Paris, the city of love, whether you are visiting with your partner, best friend or yourself it is undoubtedly the most romantic city in the world but it is also surprisingly large. There is so much to see and do, from historical landmarks and museums, to famous shopping destinations and michelin star restaurants. Therefore, I have decided to put this post together highlighting my favourite spots and things to do in Paris if you are visiting the beautiful city for the weekend.
Musée du Louvre
By far one of my most favourite days I spent in Paris, and one of the things I was looking forwards to the most, was visiting the famous Louvre museum. I absolutely adored the Mona Lisa (although felt it was slightly overrated as there was so much beautiful art there that was overlooked), and the floors filled with sculptures and statues and glorious paintings. There were rooms filled with furniture recreating the Palace of Versailles, and ceilings covered in murals and gold filigree. The building is so large and so packed full of all kinds of art and historical artifacts that there is something there that will interest everyone, and you could easily spend an entire day wandering around the numerous levels.
The Notre Dame is such a breathtaking cathedral and such a famous piece of infrastructure that made me so excited to see it in person. Growing up I loved the disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame and it was so amazing being able to visit the real site. Unfortunately, when I visited the Notre Dame it was just after the fire and so we weren’t allowed inside and there were barricades around the building, if you look at the picture you can see the scaffolding that had been put in place in preparation for the repairs. However, it was still as impressive and I can’t wait to actually be able to go back and venture inside its walls next time.
Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysées
One of the best shopping areas in the city, home to luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton as well as everyday brands such as Sephora, Zara and H&M. Ladurée, where you’ll find the best French macarons, also calls the Champs home. Walk to the top of the Champs Elysées and you will find the Arc de Triomphe and the grave of the unknown soldier. It is such a beautiful landmark and one that, if you climb to the top, offers one of the best views over the city – arguably better than the view from the Eiffel Tower.
What is a trip to Paris without visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower? I almost didn’t include it on my list as surely it’s an obvious landmark to visit, however sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious and the view of the tower at night deserves an honorable mention. Climb to the top for amazing views over all of Paris, or have a picnic in one of the many parks surrounding the tower.
Located in Montmatre, the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur is a stunning building and well worth a visit. The basilica also offers fantastic views over the city and you’ll find many groups of young friends or couples picnicking or drinking wine in the evenings.
So, there are my recommendations for a weekend spent in Paris. Obviously there are so many other places I could have recommended, such as The Shakespeare and Co bookshop, numerous shopping centres and thrift stores, marvelous restaurants and local bakeries, numerous other museums such as Musee d’Orsay, as well as the Palace of Versailles and picnicking along the river Seine.
What are your favourite places in Paris?
Should I do an updated recommendations post after living in Paris for a while?