Known for its flawless architecture, leading foodie scenes and chicly clad locals, The City of Lights bears a certain je ne sais quoi that draws travellers to its helms from far and wide. However, it is the many Paris attractions, from the traditional to the cutting edge, which keeps visitors on their toes and maintains the city’s top position as the ultimate destination for traveller’s year on year. From the art and cultural meccas of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay to legendary landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris attractions ensure there is always something to do in this cosmopolitan city.
When it comes to Paris attractions, the list of must-do activities is considerably longer than most other world cities. The front-runner attractions not to be missed go far beyond the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Head to Montmartre’s Sacré-Cœur basilica for breathtaking views of the city below, the Notre Dame for gothic grandeur, the Palais Garnier for an opera extravaganza and see an unforgettable show at Moulin Rouge.
The pinnacle of French arts and cultural scenes, Paris boasts some of the finest museums and galleries the world over. Explore the home of Michelangelo’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre, head to the Musée d’Orsay to catch up on the artistic masterpieces from the 19th and 20th century or look to the future at high-tech Centre Pompidou which celebrates modern art, access to free public information and alternative music.
From the chance to meet Mickey Mouse to exploring medieval castles, top French attractions outside of Paris are also worth exploring. For those with kids, it’s almost criminal not to visit Disneyland Paris when you’re in the area; while Versailles – the extravagant former home of France’s elite – is another non-negotiable. A visit to Mont Saint Michel castle and sampling a glass of bubbly in France’s Champagne region are also key day-trip Paris attractions.