The Must-See Places in Paris

PARISIANS’ SIGHTSEEING RECOMMENDATIONS

Of course you have to see the main tourist attractions in Paris — can you really say you’ve been here if you haven’t seen the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, and the Champs-Elysées? — but the City of Light offers so much beyond its many famous monuments. We locals love the unexpected gems hiding all over town, from the little-known museums and historic cathedrals to the picturesque parks and secret city squares. We’re sharing the must-see places in Paris according to locals, letting you in on the spots only Parisians know and telling you which top tourist destinations are actually worth visiting.

Monuments & Museums

A cultural capital of the world, the City of Paris has over 120 museums and some 2000 monuments, several internationally-renowned like the Louvre and Sacré Coeur, but many more under the radar like the Musée Jacquemart-André and the Château de Vincennes. Indeed, the French capital is so full of history, art, and architecture that it can be difficult to decide which places to visit. That’s why we’re sharing our Paris sightseeing highlights, including everything from the most famous monuments to the best small museums in Paris.

  • Guided Tours
    Discover Paris on a Guided Walking Tour

    Whether you’ve lived in the French capital for years or are visiting Paris for the first time, there’s always something new to discover. Perfect for both travelers and expats in Paris permanently, our small-group guided tours take you to famous Parisian districts like Le Marais and Montmartre and to little-known neighborhoods to learn about street art, architecture, history, or even pastries.

  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Origins of Paris Historical Tour
    Enjoy a small-group historical walking tour in the streets of the Montagne Sainte Genevieve down to the river.
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Street Art Tour of Montmartre
    See a different side of this romantic hilltop neighborhood by seeking out street art in its winding streets and learning all about this urban art form along the way. The perfect Parisian activity for families, this one-and-a-half-hour interactive guided walking tour through the streets of Montmar…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Discover the Goutte d’Or
    Discover a side of Paris that most tourists never see. Frederic of TheWaysBeyond takes you on a walking tour you of his old neighborhood, La Goutte d’Or, one of Paris’s most authentic multi-cultural melting pots. Here, Parisians of dozens of different nationalities come together to share their tr…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    See the Sights Along the Seine
    Spend a leisurely morning like a true Parisian! Your local guide Sophie will meet you for a sightseeing stroll along the Seine, telling you tales of Paris past as you make your way east to explore a historic area before ending at a popular fresh food market just in time for lunch! About th…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Paris Fashion Tours
    Spend a few hours with Paris designer Kasia Dietz to learn all about Parisian style, discover the city’s best boutiques, and meet other local designers. About the Tour As a designer who’s called Paris home for over nine years, Kasia will introduce you to shops exclusive to Paris and…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Street Art Tour of the Butte aux Cailles
    Search out some of the best street art in Paris while discovering an area often ignored by visitors but adored by locals. Set off on a guided street art scavenger hunt with the whole family through the winding rues of the Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood.
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Love Stories at the Louvre
    Love is a universal feeling, but the ways of living it and representing it have changed over time and across civilizations. During this guided tour of the Louvre, professional local guides Emmanuelle, Marie, and Marie-Amandine of Ma-tisse invite you to discover some of the museum’s masterpieces d…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Pastry Tour of Le Marais
    Le Marais is arguably the hippest neighborhood in Paris. While some may say that there are too many fashionistas, bobos, and tourists in the area, the charming cobblestone streets and vibrant atmosphere just can’t be beat. But Le Marais isn’t just about appearances. Local guides Nikki and Frederi…
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Street Art Tour of Beaubourg
    How about a giant scavenger hunt in the streets of Paris, seeking out and learning about street art along the way? Both kids and adults are sure to enjoy this unexpected art tour, and remember this great family time for years to come!
  • Experiences, Guided Tours
    Walk Through History in Le Marais
    Follow local guides Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond through the city squares and alleyways of Le Marais as you retrace the history of this iconic Parisian neighborhood. If many today consider Le Marais a must-see on any trip to Paris, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, in the early 20th cent…

Gardens & Parks

It doesn’t get much better than spending a sunny afternoon in one of Paris’s stunning parks and gardens, although seeing them covered in snow is pretty great too. From the famous once-royal Tuileries Gardens to the off-the-beaten-track Parc des Buttes Chaumont, the City of Light is full of pretty green spaces to go for a walk or run, enjoy a picnic, and reconnect with nature. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, head to one of these great parks in Paris.

  • Paris Metro Line 8 Must-Sees
    Doing a semi-circle around the southern part of Paris, Metro Line 8 takes you from one pretty Parisian park to the next, stopping by the city’s covered passages and can’t miss monuments along the way.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau
    Wine lovers, it’s time to get your glasses ready! The bottles of this year’s batch of Beaujolais Nouveau arrive Thursday, November 17, 2022, with Paris’s many bars and restaurants ready to celebrate. Bonne dégustation !
  • What to Do in Paris: November 2022
    From adults-only occasions to family-friendly art installations, the cultural calendar this month has a little something for everyone. Read on to find out when we’ll be raising a glass of wine to celebrate the Frenchest of all holidays and which temporary exhibitions we’re planning to hit.
  • The Complete Guide to Paris in Winter
    Thinking about an off-season adventure? If you’re not sure whether Paris should be your destination, read on to find out what it’s like in the city in winter.
  • Our Top 5 Best Market Streets In Paris
    What better way to discover the streets of Paris than by letting your tastebuds be your guide? To help you get started on your gourmet adventure, we’re sharing our five favorite food shopping streets in the French capital. Slip on some comfy shoes, grab a shopping bag, and set off to explore.
  • Paris Metro Line 7bis Must-Sees
    Explore the northeast of Paris off the beaten path by hopping on (and off) the Metro Line 7bis. Here’s where to stop and the sights you’ll see in the area.
  • What to Do in Paris: October 2022
    After taking a break these past two years due to the pandemic, we’re happy to bring back our monthly roundups of what’s on in Paris! Read on to find out what’s on our cultural calendar this October, from temporary art exhibitions ending soon to one of wine lovers’ favorite fêtes.
  • What to Do for Nuit Blanche
    This Saturday, October 1st, Paris will be up all night celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ‘White Night’ art festival with dozens of different activities and art exhibitions taking place all throughout the capital. Here are our tips along with a map of our top picks so you can enjoy the event…
  • How to Plan Your First Trip to Paris
    So you picked Paris as your next destination and can’t wait to get cracking on your travel plans? We don’t blame you! But before you start scouring the internet for everything from plane tickets to the proper way to greet someone in French, scroll down for our time-saving, insider tips on how to …
  • Paris Metro Line 7 Must-Sees
    From free sightseeing spots to quaint and colorful streets you can’t miss, the long Line 7 is the one to ride for families after a unique experience in Paris. Read on for our recommendations of what to see where.

Art Galleries & Exhibitions

Paris may be known for its amazing, best-in-the-world art museums (the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Musée Picasso, and the list goes on…) but the City of Light is also home to many exceptional galleries and exhibition spaces. To discover up-and-coming artists, contemplate contemporary artworks, and immerse yourself in intriguing international art shows, these are the best places to visit.

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Streets of Paris

With so many museums, monuments, parks, and gardens to see, it’s easy to forget all the surprises the Paris streets have in store. Nearly every corner offers something worth stopping and admiring: street art, centuries-old bridges, charming covered passages, quiet city squares, and perfect photo opportunities. Here are our favorite places to visit in Paris when wandering les rues.

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