Paris is  one of the most visited cities in the world . The French capital has many of the most famous attractions on the planet such as the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. Basically it is impossible to get bored in Paris, so in this post we present you 50 things to do in Paris so you don’t miss anything interesting. 

Discover the best areas and hotels to stay in Paris . We have been in several hotels and we were left with the impressive views of the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel .

We tell you how to get to the center of Paris from any airport in the city: Orly, Charles de Gaulle and Beauvais .

50 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PARIS

1. Climb the Eiffel Tower, an essential activity to do in Paris

Although we believe that there are better viewpoints in the city , the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and offers beautiful views of the entire city and its surroundings . Although many say that it is a simple piece of iron, it has a lot of charm. This building was built in 1889 for the Universal Exposition that was held in the city.

As a curiosity, it was intended as a temporary monument, although its beauty ended up convincing Parisians and is still there. The adult ticket price to the top is €26.80 .

As a curiosity, during the first 5 minutes of every hour from dusk until one in the morning , the Eiffel Tower looks especially beautiful. The famous building is illuminated with sparkles creating a very romantic atmosphere . Do not miss it!

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2. Have a drink at 10eme Ciel to enjoy the best view of the Eiffel Tower

If you are looking for something different to do in Paris , we recommend you go to the rooftop of the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel . There you will find a super nice restaurant, le 10eme Ciel, with views that will take your breath away. You will have the Eiffel Tower right in front of you!

Obviously the prices are not cheap , but we think it’s worth it. It is clear that it could be a gazebo and for the fee you can eat or drink something. We recommend you go an hour before sunset to get a good spot.

3. Visit the Louvre Museum, one of the most interesting museums to see in Paris

The Louvre is one of the most important museums in the world. It is located in the former Royal Palace, in the heart of Paris. Currently, its enormous pyramid is one of the emblems of the museum. It is a work of art that gives access to the museum . This glass and aluminum pyramid was designed by the architect Ieoh Ming Pei and inaugurated in 1989 by the then French president, Francois Mitterrand.

Entering the Louvre is an essential thing to do in Paris . Basically, most of his works come from the collection of the powerful French monarchy during its heyday, also from the effort of the men of the Enlightenment or from the many military victories in the Napoleonic wars.

You probably know him for his most famous work, La Gioconda by Leonardo Da Vinci , although there are many more. Do not miss it! To get the most out of your visit, we recommend booking a guided tour in Spanish. 

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4. Go under the Arc de Triomphe du Carousel and relax in the Jardin des Tuileries

After visiting the Louvre we recommend you relax in the Tuileries Garden . They were the gardens of the old Royal Palace, where the museum is located today. To access the gardens you must cross the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel , the first of the three triumphal arches in Paris.

From the gardens you can see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees at the same time . In addition to listening to the sound of the ducks and the water in the background. The atmosphere is wonderful and that is why we consider that relaxing in this park is an essential activity to do in Paris.

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 5. Locate the famous Obelisk de la Concorde, an essential thing to do in Paris

The Place de la Concorde is one of the best known places to see in Paris . In part, because of its importance during the French Revolution. There they cut off many heads, including that of King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette or Robespierre .

However, its appearance changed after the arrival of the enormous obelisk that presides over it . It is 3,000 years old and comes from a temple in Luxor. It was a gift from the viceroy of Egypt that acquired its current appearance between 1836 and 1840.

 Several Egyptologists began campaigns for monuments like this one to be returned to Egypt. However, so far they have not been very successful.
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6. Stroll down the Champs-Elysees and feel the glamor

Walking down the most glamorous avenue in the city is free . However, if you want to buy something, it will cost you a lot of money since there are the windows of the best-known brands . Lose yourself and feel the glamor of the most important avenue in Paris.

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7. Climb the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy one of the best views of Paris

As you will see, the roundabout that converges on the Arch is hellish. We wouldn’t dare drive there. This monument was built by Napoleon Bonaparte in honor of his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 . The emperor kept his word. Before the battle began, he promised them that they would return to Paris under triumphal arches. And often one opened in 1836!

You can go up to its viewpoint to appreciate one of the best views of Paris . Adult admission costs €12 . Book it online to save queues .

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8. Remember Diana of Wales in the Flame of Liberty

If you want to know the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York, you just have to get closer to see the reproduction of the torch in real size. You can see it in Paris, at the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma .

It is also known as the Flame of Liberty and was a gift from the American newspaper International Herald Tribune to the city of Paris when the publication turned 100 as a sign of brotherhood between the two countries.

