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Best Things To Do In Paris

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Paris is one of the most important and well-known places when it comes to honeymoon destinations. In this article, we are going to see places to visit, places that you cannot miss, the best time to visit, festivals and events, hotels and economic hotels, car rentals, travel insurance, airlines and the best place for shopping. A Complete Tourist Guide for Visiting & Things to do in Paris!

Best Places to Visit in Paris

1

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited attraction in Paris city, with almost 7 million visitors per year. This 324m tall (antennas included) wrought iron structure, completed on March 31, 1889, was the tallest structure in the world till Chrysler building opened its doors in New York in 1930. You may be tempted use the stairs which have 1665 steps to climb up, but most people use elevators (lifts).

How to get to Eiffel Tower:

You can reach the tower by metro, boat, and bike or by car.

Metro: M6 – Bir-Hakeim station

RER: C – Champs de Mars station

Bike: Rent a bike from self-service Vélib’ bike stations 24/7

Boat: Seine river boats

Best Time to Visit Eiffel Tower:

Timings: 

June to August 15th – 9 AM to mid-night

September to June 15th – 9.30 AM – 11 PM

For Advance booking: 

Done  from  9 am to 9.30 pm every 30 minutes.  Go to Eiffel Tower 

The ideal time to go up is shortly before twilight. Watch the tower from outside at night on the hours (best 10 PM), when the tower sparkle with lights.Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours in the tower.

Things to do (see) in Eiffel Tower:

Ground floor: Souvenir shops, restaurants, and the 1899 elevator (lift) machinery.

First floor: This transparent floor offers a unique sensational view of stepping into the void. This floor has an immersion show off the tower and also has souvenir shops and restaurants.

Second floor: Panoramic view of Paris ideal for taking pictures for your memories. This floor also has souvenir shops and restaurants.

Top floor: A 180m trip to the top via glass elevators (lifts) will offer you a breathtaking panoramic view of Paris. The top floor has two levels one in the open and one under the roof.

Attractions Closer to Eiffel Tower:

CHAMPS-ELYSÉES (just a short walk), TROCADÉRO AND PASSY (opposite side of the Seine from the tower)

Economical Restaurants Near Eiffel Tower:

  • Apollon
    Address: 24 rue Jean Nicot, 7e
    Phone Number: 01 45 55 68 47
  • Marie-Anne Cantin
    Address: 12 rue du Champ de Mars, 7e
    Phone Number: 01 45 50 43 94
  • Sapori di Parma
    Address: 58 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 7e
    Phone Number: 01 45 56 19 38

Best Restaurants Near Eiffel Tower:

  • L’Astrance
  • La Table d’Aki
  • L’Abeille
  • Les Fables De La Fontaine
  • Café Constant

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2

Notre-Dame

The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris or Notre Dame de Paris (‘Our Lady of Paris’ in French) is considered to be one of the finest & adored monuments of French Gothic architecture in the world. Primarily, it is a place of Christian worship. This architectural beauty is 130 meters long, 48 meters wide and 35 meters tall.To experience the breathtaking decorations and all the happy vibes of the people around, Notre-dame is a memorable place to visit.

How to get to Notre-Dame:

There are lots of metro stations (lines 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, and 14) in the vicinity of Notre Dame, but the closest station is Cité on the 4 line.

Best Time to Visit Notre-Dame:  

Timings: 

Open Daily from: 7.45 AM to 6.45 PM (Monday to Friday)

7.45 AM to 7.15 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

The church is free to enter, but try to get there before the crowds begin to show up at 10 a.m. So earlier the better, if you would like to place your walk slowly, enjoying the complete interior & to see all of the stained glass (Not to miss the south rose window). You may want to avoid Notre Dame on major Catholic holidays like Easter when every Catholic in Europe gathers at large.

Things to do (see) in the Notre-Dame:

Notre-Dame Cathedral Guided Tour:

  • Learn the History of the tower from the local Guide.
  • Learn Notre Dame’s Gothic architecture, while you explore the great interiors & exteriors of the Cathedral.
  • If you could climb the 387 steps for an up-close look from the rooftop of the Cathedral, you would enjoy the spectacular view of Paris, that includes some of the iconic landmarks like Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur Cathedral.

