This is the most posh district and shopping here is pretty much impossible. You buy one thing and there goes your month's paycheck. All we saw was Jimmy Choo, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and fifty thousand other European designers I have never heard of. I wouldn't be surprised if each of these Roberto Cavalli dressed cost 20 grand a pop
Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)
11. Wander through Sacre Coeur in Montmartre… Sacre Coeur is in Montmartre, a neighborhood known for it’s filming of Amelie. This cute, hilly, and artsy neighborhood is close to the metro station Abesses. There is also the cool staircase that is the famous photo opt there next to the funicular.
Montmarte was the third destination for us, we reached there using the local metro and then from the station it was a 10 minutes walk past the local market where you can shop for souvenir and gifts for people back home. Remember since the economy of Paris is not so great shopkeepers bargain and you can get things like magnets or small Eiffel Tower's and other gifting items at throw away prices, please buy and dont wait for going some other place.
Pont Alexandre III
Walk out of the Champs elysee station, take right and you would find the above two museums. Walk straight and you come across this magnanimous bridge Pont Alexandre III on river seine. The Eiffel tower can be seen from here too. We walked past the bridge and on the other side found this beautiful boat restaurant where we sat for lunch. The food is okay but the ambience is amazing.
La Défense is a major business district of Paris and quite unlikely to be an attraction for the typical tourist. I, on the other hand, was so intrigued by the area that I spent an entire afternoon there. A stark contrast to the historic buildings in central Paris, the modern architecture at La Défense was surprisingly a breath of fresh air to me. At the heart of La Défense is the iconic La Grande Arche de la Défense. Designed by Danish architect Johan Otto von Spreckelsen, the striking 110-metre tall building resembles a cube with a hole in the middle. It was built in the late 1980s, supposedly to be a 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe. I was in awe of the Grande Arche. I couldn’t stop looking at it. That sort of explains why I spent such a long time at La Défense.
Pont des Invalides
What I really liked while we were walking through the tomb were the painted glass windows. I really loved how detailed, yet seemingly simple they were. Also, there were not only just tombs and arms, but little scale-models and soldier-figures as well.And after wandering around for a while, we finally got to the créme-de-la-créme of the expo, Napoleon’s final resting place. Wikipedia says: “Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, butKing Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to France in 1840, an event known as le retour des cendres. Napoléon’s remains were first buried in the Chapelle Saint-Jérôme in the Invalides until his final resting place, a tomb made of red quartzite and resting on a green granite base, was finished in 1861.''
End your Paris tour at the world's second-most visited museum in the worldLet's face it. No number of hours will ever be enough to see the entire art collection at the Musée du Louvre. So if you get here by 3pm, you will have around 3 hours here. Today, around 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited in this museum, which is housed in the Louvre Palace. But before you head inside, take around half an hour to admire the exterior, which includes the gorgeous glass pyramid that serves as its entrance. Once you enter, pick out what interests you and take a tour. The most famous pieces in the Louvre are the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory. You can even download some free audio tours to make the most of it.
Gare du Nord
If you happen to enter Paris by rail from another International destination( for me it was Amsterdam), then you are most likely to reach Gare Du Nord station. At the very first sight it could seem very intimidating, owing to the fact that it is one of the six large terminus stations and offers connections with several urban transportation lines, including Paris Metro, RER and buses. Well don’t worry you are not alone, there are hoards of tourists haggling over the map to figure their way out. The first thing do is to go to the tourist information counter and let them know your destination and they would very clearly guide you through the maze of the station and help you board the correct transport. And it is advisable to always keep the map handy.
17. Around Marais… Other cool area might be to go to the oldest part of town, called the Marais, and see the Hotel de Ville (city hall), Place Des Voges, and the Picasso museum. Also Centre Pompidu. There are lots of cute restaurants/bars near Centre Pompidu, but it can also be a bit dogy in areas. The Opera and Madeline are cool too, but then again, everything is pretty amazing in Paris.
Enjoy the exquisite art collection at Musée d'OrsayThe Musée d'Orsay used to be an old train station built in the 1900s. Today it is a museum that houses exquisite French masterpieces by the likes of Courbet, Monet, Van Gogh, Manet Seurat, Matisse and Degas. In addition to the artwork, you find temporary and permanent collections of sculptures, furniture and photography. And when you need to take a break, admire the opulent building located smack next to the Left Bank of the Seine and capture beautiful views of Paris with your camera.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
While visiting graveyards is not high on most travel agendas, the Père Lachaise cemetery makes for a perfect afternoon with friends while you walk through its sprawling and beautiful expanse trying to locate the famous graves Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf among many others. Traveller tip: Wear comfortable shoes
If you have soaked up enough of the Masters at the Louvre and d'Orsay, head over to the Pompidou Centre showcasing modern and contemporary art. The odd looking facade of the Pompidou somewhat prepares you for some of the odd looking art inside. I was lucky to be in time for the Roy Lichtenstein pop art exhibit which turned out to be fun. While you might find some exhibits gorgeous, others interesting and some downright weird, you will most definitely not be bored.
