Paris is my favorite city from all of my travels. The history, architecture, and AMAZING french cafes make it a wonderful city that is usually on many peoples’ list to visit. Below are some of my recommendations on what to see when you visit Paris. Keep in mind that I have been twice and have still only skimmed the top of what the city has to offer!
Eiffel Tower: Obviously a visit to the Eiffel Tower is going to be on everyone’s list when visiting Paris. However, I recommend making two different trips to see the Paris icon. The first being during the day to go to the top and the second to see the light show at night. The light show takes place for 5 minutes at the top of every hour.
Travel Tip: If you are looking to save some money, you can take the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower instead of the elevator.
Notre Dame is another must on a trip to Paris. The iconic church is absolutely beautiful. While near Notre Dam I recommend walking to the Luxembourg Gardens. The gardens are stunning and the Latin Quarter neighborhood right by the gardens is a great place to stay. It is slightly cheaper than staying near the Eiffel Tower and yet it is still very convenient to all the sights.
Musee D’Orsay: A lot of people think of the Louvre when they think of a museum in Paris, however, my favorite is the Musee D’Orsay because it has a lot of impressionist paintings plus the building itself is a beautiful old railway station.
Palace of Versailles: The Versailles Palace is just a short train ride from the center of Paris. It takes around 45 minutes to get there and it is a great day trip from the city. The cost to enter into the palace and gardens is around $20 but it’s definitely worth it! The palace is breathtaking and the gardens are enormous. You can easily spend an entire day here without trying.
Sacre Coeur: I recommend visiting the Sacre Coeur close to sunset because it has an amazing view of the city below and the sunset from the hill is absolutely stunning. From the Sacre Coeur, it is a pretty easy walk to the Moulin Rouge. While I didn’t pay to see a show there (it’s around $80 USD) it’s still fun to see the outside!
Travel Tip: A great way to see Paris is to walk. I recommend taking a stroll along the Seine from Notre Dame past the Pont Neuf, the Musee D’Orsay, the Grand Palais, and ending at the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe.
The Louvre: The Louvre is amazing but also very overwhelming. Before visiting, I would definitely recommend looking up what you would like to see because trying to see everything is impossible and also not enjoyable.
Travel Tip: If you are on a tight budget while in Paris like I was on my first visit, I definitely recommend couch surfing. I know this may seem a little scary if you haven’t done it before but I had an amazing experience! A friend and I stayed with a Parisian couple and simply treated them to lunch one day as a thank you. This was a MUCH cheaper option than paying for a hotel or hostel.
These are just a few of my traveling tips for Paris and I can’t wait to return to this amazing city sometime soon!