Places You Must See in Paris

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Places You Must See in Paris

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Paris doesn’t need much of an introduction. It’s world-famous for a reason: filled with gorgeous architecture, brimming with world-class food, and absolutely jam-packed with culture and history. I lived there for a year and I feel like I barely scratched the surface.

 

Before we dive into the list of the things you must see in Paris, here a few tips to ensure you enjoy your stay:

  • I’ve met many warm, friendly Parisians. Many can also be…terse. Just remember that Paris is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and inundated with tourists year-round. Live in any big, busy city and tourists will start to annoy you too.
  • Parisians tend to get annoyed if you assume they speak English. They are proud of their culture and their language. If you need help, or directions, open with “Excusez-moi, parler vous francais?” (excuse me, do you speak English?). They will appreciate it.
  • It’s polite to say “bonjour” (or “bonsoir” during the evening) when entering shops and “au revoir” when leaving.
  • Vélibs – Short for vélo libre (free bike), these are bike stations scattered around Paris. These are a fun and reasonably priced alternative to walking or taking the metro. Day- or week-long passes are available on the website. Enter round-abouts at your own risk!

 

Main Attractions

These are the places you absolutely must see in Paris. Most everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, l’Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. If you’ve never been to Paris, you pretty much need to see all four.

 

Personally, however, my favorites are:

Musée d’Orsay – Used to be a train station, and full of some of the best 20th century Impressionist paintings in the world.

Sacre Coeur – At the top of Montmartre, the highest point in the city. A calf-burner on your way up, but the views are amazing.

Sainte Chapelle – Notre Dame is massive and glorious, but the much smaller Saint Chapelle is even more beautiful. Long lines are common, but go early and wait if you have to – it’s worth it.

must see in paris(Sainte Chapelle)

 

Food

A few quick notes about French dining:

  • Restaurants usually close from around 3-7, every day.
  • French people like to be left alone during meals, so keep this in mind if you ever feel like your waiter is ignoring you.
  • After asking for the check, expect to wait 15-20 min before it shows up. Pro-tip: if you need to leave in a hurry, just get up and start walking for the door and voila! It will magically appear.

Relais de l’Entrecote – This place is something special. They don’t take reservations and only serve one meal: walnut salad, steak and endless fries. Get there early or you’ll be waiting for a while.

Au P’tit Grec – A Greek Crêpe place on Rue Mouffetard, a busy, winding street in the 5th arrondissement full of delicious food. A must see in Paris!

must see in paris 2(Rue Mouffetard)

 

Nightlife

Tape – Check out this awesomely grungy bar on the Rue de la Roquette, in the 11th. The walls are covered in graffiti and the speakers are usually bumpin’ the likes of Wu-Tang & Gang Starr.

La Seine – Drinking along the Seine is always a good time! Small bars pop during the summer, or you can BYOB and go where the crowds are. Just don’t fall in the river.

Concrete – Head here when the sun’s coming up and everywhere else is closed. Parties all day and all night.

 

Parks

Go into any park in Paris on a warm day and you’ll wonder if anyone in this city has a job. Everyone seems to be just lounging about. But with parks this beautiful, you’d probably play hookie too.

Jardin du Luxembourg – Down the street from the Pantheon, this garden is classic Paris. Grab chairs while they’re open, or lounge in the grass (some of the lawns are off-limits).

Parc des Buttes Chaumont – A delightful oddity. Explore this park and you’ll find small cliffs, waterfalls, a lake with a temple-topped island, and magnificent views of the city.

must see in paris 3(Parc des Buttes Chaumont)

 

Stay tuned for more articles on the places you must see in Paris. Bon voyage!

 

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Nicholas Traugott
Nicholas Traugott
Nicholas Traugott is a burgeoning philosopher, covert poet, and humble aficionado of all things human development and personal growth. Right now he is travelling the world (currently in Japan), honing his crafts and cultivating mastery of life. To contact him, leave a comment below.

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