Get your shopping fix at the Galeries Lafayette department storeThe largest departmental store in Paris, the 120-year-old Galeries Lafayette will impress you not just with its 3500 brands and the 3,500 square metre lingerie department, but also with its gorgeous history and design seen in the Neo-byzantine style stain glass windows and the dome roof. Head to the welcome desk, and get your hands on a map to guide you to the various stores on its seven floors. If you are here during spring or fall, don't miss the fashion shows at 3 pm every Friday in the Salon Opera on the 7th floor. After you're done shopping, make your way to the top floor for some breathtaking views of the city, including the Tour Eiffel, the Opéra Garnier and Sacré Coeur.
Hotel de Ville
We grabbed a couple of sandwiches from Carrefour (where we were first spoken to with French and we couldn’t understand a thing though we’ve practiced basic French haha) and pique-niqued with Place Stanislas as our view. Buildings of neoclassical style border the square while elaborate sculptures and wrought iron gates adorn the corners. The statue of Stanislas that stands in the middle of the square was offered a nice background by the stunning HOTEL de Ville.
Angelina - Rivoli
For the best hot chocolate in the world, head to Angelina's! Within walking distance of the Louvre, this Belle Époque style restaurant serves the most decadent and delicious hot chocolate called L'Africain, deriving its name from the African cocoa beans its made from. Like most famous French institutions, Angelina's has a touch of celebrity with past patrons including Proust and Coco Chanel to boast of. Of course the rich history and chocolate comes at a price but it is well worth it for the indelible taste.
Begin with a satisfying French breakfast at L’ Arc CafeRight in front of the Arc de Triomphe, this trendy and chic brasserie is open from 7am (except on Sundays when it opens at 9am) till midnight, and serves delicious French food in a beautiful setting. One of the options on the menu is the “international breakfast”, which includes a cappuccino or tea, one serving of eggs and the local favourite of tartine, with butter and jam. If you are looking for some lighter and quicker options, walk into any of the charming cafes on Avenue des Champs-Élysées for €1-3 coffee and croissant.
Head to the Tuileries Garden for a scenic lunchThe Jardin des Tuileries is a central garden, which extends from the Musée du Louvre along the Seine river, to the Place de la Concorde and the beginning of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. There once used to be a palace here, but it was burnt down in 1870. Now these lush garden remain with their trees, pools, statues, and street food booths, becoming a favourite place for Parisians to just stroll around and take a break. Throughout the garden, you'll find many lovely restaurants offering all kinds of food. Pick one that you like, and end your meal with a crêpe from any of the take-away booths.
Start the day with a bowl of café au lait in MontmartreCoquelicot is an award-winning bakery in the charming neighbourhood of Montmartre that serves the absolute best bread in the area. Get here early to score a seat outside, from where you can watch Parisians begin their day. But if you don't manage to find a spot, head up to the first floor or the terrace and sit at the beautifully-decorated tables. Breakfast spreads here include a large bowl (yes, you read that right) of black or milk coffee, or hot chocolate, a brioche or baguette slice, a variety of jams, honey, spreads, salted butter caramel and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Shakespeare & Company
Take a tea break with Shakespeare on Paris' Left BankIf you're a literature lover, the Shakespeare and Company bookshop will be the beginning of a torrid love affair with the most famous bookstore in the world. But if not, you will still enjoy the yellow-and-green facade and rustic-feeling interiors, which will transport you to a quieter, older Paris. Inside, every space is filled with books, deep philosophical signs, art objects, writer memorabilia and a cat. Sit, read and enjoy. And when you're done, head to the namesake cafe next door for some delicious coffee, pressed juices, gluten-free sandwiches, decadent pies and brownies, hand-rolled bagels and dark chocolate matcha cookies.
Les Piaules is a beautiful hostel with very helpful and warm staff who took care of us as we entered. It hosted party's every night and offered 2 beer coupons as well as a welcome kit. From the terrace of the hostel you can see the Eiffel Tower which is what you want to see the first thing you are in Paris. We went to our room which was a share and just relaxed for an hour in hostel as we had a long flight. We left the hostel at around 8 pm local Paris time and took the metro to Eiffel Tower, we had to change 3 trains but there is a map and the hostel guys helped us to mark where all to change the train so it was easy and we had the pass so you just have to swipe in and enter the station and follow the directions, it is very easy and safe way to travel. I felt as if we were travelling in Mumbai as there was crowd even at night and in general Parisian's are very helpful. The train took us till the Eiffel Tower and from the metro station it was a 10 minutes walk.
Have your last meal in Paris at KunitorayaMake your last meal in Paris a good one at Kunitoraya, a Japanese restaurant, which is a popular choice on the Paris food scene. Known for its authentic Japanese noodles, ramen, soba and udon soups, Kunitoraya has a minimalist decor with narrow, but well-utilised space. All noodles are handmade on site. You don't need to make a reservation, but be prepared to queue up for a bit.