Unquestionably the world’s most cosmopolitan and fashionable city, it was surprising to learn that Paris was voted fifth in the recent Euromonitor’s top 100 tourist hotspots rankings in 2014. However, don’t let this put you off, fifth is still largely impressive and we at Celebricious.com are in love with the French capital.
It is hard to do your own thing in Paris if it is your first time visiting the city, because you may feel as if you have wasted your trip if you don’t pay a visit to some of its most iconic places.
It is hard to be original as a tourist in Paris so you may as well just bow into the hype already! We have put together a list of the 8 things all tourists do when they visit Paris.
Go up the Eiffel Tower
You may as well begin with Paris’ most iconic tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower. This engineering masterpiece has been at the centre of the capital’s tourist boom since 1889, and its popularity has got even stronger in the present day.
It is truly magnificent to look at, but queues to go up the tower can be a nightmare. By booking tickets online you can avoid this annoyance and for the price of £30 per person, it is an opportunity you cannot miss.
Take advantage of the Sunday Programme
Let’s face it, everybody loves a freebie. On the first Sunday of every month many of the City’s national museums open up to the public free of charge. For museum enthusiasts in particular, it would be well worth timing your trip around this period as it will allow you to free-up plenty of cash for other activities.
Relax in Luxembourg Gardens
Considered the most romantic park in the world’s most romantic city, Luxembourg Gardens is uniquely landscaped and home to hundreds of statues and fountains which are surrounded by acres of beautiful greenery.
The scenery is so therapeutic and is a wonderful rest spot after a long day of walking around. It is only a stone’s throw away from Paris’ main attractions.
Experience the Musée du Louvre
Since its emergence in the 18th century the Musée du Louvre has developed into one of the world’s largest and unique museums.
With over four floors of art from around the world, it would take a lot longer than a day to take in everything, but it’s a certain ‘must’ for tourists and is one of the museums that is free to enter on the first Sunday of every month. Artworks from the likes of Michelangelo and da Vinci can be found around this illustrious palace.
The Montmartre Walk
Another freebie if you decide to do it without a guided tour, Montmartre draws comparisons from New York’s Greenwich Village due to its beautiful surroundings and expensive properties, and yes you aren’t going to afford to do much there if you are travelling on a budget, but it is surely worth the walk.
In Montmarte you will be able to visit iconic sites such as the Maison Rose, Place Dalida and Au Lapin Agile. It is one of those things that you need mark off your checklist!
Take a stroll down Rue Saint-Honoré
Now this is the place for a fashionista. Like Montmarte, the Rue Saint-Honoré is one of the city’s most expensive areas, which is not surprising as the street is home to an abundance of designer specialist stores.
For those of you who have travelled without a budget you may be pleased to find out that you can get your hands on some Chanel or Damir Doma. Don’t be alarmed though as there are a number of high street retailers in the area too.
Have a picnic at the Square du Vert-Galant
Dining out in Paris is super expensive, so if you are looking to cut the cost, having a picnic at the Square du Vert-Galant is a popular choice for tourists. Its romantic, bohemian setting attracts couples day and night and the sparkling tea lights that float downstream put the spotlight on the natural beauty of the location.