The romantic heart of Europe; the beacon of fine art; and the global leader in fashion and food, La Ville Lumière never ceases to amaze.
Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, romantic, or simply want to tick the French capital off your bucket list, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to wonderful things to do in Paris.
Grab your café au lait, choose an arrondissement to stay in, and start planning what will surely be the trip of a lifetime!
1 – Gaze at Van Gogh’s The Starry Night at Musée d’Orsay
After getting past the museum’s beautiful facade (formerly a train station), the Orsay Museum is guaranteed to amaze with its stunning Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and sculptures!
The galleries cover everyone from Van Gogh to Pissarro, Monet, Manet, and so many more.
The building’s large open spaces, cafes, and abundant natural light add to the already-magical experience.
2 – Tour the Opera Garnier
Watching the opera here is a given for things to do in Paris, but no trip is complete without a tour!
The flamboyant and varied artwork and sculpture that decorates the Opera Garnier is a glimpse into 19th century French society — this opera house is a delight for the eyes and the ears!
3 – See the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Palace & Gardens
The opulent 700-room palace is a marvel of French architecture surrounded by 250-acres of perfectly manicured lawns and fountains.
Learn about the French kings and queens, walk the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and the Sun King Louis XIV, and see the Hall of Mirrors with 357 mirrors reflecting the manicured gardens through its windows.
It’s an absolute must!
4 – See the reconstructed Notre Dame Cathedral
Although the fateful fire destroyed the cathedral’s spire, much of it has been saved and preserved!
It’s still one of the finest Gothic buildings in the world and its beauty cannot be overstated.
While you’re there, head to the Latin Quarter and see Notre Dame’s little sister: The Church of Saint Severin!
5 – Walk through the eerie Catacombs
Beneath the streets of Paris lies a 200-mile labyrinth known as ‘the Empire of Death’.
The remains of 6 million Parisians, including Robespierre and Rabelais, lie here among walls lined with real bones — an experience that’s as historic as it is eerie!
Don’t miss the Sepulchral Lamp either: its flame remains kindled to reassure the living that there’s enough air to breathe…
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Travel in style on an exclusive retro sidecar motorcycle
Why ride a stuffy tourist bus when you can travel in style on a retro motorcycle with a local guide and chauffeur?
Txango Tours takes you around the French capital on a Royal Enfield motorcycle and Watsonian sidecar.
Each rig can carry up to two passengers, so you’re sure of an exclusive experience that can be tailored to suit your holiday dreams. Groups of 4 can be accommodated by using a second motorbike.
Zip through the Paris traffic in a retro bike and sidecar, or venture out to Versailles, Champagne, Normandy and the Loire Valley. With a guide fluent in French and English, you can learn more about the places you visit.
6 – Explore Sacré-cœur and Montmartre
Under Sacré-cœur’s majestic medieval dome lies the beautiful Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur, home of the world’s largest mosaic!
There’s plenty to check out in the area, but don’t forget to get to the top of the dome for great Parisian views.
Afterward, take a stroll through the charming, old-school Montmartre village where Van Gogh and Picasso once called home.
7 – Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower
Paris without the Eiffel Tower is a sandwich without bread!
Climb to the second floor and the summit on a clear day for unparalleled, panoramic Parisian views.
Want to stay a little longer?
Both the Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant and Bar a Champagne at the iconic tower’s summit offer food and drinks with a stellar view.
8 – Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe
12 of Paris’ major avenues converge at this focal point, the iconic and monolithic Arc de Triomphe!
The arch displays intricate sculptures of French pride and military victory along with a small museum, but travelers love coming back at night for the ceremonial lighting of the flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
9 – See Paris from the Seine
The river runs through the heart of Paris, where a sightseeing cruise displays in-Seine-ly beautiful views!
Start at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and float by Paris’ postcard-worthy attractions — from the Notre Dame gargoyles to the Louvre and the Grand Palais from the water.
There’s no question to it: travelers fall in love with the City of Light on a night cruise!
10 – Follow Zidane’s footsteps at Stade de France
If you have the chance to see any event here, grab it with both hands!
The atmosphere in this modern-day coliseum packed with passionate Parisians is simply electric, be it at a football match, rugby game, or packed-out concerts.
For something more education, get a feel for the stadium’s legendary status by taking the tour and visiting the museum.
