What to See and Do
When in Paris, I would recommend visiting The Louvre. Home to many masterpieces, including the infamous Mona Lisa, the Louvre is the biggest museum in the world. Its Pyramid was built completely out of glass and metal in 1989 and is now one of Paris’ most recognisable landmarks.
The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in 1190, but was transformed into a Royal Palace in the 16th Century before Louis XV moved into the Palace of Versailles. Over the decades it has been used for many different things and because of this, the Louvre now holds some of Paris’ most interesting history. The museum was first built in 1973, offering only 537 paintings for the public to view. It now has over 380,000 pieces of artwork, the Louvre displays objects, paintings, sculptures, archaeological findings and more.
Entry to the Louvre is €15 per adult, entry for children is free. You can choose to invest in a Paris Pass. This gives you a range of benefits such as fast-track entry to some of the busiest Landmarks, free entry to attractions, such as; Arc De Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, Picasso museum, Chocolate museum and more.
Find out more about the Paris Pass in our Travel Passes Section!
While in Paris, you should visit the Sacré-Cœur. This roman Catholic Church was built between 1875 and 1914 by architect Paul Abadie and is known as the Sacred Heart of Paris. Inside the church you can find one of the world’s largest mosaics, which was completed between 1900 and 1922. The mosaic depicts Jesus with outstretched arms, and has been a representation of the faith and religion in Paris for many decades.
This beautiful site is the second highest point in Paris, and with the top of the dome being open to the public, there is a chance to witness some spectacular panoramic views of the city. Located in the 18th Arrondissement, you will find the Sacré-Cœur on top of a beautiful hill. It’s a great way to spend the day and learn a lot about the history of Parisian Culture & Religion.
The Eiffel Tower is the most well-known landmark in Paris. This beautiful tower holds 20,000 light bulbs and can be seen lighting up overnight, from many places in Paris. The tower was originally built to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the French Revolution for the 1889 Paris exposition and was meant to be taken down in 1909, however over the years the tower proved beneficial for many other reasons and it was decided that it would be left standing.
There is a small apartment at the top of the tower that once belonged to Gustave Eiffel. During the time he lived there, it was only available for a few select others to view, however now it is open to the public and offers some wonderful views of the city.
You can take the stairs from the bottom of the Eiffel Tower up to the 2nd Floor. That’s exactly 674 steps! In total, there are 1665 steps from the esplanade up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It usually takes around half an hour to get there.
Two kinds of tickets are available at the Eiffel Tower. There are stairway tickets to the 2nd floor, and stairway & lift tickets if you want to go to the top of the tower. The stairway and lift tickets are the only way you can get to the top as the staircase from the second floor upwards is not open to the public.
You can secure yourself some return flights to Paris for only £49. I would suggest booking in advance when looking to go to Paris as it’s a popular destination and finding cheap tickets will be more difficult than other locations.
Skyscanner provides the option to show you the cheapest month for flights, so if you know you want to go, but are flexible for when, this filter will present the best dates to go for the cheapest prices.
You can stay in a local hostel for as little as £14 in Paris. There are options to choose from when deciding where you’ll stay. This includes 3, 6 and 12 bed dorms. The prices will vary a little but the difference is small. Hostels are a great way to meet new people, and if you’re travelling alone it’s one of the best ways to meet other solo travellers and potentially a new buddy to explore with.
You can secure yourself a double bedroom within 3 miles of Central Paris for only £84 for two nights. This can include amenities such as free wifi, en suite, tv, free toiletries, heating, towels, and more.
Finding good deals on accommodation can really depend on where you look and when you plan your trip. Combined with the search engine from Skyscanner, Booking.com is a great website to look for affordable hotels, with filters to make sure that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
There’s no doubt that Paris’ food industry strives. With popular cuisine that is known worldwide, there are a variety of things to try while in the city.
In Paris, the average cost for dinner ranges from €18-28.
There are some cheaper restaurants located around the city. However finding these amongst the expensive gourmet restaurants makes it a bigger task to find something affordable to eat. Cafes are probably one of the best options as they provide good sized meals throughout the day for a smaller cost.
