Paris is the perfect travel destination for those craving classical French architecture, art, fashion and of course food. While the city is filled with its own hidden gems, there are some destinations that are a must for any traveler in Paris. Here we’ve gathered 20 of some of the most well-known (and some top secret) spots to hit on your next trip to Paris.
- The Eiffel Tower
Naturally the national icon of Paris would fall in at #1. Travelers come from around the world to snap selfies in front of this iconic monument. Our advice? Don’t just see the tower like every other tourist, check out the recently opened “secret apartment” of designer Gustave Eiffel located at the very top. If you’re trying to burn off those extra croissants, you can always take the stairs to the top for tickets a fraction of the price.
- Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet
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Paris is known for its famed Museums (some that have made this list) but one museum that goes seemingly unnoticed is Musee Marmottan. This museum host one of the largest collections of Monet painting in the entire city, and has a wall to wall “water lilies” piece. The museum itself is located in a fairly out of the way spot, meaning you will be able to enjoy it without a flood of tourists.
- Maison de la Truffe
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Truffles are pieces of culinary magic that make absolutely anything taste amazing and at Maison de Truffe they are on EVERYTHING. As you would imagine the restaurant can be a bit of a splurge, but it’s entirely worth it for any foodie.
- Musée D’Orsay
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One of Paris’s former most prominent railway station was given the complete make over and transformed into one of its most elegant museums. The space now houses masterpieces by brilliant artists including Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Gaugin. The museum also hosts two delicious cages and a restaurant.
- Saint-Ouen Flea Market
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Said to be one of the largest antique markets in the world, the Saint-Ourn flea market is the perfect place to find everything from antique furniture to vintage Babar posters. Come with cash in hand and prepare to spend a full day.
- Tribeca Bistrot
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Looking for the quintessential bistro experience? Check out Tribeca Bistrot on Rue Cler. The restaurant is a quaint locals hand out but features some of the best mushroom risotto in Paris.
- Musée Rodin
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Previously the studio of the infamous sculptor Rodin, the museum now houses of 6,000 of his remarkable sculptures. Pieces found in the museum include The Thinker, The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell.
- Île Saint Louis
Located directly behind the gardens of Notredame, Pont Saint-Louis bridge has been featured in many films including Midnight in Paris. The bridge is the perfect location for a casual post dinner stroll.
- Musée Picasso
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Follow the life and works of the ambitious and controversial artist Picasso. The museum does a remarkable job of intertwining letters and history of the artist alongside the world’s largest public collection of his works.
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What is Paris without chocolate? Saint-Germain is known as the number one neighborhood in Paris to satisfy your chocolate craving. The neighborhood hosts over two dozen chocolateries to choose from, so you will always find your favorite and gain some new loves.
- Buddha Bar
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Take a break from French classics and indulge in a little nightlife. The Buddha Bar is the ideal location for drinks, dinner, and ideal lounge music.
- Musée du Louvre
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Besides the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre may be the most well-recognized symbol of Paris. A necessary stop for any traveler, the Louvre is the largest art museum, housing 675,000 square feet of artwork from around the globe.
- Rue Saint-Honoré
The ideal street for the diehard shopper, Rue Saint-Honoré is where you will find labels like Goyard, Hermes, Chanel, Zara, and Comme des Garçons.
- Le Marais
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Restaurants, cafes, and some of the best shopping in town. The Marais is located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and is an idyllic neighborhood to spend the day wandering about.
- Rue Des Martyrs
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While it may not make the top of many tourist books the Rue Des Martyrs is definitely worth the trip. Find experts of every kind in fromageries, boulangeries, and boucheries. If you love to cook this will be the BEST food market experience of your life.
- Champs Élysées
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Often overrun with tourists, the Champs Élysées is still worth the trip. The street is the busy mecca of the city, packed with restaurants and chain stores. If you are looking for a place to pick up some souvenirs for friends back home, this is the place.
- Catacombes de Paris
Get in touch with the dark side of Paris with a visit to its underground catacomb. The catacomb holds the remains of over six million people and dates as far back as 1774.
- Chez Papa
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Chez Papa is a legendary jazz club that has a cozy, smoky scene and excellent live music. Whether you are hitting this spot for a romantic evening or a solo post-meal drink, you will appreciate the ambience of this Parisian favorite.
- Hotel Plaza Athénée
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Best known for being the location of the Sex and The City finale, Hotel Plaza Athenee is one hotel that is worth the visit. The luxury 5-star hotel is the perfect location to stop in for a cocktail.
- The 11th District
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The “art district” of Paris, the 11th district begins near Le Marais and stretches all the way down finishing at the Pompidou Centre. The neighborhood is home to many smaller eclectic and contemporary art galleries.
Paris is more than just the city of romance. You can learn so much about this beautiful city's history, culture, and lifestyle by venturing out to its greatest offerings. The ultimate travel experience can be achieved with just a little time and effort!