11 – Be inspired to write that book at the Pantheon
Originally a grand classical church, the Pantheon has retained its classical beauty and contains the final resting place of many esteemed French icons such as Marie and Pierre Curie, as well as famous authors including Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and Voltaire.
Let them inspire you to sit at that cafe with your laptop and finish that draft!
12 – Gaze over the Paris sky at the Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck
The observation deck evades a lot of travelers’ lists of things to do in Paris, but we promise there’s nothing like it!
As you admire the twilight sky over the magical city, looking out toward the Eiffel Tower (with a glass of champagne in hand, of course), you’ll be sure to agree with us.
13 – Soar over Paris at FlyView
FlyView’s startlingly realistic virtual reality experience lets visitors take to the skies of Paris and fly over her monuments, complete with real movement sensations!
Look down at the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe from a place you could never imagine, swooping in like a bird for a closer look before lifting off again!
14 – Bring Monet’s paintings to life at Giverny
Monet’s famous paintings came from his pink-plastered home in country Giverny, surrounded by the colorful gardens and lakes that live on today through his paintings!
With a visit to his home and painting studio, you’ll be inspired to take a brush and an easel when you get back home!
For art lovers, it’s an absolute must, and you’ll be sure to recognize that infamous Japanese bridge.
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15 – Count the trophies at the Parc Des Princes
Walk in the shoes of a local hero at the home to the wildly successful Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football team.
Go through the players’ tunnel and changing room and immerse yourself in the VR Room!
Then, if you can, be sure to a PSG match live! The French are very passionate about their football, so an electric and exciting atmosphere is guaranteed.
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16 – Explore the city with a hop-on hop-off bus tour
Since there are so many things to do in Paris, this open-top double-decker bus is a great way to get around!
There are audio tours on-board, stops at Paris’ most famous landmarks, and buses leaving regularly.
To get the most out of it, opt for a Deluxe ticket that includes a romantic Seine River cruise!
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17 – Glide through Paris’ narrow lanes on a Segway tour
A city full of hidden gems, some of Paris’ best sights are tucked away in lanes — so it’s best to see them all on a Segway!
They’re eco-friendly, surprisingly easy to balance on, and can wind those narrow Parisian laneways with ease!
Just strap on a helmet and let your guide lead the way.
18 – Join a street-art tour
Although Paris is synonymous with fine art, the city has a bustling bohemian street art scene too!
Led by locals, graffiti tours will take you to some of the lesser-known parts of the city, giving unique insights into the minds and expressive works of the Parisian locals.
Make sure you check out rue Denoyez, a photo-worthy street with graffiti-covered walls!
19 – Solve an escape room
You walk through a corridor. The door bolts behind you.
The timer starts, and you have 60 minutes to free yourself!
Feel your head race and your heart beat just a little faster as you are transported into an immersive adventure full of riddles and puzzles to solve and negotiate, as you race the clock for your freedom!
With both indoor and outdoor options, and so many themes to choose from, there’s an option for everyone.
20 – Treat your tastebuds with a wine and cheese tour
If you love wine and cheese, or if choosing wine and cheese selection at supermarkets is overwhelming, this is for you!
Join an expert sommelier for a virtual taste-tour through France’s wine and cheese regions with a chance to buy what you like!
Your newfound expertise will be a hit at your next dinner party!
21 – Go on a treasure hunt around Paris
Race around the town and solve the clues provided to you on your smartphone!
On the way, you’ll uncover the tales of the town and see a bunch of Paris’ most exciting and exotic sites in an exciting and challenging way!
For traveling couples, check out the romantic Montmartre village hunt!
22 – Scale the Château de Vincennes
This grand castle is the tallest fortified castle keep in Europe!
One for the history lovers, the chateau’s story contains many tumultuous tales of the French royal family who called it their home, and the prison it later became for famous free-thinkers, philosophers, and early leaders of the Revolution.
23 – Learn to make macarons
If you can’t get enough of delicious French desserts, take a cooking class and learn how to make them at home!
With a three-hour class from a Parisian expert, guests are shown how to make the colorful and culinary classic, before learning the significance of the treats in French culture (while taste-testing your creations over coffee, of course).
24 – Visit castles and taste wine in the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley in central France has over 300 towerings, beautiful chateaux dating back to Joan of Arc, alongside breathtaking gardens and one of the world’s premier wine regions – boasting local wines renowned for fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors.
Moreover, it’s definitely worth a day-trip or overnight stay in nearby Orleans.
