Planning to visit Paris anytime soon? Here is 50 places to visit in Paris, choose your dream destination then just go!
1. Eiffel Tower
Who doesn’t know Eiffel Tower? Nearly 7 millions visitor go to this tower per year and it makes it one of the most visited monument in the world. Built by Gustave Eiffel for Exposition Universelle (World Fair) in 1889, this tower reach 324 meters high.
If you are a budget traveller and doesn’t want to go up, you can enjoy Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars or Trocadero. But if you want to climb and enjoy the Paris view from above, you can pay the admission fee depending on how high you wants to go and how to get there (with elevator or stairs). Most of the visitors choose to ride elevator to the top which costs 17 Euros.
Access Métro: Bir Hakeim (line 6), Trocadero (line 6 and 9) or Ecole Militaire (line 8)
2. Louvre Museum
This most visited art museum in the world presents 35.000 works around the globe. The famous Monalisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci is the most viewed artwork in this museum. Opened as the museum since 1793, Louvre set over 210.000 square meters including 60.600 for the exhibitions. This museum consists 8 departments from Egyptian Antiquites to Islamic art.
Access Métro: Louvre Rivoli (line 1)
3. Notre-Dame Cathedral
Considered as a Gothic masterpiece, this cathedral was built in the late 10th century and it took 200 years to finish. The architectural detail is very amazing inside and out the cathedral. The stained glass windows, gothic architecture, and many sculptures decorate this majestic cathedral. The top of the tower can be reached by 387 steps upstairs. In front of this cathedral, you can see also Zero Point, a point which the city was built for the first time.
You can enter this cathedral for free (except for the tower: 8.5 Euro and the crypt: 6 Euro) from 7.45 AM to 6.45 PM from Monday to Friday and 7.45 AM to 7.15 PM from Saturday to Sunday.
Access Métro: Cité (line 4)
4. Arc de Triomphe
This iconic landmark is a 162 foot monumental arc in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, after his victory at Austerlitz to commemorate French soldiers who lost their battle in Napoleonic wars. It was completed in 1836. On the inner surface of the arch, it’s written the names of more than 660 generals and more than a hundred battles. The visitors can also see the panoramic view from the top of the arch. At the foot of the arch, there is Tomb of Unknown soldier dedicated to World War I soldier.
Access Métro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile (line 1, 2 and 6)
5. Champs Elysées
Right in front of Arc de Triomphe, you will find Paris most famous shopping avenue, Champs Elysées. There are so many luxurious brand like Louis Vuitton, Channel or Hugo Boss and also less expensive one like Adidas and Gap. This avenue stands 1.9 km from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. In Christmas period, there will be Christmas market in the corner of this avenue.
Access Métro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile (line 1, 2 and 6)
6. Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur)
In the Montmartre neighbourhood stands up above the majestic Sacré-Coeur Basilica. A panoramic city view of Paris can be seen from this white Basilica. Inside this basilica is also amazing like it appears outside: there is ceiling glitter with France largest mosaic, which depicts Jesus rising alongside the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc. You can also climb up 300 steps to the top of the dome.
Access Métro: Anvers (line 2). From here you can take funicular to go up or take the upstairs.
7. Palace of Versailles
This most famous castle in France is located 14 miles southwest of Paris in Versailles. Built in the 17th century as a demonstration of French supremacy in Europe, Versailles was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682 to 1789. Versailles consists of huge complex of buildings, gardens and terraces. You can see the works of renaissance art, decorations and furniture in this palace. When visiting Palace of Versailles, don’t forget to visit Marie Antoinette’s estate and Grande Trianon as well.
Access: Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche (RER C)
8. Seine River
This river flows right through the heart of Paris bordering 10 of the 20 arrondisements. There are 32 bridges on the river in Paris, the oldest one is Pont Neuf which is very popular and often become the object by artists and poets. The locals often sit at the bank of the Seine to enjoy the city. For more touristic experience, you can book the Cruise Tour along the Seine.
9. Musée d’Orsay
For you the museum lover, this museum also has to be visited besides Louvre. Musée d’Orsay is known for its rich collection of impressionist works. You’ll see paintings by French artists like Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many more. The museum also home of number of sculptures, photography and furniture displays. In the top balcony, you can enjoy the view of Sacré-Coeur Basilica through the museum’s massive transparent clock. The museum admission fee is 12 Euro.
