When it comes to things to do in Paris, Notre Dame is just the tip of the iceberg!
It’s no wonder that Paris is one of the most visited cities on the planet: between its legendary museums, mouth-watering cuisine and ambient charm, the city has lots to offer visitors and residents alike. So much so, in fact, that the choice of things to do can be overwhelming! Even with a long stay, it can be difficult to see everything that you’re hoping to, so we’ve put together a list of the 20 things you simply have to see and do in Paris. See if you can cross them all off before the end of your stay!
1. Buy a book from a bouquiniste
Paris’s bouquinistes have been a fixture of the Seine’s quays for centuries.
An almost permanent fixture on Paris’s riverside quays, rain or shine, the bouquinistes, or antique book dealers, add an intellectual air to Paris’s flagstones. With old-fashioned wooden stalls and carefully hand-stacked assortments of books, pamphlets, postcards and more, the booksellers are a bibliophile’s delight! Not to mention, they can be a useful source for last-minute souvenirs. Read the entire story here…»
The Louvre offers the best of France’s art and architecture, historic and modern!
While some French deride Paris as a ville muséifiée, a “museified” city, in reality the variety of museums in the city is one of the big draws for its many visitors. And with scores of museums packed into the city’s small area, there are plenty of options to choose from! To help cut through the multitude of museums and help you prioritize, we’ve put together a list of the city’s top 10. Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff, or simply seeking shelter on a rainy day in Paris, our list of the city’s best museums is a great place to look to help plan your trip!
1. The Louvre
With our apartment across from the Louvre, you’ll enjoy great views of the historic museum.
The quintessential French museum, the Musée du Louvre, grew out of the French Royal family’s collections and was bolstered by Napoleon’s conquests across Europe. Nowadays the museum’s pieces are on display to more than 9 million visitors a year, more than any museum in the world! The museum itself is housed in a palace first built in the 12th century and added to by generations of French royalty over the centuries. Located in central Paris, the Louvre is a must-see destination on any tour of the city. It’s also an unbeatable view to wake up to – as our 1 Bedroom Rental right across the street shows! Read the entire story here…»
Christmas lights blend nicely into the City of Lights during the holiday season.
Frozen in time with its medieval architecture and winding cobblestone streets, Paris feels like a fairytale at any time of the year. Even more so for visitors arriving around the holiday season, when the City of Lights feels more magical than ever! As the city’s sang froid gives way to friendly holiday cheer, you can head to Paris for the holidays and enjoy the best it has to offer.
1. Go Holiday Shopping
Galeries Lafayette does the holidays in style, with a stories-tall tree under its glass dome.
As one of the world’s fashion capitals, Paris has no shortage of high-class department stores for your holiday shopping needs. But more than just retail options, the city’s grands magasins offer window displays for the holidays that are works of art in their own right! Perhaps the most spectacular is Galeries Lafayette, a palatial store famous for the enormous Christmas tree that it hosts yearly under its stained glass dome. Read the entire story here…»
It isn’t for nothing that Paris is known as the City of Love! With its cobblestone streets, cozy café terraces and bohemian atmosphere, there are plenty of reasons for lovers to visit Paris. If you’re traveling on a budget or with a fixed time frame, the options can be overwhelming – but fear not! Our list of the Top 10 Romantic Activities in Paris will help you get your bearings and make the most of your Paris getaway with your significant other.
1. Bateaux Mouches
Paris’s most famous sights are best seen from a bateau mouche on the River Seine
As Paris’s literal and symbolic center, the Seine River has always been a driving force of city life. What’s more, most of Paris’s most popular sights are best seen from the river itself! One of the best ways to engage with the city is to take a bateau mouche, or open tour boat, on a slow cruise down the Seine. While some boats simply tour the major sights, others have special dining experiences and entertainment, a great option for a night to remember! Read the entire story here…»
French markets offer tables piled high will all kinds of culinary delights
There’s no better way to experience a new culture than through its food, a universal fact more true in France than perhaps anywhere else! And Paris, as the epicenter of all things French, is the capital not just of France but of the nation’s cuisine as well. One culinary tradition ingrained in French culture that is particularly charming for visitors is shopping for fresh goods at the outdoor marchés that line the busy streets of cities across France all year long. With our list of the best traditional markets in Paris, you’re bound to find something for all tastes!
1. Aligre, Halle Beauvau
Famous as a bobo (bourgeois-bohemian) market popular with hip young people, Aligre isn’t your grandmother’s marché. Instead, it offers a variety of ethnic foods and unique French favorites that you can’t find just anywhere. This is the perfect stop if you’re looking for a taste of French culture adapted to the modern culinary scene. Stop by starting from 9am every day except Monday, but note that the stalls close for the déjeuner hour from 1 or 1:30 to 3:30 or 4 depending on the day. Read the entire story here…»
An aerial view of the beautiful Eiffel Tower.
The crisp cool air of autumn has arrived in the bustling city of Paris, France! The dropping temperatures make exploring the city much more enjoyable and comfortable especially for younger children. There are so many annual events that take place throughout the fall for your whole family to enjoy, so pack up and head to the City of Light! Take a look at our list of the top 10 things to do with kids during fall in Paris.
