20 things to do and to see in Paris that are unique
Lists can help you figure out what to see in Paris and which are the things that you want to do first! Plus, here you will find also fun facts that not anybody knows about the city.
1. Take a walk to the Flower Markets
Even if you won’t be in Paris as long as you need to enjoy the flowers in your apartment or accommodation, take one of the most colorful walk you’ll ever take in at least one Flower Market. I think that the best one to see in Paris is in Louis-Lepine square, in the arrondissement 4!
2. Walk along the Seine
If you don’t want to go on a cruise on the Seine, just walk along the river. You can admire the attractions of Paris during your walk, enjoy amazing views and doing some shopping to the stands that are there. You can buy book or pictures of Paris or other souvenirs.
3. Pompidou Center without spending there all day
If you don’t have a lot of time to visit museums but you still want at least one exhibition of contemproary art to see in Paris, go to the Georges Pompidou center and look for temporary exhibitions! You will see something that you won’t find anywhere else without spending all day in a museum.
4. A Green Pause
Wheter you’re in Paris for a day, for a week or a month, remember to not lose the chance to live the parks of the city. Parks in Paris are both landmarks and attractions. Figure out which is better for you here and see which one is the closest to your accommodation or to the places you want to go. Just imagine take a pause when you spend days moving around the city!
5. Breakfast in Batignolles
If you want to eat something special for breakfast, go to Batignolles district! It is the place to see in Paris if you want to taste croissant and other unique recipes and dishes of French cuisine.
6. A French aperitif
The aperitif is the moment of the day when you can drink something and taste some appetizer relaxing before dinner. If you want to do an aperitif in a very French style, go to rue de la Roquette and choose the coffee bar you like the most!
7. Admire Monet
If you go to the Orangeire Museum, in Tuileries gardens, you will have the chance to admire amazing paintings by Monet to see in Paris. ou can’t miss this possibility. Even if usually you are not into art, you will understand that you are in front of masterpieces.
8. See the city from above
Take the Montmartre funicular (also known as cable car) and admire Paris from above. You can also do a picnic in the Buttes-Chaumont park that is in the same area. Plus, you can also visit the famous Sacre-Coeur church! Paris from above is not only by the Eiffel Tower.
9. Take the metro
Underground is to see in Paris! It is an attraction because of the historical importance. When you take it – consult a metro guide here! – admire all the different styles of the stations.
10. Hot-air balloon tour
If you want to see Paris from the sky being in the sky, just take a Hot-air balloon from the André Citroen park! The tours start at 9 a.m.!
11. Paris undergrounds
You can expore also the Paris subsoils by visiting its ancient sewers! They are very important in the history of the city and you can go there by visiting the Musée des Egouts de Paris, in arrondissement 7.
12. A quick visit to the Louvre
When you are in Paris, you can’t go back home withouth visiting attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. What you might not know is that you can plan a personalized visit to the famous Museum by downloading an app that helps you plan your visit and the artworks you will see!
13. Attend an auction in Drouot
If you want to buy a very special souvenir or you simply enjoy auctions, go to Drouot! It is the most important place for auctions in the city. Usually, they start exhibit the objects at morning while the actual auction begins at 2 p.m.
14. A very special art shop
Père Tanguy was a man who had the courage of open a shop where he use to sell modern paintings that were not initially accepted by the public. Those paintings were by Cézanne and Van Gogh. It is an important piece of history of Paris! The shop is in Rue Clauzel, in the arrondissement 9.
15. Statues of Liberty in Paris
In 1886, the artist Colmar Fredéric Auguste Bartholdi and the architects Viollet Le Duc and Gustave Eiffel decided to build a double of the American statue of Liberty to celebrate the brotherhood between the to Peoples. Now, Paris host 5 statues of Liberty. One is in the Musée des Art et Metiers, another one is on the Ile aux Cygnes. The other three are in Musée d’Orsay; on Alma bdirge and in the Luxembourg gardens.
16. Sniff at the perfume museum
Visit the Perfume museum in rue Scribe, arrondissement 9. The museum itself is an interior design masterpiece and you will enjoy perfumes of all epoques!
17. Try yourself at the counterfeit museum!
Are you sure you can distinguish an original object from its false double? Try yourself in rue de la Faisanderie, where you can see counterfeits. The most ancients date back at 200 b.C.!
18. Declare your love
If you are in Paris with your partner, go to the Pont des Arts: it is famous for the most romantic declarations of love!
19. Go to an event in the Centquatre
Centquatre is a contemporary art gallery where concerts and performances take place! It is a very peculiar space that I recommend visiting especially during an event.
20. Seek for a jazz club atmosphere
Take a chance to see a real jazz club in the 20s style by going to the Caveau des Oubliettes. If you stay in Paris for more than few days, take a look on this page about the best jazz clubs of Paris too. Even if jazz music is not your favourite, you will surely enjoy the cozy and bohemienne atmosphere!