101 things to do in Paris (beyond the guides) (P1)


The time has come and I can officially say that We return to Paris !!! And with the decision of destiny, combined with the trip to the Loire Valley, comes the planning that we like so much (and that many of you missed from this city) that makes you enjoy the trip before leaving from the moment you are viewing it (as previously I did with New York or Rome). So, with this article, we begin our previous preparations with thosethings to do in Paris, after having bought the flights, the travel insurance and reserved accommodation (better located impossible), using that compilation list (of forums and contributions of travelers and readers) very complete beyond the traditional guides themselves (which are also included)

It's been a long time since we were looking forward to the City of Light but we were resisting another trip that went ahead on our wish list but finally the time has come (as the sweatshirt I asked Isaac to say was gift, with a clear message, to take the hint, heheheh).Do we take paper and pencil and start?

ALL ORGANIZED PARIS PREPARATIONS:As in all our trips, as we plan ours we publish it in case it helps you. Here are all the arrangements for traveling to Paris organized:

"1. 101 things to do in Paris (beyond the guides) (P1)"with everything to do, experiences and others that do not appear in the guides (and the essential ones)
"2. Map of Paris with detailed plans for your trip (P2)", to place all the previous attractions and even be able to print them
"3. The 11 best excursions in Paris (and more reserved) (P3)", to optimize the time depending on your stay
"4i. Eiffel Tower Tickets NO TAILS! (P4i) ", which you can buy online and tricks to avoid queues
"4ii. Louvre Museum Tickets NO COLAS! (P4ii)", the same but the most famous museum (and info of the Paris Pass)
"5. Routes through Paris, design your itinerary (P5)"Have you decided on all of the above? Time to organize it and get our final itinerary
"6. 30 tips for traveling to Paris important (P6)", reviewing some important recommendations and others that you should know


Like all articles of this type that we do, research has consisted of read a lot and write down all the things to do in Paris beyond those that appear in the guides. Obviously it will be impossible to do them all in 4 days (plus Disneyland) what this trip consists of but it will serve to place them on the maps and adapt them to any type of itinerary.

List of things to do in Paris (and where they are located)

Of course if we talk about Paris we know that we are not referring to any city, we are facing the City of light, love, fashion capital and one of the favorite for tourism. As many times as you go to Paris you won't get to know everything since It is one of those cities that will always have a "secret corner" to show you.

To shape a future route is essential make a "division" by neighborhoods of Paris (eye, important, it is not exactly what each neighborhood would be, it is to organize) so, after having read a lot and give it a few (quite) turns and provisionally, we have designed it for a 4 + 1 day itinerary in the following:
- Les Halles, Ilé de la Cité and Barrio Latino
- Montparnasse, Saint-Germain and Le Marais / Bastille
- Trocadero / Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and Invalides
- Tuileries / Louvre and Montmartre
- Surroundings, especially since Disneyland Paris is a landline although there is much more

We will see this a little better on the maps that we will design in the following article but first we will choose what we want to see. Do we start

Visits and walks (entering or without entering)

