We landed in Paris in the afternoon. It started drizzling as we rolled our suitcases out of the airport and climbed into our Uber driver’s car. He laughed and pointed at the sky with a shrug, saying “Welcome to Paris! C’est typique.”
Who cares about the rain, though, when you’re in Paris?
What Are the Best Things to Do in Paris?
Paris is definitely on our list of favorite cities! There’s a ton I could say about it, but the next five things are our very favorite things to do in the city.
Our 5 Favorite Activities in Paris
- Go to Palais Garnier. Palais Garnier is the opera house that was used as the setting in the book and movie The Phantom of the Opera. Neither Josh or I have actually ever seen the movie or read the book, but we loved the opera house! It was gorgeous. It reminded me a lot of Versailles in how intricate all the decorations there were. We went on a tour that included an English guide who gave us a lot of interesting historical information. Tickets for touring the building cost around $13 per person. You can go here for more information.
- Get hot chocolate at the Angelina Tearoom in Galeries Lafayette. If you follow us on Instagram you may remember me talking about this before. As a friend, I can’t let you go to Paris without mentioning this place! The hot chocolate at the Angelina Tearoom was by far the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. It was basically like drinking ganache topped by a huge mound of whipped cream. It was amazing. You should get some! It was a bit more pricey than we’d usually like for hot chocolate, around $9 a cup, but it was worth it for the experience. Go here for more information.
- Go to the Eiffel Tower. I know, no surprise here! I think my favorite thing about seeing the Eiffel Tower was getting to see it from all sorts of vantage points on the streets below. I did love going up it and seeing the view from the tower, but I especially loved seeing it along with the rest of the city laid out around it. It really is quite lovely. The ticket cost for going up the Tower will depend if you want to take the stairs or the elevator. It can also change if you’re in a large group. Expect to pay around $20 for your ticket (but it may be a bit less or a bit more). For more detailed ticket information, you can go here.
- Visit the Louvre. Another classic, this attraction is another one you shouldn’t miss. We went to the museum right around sunset so we got to see what the Louvre pyramid looks like with the sun going down. It was so beautiful. If you can work out the timing to do the same, that alone was worth going there for me! The museum itself is also full of amazing artwork. It is enormous. We were there for a few hours and there’s no way we could have seen it all in that amount of time. I’d suggest you figure out which exhibits you particularly want to see, then plan your museum visit around that. We knew we wanted to see the Mona Lisa so we headed for that almost as soon as we got there. It took awhile to find it so I’m glad we did! The price may change depending on the date/time/type of ticket, but expect to pay around $18 per person. For more information, go here.
- Go to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. As we stood in line for this one it started snowing. I could smell baguettes and croissants baking in a nearby café. A few pigeons were flying around the area, looking for friendly tourists with food. It was all picture perfect Paris. Inside was beautiful, and the view from the top was really nice. It’s a good place to go if you want a good view that includes the Eiffel Tower. Expect to pay around $10 for your ticket. Go here for more information.
That’s it! Although honestly there’s a lot more we could include. There’s so much we loved in Paris. There are two places I thought I should at least give an honorable mention. 😉
One place is Versailles. We really loved going to Versailles, but technically it’s not in Paris. If you do go to Paris though, it’s definitely close enough to make a day trip out to see it. It’s gorgeous!
Another great place to visit that I didn’t list is the Arc de Triomphe. The tomb of the unknown soldier is there, and going up to the top of the Arc gives you another beautiful view of the city.
Have You Ever Been to Paris?
What were your favorite things to do in Paris? It’s hard to pick out of all the options! We’d love to go back again someday so let us know if you have a favorite we didn’t mention!
Are you planning on making a trip to Paris? If so, definitely reach out to us if you have any questions about our favorite spots in the city. We’d love to tell you more if you have a specific question!
For now, I think I’m going to go make myself some crepes 😉 We’ve been missing having them all the time like we did in Paris! I just posted a recipe for one I made the other day on my food blog here if you’d like to try out making one for yourself.
Have a lovely rest of your day, and safe travels!