In every city, there are certain things that you should see, do, visit and eat. And of course, Paris is no exception! So, whenever I think of Paris, a few must see Paris attractions and districts always seem to pop into mind. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and a stroll along the Champs Élysées to name but a few…
Here is a complete guide to the must-see attractions in Paris, and the areas in which to find them. Some are those places are where you’ll find the hottest tourist attractions, others are further off the beaten path…
Must See Paris: The districts and areas you must not miss on a trip to the city of lights!
Situated in the very heart of the city, le Marais should make your Paris bucket list whether it is your first, or even 100th time, to the city! With gems to visit like the red bricked Place des Vosges (the oldest public square in the city) as well as small museums such as Musée Carnavalet (one of those museums for people who hate museums; situated in an old mansion and filled with the gory details following the history of Paris), there’s plenty to see and do for everyone.
Oh, and I’ve not even started mentioning the fact that le Marais is home to what may well be the oldest house in Paris, or that Nicolas Flamel lived in the area! You know, that famous alchemist from Harry Potter…
Read More: A Guide to Le Marais
Montmartre has long been the muse of artists, writers and actors alike. And even just a short visit to the area should give you a clue as to why. Visiting the district is as close a step back in time as you’ll get to the Paris of yesteryear. Filled with small museums, cobbled lanes, and even its own hidden vineyard, Montmartre has quickly become one of my favourite haunts of the city. Be sure not to miss the Sacre-Coeur (though its high elevation and sheer size mean that it is pretty difficult to miss!) as well as Place Dalida (what may well be the prettiest square in all of Paris).
Read More: A Guide to Montmartre
The Latin Quarter is so-called after students from the Sorbonne University located in the area. In the middle ages, students would learn, write and even converse in the now dead language. It was so common to hear Latin spoken in the area, despite French being in its early stages, that the area came to be known as the ‘Latin Quarter’.
This is one of those Paris must see locations and should not be missed on any trip to the city of love. Home to good eats and even better shops, it’s here that you can find quirky bookstores such as Shakespeare and Co, as well as the Abbey Bookshop.
Saint Germain de Prés
The area of Saint Germain, not far from the Seine and close to the Eiffel Tower, is probably the chicest arrondissement in all of Paris. It’s here you’ll find iconic cafés like that of Café de Flore, pricey boutique, quirky design shops and an abundance of florists selling peonies. Oh, and if you’re searching for something a little more unusual, you can see the Church of Saint-Sulpice. Allegedly it is through this ancient place of worship that the Rose Line, made famous by the Da Vinci Code, runs…
In the area surrounding the base of the large hill that is Montmartre, you’ll find even more Paris must see locations and attractions. Home to one of two major Parisian opera houses, the infamous ‘Moulin Rouge’ and plenty more off the beaten path sights, my favourite rooftop terrace is also situated in the area. ‘Printemps’ department store is not only the word for spring in Paris, but one of the best places from which to see the Eiffel Tower in the city…
Read more: Coffee and a View at Printemps
Belleville/ Père Lachaise
When I lived in Paris, this area- and more specifically Rue Oberkampf- was my home, and so I’m pretty sure that the 11e arrondissement will always have an extra large spot in my Paris-shaped heart. The site of the infamous Père Lachaise cemetery (final resting place of greats such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Chopin), the area is filled with great and inexpensive eateries, as well as plenty of green spaces. The park at Belleville is the location of the few remaining Parisian vineyards.