Planning to visit Paris? Amisha suggests a fresh, new way to go around Paris, along with a list of some of the top things to do in Paris to make your trip memorable.
You ask someone who has been to Paris, ‘what to do in Paris’ and they will suggest visiting the museums and the Eiffel Tower. But there are so many other and unusual things to do in Paris! We tell you about some top things to do in Paris that are interesting and probably unheard of, and will make your trip worthwhile.
Top 7 Things To Do In Paris
#1 Explore Paris From A ‘Bateau Mouche’ On The Seine
Hop onto a Bateau Mouche (an open boat) and enjoy the mesmerising sights of Paris’ beautiful bridges and illuminated landmarks visible from the River Seine. While on the boat, you can even enjoy a gourmet meal with champagne and make the ride romantic and memorable.
Travel Tip: You can go for the boat ride any time between 10 am and 9:30 pm. Although, the ride lasts a few hours, you can choose to get off at any of the terminals.
#2 Find Your Pick At 150-Year Old Flea Market
Paris’ Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is the world’s largest international flea market that hosts 14 markets within. The market is known for old toys, books, and posters, vintage couture, luggage pieces, and silver jewellery, and just about anything antique. Visiting this market is definitely one of the top things to do in Paris for fun. If you are not up for shopping, you can go around the numerous alleys of the market, enjoying the vibe.
Travel Tip: Do check out the restaurant Ma Cocotte – one of the most happening places here.
#3 Visit The Legendary Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore
The Shakespeare & Company Bookstore is a haven for book-lovers especially, because it stocks really old and new books and also beds. Yes, the store allows aspiring writers to sleep and read there in exchange for assisting at the store and writing for the shop’s archives. The store is a popular destination for book readings and has even featured in films such as Jules & Julia and Before Sunset. Its café next door is known for its Sticky Chai, Chai Latte and some interesting British treats.
#4 Marvel At Paris’ Gothic Churches & The Notre Dame Cathedral
Paris has beautiful churches, some of which remain as the biggest draws because of their impressive Gothic architecture. What not to miss – the Sainte-Chapelle, with its 15 extensive, high stained-glass windows, and the church of Saint Severin, with its signature Gothic twisted columns. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, you cannot not have this on your list of top things to do in Paris. It boasts remarkable Gothic elements, such as a large stained glass rose window, religious sculptures and interesting gargoyles.
#5 Discover Paris’ Catacombs
The Paris Catacombs are tunnels from the Middle Ages, which became sites of burials after the city’s cemeteries became full. Even today these tunnels exist with bones and skulls of millions of Parisians, only now with better facilities to view them, across a stretch of about a kilometre and a half.
Travel Tip: Avoid going here if you have any health issues or have kids along as there are no washrooms until you come out of the Catacombs.
#6 Feel On Top Of The World At The Eiffel Tower Summit
The Eiffel Tower is magical to say the least, but standing on the topmost floor of the Tower, at a height of 276 meters, with the city beneath your feet and wind in your hair, is an unmatched feeling! It can be vertigo-inducing, no doubt, but without checking this off your list, you can’t really say, you have been to the Eiffel Tower!
Travel Tip: If you can’t go right to the top, you can also hang out on the other floors, which offer an equally beautiful view of the city. This 324-meter high Tower also houses a champagne bar, a macaroon bar, restaurants, and gift shops.
#7 Take The ‘Masterpieces Tour’ At The Louvre
The world’s greatest art museum showcases about 35,000 art pieces at any given point of time. It is practically impossible to see all in a day, so we recommend taking the ‘Masterpieces Tour’, one of the popular thematic tours of the Louvre. The guided Tour goes on for 1 hour and 30 minutes, covering the Vénus de Milo and the Mona Lisa among others. Without a guide, you may lose your way inside, so download a helpful app on your smartphone before visiting, you can find many in your app store.
A trip to Paris can always give you a fresh perspective of the city, we hope you find yours with our list of top things to do in Paris.
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