Ahh, Paris…the sights, the sounds, the sensations of the world’s most romantic city…it’s a marvellous place to visit. But with so much to experience, where should you start?
We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Paris. Here’s what you told us…
See the city via Montmartre
Chrissy Bistline says:
Montmarte/Sacre Coeur at sunset. Watch the people play music and do stunts and enjoy the gorgeous view at sunset.
Tanja Minarik says:
Montmartre; sit down in front of Sacre Coeur and enjoy the view of Paris… Most time, people are making some music up there (eg with a harp or guitar). Gives you an amazing feeling!
Bill McLellan says:
Montemartre at any time of day or night.
Cesar Hernando says:
Montmartre and Versailles!
Lissa Robillard says:
Sacre Coeur. Beautiful and a different view of Paris.
Patrick Labuca says:
Catch the sunset/twilight view of Monmartre from the steps of the Sacre Coeur, it’s just sublime.
Sandra Bonito says:
I agree with the above – listening to a violin player on the steps of Sacre Coeur was breathtaking.
Athenea Machulás Ramos says:
Montmartre – the best view of Paris.
Susmita Sen says:
Undoubtedly Montmartre. It encapsulates the artistic-intellectual ambiance of Paris.
Bill Ngo says:
The back neighborhoods of Montmartre.
Evelyn Bicelis M says:
Montmartre! Walking around, eating and enjoying the view!
Maris Equis says:
Take a boat tour down the Seine
Karine Aubry says:
A tour in a ‘Bateau Mouche’ at night because you can admire all of the wonderful historical buildings around the Seine.
Ryan Fulton says:
Karine I agree with you but would use ‘Bateau Parisien’.
Liz de Oliveira says:
Boat trip on Seine.
Andrea Mer says:
The tour on the Seine River.
See an opera at Le Palais Garnier
Kristi House says:
Le Palais Garnier! Especially if you are a Phantom of the Opera fan!
Nancy Lynn says:
Opéra National de Paris.
Siewyoek Chan says:
Opéra de Paris.
Check out the museums
Ramòn Andrès Salas Flores says:
The Louvre Museum.
Patrick Labuca says:
See the Mona Lisa at the Musée du Louvre and the Thinker at the Musée Rodin. in Paris, it’s all about the arts and the culture.
Valentina Gro says:
Have a galette and go to Musée de l’Orangerie (water lilies from Monet).
MaySze Chang says:
Checking out Monet’s water lilies paintings.
MC Riordan says:
The Rodin Museum and Garden of Sculpture.
Youn-young Kim says:
Musée d’Orsay. It’s wonderful to appreciate famous pictures.
Marketa Vernerova says:
Visit the Louvre and eat three croissants per day.
Get creeped out in the catacombs
Sophie Lou Lucas says:
The catacombs. Definitely worth the hour or so wait.
Alaciel Campos Dugone says:
The catacombs…nobody seems to pay attention to them, a scary sight!
Brenda Bissell Walhovd says:
The catacombs. There’s nothing like it. Mysterious, solemn, beautiful.
Saboga Torres says:
The Catacombs. It’s so creepy, but cool to walk 45 minutes through an underground tunnel made up of thousands and thousands of real human bones!
Rita Fratta says:
Sooooo many things! Paris is far the best city in the globe! Les catacombes are a MUST!
Jade Stredwick says:
Catacombes de Paris!
Rob Schoch says:
Catacombs, hands down. Uber-creepy and an amazing part of Parisian history.
Kiley Barr says:
The catacombs. There is nothing like it.
Take the stairs at the Eiffel Tower
Tihana Blaževi? says:
Climbing the Eiffel Tower to the very top, using stairs!
Michillo Mccaughey says:
Bernardo González Pulido says:
I would like to visit the Eiffel Tower and look over Paris from there.
RaKel Salg says:
Definitely I wouldn’t miss the Eiffel Tower because it is the symbol of the city.
Miguel BA says:
Eiffel Tower at night.
Ali Birmingham says:
The Eiffel Tower – walk up the stairs; don’t take the elevators. What a fabulous sight!
Diana Troncoso says:
This is hard but for me it’s definitely the Eiffel Tower at night. It is just breathtaking.
Nancy Aki says:
The Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Versailles.
Chris Power says:
Watching the twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower after dark.
Roberta Cunha Bastos says:
La Tour Eiffel.
Barbara Spreiz says:
Watching sparkling Eiffel Tower at night…from a rooftop nearby.
Shweta Mishra says:
Enjoying the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower along with the crepes.
Irene HCampos says:
Paris can have some many beautiful monuments but def what you cannot miss is the Tour Eiffel, it is the symbol of the city and it is amazing for whatever side you see it from or if it is during the day or night…just beautiful and nothing in Paris can even compare to Tour Eiffel.
Pick up some goodies at Clignancourt market
Colin Courtney says:
Go to the weekend flea market (Les Puces) at Porte de Clignancourt on Saturdays, Sunday and at certain times on Mondays. Take Metro line four to get there. Get there early for bargains when it’s not so busy and have a cafe crème. It’s one of the biggest so there’s something for everyone and you’ll find some kind of bargain if you try hard enough. You should always haggle, as they expect, and it’s fun if you keep it as friendly as possible. Entertaining all day. Go to the other usual attractions on other days.
