While in Paris how does one decide what to do? Often people only spend a limited amount of time in the city before they head off to the countryside so having a list before hand is a definite must. Paris is known for some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. So when in Paris, these are the top ten attractions to see and must do.

1. Eiffel Tower

The iconic must do in Paris. A trip to Paris would not be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. There are many ways to experience the Tour Eiffel, whether you want to walk up the stairs, take the elevator ride or just snap a photo.

2. Musee du Louvre

One of the best museums in the world. Simply stated.  I advise picking the 4-5 main exhibits you would like to see before hand. When you show up it is very hectic but the people at the information desks are more then happy to point you in the right direction. My top choices are the Da Vinci, Master Pieces, Greek Sculptures, and Italian Renaissance.

3. Boat ride down the Seine River

Right by the Eiffel Tower on the right bank you can catch a ride on one of the historical flat boats and go for a ride down the river. This is a must do in Paris for first time goers. It allows you to get oriented, learn about the history and culture and see many of the main attractions.

Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg

4. Walk through the Jardin du Luxembourg

This is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with a baguette, cheese and wine. Walk around the gardens, bring a blanket and enjoy the views. A great spot to people watch!

5. Notre Dame

Walking around the Notre Dame is a must do for first time people. Be sure to look up at the famous stain glass windows and for those wanting to get a more in depth tour be sure to book a tour up to the tower!

6. Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Cœur)

This is a favorite place to go to see a stunning view of the city of Paris. The church is stunning and sits up on the hill. Inside is equally as beautiful.

7. Arc de Triomphe

My favorite way to enjoy this iconic structure is to take a taxi ride around it and then get dropped off so I can walk to the top of it. The views from above are amazing and afterwards you can go for great shopping down the Champs Elyses.

Views of Paris
Views of Paris

8. Le Marais District

This is the neighborhood you can walk through for hours and never get enough of. Boutiques, shops, cafes, and restaurants are bountiful and so much fun to explore.

9. Grand Palais

The interior is beautiful, often it is closed in between exhibits so be sure to check before hand. It is near a lot so its a great pit stop along a day’s journey. If there is a good exhibit, be sure to purchase tickets before hand.

10. Croissants, eclairs, and macaroons!

This is your opportunity to eat at much as possible without feeling guilty. Be sure to go to Laduree and get a macaroon!

For more in depth guide of Paris look here, here, and here.

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