There also many bakeries spotted around the city, where you can indulge in classic french pastries and baked goods.
The public transport system in Paris is run by RATP. Consisting of the Metro, Tram, bus and express train, there are many ways to travel around the City.
You can purchase a Paris Visite Pass, which is valid for a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 5 days with unlimited use on all transport services.
The youngster ticket is perfect for travellers under the age of 26, planning to visit Paris for a weekend. This is because it allows unlimited travel for one day on all transport services.
Parc de Belleville
Built in 1988 on top of the Belleville hill, the Belleville park offers an unrestricted panoramic view of the city. A wooded village for children offers tower staircases and toboggans in all sizes.
There is a water course, made up of waterfalls and streams and a panoramic viewpoint where you can admire the Parisian landscape.
There is no entry fee to this park, so you can come and go as you please.
Address: 47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris, France
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 8.30pm
Saturday – Sunday 9am – 8.30pm
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The Buttes-Chaumont Park is located in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris.
Visitors can admire the stunning views of the city from this hilly setting, especially in the Montmartre district. The park has many charming things to offer, caves and waterfalls, a suspended bridge, and a high viewpoint.
Entertainment for children also takes place in the park and there are break areas where you can get something to eat.
There is no entry fee to this beautiful park, so pack a picnic and spend the day surrounded by nature.
Address: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7am – 9pm
The Paris Pass
The Paris pass gives you a range of benefits such as fast-track entry to some of the busiest Landmarks, free entry to attractions, such as; Arc De Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, Picasso museum, Chocolate museum and more.
The pass also includes a travel-card to make your days around Paris much easier, as well as a travel guidebook; which provides you with information on the must-see attractions, a map of the city, attraction addresses and more.
The 2-day adult passes start off at €139.00. This saves you a lot of money on attractions and ensures you can see more than what you may have set your budget for.
You can find more information, or order your Paris Pass online.
By signing up to their website you can save yourself 10% at checkout!
If you decide on self-catering accommodation, you may find organising a food shop is harder than anticipated, especially when you don’t know what to expect with their local prices.
I would recommend spending your first morning at a local street market. This is where you can find more organic and fresh products at a cheaper price than local stores.
The Aligre Market
This market is known for being the best in the 12th arrondissement, and home to perhaps the best food market in all of Paris.
It is best to visit this market in the morning as you’ll be presented with a riot of colour and flavour, showcasing all the ingredients you can purchase in Paris. There are outdoor market stalls, shops lining the streets and covered markets.
Address & Opening Times
Address: Rue d’Aligre et, Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris, France
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 1pm & 4pm – 7:30pm
The market is closed on Mondays.
Within a Paris Metro station, Paris Metro tickets (but not all pass cards) can always be purchased from automated vending Metro ticket machines.
Paris Metro passes can be purchased from any Metro station ticket window. Multiday Paris Metro cards can be bought through Paris Metro ticket machines.
Have you heard of the Paris Visite Pass? If not, find out more here.
Metro Ticket Machine Payment Methods
Paris Metro ticket machines all accept Euro coins (for purchases up to 30€) and European debit cards (with smart chip) as payment.
Credit cards are not accepted at Paris Metro ticket machines. They can be used at the ticket windows. Paris Metro station ticket machines inside of central Paris Metro stations usually do not accept cash notes for payment.
Ticket Windows – Buy Tickets Paris Metro
You can also buy Paris Metro tickets from staff, in the ticket windows at any Paris Metro station.
Keep in mind that Paris Metro stations often have several entrances and a manned ticket office is usually only open at one of those entrances at a time. The other Metro station entrances will have ticket machines and fare gates / turnstiles for pass card & ticket holders to enter without staff nearby to help.
The basic Paris Metro ticket is the Ticket T+. This ticket is good for a single ride anywhere on the Paris Metro system, including transfers between Metro lines without zone limitations.
Paris Metro tickets are validated / activated upon use (in a turnstile or fare-gate), not upon purchase.