Access Métro: Assemblée National (line 12)
10. Luxembourg Gardens
This 61 acres green space is perfect to spend a sunny day. Just relax and do the picnic while enjoying the sun. There are some activities to keep kids happy like play with the sailboats, ride ponies, play in the merry-go-round or enjoy the traditional marionette show. For adults, you can enter Musée de Luxembourg, the first French museum that was opened to public. In this garden, there are 106 statues, a bronze reduction of Statue of Liberty and 3 beautiful fountains.
Access Métro: Odéon (line 4 and 10), Notre Dame des Champs (line 12)
11. Palais Garnier (Opera House)
The Paris Opera house was built from 1861 to 1875 and has 1979 seats. This opera is beautifully decorated with a stunning ceiling painting by Chagall. Besides watching ballet or opera performance here, you can also take a look inside this Opera house. For a deeper understanding of this neo-baroque building, you can visit Museum of Opera House inside the building.
Access Métro: Opéra (line 3, 7 and 8) and Chausée d’Antin-La Fayette (lines 7 and 9)
12. Catacombs of Paris
Besides the beautiful building in Paris, there is also the darker side. One of them is Catacombs. This is an underground burial complex consists 6 millions of skeletons from 18th century. The skeletons are stacked in endless corridor. This place was a burial place for Parisian bones following the overpopulation of Parisian cemeteries back then. A tour of Catacombs takes an hour and climbing 83 steps.
Access Métro: Denfert-Rochereau (line 4 and 6)
13. Centre Pompidou
We already can define from outside that this building is different with other “classic” buildings in Paris. Centre Pompidou is a museum for fans of modern and contemporary art. Inside the museum you’ll find more than 100.000 collections of modern artworks and that makes the museum one of the largest collections of modern art in the world. If you have time, enjoy the city view of Paris from the rooftop restaurant.
Access Métro: Rambuteau (line 11), Hôtel de Ville (line 1 and 11), Châtelet (line 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14)
14. Moulin Rouge
Located at the foot of Montmartre hill in the heart of Pigalle, Moulin Rouge (red mill, in English) was built in 1889. It is a cabaret place when the famous French Cancan is performed first in 19th century. Now, it is a big tourist attraction that provides entertainment for visitors from around the world. The film “Moulin Rouge” in 2001, starring Nicole Kidman” also made this place more popular.
Access Métro: Blanche (line 2)
Palais-Royal was created as a Cardinal’s Palace during the reign of King Louis XII and later became a Royal Palace for four centuries. Built in classical French architecture, this building has a lovely central courtyard with an unusual modern sculpture installation of small striped columns in different sizes. The garden is also beautiful to be enjoyed. This palace is located next to the Louvre museum.
Access Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (line 1 and 7) and Pyramides (line 7 and 14)
Constructed in 1758, Panthéon was intentionally build to make a church. However, it turned out to be a mausoleum (group of tombs) of some great Frenchmen following the French Revolution in 1789. Those who are buried there include Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola, etc. It is an early example of neo-classicism with the front side that is similar to Panthéon in Rome. It has the dome on the top of the main building.
Access Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (line 10)
17. Disneyland Paris
If you bring your children to visit Paris, Disneyland is suitable for you. Who doesn’t know Disneyland, a magical place where all the disney characters display. Disneyland Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland (with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle) and Walt Disney Studios. The top attractions are Space Mountain, It’s A Small World and Big Thunder Mountain. It is located 32 km east of Paris. Disneyland Paris is the one and only Disneyland in Europe and it is the most visited theme park in Europe.
Access: Marne La Vallée-Chessy (RER A)
18. Musée Rodin
Rodin museum is a former residence of famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It displayed 7000 of Rodin’s creation including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. This museum also possess some paintings of Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir which was the personal collection of Rodin. There is an area dedicated for the works of Camile Claudel as well. The building is surrounded by 3 hectares of romantic gardens that also display Rodin’s sculptures.
Access Métro: Varenne (line 13) and Invalides (line 8 and 13)
19. Père Lachaise
Considered as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, Père Lachaise is also Paris’ largest green space. This cemetery houses famous persons like Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde with other 70.000 persons. You have to take a map to find your favorite artist grave in order to not lost. The architecture of the graveyard is also stunning, with some dramatic statues. Each year it welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors, making it the most visited cemetery in the world.
