Best Paris walking tours

Let a guide take you through the streets of the French capital
By Matt Breen and Danielle Goldstein |
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Paris is a big city and can be intimidating if you're fresh off the Eurostar at Gare du Nord. A good way of easing yourself in is with someone who knows where they're going and what they're talking about. Luckily, we’ve got a great selection of guided walking tours that will take you through the capital, with budgets and themes to suit everyone. Try to take it all in on a classic tour or focus on the city's sweet spots and intriguing underground.

Paris walking tours

Hit all the main spots in one tour

A tour that takes in all the Parisian landmarks – Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower among them – and is led by a guide who’ll share lots of titbits of information along the way. 

Montmartre
Cecile

Explore the Montmartre District

Spend a couple of hours getting to know one of Paris's coolest districts: bohemian Montmartre. Your guide will offer tips on area's best food and shopping spots, as well as delving into its rich (and chequered) history.

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Scandalous Paris, Paris City Vision walking tour, 2018
© Paris City Vision

Discover the city's scandalous side

Learn about the capital's erotic history on this three-our exploration of the second and ninth arrondissements. Find out what happened in the Belle Epoque era, see where luxurious 'maison closes' were once located and experience the red-light district in Pigalle. Finally, wind down in a former brothel with a cocktail to end the tour.

Witness Paris by night

A chance to see the City of Lights live up to its nickname – this tour under the cover of darkness takes you along the Seine, around the courtyard of the Louvre and to some hidden-away gems. 

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Les Catacombes
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Delve into the depths of the Catacombs

Find out how the bones of more than six million people wound up beneath the streets of Paris. Explore the labyrinthine tunnels with a knowledgable guide, who will explain the ancient history of the stone mines.

In the Footsteps of Coco Chanel Walking Tour, Paris City Vision, 2018
© Paris City Vision

Walk in the footsteps of Coco Chanel

Hardcore fashionistas will appreciate this foray into the life and work of one of the twentieth century's greatest designers. Start off at Coco Chanel's favourite cafe, Angelina, which is renowned for its hot chocolate. Then venture onto Rue Saint Honoré, where Chanel lived, see the site of her first shop (which remains today), and rummage through a vintage shop in the hope of getting a classic piece of Chanel.

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Paris street art
© Juan Antonio F Segal/Flickr

See some stunning street art

Take a moment (or 90 minutes) to admire the colourful artwork lining the walls of parts of Paris. Discover the famous street artists in the capital, as well as the lesser-known, and learn about the techniques they use to get the desired effects.

Le Sacre de Napoléon, Louvre
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Discover the ‘Heroes of Paris’

Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, James Joyce: Paris isn’t without its fair share of notable associated figures. This tour looks at the famous faces of the city’s history.  

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Shakespeare and Company
Wolfgang Beinhauer

Literature tour

Travel back to a time when Paris was a hub for great literary minds. Stroll past cafés that Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and F Scott Fitzgerald once frequented, locate the hotel where Oscar Wilde spent his final days, and discover the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, the original of which was founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919 and was responsible for publishing James Joyce's Ulysses.

La Mère de famille
© Céline Astorg

Get a taste for the city's sugary side on a chocolate walking tour

One for tourists with a sweet tooth! This tour takes you around a number of artisanal chocolatiers on the Right Bank. And yes: there’ll be free tastings. 

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