in Paris. Spend your morning perusing the Bastille Market and shopping at fine boutiques along the Champs-Élysées. In the afternoon, venture down into The Catacombs, which contain millions of human remains and a bit of a spooky atmosphere. If you want to burn a few calories in the spirit of working off your morning croissant, try a bike tour. In the evening, sign up for an escape game, where you and your friends must use your wits to find your way out of a locked room. Day trips from Paris can land you in places like the Palace of Versailles in just a few hours.

Things to Do in Paris with Kids

There's fun for all the family no matter where you go in Paris. Here are some family friendly experiences to do together that are sure to make your getaway unforgettable:

Free Things to Do in Paris

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in Paris. The following won't cost a red cent.

Cabinet of Coins, Medals and Antiquities - Wander the halls and take in the captivating displays and unique collections at this respected museum.

Pavillon Davioud - Satiate your appetite for arts and culture here and witness talent and creativity at work.

Piscine Municipale Gerard Durant - Improve your freestyle or just bob around lazily at this favorite swimming spot.

Pont des Arts - Pay a visit to this modern landmark and admire its design.

Bourse de Commerce - Get to grips with some of the fascinating history of the area through this site.

Les Halles - Get acquainted with some of the local residents and discover the true personality and vibrancy of this special place.

Ile de la Cite - Draw a deep breath — there's nothing like being near the water for some calm and relaxation.

Centre Pompidou - If you want to see a few of the more important or unique places in the community, start here.

Eglise Saint-Eustache - Get in touch with your spiritual side or simply get lost in the tranquil atmosphere at this sacred site.

Mare a Mare Nord - You're certain to feel connected with Mother Nature at this breathtaking spot.

National Park of Port-Cros - Refresh your mind, body and soul by spending a little time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Paris

Paris City Center

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Paris City Center. Top attractions like Palais Royal and Louvre Museum are major draws. Catch the metro at Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro Station or Louvre - Rivoli Station to see more of the city.

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Marais

Admire historic and architectural marvels and visit one of the largest museums of modern art in Europe in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of Paris.

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Montmartre

Presided over by the Sacré-Cœur, this charming neighborhood is still reminiscent of its days as an enclave for some of the world’s greatest artists.

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7th Arrondissement

Visit this district’s well-known attraction, the iconic Eiffel Tower, and its other superb historic buildings and museums.

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8th Arrondissement

Featuring the most famous street in Paris, this district is strongly linked to Napoleon’s rise and France’s dark years of revolution. 

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6th Arrondissement

Read about Parisian intelligentsia, discover the lively Latin Quarter and enjoy scenic gardens and bohemian café culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Paris on a rainy day?

What is Paris famous for?

Bring some comfortable shoes because there are lots of well-known attractions you just have to see:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Notre-Dame

What should I not miss in Paris?

If you want to explore the best of this destination, add these attractions to your itinerary:

  • Disneyland® Paris
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Opéra Garnier
  • Paris Expo Porte de Versailles

Are there cheap things to do in Paris?

What can you do in Paris for free?

Your escape to Paris won't cost a fortune with free things like these to enjoy:

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Galeries Lafayette