- St Eustache Church, a jewel of Gothic art and one of the preserved buildings of the old quarter, it is said that it is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. Inside it sports the largest organ in France Les Halles
- The Saint Jacques tour, start of the Camino de Santiago in Paris Les Halles
- The Saint Merri Church, World Heritage is known as the little Notre Dame Les Halles
- He Pompidou Modern Art Center, gathers architecture, modern art, ancient art, books, etc. Les Halles
- Les Halles Gardens, about 4 hectares to enjoy a quiet walk Les Halles
- Commerce Bourse, is a circular building that houses the bag and was previously an old grain market in Paris Les Halles
- Rue Montorgueil, you can not miss its restaurants and shops, cafes and street stalls with fruit and vegetables Les Halles
- Notre Dame, the Cathedral of Paris, of course an essential visit * CLOSED until 2025 for a serious fire in April 2019 Ilé de la Cité
- Kilometer 0, located in the Notre Dame square marks the beginning of all the roads of Paris Ilé de la Cité
- Archaeological crypt,vestiges of the buildings before 1750 found in the excavationIlé de la Cité
- Flower market (Marché aux Fleurs), floods a little piece of central Paris with its colors Ilé de la Cité
- Saint Chapelle, a beautiful gothic temple, its stained glass windows are all wonderful Ilé de la Cité
- Concierge, former palace turned into a prison Ilé de la Cité
- New bridge (Pont Neuf), although it may not seem like it by name, it is the oldest bridge in Paris Ilé de la Cité
- Place dauphine, Enrique IV's first urban project Ilé de la Cité
- Square du Vert Galant, magical garden with incredible views of the Louvre and the right bank of the River Seine Ilé de la Cité
- Equestrian statue of Henry IV, we will find it in our tour Ilé de la Cité
- L'Horloge Tower (Clock Tower), from 1370 is the first public clock in Paris Ilé de la Cité
- Visit the island Saint louis and stroll seeing their galleries Saint louis
- Sorbonne University, the most important in Paris and one of the oldest in the world Latin Quarter
- He Pantheon, the first important monument in Paris, houses illustrious names Latin Quarter
- The Paris mosque, built in tribute to Muslims killed by France Latin Quarter
- Botanical Garden, belonged to the Natural History Museum in its day made the function of real pharmacy Latin Quarter
- Theater de l'Odeón, an essential visit to one of the most famous theaters in Paris Latin Quarter
- Know the Oceanographic Museum Jacques Cousteau, has more than a century of history Latin Quarter
- Montparnasse tour, the second tallest skyscraper in Paris Montparnasse
- Institute Pasteur, French foundation that contributes to the prevention of infectious diseases Montparnasse
- Vandamme Library, another library for the collection, we love it Montparnasse
- Montparnasse Cemetery, where to see the tombs of celebrities like Jean-Paul Sastre Montparnasse
- The Paris catacombs, for those who like this type of cemeteries from the Roman era Montparnasse
- Luxembourg gardens, a paradise of a very important nature for Parisians Saint-Germain
- Luxembourg Palace, today houses the French Sénat Saint-Germain
- St-Suplice Church, another spectacular church where its frescoes stand out in a special way Saint-Germain
- Church of St-Germain des Prés, the oldest in Paris Saint-Germain
- Picasso Museum, if you want to see one of the most appreciated art collections in Paris Le marais
- Vosges Square, the oldest square in Paris is a set of elegant symmetric houses Le marais
- Victor Hugo's House, we can find it inside the Vosgues Square Le marais
- Bastille Square, a historic place turned into a busy roundabout Le marais
- Opéra Bastille, the main opera house in the capital Le marais
- Musée Carnavalet, a real walk through the history of Paris Le marais
- Cimetiere du Pére Lachaise, you can pay our respects to Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison Le marais
- Hotel de Ville, today it hosts the city hall of Paris and other government institutions Le marais
- Maison Européenne de la Photographie, we will see a collection of the history of photography Le marais
- Louvre, a museum that needs few details (deserves a full part-time) Tuileries
Musée de l'Orangerie discovering its giant Monet Tuileries
- Place de la Concorde, largest public square in Paris chaired by an Egyptian Obelisk Tuileries
- Tuileries Garden, with 28 hectares of fountains, ponds and sculptures, declared World Heritage by Unesco Tuileries
- D'Orsay Museum, one of the most famous for its magnificent impressionist collection Tuileries
- Madelaine Church, the less curious for its style more typical of Ancient Greece Tuileries
- Palais Garnier, at least the magnificent facade should be contemplated Tuileries
- Jardin du Palais Royal, other impressive gardens to stroll and admire its colonnades Tuileries
- Place Vendóme, important square in the history of Paris and where we can see the famous Ritz hotel Tuileries
- Grand Palais and Petit Palais, buildings of the Universal Exhibition of 1900 that host excellent exhibitions Tuileries
- Garden of the Nouvelle France, an unexpected paradise of lilos, lemon, orange and a pond full of fish Tuileries
- Terte Square, originally the main square of the town of Montmartre Montmartre
- Dalí Espace Montmartre, dedicated to the artist who gives name Montmartre
- Musée de l'Erotisme, exposes modern and ancient erotic art from four continents Montmartre
- Montmartre Museum, who likes museums of course in Paris you will find them Montmartre
- Moulin de la Galette, we can see it crowning the highest peak in Paris Montmartre
- Parc de la Vilette, the largest cultural park in the city Montmartre
- Église St-Pierre de Montmartre, built where previously there was a roman temple Montmartre
- Maison de Balzac, you can visit where the realistic writer Honoré de Balzac lived and worked Trocadero
- For travelers the Musée du Quai Branly, we can see its four main sections, Oceania, Asia, Africa and America Trocadero
Lafayette Haussmann Galleries, the quintessential Paris fashion stores (and its views from the 7th floor)Elysian Fields
- Musée Jacquemart-André, to give you an idea of ​​the life and tastes of Parisian high society Elysian Fields
- Esplanade des Invalides, 500m long and built by Louis XIV Invalids
- Napoleon's Tomb, we can say that an extravagant "something" composed of six coffins Invalids
- Église du Dóme, one of the best churches with its golden dome, welcomes the remains of Napoleon Invalids
- Rodin Museum, an essential museum where you can contemplate above all a very famous work Invalids
- Musée de l'Armée, here is the largest collection on military history Invalids
- St. Louis Cathedral, another church to admire in the heart of the Invalides Invalids
- Know la Defense, the skyscraper-filled business district general
- Get to know the lifestyle, charming restaurants and designer stores like Amelié (or even take a boat ride) in the Canal Saint-Martin General

