The Ten "musts" to do in Paris
Paris has a seemingly endless amount of things to do. When creating your itinerary it can be a bit overwhelming. You want to make sure you don't over plan but you also don't want to miss out on an essential Parisian experience that you will later regret. So, I created the top ten "musts" for Paris.
Paris is the city of love. The streets are lined with inviting cafes, world-class museums, and restaurants. One of my favorite ways to experience Paris is simply by walking the city. YNot only is the city breath taking the people are also
Paris can also be a source of anxiety. If you don't plan your trip right you may find yourself smooshed between tourists. Paris can be overpriced and touristy. Please, do not let this happen to your trip. The city of Lights is such a special city, you simply have to make a plan and avoid the traps set in place. Allow yourself, like so many before you to fall in love with this magical city.
These ten "musts" for Paris will help you maximize your trip and experience Paris!
1.) Rue Cremieux
Rue Cremieux is one of the most beautiful streets in Paris. It's a bit tucked away not far from the train station in center Paris. The street is filled with the most colorful houses with beatutiful plants. Bring your camera to this street and get some of the best photos you can get when traveling Paris. In my experience there wasn't a ton of tourists on this street. There was a handful people with selfie sticks but not as unbearable as other major Paris landmarks. You will notice the many instagram famous hopefulls taking pics. This part of the street can be kind of unappetizing. However, this is a nice spot to stop to soak up the beautiful houses and colors. The other major pro for visiting this street is that it is completely free!
2.) Shop at Shakespeare and Co.
Shakespeare and Co. is a historic book store that emits brilliance and tradition. This historic book store is a must-stop for any book lover. Just down the road from Notre Dame, this bookstore has floor to ceiling bookshelves and numerous rooms that feels at times like a labyrinth. This bookstore oozes with history. Shakespeare and Co was frequented by Hemingway and published James Joyces Ulysses. The store is filled with unique and rare books. For the book lover this is a must stop!
3.) Notre Dame Cathedral
This cathedral is iconic and lives up to the hype. The line can look like its never ending but don't let it scare you, the line goes very quick. The exterior of the church is incredibly beautiful with some breath taking architecture.The statues on the outside of the church have so much rich detail. The inside is serene and absolutely stunning. Walk around or find a tour to that will elaborate on some of the history of the cathedral. If you get a chance go to the very top for some amazing views!
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4.)Explore the Latin Quarter
The narrow streets of the Latin Quarter are filled to the brim with culture and interesting shops. One of the highlights of Paris is exploring the Latin quarter with no end point in mind. The streets are beautiful and and worth spending a afternoon wondering. Be on alert however, some restaurants are very touristy, so use your best judgement on which ones are authentic and which ones are for the tourists. The shops can be cool as well but can be very touristy too. The highlight of the Latin Quarter is streets and beautiful buildings.
5.) Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur may be my favorite part of Paris. I absolutely loved exploring the church. It is as beautiful as Notre Dame and gives you a similar feeling of history. But the true highlight o Sacre Coeur lies at the top of the narrow old stairs. The views are breath taking. You have a great view of the whole city along with Eiffel Tower from atop Sacre Coeur. There is far less people at Sacre Coeur then places such as Notre Dame. This leaves you more space and time to explore. Once you leave Sacre Coeur church explore the surrounding area. Some of my favorite restaurants and shops are up around this church. Everything is on a hill so just walking you can see beautiful views.
6.) The catacombs of Paris
Visiting the catacombs is a powerful expire! There are hundreds of thousands of bones here and it is a very powerful experience. Stop at the catacombs if your looking for a spooky experience that shines a light on the history of Parisian people.
7.) Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is incredibly beautiful and decadent. The palace and the surrounding gardens is well worth the long wait and cost. The palace will take an entire day to explore so carve out one whole day in your itinerary. The palace is huge and easy to get lost in. Don't do as my fiance and I did and accidentally walk out of the palace...They will not let you back in :(
8.) Walk the Seine River
Walk the Seine River. The best thing to do in Paris is walk and there is no better place to walk in Paris than along the Seine. There are a million things to do or look along the river. Some of the best shops and restaurants are along the river. Or simply stop by a bar and have a glass of wine and sit y the Seine.
9.) Have a croissant
Paris is home to some of the best food in the world. In my previous posts about vegan restaurants in Paris I talked about a place called Cloud Cakes. This place has the best vegan croissants in Paris and is a must stop for the vegan traveling to Paris.
10.) Visit The Eiffel Tower
The obvious thing to do in Paris is to see the Eiffel Tower but it does have its flaws. Now the Eiffel tower can be a frustrating affair but it is a must stop. The lines are insanely long. When i went in July I was in line in the crazy heat forever. But it is worth it. You cant find views that are better! The tower is iconic. I dont know if I will see the tower on every trip. But everyone has to go up the Eiffel Tower at least once in their lives.