Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, and there's a reason for that. In fact, Paris offers a large variety of things to do that will suit any taste ! Museums, parks, art galleries, historical monuments, shops, restaurants, opera, theatre… In Paris, there is always something to do and you never get bored !
If you like art, music, refined cuisine, books, sightseeing, history and pretty gardens, you won't be disappointed and have a fantastic time in Paris.
To help you organize your trip and never run out of things to do, here you can find a list of the Top 100 Sights of Paris which brings together all the activities not to be missed during your trip to Paris.
Now you can create your own list of places to see in Paris including the best museums, pleasant parks, famous boulevards, historical squares and more. Let's get to it !
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1. Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower has become the icon of Paris. Since 1899, almost 300 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower, making it the most visited paid monument in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most recognizable symbol associated with Paris and France and can be seen in almost any movie, documentary or even travel features on the city. For forty-one years, this 1063-foot-high metal tower held the title of tallest structure in the world. It represents a symbol of progress that belongs to the late 19th century, a time defined by decades of industrial revolution.
It was designed by the reputable engineer, Gustav Eiffel, who also contributed to the Statue of Liberty. In 1884, he introduced his project at an exhibition as an art of engineering in an age of industry and science. It was meant to be an expression of gratitude to the great scientific movements of the past century and to the French revolution. If you go around Paris, you can't miss it as it can be seen by very far.
2. Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum houses one of the richest collections in the world, exhibiting unique masterpieces. Originally, the Louvre was built in the 12th century as a fortress attached to the walls of Paris. In the following years it became the residence of the royal family, and art institutions became a part of palace residents under the patronage of the kings and queens. In the 1980s, the glass pyramid was added to mark the entrance, due to the large volume of visitors. Buying tickets in advance is suggested, especially in the high season.
The Louvre offers a wide collection from many civilizations. From the birth of societies to our current date, visitors can witness history transform through arts and archaeology. The museum is so large that it is almost impossible to visit all exhibitions, so creating a detailed plan will make your trip more efficient.
3. Notre-Dame Cathedral
The most famous cathedral in Paris and one of the most well known in the world is Notre-Dame or Notre-Dame de Paris. The medieval cathedral is located in the 4th Arrondissement and is a historical example of French Gothic architecture. It was one of the first cathedrals in which the techniques of flying buttresses and rib vaults were implemented.
Notre-Dame has beautiful windows which reach to the ceiling and is decorated with many sculptures. It is notably different from the previous style of building in France, which was Romanesque. In 2019, it suffered damage to the roof and spire from a terrible fire. It is currently under reconstruction for indefinite time.
4. Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Located at the top of Montmartre is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, or simply, Sacré-Cœur. Its name was given as it was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This love is greatly represented in the choir of the Basilica by a huge mosaic.
Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church seated at the highest point in the city and is the second most popular monument visited by those touring Paris. It is seen as both a political and cultural symbol in the city since the construction lasted 50 years and was consecrated in 1919.
Today, to access the Basilica Sacred Heart, visitors have to go through the Square Louise Michel and its 222 steps or take the funicular that runs along the square since 1901.
5. Orsay Museum
Located in the heart of Paris, along the Seine, facing the Tuileries Garden, Orsay museum was originally built as a train station between 1898 and 1900. The French ministry of culture decided to transform it into a museum in 1986. It contains an unmatched selection of paintings and sculptures displaying the birth of modern art from between the years 1848-1914. The paintings of Orsay focus of ordinary people, city life or countryside landscape, and with the change in subjects came alternative methods and technical approaches to art.
The main genre of the art collection found here is Impressionism, however there are also works from academism, symbolism and primitivism, which shape the evolution of art in the 20th century. Matisse, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and Rodin are just some the remarkable names found within these walls.
6. Place des Vosges
Here is the oldest planned square of Paris, surrounded by the most elegant houses of 17th century. Place de Vosges is the perfect option to take a break and rest while observing the history of Paris. Parisians love to sit around the linden trees and chat with friends or enjoy a drink or snacks. This place is also renowned for art galleries with big windows under the vaulted arcs.
The construction of these royal apartments, starting in 1605, is an example of one of the earliest applications of urban planning in Paris. King Henry IV commissioned these buildings for the royalty and close circles of high society. The two tallest apartments which stand in the middle were called the Pavilions of the King and Queen.
Among all the politicians, aristocrats, poets and artists who resided here, one of the most famous was Victor Hugo. His house now functions as a municipal museum, free of charge. Here visitors can learn about the iconic French writer’s life while touring one of the unique homes of Paris.
Pantheon is a former church turned into a mausoleum, dedicated to great citizens of French history. The name Pantheon is based on the ancient Roman temple which served as a pioneer for future domed structures. In the 18th century, King Louis XV ordered this church to be built and dedicated to Saint-Genevieve, the protector saint of Paris. Completed in 1790, during the French Revolution, the revolutionary assembly decided to convert the church into a secular monument commemorating the great figures of national history.
After seizing power, Bonaparte returned the building to its original purpose of a church. But again, there would remain a back and forth of the buildings purpose with each regime change until 1885. Inside the Pantheon, the works on the walls portray key moments of the national history narrative. The crypt downstairs houses important deceased figures like Voltaire, Rousseau, Zola and Marie Curie.
8. Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is located only a short ride outside of Paris city center. It has been the home to many kings and members of royalty, beginning with Louis XIV in 1682. Under his reign, it was also home to the French government and entire royal court. It was a palace known for absolute grand luxury, and at one point, even the furniture was made of silver. However, during the war in 1689, these pieces were melted to help cover the military costs.
In the following years, the home was remolded and added to as new members of royalty took residence here. An opera house was even added as a gift for the wedding of Dauphin and Marie Antoinette in 1770. Not only is it a palace, but also an important historical site, as is the location at which the signing of The Peace of Paris (1783) took place, the Proclamation of the German Empire and the Treaty of Versailles was agreed to, which ended World War I. The Palace of Versailles is definitely one of the most important museums of the history of France.
9. Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf, built in 1607, was given the name which translates to “new bridge.” Ironically, today it is the oldest standing bridge in Paris. The 755-foot-long bridge is made from stone and leads to the small island Ile de la Cité. The bridge consists of a series of mini arcs, resembling ancient Roman bridges, and the wide surface of the bridge was designed for carts and pedestrians.
Unlike the medieval bridges of Paris, there were no houses and stores built on it because Henry IV’s plan was prioritizing wide-open views for public spaces. Placed in the middle of the bridge, there is an equestrian statue of Henry IV, which is an identical copy of the original which was destroyed during the revolution.
Over the centuries, several repairs and renovations have taken place, with the last one ending in 2007, celebrating its 400th year anniversary. However, most of the fundamental changes were done in the 1850s. Learn more about Pont Neuf bridge or the 5 Most Famous Bridges in Paris.
10. Champs-Elysées Avenue
Possibly the most renowned street in the world, Champs-Elysées Avenue is visited by more than 300 000 people daily. At 1 ¼ miles long and 230 feet wide, it holds a reputation for being a shopping heaven due to the fancy brands of cosmetics, fashion, sportswear, jewlery and watches that can be found from Concord Square to the Triumphal Arch. For even more luxury shops, you can also visit the avenue Montaigne close by, only visited my celebrities from around the world.
Several events and celebrations take place here, including National Day, New Year’s Eve and Tour de France. We recommend you to walk all the way up to the Triumphal Arch, by the right sidewalk, feel the turmoil of Paris at its heart and maybe shop your favorite brands in one of the most famous streets of the world. A once-in-a-lifetime experience ! Learn more about Things to do in Champs-Élysées Avenue.
11. Arc de Triomphe
The 165-foot-tall triumphal arc stands in the middle of the Square of Star, which is at the junction point of twelve streets. After his conquests around Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered this to be constructed in 1809, modeled after an ancient arc in Rome by the Emperor Titus.
The monument’s decorative reliefs on the pillars and facades display key moments during the French Revolution and Napoleon’s reign. Inside the arc, the names of hundreds of military commanders of the era were carved, and those which are underlined died in battle. The 284-stair climb to the top is worth taking in order to see the panoramic view of Paris.
12. Luxembourg Gardens
Here is a pleasant public park at the gardens of a renaissance style palace. In the 1610s, Queen Marie de Medici of Florence brought engineers and gardeners from her hometown to establish gardens around the palace she built after her husband, Henry IV, was assassinated. In the mid-19th century, the statues of twenty French queens were sculpted and placed around the higher ground in the garden.
Today, the Luxembourg Gardens are very popular with locals for open-air lunch breaks, jogging, yoga classes, gathering of students and bringing children to the playground located at the southern end. From Victor Hugo to William Faulkner, many great writers have admired these gardens and written about them in their books. Learn more Parks and Gardens in Paris.
13. Seine River Cruise
A Seine River Cruise is a great way to discover Paris from a new angle. Whether it's a classic panoramic boat tour or a dinner cruise, the cruise on the Seine takes you comfortably along numerous landmarks. For many Paris travelers, especially first-time travelers and families with children, it is an absolute highlight. The evening tour is particularly beautiful and romantic, when the City of Lights is illuminated in the most beautiful colors.
14. Vendome Square
Place Vendome is a three-centuries old square designed by royal architects famous for its luxurious surroundings. In 1702, Jean-Hardouin Mansart, the architect of Versailles Palace, planned a royal square for the elite classes. It was deigned to be a newer version of Place de Vosges in Marais.
After the revolution, the original statues of King Louis XIV and his victories were destroyed or moved to the Louvre museum. In 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte erected a Roman-style victory column made from the melted bronze captured from enemy cannons. At the top, he placed a statue of himself which was removed during the uprising of 1871, but later replaced with a copy for historical accuracy. Learn more about 7 Famous Squares in Paris.
15. Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Pere Lachaise is the most famous cemetery in the world. This globally famous cemetery was built by King Louis XIV in 1804, and was dedicated to Pere François de la Chaise, his confessor. However, back in the days, people did not prefer this location for burials because it was far from the city, concessions were too expensive and the secular regulations bothered the predominantly catholic society.
In later years, the local government wanted to create interest in the cemetery. They moved two iconic names in literature, Moliere and Jean de la Fontaine to the unliked place, and it worked ! Ten years later, the remains of the tragic medieval love story couple, Eloise and Abelard, were buried here, in addition to 33 000 other people. Today, the cemetery holds more than a million souls, including very famous painters, writers, actors and other public figures. Visitors enjoy a walk between the tombs though the magnificent alleys lined with greenery. Some of the most notable names are Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, neither of who were French.
