Best Places To Explore In Paris
Jardin du Luxembourg
An oasis of formal gardens in a bustling city, Jardin du Luxembourg has playground, carrousel, pony rides, a theatre, and various sporting venues. The gardens themselves house honey-making bees, lemon and orange trees, a forest, a pond and a rose garden.
For trendy boutiques, hip galleries, and exciting new restaurants, head to the city’s former Jewish quarter. The centre is Place des Vosges, once the home of writer Victor Hugo, now the stomping ground of chic French mamas and their beautifully presented offspring.
Perched on a hilltop in Montmartre, the white church (which means Sacred Heart) is a famous landmark. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb the stairs to the dome where you’ll be at the second highest point in Paris at 213m (Eiffel Tower is 324m).
Jardin des Tuileries
Named after the tile factories that originally stood in this site, the grounds are a typical example of the French formal garden style. It’s worth a stop at Musée de l’Orangerie to admire the permanent Monet exhibition and visit the Fête des Tuilleries if you’re visiting between June and August.
Saint Germain des Prés
Chic and elegant, Saint Germain is where high-end shops meet historical monuments on streets lined with galleries and pavement booksellers. Home to many literary and arty celebrities from the late 19th-century, it’s the ideal area to walk and soak up the Parisian atmosphere.
Musée de l'Armée Invalides
Built to house wounded and homeless army veterans by Louis XIV in 1676, the Hôtel Royal des Invalides is occupied by the Minitry of Defence but still retains its original function as a hospital for badly injured or disabled war veterans and is now open to the public.
The observation deck at the top of the Montparnasse Tower has breathtaking views of the Paris. You can see the Eiffel Tower right in front of you, alongside most of the city’s iconic landmarks.
Île Saint Louis
Living the shadow of its larger, more famous sister island, île de la Cité, this island is connected to the rest of Paris by four bridges but feels like a small French village in the centre of the capital. It has bakeries, markets, fromageries and cafes in an old, historic setting.
Canal Saint Martin
Connecting the Canal de l'Ourcq to the river Seine, Canal Saint Martin is 4.6km long with locks, swing bridges, Venetian-style footbridges, and lined with chestnut trees and squares. You can even board a barge and enjoy a boat trip.
Located at the foot of Montmartre, Pigalle had a reputation. Sex shops and peep shops used to line the streets, alongside the Moulin Rouge, but now it attracts a younger crowd keen to experience its lively music scene.
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