Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

Paris is a truly amazing European city. I’ve collated tips of the best things to do in Paris, written by members of the blogging team to compile the Europe a la Carte Paris guide. If you think that you’ll visit several Paris sightseeing attractions, you should look into buying a Paris Pass which includes admission to over 50 museums and monuments, a public transport travelcard, a Paris city tour and River Seine cruise. You may wish to book a Paris airport transfer, as the journey can the city centre can be rather slow on the train.

Best Paris Views

Neha asserts that the view from Tower Montparnasse at dusk is one of the best Paris views.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

View from Montparnasse tower over Paris by Neha Puntambeka

Kimberly thinks that the view from the Notre Dame towers over Paris, framed by the gargoyles which line the towers, is unrivalled.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

View from Notre Dame over Paris by chuck624

Best Paris Walks

Thomas tells how he chanced upon a mile long nature trail walkway, along a section of the Petite Ceinture, a disused railway line near central Paris.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

Petite Ceinture, Paris by boklm

I reviewed the Paris Movie Walks guidebook which details various routes along which you can visit locations used for film shoots in Paris.  If you’re a movie buff, you’ll love doing these walks.

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Canal St-Martin, location from “Amelie” by hydraulix16aa

Best Paris Attractions

Neha enjoyed her walk around the cobblestoned paths of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, a free Paris sightseeing attraction. It’s the burial place of several well known figures such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and the French singer, Edith Piaf.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

The grave of Edith Piaf, Lachaise Cemetery, Paris by Donna Rutherford

Best Paris Museums

Jeremy recommends visiting the Musee Rodin, where you can admire Rodin’s sculptures both inside and in the lovely garden.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

Crouching Woman by Auguste Rodin in Rodin Museum garden, Paris by H Barrison

Amanda is a fan of the Musee d’Orsay, she thinks if you only have time to visit one Paris museum, the Musee d’Orsay may be a better bet than the Louvre.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

Musee d’Orsay by dalbera

You can read about more Paris Museums in Pinar’s post.

Best Paris Cafes

Sian rates Cafe Marly, which lies at the edge of the Louvre courtyard, as her top Paris cafe.

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Cafe Marly at the Louvre by wolfiewolf

Best Paris Pastries and Confectionery

Andy names his three favourite Parisian pastries shops. Talk about sweet temptation.

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Parisian pastries by Let Ideas Compete

Sian was enchanted by both the interior and the contents of the A la Mere de Famille confectionery shop, established in 1761.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

A la Mere de Famille, Paris by Sian Meades

Best of Paris for Kids

Thomas has plenty of ideas for things to do with kids in Paris including Parc Asterix, Cirque de Paris and Parc de Buttes Chaumont.

Paris Guide: The Best Things to Do in Paris

Parc Asterix by blondetpatrice

The Tuileries and the Jardin du Luxembourg are also great if you want to get away from the busy streets of Paris and just enjoy a relaxing walk.

Where to Stay in Paris

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