Attractions Closer to Notre-Dame:

  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart
  • Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
  • DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Economical Restaurants Near Notre-Dame:

Best Restaurants Near Notre-Dame:

  • Five Guys – 1233 N Eddy St, Unit 10, South Bend, IN 46617-1456
  • Yats – Eddy Street Commons, 1251 North Eddy Street, Suite 103, South Bend, IN 46617
  • LaSalle Grill – 115 W Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46601-1601
  • Rocco’s – 537 N Saint Louis Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617-1925

3

Musee du Louvre

World’s greatest art museum & home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre houses an unparalleled collection of approximately 38,000 objects, exhibited over an area of 72,735 square meters (782,910 square feet). The Louvre is the world’s third most visited museum, receiving 7.3 million visitors in 2016.

How to get to Musee du Louvre:

Metro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station (line 1).

Bus: the following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.

Car: an underground parking garage is available for those coming by car. The entrance is located on avenue du GénéralLemonnier. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Batobus: get off at the Louvre stop, Quai François Mitterrand.

From Orly Airport: take the RER C train, direction Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel, and get off at Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame. Walk to the place Saint-Michel and take bus no. 27, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at the Louvre, in front of the Pyramid.

From Charles de Gaulle Airport: take the RER B train, direction Massy-Palaiseau, and change at Châtelet-Les-Halles to line 14, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at Pyramides station and walk to the Louvre from there (3 minutes). Alternatively, take Métro line 1 at Châtelet-Les-Halles, and get off at Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre.

Best Time to Visit Musee du Louvre:

Timings:

Mon , Thurs, Sat and Sun – 9 AM to 6 PM

Wed, Fri – 9 AM to 9.45 PM

(Closed on Dec 25th, May 1st, Jan 1st and on all Tuesdays)

Note: 

Rooms will begin to close 30 mins prior to closing schedule on all days.

October to March-  1st Sunday every month free access to all permanent collections.

Please visit- Ticketlouvre  for advance booking.

The best time to visit is Wednesday and Friday night when the museum is open until 9:45 p.m. and less crowded.

Things to do (see) in Musee du Louvre:

Some of the masterpieces at the Louvre:

“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1506) – The most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and her mysterious smile. This masterpiece has been on display since 1797, with millions making their pilgrimage to Paris, just to see this gripping artistic wonder.

Nike of Samothrace (c. 190 BC) – The Nike of Samothrace (or) Winged Victory depicts the Greek goddess of Victory, soaring new heights.

“Raft of the Medusa” by ThéodoreGéricault (1818-1819) – Based on a true tabloid-like tragedy of shipwreck and cannibalism, ThéodoreGéricault painted this icon of French Romanticism at the early age of 27.

“Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss” by Antonio Canova (1793) – In Ethereal white marble, Canova makes vivid the mythical love story of Cupid and Psyche. Absolutely stunning sculpture that represents True Love.

“The Seated Scribe” from Saqqara (4th Dynasty 2620–2500 BC) – Realistic model from the Artistic excellence and craftsmen of ancient Egypt.

Attractions Closer to Musee du Louvre:

Economical Restaurants Near Musee du Louvre:

  • La Guinguetted’Angèle
  • Le Comptoir du Louvre
  • Le Café Grand Louvre

Best Restaurants Near Musee du Louvre:

  • Bateau le Calife
    Address: Amarre Port de Saints-Peres | Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
    Location: Europe   >  France>  Ile-de-France   >  Paris
    Phone Number: +33 1 43 54 50 04
  • Zebulon Palais Royal
    Address: 10 rue de Richelieu | 75001, 75001 Paris, France
    Location: Europe   >  France>  Ile-de-France   >  Paris  > Louvre / Palais-Royal
    Phone Number: +33 1 42 36 49 44
  • Spring
    Address: 6 rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris, France
    Location: Europe   >  France>  Ile-de-France   >  Paris>> Les Halles
    Phone Number: +33 1 45 96 05 72

4

Musee d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay is one of the most popular museums in Paris. It’s the place to see all of the French art from Monet, Cezanne, Seurat, etc. People flock to this museum to get a glimpse of many impressionist masterpieces.

How to get to Musee d’Orsay:

The best possible way is The Metro. Line 12 drops you right off at the Solferino station, just two blocks away. The RER C also stops at the museum.

