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The top things you must do in Paris

We take you through the must-vist, must-try and must-see destinations to make any Parisian sojourn truly memorable.

Seriously, listing Paris’s attractions would takes days, there are just so many museums and monuments and neighbourhoods and architectural wonders, but we will try to be brief.

Any visit to the city needs to include the big ticket trio listed below:

The Louvre

The most famous art gallery in the world with a collection of over 380,000 of which only 35,000 pieces are on display including La Jaconda, aka The Mona Lisa.

The Champs Élysées

One of the most famous streets in the world, beginning at its west end with the gorgeous Arc de Triomphe de i’Etoile (to give it its full name), Napolean’s monument to his victorious French armies and culminating at the Place de la Concorde.

The Eiffel Tower

The most famous tower in the world, this 324-metre structure is famed as a global cultural icon of France.

But there are also much less grandiose experiences in Paris that just as indicative of the city…

Place des Vosges

Sit on the grass of the Place des Vosges, one of the prettiest squares in Paris in the Marais and see how Parisians relax.

Pont des Arts

Cross the Seine on the Pont des Arts which is decorated with literally thousands (700,000 according to estimates) of padlocks put there by romantic visitors to the city in a gesture of love.

Lauderée

Take tea in one of the city’s myriad salons, such as the pastel-hued Laderée (the original store 16-18 rue Royale Arr. 8), with their array of delicate tea blends (in a city known for its coffee culture it surprises many to discover tea arrived in France decades before it did in England) and insanely pretty sweet treats.

Paris’ lesser-known museums

Take in one of the smaller galleries in town such as The Rodin Museum, The Picasso Museum or The Victor Hugo Museum.

Bouquinistes

Walk along the left bank and browse the second-hand books and magazines and vintage French advertising posters sold by the Bouquinistes, licensed dealers who set up shop from distinctive green metal boxes permanently located along the Seine.

Tour Montparnasse

Get a birds eye view of Paris from a different point of view by avoiding the endless lift queues at the Eiffel Tower and going up the Tour Montparnasse instead, the only skyscraper in the city, with the added bonus of letting you take an aerial picture of Paris with the Eiffel Tower actually in it!

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