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101 Things to do While You're in Paris

Planning on a trip to Paris? There are hundreds of places to go and thousands of things to see. Allow us to help refine your research wih this list that tries to consolidate everything which defines Paris.

The culture in this country is as vast as it is enchanting. The architecture is magnificent. Vibrant, Historical, France is truly something to experience in your lifetime, and Paris is the perfect place to visit.

  1. Indulge your intellect with the appreciation of art at the world's most visited art museum, The Louvre.
  2. Take one of the most magnificent photographs of Paris from the top of the 118 year old Eiffel Tower.
  3. For a romantic, interesting view of the city, take a dinner cruise on the Seine River.
  4. Admire the architectural detailing of the original Notre Dame de Paris.
  5. Traveling in the spring? You should take a stroll through two of Paris' most famous gardens, Tuileries Garden and the Jardin du Luxembourg.
  6. Purchase a ticket to see an Opera, Ballet or concert at the Palais Garnier.
  7. Photograph the Grande Arch de la Fraternité.
  8. If you've come to Paris to shop, then obviously you're in luck. Travel to Avenue Montaigne which is situated within the 8th Arrondissement for some of the most exclusive shopping in the world. Louis Vuitton , Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy.
  9. Visit La Defense, Paris' and for that matter, Europe's largest center of commerce.
  10. Take a ride on one of world's oldest (and cleanest) subway systems, Paris Metro.
  11. Go Ice skating at the Eiffel Tower
  12. Visit the smaller Gothic style chapel La Sainte Chapelle. Built by King Louis IX from 1238-1244, this is one Holy Chapel you don't want to miss.
  13. In memorandum of those who fought for France, specifically in the Napoleonic wars, visit the Arc de Triomphe.
  14. After visiting the Arc de Triomphe, walk down the garden at the Champs-Élysées.
  15. Visit the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte (died 1821) which is preserved at the Esplanade des Invalides.
  16. West meets East at the Institut du Monde Arabe. A museum that documents the history of the Arab people.
  17. Espace Dali Montmartre--less well known works of art displayed in a unique, underground modern way.
  18. Go to the Parisian Tropical museum. Palais de la Porte doree.
  19. View Science, Parisian style at a la cite Paris' own science museum.
  20. Although Picasso was born in Spain, he called Paris home after fleeing under Franco's regime. Visit the Pablo Picasso museum.
  21. Eat and Drink on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse with panoramic views of the city.
  22. If you're an American in Paris, Disneyland Paris might be something to check out. Try comparing it to that of the American Disney theme parks.
  23. An Asian inspired art museum, Musee National des Arts asiatiques Guimet.
  24. In you're into Jazz music, then the Paris Jazz festival is something you don't want to miss.
  25. Voted one of the best Discotheque's in Paris, The Rex Club is where you'll head to dance the night away!
  26. See a cabaret act at the Moulin Rouge.
  27. Witness the overwhelming beauty of the Chateau Versailles.
  28. The most famous Cemetery in Paris, Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.
  29. Arguably the most innovative Parisian department stores, Les Galleries Lafayette.
  30. Not for the faint at heart, visiting the Catacombes can be a riveting experience.
  31. Take a short, guided tour through specific parts of the city with Paris-Walks.
  32. Not up for a walking tour? Take a Parisian bus tour!
  33. Travel to Marché rue Cler, A picturesque French market that allows you to take part in everyday French life.
  34. Some say the Chartres Cathedral is one of the most elaborate in Europe. Find out for yourself by traveling an hour outside of downtown Paris to check it out.
  35. Visit the Chateau that inspired Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte.
  36. After visiting the Louvre, step around the corner to L'Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois. This is a hidden gothic gem. Go into the church to appreciate the centuries
    of history.
  37. If you happen to have a more risqué type of approach to art appreciation. Try the museum of erotic art.
  38. An alternative of traditional Parisian public transportation, the Batobus is a water taxi on Seine river. A little slower than the metro or busses, but it gives
    most people who visit Paris, what they're looking for.
  39. Visit the La Conciergerie to discover its haunting past where it was used to sentence hundreds of people to death.
  40. Take a walking tour of the Hotel de Sens, a building that dates back to the Middle Ages.
  41. Assemblée Nationale: Palais Bourbon, this is the seat of the French Parliament. Prior to governmental use, it was built for the duchess of Bourbon in the
    early 1800's.
  42. Grab an espresso at Le Dauphin on the way to The Louvre.
  43. If you have an extra day, take an hour trip outside of Paris to Giverny, France. This is where, arguably, France's most famous artist, Claude Monet lived. More importantly, his water lily garden is still very well kept by the Academy of Beaux Arts.
  44. Paris Museum of Modern Art, a take on modern art from a Parisian perspective.