Best Time to Visit Musee d’Orsay:

Timings:

Open daily (except all Mondays, May 1st and December 25th) – 9.30 AM to 6 PM; Thursdays – Till 9.45 PM

Group Visits- Advance booking only, Tues to Sat – 9.30 AM to 4 PM (Thursdays – 9.30 AM to 8 PM)

For more details – Musee

Things to do (see) in Musee d’Orsay:

  • Edgar Degas, Small Dancer Aged 14
  • Edouard Manet, Luncheon on the Grass
  • Georges Seurat, The Circus
  • Auguste Renoir, Bal du Moulin de la Galette
  • Hector Guimard, Banquette de fumoir
  • Gustave Courbet, Origins of the World

Attractions Closer to Musee d’Orsay:

Plenty of museums, for museum lovers! One of them is Musée du Quai Branly, dedicated to the African, Asian & Oceanian forms of art. Also, close by is the French Army Museum, where you can discover 200+ years of history!

Economical Restaurants Near Musee d’Orsay:

  • L’AvantComptoir
    Address: 3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris, France
    Phone number: 01 44 27 07 97
  •  Eggs & Co
    Address: 11  rue Bernard Palissy, 75006 Paris, France
    Phone number: 01 45 44 02 52

Best Restaurants Near Musee d’Orsay:

  • Le Bistro du Périgord
    Address: 71 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France
    Phone number:  +33 1 43 29 67 49
  • La Cordonnerie
    Address: 20 rue Saint Roch, 75001 Paris, France
    Phone number: +33 1 42 60 17 42  

5

Sainte-Chapelle

Live music in Paris! If you want to spend a fabulous night listening to classical music in Paris, the Sainte Chapelle is a go to place. Built in the 1250’s, this Gothic style building with its multi-colored stain-glass windows is a visual treat for eyes and of course, for your ears too.

How to get to Sainte-Chapelle:

Métro: Cité (Line 4) or St-Michel (4 and RER B)

Best Time to Visit Sainte-Chapelle:

Timings: 

Jan 2nd  to March 31st – Daily 9 AM to 5 PM

April 1st to Sep 30th – Daily 9 AM to 7 PM

Oct 1st to Dec 31st – Daily 9 AM to 5 PM (Holidays – January and May 1st, December 25th )

Kindly visit – Saite  for further details.

Any time when it’s a bright shining day, as the sun coming through the glass would look magical. Also note, there are classical music concerts in the evening. You may want to cover both. So time your schedule/other things to watch around the place, accordingly.

Things to do (see) in Sainte-Chapelle:

Music & Architectural marvel that would keep you visually & musically engaged. The chapel is essentially a massive magic lantern illuminating 1,130 biblical figures. 15 windows, each 50 feet high; the dazzling glass, super detailed carvings and a lot more things to see.

Attractions Closer to Sainte-Chapelle:

  • Conciergerie
    Address: 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
    Phone Number: +33 1 53 40 60 96
  • Culturefish! Tours
    Address: Place Louis-Lepine, 75004 Paris, France
    Phone Number: +33 7 61 93 49 97
  • Babylon Tours
    Address: 75004 Paris, France
    Phone Number: +1 702-481-8314

Economical Restaurants Near Sainte-Chapelle:

  • L’AvantComptoir
    Address: 3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris, France
    Phone number:  +33 1 44 27 07 97
  • Comptoir de la Gastronomie
    Address: 34 rue Montmartre, 75001 Paris, France
    Phone number:  +33 1 42 33 31 32
  • Le Temps des Cerises
    Address: 31 rue de la Cerisaie, 75004 Paris, France
    Phone number:  +33 1 42 72 08 63

Best Restaurants Near Sainte-Chapelle:

  • L’Estrapade
    Address: 15 rue de Lestrade, 75005 Paris, France
    Phone number: +33 1 43 25 72 58
  • La Cordonnerie
    Address: 20 rue Saint Roch, 75001 Paris, France
    Phone number: +33 1 42 60 17 42
  • Le Bistro du Périgord
    Address: 71 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France
    Phone number: +33 1 43 29 67 49

6

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal arches, was built between 1806 and 1836. A key place of major national events. Wanted by Napoleon in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 by the French king, Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. The Unknown Soldier was buried at the base of the arch in 1921. The flame of remembrance is rekindled every day at 18:30.

Source: Paris 

How to get to Arc de Triomphe:

Closest Paris Metro stations to the Arc de Triomphe:

  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile – Line 1 (yellow)
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile – Line 2 (blue)
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile – Line 6 (green-blue)
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile – RER A (red)

Best Time to Visit Arc de Triomphe:  

Timings:

Jan 2nd  to March 31st – Daily 10 AM to 9.30 PM

April 1st to Sep 30th – Daily 10 AM to 10 PM

Oct 1st to Dec 31st – Daily – 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Holidays- January and May 1st, December 25th and Mornings closed-May 8th, July 14th and Nov 11th)

Kindly visit – Arc de Triomphe for  further details.

