The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world.

Best Things to do in Paris

Following is a 4-day list  of things to do and historical facts about Paris. When we visited in July, the sun rose at 6:14 a.m. and had set by 9:38 p.m. We had plenty of daylight for exploring.

Day 1

Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa.
The Mona Lisa became famous when she was stolen.

Rive Droite or Right Bank of La Seine

Take a half day guided tour of Musee du Louvre and check out Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa who became famous because she was stolen in 1911 and was missing for two years.

Walk through the Tuileries Gardens that was originally created by Catherine de Medicis in the 16th century.

Visit the Place de Concorde where many were guillotined during the French Revolution. Today, the 3,300-year-old Obelisk Luxor marks the guillotine location.

Napolean's Are de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe rises from the west end of the Champs-Elysees.

Walk the Champs-Elysees and lunch at one of the cafes. Work your way to the Arc de Triomphe that was built by Napoleon.

Day 2

Rive Gauche or Left Bank of La Seine

Les Invalides houses Napoleon Bonapartes tomb.
Les Invalides was a former military hospital.

Visit Les Invalides, formerly a military hospital, where Napoleon is entombed. Explore the World War II wings.

Napoleon's tomb is is in Hotel des Invalides.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb rests in Les Invalides.

Tour Rodin Musee and find The Thinker and The Gates of Hell that Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired. The Thinker initially represented Dante who was positioned over The Gates of Hell pondering the chaos of the damned.

Dante inspired Rodin to create The Thinker.
The Thinker is displayed in the Musee Rodin.
Rodin's The Gates of Hell are displayed in Musee Rodin.
The Thinker leans over The Gates of Hell to ponder the damned.

Head to the 6th arrondissement, my favorite, and relax at one of the many sidewalk cafes and people watch while sipping wine or cafe au lait.

Day 3

Visit one of the open-air markets like Raspail organic market, though Raspail is only open on Sundays, where you can buy fresh bread, desserts, a variety of cheese, fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, and more.

Peruse the multitudes of shops and eateries on the Left Bank.

Dine at Les Deux Magots, one of the oldest Paris cafes, where Ernest Hemingway,  Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and many other renowned figures frequented.

Visit the Eiffel Tower at night when it shimmers in gold.

The Eiffel Tower is 1,023 feet tall.
The Eiffel Tower illuminates the night.

Day 4

Ile de la Cite

Take a half-day tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral and then hop in a cab to Montmartre.

Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France
The Cathedral of Notre Dame is an example of French-Gothic architecture.


Walk Montmartre where Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gough, Auguste Renoir and many other famous artists had lived.

Montmartre is known for art.
Montmartre in Paris, France offers spectacular views.

Montmartre, or “Mount of Martyrs,” was named because, in the 3rd century, the first Parisian Christians were martyred where the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur stands today. Walk up the 270 steps to the top for panoramic Paris views.

The Sacre-Coeur offers spectacular views of Paris, France
The Sacre-Coeur is located in Montmartre in Paris.
The Sacre-Coeur basilica is located in Monmartre in Paris.
View of Paris, France from the Sacre-Couer is spectacular.

Hire an artist to sketch your portrait at Place Du Tetre and browse through the local artwork.

A Salvador Dali Museum is in Paris, France
Salvador Dali artwork is displayed in Espace Dali.
Salvador Dali was a surrealist.
Saint George and the Dragon was sculpted by Salvador Dali.

Explore the Salvador Dali Museum that “holds the largest collection of Dali’s art in France.”

Though there is much more to see, these are my top suggestions for 4 days in Paris.






19 thoughts on “Best Things to do in Paris

  1. Although i am a French citizen, i appreciate your suggestions to visit these particular spots! Well done!

  2. Thank you for putting together such an informative post! I missed a lot of these things during my Paris trips, and now I’m kicking myself. I have to plan another trip back soon so I can fit it all in!

  3. Great tips! I’ve only been to Paris once and I wasn’t able to go to some of places yet. Can’t wait to go back.

      1. Good ideas. There are also arcades with shops, nice in bad weather. And wonderful free evening concerts, marvelous small museums (and too much to see in short visits, of course). Good also to have a few polite expressions in French!

      2. We were not in Paris long enough and hope to return. Before we do, I would love your advice and I will note the details. Thanks again for following me!

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