13 Things You Absolutely MUST SEE in Paris

I’ve been to Paris three times now and I absolutely adore it so I decided to write some recommendations on what you shouldn’t miss.

Paris is definitely one of my favorite cities. The French are SO charming and classy. I love their baguettes and croissants. Stop in the morning in one of the French cafés for coffee and breakfast or brunch because it's simply delightful.

This is the ultimate list of my favorite things in the city of love, you can ditch the heavy guide book and check out this guide instead.

1. Champs-Élysées

Walk the length of Champs-Élysées just for the sake of it. Shop in the beautiful stores or walk to L’Arc de Triomphe. You can climb the stairs to find one of the best views in Paris.

Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

2. Eiffel Tower

Climb the stairs all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower (except it’s not an absolute top of it). After climbing the stairs (and possibly the elevator) you will get a breathtaking view of the city.

You can also take iconic photos in front of the Eiffel Tower. Try different angles and find all the best spots to take a picture with the Eiffel Tower in the back.

Another great thing to do is to have a picnic in the late afternoon or early evening in the park right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Don’t forget a baguette, some cheese and French wine.

Watch the Eiffel Tower as it gets dark and the lights turn on.

3. Île Saint Louis

Île Saint Louis offers lovely streets waiting for you to stroll them. This is the city beach for Parisians (except for those who sunbathe in parks). I had one of the best ice creams in my life on this island.

4. Stroll the Parisian streets

I got by mostly with metro but it’s worth walking from one point to the other sometimes. The streets are charming and adorable with old buildings built in the true Parisian style.

Paris, France

5. Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur

When you come to Montmartre don’t head for the basilica first. Walk through the narrow streets of Montmarte and discover the artist in you!

Then, climb the stairs all the way to the top of Sacré-Coeur. It offers an amazing view of the city.

Take a picnic blanket with you, sit down, and watch the life go by.

There are usually also some great music artists at the top of the stairs right in front of the church.

Sacré-Coeur, Paris, France

6. Versailles Castle and Gardens

If you make just one trip out of Paris, make it to Versailles. The castle is simply beautiful and the rooms are gorgeous. It takes you back to Marie Antoinette times.

I recommend that you definitely take a ticket that includes a visit to the royal gardens. They are breathtaking. Walk through and let your mind wander.

7. Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is très magnifique. You should definitely visit it and take a picture in front of it when in Paris.

Just in front of Notre Dame there is Point Zero. It is thought to be the absolute center of the city and the country. It’s the point from which all the distances from Paris are measured. If you spin on one foot atop the marker you can make a wish.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

8. Luxembourg Gardens

This is a great place to rest your eyes with an enchanting park through which you can walk. Get away from the city buzz and relax surrounded by beautiful roses and water fountains.

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France

9. Musee d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay is definitely my number one in Paris. See the beautiful Van Gogh and Monet art and get lost among the wonderful paintings.

10. See Mona Lisa in Louvre

I say you do it just so you can say you’ve been there and seen it. It’s behind glass and you can’t really come close to the painting. And there’s always a crowd around it. But that’s okay. You’ve seen Mona Lisa in Louvre!

To be honest, you would need about three days to see the whole of Louvre. Therefore, I suggest you make a plan in advance which parts and sections of the museum you want to see.

Louvre Museum, Paris, France

11. Canal St. Martin

I suggest you walk by the canal find a cute café, sit down and watch the world go by. Get a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a sense of how Parisians live. This is one of the more peaceful spots of the city.

Canal St Martin, Paris, France

12. Disneyland

Disneyland is definitely my happy place. I usually get a ticket for Disneyland Park with the Studio. There are some cool rollercoasters in the Studio Park. Don’t miss the Disney parade and don’t forget to buy Minnie Mouse ears.

13. Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou is the absolute center of contemporary art and is simply merveilleux! This is the best contemporary art museum I’ve ever visited and I highly recommend.

The art addresses important life questions and world issues. It consists of photography, paintings, stories, films, and installations. It is très unique!

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Have you ever been to Paris? What do you love most about it? Which part of Paris is your No1? Give me some suggestions for next time I go!

XX, Ajda