Best Things to Do in Paris, France – Tips from Travelers

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Welcome to this edition of the Sunday Spotlight onthings to Do in Paris.

The Sunday Spotlight series is a collaboration of insider travel tips and stories shared by other traveler’s and bloggers around the web – today we feature Paris.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to take that dream trip to Paris. If you have already visited Paris, we’d love to hear your Paris travel tips in the comments down below.

3 Days in Paris – The Ultimate Paris Itinerary

Photo credit: The Planet D

Looking for tips on what to do in Paris each day, including information on how to get around Paris, where to stay in Paris, how to save money in Paris, and much more? Check out this 3 days in Paris itinerary.

How to visit Paris on a budget

Paris is an easy place to spend money – with fantastic restaurants, shops and wine bars on every corner, and entrance fees to world-class museums and attractions. Here are some tips to help keep your costs down…Read On

Beautiful stained glass windows in Saint-Chapelle, Paris, France
stained glass windows in Saint-Chapelle     credit: OnTheLuce

15 Fun Things to Do in Paris

A list of 15 things to do in Paris that just happen to be on a budget at about 20 € or less…Read On

15 Free Things to Do in Paris

Love free? Despite its reputation as an expensive destination, there are actually plenty of ways you can save money in this city…Read On

Getting around Paris

Here’s an epic guide on how to get around Paris on public transport… Read more

What NOT to Do in Paris

A helpful post that lays out some possible attractions to avoid in the City of Lights…and what to do instead…Read On

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth in Paris

Paris is a sweet tooth’s paradise. Famous patisseries, rich chocolate and super chic cupcakes. Make sure you know where to find the sweetest spots in the city…Read On

Laduree Macaron - Paris, France
Laduree Macaron      credit: Heather on her travels

10 under €10 – Budget Places to Eat in Paris

If you want to know where a local would take you if you ever came to visit them in Paris, this is the definitive list…Read On

Local Eats in Paris

Looking to get your crepe fix? How about finding the best croque madame? Start with these 4 places on your first trip to Paris…Read On

Crepe at Breizh Cafe in Paris, France
Crepe at Breizh Cafe    credit: ExpatEdna

Historic Bistros and Cafes in Paris

Looking for bistros or cafes that are historic? Check out this list which also comes with a price guide…Read On

Top Paris Restaurant Picks by Travelers

Café culture is an important part of life in Paris and the city boasts a huge selection of eateries from cool coffee shops to chic restaurants. Here are some top suggestions by others…Read On

3 Days in Paris for Vegans

Ditching your veganism to have a good time in Paris is completely unnecessary. Here’s how to have a GREAT 3-day Paris vacation…Read On

Vegan Falafel in Paris
Vegan Falafel     credit: 30traveler

30 travel experts reveal one day in Paris itinerary

There are some great ideas in this post of things to do in Paris

Accommodation in Paris

For a unique local stay, don’t forget about Airbnb. To check out all the properties available in Paris click here.

For places to stay in Paris choose from the largest range of hotels, apartments, and guesthouses with our partner Booking.com. You get free cancelation on most rooms, and in most cases you only pay when you stay.


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How to See the Eiffel Tower

Should you take the lift to the 2nd or 3rd floor or attempt the walk up? Your strategy will be influenced by your budget, the length of the queues for the lift and how fit you’re feeling.

You’ll definitely want to book a skip the line tour to this Parisian main attraction. Click here to get your skip the line pass and see incredible panoramic views above Paris…Read On

View from the Eiffel Tower in Pariscredit: HeatherOnHerTravels

Breakdown of the 20 Neighborhoods (Arrondissements) in Paris

With 20 neighborhoods (arrondissements) to choose from, looking for accommodation and planning your activities can be terrifying. Here’s a breakdown to all the arrondissements to help you plan…Read On

The Marais Neighbourhood in Paris
The Marais Neighbourhood     credit: YoungAdventuress

Things To Do In Montmartre

The vibrant neighborhood of Montmartre is essentially a hill, and famous for the white-domed basilica of Sacré Cœur and the nightlife. A little ‘grittier’ in parts compared to Avenue des Champs-Élysées, you’ll have a lot of fun exploring the area.

You can book yourself a guided tour to see the most important sights like the Moulin Rouge, Sacre Coeur, Picasso’s studio, and an unexpected vineyard…Read On

The Moulin Rouge, Pariscredit: ActiveBackpacker

Finding Romance in Paris

There is a reason that so many people pick Paris as a top destination for romance and couples. With so many romantic things to do, these tips will help you get your love on…Read On

Visiting Paris with Kids

Paris may not be the first city that springs to mind when considering a family vacation, however, it can be a lot of fun for kids…Read On

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Plan Your Trip to Paris

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Accommodation in Paris

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Flights to Paris

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Car Rental in Paris

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Tours in Paris

 

What are your favourite things to do in Paris?

57 thoughts on “Best Things to Do in Paris, France – Tips from Travelers”

  1. Wow, how convenient! We’re reaching Paris soon on our bike trip around Europe! I’ve been there before but we were mostly in Disney Land since I was 11 😉 Can’t wait to explore Paris!

    Great way of collecting great info! Thanks 🙂

      1. Haha – we sure will! Was there three years ago, it’s just not the same when you’re older! This time I’m all about french cafés, the Eiffel Tower and espressos en masse! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the mention. Paris is one of my favourite cities – Bastille Day is my birthday too and I spent a great one in Paris for my 30th drinking wine and watching fireworks on the Pont des Artes, great memories!

  3. We were in Paris just last month and explored as much as we could around the city during our short, four day stay.

    With so many places to see and things to do, I don’t know if one month is enough for one to discover all there is to see and do in Paris, but we’ll definitely use your tips for our next visit!

