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Things To Do in Paris (on Your First Visit)

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Climbing atop La Tour Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe are necessities. Entering and leaving Paris without doing this would be a travesty. It is but a natural movement to make when in Paris.

les champs elysees arc de triomphe

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The lines here at these monuments are always long, but never take as much time as you would think. So don’t leave thinking you can come back at a better time. Make your way up top where you will have one of the greatest views of Paris’s iconic city layout, and when you reach the summit of the Eiffel Tower, indulge in a little bit of champagne.

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And don’t forget Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. In fact, Montmartre itself is a unique little portion of Paris. It’s old town aesthetic, rustic pastel buildings and cobblestone pathways make it an essential place of interest.

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Loïc Lagarde / Flickr Creative Commons

paris montmartre

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Where to go

La Tour Eiffel, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007

L’Arc De Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008

Sacre Coeur, 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018

While the Louvre is home to some of the world’s most famous paintings, Musée  d’Orsay holds its own, if not for the extensive Van Gogh collections, then for it’s stunning interior and amenities, including a fine dining experience. Don’t be disheartened by the line. Most signs will say up to an hour’s wait, but it’s usually a little less, and always worth it. But remember these museums are massive and can easily take up to 4 hours to explore them.

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Eugene Wei / Flickr Creative Commons

Where to go 

Musée d’Orsday, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

Picasso Museum, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003

Musee de L’Orangerie, Musée de l’Orangerie Jardin des Tuileries 75001

Day trips are a must when in France, especially to Versailles and its Palace — home of Napoleon and Marie Antoinette. The grandest hallmark of royalty, decadence and luxury. Visit the Palace of Versailles and wander the bucolic gardens that Napoleon himself wandered through.

versailles france

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versailles france jardins

About 40 minutes from Paris, a day trip to Monet’s home and Garden in Giverny is also a must. Visit the home of the great painter, and wander through the garden which inspired many of his paintings, including the renowned Water Lillies. Walk over the Japanese bridge, and imagine yourself in his great paintings. See what Monet saw.

giverny monet gardens

Where to go

Book your day trips with Paris City Vision, affordable, comfortable and practical.

Gardens in Paris are almost like convenience stores everywhere else. Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg and Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris, are some of the most beautiful.

paris jardin tuileries

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paris, place des vosges

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Where to go

Jardin Tuileries, 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001

Jardin du Luxembourg, 6e arrondissement, 75006

Place Des Vosges, 75004

Paris is home to one of the most famous bookstores, Shakespeare and Company. Based on Sylvia Beach’s 1920s store, which was a haunt for many writers including Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway, Shakespeare and Co. is a must visit for its antique collection and contemporary titles.

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Michelle Muirhead / Flickr Creative Commons

Where to go

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

Markets, le Marais and Champs Elysees. Then there are the Galleries Lafayette, and almost every nook and cranny of the inner arrondissements. While these sizable  shopping complexes are the mecca for any fashionista, the many markets around Paris are where you go to find something just a little more special.

Stroll along Rue des Rosiers and you’ll find yourself a smattering of markets parts of Marche Saint-Ouen L’aumone. A real hodge-podge of objects, Saint-Ouen is a large flea market composed of several smaller markets selling furniture, clothing, books, records and all kinds antiques.

Also try Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves, a real mish-mash of objects and collectibles.

flea markets paris

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Where to go

Marche Saint-Ouen 138/140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen

Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves, Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014

Galleries Lafayette, 40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009

Le BHV Marais, 36 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004

Hot chocolate at Angelina or an iced latte at cafe Kitsune? Paris is peppered with charming brasseries and cafes, many of  which have retained their turn-of-the-century aesthetic. Book a dinner at Maxim’s, established in 1893 and partly owned by Pierre Cardin, is renowned for its retained Art Nouveau interior design.

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Angelina’s is renowned for having the best hot chocolate in Paris. Add to that the gigantic selection of cakes (including the famous Mont Blanc), desserts and savoury dishes, it’s an absolute must for the gouter to the gourmande!

angelina paris

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angelina paris hot chocolate

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Where to go:

Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001

Cafe Kitsune, 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001

Maxim’s, 3 Rue Royale, 75008

featured image by Larry Bradshaw / Flickr Creative Commons

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