And of course many more things to do in Paris that remain in the inkwell and that would make this list "almost" infinite. Those that you want to add tell us in the comments and we expand without problem ... (museums will talk in another article)

Experiences (a step beyond traditional visits, including shopping)

- Go shopping in the Forum des Halles Les Halles
- See work and enjoy the works of the best creative talents of Paris in the 59 Rívoli Les Halles
- Cross the narrowest street in Paris inRue du Chat Qui PêcheLatin Quarter
- Enjoy a unique experience visiting the bookstore Shakespeare and Company Latin Quarter
- Contemplate free Notre Dame from the terrace of the Arab World Institute Latin Quarter
- Walk the Montparnasse Boulevard to enjoy this neighborhood Montparnasse
- Listen to the violinists and cellists who liven up your walk through the Vosgues Square Le marais
- If we want to continue shopping in one of the most luxurious streets, Rue Paix Tuileries
- See a wonderful sunset from the 2nd floor of the D'Orsay Museum through its windows Tuileries
- See and enjoy a show in the famous Moulin Rouge Montmartre
- Upload the steps of the Sacré Coeur and wandering through its streets is an experience in itself Montmartre
- Go to Studio 28 and watch a movie, even if it is subtitled. This cinema is a pimpMontmartre
- Get carried away by the seine shore and let you trick your walk Trocadero
- Cross the Pont d 'Lena already in the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower Trocadero
- Have a picnic in the gardens of Parc du Champ de Mars Trocadero
- Leave your pocket on the famous Passy Street, today full of fashion stores, luxury stores and the most famous brands Trocadero
- Have dinner at the famous Restaurant 58 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower Trocadero
- Go shopping in one of the most famous and elegant streets of Paris, Fabourg Saint Honoré Elysian Fields
- Enjoy the shop windows of the Triangle D'or (well at least we hehehe) considered the walk of fame of French haute couture Elysian Fields
- For fashionistas, visit the Contemporary Art GalleryLouis Vuitton Espace Culturelthat brings us closer to the flagship store of Louis VuittonElysian Fields
- On the south side of the Église de la Madeleine is one of the most typical views of Paris, rue Royale to place de la Concorde and its obelisk. Do not forget the photo with the golden dome of Les Invalides in the background. Elysian Fields
- Enjoy a afternoon shopping in the Opera environment Elysian Fields
- Go up to Arch of Triumph to enjoy some of the best views of Paris Elysian Fields
- Visit the sewer of Paris thanks toMusée des Égouts located in them Invalids
- Evade in the Rose Garden of the Rodin Invalides Museum
- Take the excursion in Paris tour bus illuminated general
- Listen to a gospel choir in some church general
- Apart from watching a movie on Le grand rexattend a backstage circuit that will make you feel part of the movie general

Gastronomy (special recommendations)

