Places to Visit in Paris

Paris

(This is a compilation of places in Paris written for the Clarice app )


1st Arrondissement (Louvre – Tuileries)

Home to the one of the most-visited museums in the world, the 1st Arrondisement is the center of it all!

Get lost inside the Louvre or simply snap a picture of its famous pyramids, relax at Jardin des Tuileries and make love promises at Pont des Arts.

Need a Parisian makeover? There’s plenty of boutique shops at Rue de Rivoli that will take care of that. Beware, you might be drawn into a couple souvenir shops as well.

Make your way to Place de la Concorde and you will find Gustave Eiffel’s famous work, peeking from the other side of the Seine!

3rd and 4th Arrondissements (Le Marais)

Everyone is welcome at Le Marais! The neighborhood has recently become the heart of Paris LGBTQ community and it’s always bustling with events.

Street art, thrift shops, eye-catching boulangeries and antique buildings are some of the things that will draw you to Le Marais!

The neighborhood was once the home of a large Jewish community, a heritage kept alive by the delicious treats featured on Le Marais’ cafés.

Also known as the “Old Paris”, it features the oldest market in the city, Le Marché des Enfants Rouges and a great example of Renaissance architecture, Places des Vosges – the oldest square in Paris.

6th Arrondissement (Saint Germain-des-Prés)

Grab a book and enjoy your cup of coffee at Saint Germain-des-Prés!

Ever since WWII, this bohemian neighborhood has been a gathering spot for politicians, writers and artists.

Throughout the years, Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore have witnessed passionate discussions by many intellectuals, such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.

In addition to the historic cafés, the modern art galleries, the couture boutiques and the independent bookstores make this the perfect area for a relaxing afternoon!

Champs de Mars

Located right next to the Eiffel Tower, this is the best place to watch the fireworks in Paris during Bastille Day!

A historical place for the French Revolution, Champs de Mars was the training ground for the École Militaire, a remaining military academy where Napoleon was a student during the 18th century.

Today, it’s a picnic site for both locals and tourists that want to gaze at the Eiffel Tower while sipping on a glass of wine!

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

When visiting Parc de La Villette make sure to stop by Cité des Sciences, the biggest science museum in Europe!

Established in 1986, the museum attracts people from all over the world, providing them with a planetarium, submarine and even an IMAX theatre.

Kids will love “La Geóde”, the big mirror spherical ball is the first thing you see when you approach the museum and it’s actually the outside of the movie theatre!

Bois de Boulogne

This public park was once the French kings favorite spot for hunting!

Now covering 845 hectares, at Bois de Boulogne you will find several gardens, a zoo, horse racing tracks and the official French Open tennis stadium.

With facilities designed for all sorts of activities, including jogging, cycling and horseback ride, the park is the ideal place for your morning exercise!

Versailles

Only a train ride away from the center of Paris, Versailles was the site for Marie Antoinette’s wedding in 1770!

The 700-rooms Palace is the most famous feature of the area as well as the garden surrounding it.

Considered World Heritage by Unesco, the Palace has been open to the public since 1837.

Despite the current tourist invasion, Versailles was and still is the center for many political meetings in France.

Don’t miss the musical fountain show at the garden every weekend from April to October!

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont

Close to the Pantheón, the Saint-Étienne church is an example of Gothic architecture.

A former abbey dedicated to the Paris patronness, Sainte Geneviève, the church holds the last remaining choir screen in Paris!

Inside you will find the tombs of the famous writer Jean Racine and the physicist Blaise Pascal.

The steps of the church were also a site for the Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris”.

Père Lachaise

Not many cemeteries receive as many visitors as Père Lachaise!

Tourists come from all over the world to visit the tombs of artists like Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Georges Méliès to name a few. Grab a map at the entrance to make sure you don’t miss anyone!

The closest metro station to the main entrance is Philippe Auguste on-line 2.

Musée National du Moyen Âge

A small museum in the 5th arrondissement, Musée National du Moyen Âge is the site for many medieval artifacts including the famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries.