Access Métro: Phillipe August (line 2)
20. Le Marais
Walking through one of the oldest Paris district, you will feel like strolling around Medieval Paris. It was the house of some notable French royalty, like King Henry IV and Louis XIV before he moved to Versailles. Le Marais also survived the destruction made during French Revolution. Now, Le Marais is known for its chic boutiques, vintage shops and also vibrant nightlife. Here you can find Place des Vosges, Maison de Victor Hugo, Centre Pompidou, etc. You can walk around this district or join free walking tour to know more about history.
Access Métro: For starting point, you can go from Saint-Paul (line 1)
21. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Escape from Paris hectic with doing a picnic in this park! This beautiful park will spoil your eyes with its lake and little temple. Temple de la Sibylle is placed on the top of a cliff fifty metres above the artificial lake. You can do a little hike to reach the temple. This fifth-largest park in Paris was opened in 1867 and occupy 24.7 hectares.
Access Métro: Buttes Chaumont (line 7bis)
22. Canal St Martin
This 4.5 km long canal is also suitable for relaxing and do some picnics. It connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the river Seine and runs between Métro Bastille and République. This romantic canal was featured in film “Amélie” and now it is a home of chic bars and bistros. Some river cruises and private pleasure boats are also provided to spoil the visitors.
Access Métro: Jaures (line 2, 5 and 7) and Goncourt (line 11)
23. Place de la Concorde
Created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect of King Louis XV, this octagonal square is considered as one of the most beautiful squares in this city. This square is the eyewitness of key historical events like execution of King Louis XVI and it was part of Napoleon’s triumphal route. It is located between Arc de Triomphe and Louvre Museum. You can see Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square that is the gift from Viceroy of Egypt to Charles X. During summer, make sure to enjoy Paris view with taking the Ferris Wheel here.
Access Métro: Concorde (line 1, 8 and 12)
24. Tuileries Garden
Walking from Place de la Concorde to Louvre Museum, you will find Tuileries Garden in between. It features 25 hectares of plant, greenery, flowers and large collection of sculptures. The garden’s two ponds are perfect for relaxation in the sunny day. Created by Catherine Medici in 1564 as garden of Tuileries Palace, it was opened to public in 1667 and became a public park after French Revolution.
Access Métro: Tuileries (line 1) and Pyramides (line 7 and 14)
25. Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse)
This 212 meters high skyscraper is the office building visible from all over Paris. When it was built (1972), it is the highest office building in Europe. You can admire spectacular view of Paris with taking elevator to the 59th floor in this building. The entrance fee is 17 Euro.
Access Métro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue (line 4, 6, 12 and 13)
26. Les Invalides
Built in 1670, Hôtel des Invalides is a home for military museum. Back then, it was created for hospital and retirement home for war veterans. The main landmark of this building is the dome. It is a large church with the tombs of some France’s war hero including Napoleon Bonaparte. During sunny day, its golden roof will shine when you look at it from above.
Access Métro: La Tour Mauburg (line 8) and Invalides (line 8 and 13)
This is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, near Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. It has the most extensive 13th century stained-glass collection in the world. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15 metres high, the stained glass panes depict 1.113 scenes from Old and New Testament. Sainte Chapelle was intended to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns.
Access Métro: Cité (line 4)
28. Pont Alexandre III
This bridge is the prettiest bridge in the city. Running from the left to the right bank of Seine, Pont Alexandre III offers great view of Eiffel Tower from far. Named for the Russian tsar, this bridge connecting the districts of Champs-Elysees, Les Invalides and Eiffel Tower. Going to this bridge is almost like seeing an art gallery, with beautiful statues including winged horses and nymphs.
Access Métro: Invalides (line 8 and 13)
Built in the 10th century, this building was the main royal palace for French kings. Some buildings were converted into a prison in 14th century. The palace later became a revolutionary tribunal and prison during the Reign of Terror, with famous prisoners Marie Antoinette and Madame du Barry. Today, Conciergerie still serves as courts and also a popular tourist attraction in Paris. The building is next to Sainte-Chapelle in the same building complex, Palais de la Cité.
Access Métro: Cité (line 4)
30. Musée de l’Orangerie
This museum is suitable for you if you love impressionist and post-impressionist art. Located in the corner of the Tuileries Garden, this museum consists the work of Claude Monet (with his masterpiece Water Lilies), Picasso, Renoir, Cezane, etc. It was originally built in 1852 to protect the Tuileries Palace’s Orange Tree.
