Paris is now the most visited city in the whole world for tourism (yes, even ahead of places like London and New York). There is a wealth of important places to visit and things to do, but what stands out from the rest? Here are top of the very best attractions in the French capital – how many have you been to?
10. Rue Mouffetard Market is a great place for finding cheap French snacks such as baguettes and pastries. Of course, as you would expect in a market, fresh food such as fish and vegetables are also very prominent.
9. Basilica of Montmartre (Sacré-Cœur) is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
8. The Catacombs of Paris may not be to everyone’s liking, but for a different kind of day out then there’s nothing better than to descend downwards and observe the subterranean alleyways that are littered with skulls and bones of dead Parisians.
7. Saint-Germain is one of the more chic districts of Paris and is a hotbed for the rich and famous. Coffees and croissants can be enjoyed here as you people watch or take a look in the various boutique stores that surround the area.
6. Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is one of the finest and most grandiose cemeteries of its kind in the whole of Europe, and despite its morbid appearance is actually a popular half-day attraction for tourists to the French capital.
5. The Louvre may be the home of the Mona Lisa painting, but when you get the chance to explore this amazing museum you will find so much more to see and do. It will always be busy, but if you can overcome the crowds then you will surely understand why this is such a popular attraction.
4. Luxembourg Gardens is one of many great public park in Paris, but what makes this one stand out is the sheer size of it, and with fountains and statues galore, it provides a real photo opportunity away from the hustle of bustle.
3. Champs-Elysees is the main shopping thoroughfare in Paris and it is here where you will find all the big international brand names in the world of fashion and electronics (as well as food). Upmarket restaurants serving classic French dishes such as duck confit and beef bourgignon are also a highlight.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral is a medieval Catholic cathedral and widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world and is a ‘must-see’ on the itinerary of every visitor to Paris.
1. The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris but its 81-storey height is only one of the reasons for its enduring popularity. For tourists, the Eiffel Tower is usually their first port of call when in the city, and the elevator (or stairway) up to the viewing platforms is an experience in itself!