Read more about the best Loire Valley Castles to visit from Paris.
25 – Meet Louis XIV, Jean Reno, and Killian Mbappe at the Grevin Wax Museum
With over 200 historical and modern-day celebrities, there’s no excuse to avoid a few selfies at the Grevin Wax Museum!
The wax statues are remarkably lifelike, and are great listeners, but don’t offer much talk back.
At the end of your visit, learn how the realistic wax models are made and get a souvenir!
26 – Sip actual champagne in the Champagne region
People commonly comment: ‘it’s not real champagne unless it’s from that region in France’.
One-up them by touring Champagne itself! The area is as sparkling and beautiful as its famous beverage; for a fantastic day out, see the sea of vineyards and famous Mumm Champagne house (with samples), as well as nearby Reims and its 13th-century Gothic Cathedral.
27 – Have your happily-ever-after at Disneyland Paris
For travelers young of age and young at heart, Disneyland is heaven on Earth.
A theme park full of rides, attractions, and restaurants, there’s truly something for everyone!
Kids love to shrink down to Remy’s size and race to safety in an oversized kitchen, while the adults typically love a meal at Bistrot Chez Remy next door!
Thrill-seekers, on the other hand, make a beeline for the Tower of Terror or the Magic Carpet over Agrabah!
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28 – Dream of living at the Chateau de Fontainebleau…
“The true home of kings”, as described by Napoleon; this estate has housed generations of royal family, a Pope, and French Emperors in its 1,500 rooms and 130-acres of gardens!
Having been continuously inhabited for 700 years, the castle is an interactive and dynamic timeline of French history, architecture, and folklore to explore!
29 – …or the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte!
Near the marvelous Château de Fontainebleau, this castle quickly became the benchmark for the European castles that came after it — including the Palace of Versailles itself!
Travelers love visiting in the evening where 2,000 candles illuminate the elegant palace!
30 – See a concert or sporting event at AccorHotels Arena
The state-of-the-art venue hosts plenty of shows throughout the year, so check the calendar before you come!
Sports-lovers will love coming to the Paris masters ATP Tour matches as well as the upcoming 2024 Olympics!
Otherwise, the venue has hosted artists from Pavarotti to Sting, as well as the League of Legends championship finals!
31 – Let your nose guide you at a perfume workshop
A hands-on workshop in the birthplace of Dior and Chanel is a unique and aromatic experience not to be missed!
Learn to identify the notes and scents of a perfume, before trying your hand (and nose) at making your own signature scent.
For a unique souvenir, a personal perfume scent is hard to beat.
32 – Find Marie Antoinette’s cell at the Conciergerie
This old, elegant palace became an infamously macabre prison during the French Revolution, where none other than Marie Antoinette spent her final days!
A visit to the Conciergerie offers a unique glimpse into what life behind these bars was like for the Revolution’s prisoners, while also displaying a collection of Marie Antoinette’s personal items.
33 – Explore Paris on a bicycle
Since there are so many things to do in Paris, bicycle tours are a great option for discovering some of the city’s hidden gems!
Riding along the banks of the Seine is always a wonderful time, and with a local guide leading the way, you’ll learn all about the trendy cafes and most underrated attractions!
If the hills are too much, opt for an electric bike tour for a little extra help!
34 – Get a selfie with Rodin’s The Thinker at the Musée Rodin
In the pristine gardens of 18th-century Hotel Biron, Musee Rodin displays a bunch of the master sculptor’s most iconic pieces!
See the famous Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell as you stroll through the peaceful gardens.
In the heart of Paris, it’s a refreshingly quiet spot to reflect.
35 – Skydive over Paris
Adrenaline junkies will love this one! Head to nearby Peronne or St Florentin for a tandem skydive with 50 seconds of freefall over the stunning French countryside!
For a more chilled-out experience, try indoor skydiving at iFLY — it’s the equivalent of freefall skydiving, without the need to jump from a plane, and with a VR headset to transport you to Dubai, Hawaii, or California (although, of course, you can stay in Paris).
36 – Go wakeboarding at Verberie
Get your aquatic Tony Hawk on!
Strap in and ride the surfboard-esque apparatus, attached to a boat or jetski pulled by a motorized cable!
You get to lightning speeds on the water — if you can stay balanced — before jumping and flipping through obstacles like the kicker, the fun box, and the slider!
