If you’re planning a long weekend trip to the city of Paris, here are the top 13 things to do whilst you’re there!
Dip in and out of the many bakeries
Even though we had miserable weather for most of our trip, there’s something comforting about layering up and heading out for a warm, crumbly pastry.
Our accommodation didn’t include breakfast, so we were in search of bakeries every single morning.
This is an affordable (and delicious) way to experience the city of Paris!
Try the chocolat chaud at Angelina Paris Tea House
Angelina Paris Tea House is home of “the best hot chocolate in Paris”. Naturally it has an extortionate menu, such as over 8 euros for just one chocolat chaud, but it is worth the money – and calories).
Refreshments aside, this ornate tea room and shop was the perfect escape from the rain. There are several others dotted across Paris, but apparently the one on Rue de Rivoli near The Louvre is the best.
Take a tour around The Louvre
Not many people visit Paris and skip The Louvre, even if like us you’re not really into museums.
Lucky for us we got in for free due to being under 26, so spent a few hours wandering through the many museum wings.
Try to plan what you want to see before you visit as queues can be long and sometimes rooms are closed off. We spent an hour looking for one painting before being told it was off limits that day.
Wander around the ground of Palais Royal
The 280 monochrome striped sculptures in the Palais Royal courtyard wasn’t something I wanted to miss.
Unfortunately this area had some scaffolding when we visited, but it was great to see. And of course to get those Instagram shots.
It’s been done a thousand times, but there’s something stunning about it. Even in the rain!
Pay a visit to Notre-Dame
We didn’t go into the Notre-Dame because the queue was about two-hours long and we simply didn’t have time, but we spent an hour or so outside here just admiring the cathedral and it’s atmosphere.
If you have the time, do make sure you pop in.
Grab a bite in The Latin Quarter
By the time we reached the Latin Quarter, the sun was getting ready to set for the day. This was a great time to visit as the streets came to life whilst we strolled around finding our bearings.
We ate in a restaurant, but next time I’d give the street food a go. The bars had a great vibe, too!
Take a walk to The Panthéon
The majestic Panthéon building sits up on the hill nearby to the Latin Quarter. You can go inside, but we chose to snap out photos and head onto our next destination.
There was also a beautiful Maison de Fleurs shop nearby!
Enjoy a stroll around Jardin du Luxembourg
We visited the Luxembourg Gardens for a quick walk, before getting asked to leave as they were closing.
We didn’t realise they’d close so early, so if you’re going to go, don’t leave it too late in the day!
It was still really cold when we visited in March, so I imagine it’s even more beautiful in spring/summer.
Enjoy an evening in Le Marais
We didn’t plan to visit Le Marais but ended up detouring via this arrondissement on route back to our hotel one night.
We didn’t stop for long here as it was so late, but it looked like it had a great vibe for those looking for a night cap (or three!).
They also had tons of amazing macaron shops, a couple of which we stopped by.
Climb up to Sacré-Cœur
This gorgeous Roman Catholic Church sits right on the top of Montmartre hill.
It’s free to enter and offers stunning views across the city. Which admittedly were a bit bleak when we visited!
You can read more about our visit here.
Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower
What’s a trip to Paris without a visit to the Eiffel Tower? We saved this experience for a day when the sun finally shone and I’m so glad we did.
It’s inexpensive to do (especially if you’re under 26) and the views from the top are never ending.
And don’t forget to go back at night to see the tower sparkle.
You can read more about our visit here.
Snap your photos of Arc de Triomphe
Not too far away from the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find the famous Arc de Triomphe.
The roundabout is crazy busy and a bit intense at times, but make sure you pop through the underground pass to see the Arc from underneath.
You don’t realise how big it really is until it towers over you.
Enjoy French dining
We were on a tight budget so didn’t get to experience the best of French cuisine, but you don’t need to spend hundreds to do so either.
Enjoy a glass of wine and see what takes your fancy on the menu of the countless Parisian restaurants and cafes that line the streets.
Depending on how much time you have, I’d really recommend all of the above to anyone who is planning to visit! We managed to fit this all into three days with no trouble, though it would have been nice to have a little more time in some places.
Have a read of my ultimate 3 day Paris itinerary to get an idea of how we organised our trip.
Have you been to Paris before? Which part stole your heart?