Things to Do in Paris: A Brief Bucket List

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Things to Do in Paris: A Brief Bucket List

There is always something to do in Paris and even on your 10th visit to the city you'll encounter something new. Paris a city that is always full of people, thus planning ahead and booking tickets whenever possible will be a decision that will help you see everything you might have on your list.

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Highlights 👌

These are the must-sees in Paris:

Image - Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe
Valeria:Even more impressive in real life than on pictures.
Image - Place de la Concorde
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Place de la Concorde
Valeria:One of the most famous squares in Paris.
Image - Les Invalides
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Les Invalides
Image - Napoléon's Tomb
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Napoléon's Tomb
Valeria:The tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte is in Les Invalides, Paris. It is actually very impressive. Check the opening hours before you go.
Image - Luxembourg Gardens
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Luxembourg Gardens
Valeria:Ces't magnifique!
Image - Sainte-Chapelle
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Sainte-Chapelle
Valeria:A breathtaking church built in gothic style.
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Marais District Food Walking Tour With Wine And Cheese Tastings
Valeria:Le Marais is one of the most interesting parts of Paris. A visit to Le Marais is even better when there's wine and cheese!
Image - Sacré-Cœur
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Sacré-Cœur
Valeria:Another iconic church in Paris, standing on top of the Montmartre hill. Beautiful building and great views.
Image - Panthéon
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Panthéon
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Museums 🎨

Paris is paradise for art-lovers.

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Louvre Museum
Valeria:One of the most famous museums in the world. Checking out the mysterious Mona Lisa in the Louvre is absolutely a bucket list item for Paris.
Image - Musée de l'Orangerie
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Musée de l'Orangerie
Valeria:This is where Claude Monet's Les Nympheas can be found.
Image - Louis Vuitton Foundation
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Louis Vuitton Foundation
Valeria:A fabulous museum for the contemporary arts.
Image - The Centre Pompidou
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The Centre Pompidou
Valeria:Even if you don't like museums, you HAVE to see the exterior of this architectural wonder!
Image - Grand Palais
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Grand Palais

Shopping 💸

Shopping in Paris is expensive, but with so many French designers it’s hard not to see the appeal.If you’re on a big spending budget, you should head towards Avenue Montaigne or Faubourg St-Honoré. Here you will find boutiques for the main luxury brands. Basic places for going shopping are:

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Champs-Élysées
Valeria:The main shopping street in Paris. A huge variety of shops but sometimes very crowded.
Image - Saint-Germain-des-Prés
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Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Valeria:St-Germain des Près is an area that might have some more expensive options but it has budget options too (though not as many, it may seem).
Image - Opéra
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Opéra
Valeria:The department stores around the Opèra (tip: avoid Galeries LaFayette and go next door to Printemps, you will leave behind the crowds and find almost all the same brands).
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Rue de Rivoli
Valeria:Rue Rivoli spreads from Concorde up until Le Marais, there you will find similar shops to those in Champs but with less crowds.
Image - Hôtel de Ville
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Hôtel de Ville
Valeria:If you want a mix of thrift shopping and luxury, just go to Le Marais. There you will find everything in the range of prices. The BHV is next to the Hôtel de Ville and it’s the department store in the area.
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Restaurants & Bars + some Cheap Eats 🍗

After all the sightseeing and shopping, it is now time for some French food.

Image - Chez André
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Chez André
Valeria:Chez Andre for that onion soup. Skip the line at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte and cross into Chez André you will not regret it. Le Relais is a bit expensive for my taste but it has that line for a reason, it’s good and the Steak Frites are a classic.
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LE SAINT-RÉGIS - PARIS
Valeria:Cafe St. Regis is good, they have food all day long so you don’t have to worry about the time.
Image - L'As du Fallafel
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L'As du Fallafel
Valeria:If you’re craving a falafel, go to l’As du Falafel in Le Marais. You will not regret it.
Image - Au Clairon Des Chasseurs
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Au Clairon Des Chasseurs
Valeria:Clairon des Chasseurs in Montmartre for a good Croque Monsieur in a pretty square to eat at.
Image - Matignon
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Matignon
Valeria:Matignon has good food and it turns into a club at night. This is where the boujee side of Paris and rich tourists go.
Image - L'Avenue
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L'Avenue
Valeria:L’Avenue- full of influencers and maybe someone famous whenever Fashion week is around. Expensive.
Image - Big Fernand
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Big Fernand
Valeria:Big Fernard has amazing hamburgers, because we all get cravings for a good one every once in a while.
Image - Eataly Paris Marais
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Eataly Paris Marais
Valeria:Italian is what you crave? Eataly, the food market + restaurant will have you covered for whatever you might want if you’re in Le Marais. Also worth going to are any of the Big Mamma restaurants as they are spread out across the city (you might have to wait but the food is really good). Presto! Fresco is another option.
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Image - Restaurant Ensemble
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Restaurant Ensemble
Valeria:Ensemble is a tapas restaurant in the 16th that's really good.
Image - Galeries Lafayette Paris
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Galeries Lafayette Paris
Valeria:Also the food court in the Galeries Lafayette is good too! Be sure to go to the one that is on the Opera & the Home Section! It's directly in front of UNIQLO.
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Image - Printemps Haussmann
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Printemps Haussmann
Valeria:If you want to eat or drink something when shopping, go to the Printemps store, and to their food section. You will be able to see almost all of Paris while eating.
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Image - Holybelly 5
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Holybelly 5
Valeria:For Breakfast: Holybelly 5 (be prepared to wait but it's worth the wait), same goes for Hardware Societé in Montmartre (great bonus that Sacré Coeur will literally be outside). Wild & the Moon is great for a healthy option plus they have take away. Café Oberkampf & Mericourt are good too, even if a bit far from the city center (they're close to where the Atelier des Lumieres is).
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Wanderguide map

  1. Arc de Triomphe
  2. Place de la Concorde
  3. Les Invalides
  4. Napoléon's Tomb
  5. Luxembourg Gardens
  6. Sainte-Chapelle
  7. Palais Garnier
  8. Marais District Food Walking Tour With Wine And Cheese Tastings
  9. Sacré-Cœur
  10. Panthéon
  11. Louvre Museum
  12. Musée d'Orsay
  13. Musée de l'Orangerie
  14. Louis Vuitton Foundation
  15. The Centre Pompidou
  16. Grand Palais
  17. Champs-Élysées
  18. Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  19. Opéra
  20. Rue de Rivoli
  21. Hôtel de Ville
  22. Chez André
  23. LE SAINT-RÉGIS - PARIS
  24. L'As du Fallafel
  25. Au Clairon Des Chasseurs
  26. Matignon
  27. L'Avenue
  28. Big Fernand
  29. Eataly Paris Marais
  30. Restaurant Ensemble
  31. Galeries Lafayette Paris
  32. Printemps Haussmann
  33. Holybelly 5

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