Top 10 Beautiful Must-See Things in Paris, France

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-09-20 16:12:35

Welcome to Paris, the city of love, lights, great musicians and fashion capital! This magical place truly has a lot to offer. We have tried to cover it all in ten things, and to be frank, it was a hard choice. We have left out many museums, historical buildings, cemeteries, parks, and other exciting things to include them in some other lists.

Paris is very vibrant and has a lot to offer to everyone; you just need to explore. You can visit the main attractions in just a couple of days! Alternatively, you can take an extended vacation and see more. Surely your days in Paris would be thrilling and full of excitement. These are our Top 10 beautiful must-see things in Paris, but also check our Top 10 Best City Breaks All Around the World.

10. Eat Something, As You'll Need Your Strength!

Macaroons look fantastic, but they're also delicious!

Paris, France, home of baguette, croissant, macaroons, éclairs… All the delicious food you can try in one of many cute romantic Parisian bistros or lovely restaurants.

Take your time and absorb the Parisian way of life. Order a glass of wine, sip it and enjoy it. Or if you prefer fine dining, you can have your meal in one of the Michelin star restaurants. Choices are extensive, so take your pick!

9. The Place de la Concorde, the Place Charles de Gaulle, and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Place de la Concorde is the biggest square in Paris

After eating, it is time to take a walk. And there is no better way than to start from the Place de la Concorde. This beautiful square is the largest in Paris. Take your time to admire a giant Egyptian obelisk and two gorgeous fountains. After that, stroll along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Avenue is full of shops, bars, and restaurants. At the end of the Avenue is the Place Charles de Gaulle, the twelve straight avenues meeting point. Fabulous Arc de Triomphe is at the center of the square. The Arc honors those who died and fought in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

8. Cabaret Moulin Rouge and Quartier Pigalle

Moulin Rouge comes alive in the evening!

If you wish to see the modern form of the can-can dance's birthplace, you must visit Moulin Rouge. The cabaret is a traditional show in Paris with singers and dancers or burlesque entertainers. It will be easy to find it, just go to the Pigalle and look for the red windmill.

The Pigalle Quartier was home to famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, etc. Today the area is well known as a place to experience Paris at night. All around this part of town are many sex shops, theatres, and adult shows on Place Pigalle.

7. The Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg will leave you breathless

The Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Gardens was created in 1612 by Marie de' Medici. Gardens are spread on 23 hectares. They are known for their lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, model sailboats on its circular basin, and picturesque Medici Fountain.

Here you can just find a bench, sit, and enjoy the natural beauty. This is a great place to find some peace and tranquility.

6. Shopping, Shopping, Shopping

Shopping malls in Paris will quickly empty your pockets

When in Paris, don't forget to shop! After all, this is a fashion mecca! But you can as well find some bargains, just need to follow sales signs. Here you can find a lot of designer shops, shopping malls, and perfumeries.

Basically, all your heart desires. Paris also hosts a Fashion week. If you are interested in high fashion, this is an event you must visit. It's hosted twice a year in Paris.

5. Seine Boat Ride

Boat ride near the Eiffel Tower is the best way to experience Seine river

Make sure that you hop on the boat to enjoy the city from the river. It is truly magical, especially in the evening. You can see all the fabulous buildings along both banks of the river. Some of them are truly spectacular. Most beautiful are the Eiffel Tower views, Grand Palais and Petit Palais, The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Ile de la Cité.

You can take a hop-on-hop-off boat ride and explore the city. Boats stop at most of the city's sightseeing highlights. This is the best way to explore and discover the city and go from one attraction to another.   

4. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame is one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world

Cathedral Notre Dame is a beautiful medieval Catholic cathedral on the Ile de la Cite, Seine river island in the city center. Often called just Notre Dame, this is the most beautiful example of French Gothic architecture. Its construction began in 1160, and it was completed in 1260.

Unfortunately, the cathedral suffered damage a few times, including a fire in 2019. Notre Dame attracts a lot of visitors all year round. The river island is fascinating by itself. A few lovely pedestrian bridges are connecting the island to the riverbanks on both sides.

3. The Versailles Palace

The Versailles Palace is close to Paris and it's easy to access

The Versailles Palace is located 20 kilometers from Paris and its beauty can be compared to Schoenbrunn Palace. The Versailles was the royal residence of France from 1682, built under Louis XIV. Now it's opened for the public and attracts a lot of visitors. Here you can admire the beauty of French architecture.

You can also visit kings and queens fully furnished apartments. Here you will find the Hall of Mirrors, The War Salon, Royal Chapel, and Royal Opera. The palace has beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and canals. It's undoubtedly worth visiting.

2. The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is always crowded

Get on the top of this magnificent monument and have the best view of Paris! This 324 meters high iron tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair and is even taller during summer. It has three levels, with the first and second levels accessible by lifts and stairs. The third is usually only approachable by the elevator.

On the first two levels, you can find restaurants, and on the third is the observation platform. Don't forget to buy the tickets online to avoid queues. It is also worth knowing that the illumination of the tower is protected by copyright, so don't take a photo of the lit tower because you can pay a fine.

1. The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is enormous and impossible to check in a single day

The Louvre Museum is a fascinating place to visit. Don't underestimate it, as it offers something for everyone. It takes at least a day to explore it and even more if you like visiting museums. Prepare and book your tickets online to avoid the queues.

This museum is housed in the Louvre castle, built from the 12th to 13th century under Philip II. The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. It has a rich collection, from Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Islamic antiquities to more than 7500 paintings. The most valuable piece of art that attracts many visitors is Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

Suppose you wish to explore, visit some of the world's best museums, admire the incredible architecture, take a step from urban life, and enjoy nature. In that case, Paris is the place to be. You can stroll along the gorgeous streets of the French capital, try delicious food, drink excellent wine, or go shopping. There is a lot to do and a lot to see, so plan ahead, because time flies in Paris.  

We hope you've enjoyed our Top 10 beautiful must-see things in Paris list. Do you have a favorite spot in Paris? Please tell us in the comments section.

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