16. Champ de Mars
During sunny days, this location is filled with both travelers and locals who come to enjoy the playgrounds for children with a view of the iconic tower. This is one of the best spots for photos with an Eiffel Tower background. At night you can also come here to catch the Eifel Tower lightshows from one of the best angles.
The park stretches from the doorstep of the military school founded in 1750 and was originally intended to serve as a training ground for the students. This is why it was named after the Roman god of war, Mars. In French history, the Champ de Mars has always been remembered for the massacre in 1791, during the tumultuous times of the Revolution. For a brief moment, when the national assembly opened the way for the king to remain in power, the republican crowds started to gather here, and the national guards tragically opened fire on them.
Despite this tragic imprint, the Champ de Mars remains a place that symbolizes joy, gatherings and outdoor activities.
17. Sorbonne University
Sorbonne is one of the most prestigious schools in the world. The College was established in 1257, founded as a theological school by Robert de Sorbon, a cleric close to King Louis IX. It not only represented the Roman Catholic Church institutionally in Paris, but attracted also many students from different parts of Christian Europe.
The Latin speaking communities around this campus helped create what would become the neighborhood known as the Latin Quarter among the locals of Paris in medieval times. Today, the Latin Quarter is a pleasant neighbourhood to meet friends, shop for books or drink a glass of wine while chatting about politics with strangers in your favorite café.
The university has grown and changed throughout the centuries but has always remained as a central actor regarding the political, social and intellectual life in Paris.
18. Picasso National Museum
Paris was once home to the globally renowned artist Pablo Picasso, as it has been over the years to many international artists. This 17th century building is exhibiting a massive Picasso collection thanks to a donation of more than 5,000 pieces made by the artists family to the French State. They honourably preferred to donate his art rather than receive payment for an inheritance tax in 1973. The historical Hotel Salé was selected to house many of these works and is located in the beautiful neighbourhood of Marais. The museum's exhibition offers a striking cubist collection.
19. Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge is a globally-famed 19th-century cabaret renowned with dancers wearing elaborate costumes, while entertaining diners. The theater was built during the Belle Époque period, a time marked by peace, progress and cultural exuberance. It is most famous for the can-can dance which is believed to have originated here. Many of its shows were inspired by the circus culture and the high energy performances are great for audiences from around the world.
The Moulin Rouge is still performing in the heart of Pigalle, a neighbourhood well-known for its animated nightlife and hipster-bohemian culture.
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20. Louis Vuitton Foundation
Located in the 16th district of Paris, it is the cultural center of the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Opened in 2014, the stunning building was designed by the internationally famed architect, Frank Gehry. Made primarily of glass, the building itself is a beautiful example of art and culture. It was designed to model a sailboat, with sails being blown by the wind. The building is hosting temporary exhibitions and aims to promote talents from around the world.
21. Tuileries Garden
In 1564, the queen of France, Queen Catherine de Medici, commissioned an extension of the Louvre Palace and a vast garden where once there had been tile factories, “tuileries” in French. The building was destroyed in 1871 during the Paris Commune insurrection. The layout of the garden remains the same today as it did then, with a 17th century style. At two western corners, Napoleon III added a tennis court and a plant house, Orangerie, which exhibits a small but very reputable collection from the painter Claude Monet, including his masterpiece, Water Lilies.
22. Sainte-Chapelle Church
Built in the Gothic style, the Sainte-Chapelle church, meaning Holy Chapel, was completed and consecrated in 1248. It is especially well known for its amazing stain glass architecture, which is one of the most extensive exhibits from the 13th century, of any church in the world.
It is located with the Palais de la Cité, which served as the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century. When it was originally constructed, its purpose was to hold the collection of religious items brought by Louis IX from the Holy Lands. The church suffered damage during the French Revolution but was restored in the following years.
23. Catacombs of Paris
Visitors can tour the underground city of Paris though a maze of galleries and view an ossuary composed of the remains of more than six million bodies. The Catacombs of Paris are a very popular attraction which gathers every year more curious foreigners but also locals.
The original intention of the catacombs was to find a burial place for the people of Paris, as the cemeteries began to overflow. Beginning in 1786, bodies were transported nightly to the underground tunnels, where they were organized into what are now call the famous Catacombs.
Formerly known as a prison, the Conciergerie is now a historic building which is used for the purpose of law and touristic visits. It once belonged to a building complex that composed the royal Palais de la Cité. Other buildings included the Palais de Justice and the Sainte-Chapelle.
During its original function, the Conciergerie housed hundreds of prisoners who were all to be executed during the French Revolution. These executions took place by guillotine, in various locations around the city. The Conciergerie's most famous prisoner was Marie-Antoinette, the last queen of France, guillotined on the Place de la Concorde in 1793.
25. Shakespeare & Company
Maybe the world's most famous bookstore, the Shakespeare and Company was opened in 1919 by an American, Sylvia Beach. The famous English-language shop has been a gathering place for both famous and aspiring poets and writers over the decades.
Located on the Left Bank of Paris, writers such as Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Djuna Barnes have all gathered here. After several moves, he shop is now available 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, in the 5th district of Paris.
26. Opéra Garnier
This legendary opera house and historical monument was built between 1861 and 1875 by the architect Charles Garnier. This was the original home for the Paris opera, but now serves as a performance hall for ballet. It was given the name Palais Garnier due to its extraordinary opulence and grandeur. Located in 9th district of Paris, it is built in the Beaux Arts architecture style and can seat more than 1,900 guests.
