Attractions You Absolutely Cannot Miss when Visiting Paris
There are few cities in the world that need no introduction and Paris is certainly one of them. The City of Love has so much to offer visitors that picking an itinerary can be a little overwhelming, so we round up the 8 must-see attractions in Paris you don't want to miss.
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower! Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the World Fair of 1889, the 324-metre tower has been an icon of the country ever since, as well as the most visited paid monument in the world. The metal structure is one of the tallest buildings in the city, offering beautiful views over the capital. You can walk up the stairs to get a stunning glimpse of the city from the first or second level, while the third level is home to Alain Ducasse's Bar à Champagne – the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion.
Tips: head to the Trocadéro for a picture-perfect snap of the Eiffel Tower while sitting on the stunning marble stairs!
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Walk the Steps of the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, most simply called the Sacré Coeur, is nested atop a hill and is an architectural jewel. Many movies have depicted the Sacré Coeur as a romantic Parisian landmark, most notably Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s "Amélie". The area surrounding the basilica is home to various street artists, performers and dancers exhibiting their talents to curious visitors and locals. Do not hesitate to wander the adjoining narrow streets and visit the numerous vintage shops and quirky bars which bustle day and night.
See the Classics at The Louvre
This world-famous museum is home to Léonard de Vinci’s iconic masterpiece La Joconde – better known as the Mona Lisa. However, the art gallery and museum is also known for its intriguing glass triangular shape, surrounded by water, in the grounds of the Louvre Palace. It's the largest art museum in the world, featuring works by titans of the Renaissance such as Michelangelo and Raphael.
Linking the Institut de France to the Louvre, this metal pedestrian bridge was initially intended to look like a suspended garden. The perfect location of the bridge along the Seine features stunning views over Notre Dame and l’Ile de la Cite, tempting visitors, poets, musicians and performers to spend lazy afternoons picnicing by the bridge. In addition to its vibrant art scene, the bridge is covered with padlocks left by couples as a symbol of their love. Due to this tradition, most tourists and Parisians refer to Le Pont des Arts as the Love Bridge.
Le Marais is one of the Paris districts you cannot miss. The narrow streets of this famous bohemian quarter is filled with trendy shops, quirky bistros, restaurants and former private residences converted into boutique hotels. The district is probably one of the most vibrant in Paris, and a popular hangout for students who come to La Maraia enjoy the happy hours and affordable dining options found here.
Adjoining the Marais is the famous Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Plenty of artists, acrobats, musicians and poets showcase their skills to visitors in the grounds here, adding to the charm of the place. Make sure to read Victor Hugo’s "Hunchback of Notre-Dame" to add a bit of romance to your visit – or rewatch the Disney classic!
Get a glimpse of the elegance à la française at The Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, with its seven floors of fashion retailers, bars and restaurants. Take the hour-long tour of the premises and discover all the secrets of this legendary family business. See if you can spot the hidden messages in the magnificent banister staircase, and browse the merchandise on sale for items to take home with you.
Sometimes the best way to discover a place is just to get lost! Enjoy a stroll along the banks of the River Seine and discover some of Paris’ stunning historical bridges such as Le Pont Alexandre III or the quarter-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty on the Pont de Grenelle, gifted to Paris in 1889 by the USA as a sign of friendship between the two countries. At night the river path is illuminated by lights, making it one of the most romantic places to explore in Paris.