101 things to do in Paris

From classic promenades to quirky experiences, our definitive guide of great things to do in Paris has something for everyone

Whether you're here for a weekend or a week, choosing how to spend time in Paris can seem overwhelming. But fear not, a browse through our bible of things to do in Paris should fill you with inspiration. From Instagrammable viewpoints to quirky watering holes, by day or by night, from haute couture to fine cuisine, we've condensed the City of Light into 101 things to do. 

Classic, cool, romantic (or all three) - Paris has many faces and 101 barely even covers it. If you want to explore the city with a zoom lens, check out Paris by area or get specific with the 50 best Paris attractions. And to really get you in the mood for la vie Parisienne, feast your ears on these musical tributes. Enjoy!

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Eiffel Tower

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The most famous edifice in the world, the Eiffel Tower, was originally erected as a temporary exhibit for a World Fair. It provides heart-stopping views over Paris and is visible from most vantage points across the city. Apart from the new glass floor installed in 2014, there’s also a panoramic champagne bar on the third floor, a brasserie, and the Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant. At night, the Eiffel’s girders sparkle like fairy lights on a Christmas tree (every hour, on the hour).

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Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

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Père-Lachaise is the celebrity cemetery – it has almost anyone French, talented and dead that you care to mention. Not even French, for that matter. Creed and nationality have never prevented entry: you just had to have lived or died in Paris or have an allotted space in a family tomb. From Balzac to Chopin to Oscar Wilde (the tomb worn away by the kisses of visiting admirers), the talent-spotting is endless. There are several tours to take you around this famous but calm Paris attraction.

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3

Musée d'Orsay

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The old Belle Époque Orsay train station was converted into the Musée D’Orsay in 1986 to house one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art. Aside from works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, you'll find a dapper collection of decorative arts from the Art Nouveau era and a wide range of 19th-century sculpture. Digest it over coffee in the café behind the museum’s giant transparent clock.

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Arc de Triomphe

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Give your legs a workout and climb the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The views sweep in geometric splendour between the arc of La Defense and the Louvre. It’s also a plum spot for observing Parisian driving techniques: the unmarked traffic island creates speedy anarchy – in fact, have an accident here and it’s automatically 50/50 on the insurance claim, no matter whose fault it is. Back on solid ground, spare a thought for the Unknown Soldier whose grave sits solemnly in the centre of the arch.

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5

The Louvre

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A behemoth of a museum, the Louvre has galleries and wings so vast you could easily spend a day feasting your eyes on treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Egyptian mummies – not to mention on the building itself, which sports sumptuous architecture erected and remodelled over the centuries by the rulers of France. When cultural overload sets in, take a breather in the Café Mollien at the top of the grand Mollien staircase. This is one Paris attraction you need to do at least once.

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Musée National Rodin

Canoodling opportunities abound in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, without doubt one of Paris’ most romantic green bits, strewn with Rodin’s greatest statues, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and Balzac. Inside the Hôtel Biron, where Rodin worked until the end of his life, you’ll find oodles of his works, including The Kiss, but also a touching selection by his tortured lover, Camille Claudel. On a sunny day, grab an ice cream in the garden and eat it on your way to the marble gallery, where Rodin’s most fragile, exquisite statues are displayed behind glass.

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7

Le Crazy Horse

A change of artistic direction and limelight brought in by Dita Von Teese (who performed here for a while) has breathed welcome new life into the Crazy Horse. Yes, it’s erotic, and yes, you watch pert-breasted girls slink across stage dressed in nothing but light, but there is nothing remotely seedy about the experience. In fact, it’s all rather avant-garde. One note of caution – unlike Paris’s other cabarets, the Crazy Horse doesn’t have a restaurant.

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Au Pied de Cochon

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Au Pied de Cochon is a veritable foodie attraction, whose neon lights haven’t been switched off since 1947: it serves every part of the pig you can think of, around the clock. Favourite haunt of hungry late-night drinkers, there's something fortifying in the old-style brasserie décor as well as the hearty dishes. Here, you push a gilt pig’s foot to get to the toilets, and dunk a pink meringue piglet in your coffee – and eat stuffed trotters, head cassoulet, smoked belly, tail, ear and brawn... hardly a light supper, but a genuine thrill for fans of eating 'nose to tail'.

