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Discovering the Best of Paris: Top 8 Things to Do and Places to Visit for First-Time Visitors (2023)

Paris, also known as the city of love, is one of the world's most visited destinations. With so much to do and see, It's easy to get lost wandering and exploring Paris streets. If you are visiting The city of love for the first time, there are some unmissable sites, landmarks, and attractions you must see.

To help plan your trip, below are our top eight recommendations for things to do and places to visit in Paris for first-time visitors.

1 - The Louvre Museum

The Louvre museum at night in 2023, 2024, 2025.
The Louvre museum at night.

The Louvre Museum is the most visited art museum globally, and for a good reason. Formerly a royal palace, this building is home to Asian and European antiquities, Egyptian mummies, Renaissance sculptures, paintings, art, and much more. However, the most famous exhibitions are Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the two Greek statues: Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

2 - Champs Elysées /Arc de Triomphe (Arc of Triumph)

Champs Elysées in Paris at night in 2023, 2024, 2025.
Champs Elysées at night.

The incredible structure known as the Champs Elysées or Arc de Triomphe (Arc of Triumph) is the largest monument of its kind and a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon to honor his army's victories across Europe (though he would never see its completion), the top of the arc lists the names of generals and great French victories, and the pillars are adorned with sculptures.

3 -The Latin Quarter

the Latin Quarter in Paris 2023, 20204, 2025.
The Latin Quarter

If you're looking for the classic Paris experience, you'll need to head to the Latin Quarter, one of the oldest districts in Paris. Known as a favorite for bohemians, artists, scholars, activists, and history, you will find something for everyone there. You can have a drink at the brasseries where Hemingway used to hang out, visit the tombs of french heroes at the Pantheon, or explore the narrow streets full of old bookstores, cafes, churches, and boutiques.

4 - Eiffel Tower

The Eifel Tower in Paris this year 2023, 2024, 2025.
The Eifel Tower

The Eifel Tower is Paris's most prominent landmark and a visit to the city would be incomplete if you miss sighting it. Built initially to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, the 324-meter high tower now attracts some 7 million visitors a year. But while it's hard to miss from anywhere in Paris, nothing beats going up the observation towers and viewing the city from above. Just be sure to book in advance, or you'll find long lines awaiting you.

5 - Versailles Palace

The Versailles Palace on a sunny day in Paris in 2023, 2024, 2025.
The Versailles Palace on a sunny day.

Once the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France, the Versailles Palace is one of the most lavishly decorated places in town. Famous for its glittering hall of mirrors, the palace boasts over 700 rooms full of luxuriant furniture and priceless Renaissance art. Furthermore, you'll find magnificent gardens filled with fountains, flowers, and statues outside.

6 - Montmartre and Sacré Coeur

Views from Sacre Coeur in Paris.
Views from Sacre Coeur

Montmarte used to be an entirely separate village before becoming a part of France in 1860. Yet, even today, it still feels a place apart. Head down the winding lanes to discover cafes, parks, quaint museums, restaurants, and lounges. At the heart of Montemarte lies the Byzantine-style white Basilica of Sacre Coeur, a must-see sight in its own right. Head a few blocks away, and you'll be in the Square of Tertre, where your find many artists at work on their easels.

7 - Seine River

The Seine River in Paris with the Eiffel tower in the background.
The Seine River in Paris.

The Seine River runs straight through central Paris and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Take a stroll along the banks, and you can admire the many beautiful bridges and visit the riverside booksellers. However, perhaps the best way to experience the river's sights is to take a river cruise, especially at night when you can watch the many monuments across Paris light up.

8- Notre Dame

Notre Dame in Paris 2023, 2024, 2025.
Notre Dame

You can't talk about iconic locations in Paris without mentioning Notre Dame. Originally built during the middle ages, this Roman Catholic cathedral was once considered the finest example of french gothic architecture. Unfortunately, a devastating fire in 2019 ruined the cathedral, which is currently being reconstructed. That said, you can still admire the high towers and other features from a distance while the ongoing repairs continue.


Have you been to Paris? What were your favorite things to do and places to visit? Let us know in the comments below!


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