Stroll down Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe
Anna Bridges says:
Walking down from the Arc de Triomphe along the Champs-Élysées (stopping off at Ladurée for macarons!). The Eiffel Tower when it lights up is lovely, too.
Rodrigo Molitor says:
Arc de Triomf.
Hemant Kumar Rajaraman says:
Cheryl Hammonds LaMar says:
Walk from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre down the Champs-Élysées.
Cátia Xavier says:
Champs-Élysées at Christmas time.
Go on your own ‘Tour de Paris’
Amanda Butts says:
Go on a Fat Tire Bike Tour. They’ll take you around the city and give you information about many of the main sites (and some not-so-main ones), and much of it is unique information that you’ve probably never heard before. The guides are fun, charismatic and friendly. And how else will you be able to see so much of Paris in only three hours?! Do not miss the bike tour!
Chat to the locals
Alistair Hay says:
The Parisians – great people, good to talk to; please feel free to stop them and ask questions, they’re helpful and will slow their language down if you don’t speak French fluently.
Rebecca Grattage says:
Get to know the locals.
Fenix Ramirez says:
Meeting random people.
Appreciate the dark romance of Père Lachaise Cemetery
Robbie Simms says:
Jim Morrison’s grave.
Sabrina Lefort says:
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.
Declan Wândèrlüst Jones says:
Père-Lachaise, because Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf are there. Seriously, imagine being so close to such legends.
Be a food tourist!
Artistas Bienal de Artes says:
If you are looking for healthy, nice vegetarian food in Paris, you won’t find to many places to eat. This place is good, even great – Le Potager du Marais. It’s near the Centre Pompidou and only a short 15 min walk from the Louvre. They serve between 12-15 and 19-22. Be sure to book in advance; it’s small but cosy and they serves French food in a vegan way. Tasty!
Ségolène Roche says:
The authentic frozen chai tea at Café des Philosophes in Le Marais (yummy!) or a walk from avenue Marceau to the Eiffel Tower at sunset (breathtaking).
Omar Mendoza says:
Eating a Nutella and banana crepe near the Sacred Heart.
Adam Johnson says:
Daniel Milhomens says:
The marvellous French restaurants!
Linde De Vos says:
A nice beaujolais in one of the local cafés.
Allyson Johnson says:
A bottle of wine and a picnic with a friend, sitting on the grass beneath the Eiffel Tower at sunset. I went all over Paris, but that was my favorite memory.
Nicolas Riehl says:
Having a drink (if you get in) at Rosa Bonheur in the evening to meet the Parisian population chilling and dancing at the Buttes Chaumont.
Audrey Brouillet says:
Grande Mosquée for tea.
Susan Tessier says:
Soupe a l’oignon at Pied de Couchon in the wee hours of the morning…any morning but weekends are best.
Lidija Priš?an says:
Sofia Garcia Slamal says:
Breakfast in that little bakery ‘Coquelicot’ close to Montmatre- It’s soooooo goooood (and cheap).
Sophie Forslund says:
The duck at Le Zebra in Montmartre!
Kelli Johnson Bier says:
Grab a bottle of wine and some picnic food and head to the banks of the Seine. Read a book or sunbath in the Tuileries or the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Kjesten Allardice says:
Visiting Ladurée on Av des Champs-Elysees and trying their macaroons – the best in the world.
Dawn Robichaud says:
Buy many baguettes and also eat chantilly crepes at the sidewalk table at Le Bobillot, under the canopy on a rainy day. You’ll never forget it!
Janneke Brouwers says:
Marvel at beautiful Sainte-Chapelle
Sandra Bonito says:
La Sainte-Chapelle; you will feel like you are walking into heaven – it’s amazing. Far more beautiful and peaceful than noisy Notre Dame, exactly like a church should be.
Just go walking…
Adil Ömer Karaku? says:
Just walking randomly on streets and getting lost.
Yasmin Uriel says:
Take a walk!
Hugo Gonzalez says:
A walk along the Seine.
Fenix Ramirez says:
…or take the one-and-only Paris Metro
Benjamin Ray Ainsworth says:
The Metro! It is an adventure itself. As lively as above ground, with the traveling musicians, vendors, advertisements and so much cultural diversity that it puts most cities to shame. It’s the spine of the city, connecting everyone from all directions.
Ryan Trumpeter says:
The underground trains with buskers knocking out beats on guitars and drums! Make sure you go on after 9pm!
Catch the view from Maine-Montparnasse Tower
Eugene Van Dyk says:
A ride to the top of the Montparnasse building on a clear Parisian evening.
Robyn Marsh says:
Montparnasse Tower, the ugliest brown building in all of Paris but the most incredible views across the city, including the Eiffel Tower!
Bernardo Lucas says:
Montparnasse Tower – the observation deck offers the best view of Eiffel Tower at the sunset.