Paris, the city of lights offers something for everyone, from shopping and fashion to beautiful bows out architecture. This city is considered as a fairytale alive in the 21st century.
With so much to see and do it can be overwhelming where to start, this is the reason why you start searching to find the best places that you must see while traveling to Paris.
Paris is a city brimming with many places to visit, from world-class museums to less-known hidden gems. To help you discover the best from the best of Paris, Widepal has built a list of top 20 places that you can’t miss during your visit to this magical city.
1. Eiffel Tower
The number one of our list is of course, the Paris most iconic attraction, The Eiffel Tower. The Tower was constructed for the 1889 World Exposition and reaches an astonishing height of over 300 meters.
This attraction is so popular to visit on weekends, so it is best to visit the Eiffel Tower on weekdays, also you must book your tickets in advance if you want to go to the top of the tower.
Elevator wait lines can exceed up to 4 hours, So for those with tight schedules, it’s better to just take the stairs. It is far easier than it seems until the second floor (the third being quite high).
2. The Louvre
One of the world’s largest museums, housing nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19st century, which are exhibited over an area covering 60 thousand, 600 square meters.
Located on the right bank of the sand. The Louvre is the most visited Art Museum in the entire world. When visiting, I recommend that you prioritize what you want to see, stick with what you love.
To put it simply, there is no way you can see all of the Louver in one visit. Also, it’s always better to purchase your ticket in advance to avoid waiting in long lines.
3. Notre-Dame Cathedral
Probably the most well-known cathedral in the entire world, thanks in large part to Victor Hugo’s novel. Built-in 1163, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cite along the scent.
Due to its overwhelming popularity, it is best to visit Notre-Dame during the week when lines to visit the top are shorter (no one will want to wait for hours). Be sure to check out the crypts of Notre-Dame which is an often forgotten treasure of this Cathedral.
4. Sacré-Coeur Basilica
One of the famous and popular Roman Catholic churches sitting on top of the Montmartre hill in Paris. It’s one of the best Parisian landmarks that welcome thousands of visitors from all around the world throughout the entire year. It’s the highest point in the city, and as a result offers some of the best views in all of Paris, and the best part is it’s all free.
Open every day from 6 am to 10:30 pm
5. Arc de Triomphe – Champs-Élysées
Located at the western end of the famous Champs-Élysées, the Arc Triomphe is the linchpin of the historical axis which extends from the Louvre to the Arc. The Arc Triomphe is accessible by both the RER train and metro stations with an exit at Charles de Gaulle at wall. A lift takes visitors to the top, you can enjoy a small Museum of the Arc, and of course, take some breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Open every day, except 1st January, 1st May, 8th May, 14th July, 11th November, and 25th December, from 10 am to 9.45 pm.
Opera is One of the most beautiful buildings in Paris. It is not a final destination, but rather a quick stop in the 12th arrondissement of Paris which is better known for the grand magazine of parental and Galerie Lafayette two of the most famous shopping centers in all of Paris.
What makes opera such an amazing and attractive stop is that it is a nice alternative for people to enjoy the cultural side of the city while others venture off shopping.
Located in the Latin Quarter in Paris and a short walk from Jardin de Luxembourg, this one-time Church now functions as a secular mausoleum, housing the remains of some of the most distinguished French citizens including Victor Hugo and Mary Curie.
But it’s not what’s located underneath the pantheon that’s a must-see attraction, the 360-degree panoramic views of the city are some of the best in all of Paris, and with shorter wait times than that of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Pantheon can save you valuable time if you’re on a tight schedule.
8. Palais du Luxembourg – Jardin du Luxembourg
One of the most beautiful and fantastic Jardin in all Paris (Luxembourg Park), separated on the left bank of River Seine, This Jardin is considered as the perfect spot for a cozy picnic and relaxation after a long walking day in Paris. The Palais du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Palace) located right inside the park is also worth a visit.
