Visiting the world’s most romantic city for the first time? Deciding on things to do and see in Paris can be overwhelming. The palaces, museums, cathedrals, entertainment venues, restaurants… the possibilities are endless. V

If you’re looking for a quick list of places to visit in Paris, look no further. Below we have listed 10 top things to do in Paris so that nothing important passes you by in the French capital.

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1. Glimpse the iconic Eiffel Tower

Cliché? Perhaps. But if there’s one thing you have to see while in the French capital, the Eiffel Tower is it. Whether you choose to see it from afar or decide to get up close and climb all the way to the top, the Eiffel Tower is a must.

2. Get lost in the unbeatable Louvre

Even if you’re not an art fan and don’t care much for visiting museums, the Louvre is the place worth making an exception for. As the world’s largest museum, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so don’t expect to see everything it has to offer in one go. We recommend deciding on which part you want to see and making the most of it. You may also opt for a guided tour of the Louvre to see its highlights.

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3. Stride through elegance and history at the Palace of Versailles

Seen as one of the most striking palaces in Europe (it even contains a Royal Opera), the Palace of Versailles is one of the most visited places in France. Trace back its history and learn about its significance for the French Revolution. Walk through the Hall of Mirrors, the opulent and lavish rooms, and the enormous gardens. To see everything in detail, book our guided day tour to the Palace of Versailles and Trianons.

4. Inspire yourself at the Sacre-Coeur Basilica

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is a white marble church in Montmartre. It’s located in the highest point in Paris, so apart from admiring its beauty, you can also expect fantastic views. This is a good spot to watch the sunset. As it tends to get crowded, we recommend visiting early in the morning or evening.

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5. Take a look at the Notre-Dame Cathedral

Although sadly damaged by fire in 2019, the Notre Dame is still the most visited and known church in Paris. Built in the 12th century, this gothic cathedral is considered a masterpiece that you shouldn’t. At the moment its grounds are closed to the public, but you can still see it from the outside.

6. Cruise on the Seine

Have a look at some of the city’s top sights like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, and many more from the river. Make it even more special and romantic by booking a Seine River Dinner Cruise.

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7. Explore the dark side of Paris at the Catacombs

Looking for something unique to do in Paris? Consider the Catacombs of Paris, but only if you’re not scared of the dark, tight spaces and bones. Catacombs are underground cemeteries that came to be in the 18th century when the city’s cemeteries couldn’t cope with more burials. To solve the lack of space issue, human remains were moved to the Catacombs where you can see tunnels lined with bones.

8. Take a picnic break in the Parc Champs de Mars

At the base of the Eiffel tower, there’s the most famous park in Paris. If you’re visiting in the summer, don’t pass on having a nice picnic here. Just keep in mind that although very big, this park is extremely popular so it tends to get busy.

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9. Shop till you drop and admire the view at the Galeries LaFayette

Want to take a nice shot of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background? Apart from being a popular shopping center, Galeries Lafayette is the spot for great views of Paris without breaking the bank.

10. Have a fun evening at the Moulin Rouge

For an entertaining evening in style, try the famous Moulin Rouge. Here you can watch live shows and cabaret performances while having a delicious dinner accompanied by drinks.

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