19 Sep Things To Do In Paris
Things To Do In Paris
The city of love, Paris is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. But, even solo travellers can enjoy the charm of this bohemian wonderland through its museums, wine bars and art galleries. Here are our top things to do in Paris.
Where to Stay
Eiffel Trocadéro – Overlooking the gardens of Trocadéro with some rooms even offering view of the Eiffel tower, which is just a seven minute walk away. Each room has been individually decorated and they all contain beautiful historical furnishings.
Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe – Just a short stroll to the stunning Arc de Triomphe, this art deco hotel features beautifully designed rooms in an excellent, central location. Rooms with private terraces are also available to make your stay extra special.
Buddha-Bar Hôtel Paris – If tailor made cocktails, Parisian style breakfast and sumptuous decor are your thing – this is the place for you. Just an eight minute walk from the Champs-Elysées, its location is perfect for exploring the city.
Le 7 Eiffel Hotel – A sleek, stylish and modern hotel with an enviable location, this is the perfect spot from which to enjoy Paris. With its impressive rooftop bar, heated terrace and relaxing living rooms, guests can enjoy drinks and watch the sunset over the Parisian rooftops.
Saint James Albany Paris Hotel Spa – Centrally located and coming complete with a 500m² spa and indoor pool area, this hotel is an excellent base for the discerning traveller.
What To Do
Eiffel Tower – No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to its most iconic landmark. Once a temporary exhibit built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, it’s now the city’s most recognisable feature. There are lifts that can take you right up to the top of the tower, or if you’re feeling energetic you can climb the stairs as far as the second floor.
Arc de Triomphe – The intricately sculpted, 1836 monument to Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz is a site not to be missed. The arch stands in the middle of the Etoile roundabout, which means it is surrounded by traffic. Luckily, there are passageways you can traverse to avoid the cars.
Notre Dame – With 14 million visitors each year, this is Paris’ most visited un-ticketed site, and with good reason. You can climb up the world famous bell towers, drink in the Gothic architecture and gaze through its rose windows. The home of Catholic Paris, this vast cathedral can house 6,000 worshippers as well as its vast collection of gargoyles.
Musée du Louvre – There are few art galleries as famous as this one, home to some of the world’s most treasured works – including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – it would take nine months to just glance at every piece here. And, as this is the world’s most visited museum, advanced planning really is essential.
Palace of Versailles – A visit to Versailles is a day trip you don’t want to miss during your time in Paris. Walking around the opulent palace and surrounding grounds, you almost understand why the French revolted. The level of luxury is hard to believe. Be sure not to miss Marie Antionette’s home, and set aside some time to wander the grounds as well. Weekends in summer are the best time to visit the gardens as they set the fountains to music.
The Panthéon – Originally built as a church, this neoclassical building was transformed into a burial site for some of the city’s top heroes including Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseu.
Galaries Lafayette – Take a break from all the history and art exploration for a spot of shopping in the city’s best department store. When you’re done grabbing bargains, you can enjoy the first floor modern art gallery, watch a fashion show or even take in the sights of the city from their windswept rooftop. The department store houses 24 restaurants and cafes too, so you’ll be able to spend the whole day there.
Zoo de Paris – The zoo was renovated in 2014 and is laid out in five separate zones to help create the best conditions for the animals, giving them plenty of space and access to the best kinds of vegetation. The wild design of the zoo can make it tricky to spot your favourite animals but perseverance will always pay off.
Where To Eat
Foyer de la Madeleine – Tucked away beneath the grand Madeleine church, this quirky canteen serves up simple yet delicious food for the ridiculously low price of 8€ for a three course meal. First time visitors will have to pay a 5€ membership fee, but for the low prices and great food it is well worth it.
Le Bambou – A crowded little spot serving up the best Vietnamese food in the city, this is not a place for the shy. If you arrive on your own, be prepared to be seated with a complete stranger as the place fills up.