37 – See Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa smile at the Louvre
Looking for the best museums in Paris? The Louvre is simply the world’s greatest art museum.
Visitors love the Mona Lisa and find themselves hypnotized by her smile, along with a plethora of famous masterpieces and historical artifacts displayed in a maze of rooms and galleries you’ll only be too happy to lose yourself in, or take a guided tour through!
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38 – Step into the 13th century at Sainte Chapelle
Come inside the soul of Paris, where beside the awesome red and blue columns, the gothic chapel has 15 stained glass windows and a rose window — some of the most famous in the world!
The way the light travels through, offering a vista of color, is truly a sight to behold.
39 – See the arms and armor at Invalides Army Museum
History buffs, pay attention.
One of the world’s largest history and art collections is on display at the Invalides Museum!
With so much to see, you’ll be spoiled for choice: browse through the armor and weapons dating back to the Middle Ages, those of the Kings of France, the personal effects of Charles de Gaulle, and visit Napoleon’s tomb at the Dome Church with its 110-meter high golden dome!
40 – Change your perspective at the Musée Picasso
In this beautiful 17th-century hotel, the Picasso Museum has over 5,000 works on display from the man himself and from his personal art collection!
Picasso’s art was controversial in his time for mixing media and creating new, abstract styles — see for yourself how his art transformed the cultural landscape!
41 – Pause at Monet’s water lilies at the Musée de L’Orangerie
On the banks of the Seine, this museum hosts an impressive gallery of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings behind its striking Greek columns.
Travelers love to pause at Monet’s tranquil, panoramic water lily murals — a gift donated by Monet himself at the end of World War I to the French State to celebrate the Allied victory.
42 – See Versailles by helicopter
To get a sense of just how beautiful and grand Versailles is, why not see it from the air?
Flights leave from Paris in the morning, afternoon and evening, with a stopover at Saint-Cyr along the way!
Have the camera battery charged; as you fly back into Paris, check out the stunning aerial view of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and Tour Montparnasse!
43 – [Don’t] sit on Warhol’s Big Electric Chair at Centre Pompidou
Among the fine art and architecture of Paris, Pompidou makes an architectural and existential statement!
The mammoth, modern complex holds the best of contemporary art along with a library and music center.
To round out your visit, visit the rooftop cafe and sip a cafe au lait with a great view of Paris!
44 – Breach the walls at Mont Saint-Michel
While now easily accessible, Mont Saint-Michel was once an imposing fortress – and despite constant attacks and violent tides in the Hundred Years War, it remains beautiful and standing today!
At its apex sits the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, which, thanks to its surroundings of incredible architecture and romantic ramparts, offers an incredible insight into the 11th century.
45 – Browse the Musée Jacquemart-André
This gallery was the treasured, private collection of married art-lovers Edouard Andre and Nelie Jacquemart.
As a result, exploring the gallery and its fine-art masterpieces feels like being shown around a relative’s house.
As well as displaying fine art, this museum also provides a glimpse of the family lives of affluent 19th century Parisians!
46 – Indulge your sweet-tooth at the Musee du Chocolat
Sink your teeth into this museum! Learn about the history, production, and medicinal qualities of the delectable treat — by the end you’ll be able to justify that chocolate addiction!
If the mouth-watering museum worked up an appetite, make sure to grab a hot chocolate or chocolate bag to take home.
This is definitely one of the sweetest things to do in Paris!
47 – Choose your next look at Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Step into the (very fashionable) shoes of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers!
Walk through his studio, a hub of haute couture while exploring his original sketches and workshop sheets — and discover how the famous designer married art with fashion, championed racial diversity, and was instrumental in pioneering the modern woman’s wardrobe!
48 – Go on a romantic cruise along Canal Saint-Martin
When evening sets over the City of Lights, there’s no better place to be than the Canal Saint-Martin!
Take a dinner cruise with a glass of French wine, flanked by romantic footbridges, chestnut trees, and fishermen.
During the day, cruise through the Bastille vault to see the sunlight dance in an underground world!
49 – Take a food tour of the Le Marais district
The quaint Le Marais neighborhood is quintessential Paris – delighting the eyes with lively parks and art galleries, and delighting the taste buds with cafes and bakeries!
Get acquainted with Parisian culinary delights while trying cheeses, baguettes, wine, cured meats, chocolate, pastries, and more as your passionate local guide takes you off the beaten path.
50 – Take a day-trip to Normandy
Multifaceted Normandy is nothing short of a marvel!