Also known as Musée de Cluny, its structure represents a mix of Gothic and Renaissance influences.

Visit the frigidarium building, where you will come across the remains of Roman baths dating back to the 3rd century!

Tuileries Garden

Located right in the heart of Paris, this garden connects the Louvre museum to Place de la Concorde.

In 1667 it was open to the public, making it the first public park in Paris!

Here you will find the Musée de l’Orangerie where you can see some of Monet’s famous paintings and the photo exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume Art Gallery. Both belong to the former Palais de Tuileries building.

Every Summer the garden holds a fun fair where kids and adults can enjoy all sorts of attractions!

Les Invalides

Part of the French military history, Les Invalides now houses three museums: Musée de l’Armée, Musée des Plans-Reliefs and Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine.

The structure founded by Louis XIV was originally built as an accommodation site for war veterans and it still functions as a hospital for people disabled in war.

The building also includes two churches, one of them is Eglise du Dôme, where you can visit Napoleon’s tomb.

Musée du Quai Branly

Showcasing pieces from indigenous cultures, the Musée du Quai Branly opened in 2006 and it’s one of the most recent grand museums in Paris.

Named after the scientist Édouard Branly, the museum is close to the Pont de l’Alma where you can also spot the Eiffel Tower.

Quai Branly is an homage to cultural diversity exhibiting a set of 3,500 craftwork pieces like masks and sculptures.

Palais de Tokyo

Built in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition, the building houses Palais de Tokyo since 2002.

A site for contemporary art lovers, this monument includes two restaurants, two gardens, a bookshop and is constantly organizing exhibitions and performances devoted to modern art!

On the left side you can also find the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Jardins du Trocadéro

You probably came across this garden when you were venturing around the Eiffel Tower.

Designed by the architect Roger-Henri Expert, Trocadéro’s main feature is the Warsaw Fountain, but you should also take some time to admire its surrounding sculptures.

If you want to experience Paris at night then this is the place to go!

Canal St Martin

Originally connecting the Seine river to Canal de l’Ourcq, Canal St Martin is now mostly covered and it leads to Bassin de la Villette.

Explore one of the most popular neighborhoods in Paris by getting on a boat, having a stroll or cycling around the area.

Head to Le Point Ephémère for a drink, have a meal at one of the restaurants or do it French style, sit by the water and have a picnic!

Bois de Vincennes

Occupying 10% of the city, Bois de Vincennes is the largest park in Paris!

Like Bois de Boulogne, this park has a zoo, a botanical garden and a hippodrome among other attractions.

Don’t miss a chance to visit the Chateau de Vincennes open every day and attend events like Paris Jazz Festival during the Summer!

Rue de Rivoli

Champs-Élysées might be the most famous site for shopping in Paris but Rue de Rivoli doesn’t stay behind!

Right next to the Louvre and the Tuileries garden, this street will lead you to the old neighbourhood Marais.

From internationally recognized stores like Zara and H&M to small art galleries like 59 Rivoli and the inevitable souvenir shops, you will find everything on this street!

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle is one of Paris many gothic buildings.

The king Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, erected this chapel during the 13th century to house his religious relics collection.

Damaged during the French Revolution, its stained glass windows remained intact and to this day they represent one of the best glass windows selection in the world!

Later restored, the Sainte-Chapelle is best visited during the day to experience the light effect on the windows and if you’re interested in classical music, you shouldn’t miss its regular concerts.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés

An area that dates back to the medieval times, this neighbourhood soon became the house of many French personalities after the second war like, Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre and Truffaut.

It was in the cafés around Saint-Germain-des-Prés, that people discussed existentialism with jazz music in the background.

The neighbourhood hasn’t lost its magic, despite the increase of tourists, many artists still choose this area to open their shops and galleries!

For a historical trip, visit Café de Flore or Café Les Deux Magots and imagine you’re having coffee with Picasso or Hemingway.

Place des Vosges

Part of the Marais district, Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares in Paris!