This spot has also become an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana , after she died in the tunnel just below the Liberty Flame. That is why there is never a lack of flowers or candles around the torch!

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9. Contemplate Notre Dame from the banks of the Seine, something essential to do in Paris

After the unfortunate Notre Dame fire in April 2019, the cathedral remains closed indefinitely. However, if you want a great view of the monument, go down to the Quai de Montebello and fall in love with the scenery along the Seine .

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Paris, so despite not being able to enter, you can’t miss it.

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10. Enter the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, something different to do in Paris

Another of the most original things to do in Paris is to visit this bookstore. It is located right next to the beautiful Notre Dame and is specialized in Anglo-Saxon literature . During the Lost Generation, it was visited by some of its illustrious like Ernest Hemingway or James Joyce. If you like books, lose yourself inside .

 11. Hallucinate with the stained glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Paris

Located on the island of La Cite, near Notre Dame, you can visit the Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Paris.

This Gothic temple was built in the year 1246 and its interior seems unreal. It is one of the most famous Gothic works on the entire planet! To give you an idea of ​​the importance it has had throughout history, we tell you that the temple housed the crown of thorns of Jesus and other relics acquired by Saint Louis of France.

When visiting it, you will see that there are two chapels, the lower one, simpler, and the upper one, where you will find its precious stained glass windows, which represent various religious scenes. 

The entrance to the Sainte-Chapelle costs €11.50 . Of course, it is essential to book the ticket with time on the internet. Without a doubt, an essential visit to do in Paris.

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12. See Marie Antoinette Prison at La Conciergerie

The La Concergerie building is also known as the Palais de la Cite, precisely because between the 10th and 14th centuries it was the residence of the kings of France. However, it was subsequently converted into a prison and for this it acquired much of its fame, especially during the French Revolution .

The imprisoned spent their last hours inside the prison before being executed, as was the case with Queen Marie Antoinette .

The entrance also costs €11.50 and you must reserve it online.

If you also want to visit the Sainte-Chapelle, there is a combined ticket for €18.50 . Worth!

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13. Try the best crepe in Paris at Au P’tit Grec, something highly recommended to do in Paris

Crepes are one of the most outstanding dishes of French gastronomy. So you can’t leave their capital without trying them! Our advice is to enjoy those at Au P’tit Grec, the most popular creperie in Paris. It is located in the Latin Quarter and its crepes are spectacular. The crepes range from €3 to €10 approximately, affordable for any pocket .

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14. Visit the most illustrious French at the Pantheon in Paris

One of the most curious buildings in Paris is the Pantheon. It is located next to the Sorbonne and houses the coffins of 65 of France’s most illustrious personalities . There you can visit Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo or Emile Zola. It is the work of Soufflot, who wanted to be inspired by the monumental Pantheon in Rome.

One of the things we like most about the French is their respect for culture : their best writers are almost sanctified.

Adult admission costs €11.50, but it is free for Europeans under 25 years of age . We recommend you get it online to save queues .

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15. Stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens and enjoy the colorful flowers in summer

In the Luxembourg palace is the seat of the French Senate . Apart from the building, the most recommended to visit are its gardens . They are wonderfully cared for and, especially in summer, the flowers of a thousand colors make them a very special place. Without a doubt, a highly recommended visit to do in Paris .

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 16. Visit Napoleon Bonaparte at the Invalides in Paris

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most beloved characters by the French. He came to consolidate one of the largest empires in history. However, he ended up exiled on the island of Santa Elena, where he died.

Under the imposing golden dome of the Invalides you will find the tomb of the emperor . Initially, the Les Invalides complex was created as a residence for retired soldiers, although today, apart from the emperor’s tomb, you can visit the Army Museum .

Admission costs €14 , although it is free for Europeans under 25 years of age. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting visits to do in Paris .

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17. See The Thinker at the Rodin Museum

If you like art, the Rodin Museum is one of the most interesting things to see in Paris . It is located near Les Invalides and houses a large collection of Rodin sculptures. The most famous is The Thinker , which has become one of the most famous sculptures in the history of art. The entrance to the museum costs €13.

18. Buy souvenirs in Montmartre, the bohemian neighborhood par excellence to see in Paris

Montmartre is a unique neighborhood in the world and our favorite area in Paris . You have to discover its charm by walking through its narrow and cobbled ramps in a most bohemian atmosphere . In addition, you have to take advantage and buy a souvenir in one of the many shops in its surroundings. Without a doubt, walking around there is an essential thing to do in Paris.