Those interested in history or war can visit the site of the World War II D-Day battlefields (also the location of the Saving Private Ryan opening scene); while those seeking a change of pace can check out the pretty harbor town of Honfleur, home to a vintage dock, cobblestone streets and amazing seafood restaurants!
Or, if you’re feeling lucky, try your luck at Deauville-Trouville’s casino!
51 – Take a chocolate tour in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
The historic and chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés Quarter is brimming with cafes and restaurants with al fresco diners.
Learn a little about the area’s rich heritage from your local guide as your small group samples pastries, bread, and chocolates from the neighborhood’s best eateries (don’t miss Patrick Roger) – both renowned names and hidden gems alike!
52 – See a film at le Grand Rex
With its bright neon signs protruding from the street, you could not possibly miss this intimate concert hall (and Europe’s largest cinema theatre!).
Inside lies decorations from classic fairy tales and water features, but when the show starts, that’s when the magic really begins!
The six-day Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival each April is a local favorite and certainly worthy of a visit!
53 – Watch the Can-Can at a Moulin Rouge cabaret show
An icon of the nation, no trip to Paris is complete without a night at the infamous Moulin Rouge’s dynamic and cheeky Féerie show!
See the elaborate costumes and choreographed showgirls dancing to heart-throbbing music in a hypnotic and dramatic performance as you indulge in fine dinner and champagne — it’s, without a doubt, one of the most exciting things to do in Paris!
54 – Go window-shopping at Place Vendome
Where better to buy that engagement ring than Place Vendome?
With rows of neoclassical buildings showcasing the finest jewelry encrusted with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, the perfect bling is waiting.
A grand column with a statue of Napoleon in its center looks over endless luxury goods shops, in a square that was once a symbol of royal and political power!
55 – See a mermaid show at Aquarium de Paris
With over 13,000 sea creatures of all colors and sizes calling this place home, hailing from the Seine to the Pacific islands and everywhere in between, not only is this one of the world’s oldest aquariums, but it’s one of the best too!
Visitors particularly love the mermaid shows, animal-feeding shows, and touch tanks — meanwhile, the shark tank is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine!
56 – Experience Paris’ nightlife in a Latin Quarter pub crawl
Who’s ready to party?
Get a feel of the famous Parisian nightlife on a pub crawl as you boogie through the bubbly Latin Quarter!
Meet some new friends from around the world as you all bond over free shots and discounted drinks at some of the Latin Quarter’s most popular bars!
57 – Pay respects at the Somme Battlefields
Here’s one of the more moving and somber things to do in Paris; Some of history’s bloodiest battles took place during WWI at the Somme, a landmark full of monuments and tributes to fallen Allied soldiers from across the world.
For eye-opening insights, see the well-preserved trenches and battlefields at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.
58 – Max out your credit card at La Vallee Village Shopping Outlet
Calling all shopaholics!
Get your retail fix with luxury brands and great discounts from boutiques like Givenchy, Armani, BOSS, Coach, and Tommy Hilfiger in an outdoor outlet just outside Paris.
Travel there and back from Paris in style by luxury coach, or step it up a notch with a chauffeured luxury BMW!
59 – Meet adorable animals at Jardin des Plantes
See the galleries, gardens, and zoo all in one mega-trip!
The enormous Museum of Natural History covers taxonomy and geology like no other; the Gallery of Evolution puts animal and human life through a unique lens; while the Greenhouses and Menagerie Zoo, dating back to 1794, is full of amazing and endangered flora and fauna!
60 – Take the kids to Jardin d’Acclimatation
Travelers with kids, take note: if you’re looking for things to do in Paris, stop by this amusement park!
With a smorgasbord of things to do including roller coasters, a petting zoo, a water playground, and restaurants, it’s always a day well spent.
61 – View the Garden of Paradise at Paradis Latin cabaret
A spectacle that combines ballet with cabaret, Garden of Paradise is a night unlike any other!
Indulge in champagne and platter of macarons while watching a performance exuding sensuality, poetry, emotion, and humor that’s sure to leave you with a smile.
Fun fact: the dancers, jugglers, and acrobats are led by former Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere!
62 – Meet Asterix the Gaul at Parc Asterix
Younger readers simply can’t get enough of the wildly popular comic strip character Asterix, who teaches children history in a light-hearted way!
