A destination that finds its place in every travel bucket list, Paris is where the mortals go to find some magic. It has been romanced in films, music and art and is fondly called the amour capital of the world.
The Eiffel tower, its wine and the Louvre may symbolize a trip to the city of lights for you, but that is not all it has to offer. Here’s a list of ten places you must visit when you’re there.
1. Eiffel Tower
No Paris tour is complete without a trip to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Of course, you can see this magnificent tower from anywhere in Paris even if you do not go to it particularly. But that’s really a lame reason not to visit. It’s the symbol of French pride. A guided climb of this tower will offer panoramic views of the city that you’ll surely cherish all your life.
2. Montparnasse Panoramic Observation Deck
Offering a breathtaking view of the city on the 15th Arrondisement that you won’t have to wait in a long queue for, the Montparnasse tower is everything the Eiffel Tower viewing deck can offer. In fact, it offers a little that you wish for.
3. The Louvre
Home to tens of thousands of priceless art pieces displayed over fifteen acres of land, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums. It is recommended that you visit this two-hundred-year old museum over a period of a few days to cover a substantial part of it.
4. The Champs-Elysées
The Champs-Elysées is one of the most visited avenues in the world. It serves as the final destination of the Tour De France, and is the second most expensive strip of real estate in Europe.
5. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Standing at one hundred and thirty metres above the sea level on Montmarte, its trademark white stone glistens from a distance beckoning you to the architectural marvel that is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or simply Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
6. Dans Le Noir Restaurant
This restaurant whose name literally translates to ‘In the Dark’ serves its patrons in the dark to provide an empowering dining experience, a visit to this restaurant will leave you dazzled in the dark, in the City of Lights.
7. Au Bonheur Du Jour
Located at Rue 1, Chabanais, Au Bonheur Du Jour art gallery promises to be an experience that is one of its kind. A brothel during the Belle Epoque, today it displays erotic art from across the timeline.
8. Notre Dame de Paris
A Gothic marvel, the Notre Dame holds the very heart of Paris, quite literally at Ile de la Cite. Its interiors will leave you spellbound, with stained glass dating back to the thirteenth century.
9. Shakespeare and Company
Take your love affair with this treasure trove of art and culture a bit further and spend an afternoon browsing the rare book collections of Shakespeare and Company. Written about by Hemingway and frequented by Voltaire, even today writers are welcome here.
10. Street-Art of Belleville
Witness the creativity pulsing through the veins of Paris on your visit to Belleville, on its walls. Spirited, vocal and poignant, the street art is important to complete your experience in Paris.