The opera house is perhaps one of the most famous buildings in France and was named a historical monument in 1923. It was also the famous setting for the novel, Phantom of the Opera. You can assist performances all year long, just make sure to wear your most elegant outfit.
27. Arts & Métiers Museum
With an English translation of its name, the Arts and Crafts Museum is Europe’s oldest science museum and an unmissable hidden treasure in Paris for people with an interest in industry and machines. This small monastery, turned into a museum in 1794, houses a collection of tools and machines invented over the last six centuries. Todays, thousands of machines, clocks, technical tools, manufacturing instruments display the historical journey of engineering and design.
28. Montmartre Museum
This place is possibly the cutest art museum in the country. Located in Montmartre Quarter, this art museum was founded in 1960 and became a Musée de France in 2003. Before becoming a museum, the building was once home to multiple famous artists, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Suzanne Valadon.
The collections on exhibit display photographs, manuscripts, posters and paintings which tell the historical story of the neighborhood. It focuses on the culture of the 19th and 20th century bohème and cabarets.
29. Orangerie Museum
Orangerie had been a modest greenhouse building at a distant corner of the Tuileries Garden attached to Louvre. It was designed as a part of the palace extensions. While only the citrus trees remain, the attraction now is for the collection of 150 paintings inside the museum. These paintings display the work of artists such as Monet, Picasso, Modigliani, Cezanne and Renoir in two impressively large exhibition rooms and a basement.
30. Pompidou Center
Located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, this unusual construction is the Pompidou Center. Named after the former French president, Georges Pompidou, it was opened in 1977. Designed by a team of architects, the building boasts of a high-tech style of architecture. Within the building visitors can find the Public Information Library, Europe’s the largest modern art museum as well as the IRCAM, a music research center. All around the museum, the neighbourhood offers colourful street art and spots to sit and chat with friends during sunny days.
31. Vivienne Gallery
Located behind the Bibliothèque Richelieu and near the Palais-Royal is the iconic Galerie Vivienne. The market, which was built in 1823, is a gorgeous building decorated with stunning mosaics and topped with a beautiful glass roof. Within the gallery, shoppers can browse between clothing boutiques, bookshops, wine cellars, tea rooms, gourmet food boutiques as well as grocery markets. If you have to go through one of the most archetypal arcades of Paris, it's this one !
32. Disneyland Paris
This Famous Theme Park Attractions would definitely stand at the top of the list of activities for the kids in Paris, and possibly grown ups. Formerly known as Euro Disney, Disneyland Paris is a world's most famous attraction park, and most visited theme park in Europe. Located slightly outside of the city, the large Disney complex includes two theme parks, Disney Nature Resorts, multiple resort hotels, places for shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as a golf course and recreational venues.
The theme parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, have hosted over 320 million people since opening 25 years ago. It is the largest Disney resort outside of the original park, which is located in America.
33. Cluny Medieval Museum
Located in the Latin Quarter, in the 5th district of Paris, is the Museum of the Middle Ages. It is situated in two buildings, known as their thermal baths and mansion. The thermal baths, Thermes de Cluny, is built on a 20,000 square foot cooling room, and the mansion, Hôtel de Cluny, is home to the collections. Among the many works on display are the collection of tapestries, The Lady and the Unicorn (La Dame à la licorne). More details about Cluny Museum.
34. Les Invalides
Located in the 7th Arrondissement is Les Invalides, formally known as the Hôtel National des Invalides, which translates to The National Residence of the Invalids. Built under the request of Louis XIV in the 17th century, a king who was known for his love of conflits, it makes sense that now, Les Invalides is home to a complex of buildings which all focus on France’s military history.
The very luxurious buildings include the tallest church in Paris, the Dôme des Invalides, the tomb of Napoleon, tombs for other war heroes, a veteran retirement home, a veteran hospital and also museums like the museum of Army, the museum of Plans-Reliefs and the museum of Contemporary History. Learn more about the Army Museum located inside Les Invalides.
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35. Victor Hugo's House
Once the home of famous writer Victor Hugo, rented from 1832 to 1848, visitors can now tour the apartment-turned-museum. The story of the writer’s life is told through displays of his furniture, works of art and personal items that either belonged to him or were created by him. The artifacts are arranged into sections, before exile, exile and after exile, based on his life’s major periods. Beyond the legacy of the writer, the apartment also reveals a perfect example of 17th century Parisian elite housing. Learn 10 Free Things to do in Paris.
36. Galeries Lafayette
Built in 1912, this fabulous department store, filled with high-end global and French brands, was designed in the uniquely French art style, and completed with stain glass touches and a domed roof. From the top floor, you can admire an incredible 360-degree view of Paris. In the food market, you will taste delicious treats and unique gustatory experiences. Tourist come to shop in this place from all around the world.
To find it, it is very easy, the store gave its name to the street and is located on the number 1. Find out about other famous Shopping Centres in Paris.
37. Concorde Square
With its very central location between Champs-Elysées Avenue and the Louvre Museum, this major square of Paris was first given the name of Louis XV in 1772. After the French Revolution, it became synonymous with the guillotines that were erected here and the many executions that took place, including those of royalty. The central piece of the square is the 3,300 years old Egyptian Obelisk from Luxor Temple, which was a gift from the governor of Egypt in the 1820s. This seventy-five-foot high statue is a single piece red granite and weights more than 200 tons.
