Paris is a really magical place with so many things to do! In fact it’s quite easy to get slightly overwhelmed with endless possibilities of things to do. So with that in mind, and since I’m missing my favourite city, I’m rounding up my top 10 things to do in Paris, whether you’re there for a day, two days or even a week.
1. Visit The Eiffel Tower in the Sun
I know, it’s hardly groundbreaking, but one of my favourite things to do in summer in Paris is to take a picnic and sit in the gardens around the Eiffel Tower and watch the world go by. Pack yourself a bottle of champagne and delicious sandwich or salad and a cake from one of the many patisserie and watch the world go by for hours.
2. Walk Down Avenue Champs-Elysées
Home to many flagship stores, including Louis Vuitton, Avenue Champs-Elysées is one of the premier places to do your shopping in Paris. If you’re not in a shopping mood, make sure you walk down from the arc de triomphe, all the way down the avenue to Place de la Concorde for one of the best walks in Paris.
3. Stop at Ladurée’s Le Bar for Lunch
Ladurée in Paris is no secret; at most times of the day and on pretty much every single day, there are queues outside Ladurée with many a tourist waiting for their famous sweet treats and teas. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a cake and a coffee, especially here, but there’s something better!
Sneak round the corner, just off Avenue Champs-Elysées, and you’ll see an unassuming grey, marble building front with a small entrance and even smaller menu. Welcome to Ladurée Le Bar. Pop in for a glass of champagne and a croque monsieur with a twist and see more locals than tourists: this is one luxurious hide out.
4. Shop, Drink and Dine at Publicis Drugstore
Publicis Drugstore is another restaurant that you might walk past. Located pretty much as close as you can get to the Arc de Triomphe, this glass fronted building is the perfect spot for people watching. I know, a luxurious drug store – I’m joking right? Nope, nip into Publicis Drugstore for an incredible burger, light and elegant fish dishes and a great, and reasonably well priced at the lower end, wine list.
Once you’ve had your lunch, head into the shop itself and pick up some Kiehls treats or Pierre Hermé macarons (if you’ve not already had your fill at Ladurée!)
5. Head to Les Grands Magasins on Boulevard Haussman
If there’s one thing that Paris does oh so perfectly every single time for me, it’s shopping. In fact, I pretty much adopt an empty suitcase policy: arrive with it empty, shop, fill it up and return home! If you can’t decide which designer store you want to visit, Printemps and Galleries Lafayette (France’s major two department stores) have their flagship stores here (one of each for men’s, women’s and home!)
6. Shop in Le Triangle d’Or/The Golden Triangle
The main department stores and Avenue Champs-Elysées stores have a real buzz about them, if not to say they’re generally very busy. So if you’re looking for a more intimate shopping experience, head to Avenue Montaigne and the rest of the Golden Triangle for a more peaceful shopping or browsing experience.
If you’re hungry after all the shopping then L’Avenue is the place to be seen in town – and has prices to match!
7. Stay in a Luxurious Hotel
Paris has an incredible range of beautiful hotels and so finding somewhere gorgeous to stay is never an issue. Last year, mum and I had a wonderful stay at Hotel Powers, though we’ve also loved stays in the George V, The Lancaster and Hotel Vernet.
If these aren’t for you, Angie and stayed at the Mandarin Oriental and Le Meurice and loved them both!
8. Return to The Eiffel Tower at Night
Excuse the phone video, but I couldn’t resist sharing this with you. Two years ago, when I was visiting my best friend on her year abroad, we went for a late dinner just so that we could see the Eiffel Tower all lit up in its glorious shinning beauty.
It’s well worth seeing ’cause it really is a magical experience.
9. Seeing La Seine By Foot or By River
I’ve been on a few boat tours along La Seine, the main river in Paris, and I fall in love with it every time. Whether you choose to walk along the river, take a BateauxBus or even a private cruise, this is one part of Paris that you can’t miss.
Next time I’m in Paris I’d really love to do an evening dinner cruise.
10. Visit La Musée d’Orsay
Located in a gorgeous setting right on the banks of the Seine, this is a perfect stopping point for your tour along the Seine. Whether there’s a particular exhibition on, or you just want to see that gorgeous clock from the inside, La Musée d’Orsay is one of the best museums I’ve ever been to. In fact, it’s one that I could go to again and again, especially since they regularly have exciting new exhibitions on. One tip – either get there early or book tickets as this is only long queue if you have to wait!
What are your favourite things to do in Paris?