50 things to do in Paris

Beautiful Paris offers endless possibilities for ways to spend your days, but if you need a little inspiration, look no further. This list of 50 things to do in Paris has ideas for first time visitors, and old hands alike. Tell me your suggestions in the comments!

50 things to do in Paris


  1. Taste Paris’ best ice cream at Berthillon – best enjoyed on the banks of the Seine
  2. Take a tour of the unbelievably opulent Opera Garnier
  3. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe at night
  4. Wander around the charming streets of Ile Saint Louis
  5. Walk down the Champs-Elysee, while there are still a few French shops left
  6. Revel in the true home of French luxury, Rue Faubourg Saint Honore
  7. Ice skate on top of the Eiffel Tower in winter
  8. Catch the Tour de France in summer
  9. Pick up a painting from the Montmartre artist markets
  10. Eat lunch in a park with a ham & cheese crepe from a street vendor
  11. Take in all the sights of the city with a Bateaux Mouches Seine Cruise
  12. Marvel at the stained glass windows in Sainte-Chapelle
  13. Escape the hustle and bustle at the tranquil Musee de l’Orangerie
  14. Visit the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries
  15. Take a day trip out to Versailles
  16. Savour the best view over Paris from Tour Montparnasse

Gelato in Paris

  1. Enjoy the sculptures and gardens of Musee Rodin for only 1 EuroGawk at the gorgeous ceiling of Galerie Lafayette while you do your shopping

  2. Gawk at the gorgeous ceiling of Galerie Lafayette while you do your shopping

  3. Ride the free carousel under Sacre Coeur

20. Dress up for a glamorous night of entertainment at The Lido on the Champs-Elysee

21. Picnic on the Champs du Mars under the sparkling Eiffel Tower at dusk

  1. Discover Paris’ underground tomb at the Montparnasse Catacombs

23. Whip up a delicious meal with a cooking class at Atelier des Chefs

24. Visit the Louvre – even if you don’t like it, it’s good to form your own opinion of it

25. Be spoilt for choice and dine in the labyrinth-like, cheap and cheerful Latin Quarter

25. Attend a show at the Moulin Rouge (even though I like The Lido better!)

26. Step back in time at the Musee de Moyen Age

  1. Chill out in the picturesque Place des Vosges

  2. Stop by the city’s most beautiful metro stops in the Cite station

29. Visit the Pantheon, the final resting place of France’s intellectual heroes.

Pont des Arts Lock Bridge Paris Close Up

30. Lock in your love on the Pont des Arts, Paris’ lock bridge

31. Eat Paris’ most famous macarons at Laduree in Saint Germain

  1. Visit Notre Dame and meet the gargoyles with the bell tower climb

  2. Browse the art galleries in the hallways that fringe Place des Vosges

  3. Escape the tourists in Parc Montsouris

  4. Check out the controversial Pompidou and head to the 6th floor for panoramic city views

36. Find a treasure at the flower markets, close to the Cite metro stop

  1. Start your day with a fresh croissant or pain au chocolat (my favourite) from a boulangerie

  2. Visit La Grande Arche, the mind-blowingly huge and modern cousin to the Arc de Triomphe

  3. Climb Sacre Coeur for some of the best views over Paris

40. Get a taste of modern Paris at La Defence, Paris’ business district

41. Visit the little emperor Napoleon’s enormous, over-the-top tomb at Invalides

  1. Get lost in the beautiful and tempting lingerie department at Printemps.

  2. Find a street vendor selling the nutella waffles. You won’t regret it.

44. During the Christmas season, visit the adorable Christmas markets under the Eiffel Tower

  1. Find a new scent at a French parfumerie like Fragonard, Annick Goutal or Serge Lutens

  2. Visit Paris’ oldest department store, Le Bon Marche. A slight misnomer, because there’s nothing cheap about it.

  3. Soak up the sunshine at the grand Jardin du Luxembourg

  4.  Sort the trash from the treasure at Marche Aux Puces

  5. Pay homage to the ballet flat at the flagship Repetto store

  6. Eat crème brûlée like it’s going out of fashion. Yum!

What are some of your favourite things to do Paris? What’s on your wish list?

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