Some of the many highlights include a Roman roller-coaster, the dolphins at Poseidon’s Theater, plenty of places to splash around, and, of course, a theater to see all your favorite Gaul heroes!
63 – Feel like you’re on safari at Paris Zoological Park
Get your binoculars and your camera!
The expansive 14.5-hectare zoo is split into five biozones and genuinely feels like you’re trekking through Europe, Africa, and South America, without leaving the city!
The zoo’s apex (literally) is Big Rock, a 65-meter mountain towering above the lions, rhinos, giraffes, lemurs, and other Savannah creatures!
64 – Appreciate other cultures’ art at Quai Branly Museum
Quai Branly Museum was designed without railings. Why?
So that the locals and visitors can ‘break barriers’ and experience different cultures, making this museum a totally immersive experience!
Thousands of works from far-away Oceania, America, Asia, and Africa will leave you in wonderment of how vast the world – and its art – really is.
65 – Dine on the Seine
A night promising beauty and romance unlike any other, an a-la-carte dinner on the river that flows through the City of Light is nothing short of spectacular.
After boarding the 8.30 pm cruise, you’ll be met with live music, plenty of serene views, and that typical Parisian magic.
66 – Have a picnic at the Parc de Sceaux
A wonderful chateau and gardens rivaling Versailles, yet only 30 minutes from central Paris by the metro (RER B line), Parc de Sceaux is a highly worthwhile attraction!
While a little less famous and a little further out than most a-list landmarks, it’s the perfect green patch to relax with a book and a snack.
Make sure to check for events first; the park hosts outdoor chamber music concerts and evening candle-lighting sessions.
67 – Watch the Paris Philharmonic and an IMAX show at Parc de la Villette
Flanked by the lovely Canal d’Ourcq, this picturesque 130-acre park is an entertainment haven.
With an IMAX theater, the Grande Halle (which hosts concerts from the Philharmonie de Paris), the interactive City of Science and Industry, and a music academy, there’s no shortage of activities!
The park is full of concealed gems, treasures, and entertainment sure to bring you back.
68 – Stroll the picturesque and macabre Pere Lachaise Cemetery
The remarkable cemetery is romantic and beautiful in a way only Paris can pull off!
A guided tour of the sprawling maze will not only prevent you from getting lost, but the guide will also point out the funerary art sprinkled throughout its grounds, as well as share legendary stories of the people resting therein — including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.
69 – See La Fee Electricite at the Paris Museum of Modern Art
Art-lovers clearly have no shortage of things to do in Paris!
This museum, located in the gorgeous Palais de Tokyo, has almost 13,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries’ major artists and artistic movements.
A certain highlight, visitors love Dufy’s La Fee Electricite, an electric 600 square-meter fresco about electricity starring Zeus and Benjamin Franklin!
70 – Tour Paris on a vintage motorcycle sidecar
For a totally unique way of exploring Paris’ streets, look no further.
The Retro Classic tour will take you to both major monuments and some hidden heritage sites; the Great Escape lets you choose between different themes for a deep dive into either Bohemian Paris, Ile de la Cite, or the Latin Quarter; and the Retro Night tour is a romantic ride under the Parisian street-lights.
71 – Go shopping on the Champs-Elysees!
Probably the most famous street in Europe, the Champs-Elysees has an incredible, if not eclectic range of fashion boutiques!
Catch the Banana Republic’s mini-boutiques serving coffee and champagne as you browse, check out the DJ sets and artworks at Levi’s, meet personal shoppers who’ll guide you through Hugo Boss, and why not say bonjour to the topless male models at Abercrombie & Fitch?
Clearly, there’s something new and exciting here each and every day.
72 – Stroll through the Domaine de Chantilly
This chateau is gorgeous, but what really sets it apart from the rest is its setting and museum.
A 7,800-hectare estate, Chantilly is surrounded by French forest with 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century gardens inspired by different parts of the world!
A particularly popular attraction, the Conde Museum has over 800 paintings and a beautiful, antiquated library!
73 – Learn to bake croissants
The signature dish from one of the world’s gastronomic capitals has to be the croissant.
Take an intimate cooking class and learn every step of the recipe including the mix between raised dough and puff pastry (which is what makes it so special), while sipping French coffee. Save the recipe — your friends and family at home will love them!
74 – Treat yourself at the Parisian department stores
The department stores are a treasure trove of quality items at affordable prices!