You can book a FREE tour in Spanish to have a first contact with Montmartre and its fascinating history.

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19. Let yourself be photographed by an artist in the Place du Tertre, something curious to do in Paris

In the same neighborhood of Montmartre is this iconic square. If you are looking for something original to do in Paris , let yourself be photographed . Normally they charge €50 for each one , although you can always negotiate. If you don’t feel like it, you can watch how they do it and if they are nailing it or not. It is fun!

Some people called Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali painted there a few years ago … Why can’t they come out more like them?

20. Climb the dome of the Sacred Heart or Sacre Coeur , one of the most beautiful temples to see in Paris

The Basilica of the Sacre Coeur , also known as the Sacred Heart, is the emblem of the neighborhood . Its white facade can be seen from many points in the city. If you are not satisfied with the views from below, you can go up to its viewpoint located in the dome of the basilica.

You can enter the basilica for free, although if you want to go up to the dome you will have to pay €6.

 According to data from the French National Police, more than 40% of robberies occur in this area and at the Gare du Nord. There are many pickpockets, especially on the stairs leading to the Basilica.
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21. Discover the word I love you in your language on the famous wall

One of the most original things to do in Paris is to find the I Love You Wall. It is near the Abesses metro stop, in Montmartre, in a small enclosed park.

22. Get to know the Moulin Rouge and the most erotic Paris

Surely this peculiar cabaret sounds familiar to you. It is located in Pigalle, perfect for visiting it on the way up to Montmartre.

Something curious to do in Paris is to enter some of the erotic shops in the area. We hallucinate dildos in the shape of the Eiffel Tower !

Currently, shows are still being held at the mythical Moulin Rouge and enjoying one of them is one of the best things to do in Paris.

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23. Eat traditional dishes at Bouillon Pigalle

You can not leave the city without trying some dishes of French cuisine . Eating in Paris is expensive, but in this restaurant you can eat typical French food for less than €10 per person. And the dishes are very good!

In Bouillon you can eat boeuf bourguignon, confit de canard and many other local delicacies at really cheap prices. Undoubtedly, one of the best restaurants to eat well and cheaply in Paris. Of course, be prepared to wait in line!

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 24. Visit the Palace of Versailles

This impressive palace surrounded by beautiful gardens is not only important for its architecture, but it is a very important part of the history of France . The court had to move from the Louvre Palace because it was threatened by the revolts of the people. That is why Louis XIV had this enormous royal residence built on the outskirts of Paris. We tell you how to get to Versailles from the center of Paris .

Inside you will see various rooms full of paintings, lamps and priceless rugs . Its gardens are especially beautiful in summer, but throughout the year you can enjoy its fountains and sculptures and even rent an electric car or a bike to explore its more than 800 hectares.

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25. Enjoy like a child in Disneyland Paris

If you have already done all of the above, it means that you are a true Parisian expert. Now you can escape to enjoy Disneyland Paris! Do not miss its best attractions , it is guaranteed fun.

It is a highly recommended visit to do in Paris if you spend many days in the city or if you travel with children . No matter how old you are, we assure you that the atmosphere of this theme park makes anyone return to their childhood. Without a doubt, one of the essential excursions to do in Paris.

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26. Discover the history of the most emblematic corners of Paris

A great way to have a first contact with the city is to book a free tour in Spanish . If you prefer, you can book a guided tour exclusively for you and your companions . Be that as it may, you will learn a lot about the history of the city.

For the most daring, there is also a free night tour with a guide in Spanish . They will tell you the most chilling legends and unsolved mysteries of Paris.

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27. Appreciate the sculptures of the Pont d’Alexandre III

There are many bridges that cross the Seine, but none is as beautiful as that of Alexandre III . Crossing it and appreciating the golden details of its lampposts and sculptures is an essential thing to do in Paris . In addition to being, for us, the most beautiful, it is also the longest, at 232 meters.

It was inaugurated in 1900 and 75 years later it was considered a historical monument.

 28. Visit the Orsay Museum, one of the most interesting to see in Paris and in the world

The Orsay Museum is one of the most beautiful in the world. It is located inside an old train station and that adds an even more special touch. In addition, you can see  works by artists such as Van Gogh, Millet or Manet . A luxury!

We believe that visiting it is one of the essential things to do in Paris for the quality of its works and also for the beauty of the building . Do not forget to go to the top floor to enjoy its famous clocks from the inside.