  45. Claiming to be the oldest Brasserie in Paris, Brasserie Bofinger should be on your MUST EAT list.
  46. For Adults Only--Cruise on the Seine River, then head to see the provocative Crazy Horse Show.
  47. If you're looking for art that's not just for looking...you can purchase the art on the walls of Artcurial.
  48. For the best sweets in Paris, head to Couderc.
  49. If you're looking for great mustard, they even have a store that makes only that. Boutique Maille Paris is the number one place to purchase your French Mustard.
  50. La Maison du Chocolat is where Chocolate lives. Not just any chocolate, this chocolate is privileged to be created out of only the finest of ingredients.
  51. Discount French basement shopping at its best, Tati.
  52. Celebrate Bastille Day next to the Eiffel Tower!
  53. A fairy tale 155 year old; Taxidermist is where French pets go when they die.
  54. If you're in Paris for more than a week, take a high speed train to Brussels Belgium onboard Thalys train.
  55. Once regarded as one of the Garden of the French nobles, Chateau de Fontainebleau and its gardens are a nice way to escape the city for a day
  56. Concorde Square is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Paris.
  57. Go to the Stade de France to watch a Futbol game.
  58. Take a picture in front of the fountains at the Trocadero fountains located at the Palais de Chaillot.
  59. See a magic show at Metamorphosis.
  60. Attend the Paris Opera Ballet on New Year's Eve.
  61. Witness the finish of the Le Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées.
  62. Check your e-mail or study at France's largest library, Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
  63. Watch the French pay their respects to foreign cultures through different mediums of art at Festival de L'Imaginaire.
  64. Tour Ecole Normale Superior in Paris, the most prestigious Grande Ecole in France.
  65. Purchase a Eurail Pass and travel to Monaco from Paris for two days.
  66. Travel to the Champagne Province, tour the Moet & Chandon winery and pick up a bottle.
  67. Pick up a freshly baked baguette from a local Parisian Boulangerie.
  68. Have a picnic at the gardens of the Eiffel tower and bring Brie Cheese, Baguette & the Champagne you picked up.
  69. Take a short trip to the city of Le Mans to see a 24 hour endurance race.
  70. Travel to the French Alps for a weekend of skiing.
  71. Go to the Headquarters of the French Socialist party to learn more about their governmental structure (7 Rue de Solférino, 75007 Paris, France)
  72. If you're getting homesick at this point, check out the Hard Rock Cafe.
  73. Obviously, you've been to the top of the Eiffel tower by now. To keep it romantic but from a different perspective, go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe or to the
    top of the Notre Dame Cathedral for other magnificent views of the city.
  74. Jet set to the French Riviera and experience new film in Cannes, France at the annual Cannes Film Festival...
  75. ...then stay out all night in St. Tropez.
  76. Watch the world's top designers at the historical, annual, Paris fashion week.
  77. If you're a business person in the food industry in Paris, travel to the Marché d'Intérêt National de Rungis. This is the largest wholesale food market in the world.
  78. Party in the Latin Quarter after having a meal at one of the many bistros. The Latin Quarter is often a place where college students go to mingle because
    Ecole Normale Superior, ParisTech and Jussieu University are located in this area.
  79. Ponder your thoughts at Les Deux Magots which was once a place where Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus and Pablo Picasso spent significant time.
  80. Eat at a sidewalk cafe with your loved one.
  81. Stay at the ultra luxury Hotel Saint Germain in one of the nicest sections of Paris.
  82. Take a French cooking class at the Promenades Gourmandes.
  83. Delve into French wine tasting, palette first, with O Chateau.
  84. Find great French food without all of the research or trial and error with Edible Paris.com.
  85. Take an awesome bike tour of the city with Fat Tire Bike Tours.
  86. Arrive in French style anywhere within the city with 2CV!
  87. Discover what tourists don't get to see and locals swear by with Eye Prefer Tours.
  88. Lost in the depth of art? Learn about it, in English, with Paris Muse.
  89. Watch Paris' own, Daft Punk perform at a local Discotheque.
  90. In late June the Grand Prix de Paris, a major test for three-year-old horses, is held on the flat at Longchamp Racecourse.
  91. Observe the original Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum.
  92. See the Nutcracker at the Paris Ballet...
  93. ...or Les Miserables.
  94. After the show, dance until 4AM at Batofar but don't forget to change into your trendiest clothes.
  95. Following your long night out at Batofar, stroll down to the local Patisserie and get some sweets and coffee at the cafe.
  96. Take the Eurail to Rome (Paris' sister city) for four days.
  97. Spend the week learning French with a private French School.
  98. Take the kids to Cirque Bouglione - Vertige.
  99. Then bring the adults to Zizi sexuel, l'expo (a non-cliche and funny way to look at sex.)
  100. Take a Taxi or the Metro back to Charles De Gaulle Airport!
  101. Book your trip to Paris with Virgin Vacations! :)