Top 10 Places to Visit in Paris
Besides top attractions, Paris has many interesting places you should visit. Maybe you haven’t heard about some (or most) of the ones suggested in this article. However, try to fit them into your plan because they offer a great experience. This guide to the top 10 places to visit in Paris gives you all the necessary info you’ll need to enjoy the city’s most popular sights and places.
Top 10 places to visit in Paris
Palais de Tokyo
The Palais de Tokyo is a monumental building devoted to the modern and contemporary art. It is situated between the Trocadero, which faces the Tour Eiffel on the opposite side of the Seine, and the Pont de l’Alma. The nearby metro station is Alma-Marceau (line 9).
The museum stages temporary exhibitions only. Besides art displays, you can find great dining and drinking options there. Furthermore, spend some time in the Palais de Tokyo’s gardens and find magazines promoting art and design in its bookshop. Last but not least, take your children and let them enjoy workshops and activities suitable for their age.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a modern and one of the most appealing buildings in Paris. Featuring a design of a boat with sails inflated by wind, this exceptional structure is a modern art museum actually. Within the museum’s premises you can find many interesting exhibitions taking you to the world of visual and sound perspectives. Furthermore, climb to the top level to admire great views of La Defense and the neighboring area.
Next to the Fondation Louis Vuitton is the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Take your kids there to enjoy various rides and adventures as you relax in a green environment.
Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
You are going to love the Museum of Architecture housed at the Palais de Chaillot, Trocadero. This outstanding museum elaborates the development of architecture as we know it today. Some especially interesting exhibits include replicas of the Chartres Cathedral’s doors and a model of the Gare du Nord. Besides, you will examine differences among various historic art movements, including Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance.
Once you conclude your visit, have a drink at the café with a terrace that offers views over Paris. Also, bring your little ones with you and let them attend educational and interesting workshops.
Bibliotheque Nationale de France Francois Mitterrand
The Bibliotheque Nationale de France (metro station Quai de la Gare, line 6) is a library and much more. If you are a student, reading rooms will allow you to study at peace. If you are a tourist, you will enjoy walking in the library’s garden reminiscent of woods. Furthermore, come here to attend various temporary exhibitions and concerts.
Jardin des Plantes
The Jardin des Plantes is a pleasant area for a relaxed walk for anyone, but especially for people fond of horticulture. There, you will walk along paths lined with flowers and trees. In addition to the outdoor display, you can visit glass houses and observe plants belonging to different natural habitats (rainforests, deserts…).
Within the Jardin des Plantes is the Museum of Natural History located. You will learn about rare plant and animal species there and examine skeletons of huge creatures. If you come with children, take them to the adjacent menagerie and the wallaby enclosure.
The Musee Carnavalet (currently under renovation, September 2017) is another great museum of Paris you should check out. Its extensive collection elaborates the history of the French capital through various exhibits. There, you can examine paintings depicting historic events, a small-scale model of medieval Paris, signs used by shops for advertising purposes and much more.
The Musee Carnavalet is near the Place des Vosges and the nearest metro station is Saint-Paul (line 1). The admission is free of charge, but you should plan renting an audio guide for a meaningful tour of the museum’s premises.
The St-Etienne-du-Mont is a fine example of the Gothic art in Paris. Situated next to the Pantheon, the church features attractive exterior and beautiful interior. The structure is designated a Historical Monument and shelters a shrine of Saint Genevieve, a patron saint of the city. Besides Saint Genevieve, you can pay respects to Racine and Blaise Pascal, who are also buried in this church.
A rood screen, which crosses the nave, is another rarity related to the St-Etienne-du-Mont. You will note that two spiral staircases at the sides of the nave support the screen.
Parc de la Villette
Parc de la Villette is an open-air multicultural and recreational space for both kids and adults. During an ordinary day you can admire mixed nature, benefit of children’s playgrounds, walk by a canal and examine works of art. On special occasions, the popular park is a stage for festivals such as the film festival from July to August.
Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
This majestic garden, located on the southern edge of Bois de Boulogne, is an ideal stop for a break. Named after 5 greenhouses (serres), the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil features a display of palms, exotic plants and trees. Greenhouses are another thing to look forward to seeing. Built in the 19th century, they boast designs originated during the Belle Epoque.
Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
The Domaine National de Saint-Cloud used to be a royal estate. Famous gardeners and architects took part in landscaping the park, including celebrated La Notre, Hardouin-Mansart and Le Pautre. Although the former royal summer residence doesn’t exist anymore, the parklands remain.
Take some time to enjoy a stroll within the property that is a designated Historic Monument. Walk along paths lined with tall trees, flowers, fountains and amphorae. Thanks to its beautiful landscape, the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud is host to the popular Rock en Seine festival. The Boulogne/Pont de Saint-Cloud metro station is nearby (line 10).