The city of lights is famous for 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.
Ile de la Cite
Left Bank Paris
The top districts with places to visit are Le Marais with Picasso Museum and Centre Pompidou, Montmartre with Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre, the Champs Elysees with Arc de Triomphe and Louis Vuitton, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Paris. 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.
Locate top sights on Left bank map.
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.
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.
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 in Paris.
You can do the 2 hour triumphal way walk from the Louvre Museum to Champs Elysees, up to Arc de Triomphe.
The city can best be discovered walking. We have designed easy self guided walks in Paris that cover most sightseeing districts: walk in Paris Marais, left bank Paris walking tour, the Eiffel Tower walking tour and Montmartre walk.
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.