1. Eiffel Tower
Should there ever be a reason for you not to visit the Eiffel tower?
The Eiffel tower is the global and cultural icon of France, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It towers over a green pasture where throngs of people gather with their selfie sticks and sunglasses ready to take a tourist picture with the famous attraction. If you want to go a little off-the-beaten path then you can always enjoy some of the city's famous French food with a local!
2. The Louvre
The Louvre, also another one of France's most recognisable cultural icons. A former royal palace located on the right bank of the river seine, the Louvre is easily recognised by its pyramid-shaped structure, lined with glass panes in the middle of the Napoleonic courtyard. It was a platform for the evolution of architecture and taste in France, hence the interior of the walls and ceilings of the museum are lined with pictures of antique paintings and the intricate design of each wall tile will set this particular attraction apart from the rest.
3. Notre Dame
Notre Dame, at the heart of the city is easily recognisable by its pointy spire. Here lies a historical, Catholic cathedral known for its French Gothic architecture and one of the largest church buildings in the world. It houses one of Catholicism’s most important relics such as the crown of thorns worn by jesus himself, fragments of the cross and one of the holy nails. The Notre Dame is also known to be one of the most visited attraction in Paris as its entry is free.
4. L'Arc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe stands in the centre ofthe bustling Place Charles de Gaulle, this attraction is one of Paris' most distinctive landmarks. It was erected in 1806 to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. All the names of the French victories and generals are carved into the walls of this majestic structure. At the top of the monument, you will be able to witness an amazing panoramic view of Paris.
An attraction dedicated to the the 58,000 lives lost during the defeat of France. The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, the second tallest structure in France, is situated on a hill in Montmartre. Easily identified thanks to it almost all-white architectural design with two turquoise like Equestrian statues of King Saint Louis and Satin Joan of Arc watching over the church. Similar to the Arc de Triomphe, you will be able capture a breathtaking panoramic view of Paris at the top of the stairs.
6.Jardin du Luxembourg
An inner-city oasis inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, the gardens cover over 25 hectares and is split into French and English gardens. In between lies a garden with over 106 statues, activities for children such as puppet shows, and for the adults there is chess, tennis, bridge as well as remote control boats you can sail into the large pond.
A 1,979 seat opera house famously known for its opulence and architecture that portray deities of greek mythology. The Palais Garner, rich with velvet and gold leaf linings, is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, mainly used for the prestigious and highly regarded ballet shows.
8.Parc de la Villette
Parc de la Villete is the third-largest park in Paris. It houses one of the largest concentration of cultural venues, such as 3 major concert venues, Europe’s largest science museum and much more. Large patches of greenery are dotted with people enjoying an afternoon picnic or even just reading a book.
10. Grand Palais
A historical site, exhibition hall and museum, The Grand Palais was designed with glass ceilings as before the age of electricity, light was a necessity. At any time of the day you will be able to watch as light drenches the floors of the Grand Palais, which was used as a place of meeting between Parisians. It is also now used as an exhibition site for many different kinds of art work!
11. Canal Saint-Martin
In spring and summer, Parisians dot the canal to picnic and strum their guitars. Cafes, bars and quirky boutiques line the banks. A perfect location to rent a bike and tour the city.
12. Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Bein the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, it is a main attraction that houses many notable and respectable artists, writers and singers, such as Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf.
13. Place des Vosges
A graceful, charming and perfect square garden, with beautiful symmetrical fountains placed at all four corners of the square and a serene green oasis surrounded by rows and rows of red brick houses that feeds the aesthetic appeal. Plane des Vosges is also a place of great historical value as it is the same place where the medieval royal palace used to stand. An absolute pleasure to visit and an ideal place to sit back, relax and sip some wine.