Established as Place Royale by Henri IV during the 17th century, the square later changed its name to honour the Vosges department.

Featuring the unique red brick houses on each side, Place des Vosges now includes a park, restaurants, art galleries and even Victor Hugo’s house, which you can visit free of charge.

Tour Montparnasse

For a panoramic view of Paris schedule a visit to Tour Montparnasse!

Montparnasse has become a must-have address for many companies that established their offices here.

The main feature of this 210 meter tower is the viewpoint on the 59th floor, but you can also stop on the 56th floor for a taste at one of the highest restaurants in Paris – “Le Ciel de Paris”!

Le Baron Rouge

Walk by the Aligre market on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll come across this food lovers hangout!

Le Baron Rouge is an ode to quality wine, with its bottle wine wall and an exquisite menu that offers, oysters, charcuterie and a list of vintage wines that will fulfill your heart’s desire.

Locals often bring an empty bottle and fill it up with their wine of choice!

Le Bristol

You don’t need to stay at Le Bistrol to try their delicious afternoon tea!

This fancy hotel is located on rue du Faubourg St-Honoré where most rooms offer a view to the Eiffel Tower.

Enjoy a meal curated by the chef Eric Frechon while you admire the flowers at their French-style garden!

Experimental Cocktail Club

Have your Great Gatsby moment at the Experimental Cocktail Club!

Set in the Montorgueil district, this club is Paris’ cocktail haven.

The jazz music, the decor and the old alcohol infusions will make you feel like you’re back in the 1930’s!

La Belle Hortense

More than a bookshop, La Belle Hortense is also a trendy wine provider.

Named after a Jacques Roubaud book, it features a huge wine list and an even larger collection of books, including rare volumes and independent poetry.

Here you can read a book, attend literary events or just indulge in fancy wine.

Zoe Bouillon

Zoe Bouillon is anything but your ordinary Parisian restaurant!

Replacing the sweets you will find at least five vegetarian menus filled with healthy and delicious ingredients.

Marché des Enfants Rouges

Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest covered market in Paris!

Walk by this old orphanage site today and you’ll find several food stalls providing international treats.

If it’s not a Monday there is no excuse for not stopping by for a visit!

Lasserre

Dine where Audrey Hepburn and Salvador Dali once stood foot!

Lasserre is the place where you will want to splurge, whether it’s the lobster or the famous Suzette crepes, the restaurant is full of guilty pleasures.

A gastronomic experience that is definitely worth the try while you’re in Paris!

Fromages et Ramage

It’s no secret that the French love their cheese, Christian and Jean-Daniel, the founders of this unique cheese shop are definitely proof of it!

While you might be drawn to its diverse cheese selection, the shop’s book collection and the Rock music playing in the background promise to make you an avid visitor of the Fromages et Ramage.

Chocolaterie Alain Ducasse

The smell of cocoa beans lingers in the air of this Chocolaterie!

Established by the chef Alain Ducasse it uses old techniques of chocolate manufacturing, making the finished result a delicious and unique treat to relish on.

Merci

Shop for a cause at Merci!

One of Paris many alternative shopping venues, Merci gives all its profits to charity.

Set inside an old wallpaper factory building, this concept store offers anything from furniture to jewelry and other fashion statement pieces.

Don’t miss the literary café and capture its trademark, the red mini car at the store’s entrance!

Parc des Buttes Chaummont

Opened in 1867, this park brought a new charm to an area once occupied by a refuse dump!

Inspired by a Roman temple, the architect Gabriel Davioud designed the Temple de la Sibylle, one of the main attractions of Buttes Chaummont.

Inside you will also find an artificial lake, waterfalls and bridges, one of them designed by Gustave Eiffel.

In September, the screenings of the Silhouette Short Film Festival give you a rare opportunity to see the park at night!

Parc Monceau

Initially inspired by the English gardens design, the park went through several adjustments until it became a public park in 1860.

