sdays, but if you visit on the first Sunday of the month, entry is generally free.


The Eiffel Tower is Paris’ most iconic landmark and should be top of your list of things to do. A break to Paris almost always include a trip to the Eiffel Tower, but getting up early is recommended to avoid the queues. Built between 1887-1889, the tower was once considered an eyesore, however today it’s thought of as the most visited tourist attraction in the world, and riding the elevator to the top floor rewards you with the most spectacular views in the city. Whilst you’re in the 7th arrondissement, it’s well worth visiting the Musee Rodin, a museum dedicated to the sculptor’s life and work. On sunny afternoons, the house and garden make a great day out.

A trip to Paris aren’t complete without a trip to Notre Dame Cathedral. One of the best things to do in Paris, a climb to the top of this Gothic masterpiece gives you fantastic views of the city’s landmarks. Entry is free, but if you arrive before 10am, you’re likely to avoid the worst of the queues. It’s well worth paying the small additional entry fee to visit the bell towers and braving the 387 steps to the top for a glimpse of the stone gargoyles and the city’s rooftops.

Places to visit

With so many attractions to choose from, the most difficult decision is what to do first. The city is a great place to explore on foot, and you’ll discover some of the best things to do in Paris while you’re doing this, so don’t be afraid to just put away the map and simply see where you end up.

When you’re ready for a pitstop, one of the many French patisseries or boulangeries are hard to beat. Here you can pick up hearty French baguette sandwiches stuffed with the filling of your choice, croque monsieur (toasted cheese and ham sandwiches with béchamel sauce) or a classic French éclair or Madeleines. Expect some of the most mouth-watering window displays as you pass any patisserie or boulangerie in the city.

10 Things to do in Paris