Top 10 Things to Do in Paris

Whether it’s your first time in Paris or not, you can’t leave the city without doing these things

The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is a magical destination filled with iconic sites and hidden treasures throughout the city. Visitors are drawn to its trendy cafés, romantic cobblestone streets, designer boutiques, and museums that hold historic pieces of artwork. Whether it’s a honeymoon, family vacation, or girls’ getaway, travelers heading to Paris are sure to be in for the cultural experience of a lifetime.

From the most awe-inspiring panoramic views to the best shops to try macarons, here are the top ten things you should do before leaving Paris.

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The Louvre at Night

The Louvre Museum is one of the largest museums in the world, but it can sometimes feel crowded and overwhelming. What many tourists don't know is that when the sun goes down, the Louvre becomes intimate and quiet, allowing guests to fully indulge in the impressive art collections. Discovering the Louvre at night can be one of the most memorable highlights of a Parisian getaway.

Lindsay Stein

Eat Escargot

If you don't try escargot in Paris, you're doing it wrong. As one of France's most iconic delicacies, it's a popular dish and essential to enjoying the authentic taste of France. There are different varieties, but they're usually served in a garlic parsley butter sauce.


Picnic by the Seine River

Head to the open-air market and pick up some freshly baked baguettes, cheeses, and wine to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch on the banks of the Seine River. Better yet, wait to watch the sun go down for an incredible sunset view of the city.

Discover Walks

Walk the Bridges

The Seine River and its bridges have always been central to life in Paris. One of the most famous bridges, the Pont des Arts, is popular among couples for its symbolic meaning and sentimental messages and was once known for the countless “love locks” lovers had attached to its railings. The city now removes locks to prevent damage to the bridge, but it remains a popular romantic destination.

Lindsay Stein

Taste Macarons and Chocolates


Paris is home to some of the best sweets, especially when it comes to macarons and chocolate. Ladurée is a famous pâtisserie, or pasty shop, in Paris that is well-known for its yummy, rainbow-colored assortment of macarons. For the best hot chocolate in Paris, head to Angelina, where they serve a thick hot chocolate with a dollop of mascarpone and whipped cream.