Visiting Paris: an essential guide on what to see, do and ways to save

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The city is a romantic paradise with streets lined with monuments, museums, traditional bistros and stunning boutiques. Visitors love the architecture, the stunning food, the amazing shopping and the art. See below the best things to see and do on your visit to this iconic city.

Top 3 things to see in Paris

After you’ve chosen your hotel in Paris, it’s time to start planning what to do. And whilst there is so much on offer the below are absolute musts!

1. Eiffel Tower

It’s hard to go anywhere in Paris without seeing the iconic Eiffel Tower. The world-famous attraction is symbolic of Paris’ avant-garde culture. You can choose to climb it and experience some of the most breath-taking views imaginable.

2. Seine River

The River Seine flows through the heart of Paris and it is surrounded by art, architecture and beauty. There are an impressive 32 bridges on the river with the most famous being the Pont Des Arts where lovers attach padlocks with their names to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine. The Seine is lined with Parisian cafes, restaurants, bars and street music to enjoy.

3. One of the many museums

There are so many museums in Paris, it’s hard to narrow down which ones should make your essential list. The most famous of course, being The Louvre, where visitors flock to see the Mona Lisa. The museums range from contemporary art, fashion, architecture and temples. Some must-visits include The Centre Pompidou, Musee des Arts et Metiers and the Musee du Quai Branly.

Top 3 things to do in Paris

1. Eat well

French food is world-famous and in Paris you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to quaint bistros and triple-Michelin-star restaurant. And of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to one of their patisseries, boulangeries (bakery) and fromageries (cheese).

2. Enjoy some shopping

When you think of Parisian fashion, the words style, boutique and high-end immediately come to mind. But it’s not all about the sleek fashion stores, visitors love the vintage stores and flea markets, the bookshops as well as the amazing stalls that you’ll find dotted along the river banks.

3. Explore the art scene

Where do you start when exploring the art scene in Paris? It’s home to the likes of Picasso, Monet, Dali, Van Gogh, Manet, Rodin and Renoir – so it’s art royalty. To experience the amazing art, you have to visit the Louvre, the Musee d’Osay as well as just immersing in the vibrant street art.

Things to do for FREE in Paris

Being one of the most famous cities in the world it can get a little pricey, so here are a few things that you can do for free in Paris.

  • Visit a museum on a Sunday – some of them are FREE.
  • Go to the Parc de la Villette and watch a free film this summer.
  • Walk around the Jardin du Luxemburg – explore the landscaped gardens and sculptures.
  • Visit the Love Wall in Montmarte.
  • Explore the Pere Lachaise cemetery.
  • Take a walk along La Promenade Plantee.
  • Get a free fashion show every Friday afternoon at the Galeries Lafayette department store.

And no matter where you decide to explore, you’ll need a luxurious and comfy bed to sink into at the end of the day. So, make sure you check out our Signature collection to make sure you’re in the hub of all the Parisian action.

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