A visit to Paris is a trip that everyone wants to take. Whether you have visited this famous city already or are still making plans, you’ll encounter an overwhelming amount of information about what Paris to offer. If you do not know where to start or what to include in your itinerary —besides the Eiffel Tower, of course — do not worry. Here are five things to add to your Paris itinerary.
Take a Walking Tour
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Paris is a city to see on foot. Start by walking around the neighborhood near your Paris hotel. You can choose to walk on your own or join a free walking tour, which you are bound to run into. You will get a sense of what attractions are near you, how far the Eiffel Tower is, and when restaurants are at their busiest. Grabbing some snacks on the way always is a treat. If you are close to the Champs-Élysées, you will get breath-taking views of the city. Notre Dame is also a great tourist-friendly area to begin.
Eat at a Parisian Bakery
Eat at a local bakery and indulge your taste buds. Even if you are not one for sweets or coffee, you will find something to enjoy. Macarons, croissants, and chocolates are a few top choices. Angelina’s is a famous spot for hot chocolate. Carl Marletti’s has some of the most delicious éclairs ever. For a bakery near the Eiffel Tower, try Boulangerie Poilâne.
Visit a Museum
Visit at least one museum during your time in Paris to increase your appreciation for French culture. Check out the Louvre, which is so vast that you can spend days and still not see everything. The Musée d’Orsay is an Impressionist museum where you can view the works of Monet, Manet, and Van Gogh. For paintings, the Musée de l’Orangerie will be your stop. A Museum Pass is worth purchasing if you want to visit more than one museum.
Shopping in Paris is to be embraced. Rue Saint-Honoré is a top shopping center where you can find many items beyond clothing. The Boulevard Saint-Germain has shops lined along the street starting at the Seine River. The Rue du Commerce is a “hidden” shopping street that holds more than 100 shops, including name brand stores. At La Maroquinerie Parisienne, you can find deals for 20 percent off.
Tour the Underground
Throwing something unique into your Paris itinerary might include a visit to the world underground. Although this is one of the grimmer sight of Paris, it is undoubtedly something different. The Paris Catacombs stretch for miles underground into ancient mines. You can also visit the Paris Sewer System, built in the 19th century. For something even more eerie, you can visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery, the largest cemetery within Paris, where you can view the gravesites of Frederic Chopin and other famous artists.
These five tips can help give your Paris itinerary great variety, sparking extra ideas for your return trip.