How would you like to visit Paris? The city’s architecture, monuments, and culture are so exciting that the whole world seems to have heard of it! Travelling to Paris can be an amazing opportunity to see attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and the Palace of Versailles. Here are some ways to make your itinerary simpler:
1) Check out iconic landmarks
The Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral are just some of the iconic landmarks that make Paris such an exciting destination. Gaze at Monet’s lily pads at The Tuileries Garden, stroll down The Avenue des Champs-Elysees or visit The Louvre - one of the largest museums in Europe. Explore at your own pace with travel passes allowing you unlimited entry into most major attractions.
2) Visit a museum
If you’re visiting Paris, you have no shortage of history-packed monuments to visit. One of our favourites is Musée d’Orsay. Located along the city’s famed Champs Elysees Avenue, it houses an impressive collection of artwork from 1848 up until 1914.
3) Eat at great restaurants
There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Paris. If you want an authentic meal, skip chain restaurants and dining establishments and go straight to mom-and-pop places. The portions are smaller, but each bite will be far more delicious than anything you’ll get at one of those giant chains.
4) Have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower
For many, a trip to Paris is not complete without spending an afternoon at one of its most famous landmarks: The Eiffel Tower. Originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair, The Eiffel Tower has become one of France’s most recognizable symbols. With views of Paris that are breathtaking and Instagram-worthy, it should be at the top of your list when visiting Paris.
5) Have Breakfast at Cafe des Deux Moulins
This picturesque cafe, along with its twin, Les Deux Magots, is in St-Germain-des-Prés and has been around since 1686. It’s an excellent spot for pastries and one of my favourite places to get coffee in Paris. This was an especially popular spot for famous writers in 19th century France including Flaubert, Zola, Baudelaire and Gautier.
6) Take your kids to Cluny Museum
Famous for its mediaeval art, Cluny Museum is well worth your time if you have kids with you. It includes Roman ruins that have been partially reconstructed and Egyptian artefacts from The Louvre. In addition, there are mediaeval paintings, tapestries and marble statues found in Paris’ famous Hôtel de Cluny. Don’t forget to leave time for shopping; it is one of Europe’s trendiest cities.
7) Have tea at Angelina Tea Room
Angelina Tea Room is one of the places you must visit in Paris. With its name derived from the famous chanteuse, Cléo de Mérod, and its history stemming back to 1903, it provides delicious treats like macaroons and pastries. When in season, try fresh cherries that have been imported from Belgium and are still warm when served.
8) Spend a day at Disneyland Paris (in Walt Disney Studios Park)
Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios Park offer visitors plenty of options for a fun-filled day in France. While at Disneyland, kids can meet their favorite Disney characters and enjoy rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Space Mountain. And once you’ve finished up at Disneyland, hop on over to Walt Disney Studios Park for a visit to some of your other favourite movie sets.
About the author
Stephanie has a knack for making language learning and teaching fun and engaging. She holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor's Degree in French Studies and is fluent in three languages. The writer has lived in France, Ghana, and Canada, and enjoys reading, travelling, and writing about her adventures.