The two fountains located here are from 1840s, the first being the Fountain of Seas, referring to the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean. The second being the Fountain of Rivers, dedicated to the Rhone, Rhine and Seine rivers. From this location you can also see the Big Wheel.
38. Trocadero Gardens
Would you like to find spots where it is best to enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower ? The Trocadero Gardens might be your favorite choice. Originally created in 1937 for the World’s Fair event, these gardens are now surrounded by thematic museums of maritime history, architecture and anthropology.
During the summer, visitors can always be seen lingering on the upper part of the gardens for its comprehensive view of the Eiffel tower. You will also be able to see dancers, magicians and others entertainers perform with joy. During the winter, the Christmas market attracts many locals and visitors here as well.
39. Pont Saint-Michel
The bridge Saint-Michel, built in 1857, gives the nicest angle to see the Cathedral Notre-Dame. Since the 14th century, this stone bridge has been at this very strategic conjunction point of Ile de Cité and the neighbourhoods of Saint-Germain and the Quartier Latin. Along the riverbank, visitors will see many bookstalls, referred to as “bouquinistes,” in which many books, post cards, magazines and souvenirs can be found.
40. Place Dauphine
This tranquil square, enclosed by 17th century homes square, was part of the same architectural project as with the Pont Neuf. Completed in 1616, the surrounding apartment buildings were occupied by merchants and the middle class. The characteristics of the civic architecture have been successfully preserved, and visitors can enjoy many cafes and art galleries, which provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the more touristic points.
41. Bastille Square
This exact place is where once the infamous Bastille prison stood and French Revolution started... As part of the city walls, Bastille was built like a fortress at the eastern entrance of Paris in the 14th century. Beginning in the 17th century, the powerful monarchy regime used Bastille as a prison mostly for the political opposition, who were often taken without trial but rather by a royal warrant. This behavior led Bastille to become the symbol of oppressional autocratic rule. The prison was captured in 1789 and demolished in 1792.
Today you can see the 154-foot-high July Column in the middle of the square which was erected to commemorate the revolution of 1830 in which King Charles X, a repressive autocrat, was deposed after an uprising lasting three days in July of 1830.
42. Saint Germain-des-Pres Church
One of the oldest Churches built outside the medieval walls is now centering a famous and elegant neighbourhood of Paris. It was called Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, founded in the 6th century and was one of the richest churches in France. For many years, it was the burial place for Merovingian kings of Neustria. It was for many years a central point for the intellectual life of the French Catholic community.
43. Pont Alexandre III
This is the most ornate and photogenic bridge among the 37 ones crossing the Seine river in Paris. In the 1890s, an alliance between Russia and France was celebrated with two highly decorated bridges in Paris and Saint Petersburg. Alexandre III Bridge, named after the Czar, is a fine example of steel construction with its twenty-foot high arcs. It was opened for the Universal Exhibition along with the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which stand beside the bridge. The most visible statues on the bridge are the Fames accompanied by winged horses. Each of these gold-colored sculptures represents a concept, such as science, arts, industry and commerce. They each also represent a period of French history, such as the Renaissance, Revolution or modern times.
44. Bois de Boulogne
The Bois de Boulogne is a 19th century giant public park constructed on a former hunting area, rich with flora and social facilities. This park area is so extensive that in encompasses lakes, botanical gardens, museums, theaters, chalets and restaurants.
While exiled in London, Napoleon III became impressed by Hyde Park. During the expansive modern transformation of Paris in late 19th century, he ordered for two spacious parks to be constructed at the eastern and western ends of urban Paris to attract people with different backgrounds. Bois de Boulogne covers 2,100 acres, and was built using different features for water, rocks, a wide variety of flora and fauna and even animals for a zoo. The place is highly recommended to reconnect with nature and spend outdoor time with the kids.
45. Belleville Park
Before the 1860s, Belleville was a nearby agricultural village which supplied wine and fruits to Paris. Once it was included into the city limits, the hillside of the village was transformed into the Belleville Park.
While not located particularly close to major attractions, this park offers a great option to guests with children, as there is a large wooden playground. Every year during the summer, gardeners proudly display their best samples for competitive prizes. Like in Montmartre, there is a small vineyard which was planted in 1992, growing Pinot at the top of the hill.
46. Quai Branly Museum
This museum features the cultures and art of indigenous people from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. With over a million artifacts in the collection, from photographs to documents, ethnographic objects to artwork, visitors can see over 3,500 displays at any given time. The collection is so extensive they also lend some of their works to the Louvre, where they are on display in the Pavillon des Sessions.
47. Carnavalet Museum
This free of admission museum belongs to the municipality and focuses on the history of Pairs through different artifacts and artwork, from 4,600 BC to present day. The museum is built in a 100-room former home and show cases many unique and gorgeous pieces of furniture. The decor complements the authentic interior of the home, which features 17th to 20th style designs. It features a spectacular collection of paintings depicting Parisian life in a collection of over 600,000 exhibits.
48. Rodin Museum
Opened in 1919, the Musée Rodin is dedicated to the sculptor Auguste Rodin. Visitors can tour over 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs and 7,000 objects of art completed by the French artist. This Paris museum is particularly popular, with over 700,000 visitors each year.