There are remains of the original design, including the lily pond and the Egyptian pyramid but also new additions like a dome and a set of exotic trees, some might be found in Claude Monet’s paintings an avid visitor of this park during the 19th century.

Among the features of the park are the statues of Chópin, Maupassant and fellow artists, free Wi-Fi and a playground for the kids.

While you’re there head to the Musée Nissim de Camondo at Rue de Monceau, the former house of the renowned art collector, Count Moïse de Camondo.

Bastille Market

Twice a week Boulevard Richard Lenoir welcomes the Bastille Market, considered one of the best markets in Paris!

Here you will find a variety of cheeses, fish, vegetables and other food stalls, all displayed in the most appealing way possible!

On Saturdays the market gives way to Le Marché de la Création Bastille, a site for the art lovers in search of unique and bargain pieces.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

The American architect Frank Gehry designed this futurist building sponsored by the LVMH group.

Established in Bois de Boulogne, the foundation aims to bring more people to the area by promoting art initiatives and exhibiting more contemporary pieces.

After a few struggles, the foundation opened as a cultural center and art museum in 2014.

Église Saint-Eustache

Explore the inside of the Église Saint-Eustache, a large dimension church in Les Halles that took 105 years to be built!

The church features a mix of styles, from a Gothic façade to the Renaissance interior.

Saint-Eustache is best known for its musical tradition, so throughout the year you can attend several performances like choral ensembles and symphony orchestras. On Sunday afternoons you can enjoy the sound of the biggest pipe organ in France, played by a resident organist!

Cité de la Musique

Go on a musical journey at the Music Museum!

With over 7000 objects including instruments and paintings, the museum uncovers the history of music from the 17th century to the present day.

Adults can join the free audio-guide tour and families with children can explore the museum in a different way with the storytelling or the workshop tours.

The museum also organizes daily live performances that sometimes feature historical instruments of the collection!

Parc Montsouris

Get off at the Cité Universitaire and you will come across this large green space.

Established in 1869, this park includes a lake, several tree species, a restaurant and a meteorology station!

Parc Montsouris is a favourite spot among students that live around the area and its bandstand is often used as a concert venue during the summer.

Picasso National Museum

The Musée Picasso offers the opportunity to see over 5000 work pieces of the famous painter!

Picasso fans can follow the artist’s creative method throughout the years, featuring anything from sketches to movies.

The art gallery is set inside the Hotel Salé, a building that dates back to the 17th century but only opened as a museum in 1985.

Galerie Vivienne

In 1974, this covered passage was considered a historical monument!

Galerie Vivienne is set behind the Bibliothèque Richelieu and it’s one of Paris hidden shop areas.

Every day visitors come to admire the boutique shops, the old bookshops and the restaurants that serve anything from fancy dinners to an afternoon tea.

Musée Gustave Moreau

The former house of the French painter, Gustave Moreau, this museum displays works of himself but also from his close friends Chassériau and Degas.

Moreau built the gallery to showcase his work and decided to open the space as a museum in 1903.

You can admire the work of this symbolist artist here every day except on Tuesdays!

Cinema Étoile Pagode (La Pagode)

Visit this hidden gem of Independent cinema at Rue de Babylone.

Built in 1895 it resembles a Japanese house from the outside and offers a great selection of art movies throughout the day.

Before your movie session take time to enjoy a cup of tea at the cinema’s garden!

Arab World Institute

Learn more about the Arabian culture at the Arab World Institute!

This centre first aim was to promote the connection between France and the Arab countries but its design is also recognized as part of Paris contemporary architecture history.

Go back in time and discover over 560 pieces of the Arab-Islamic civilisation, afterwards head to the terrace on the 9th floor and just enjoy the view!

Chinatown

Chinatown or “Quartier Chinois” is a quiet area in Paris that offers a taste of Asia.

Shop for spices at Tang Freres, try bubble tea at Teawan or visit the alternative Notre Dame de Chine, Chinatown is definitely a feast for the eyes.

For an exciting experience, don’t miss a visit to Chinatown during the Chinese New Year celebrations!

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