Things to do in Paris: For First Timers
Heading to Paris for the first time can seem overwhelming with so much to see and do. We’ve narrowed it down to the most obvious of must-see and do’s, so you don’t forget the big stuff.
Rent a Parisian Airbnb
Live your best Parisian life in a chic, French apartment, the best way to get the full Paris experience. See our suggestions below.
Visit the Eiffel Tower
Make your way to the top of the iconic French landmark to catch the best views of Paris (330 meters up!) Very ‘tourist-y’? Yes. But if you’ve never been, it has to be done.
Spend the day at the Louvre
Soak up the history of art at the beautiful Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, housing some of the most well known artworks, including the worlds most famous piece, the Mona Lisa. To avoid queues and crowds, opt for a mid week, morning visit.
Enjoy a classic Parisian breakfast
Croissants and coffee are likely to make up 40% of your Paris diet, so make sure you enjoy them in a quant, authentic Parisian Café setting. The one pictured above, known as a hotspot for celeb sightings over the years, was a recent filming spot for Emily in Paris! To read all about Season 2’s best filming locations click here.
See the Norte-Dame
Although still closed inside, you can take in the incredible architecture, and impressive works of the famous Notre-Dame from the ground!
Take a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens
These famous, picture perfect gardens are a great spot to take in the atmosphere of Paris (especially on a sunny day), whether it’s a quick walk or an afternoon picnic, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh air.
See a Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show
Head to Moulin Rouge for a night of incredible entertainment and fun, traditionally served with champagne and dinner.
Experience the Versailles Palace
An opulent complex, and former royal residence, the Versailles Palace is certainly something to witness. Once home to Louis XIV, the style is grand and regal, such as the famous Hall of Mirrors.
Visit The Foundation Louis Vuitton
The Louis Vuitton Foundation, is an art museum, and cultural centre sponsored by the group LVMH. The collection, a combination of works owned by LVMH and Bernard Arnault, includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George and Jeff Koons.
Explore the Paris Catacombs
The Catacombs are known as the ‘World’s Largest Grave’, the late 17th century underground tunnels were put into use when all of Paris’ cemeteries started to overflow and get overcrowded. Take a tour and be fascinating (and creeped out) by these dark passageways.
See Picasso’s largest Art Collection
The Musée Picasso is an art gallery located in the Hôtel Salé dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso. The museum collection includes more than 5,000 works of art including paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, prints, engravings and notebooks.
Indulge in Pâtisserie delights at Laduree
Here you’ll find some of the best Macaroons Paris has to offer, at the original Laduree, founded in 1862, the private rooms offer a 19th Century tearoom experience.