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The top things to do in Paris

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The top things to do in Paris are sightseeing and shopping. That's the two main reasons the city is year after year the world's most visited. Add to it the famous French food and restaurants, incredible art museums, the many concert venues, top sport events such as Roland Garros, Tour de France and the Marathon, Disneyland and Parc Asterix amusement parks. There are so many things to do in the City of Lights it is hard to choose. The top seven things to do. Trip to Paris.

First thing to do: visit places

You have one day. For convenience, take a half a day or a one day Paris bus tour to see the essentials of the city.

If you have more time, focus each day on a district: Ile de la Cite, Le Marais, Montmartre, the Left Bank, the Champs-Elysées and the Seine River Banks are some of the best places for sightseeing. Spend a day outside of the city in Versailles Palace or another famous place in France.

Places to visit in Paris

Second thing to do: shop

Shopping is a top reason why people come to the city. Stores in Paris are everywhere, from specialty stores to Shopping Malls. Champs-Elysées shops are open on Sundays. This is the same in Le Marais shopping district.

A few fancy streets specialize in high end fashion with specialty stores of the top brands: Champs-Elysées, Rue Saint Honore, Avenue Montaigne, Rue de Sevres.

Paris stores

Third thing to do: eat French

Food is one of the pleasures in the city. Start with a coffee and croissants in one of the many coffee shops in town. There are 13 000 French and international restaurants in the city, the right place to taste world famous French cuisine. We have selected 30 top French restaurants that we know well and consider the best against four criteria: restaurants with a view, nouvelle cuisine restaurants, Art nouveau and Art Deco restaurants, cheap restaurants. Paris restaurants.

The grocery stores have diversified products from all over France regions. Open-air markets are famous for fresh products. Excellent French wine is easily found at affordable prices. Food in Paris.

The Mollard Brasserie
Mollard combines great food and Art Nouveau

Fourth thing to do: admire art

The Louvre Museum, Musee d'Orsay, Picasso Museum and Centre Pompidou are world famous museums of art.

One of the world's top art museum, the Louvre is the most visited with 9.2 million visitors every year. It exhibits the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and many other first class paintings from Italy, France, Flanders, Netherlands, England.

Housed in spectacular 1900 Orsay train station, the Musée d'Orsay is the 19th century art museum in the city. Its impressionist painting collections are worth the trip.

The top twelve Paris Museums

Fifth thing to do: enjoy music

Attending a concert or a ballet performance is a top thing to do. There are plenty of concerts of all kinds everyday.

The most famous venues are Theatre des Champs-Elysées, the Philharmonie, Opera Garnier, Opera Bastille for classical music, the Zenith, AccorHotels Arena for popular music. There are also performances in the many churches. Check list of classical, jazz, pop music best concert venues.

Concert venues

Sixth thing to do: attend sports

The top sport events in Paris are the Roland Garros Tennis Tournament in June and the final stage of Tour de France cycling race on Champs-Elysées Avenue end of July.

Paris Marathon in April is a great marathon. Paris Masters (also called Paris Tennis Open) in November are a top ATP competition. Horse races in Bois de Boulogne are famous.

Sports in Paris

Seventh thing to do: have fun

Visiting Disneyland Paris is of course a top thing to do in Paris. It is a must for families with children and entertains all ages. Disneyland is connected to downtown by metro. To best visit both, stay in Paris. Book a convenient Disneyland Paris one day coach tour from Paris with tickets included (119 euros). Information. Parc Asterix is the second and alternative great amusement park near the City of Lights.

Paris for kids

Disneyland Paris
Disneyland is the second top sight in Paris

Itinerary of a trip

You have one day: board a Paris tour to see the essentials of the city or focus on one of the top places to visit in Paris.

You have two days: take a tour the first day. Combine shopping and sightseeing on the second. Enjoy nightlife.

You have up to a week: focus each day on a district: Ile de la Cite, Le Marais, Montmartre, the left bank, the Champs-Elysées. Spend a day in Versailles Palace or another famous place in France easily accessible from the city.

Paris is the romantic city of lovers. Check our special recommendations for a romance or wedding anniversary.

Paris tours

Trip to Paris: Paris Plage
Paris Plage in the summer along the Seine right banks

Best time for a trip

Come in fall or winter as there are more things to do. December adds to city life the magical illuminations on Champs-Elysées and the Christmas shop windows of the Department Stores. Details on Christmas and New Year's Eve in Paris. The best shopping time are the winter sale season in January and summer sale season in June.

For sightseeing, the weather is normally best in May, June and September, although this is not at all guaranteed.

In the summer, the weather is warm and traffic less intense. But the top attractions are crowded and life in the city is at a minimum, specially between August 1st and 15th.

There are many special days in the city. The Roland Garros tennis tournament takes place in June. Fête de la musique is on June 21. Countless music groups take over the city's streets and venues. Bastille day is on July 14. The Tour de France final circuit on Champs-Elysées is end of July.

Fête de la musique on June 21 in Paris
Fête de la musique on June 21 in Paris