Because I had so many questions regarding the best places to visit in Paris, I decided to write this post for you who are looking for an inspiration for things to do/visit in Paris. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means, but I’ve been ticking off a few places on my travel list and I would like to share my faves with you here. If you’re curious about those cute places on my Instagram feed or planning a trip to this romantic city- these recommendations might be handy to you.
For those who were first time visitor to Paris, simply you wouldn’t leave Paris without seeing the iron lady. Take a good snap of the Tour Eiffel from Jardins du Trocadéro whilst you spot a charming merry go round as well.
Jardins du Trocadéro
Enjoy the scenic view along the River Seine and find the bridge Pont de Bir-Hakeim which one of the settings in Inception movie.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Moving to the first arrondissement of Paris where Musée du Louvre courtyard located. Adore the magnificent masterpiece and the reflection through the glass house pyramid whether in daylight or night.
Still in the same neighbourhood, pay a visit to Palais Royal where the hipster Cafe Kitsuné located and beautiful Parisian passage nearby, Galerie Vivienne.
Walk across the bridge to reach Cathédrale Notre-Dame. A stone’s throw away from there, spot the photogenic cafe, Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. The best time to visit is during the wisteria season.
If you have plenty of time to go around, consider to visit Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre. Enjoy the breathtaking city view from the highest point and the architecture of this church. Montmartre is a lovely area to wander- here you can find the famous pink cafe, La Maison Rose.
If the time is not an issue, explore Le Marais where you can find small boutiques, cute cafes, art galleries and vintage stores. Some of my favourite concept stores such as Merci are located in this district. Check out my previous post here.
Place des Vosges in Le Marais
To begin exploring the area is from the metro station Bastille or Hôtel de Ville then walk your way up just before the southern end of Canal Saint-Martin.
pastel buildings by the canal side
the ubiquitous Parisian carrousel in front of Place de l’hôtel de Ville
Place de la Bastille– a historical monument symbolises the beginning of the French Revolution. Here you can find the main opera in Paris, the Bastille Opera and hidden gems such as Rue Crémieux and Cour Damoye. See my previous post about Rue Crémieux.
A bit far from Paris but totally worth exploring, Château de Versailles is the grand palace and royal court, which is situated in Paris region but easy to access by train RER C from the centre of Paris.
La Chapelle royale
The estate is huge… so spare at least a day for this, take the earliest journey as possible to avoid crowds, and wear some comfy shoes because you’re going to be walking a lot. If the time is tight and going to visit this site would be too much of a hassle, take a tour in Paris Opera which has the resemblance type of architecture.
To sum up, I created this watercolour illustration of Paris map which you can find the highlight of main attractions and landmarks.