10 things to do over a weekend in Paris- France
Updated: Nov 25, 2019
Paris is one of the most incredible cities in the world. Being the capital of France, it is a global hub of art, culture, fashion, history and of course not to forget gastronomy! While a weekend is not enough to explore the vibrant city, we have put together 10 main things to do over a weekend in Paris, to help maximize your stay.
1 Ride A Bateaux Mouche
Cruise down the river Seine in a Bateaux Mouche. One of the oldest ways to see the monuments of Paris from the river. A boat with two floors, an open top and closed section at the bottom. Depending on the time of year try to get the right floor as you could get as wet as a fish if you’re sitting upstairs in winter.
2 Dine At Fouquet
Dine at Fouquet, one of Paris oldest restaurants that has seen a vast number of stars from all over the world, including those from Hollywood. Look out for the plaques on the ground to see some of those that had visited. Some include Grace Kelly, Liam Neeson, Sophia Loren and loads more. Expect to have a grilled lamb dish at €38.
3 Visit Montparnasse Tower
Montparnasse tower’s observatory deck on the 56 floor gives a spectacular 360 degree view of Paris. Incredible views of the Louvre, Eiffel tower, Invalide where Napoleon is buried all for €15 per person. Totally worth the visit.
4 See A Cabaret Show
No trip to Paris can pass without watching a cabaret. With the famous Lido which was founded in 1946 or the Moulin Rouge which was founded in 1889 you will be happy to have ticked this performance off your bucket list. Both will exceed expectations. Watch for €110 with 1 soft drink at the Lido. One of the best experiences to have over a weekend in Paris.
5 Visit The Louvre Museum
Every year over 8 million people visit the Louvre Museum to see the original Mona Lisa painting which is roughly valued at $620 million today! That’s not all there is, since the Louvre houses over 35,000 historical and prehistorical artifacts. Expect to spend a full day to be emerged in incredible findings! Tickets at €17 online which offer quick entry, or €15 on site with queuing.
6 Climb The Eiffel tower At Night
Challenge yourself for a 300 step climb up to the 1st level of the Eiffel Tower to see the views of the city. If you can go further to the second floor it’s another 300 steps. There are lifts too of course. The Eiffel Tower brings people back to Paris even though it is no longer the tallest tower, but it’s still the tallest observatory desk in the European Union. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the World, although initially it was hated by many Parisians for its design. Tickets cost €10.
7 Don’t Miss Out On The Parisian Gastronomy
Devour the best of french cuisine. Here are some tried and tested and highly recommended.
Le bouef sur Le toit, for a fancy French night out with seafood. The restaurant itself was first founded in 1921. It was the gathering place of the Avent Garde art scene between the periods of the wars. Located on 34 Rue du Colisée, 75008 Paris.
La Rotend for the best Sea Bass with lemon and rice. For those that don't eat fish, this would be the best place to try it for the first time, as it will turn your taste buds addicted to the taste. Founded in 1911 still stands until today as one of the most popular places to dine in Montparnasse. Located at 105 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris
Le Edituer has one of the most mouth-watering chicken dishes. It's relatively one the newer restaurants boasting an artistic library feel to it with bright red chairs. Located at 4 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris.
La Duree worth the wait in the queues for the best club sandwich and Macaron. La Duree started in the 1800's as a luxury french bakery and sweet maker. Today they sell over 15,000 macarons a day! Located at 75 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 .
8 Visit The Hotel De Ville Paris
Take a stroll at the Place De Greve. It was once known to be where public prosecutions took place and where the Hotel De Ville Paris is. It’s definitely worth seeing the Hotel De Ville Paris by taking an appointment to be shown around the impeccable sixteen century renaissance building. The Rue De Rivoli side of the building often displays interesting free exhibitions.
9 Shop Luxury At Place De Vendôme
Head down to Paris’s Place De Vendôme, a square-built by order of Louis XIV as a setting in the heart of Paris to embody power. Today stands an obelisk by Napoleon which he replaced with the kings statue in 1972. It holds 1200 of the enemies melted Armour and weapons to create this bronze obelisk.
Besides the history, Place De Vendôme is home to high luxury brands, the famously known Hotel Ritz Paris and the start of Rue De la Paix. A street of endless diamond window displays and prestigious shopping.
10 Walk The Champs Élysées
Champs Élysées is the most famous street in Paris, and the most vibrant. It starts from the Arc de Triomphe and ends at the Eiffel Tower. Perfect for walking, shopping and chic dining. Make sure to check out the Renault Showroom and have a cup of coffee in their upstairs cafe. It’s like no other car showroom.
That concludes the 10 things to do over a weekend in Paris, but since 2020 is around the corner, Paris is a fantastic place to spend New Years Eve. So as a bonus, why not look into spending your evening on the Champs Élysées along with thousands of other people that have travelled across oceans to see the fireworks displays above the Arc De Triomphe at 12 o'clock midnight. It is truly a bucket list experience.
You'll also want to visit the Christmas decorations inside Galeries Lafayette. Besides being the number one luxury department store in Paris since 1912. It has one of the smartest displays found in the retail industry. It attracts every year 10 million visitors that just want to see its incredible Christmas displays.
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