    Cheers!

  4. Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    Thanks so much for the mention! I leave Paris next week after a year of living here and I miss it already 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for featuring my post about romance in Paris in your Sunday Spotlight! Paris is such a diverse city, it is amazing that it can be great for people with kids, couples looking for romance, food lovers, museum lovers…there is something for just about everyone!

  6. Wow! Paris, my dream place. I know that it’s a romantic place but need to find it myself yet. Thank you for sharing some useful information specially the free things to do and what NOT to do in Paris. Thanks for this amazing photos as well. I will definitely plan my trip to Paris. 1 month would not be enough but I know that it will be a great experience for me. Crossing my fingers here.

  7. I am about to go to Paris for the first time ever. Doing research is exciting and difficult at the same time with all the information online. Thank you so much for this blog! I’ve learned so much and it’s helped me to decide what’s important and worthy of my time. 😀 I appreciate you taking the time to compile this! It was so helpful!!!

    God Bless,
    Ashley White

  8. Hey Craig…Really helpful post. I am leaving for paris first week of next month. I have been there before for a couple of days but now this time at least 3 weeks. Paris is such a wonderful place to travel always. I hope your experience could fix my problems. Let you know when I will come back. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Anthony De Guzman

    Incredible. Paris is at the very top of my list of travel destinations when I’m finished university. My roommates are from there and they tell me all about it!

    I’m living in Québec in the moment… it has it’s positive aspects but I’m dreaming overseas!

    P.S. Those photos made me very hungry!

  10. My favorite trip : The center of Paris, listed as world heritage site by Unesco.
    It is no longer “Paris, city of light”, but rather “Paris, capital – and symbol— of France”, a city that expresses its country’s influence throughout the world. The city of Paris is a stunning architectural ensemble, built up over the centuries in spectacular unity. The area of the classified site that runs along the banks of the Seine reflects the evolution of the city and the importance of the river that runs through it. It offers visitors views of the most beautiful monuments in Paris, simultaneously tracing the city’s rich history. As you visit, you will move from the oldest districts, already occupied in ancient times, to the palaces of the kings, on to the major axes created by Baron Haussmann in the 19th century, and finally arrive at the 20th century additions and the Eiffel Tower. The history of Paris unfolds before your eyes in an enthralling journey through time. Whether cultural, historic, artistic, religious or architectural, the city’s rich heritage offers something for everyone.
    For more information : http://www.france-patrimoine-mondial.com/en/paris-site

  11. Thanks ..Its nice post. If you want to plan a Paris trip. I also suggest to go http://www.triphobo.com/paris-france Here you can create your own itinerary. There is some other people itineraries & information. I suggest you can create here your itinerary with the help of Craig tips. Its helping most to you like trip planner. When you create your itinerary you can take this along with you. It really help you as Paris travel guide.

  12. I think one of the more romantic place to visit is Paris . I personally went there on my 1st anniversary and my husband and I loved the food and the people there! To break free from the tourist crowd, I would suggest you to try some home-dining options. We went to dine with one of the local hosts on BonAppetour ( http://www.bonappetour.com), and were treated to a fancy meal at their homes on the rooftop!

  13. Amazing photos…I am in travel industry since last 8 years. Also a blogger and when I have time, I start reading the traveller blogs. This is the quick overview of Paris and I or other traveller can easily understand about Paris city.

  14. I love how your post is contained of many other useful information from other blogs as well !! not biases at all. I always come to your blog first before I go anywhere else because it saves me a bunch of times 🙂 Thanks

  15. Paris is always a good idea……really is! If anybody asks me to name a single city on earth he or she should visit, I will answer “Paris”…the number of wonderful attractions this great city has on offer simply is the reason behind it…..
    This article covers all the aspects of visiting this great city…..from fun things to free things, from Paris with kids to Paris for Romance….I will call this a complete guide to Paris…Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences…such a pleasure to read 🙂

  16. Paris is such a beautiful city and there is so many things to do there as it is the biggest city in France, and you presented them very well in your post, thank you!

  17. It will be the best for you to hire some tour guide if you are visiting Paris for the first time. There is a lot that you should never miss.
    The museums they have in there are so beautiful and it will give you a different feeling when you are in there. I went on a day trip by tour operator there (https://babyloncitytours.com/) and they took me to the coolest spots in Paris.
    You should never miss these places below when you visit paris:

    -Louvre and D’Orsay museums
    -Pere Lachaise Cemetery
    -Notre-Dame Cathedral in Latin Quarter
    -Moulin Rouge to the Sacré-Coeur

  18. Thanks for your post Craig.
    Paris is such a lovely city, and I think most of people missing the real Paris, where you’ll see what local people can offer.
    In my opinion, the first thing to keep in mind while visiting such place is to go for local first… You can’t get better experience and taste of a city without the local people (I’m not referring to the tourist areas where you’ll mostly find shopping and tourism related items).
    Good article by the way

  19. Great article(s). I would also recommend, if you have time for that, to enjoy some of the beautiful parks and gardens that Paris can offer, such as Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Monceau or Parc de Bagatelle. Those are beautiful and restful places that can match the last 2 points in your article. Very romantic, and perfect for kids!

  20. Hi Craig ! Thank you for these precious lists. I was in Paris two months ago and I loved it ! You can also visit the center of the city on Segway, it will give you a nice overview. I tried and it was fantastic ! We had a really nice tour with this company : https://parisoriginaltours.com/ You can try it’s very fun !

  21. Great round-up! My top tip would be to bring a baby carrier and a backpack to the Eiffel tower rather than a stroller. We had to fold our stroller – and unload EVERYTHING from the basket – before going up the elevator! We were just lucky we had a few reusable grocery bags with us.

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