Bistrot Victories – This quaint little cafe is the quintessential Parisian postcard scene. Its frosted windows and soft lighting help to create the perfect atmosphere to compliment its traditional and tasty food.
La Poule au Pot – An unchanging foodie heaven in the heart of the city, this all night eatery feels like it’s frozen in time. Encompassing the same wholesome food market vibe from its first opening in 1935, the restaurant’s top dish is still the au Pot, a poached chicken with stuffing that was the favourite dish of the rich and famous back in the day.
Bistroy…Les Papilles – Still retaining its charm from when it was a simple wine store and deli, this cosy little cafe, with its daily changing dinner menu, is still as popular as ever. With walls lined with bottles of wine this is a great place to enjoy some traditional French fare.
La Coupole – The perfect spot for a round of people watching, this art deco restaurant combines great food with a great time. The delicious range of dishes includes the surprising speciality of lamb curry, and with salsa dancing downstairs this is the ideal night out for fun loving visitors to Paris.
Pierre Gagnaire – Enjoy a journey through Parisian cuisine in the minimalist dining room with meals created by some of the most inventive chefs around today. You won’t find froth or foam here though – these are real meals that will keep you coming back for more.
Le Jules Verne – Inside the city’s most famous landmark you’ll find this relaxing fine dining venue. Dress code is smart but the atmosphere is laid back. The waiters won’t bat an eyelid if you get up with your selfie stick to capture the moment. Delicious food and amazing views await you.
Georges – Thanks to its amazing futuristic architecture, hip, young crowd and fabulous location – this eatery is not necessarily all about the food. The cool atmosphere and crowds of fashionable young things makes Georges a great spot to enjoy the metropolitan feel of the city.
Experimental Cocktail Club – The exposed brick and wood beams help to give this dimly lit bar some authentic vibes of yesteryear. A cool yet cosy corner filled with the young and stylish with reasonably priced drinks.
Le Bar Tuileries – If you’re looking to add a touch of class and luxury to your trip, this is where you need to be. You can sit and sip the delicious champagne and cucumber mojitos, just a few doors down from Role, Bulgari and Dior.
Le Grand Filles et Fils – Drink in true Parisian style with the near endless supply of wine on offer at this little bar. The seating spills over into the covered passageway of the Gallerie Vivienne, dating back to the 19th century.
The Paris Catacombs – A spot often times missed by tourists, the catacombs of Paris are home to some of the weirdest and most wonderful sights in the city. Once the home of happy ravers in the 90’s, you can now enter the tunnels to visit the ancient burial sites and all the twists and turns underneath the city.
Moulin Rouge – The red windmill of the Moulin Rouge is home to one of the most famous shows in the world, so advanced planning is needed if you want to be a part of it. Be sure to call your Lifestyle Manager so they can help arrange the perfect night for you.
Paris Pass – If you’re someone who loves to squeeze in as many sights as possible, then the Paris Pass is for you. This travel card gets you entrance to the city’s top museums and monuments for free, and right to the front of the line, as well as unlimited Metro rides to get you to each spot. Speak to your Lifestyle Manager for more information.
Markets – While Paris may be known for its luxury and designer shops, it’s also brimming with great markets. You can snap up great bargains on food, furniture and fashion in these great events across the city. For more information on days and times, speak to your Lifestyle Manager.
City Wi-Fi – There are Wi-Fi spots across 260 municipal parks and squares as well as in some of the public buildings across the city. You can use these free of charge rather than using up your own data allowance.
French Fiction – When you’re waiting at the train station before heading off on your next adventure, you might see some intriguing orange posts – don’t walk straight past them. These little posts will print out free short stories for you to enjoy while you wait for your next journey to begin.
Keys Lifestyle Concierge has access to some amazing deals for a wide range of hotels and activities across the city. To find out how you can enjoy the best European destinations with a free membership, contact Keys Concierge today.