Our Top 10 Don’t leave Paris until… bucket list will give you a guide to some of the best places to see and things to do before you return home to give you a true sense and feel of the cultural capital.
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1. Picnic in the Tuileries Gardens
The French are fond of their cheese and wine, that’s a fact. So make your own and take a Parisian picnic down to the stunning formal Tuileries Gardens by the Seine. Walk around the manicured lawns and admire the lush greenery in central Paris and sit down to some French pastries and a baguette and have lunch the French way.
2. Visit the Mona Lisa at The Louvre
The Louvre is one of the most iconic art galleries and museums in the world. Famous for its glass pyramid façade, it was also the setting for the Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, so surely it’s worth a visit aside from its art history. Feast your eyes upon the much debated Mona Lisa and admire the Renaissance masterpieces that adorn its walls, with free entry with the Paris Pass.
3. Wine Tasting
Ô Château Wine Tasting is the perfect excuse for a spot of indulgence during your trip. Sample some of the best Bordeaux wines and French champagnes with an English-speaking sommelier in an introductory wine tasting course set in a historic cellar in the centre of Paris. Save 30€ with a Paris Pass.
4. Seine River Cruise
Get a unique perspective of Paris on the river with the Seine River Cruise. Admire the historic landmarks and learn about the capital’s history from a different viewpoint as you journey under Pont Neuf – Paris’s oldest bridge, past the Louvre, The Musée d’Orsay and Notre Dame.
5. Notre Dame
Notre Dame is one of the most impressive Gothic landmarks in the world and its initial build started in 1160. Now, featuring chapels, naves and two impressive towers, the Cathedral is one of the most commanding landmarks in central Paris. With a backdrop of the Seine, Notre Dame is a must-see attraction. Don’t leave until you’ve mustered up some energy to climb the 422 steps up the tower to get an unforgettable panoramic view across the city.
6. Ride the Métro
As the second busiest metro system in the world after Moscow, the Métro is a defining feature of Paris. The Art Nouveau architecture and signage across the city is something to look out for, so use your Paris Visite Pass to travel in comfort across the city through the interlinking underground passages. What’s more, you even get mobile phone signal!
7. See a show at the Lido
Don’t be stuck for things to do in the evenings, discover the Lido, the world’s most famous cabaret and enjoy the exhilaration and enchantment of the city. Its famous revues have attracted talents from across the world, so book a dinner dance and show ticket with our Paris Pass and enjoy an evening you’ll never forget.
8. Shop at Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette is the Parisian equivalent of Harrods, an upmarket French department store, located on Boulevard Haussmann. Galeries Lafayette does not disappoint in terms of luxury and leisure so indulge in some shopping with 10% discount with the Paris Pass and take in all its splendour. Wait until evening and you can see the lights turn on, transforming it into an impressive illuminated monument.
9. Palace of Versailles
Renowned for being one of the most opulent and lavish castles in the world, the Palace de Versailles is a must-see on your trip to Paris. Boasting around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases, the Castle is one of the most visited attractions in France. As part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a fine example of 18th century French finery and grandeur.
10. Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou is a must-see not only for its ranking as one of the most important galleries of modern art in Europe, but for its impressive – and controversial – architectural design. Over 50,000 works of art are on display, by artists from Kandinsky, Matisse, Miró and Picasso. On the fourth and fifth floors of the Centre Pompidou, you can explore the Musée National d'Art Moderne as well.