If you are going to spend your holidays in the capital of love and fashion, there are some activities you can definitely not miss. This trip is an opportunity to discover French culture and French History. Of course there are so many activities to do but if you’re short on time here are some tips that will make your trip to Paris enjoyable. This is a must-see list for tourists going to Paris
1) The Eiffel Tower
The first picture you visualise in your mind when you hear the word “France” is the Eiffel tower, one of the most extraordinary and historical buildings of all times. This is the first activity you will want to do because it is one of the most important touristic monuments; count at least 2 hours of queuing. It might seem long but it is worth it. As the French call it “La Dame de Fer” (The Iron Lady), is very impressive when you are looking at it from the ground and even more impressive when you are looking down from the top. Built in 1889, the Iron Lady welcomes 6 million visitors every year. You can either take the stairs or the elevators and once up there you have a beautiful view of Paris. The Eiffel tower is even nicer at night with its shimmering lights.
2)“Les bateaux- mouches “
Why make a bus tour, when you can make your tour more original and exciting for the same price (12,50 euro). “Bateaux-mouches” which literally means “the fly boat” in French offers you a tour of Paris on the river Seine where you can enjoy the architecture of different bridges ranging from the 14th to the 19th century. A two hour tour during which you will admire some spots you wouldn’t have been able to see on a bus.
For couples who are looking for a romantic night, the bateaux- mouches organise dinners where you can enjoy a view of Paris by night, while eating. You will have unforgettable memories and a memorable view.
3) Les Champs Elysées
The Champs- Elysées, is one of the most famous avenues in Paris. You can enjoy all kinds of shops, luxury shops and designer brands. At the top of the avenue you can see the Arch of Triumph, another famous monument of Paris which was built in 1806.A very imposing monument that you can see while walking up the avenue.
4) The Louvre museum
The Louvre museum has an extensive collection of paintings, and exhibits work from famous artists such as Leonardo de Vinci, Charles Lebrun. The Louvre is located in the first arrondissement of Paris. The Louvre is open from 9am to 6 pm every day and is closed on Tuesdays.
5) “Boulangerie” Poilane
When you see the word “boulangerie” on a building it’s definitely a place to stop by. “Boulangerie” is the French word for bakery so if you go to Paris you will definitely have to try a “baguette” (French bread), a “croissant” and a “pain au chocolat” (pastry with chocolate).Not trying a baguette is like going to Italy without eating a pizza. France is known for its food quality especially when it comes to bakery. French bakeries have a good reputation, and Poilane is the most popular among all. The first Poilane bakery appeared in 1932 and was created by Pierre Poilane. Poilane bakeries are located all over Paris.
6) The district of Montmartre
Montmartre is a district in the 18th arrondissement well known for its Sacre Coeur church and its place du Tertre. Many artists lived there such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh who used to work in Montmartre. Nowadays a lot of artists still remain in Montmartre where they draw portraits and landscapes.
7) Le Marché d’Aligre
Do you fancy typical French food? Well, discover “le marché d’Aligre”, a well known market located in the 4th arrondissement where you can find fresh French products such as cheese, meat, vegetables, and other kinds of specialities specific to French cuisine. A busy and bustling market you will enjoy.
8) O Chateau
Wine has an important place in the French culture O Chateau is a wine tasting wine bar where you can taste and buy French wines. O Chateau is a lovely and convivial place dedicated to everyone, especially wine amateurs.
9)Le Moulin rouge
Le Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret built in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidlel Located in the 18th arrondissement, it is a cabaret where you will enjoy a French Cancan show. It offers the spectator an incredible, traditional and international show.
10) Galeries Lafayette
Known as the capital of fashion, the galeries Lafayette pictures pretty well the notion of fashion and luxury. The galeries Lafayette is a luxury department store which has been opened since 1893. It is very expensive and even if you know you can’t afford most of the products in the shop, this place has a history and it is always nice to browse and dream. And if you are lucky to be in Paris during Christmas you will enjoy the magnificent decorations and the gigantic Christmas tree inside (20 meters high).
The best time to visit Paris is during the week as you will avoid long and endless queues.