49. Château de Fontainebleau
The Palace of Fontainebleau is a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the largest French royal castle in the country. By going to Fontainebleau Castle, you will make a great day trip out of the center of Paris and discover the south of region Île de France in which Paris is located. You will also learn about the history of the medieval castle, turned into a palace, which was once home to Louis VII and Napoleon III. Pick a sunny day and enjoy the unique French countryside.
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50. Palais de Tokyo
Located in the 16th Arrondissement, close to the Pont de l'Alma where Lady Diana had her accident, the Palais de Tokyo was built in early 1937. The original name of the building was Palace of the Museums of Modern Art. The change of name was due to its location on the street called Avenue de Tokio during 1918 to 1945.
This palace is the largest museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art in France and is host to the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. People come to visit this museum from all around the world all year long.
51. Buttes-Chaumont Park
Butte-Chaumont is a park created on a former quarry with grottos, waterfalls, man-made hills and puppet show theaters. The Park was opened in 1867 and was seen as a great achievement as it was the first green and organic space to be grown here. Designers were able to turn a former quarry into a pleasant park with lakes and waterfalls.
Paris residents love to have a stroll, organise picnics or go for a drink in on of Buttes-Chaumont Park's bars. It is even difficult to find a spot to sit on the grass during warm weekends.
52. Pont des Arts
First constructed in 1804 and renewed in 1984, this bridge is most famous for its “love locks” which have accumulated in the last few decades. Millions of tourists and locals have left padlocks on the side panels of the bridge and threw the keys into the river as to become inseparable. This trend became so popular that the weight of the locks became overwhelming for the bridge’s structure.
Beginning in 2015, the municipality started the remove the locks and replace them with glass panels, which were painted by the local graffiti artists. However, many locks are still added daily by persistent lovers.
53. Wall for Peace
The modern steel, glass and wood Wall for Peace was constructed in 2000 at the entrance of Champ de Mars just across the military school. It is inspired by the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem and is a place of gathering for human rights activists. Visitors to the wall can leave messages in different ways. What would be your message for peace ?
54. Montmartre Vineyard
Beginning in the 15th century, the hills of Montmartre were covered by vineyards, gardens, and orchards. This vineyard, built in 1932, was created with the intentional purpose of making it impossible for the land to be developed for real estate. It is owned by the city and while it is not open to the public for tours, visitors can walk the perimeter and view it from behind a transparent fence. Although small in size, it produces over twenty-seven different variations of wine.
55. Grand & Petit Palais
The Grand Palais was originally built for the 1900 World Expo, but has become famous for its Art Nouveau designs and glass dome. It is now the home to many main events, fashion shows and art exhibitions, although it once functioned as a hospital during WWI and was Nazi occupied in WWII.
Across from the Grand Palais is the Petit Palais which was also built for the 1990 World Expo. The small but gorgeous building is decorated with frescos, murals and mosaics which were completed over a twenty-year span. This building is used for smaller and more classic exhibitions than its grand neighbor. A garden and café can also be found here which are ideal for breaktimes during tours of the exhibition.
These fabulous palaces are not accessible without booking, which can be sold out just after few hours in sale.
56. Museum of the Art and History of Judaism
Located in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, in the historic Marais district, The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme boasts the largest collection of Jewish art and history in France. The building is one of the most exquisite mansions in the city and houses religious art, textiles, historical objects, manuscripts and many other items of cultural significance.
Visitors can explore the history and culture of European Jews as well as those living in North Africa, throughout the ages. The exhibitions focus on the Middle Ages to the 20th century and highlight the important role of Jews in France.
57. Forum Les Halles
Located along the shopping street of Rivoli, the massive shopping center Les Halles, renamed Westfield Forum des Halles in 2019, gives a large variety of choice in terms of shops. What originally started as a food market for fresh foods has been transformed into a huge underground shopping center, and hosts over 150 000 visitors daily. In 2019, the Forum des Halles was the most visited shopping center in France, with over 50 million visitors. It is very easy to access as it has a direct lines to the RER and metro transit center of Chatelet-Les-Halles.
During the Christmas season, visitors can stroll through one of the biggest holiday markets in the city, Christmas Village at Les Halles. There are more than sixty stalls set up which sell and display crafts, gifts, sweets and decorations. If you’re visiting with children, there are also workshops with letter writing to Santa and the Enchanted Forest where they can play. Learn more about famous Shopping Streets in Paris.
58. Paris Observatory
Located on the Left Bank of the Seine river is the Paris Observatory. It is one of the largest centers for astronomy in the world and functions as both an astronomical observatory and a research institution of PSL University. The historical building was founded in 1667 and was part of a development plan for an increased interest in science & society, as well as the founding of the Royal Academy of Sciences.
59. Serpette Flea Market
Established in 1946, the Serpette market has a reputation for being the world’s largest antique and decor market. It is located at les Puces de Paris in Saint-Ouen and is reported to have thousands of visitors each weekend. With over 350 different shops to choose from, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for and make very good deals.
60. Café Les Deux Magots
Located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, the famous café Les Deux Magots is as popular with tourists today as it once was with the literary and intellectual élite of Paris, earning its reputation as a rendezvous spot in the city. Discover other Cafés in Paris from our selection.