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29. Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise on the Seine with Bateux Parisiens

Can you imagine having dinner on the Seine while watching the Eiffel Tower light show? It is a magnificent experience. Paris is probably the most romantic city in the world, so we highly recommend this activity. We did a cruise with Bateaux Parisiens and it is something that we will not forget.

The food is very good, but the views are unbeatable. The cheapest option costs €109 per person but it is worth it. If it is beyond your budget, as an alternative you can take a cruise without dinner from €16 .

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30. Hallucinate with the Madeleine church, one of the most emblematic buildings to see in Paris

Church or Roman temple? La Madeleine is one of the most peculiar buildings to see in Paris . It is inspired by the Maison Carree in  Nimes , in the south of France. Construction began in the 18th century, although its construction was interrupted during the French Revolution.

With the coming to power of Napoleon Bonaparte, the project changed from top to bottom. The emperor decided that it was not a Catholic church, but a Temple to the Glory of the Grande Armee . La Madeleine had that function until the construction of the Arc de Triomphe.

Finally, after the fall of Napoleon, it returned to its origins and the temple was designated as a church in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene . One of the most curious things to appreciate is the incredible pediment that represents The Last Judgment. A true work of art!

31. Fall in love with the Opera Garnier, one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Paris

This neo-baroque building is another of the city’s illustrious buildings. It was ordered by Napoleon III. It is called Opera Garnier because it was built by Charles Garnier, a prestigious architect. As a curiosity, it is there that the famous work “The Phantom of the Opera” was inspired .

You can visit its interior and hallucinate with the luxury for only €14.

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32. Go up to the viewpoint of the Printemps Galleries, one of the best things to do in Paris for free

As you can see, Paris is a city full of viewpoints. Some of them are free, like the one in the Printemps Gallery.

Located in the heart of Paris, it is one of the best places to go shopping . Also, a good way to round it off is to end up enjoying the views from your terrace with a good coffee . Drinking is not mandatory, there are even benches where you can sit to appreciate the views.

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33. Hallucinate with the interior of Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is located right next to Printemps and is another of the great shopping platforms in Paris. In fact, it is the largest retail area in the Western world. So if you like to go shopping, there you will find absolutely everything. If you just want to go sightseeing, its interior, topped with a colorful dome, will fascinate you!

Another curious thing to do in Paris is to look at the crowds of Japanese at Galeries Lafayette . It will seem to you that in Chanel, Dior and company they give the products to the Japanese because they queue to buy!

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34. Try the macarons from the Fauchon pastry shop, the best in the world

This is one of the things to do in Paris that you cannot miss. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you have to try Fauchon’s delicious macarons .

This patisserie is located right next to the Madeleine and there you can find all kinds of delights for your palate. If you want to have a snack there, it is not excessively expensive. Between Fauchon and Laduree, we stay with Fauchon.

35. Soak up art at the Musee de l’Orangerie

The Orangerie Museum is one of the most important in Paris, especially on impressionist and post-impressionist painting . It is located in the central Jardin des Tuileries and its visit is one of the best things to do in Paris .

Inside you can see important works by Cezanne, Monet or Picasso , among others. The entrance costs €12.50.

36. Cross the Pont des Arts and remember the strength of love

The Pont des Arts is one of the most famous things to see in Paris . Until a few years ago, the bridge was full of padlocks, but finally the authorities removed all of them and prohibited them because it was collapsing. Read this news and you will see that we are not lying!

But apart from the padlocks, we recommend you cross it. You will be blown away by the views of the Seine!

37. Visit the Center Pompidou, one of the most interesting museums to see in Paris

If you like art, especially modern art, you cannot miss the appointment with the Pompidou Museum . The construction of this museum in 1977 changed the life of the Faubourg neighborhood, one of the most conflictive until then.

There you can find some of the most important works of contemporary art by artists such as Picasso, Dali or Warhol . Just for its architecture and for the views you will have from the top it is worth a visit.

The entrance price is €15. EU residents between the ages of 18 and 25 enter for free.

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38. Climb the Montparnasse Tower to enjoy a beautiful view of Paris

At the beginning of the 20th century, Montparnasse was the artistic center of Paris to the detriment of Montmartre . Its rise coincided with the arrival of many North Americans to Paris. Today it is not difficult to find American surnames in the mailboxes in the area. In addition to knowing its streets, if you look up you can see a huge skyscraper.

This is the Montparnasse Tower, which at 210m high is the third tallest building in Paris and France. You can go up to its viewpoint for €17 buying the ticket online. If you buy it at the ticket office, it will cost you €1 more.