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann has high-end and more affordable brands, with wedding dresses, and an incredible restaurant; while Le Bon Marché has a hidden bookshop and is adored by style-conscious locals!
Before you go, check the VAT tax refund process to get 12% off your shopping bill!
75 – Zip through Paris in a Citroen 2CV
This quaint and iconic French car will make you feel like a proper Parisian!
The three-hour tour is a great way to begin your Paris trip, with your local driver’s anecdotes and recommendations of things to do in Paris; or, you can ask for a particular theme of your choice and create your very own tailor-made tour!
76 – Get that perfect picture in front of the Eiffel Tower at France Miniature
Fit all of France into one afternoon and just five hectares!
With 117 monuments at a 30:1 scale, you can get those perfect pictures with all of the iconic sites (though you will look a bit taller).
It’s a great way to start your trip and find what to do in Paris as you hear the stories behind every landmark!
77 – Get in touch with nature at Thoiry ZooSafari
Take a day out of busy Paris to spot the lions, tigers, rhinos, elephants, and hippos on safari!
Stroll through the Botanical Garden and lose yourself in the maze filled with fragrant flowers, then visit the Renaissance-style Thoiry Castle where the staff and the guides dress in period costume and share its secrets!
78 – Dive into the surreal at Dali Paris Museum
The talented Mr Dali’s works displayed here include paintings, sculptures, furniture and illustrated books spanning everything from Alice in Wonderland to the Bible!
Dali’s exceptional work is a reflection of his complex life and plethora of interests from atomic science to religion to antiquity — it’s fair to say this is not your average art gallery!
79 – Don’t try to get your money back at Musée de la Monnaie
This captivating coin-making and casting museum has also been the French mint since 864 AD!
See inside 12 centuries of coin-making secrets with interactive exhibits on just how that coin ended up in your wallet, then step up to the screw press to make your own coin — a perfect souvenir for your visit!
80 – Go wine-tasting in Burgundy
The Burgundy wine region creates some of France’s favorite wines — their reds are notorious for their glistening ruby color and fresh cherry aroma!
While there’s plenty of wineries to choose from, Noyers is a must.
This family-run winery, spearheaded by a 21st-generation winemaker, has been operating since 1453!
After sampling all of Burgundy’s best on a tour, don’t forget to buy a bottle to take home!
81 – Marvel at the Fondation Louis Vuitton building
The Frank Gehry-designed building will confuse and delight you before you even step inside!
The shape is unbelievable and indescribable, then inside, the contemporary art collection contains famous works from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons, but visitors especially love Villar Rojas’ water tank of lost objects — a unique piece incorporated into the building’s structural design!
82 – Watch the Bluebell girls at Lido de Paris
This Paris cabaret on the Champs-Elysees is relatively new to the entertainment scene, but definitely dazzles the senses!
This spectacle of dancing Bluebell girls with music, lights, and special effects – with free champagne thrown in – produces a Parisian show where fiction marries fantasy.
To cap it all off, a delectable three-course meal is included too!
83 – Browse the Petit Palais
The building itself merges classical and contemporary like no other, and inside, the array of art on display is a mixed landscape ranging from ancient and medieval collections to Renaissance paintings, 19th-century sculpture, and some modern art too!
The building’s Beaux-Arts style and free entry adds to the appeal even further.
84 – See the Leviathan at Grand Palais
The more modern-looking brother of Grand Palais is a gallery with an eclectic history as a military hospital, truck depot, fashion catwalk, and equestrian venue!
In terms of art, the Leviathan is massive in both its size and its cultural impact — certainly one of the world’s most powerful pieces!
85 – Watch the fountains at Jardin du Luxembourg
The lush gardens at the Luxembourg Gardens are split into French and English gardens, with 106 statues scattered throughout the park!
Travelers love the Florencian-esque Medici fountain as well as the apple orchard and bee-keeping apiary!
This is a favorite spot to take photos, play tennis, or just for a casual stroll.
86 – Have brunch at Place des Vosges
The crown jewel of the fashionable Marais district is Paris’ most elegant and well-kept historic square, with fountains in a central green area lined with red-brick mansion houses!
Before indulging in brunch and a glass of wine on the terraces looking out over the square, consider browsing through the nearby art galleries too.
87 – Walk in Victor Hugo’s footsteps at Maison de Victor Hugo
See the house where Hugo wrote most of Les Miserables!
