It is fair to say that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its stunning monuments, history and gastronomy make it a must visit place in your lifetime. If you know nothing about Paris and have little time in town, you gotta do the touristy stuff obviously. To the contrary, you would try to behave as local as possible if you know it very well. Whenever I visit, I love to do a mix of both, so here is my top 10 list of things I love doing when in Paris.
1. Wander Around Montmartre
Montmartre is my favourite area in Paris. I really love wandering around, observing the multicultural aspect of Paris, its narrow streets filled with cute bars and how lively this neighbourhood is. Place du Tertre is a favourite because of the numerous artists who give a meaning to what Montmartre actually is. Definitely, do not miss out on Montmartre!
2. Treat Yourself with a Cabaret Show
What would Paris be without the Moulin Rouge, Lido or Crazy Horse? Not much really because Paris simply is the capital city of cabaret! So don’t be shy and book your hot evening in one of these popular venues. Each cabaret is very different in style but my preference goes for the Crazy Horse.
3. Eat and Don’t Bother
Oh boy! Paris is the capital city of foodies and no excuses are valid for being on a diet. From Michelin starred restaurants to street food, you can get it all. So don’t be fool missing out on yummy dishes and delicacies. This is your opportunity to actually know what French gastronomy, bistronomy or patisserie actually mean. Click here for restaurant recommendations.
4. Visit a Cemetery
Shhhh, it’s Oh So Quiet! Paris has two beautiful cemeteries that host the grave of famous writers, singers, actors, composers and entertainers. You can go for a promenade in these cemeteries to see the graves of Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf in Père Lachaise or Dalida and Michel Berger in Montmartre.
5. Seek Out for the Bobo Ambiance
Bobo means in short “bourgeois bohemian”. It is a new trend that has been pushing the creation of new quirky cafes, bustling restaurants and hip boutiques. To experience what the bobo ambiance actually means, head out to the area around Canal St-Martin which has become the HQ of Parisian hipsters.
6. Take the Apero Outdoor in a Parisian Bistro
Parisian bistros are very popular because of their famous small round tables put next to each other and their 1950’s style chairs. When the sun shines, there is nothing better than sitting in an open terrace while enjoying a glass of wine and observing people passing by. This is when times stops and you get to experience Paris as if you were a local.
7. Chill in Jardin du Luxembourg
Bordered by Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, this peaceful gardens is very much cherished and loved by Parisians. Whether it is to jog, to have a picnic or to just lay down on the grass, Luxembourg Garden is a favourite meeting point for locals in warm and sunny days.
8. Enjoy the Views over the Eiffel Tower
No top 10 is valid if it does not mention about Paris’ number 1 symbol. In fact, the Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York City. However, forget about reaching the top of it and wasting time among thousands of tourists. Instead, you should book a table at the rooftop restaurant Les Ombres for dinner or head to Le Perchoir, a rooftop bar which has a great view and ambiance.
9. Pay a Visit at the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Georges Pompidou is the largest modern art museum in Europe. Built in the 80s, its unique high-tech and colourful style attracts a lot of people every day. Besides the modern art museum, it also includes a library, a cinema and a rooftop bar amongst other things.
10. Shop in Style in Rue Saint–Honoré
Forget about Champs-Elysées. Rue Saint-Honoré is the new strip in Paris where elite French designers have set home and where Parisian fashionistas do their shopping spree. Obviously, you need to get your wallet full to be able to stroll around even though it is worth just window-shopping.