Paris, mon amour! You've probably heard of the famous saying from Audrey Hepburn,"Paris is always a good idea", and there's a reason for that — it's very, very true and I can tell you that because I've experienced it's magic and beauty first hand.
It doesn't take much to fall in love with the city of love. The historical city has an undeniable romantic air of magic to it and is a true representation of European and French culture. From watching the sunset at the Eiffel Tower to sitting on the steps of the Sacre Coeur to scarfing down macarons, your experience in Paris will be one of a kind.
Honestly, there are so many things to see, so many foods to eat and so many museums to visit in Paris that it may feel overwhelming to narrow down the scope when planning your visit. It was honestly super hard to narrow down this list because Paris is filled to the brim with incredible sights, amazing restaurants, adorable cafes, romantic bars. So obviously there are several amazing places we couldn't include, but hey, you've only got so much time right?
From quintessential Parisian experiences to iconic sights to hidden gems, here is your guide to doing Paris. We hope you get to discover the indescribable charm that is the city.
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What to See in Paris
Want to add a pop of colour to your life (and Instagram feed)? Live colourfully and take a stroll down one of the most vibrant streets in all of Paris. Rue Cremieux is lined with beautiful, bright, and colourful houses that are picture perfect. The closest metro station is Quai de la Rapée.
Yes, there will be a ton of tourists at this sight. But yes, it is without a doubt 100% still worth it. You can have a picnic at the green lawn outside the Eiffel Tower and watch the sunset and the Eiffel Tower begin to light up the night...and don't forget you can bring booze outdoors too.
Arc de Triomphe
For an unbeatable view of the heart of the Paris, climb up the stairs at Arc de Triomphe for incredible views of the famous Champs Élysées and the city. You'll feel like you're on top of Paris!
If you want an alternative and less crowded view of the Eiffel Tower, go to The Trocadéro. The photos you take will most likely have no other tourists in it, which can be a rare win in a tourist city like Paris.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
One of the oldest buildings in Paris, architecture and non-architecture buffs alike will appreciate the intricate magnificence of this cathedral. Plus right beside the Notre-Dame is the famous love lock bridge.
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What to Do in Paris
La Galerie Vivienne
Explore the stunning Paris passages. Built in 1823, La Galerie Vivienne is one of the most iconic covered arcades and one of Paris's original shopping malls. Walk through a beautiful, beautiful skylit arcade on mosaic floors — a place so pretty I had to say beautiful twice.
This is one of the most beautiful, charming neighbourhoods in Paris, characterized by its charming cobblestone roads and beautiful European buildings. Make sure to head on up to the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur and enjoy a drink on the steps.
A Beaux Arts railway station turned to art museum, Musee d'Orsay is a beautifully designed museum with works from renowned artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Seurat and more.
Le Mur des Je T'aime
Feeling romantic in the city of love? Paris always has ways of concretely manifesting its feeling of romance. Located in Montmartre, this mural has "I Love You" written over 311 times in 250 different languages.
Jardin des Tuileries
If you want a beautiful stroll, walk through the elegant gardens at the Jardin des Tuileries. If you're in Paris during the summer, you must experience the city from the swings at the Jardin des Tuileries Summer Carnival. Talk about a picture perfect experience.
Musée du Louvre
This museum not only satisfies art lovers, but architecture lovers too (and also Instagram lovers...). One of the most famous museums in the entire world and home to some of the most famous artworks, the Louvre is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
Palace of Versailles
Feel like royalty as you walk along the royal grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Although not located directly in Paris, a quick day trip will take you to this magnificent palace and garden. You'll be dazed by its luxuriousness and extravagance.
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Where to Eat in Paris
Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole
How freaking beautiful is this exterior though??? If you're looking for French cuisine, this restaurant serves traditional French gourmet cuisine and has an absolutely stunning interior and exterior to boot.
Hotel Plaza Athénée
Where are my Sex and the City fans at? This historic hotel is where they filmed that scene with Carrie on the balcony with an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower. If you want to visit this hotel but can't afford to stay there, there are five restaurants and a bar in this hotel, including the three Michelin star restaurant Restaurant Alain Ducasse.
If you want an absolutely delicious French meal but not at the cost of $$$$, check out this small neighbourhood bistro. The meals also have an exotic Mediterranean flair bursting with flavour and excitement.
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Les Deux Magots
Calling all dessert and cafe lovers! This historical and famous cafe was once the meeting grounds for the intellectual elite in Paris. Writers like Ernest Hemingway and artists like Pablo Picasso are among its visitors. Have the ultimate Parisian experience at this quintessential Paris café.
Want to drink cocktails at a hidden gem (literally)? Try the speakeasy experience at Moonshiner. Located in a pizzeria called Da Vito, you walk through a freezer to access this the old-school lounge that is reminiscent of the 1920's prohibition era.
Located in the Palais-Royal, Café Kitsuné is an adorable cafe that fulfils your Insta cafe dreams. Bloggers love to visit this place and it's not hard to understand why.