Access Métro: Concorde (line 1, 8 and 12)
31. Place des Vosges
Originally named Place Royale, this is the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city. It is located in Le Marais and between 3rd and 4th arrondissement in Paris. You can find classic French style and unique 17th century architecture in this square. Back then, a statue of Louis XIII was erected in the square then destroyed after the fall of the monarchy and replaced by an octagonal fountain.
Access Métro: Chemin Vert (line 8)
32. Grande Arche de La Defense
This is the 110-meter-high rectangular arch in the la defense, a business district in Paris where complex of high-rise buildings developed since the mid 1960s. The monument was inaugurated in 1989 on the bicentenary of French Revolution and is considered a contemporary symbol of fraternity.
La Défense itself is Europe’s largest business district with 560 hectares of area, 72 glass and steel buildings, 180.000 daily workers and 3.500.000 square metres of office space.
Access Métro: La Défense (line 1)
33. Grand Palais
Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by its large glass dome flanked by French flag. It comprises of 3 major site: the Nave (where major national and international events take place), National Galleries (art exhibitions) and Palais de la Découverte (museum and cultural centre for science when children can learn and having fun). This place is located near Champs-Elysées and Pont Alexandre III.
Access Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1 and 13) and Franklin Roosevelt (line 1 and 9)
34. Petit Palais
Right in front of Grand Palais, there is Petit Palais that was built in the same time for same occassion (also Pont Alexandre III). Petit Palais houses the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts). There are 1300 works in the museum, from sculptures, paintings and art objects. Visitors can discover collection from French artist in 19th century such as Delacroix, Monet, Renoir, etc. A small indoor garden is placed in the centre of this building.
Access Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1 and 13)
35. Pont Neuf
This pont, together with Pont Alexandre III is known as the most beautiful in Paris. Constructed in 1578 by the order of King Henri III, it is the oldest standing bridge across the River seine. Consisting of two spans, this bridge connects Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli and Tour Saint-Jacques in the right bank and rue Dauphine, the Monnaie de Paris and Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the left bank via Ile-de-Cité.
Access Métro: Pont Neuf (line 7)
36. Hôtel de Ville
The Hôtel de Ville is located in 4th arrondissement and is used by Paris’ local government. It’s been the site of municipality of Paris from 1357. Nowadays, it serves multiple functions such as local administration, Mayor of Paris and venue of large receptions. Visitors can visit function room, which is the replica of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Access Métro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1 and 11)
37. Palace of Fontainebleau
One of the largest French royal palace, it is located 55 kilometres southeast of Paris, in a city of Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau was the residence of French monarchs from Louis VII until Napoleon III. It has 1500 room inside and surrounded by 20.000 hectare of forest. Today, it is a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to Fontainebleau opens up a view of French history, art history and architecture.
Access: Fontainebleau-Avon (Transilien)
38. Place de la Bastille
This square used to be a Bastille prison until the French Revolution. Most of the prisoners were enemies of the king like Voltaire, Fouquet and Sade. As the symbol of the monarchy, it was stormed by the people on July 14, 1789 and the destruction marks the start of French revolution. Today, it is replaced by Colonne de Juillet, a monument to commemorate all victims in another revolution (1830).
Access Métro: Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8)
39. Paris Wall of Love (Le Mur des Je T’aime)
Moving on to one of newest attraction in Paris, Wall of Love. It is a love-themed 40 square metres wall in the Jehan Rictus square in Montmartre. Created in 2000, it is composed of 612 blue tiles, on which the phrase “I love you” is featured 311 times in 250 different languages.
Access Métro: Abbesses (line 12)
40. Rue Crémieux
This street is similar like Nothing Hill in London. Located not so far from Gare de Lyon, this street has the colourful residential building that is different from other parts of Paris. No haussmann style building here, and it feels like we are outside of Paris, in a small town in Southern France. It was the residents’ initiative to paint the façades with pastel colours: green, blue, purple, yellow, pink.
Access Métro: Gare de Lyon (line 1 and 14), Quai de la Râpée (line 5)
41. Grand Mosque of Paris
Paris is not only about churches, there is a beautiful mosque that you have to visit, Grand Mosque of Paris! This building interior will make you feel like in Morocco. No wonder, because this mosque was decorated with mosaics, wood, carvings and wrought iron brought from Morocco. This largest mosque in Paris was built by the French government as a memorial and sign of gratitude for the 100.000 colonized Muslims who died in World War I against Germany. It remains an active place of worship for North African living in Paris, especially on Friday, the Muslim holy day, and during the holy month of Ramadan. You have to dress modestly to enter the mosque. After a visit to this mosque, you can relax at its restaurant, enjoying couscous or mint tea while seeing the beautiful decoration.