61. Cinémathèque Française
Founded in 1936 is the French non-profit film organization, Cinémathèque Française. Visitors can browse through many film related objects as well as the largest archives of film documents in the world. Each day, the Cinémathèque also offers screenings of different international films. Check their website and make sure to catch one while you’re there. Learn more about the Cinémathèque Française in Paris.
62. The Golden Triangle
Located in the 8th Arrondissement is the area known as the Golden Triangle or Triangle D'or. It is known for being a trendy and upscale area where you will find luxury boutiques, famous fashion venues and other iconic sites. It is notorious for being a gathering point for some of the world’s most glamorous socialites.
63. Jeu de Paume
The Jeu de Paume is a arts center located in the Tuileries Gardens, known for being an iconic cultural institution. The exhibitions promote 20th and 21st century electronic and mechanical imagery, such as photography, video, cinema and installation. It is also a venue in which seminars, film screenings and educational workshops are held. Its main focus is on modern and postmodern arts and it produces multiple publications to promote its exhibitions and artists.
64. Grévin Museum
Located centrally in the 9th Arrondissement, The Grévin wax museum is a great stop for those who would like to view historical figures and celebrities, forever cast in wax. Founded in 1882 and predating Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, Grevin offers a funny way to explore French culture. This easy to access museum has displays of figures such as Napoléon and Céline Dion, as well as 450 more mannequins.
65. Paris Philharmonic
The Philharmonie de Paris is a complex of concert halls which also function as rehearsal rooms and exhibition spaces. The halls, designed by Jean Nouvel, are located in the 19th Arrondissement. The largest hall, called the symphonic concert hall, can accommodate 2,400 guests. In addition to hosting symphonies, there are also jazz concerts and world music performances. A unique experience that will make your Paris trip unforgettable.
66. Museum of Illusions
The Musée de l'Illusion of Paris is a great attraction for those who want to enjoy a fun afternoon of illusions and tricks. Complete with a giant vortex and many holograms, the museum’s various exhibits will amaze attendees with the way they trick your senses. While entertaining and confusing, it also offers an opportunity to become educated with how these visual and sensory illusions work. A moment of fun ahead !
67. Giacometti Institute
The Giacometti Institute is dedicated to the famous Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti who worked mainly in Paris. Set in a private studio, now designated as a heritage site, the center includes exhibitions of his art, as well as his pedagogy and research. It is located in the 14th Arrondissement which he called home during his career. The center is also famous for its art deco style and its preservation will astonish visitors as much as the art within.
68. Louis Vuitton Maison
Located on the famous Avenue Champs-Élysées, this is the largest Louis Vuitton store. Opened in 2017, it covers over almost 6000 square feet. The gorgeous building is a display of art, and the original façade was designed by the architect of the Palace of Versailles.
The outside of the classic building is donned with gold structures, as well as interior decorations made of silver and gold monograms, an extensive use of glass, artisanal wall coverings and beautiful colored stones. The building incorporates a perfect blend of old and new that pays tribute to French history while simultaneously including ultra-modern designs and art.
69. Chocolatier Debauve & Gallais
This iconic shop is home to a wide variety of authentic artisan chocolates, delicious truffles & other gourmet sweets. The beautiful establishment was granted a royal warrant by the French court in 1819 to act as the official chocolate supplier for King Louis XVIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, King Charles X and King Louis Philippe.
Their reputation for having the best chocolate in Paris remains today. It is the favorite place of foreigners to buy French sweets to bring back home as presents or personal treats.
70. Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché boasts an impressive collection of designer stores, housewares, gourmet markets and upscale beauty products. It is also the world’s oldest department store, with a reputation as one of Paris’s best shopping spots. There is no shortage of brands by global designers, all set in the gorgeous ambience of the store. If you’re hungry after shopping, be sure to treat yourself to something tasty at La Grande Epicerie food emporium.
71. Shakespeare Garden Theater
The Shakespeare Garden was created in 1953 in the Pré-Catelan Park. It was built on the site of an old floral theatre by the British group Les Amis de la Terre-France. It was originally designed to include a marionette theater, stables for horses, and a photography pavilion, among other features.
The most stunning of the structures was the Théâtre des fleurs, a theater set in the open air, surrounded by trees and flowers. Every Spring, visitors can catch different Shakespeare performances in this lovely setting.
72. Crazy Horse Cabaret
Opened in 1951, this cabaret featuring nude dancers, magicians, jugglers, mimes and a variety of performers is sure to promise an unforgettable show while in Paris. The shows includes erotic dancers doing a modern take on the traditional cabaret burlesque with a touch of humor. Using a mix of French and English music, classics and more recent popular music is reinterpreted.
Located in a venue made of former wine cellars, the atmosphere is cozy and the restaurant offers a limited food menu with an extensive drink list. The high price of the ticket is worth the special experience.
73. Curie Museum
Former laboratory of Marie Curie, pioneer physicist and chemist, first woman to win a Nobel Prize, this museum establish in 1934 now functions as ahistorical exhibition to her discoveries. Famous for her research on radio activity, she worked here from 1914–1934, accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Located in the 5th Arrondissement, it is free to visitors, but only open from Wednesday to Saturday.
74. Palais Brongniart
Event venue which once functioned as the spectacular stock exchange market of Paris that was also called La Bourse… The building was named after the architect who designed it in the 1810s. It was completed in 1826 and served as the stock market until 1980s.
