When visiting Paris choosing from the various attractions and beautiful sights is the biggest task of all. From all the Parisian gems and experiences we’ve chosen the 10 things to do in Paris you should not miss.
1. Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie
A must-see: Monet’s water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Situated in the Jardins des Tuileries, it is one of the favorite museums of Parisians and visitors. Built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees in the Tuileries Garden, it accommodates today the masterpieces of Monet and many other works of impressionists like Cézanne and Gauguin. From the 20th century you’ll find 12 pieces by Pablo Picasso as well as 10 Matisse and many others. A great way to spend your afternoon in Paris!
Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries 75001 www.musee-orangerie.fr (site in French)
2. Have Falafel in Rue des Rosiers
For all food lovers Paris holds many attractions but one particular can be found in the middle of the famous area Le Marais. The Rue des Rosiers in the 4th district holds the most famous Parisian Falafel joint: L’As. A tasty experience to try!
L’As – 34, Rue des Rosiers 75004 Tel.: 01 48 87 63 60
3. Stroll through Shakespeare and Company
The famous American bookshop in Paris is located on the left bank next to the river Seine and opposite of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its great history originates from the gathering of famous expat writers of the 1920’s like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Today it still accommodates one of the largest English book collections in Paris and is itself an interesting place to visit.
Shakespeare and Co. – 37, Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Tel.: 01 43 25 40 93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com
4. Enjoy an evening in Le Crazy Horse
Besides the well-known Moulin Rouge a second cabaret has become all the rage: Le Crazy Horse. In 1951 the cabaret opened its doors at the prestigious 12 Avenue George V and has continued to dazzle visitor with their creative and glamorous shows up until today. You can enjoy the show with champagne or dinner before hand. In any case a fabulous evening entertainment is guaranteed!
Check out some more information about Le Crazy Horse here.
Le Crazy Horse – 12, Avenue George V 75008 Tel.: 01 47 23 32 32 www.lecrazyhorseparis.com (site in French)
5. Check out the Jazz clubs of Paris
For all Jazz lovers Paris holds some precious gems. In the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can still experience the ambience of the days of Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Kenny Clarke. Three of the major Parisian Jazz Clubs include Le Caveau de la Huchette, Le Duc de Lombards, and Le Sunset.
Le Caveau de la Huchette – 5, Rue de la Huchette 75005 Tel.: 01 43 26 65 05. www.caveaudelahuchette.fr (site in French)
Le Duc de Lombards – 42, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 42 33 22 88. www.ducdeslombards.com (site in French)
Le Sunset – 60, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 40 26 46 60. www.sunset-sunside.com (site in French)
6. Spend an afternoon in Montmartre
The vibe of the artist “village” in the north of Paris still lies in the air. When visiting Montmartre you can check out the main touristic attractions like the all-white Basilica and the Place du Tertre with the caricaturists and the crêperies, but Montmartre also holds other beautiful corners like the Allée des Brouillards or the rue Lepic where you will pass by charming bars and cafés with the very special Parisian touch.
7. Sunday shopping spree in Le Marais
A typical Parisian Sunday includes an after-brunch shopping spree in Le Marais. This area comes most alive on Sundays with all shops and cafés open and joyful Parisians and visitors walking the streets of the popular Jewish area. In this old part of the city you can discover romantic places like the Place de Vosges and all the small side streets with little shops and restaurants. Definitely a must on the list of 10 things to do in Paris!
8. Have a drink on one of the amazing rooftops of Paris
To truly feel the Parisian vibes it is a good idea to look at the city from above. We have gathered for you the three of the most special rooftop experiences in the French capital. Georges in the Centre Pompidou offers a high-class restaurant in a modern setting with a beautiful view over the city. For a French “Aperó” we suggest Le Perchoir on top of the BHV mall in Le Marais. A less crowed rooftop with a Brooklyn-like vibe can be found on the 7th floor of the Terrass” Hotel in the 18th district.
Find more rooftop bars in Paris here.
Georges – Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou 75000 Paris Tel.: 01 44 78 47 99 www.restaurantgeorgesparis.com
Le Perchoir – 33, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Tel.: 09 77 40 14 00 www.bhv.fr/actus/perchoir-du-bhv-marais/ (site in French)
Terrass” Hotel – 12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Tel.: 01 46 06 72 85 www.terrass-hotel.com (site in French)
9. Spend time at the Eiffel Tower
The main Parisian landmark is always worth a visit but instead of the obvious viewpoint at place du Trocadero you can have more private views on the romantic Tower from places like the Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th district, Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting the 15th and the 16th district, or the rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette in the 8th district.
10. Have French Pastries
Last but not least on the list of 10 things to do in Paris: have French pastries. If there is one thing you cannot leave Paris without then it is tasting the delightful pastries in one of the Parisian “Boulangeries”. The Pâtisserie Stroher exists since 1730 in the Rue Montorgeuil and won a price for best éclairs au chocolat. Who would like to taste the delicate macarons should try Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées or in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A very special pastry shop is La Pâtisserie des Rêves (several in Paris, one in the 16th district). They have specialized in bringing childhood memories alive and making your (pastry) dreams come true.
Pâtisserie Stroher – 51, Rue Montorgeuil 75002 Tel.: 01 42 33 38 20 www.stroher.fr (site in French)
Ladurée – 75, AV. Des Champs-Élysées 75008 Tel.: 01 40 75 08 75 / 21, Rue Bonarparte Tel.: 01 44 07 64 87 www.laduree.com
La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 111, Rue de Longchamp 75016 Tel.: 01 47 04 00 24 www.lapatisseriedesreves.com (site in French)