Access Métro: Censier-Daubenton (line 7), Place Monge (line 7) and Jussieu (line 7 and 10)
42. Espace d’Abraxas
Are you the fans of Hunger Games movie? This place is for you! Located in Seine-Saint-Denis, East of Paris, this housing estate really feel like in different world. This postmodern and neoclassical building is one of the shooting places for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2015). Another hollywood movie, Brazil (1984) also used this place for one of its scene.
Access: Noisy-le-Grand Mont d’Est (RER A)
This medieval town in southeast of Paris is perfect for one day escape from the buzzling of the capital. As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Provins has 1200 meters of ramparts and two fortified gates, built between the 11th and 14th century. There is also Tour César, a hilltop keep from 12th century that offers spectacular view over the town. The tourists can also watch the medieval shows with horses and knights that sure will bring you back to the middle ages.
Access: Provins (SNCF Transilien Line P)
44. La Madeleine Church
Built in the style of Greek temple, La Madeleine Church has 52 Corinthians columns, each 20 metres high. Inside, the church has a single nave with three domes, lavishly gilded in a decor inspired by Renaissance artists. Its construction started already in 12th century but was not completed until 1842 during the reign of Napoleon. This church is located near Place de la Concorde.
Access Métro: Madeleine (line 8, 12 and 14)
45. Place du Châtelet and Tour St Jacques
Place du Châtelet is located in the very center of Paris in 1st arrondissement. There are two theaters surrounding this square: Théâtre du Châtelet and Théatre de la Ville. The area around Place du Châtelet is also nice. You can find Tour St Jacques, a tower built between 1508 and 1522 in the Late Gothic style. This 52-metre tower is all that remains of the former 16th century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie which was demolished in 1797, during the French Revolution, leaving only the tower.
Access Métro: Châtelet (line 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14)
46. Latin Quarter
Has been for more than 800 years, Latin Quarter is the heart of student in Paris. France’s oldest university, La Sorbonne, was founded here in 1257. This area is full of cheap bar, cafés and shop. In Boulevard St. Michel, you can find a lot of bookshops and other shops. While in Place St. Michel, the landmark of this quarter, you can see 19th century fountain depicting Saint Michel slaying the “great dragon”. In this quarter also, you can find Pantheon, Grand Mosque of Paris and Jardin des Plants.
Access: Saint-Michel Notre Dame (line 4)
47. Jardin des Plantes
Founded in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden for Louis XIII, Paris 24-hectare botanic gardens are the perfect spot to stroll around or do a picnic. There are Natural History Museum and also a small zoo to be enjoyed. Four huge green houses, the Grandes Serres, were constructed over four thousand species of tropical plants. There are some gardens like rose; peony, iris and alpine garden as well.
Access Métro: Jussieu (line 7 and 10)
48. La Petite Ceinture
One of the Paris off beaten tracks is La Petite Ceinture (little belt). Located in 11th arrondissement, it is an abandoned railway tracks. Built in 1852 under the Empire of Napoléon III, this railway circling through the city of Paris served urban travelers from 1862 to 1934 before being abandoned. Nowadays, it is covered with overgrown weeds and bright flowers while its walls are masked with graffiti.
Access Métro: Alexandre Dumas (line 2)
Another alternative cool neighbourhoods besides Marais and Montmartre that are becoming pricier by the day, is Belleville. Belleville is a local secret and you will find few tourists here. It is home for some cheap restaurants and cafés. There are also Chinese supermarkets and African stores here. You can enjoy your afternoon in Rue Denoyez, a lane crammed with graffiti and murals, then continue with drinking at Café Aux Folies, an Edith Piaf favourite.
Access Métro: Belleville (line 2 and 11)
50. Covered Passages
Afraid to go out because it is raining? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy Paris in rainy day. You can explore 19th century covered passages in Paris. These are arcades covered with glass roofs, created by piercing through other buildings. Today, less than 30 still exist. Most of them house shops, tearooms and restaurants. One of the best one is Passage Vivienne, behind the Palais Royal. While the oldest arcade is Passage des Panoramas, from 1799. It is home to the Théâtre des Variétés that is still used until now.