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9

Sainte-Chapelle

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Devout King Louis IX (St Louis, 1226-70) had a hobby of accumulating holy relics. In the 1240s, he bought what was advertised as the Crown of Thorns, and ordered Pierre de Montreuil to design a shrine. The result was Sainte-Chapelle. With 15m (49ft) windows, the upper level appears to consist almost entirely of stained glass. The windows depict hundreds of scenes from the Old and New Testaments, culminating with the Apocalypse in the rose window.

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La Conciergerie

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Behind its allure as a fairytale castle, the turreted Conciergerie hides a bloody past: during the Revolution it served as a prison for those condemned to the guillotine, including Queen Marie-Antoinette. Remnants of its revolutionary history are still visible in mock prison cells, but the Conciergerie’s main draw nowadays is its stunning medieval architecture.

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Rachelle O

Thank you that's awesome!! 


You can also Meet Locals & International people Practicing French, English, etc.. in the Best Events & Activities in Paris : http://www.tripmeeters.com

Mark M

Would recommend RunParis.fr Paris Running Tours

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A great run around the middle of Paris, and the tours are free! Crazy!

Brian G

Wow, this is the most exhaustive list I’ve ever seen of things to do in Paris. You’ve included some of my favourite locations in Paris and some truly local one and the only one that I found that you were missing was Lapin Agile. Lapin Agile is a Montmartre cabaret in the Montmartre district. It’s a quaint little restaurant where many famous artists like Picasso and Modigliani used to frequent with a rich history. If you’re looking for a local Parisian who is passionate about their city to take you around the city, check out lokafy.com!

karina h

HI.

I have been assigned to make a fun sightseeing in 11.arrondissement for my colleagues. Any suggestion as I know nothing about this area (or the near bys).



Hallie S

hi my name is bobby and i have been to paris 33 times in my short little 6 years. i live in america and i absolutely love going its my fav place in the world. definitely should go to the eiffel tower and take a little picnic with your partner. absolutely the best city in the whole wide world I'm not on my account

Rahul S

Hi, I am visiting Paris next week, Any tips for the first time travelers like me.. Thanks !

Kristin L

Paris is a big city, and it's hard to do it all in a short period of time. Here's how I suggest you do Paris in 3 or 4 days: http://wp.me/p2vG2I-1Mr

Arpita J

Hi

I am planning to visit Paris in February. Please help me plan my trip.

TIA

Fanny S

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Vidit T

Paris has so much to offer in every season of the year. We have been there in pretty much every type of weather and love it every single time. We came up with a list of offbeat things to do in Paris - worth having a look at if you are sick of the Eiffel and the Louvre (we take you to these 2 places in a different light :))

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Paris. See quirky you tube site completely dedicated to the offbeat, *insolite*, hidden and cool parts and places in Paris...60seondparis....short and often funny...

Musement M

Check out Musement (www.musement.com) for easy to book cultural tours and art experiences in Paris, along with many other cities! 

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My wife and I are in the last few days of a month in Paris and have absolutely loved it! We just had a few laughs at the Parisians expense and walked around Paris today taking some pretty funny photos (http://thenurseandthebuilder.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/the-things-parisians-really-love/) but a quick five things you should know about Paris are: 1) picnic in any and every park you can. You can also enjoy a bottle of wine in the parks. 2) the big markets in the north of the city (Les Puces) are only on Weekends but well worth a visit 3) little corner Bistros are great food and atmosphere for a good price, just choose a busy one 4) always try french before English when speaking to anyone, it will significantly improve the response 5) if its raining the Paris monents look unreal at night, so don't be too disheartened Enjoy

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i was touched several times by a man dressed in a tight lether uniform who said he was a part of the law force fair enought to him but i dont no why we got naked tho

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