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Visiting Paris, but only have one day to see it all? Here are the places that simply can't be missed on a trip to this majestic metropolis.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Cafe de Flore

Bars & Clubs

Pont des Arts

Bridges

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites

Jardin des Tuileries

Gardens

Musee d'Orsay

Art Museums

Eiffel Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Arc de Triomphe

Monuments & Statues, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Moulin Rouge

Cabarets, Dinner Theatres

Montmartre

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

KateO1244's City Tips

  • Buy the Paris Visite metro pass and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 hours (valid midnight to midnight).
  • Tipping isn't generally expected in Paris, but will always be welcomed if you think your waiter has done a good job.
  • Wear some sturdy shoes, because Paris is a walking city!
  • Cafe de Flore
    Bars & Clubs
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Get up early and start the day with a deliciously creamy hot chocolate and croissant from one of Paris' oldest restaurants. Allow yourself to take a trip back in time with the bow-tied waiters and 1920s decor. If the weather is nice, sit on the terrace and watch the world go by on Boulevard St Germain. This is a place to go for its rich history and ambiance — but be prepared, you will be paying more than at your run-of-the-mill cafe for the privilege.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Open 7am-2am daily.
    • If Café de Flore is overflowing when you get there, try Les Deux Magots — an equally famous restaurant — just next door.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 469 Nightlife in Paris
    • Old Paris charm 15/12/2018
    • Too expensive 25/11/2018
    • Cafe de Flore
    Address:
    172 boulevard Saint Germain
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 48 55 26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 01:30
    Other:
  • Pont des Arts
    Bridges
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Since its appearance in 'Sex and the City' (the scene of Carrie and Big's kiss), and visitors began attaching love locks — padlocks with sweethearts' names on them — to its panels in 2008, the Pont des Arts has become a veritable tourist attraction. Peruse the padlocks and their messages or add your own, and toss the key into the Seine to guarantee that your romantic flame burns for an eternity!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you'd like to add your own padlock, there are plenty of sellers on the bridge willing to part with them (for a price). They have markers too, for adding a personal touch.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #165 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you don’t have the chance to stay near the Seine, u must pop by after the Louvre 17/12/2018
    • yes you can still put a lock on the bridge. 26/11/2018
    • Pont des Arts
    Address:
    River Seine
    Between Institut de France And Palais du Louvre
    Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
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    KateO1244 Says:

    One of the most iconic buildings in Paris and the setting of Victor Hugo's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' this stunning cathedral is not to be missed. The original Saint Stephen's Cathedral, which had stood on this site, was nearly as old as Paris itself. Unfortunately this cathedral did not survive all the wars it faced, and was rebuilt in the 12th century as the Notre-Dame. Make sure that you walk all the way around the outside, and don't miss the stunning rose windows on the inside.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is nearly always a queue to get in, but don't be put off! It is free to enter, and the queue moves very quickly — you probably won't wait more than 15 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • First Stop in Paris 17/12/2018
    • Gothic beauty 17/12/2018
    • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    Address:
    6 Parvis Notre-Dame
    Place Jean-Paul II
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 34 56 10
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 18:45
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 19:15
    Other:
  • Jardin des Tuileries
    Gardens
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Walk along the Seine past Pont Neuf ('New Bridge,' despite being Paris's oldest!), and into the courtyard of the former palace now known as the Louvre. Pop in and say hi to the Mona Lisa if you fancy it, but if you would like to visit more of the museum be sure to put aside a few hours. Otherwise take a walk through the beautiful French Jardin des Tuileries.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • European under-25s visit the Louvre for free. Bring your passport!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous gardens 16/12/2018
    • Great gardens, Christmas markets 15/12/2018
    • Jardin des Tuileries
    Address:
    Jardin des Tuileries
    pl. de la Concorde, rue de Rivoli
    75058 Paris
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 21:30
    Other:
  • Musee d'Orsay
    Art Museums
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Much more digestible than its huge neighbor (the Louvre), Musee D'Orsay offers stunning collections of art in a wonderfully spacious old train station. Not-to-be-missed is the Impressionists collection on the fifth floor: over-flowing with Monet and Degas sculptures and paintings. Don't forget to look out of the clock-style window at the top for incredible views over Paris.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A good time to head here without encountering the longest queues is early morning, or lunchtime.
    • Closed on Mondays, open late on Thursdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always inspiring 17/12/2018
    • Building and collection are great! 16/12/2018
    • Musee d'Orsay
    Address:
    1 Rue De La Legion d'Honneur
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 49 48 14
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    09:30 - 18:00
    Thu
    09:30 - 21:45
    Fri - Sun
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Eiffel Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Walk along the river, or hop on the RER to Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel, and visit Paris's most iconic monument. Walk up the steps of the Trocadero (opposite) for the best view of the tower, or take a lift up to the top and look down on Paris from above.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open 9:30am-11pm every day, and 9:00am-midnight in summer (mid-June to early September).
    • For those with strong stomachs, take advantage of the view provided by the glass floor on the first floor!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • City Wonders Eiffel Tower 17/12/2018
    • Be ware of your bags 17/12/2018
    • Eiffel Tower
    Address:
    5 Avenue Anatole France
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 (0)8 92 70 12 39
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 23:45
    Other:
  • Arc de Triomphe
    Monuments & Statues, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Just north of the Eiffel Tower, and at the end of the famous Champs-Elysées shopping street, is the Arc de Triomphe. Built under Napoleon's instruction, the Arc was completed in 1836, and stands over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Walk up to the top for an alternative view of Paris.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Open 10am-11pm April to September, and 10am-10:30pm October to March.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A national symbol 17/12/2018
    • Good photo option 16/12/2018
    • Arc de Triomphe
    Address:
    Place Charles de Gaulle
    75008 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 55 37 73 77
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Moulin Rouge
    Cabarets, Dinner Theatres
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    KateO1244 Says:

    After the sun sets, head north to see this monument all lit up for the evening. If you are feeling peckish, head to dinner just around the corner at 'Café de Deux Moulins,' featured in the hugely popular film Amelie.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you would like to eat dinner or watch a show at Moulin Rouge book in advance on their website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 264 Concerts & Shows in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Eye opening 17/12/2018
    • Must see! 16/12/2018
    • Moulin Rouge
    Address:
    82 Boulevard de Clichy
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 25 43 50 13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Montmartre
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    KateO1244 Says:

    Climb up the hill toward the beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica. Enjoy splendid views of Paris from the top, and walk the cobbled streets of Montmartre. Wander through Place du Tertre, where the impressionists once painted and sold their wares, or head to Le Consulat or La Bonne Franquette to drink where they used to drink!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Take your own bottle of wine and sit on the grass next to the steps up to the Sacré Coeur for a pleasant and picturesque evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Paris 17/12/2018
    • Breathtaking 16/12/2018
    • Montmartre
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