- Enjoy a drink and a Jazz live in Le Baiser Sale or Sunset & Sunside Les Halles
- Berthillon where to taste an ice cream in one of the best ice cream parlors in Paris Saint louis
- Have a tea and Arabic sweets in the Grand mosque Latin Quarter
- Taste a nutella banana crepe in Au p'tit grec Latin Quarter
- Dinner in the old tavern of 1450 restored in the emblematic restaurant Le Petit Prince Latin Quarter
- Take a Breton crepe in the Crêperie Josselin Montparnasse
- Enjoy a sunset from the heights in the Ciel de Paris, located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower Montparnasse
- Enjoy the famous literary coffeeLes Deux Magots Saint-Germain
- Another essential among French coffees is theCafé du Flore Saint-Germain
- Eat in L'as du Fallafel, the oldest brasserie in Paris Le marais
- Taste a delicious and famous cup chocolate in Angelina Tuileries
- Try the best macarons that may exist inLaduree Tuileries
- Eat inLe Grand Café Capucinesin front of the Opera Tuileries
- More charming cafes?Les Deux Moulins where was the movie Amelie filmed Montmartre
- Savor some delicious truffles in La Maison de la Truffe Elysian Fields
- Venture into theChez Clement and its new concept “Café-Rôtisseur” Elysian Fields
- Dinner-Cruise at the Bateaux Mouches touring the Seine with everything illuminated general

Are you missing something or do you want us to investigate a specific visit or experience? Send it to us! We will add them for future travelers and readers! and we will also organize it in the "Map of Paris with detailed plans for your trip".

LAST UPDATES:Thanks Vicky, Lola, Emma, ​​Maria, Live my trip, Alexa, Paula, Marije, Patricia, David, Dave, Pilar ...

2017 YEAR:Rue du Chat Qui Pêche in Barrio Latino, the terrace of the Arab World Institute, a crepe of nutella banana in Au p'tit grec, Chez Clement in the Champs Elysees, visit the Eiffel Tower to its machinery, Canal Saint Martin, Great Coffee
YEAR 2018: One night at the Moulin Rouge, Place des Vosges, Les Deux Moulins, Ciel de Paris

And around Paris (and possible excursions)?

With regard to the surroundings of Paris you can also plan day trips or more, such as the Mont Saint Michelle, The Lavender Route, the Loire Castlesor the city of ReimsIf we have enough time to do them. Nearest and affordable to do for free or on excursion would be (you already have the selection of the "The 11 best excursions in Paris (and more reserved)":

- Excursion to the Palace of Versailles where, about 20 km from Paris, we can see the exaggerated opulence of this colossal palace.
- Disneyland Paris excursion, located about 40 km, both for children and adults (but ask Isaac or me). We never miss it.
- Monet's House Tour in Giverny, further away about 70 km from the capital, especially recommended for art lovers.
- Vallée Village Outlet, a must for shopping lovers.
- The Palaces of Fontainebleau and Vaux Le Vicomte, origin of the inspiration for Versailles

Of all of them and more we will talk in detail in an upcoming article, with the possibility of doing it for free or organized in Spanish for those who have a more limited time.

Our "essentials" to do in Paris that will not be missing

We are aware that in tourist destinations such as Paris, time is never enough and there are always things to see that would require many returns (all things to do in Paris requires many trips). Even so, we have our essentials that cannot be missed in our planning and surely not yours (all the photos are from the data bank ofShuttershock to which we are subscribed - we have not gone yet-)

1. Be amazed in front of the Eiffel Tower (or visit its ins and outs)

2. Remember the movie of the hunchback of Notre Dame right there * CLOSED UNTIL 2025 by a serious fire

3. Stroll through the fabulous Champs Elysees

4. Enjoy a sunset walk on the Seine

5. Impress yourself to infinity in the Louvre

6. Admire the romantic Sacre Coeur

7. Go under (or go up to see its panoramic view) of one of the symbols of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe

Starting to design our itinerary with all the things to do in Paris

The preparations continue and with this extensive list of things to do in Paris we will try to prepare our own itinerary taking into account the fundamental ingredient of a trip, the margin for improvisation, especially in certain cities such as Paris.

CHAVETAS ITINERARY: We will fill in this template in P2, P3, P4, P5 and P6

DAY 1/01 August (Wednesday): (early morning arrival)
DAY 2/02 August (Thursday): -
DAY 03/03 August (Friday): -
DAY 4/04 August (Saturday): -
DAY 5/05 August (Sunday): - (return next morning)

PENDING TO ASSIGN: Everything in Paris + day at Disneyland Paris * Surely Thursday

Have you already chosen your favorites from this list of things to see in Paris? Did you like the ideas we have given you? In the next article we will try to locate everything on detailed maps to narrow down our final itinerary. Ah We accept all kinds of suggestions to include in this list! Leave them in the comments

Paula (with the help of Nico), preparing the trip to Paris