Recomendations for things to do in Paris! Only there for a week!

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

When DH and I went, we were only there for a long weekend. We actually went and hung out near the Eiffel Tower multiple times. It’s just so nice to chill with an ice cream cone and people watch.

Also, while the Louvre was amazing, it’s overwhelming. We actually didn’t enjoy it a ton. Still glad we went, but I guess I had higher expectations. There is just SO MUCH to see, and it all starts to blend in a bit. The 4th floor though has amazing Dutch (I think Dutch) art, and I actually enjoyed that more than the famous stuff. It was all so weird.

Our favorite museum was Musee d’Orsay. Every work was incredible. My DH has said that is the first thing we’re going to see when we visit again. The art is fantastic, and it’s all a much more managable size.

My absolute favorite thing was the bike tour we did though. I mean, nothing can beat cycling through the courtyard of the Louvre (and ignoring the signs saying not to!). Paris was such a bike-friendly city, and I thought this was the absolute BEST way to see Paris. I highly recommend doing this on your first day. This is the company we used. It was started by a guy from NZ who’s been in Paris about a decade now.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I would greatly recommend the Louvre. Yes, It’s HUGE, but you can go to their website and look at the sections they have beforehand, so you can go for a few hours and see what you really want to see. My favorite parts were the Renaissance Paintings and the Sculptures. Definitely some incredible art in there.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@MsPups:  We went to Paris for a week for our honeymoon in 2012. It was amazing!

I feel like you could skip a show at the Moulin Rouge. I thought it was something I wanted to do, but read a lot of reviews that said the shows are overcrowded/overpriced and not worth it. 

Instead of tickets for that, we booked a dinner cruise on the Seine through a company called Bateaux Mouches. It was amazing!!! Champagne, wine, huge meal, violin/piano music. I highly recommend it.

As a PP said, the Louvre takes a lot out of you. It’s amazing but huge and a bit overwhelming. Musee D’Orsay, as a PP said, is smaller and also pretty awesome.

Definitely check out Montmartre if you get a chance. It was my favourite part of the city. Sacre Coeur Basilica is really neat to see, as is Place du Tetre where artists sketch and paint in the street. 

Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are, as you stated, a given/must. Totally amazing!

Biggest tip: Go online and pre-buy a Paris Visite card for the Metro. It is available only to non-Parisians and will save you money on transportation. Also, if you are planning to do a lot of museums, buy a Paris Museum Pass. Also saved us a ton of money.

Don’t forget to drink insane amounts of champagne/wine and eat lots of cheese, bread, and macarons (seriously amazing).

If you want more tips, feel free to PM me!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My favourite place in Paris, is a cafe/restaurant right near the Eiffel Tower, called Brasserie De La Tour Eiffel, their food is great, especially their Parisian take on the Italian Tiramisu- yum! It’s great to get a table outside and people watch, when we go, we visit it at least four times. Also the best thing we is go to the outside cinema, at Parc de la Vilette, which is magic! And walk home from there and get utterly lost – so romantic and fun!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

DH lived in Paris as a kid. He always says that Sacre Coeur is the best cathedral in the city, so that’s a recommend. Generally, Montmartre is really interesting as a district–lots of galleries and cafés. The usual touristy stuff like the Louvre (massive but still fascinating, just wear comfy shoes and pay to have a proper guide!), Notre Dame and catacombs, the Eiffel Tower, etc. are all good… touristy for a reason. The 8th and 9th arrondissements are the last word in high-end shopping if you like that sort of thing. Try going to some of the big belle époque department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. So much glamour! My mum and I went to Paris on a shopping trip to get some cute clothes for my honeymoon, and properly doing the department stores was such a fantastic experience! I think Galeries Lafayette has a champagne bar where you can chill out in style after heavy shopping. 😉 

Post # 11
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Newbee

I suggest the Louvre. Even tho it is big- it’s AMAZING! And I was lucky enough to be on a tour so that they guided me to the ‘major’ attractions in that place. Be prepared for a tiny Mona Lisa! LOL!

I went to a show at the Moulin Rouge- not what I was expecting. I feel like I could have spent my money on something else.

And… I know it’s not Paris- but if you can afford a day trip somewhere. Versailles is totally incredible! Spent a day there. I could have gone back for another just to walk in the gardens.

A river cruise is great to see the sites along the river. You get to see a lot- just not up close.

Have fun!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Jealous! Paris is my favourite city. Honestly, aside from all the touristy stuff, my favourite thing to do in Paris is just explore the city on foot and on bike. Make use of the Vélib’ bike rental service – you just need a credit card, and it’s free if you return the bike within 30 minutes. There are heaps of bike return stations so it works really well to combine exploring on foot and cycling to cover a bit more distance. 

My other favourite thing to do is to visit Shakespeare & Co on the Left Bank…and a must for book lovers, and I think a must for anyone visiting Paris for the first time because it’s just so charming and steeped in history. 

Also, if you do the major tourist attractions (the Louvre, walking through Jardin du Luxembourg etc) it really pays to get up super early in the morning…especially if you want to get good photos without a million tourists milling around.

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