9. The Wall Of Love – Montmartre
Montmartre is basically a very large hill in the northeast of Paris. It is known for its artistic environment where a number of world-renowned artists, including Picasso, Monet, and Renoir, had stationed during the Belle Époque.
Don’t Forget the best part which is the Wall of Love (Le Mur de Je t’aimes) on which “I Love You” is written 311 times in 250 languages.
10. Moulin Rouge
If you love nightlife and you want to have even more fun while in Paris, The famous cabaret Moulin Rouge is your best place. It is located close to Montmartre and offers fabulous evening shows among which the most representative are Crazy Horse, Moulin Rouge, and Lido de Paris. You can get any tickets you want, Dinner, Show, VIP evening, or Matinée.
While not centrally located in Paris if you can only fit in one day trip during your visit make it to the palace de Versailles. Located 30 minutes outside of Paris via the RER train.
Versailles is the most luxurious and historic royal chateau in all of France, be sure to do some research on the things you should do while in Versailles before you go, as it is so massive that you are sure to miss some hidden treasures if you are not prepared before your trip.
For people that don’t have much time in Paris, It’s better to skip this place, because it does eat up a full day of your time when visiting Versaille.
12. Tuileries Garden
Located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, this public garden is a great place to take a break and relax after a long walk down the Champs-Élysées, or after a long day of visiting the Louvre.
it also offers a number of activities from children giving parents a chance to relax, which means that visiting Paris doesn’t mean having to leave the kids at home.
13. Centre Pompidou
Located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. Centre Pompidou is the largest modern art museum in all of Europe, the place Georges Pompidou which is located in the front of the museum his famous for street performers and in the springtime it is a home to miniature carnivals with almost everything your kids will love after a long visit through the museum.
14. Versailles Palace
The world-popular Versailles Palace frequently ranks among the top spots to visit in Paris, exudes extravagantly the grandeur of French Baroque architecture. The splendorous castle and its gigantic gardens will make you spend one or even two days to visit all. The Versailles Palace is the most visited place close to Paris.
15. Musée de l’Orangerie
Located in the west corner of the Tuileries Garden, This impressive art gallery museum is known for hosting eight “Water Lilies” murals by Monet and other masterpieces of Renoir and Picasso. The museum targets very specific visitors, “ the art lovers”, but it’s really worth seeing while in Paris.
Open every day, except on Tuesday, 1st May, 14th July and 25th December.
16. Place de la Bastille – Bastille Market
Place de la (Bastille Square) is the former locale of the Bastille jail where the “Raging of the Bastille” took place and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. When visiting this landmark, it’s also nice to visit the Bastille Market, there are plenty of nice products offered.
17. Parc des Buttes – Chaumont
Amazing parc with winding paths and a beautiful pergola atop the highest point that you can climb up to for a great view. Also, there are two great bars/cafés with outdoor seating if you want to relax and have more fun.
This place is great for joggers to run around the lake, and lots of nooks and crannies to discover. Also great for picnics walks and free morning tai chi classes.
18. Galeries Lafayette Paris
The most famous department store in all of Paris, founded at the end of the 19th century, with a magnificent glass and iron dome. If you go up to the 7th floor, you can access the terrace for free and take some of the best Instagram pics to make your Paris vacation the best one.
19. Château de Chambord
This 500 year-old Château is one of the best places that you should not miss in Paris. Located southeast to Paris is the largest and most visited chateau in the Loire Valley. The castle offers stunning sceneries with its surrounding gardens and forests.
It was built by “King Francis I” as his “hunting lodge”, and it becomes one of the beautiful places that tourists from all around the world visit.
20. Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché is a department store in Paris. Founded in 1838. It’s food section “L’epicerie” is the biggest food market in Paris. The Rose Bakery Tea Room in the rotunda is perfect for a sweet or savory snack. A tarte with apples, honey, and figs may cost €9, but you’re splurging, remember!