Looking around his apartment in fashionable Marais, visitors can notice the furniture and decor representing the stages of his life: before, during, and after his exile.
Hear about Hugo’s life as he brought forth the Romantic literary movement and later served in politics!
88 – Catch a show at Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts
More than just a horse-and-pony show, this corps de ballet combines equestrian dressage with song, dance, fencing, and Japanese archery for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!
No show is complete without meeting the stars of the show — the horses — with a tour of the stables. Don’t forget to say ‘hay’…
89 – Ride the Ferris wheel at Le Jardin Des Tuileries
These perfectly manicured Parisian gardens are a peaceful place to relax by a pond, but they come alive during the summer fete and Christmas markets!
The views from the Ferris wheel of the nearby Louvre are astounding, meanwhile the 1900s merry-go-round, complete with wooden horses, takes visitors back to a simpler time.
90 – Eat ice cream at Berthillon on Ile St Louis
This ice-cremerie, owned by the same family since it was founded in 1954, makes the best sweet treat in town!
The all-natural fruit sorbets are a summer icon, while the richer ice creams will leave you wanting more.
Grab a scoop or three and enjoy while watching the nearby boats.
91 – See ‘Lady and the Unicorn’ at the Cluny Museum
The National Museum of the Middle Ages is the leading art and history museum devoted to the Middle Ages in France!
The ‘Lady and the Unicorn’ tapestry is the Mona Lisa of its time, but it’s far from the only notable work; the well-preserved Roman baths, glimmering jewelry, stained-glass windows, and tombstones each bring history to life!
92 – Watch the horse racing
France is one of Europe’s leading countries for horse racing!
The ParisLongchamp hosts more than half of the country’s group one races, with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October attracting international horses and jockeys.
93 – Smell the rose garden at Parc de Bagatelle
The park and chateau were built after a wager between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law — and it’s impossible not to love the charming gardens!
Although it hosts classical music concerts in summer, the park itself is worth exploring.
As a potential plan of attach, find the curious 19th-century Chinese pagoda, then head to the artificial waterfalls and the 10,000 roses in the rose garden.
94 – Ride the world’s biggest hot-air balloon over Parc Andre Citroen
Ready for lift-off?
You’ll soar to 150 meters on the Ballon de Paris and float above one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so don’t forget to bring (and hold tightly onto) that camera!
The balloon launches from and lands in the modern Parc Andre Citroen on the bank of the Seine.
95 – Race a Ferrari sportscar
Ready to put the pedal to the metal?
If you’ve always dreamed of owning (or, at least, driving) a supercar, then a hotlap at one of Paris’ many racetrack is about to be a dream come true.
Choose from a Ferrari 458 or 488, or even diversify with a Lamborghini, Audi, or Porsche as part of a package deal.
96 – Eat at Michelin-starred restaurants!
Around 150 Michelin stars have been given to Paris’ restaurants — just let that sink in.
To enjoy a 3-star restaurant on the cheap, head to Pierre Gagnaire and order the tasting menu or try Le Pre Catelan’s lunch menu!
Otherwise, Palais Royal has a sunny outdoor terrace and wine workshops, while Frenchie is competitively priced with a menu rotating every fortnight.
97 – Enjoy Sax in the City at a jazz club
Paris is unquestionably the center of European jazz!
If you can find the hidden, underground Caveau de la Huchette, it focuses on 1920s jazz – so come dressed for the part!
98 – Enjoy a cabaret show at Crazy Horse
The ambient Crazy Horse cabaret show’s new Totally Crazy production celebrates 65 years of top-class performances, and throws it into an innovative and immersive show!
The charming, tasteful cabaret is not just an artistic marvel, it is a celebration of femininity — just sit back in your velvet armchair, have some champagne and canapes, and enjoy your evening!
99 – Drift around corners at Paris Kart Indoor
If the local traffic is taking its toll, add this to your list of things to do in Paris!
France’s largest indoor karting track will have you speeding through 700 meters of adrenaline-pumping indoor track.
Complete with multiple-levels and shock absorbers, it’s real-life Mario Kart without the annoying banana peels.
100 – Check out the views from the Trocadero
Home to some of the most iconic views of Paris, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero is unmissable!
The beautiful, Moorish Trocadero Palace looks out of place (in a good way, arguably), while the grandness of Palais de Chaillot and its nearby gardens are awe-inspiring.
The building’s giant wings look like a majestic bird, rising from Paris!
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