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39. Discover the Catacombs of the city, a very mysterious place to see in Paris

One of the most curious cemeteries in Paris is underground. The catacombs are a series of tunnels filled with more than six million human skeletons, making them the largest in Europe . There are more than 300 kilometers excavated, but only a small part can be visited.

If you don’t like gloomy places, it may not be the best idea to visit them, but it is one of the most curious things to do in Paris. Adult admission costs €17.

40. Visit the Bastille square and activate the time machine, a curious visit to do in Paris

Goes back to July 14, 1789, the date the change began with the French Revolution . The current square is located at the point where the old Bastille fortress stood, which was destroyed between July 14, 1789 and July 14, 1790.

41. Enter a Monet painting in Parc Monceau, one of the best things to do in Paris for free

Another park that is very worthwhile is the Parc Monceau. It is much smaller than the previous one, but it looks like a story setting . Its lake with water lilies surrounded by Corinthian columns will transport you into an impressionist painting.

If you go on a sunny day, you will have a hard time finding a place to stretch out on the grass, as it seems to be a favorite park for Parisians . It also has play areas for children and running paths.

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42. Fall in love with the colorful Rue Cremieux, something different to do in Paris

One of the most special streets in Paris is Rue Cremieux. All the facades are painted with the most striking colors and the combination is very beautiful .

It’s a fairly short and narrow pedestrian street, so you’ll be lucky if you don’t run into more people photographing the cute houses there are. It is very close to the Gare de Lyon , a place of passage for many visitors to Paris, so there is no excuse!

43. Sit on a bench in the Place des Vosges

It is one of the most charming squares to see in Paris . Surrounded by charming buildings and with several garden areas, it has a lot of history behind it. Victor Hugo lived there , who was an idol for all the French. On the day of his burial, there was not even a pin on the Champs-Elysees.

A touch from the Place des Vosges you can visit the charming Hotel de Sully , a 17th century mansion where Voltaire stayed.

44. Take a photo from the Bir Hakeim bridge

Paris has many great viewpoints and places from which to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. One of the best is the Bir Hakeim bridge, just 400 meters west of the Eiffel Tower . From there you will have a very nice perspective of the building with the Seine river in the scene .

45. Contemplate the Parisian Statue of Liberty

Did you think the one in New York was the only one? Well no! In Paris, on the island of Swans, is this famous statue. The one in New York is a replica that the French gave to the United States, yes, a few times larger .

46. ​​Visit La Defense and hallucinate with the buildings

This area looks like a completely different city. In fact it is (Neuilly sur Seine), because it is outside the limits of Paris, which ends at Porte Maillot, at the end of the Avenue de la Grande Armee.

Apart from dozens of skyscrapers, you will be able to see the largest and most modern Arc de Triomphe in Paris. You will also find some shopping centers, but what is worth it is to see the contrast of the modernity of this area with the rest of Paris.

Look at the buildings and try to locate some of the companies that have their headquarters there . Do you know any? Most of the skyscrapers are offices of large companies, both French and international. That is why between Monday and Friday there is much more movement than on weekends.

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47. Stroll through one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, the Pere Lachaise

Although visiting a cemetery may seem strange while on vacation, it is an original thing to do in Paris . Stand in front of one of the walls where many people were executed during the Paris Commune in 1871 . They were just looking for a better Paris…

If you are a music lover, you can also pay tribute to one of his greats: Jim Morrison , who rests there. You can book a guided tour in Spanish to discover all the corners of this mythical cemetery.

48. Visit the Stade de France, something essential to do in Paris for sports lovers

If you like sports, you surely don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Stade de France, the home of the French soccer team. With a capacity of more than 81,000 spectators, it is the largest and most important stadium in France . Although be careful, it’s not where PSG plays!

Watching a game there is a fantastic experience, although if you’re not lucky enough to match, you can always take a very interesting tour of the stadium .

49. Go on a trip to the Canal Saint-Martin

The Canal Saint-Martin is one of the most picturesque places to see in Paris. It is not far from the center, approximately 20 minutes by public transport. This canal was created in 1825 to provide drinking water to the city. Good ‘ol times! However, it was also used and is still used for the transport of goods.

Many Parisians go to spend their holidays in its surroundings , since it is a very quiet and beautiful area.

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50. Disconnect in the Bois de Vincennes, one of the best things to do in Paris for free

And finally, to end this post about the best things to do in Paris , we recommend you visit the Bois de Vincennes. It is a tremendous park, located on the outskirts of the city, easily accessible by metro. It is one of the lungs of the French capital , so if you want to disconnect, there are few better places.

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