Nighttime views from the Arc are beautiful, both to view and add some brilliant shots to your photo collections. The lines around the time are also lesser, compared to other sights.

Things to do (see) in Arc de Triomphe:

Lovely panoramic view over Champs Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world.

Attractions Closer to Arc de Triomphe:

  • WALK ON THE CHAMPS ELYSEES
  • VISIT THE OPERA HOUSE
  • HOP ON A CAR ROUGE

Economical Restaurants Near Arc de Triomphe:

  •  La Coïncidence
    Address: 15 rue Mesnil, 75116 Paris, France
    Phone Number: +33 1 47 55 96 44
  • Schum
    Address: 50 rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris, France
    Phone number:  +33 1 47 04 31 29

Best Restaurants Near Arc de Triomphe:

  • Le Hide
    Address: 10 Rue GénLanrezac, 75017 Paris, France
    Phone number: +33 1 45 74 15 81
  • Chez Gabrielle
    Address: 7 rue de Letoile, 75017 Paris, France
    Phone number: +33 1 43 80 23 01
  • Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
    Address: 15 rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, France
    Phone number:  +33 1 49 52 07 17

Places you Cannot Miss

Sacré-Cœur Basilica  From time immemorial, Montmartre is regarded as one of the most sacred spots of worship. This Basilica was constructed in the late 19th century. Even today; Sacré-Cœur is a revered place of devotion.

Sacré-Cœur basilica timings –open daily from 06.00A.M-10.30P.M.(free entry).

Check out for more details: Sacré-Cœur

Luxembourg Garden – The Gardens of Luxembourg are situated in the center of Left Bank Paris’. Luxembourg Gardens was initially constructed as part of Luxembourg Palace in the early 17th century. Currently, French Senate owns this place. The Medici Fountain is another added tourist attraction in this garden.

Check out for more details: Luxembourg Garden 

Musee d’Orsay France’s national museum, Orsay is every art connoisseurs favorite hangout spot. Presently, Musee d’Orsay  is housed in train terminal building, built under the guidance of Victor Laloux, especially for the World fair 1900.Mainly dedicated to the development of arts from 1848 to  1914, Orsay is a must visit the place.

Timings-Daily opens from 9.30am-6.00pm except for Mondays, May 1st, and December 25th.

To know more, check out: Musee d’Orsay 

Sainte ChapelleA masterpiece of architecture in Gothic style. Constructed within a short span of 7 years, a remarkable achievement, this holy chapel was designed to host timeless Christian relics, Saint Louis acquired Christ’s thorn crown.

To know further, visit- Sainte Chapelle

Place De la Concorde – Spread over 8 hectares in size, this octagonal square is Paris’s largest square center, rightly placed between Tuileries and Champs-Elysées. Jacques-Ange Gabriel, the famous French architect designed this square in 1772.

Check out for more details – De la Concorde  

Palace of Versailles – The Palace of Versailles and Louis XIV are inevitably linked together. One of the main places of interest in this Versailles Palace is the Mirror Hall known for housing 357 mirrors.

Palace of Versailles is included in the list of heritage sites for over 30 years.

Click for more information – Palace of Versailles

Best Time to visit Paris

Weather in Paris

The hottest month is July in Paris with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F) and the coldest is January at 5°C (41°F).The best time is June to August and September to October. You can plan a visit in fall for lower travel rates. The summer time high average temperature in the 70s from June to August. September to October it will be little crowded. Low season temperature from 30 to 40-degree range in November to February.

Best Months to Visit Paris

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

Best Hotels in Paris

Paris as a tourist destination offers too many choices for every budget. Whether you choose to stay near the metro station or in the West near the Eiffel tower, kindly plan well in advance to avoid the late rush.

Flight Info for Paris

Tours in Paris

Paris is a cosmopolitan city which can be explored in a variety of ways and one of the best ways is to go on a guided tour. Our choices are the best sight seeing tours in Paris are offered by expert guides and operators.

Car Rentals in Paris

Just like Italy or any other modern metro, renting a car is a nice way to enjoy Paris and its quiet suburb.

Travel Insurances when visting Paris

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