1. Paris Parks
The beautiful foliage can be seen in Jardin du Luxembourg, one of Paris’s most prestigious parks
Paris is no exception when it comes to the vast amounts of beautiful foliage that can be seen in the fall. The shades of yellow, orange and brown are delightful to see during this time of year, so visit some of the many Parisian parks to gaze at this colorful annual event. Learn more about why visiting parks is perfect for a family holiday. Read the entire story here…»
The vegetarian movement has had a slow start in Paris, but more places are popping up and gaining popularity with the masses. We’ve searched high and low and found the top 10 vegetarian and vegan places to shop and eat in Paris. Keep reading to find out more!
1. East Side Burger
The delicious and 100% vegan Marcello burger from East Side Burger!
Vegetarians and vegans galore can choose from the wide range of meals and either sit in one of the 20 seating spots, or choose take out to enjoy the delicious selection. Every day, East Side Burger offers two burgers from its menu, and it informs the customers ahead of time so you can choose which day to go. All their burgers are vegetarian, and can be made vegan with the exception of the Le Fromager. In addition to the delicious burgers, they also serve vegetarian hot dogs, homemade sides, vegan quiches, snacks (onion rings), desserts, and also vegan desserts! You can get a burger, french fries or coleslaw and a drink all for 10 euros! They also have a coffee menu including all you can drink coffee and 2 vegan cookies for only 4 euros. Stay close by this burger joint by staying in one of these vacation rentals in the 11th arrondissement! Read the entire story here…»
Check out our best apartments for a romantic getaway to Paris!
The French capital city of Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world. The winding streets and Renaissance architecture will leave you and your significant other in a trance. Experience firsthand why this city attracts millions of couples! Cozy up with your loved one in an environment that feels like home, a furnished apartment! We have compiled a list of apartments that are perfect for your romantic getaway to Paris.
One Bedroom Apartment in Les Halles (1st Arrondissement)
This cozy apartment has all the furnishing you could need on your trip to the French capital city!
This one bedroom vacation rental in Les Halles is located in the 1st Arrondissement. You will find quaint contemporary furnishings in the living room, complimented by stunning herringbone hardwood floors. The room features two sofas, a coffee table, a phone and a TV with cable. The open concept eat-in kitchen features everything you need to prepare your own meals including a fridge, microwave, stovetop and coffee maker. The bathroom offers modern finishes for the shower, WC and the sink with a vanity. The simple bedroom has a plush full sized bed and offers ample closet space to make your romantic stay comfortable. This neighborhood has many restaurants and nightlife to enjoy as well as many popular Parisian attractions, including the Louvre Museum and the Jardin des Tuileries. Learn more about The Louvre, an iconic neighborhood sight. This neighborhood is also closely situated near the iconic Eiffel Tower, so check out some of our apartments with a view! Read the entire story here…»
View of the Parisian skyline from the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Paris, France is a city so unique that it offers many opportunities for visitors and locals alike. With the sun shining and the steadiness of the breeze in the summertime, this spectacular city welcomes you with open arms with many seasonal events. Our 2015 summer guide will give you many options for how to spend your time on your trip to Paris in the warmer months.
See Outdoor Movies in Paris
Enjoy the fresh air of summer with an outdoor movie! There is no need to spend an afternoon cooped up in a theater while the weather is so pleasant. The Cinema en Plein Air is an outdoor film festival held in the Prairie du Triangle, within Parc de la Villette from July 22nd to August 23rd. Learn more about this famous open air festival. Another great outdoor film festival is the Cinema au Clair de Lune. Hosted by the Forum des Images, this festival will be held from July 30th to August 10th . This festival rotates around the Arrondissements for 9 nights of free films! Bring some snacks and relax under the stars while watching a classic movie. Discover our vacation rentals in the 19th Arrondissement to keep close to all the action! Read the entire story here…»
The Louvre, the iconic museum that holds Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
While some believe that bringing kids on a vacation could only cause complications, there is no need to fret when planning a Parisian summer getaway. We have compiled the best kid-friendly activities in the bustling city of Paris! Ranging from trips to zoos to beach getaways on the Seine, these fun activities will provide great memories for all children!
1. Visit Paris’ Fairs
Paris has numerous fairs in the summer which provide great activities for those of all ages. The Fête des Tuileries is a traditional fair held in the Tuileries Gardens from late June to late August. This fair has a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and rollercoasters for everyone in the family. Also, a fair could not be considered a fair without extraordinary food! Specializing in crepes, churros and beignets, this fair will satisfy the sweet tooth of adults and children alike. Check out furnished apartments in the 1st Arrondissement, where this festival takes place. Another Parisian must-see fair is the Fête des Loges, the city’s oldest fair, which can be dated back to 1652. Very similar to the Fête des Tuileries in style, there are many attractions for your little ones such as carnival games and age appropriate roller coasters. What is unique to this fair is its excellent food selection. While the traditional fair food is present, multiple restaurants serve their gourmet dishes for all to enjoy. Read the entire story here…»