75. Bastille Opera
This is the largest modern opera house of Paris. In 1989, the Bastille Opera was built with contemporary architecture style and is renowned for its acoustics. When visiting Paris, opera lovers and those new to the genre should visit the theater to watch one of the many interesting performances.
76. Champs-Élysées Gardens
Champs-Elysées is not only a famous broad avenue, it is also a 17th century park created as an extension of the royal gardens in front of the Louvre Palace. A nice contrast to the bustling street of Champs-Elysées, these gardens offer a pleasant and quiet corner among trees with flowers of great diversity. Here is a tip : Two theatre houses inside might present some nice surprises.
77. Luxembourg Palace
Built between 1615 and 1645, this palace was designed by the architect Solomon de Brosse for Queen Marie de Medici, the widow of Henry IV. Several members of the royal family had resided here until the French Revolution in 1789, when it was converted into the directory of the revolutionary government.
When Napoleon Bonaparte took control, he first lived here before turning it into a legislative building. The collections that had belonged to the former Queen were brought to the Louvre museum.
78. Museum of Decorative Arts
An endless collections of designs of the fashion and decoration industries from medieval to modern times are located at one corner of Louvre Museum, in this very special museum. This place attracts people working in the designated industry from all around the world as Paris is considered the capital of fashion and design.
79. La Comédie Française
Also known as “House of Moliere”, La Comédie Française was founded in 1680. It is one of the oldest theatres of the world. Almost 350 years ago, this state-sponsored theater group established itself on Boulevard Saint-Germain. After moving between different locations, one of them being Tuileries Garden, La Comédie Française settled down permanently on the boulevard in 1799 and has since played a pivotal role for performing arts in France.
The buildings architecture is remarkable and reflects the Parisian spirit. The acts are in French but many international visitors can enjoy the plays, especially if they catch a classic and familiar piece. Check our selection of the best Theaters and Cabarets in Paris.
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80. Carrousel Triumphal Arch
Bonaparte wanted to leave a mark after his victories with two triumphal arches, just as the Romans did in their capital in ancient imperial times. The marble bas-reliefs and decoration of this Corinthian style monument display the emperor’s military successes over Europe.
The horses and chariot on top are a later addition, which portray a figure riding into victory. Originally, Napoleon brought an ancient bronze quadriga taken from Venice, which was given back once the emperor fell from power in 1815.
81. Lido de Paris
Whether you come for dinner or drinks to this cabaret & burlesque-style dance shows, the Lido de Paris promises you an unforgettable night. Founded in 1946, it became famous for its dancers dressed in costumes made from thousands of dollars in furs, feathers, rhinestones and gorgeous fabrics.
Located on the Champs-Elysées Avenue, it hosts many performances, from singing to dancing, and has been the home of many famous stars, as well as inspired acts that would become famous in Las Vegas. The shows run for about an hour and a half and consist of 10-20-minute acts. Each day visitors can catch two performances and are guaranteed to see the famous Bluebell Girls, who are sure to impress with their French glamor.
82. Canal Saint-Martin
The Canal Saint-Martin is a gorgeous, almost three-mile-long canal which visitors can stroll alongside. It connects the Seine river to the Canal de l'Ourcq. During the mid-19th century, nearly half of the canal was covered in order to create a wide boulevard and public spaces.
Every ten to fifteen years, the city drains the canal in order to clean it. Those who visit at the right time can find curious treasures and discoveries in the empty canals, which were once thrown into the water. Nowadays, the canal is the rendezvous for young people wanted to drink a beer and chat with their friends in relaxed environment.
83. Musée de l’Homme
Opened in 1937, the Musée de l'Homme is the largest anthropology museum in the city. It is one of seven parts of the "Musée national d'Histoire Naturelle" and was originally established for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne. It aims to exhibit all artifacts that define humanity.
The exhibitions display years of evolution, the variety inhumanity, as well as the unity and the way that humans culturally and socially express themselves. It has also functioned as a research center under multiple ministries.
84. Saint-Jacques Tower
Here stands the only remaining section from a 16th century gothic church, destroyed during the Revolution. The history of this church dates back to the 13th century, named after Saint Jacques de la Boucherie, meaning “butchery”.
During the reign of François I, a flamboyant 177-foot-high gothic bell tower was added. In 1797, the revolutionaries dismantled the church but spared the tower, which was decorated with more than twenty statues and gargoyles.
In the 1830s and 2000s, massive restoration works revitalized the tower. Today, visits are possible but only with advanced reservation and guests must climb 300 stairs to reach the top.
85. Stade Roland Garros
For sports fans, the Roland Garros stadium is a great place to get the atmosphere of a match. Founded in 1928, it is the complex of tennis courts where the French Open is hosted.
This tournament, known as Roland-Garros, was named after the famous French aviator, Roland Garros. The championship tournament is played every year during May and June and French people always look forward to it.
86. Museum of Chocolate
In this museum, visitors will learn about the history of cocoa as well as witness demonstrations by chocolatiers and enjoy tastings and tours. They will learn how its transformed from its original form into the many ways that we eat it today.
The museum explains the history of chocolate in French culture as well as displays different artists cups made of chocolate. However, the best part about this museum is during the tours. Indeed, there are no shortages of tastings ! Delicious moment to share with family and friends.