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Top 10 Paris Attractions: The Sites You Must Visit in the City of Lights

Updated on June 27, 2011

Getting to Know Paris

Recently, a friend of mine was going on a trip to Paris, France and wanted to know what sites were a must see. I lived in France for a little over a year and took every chance I could while I was living there to take in the sights and learn and see as much as I could of what I like to call "the enchanted city."

There are so many Paris sights, so many Paris tourist attractions, that for your first couple of trips to Paris you need to stick to the basics and be, well, a tourist. That is to say, you'll want to plan out ahead of time which tourist attractions you plan to visit on your trip.

Next, you'll want to grab yourself a Paris map (including a Metro map -- Paris has a great subway system) and plot it all out (remember, though, not to be too rigid and to go also where the moment takes you. The French live in the moment, and so should you while visiting France. If there's no time to stop at The Pantheon because you have lost yourself in the beauty of the jardins du Luxembourg, c'est la vie ).

Then, buy yourself a beret at the first tourist trap nick-nack kiosk you see and set off to do some Paris sightseeing.



The Most Important Thing to do When in Paris

That is the advice that I gave to my friend, together with the list below of what I believe are the top 10 must-see sights to see in Paris. But much more importantly than all of this, I told her, you must be sure to do something else: What must you see?

Oh man, I said, see everything. Just look up, look down, look all around, look for berets and skinny Paris chicks smoking cigarettes with tinted red doos, look for old men on bicycles (smoking cigarettes), look for street vendors selling crêpes, look for L'AMOUR, look for the students of the Sorbonne debating as they stroll down the streets of the Latin Quarter, look for your raison d'être, surely you will find it there in Paris waiting for you.

When you are in Paris, see what is before you.

Show Me the Way

Without further ado, here are my top 10 recommended must-see attractions in Paris. The only thing is, 10 sights weren't enough, so I have listed my top 12 destinations in the enchanted city. Within the coming weeks, I will post a detailed hub on each of these Paris sightseeing attractions and link to them from this hub as I finish them

Top 10 (okay, 12) Paris Tourist Attractions


The Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame

Monet’s Gardens at Giverny

The Louvre

Château de Versailles

Musée d'Orsay

Café de Flore

Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Petit Journal Montparnasse, Jazz Club

The Pantheon

Paris Opera House

Bon voyage , and always remember when vacationing in Paris: Each time you enter an establishment, say, "Bonjour ," and each time you leave, say "Au revoir ." These two small gestures will go a long way with Parisians and will let them know that you’ve got what it takes to hang with the in crowd.


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    • Mike's Corner profile image

      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Bon voyage, Aussie!

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      freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

      I loved Paris & had a cruise down the river after going up the Eiffel Tower , hope to revisit with my new husband!

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      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks ToKnowInfo, glad to hear you found the hub useful . . . vive la France!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      This is a great hub. Thanks for sharing your experience. Until I get there, I will live vicariously through your hub. Rated up, awesome, and bookmarked.

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      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Salut Peg! Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the Paris hub and I hope you get there soon!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Bonjour Mike. I've never been to Paris but from your enticing description it sounds delightful. Maybe sometime down the road I'll get there. Thanks for the appetizer. Au revoir!

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      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      I agree, Leahlefler, Versailles in amazing . . . so glad that you had the opportunity to see it! I still haven't gotten to Ireland, but it has been on my list for years . . .

      Thanks so much for the welcome and the good words on the hubs, Happyboomernurse . . . glad you enjoyed the hub, the only thing bad about Paris is leaving!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Welcome to HubPages. You're off to a great start and I love your plans to link more detailed hubs on each of the sites you've mentioned.

      I've never been to Paris, but just reading this hub felt like a romantic trip to that famous city. Thanks for sharing this info. I look forward to reading more of your work and am voting this hub useful, awesome, beautiful and up.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      We stopped by Paris on a bank holiday (when we were living in Ireland) and LOVED the Château de Versailles. Sadly, we went on a Monday and the interior of the house was closed, but the gardens were absolutely stunning. I miss traveling!

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      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for stopping by and reading, Pixie :) I just published a new one on the Eiffel Tower . . . more to come!

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      Pixienot 7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I can see Paris through your eyes. Tell us more!