Places to visit in Paris

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Places to visit in Paris

Paris is famous for the quantity of places to visit. You rarely find this combination of so many things to see: landscape, romantic river banks, beautiful monuments. Select a district with places to visit and enjoy sightseeing endless pleasure.

Paris monuments: Eiffel Tower
Tour Eiffel
Le Marais walking tour
Le Marais
Montmartre walking tour
Montmartre
Champs Elysees
Champs Elysees
Ile de la Cite
Ile de la Cite
Left bank walking tour
Left Bank Paris

Top places to visit in Paris

The top districts with places to visit are the Tour Eiffel district with its museums, Le Marais with Picasso Museum and Centre Pompidou, Montmartre with Sacre Coeur, the Champs Elysees with Arc de Triomphe, the Ile de la Cite with Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle, the left bank district with Luxembourg Gardens and Saint Germain des Pres. The Paris markets are typical places to visit. Walk through these lively districts. See and live the City of Lights as a true Parisian. Don't miss the flea market and its many shops.

Places to visit near Tour Eiffel

Visiting the Tour Eiffel is a must do of every visitor to the City of Lights. The Tour Eiffel district is also very rich with top sights at walking distance. In 4 hours, visit the Tour Eiffel, have lunch there and visit one first class museum nearby.

Start from Trocadero metro station on metro line 6 and 9. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower from Palais de Chaillot. Walk down to the Eiffel Tower (15 minutes) across lovely Palais de Chaillot Gardens and Iena bridge. Visit the Tour Eiffel and lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor.

Walk to Quai Branly Museum, devoted to primitive arts (15 minutes). Walk across scenic Passerelle Debilly to Musee art moderne (15 minutes). Finish at Iena metro station and Musee Guimet (10 minutes walk).

Tour Eiffel walking tour | Top walks in Paris.

Walking down the Eiffel Tower stairs
Walking down the Tour Eiffel stairs

Places to visit in Le Marais

Le Marais, the trendiest district of Paris, has it all: Old and narrow streets. 17th century mansions. Beautiful churches. Centre Pompidou. Picasso museum. Fashion shops open on Sunday. Gay and Jewish communities. Bars and nightlife. Le Marais is also the heart of trendy French fashion. Find there a myriad of stores from innovative brands. Many fashion and decoration stores in Le Marais are independant.

Le Marais detailed information | Le Marais shopping

Places to visit in Montmartre

Topped by the famous Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 128 meters. Rural until 1900, Montmartre became famous in the late 1800ies with the arrival of artists such as Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso. In spite of the affluence of tourists, most Montmartre streets, almost free of car traffic, keep their village-like atmosphere, which set them apart in busy Paris.

Montmartre map | Detailed information on Montmartre

Places in Champs Elysees district

70 meters wide, the Champs Elysees run for 1910 meters in a straight line up hill from Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris, to Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's monument. This famous avenue is the heart of the top Paris shopping district. Famous french and international brands have established there a large showroom or flagship store. Louis Vuitton and Guerlain stores are among the most beautiful.

Champs Elysees map | Information on Champs Elysees

Places to visit in Ile de la Cite

An island on the Seine river, Ile de la Cite has been inhabited since the Romans. It features three top sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, La Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle. The river banks, the many bridges and the flower market are additional attractions. Ile de la Cite provides spectacular views on the Seine River, Seine river banks and Ile Saint Louis, the other famous island on the Seine river.

Paris map | Detailed information on Ile de la Cite

Places to visit on Paris Left bank

The left bank district is one of the the most pleasant districts in town. The large and romantic Luxembourg Gardens, Saint-Germain des Pres, its church and cafes, the Musee d'Orsay, Hermes store and Le Bon Marche are its highlights. The heart of the district is Saint Germain des Pres Church, the remain of the prestigious Saint Germain des Pres Abbey.

The left bank is famous as the intellectual district. Visitors have a drink at Cafe de Flore or Deux Magots, the two most famous literary Cafes in the city. Rue de Sevres has many French fashion stores, including the beautiful Hermes store (17, rue de Sevres), one of the top fashion stores in town.

Left Bank walking tour | Saint Germain des Pres.

Locate top sights on Left bank map.

Saint Germain des Pres tower in Paris
Saint Germain des Pres is the heart of the Left Bank

Places to visit along Paris river

Many famous places to visit are on the river banks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Conciergerie, Palais de Chaillot and the Musee d'Orsay.

With so much to see leisurely from the river, go on a Seine river cruise during your visit. You will forever remember a Seine dinner cruise, as you then combine a great French dinner with the spectacular illuminations of the city at night.

2.3 kilometers of Seine River left bank quays in between Musee d'Orsay and Pont Alexandre III have been turned into one of the most pleasant pedestrian districts of the city. Splendid views, open air restaurants and playgrounds are relaxing, entertaining and so beautiful. Rosa Bonheur, Flow, two open-air restaurants on these quays are affordable places to relax, eat or have a drink. Faust, right under Pont Alexandre III has a terrace, a restaurant and a club. These quays are now the place to go to day and night.

River in Paris | Seine river cruise

Notre Dame is on the banks of the Seine river
Notre Dame is on the banks of the Seine river

Places to visit on a Paris tour

Choose a Paris bus tour to see many places to visit in a relaxed way. We recommend the full day tour and the one day tour including Versailles. It is possible to visit the Eiffel Tower up to the second floor with skip the line ticket, discover things to see on a Seine river cruise and board bus city tour in one 4 hour combination tour. Information.

Ride on your own open top double deckers on the Open Tour. Check Paris sightseeing map to locate the city sights.

Visit top places in 4 hours

It is possible to discover in 4 hours the top things to see walking from and to metro stations with connection to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Check 4 hour walk.

You can do the 2 hour triumphal way walk from the Louvre Museum to Champs Elysees, up to Arc de Triomphe.

There are other options for quick sightseeing: a 1h 45 minute sightseeing tour (departure: 2, rue des Pyramides. Paris map), climb to a high point with a top Paris view.

Places to visit walking

The city can best be discovered walking. We have designed easy self guided walks in Paris that cover most sightseeing districts: walk in Le Marais, left bank walking tour, the Eiffel Tower walking tour and Montmartre walk.

Walk and shop in the shopping arcades when it rains. If you speak French, we highly recommend the interesting thematic sightseeing tours and conferences.

Les Tuileries Gardens are a beautiful park
Les Tuileries Gardens are a beautiful park

Out of the beaten track places

Sightseeing in the City of Lights is endless. Discover places to visit outside the core touristic districts. We recommend five out of the beaten track walking and sightseeing tours:

=> a walk in romantic Ile Saint Louis
=> a walk alonside Canal Saint Martin. Paris map
=> a walk through Paris Catacombs
=> a walk through La Defense business district
=> a walk through Pere Lachaise Cemetery with its graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Detailed map.

The quays of Ile Saint Louis
The quays of Ile Saint Louis

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