Paris, definitely the top on my travel list. Who doesn’t love the “City of Love”, and dreams, and all things pretty – I sure damn do! It hasn’t been voted one of the MUST VISIT destinations in life for no rhyme or reason. Charming and extremely alluring, here’s my list of Top 12 Things to do in Paris, if you are visiting Paris for the first time.
1. Jardin du Palais Royal
If you had read my Paris post here, you would probably have guessed it would make it’s way into my list. I fell in love with this palace after my first visit in the dead of winter in 2014. It had absolutely no blooming flowers, and trees that looked sad and weary. But it is particularly why I fell in love with it, and I knew I had to visit when it was blooming with flowers (which I did in 2015).
It is the perfect place to stroll, contemplate, and take a breather from our very busy schedule in Singapore. Visit here if you love beautiful sculpted trees and flowers, fountains, and chilling basically doing nothing at all, perhaps photography. There are some boutiques and you can even enjoy ice cream at Café Kitsune.
Admission Fee (if any): Free
2. Jardin Du Luxembourg Park
Another park, you say! I love visiting parks when I’m away from Singapore because of the better weather overseas, and a need to leave my Singapore life in Singapore. I went in the dead of winter, on a really cold morning. We had a mini picnic – hot drinks and breakfast in the park, and boy was it cold. I love the vibes I get from visiting this park as it was romantic. We spent the entire morning frolicking, strolling and taking pictures of ducks. Great place to start the day, on a slower note.
Admission Fee (if any): Free
3. Hot Chocolate at Angelina
There are a couple of Angelina outlets in Paris, but I particularly like their flagship Outlet at 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. Wait, it’s not because it’s near the flagship Chanel store – I insist 😉
The flagship Angelina Tea Salon is a 2-story building, with charming European-style architecture, and spots a beautifully-grand hanging chandelier! What you must have is their Hot Chocolate + Cream. The density and consistency of the chocolate is oh la la. I would probably give the main dishes a miss though, and visit just for tea.
4. Visit the Flagship Ladurée Outlet
You will find snacking-queues at this flagship outlet, but I still think its worth a visit. We queued for about 15 minutes, not long because it moves really quickly. During this 15 minutes, you probably have to fend off people in clipboards, who constantly ask you to sign for a cause (scammers). They are generally harmless 🙂
What I regretted not doing was to have a sit-down meal at the store. I’m not a big fan of macaroons, and thought I could probably give this a miss when I should have sat in there and bask in all the macaroons.
5. People Watch: Mcdonalds along Avenue des Champs-Élysées
If you are into people watching, I have found the perfect spot for you. Visit the 2-story Mcdonals on Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Picture is pretty much self explanatory. Here’s the address: 140 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.
6. Visit The Effiel Tower
No elaboration needed! If you are wondering where is the best spot to take an unblocked photo: Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris. It is situated just outside La Tour-Maubourg Metro Station. Snap away! I’ll say make two trips here. One before 8am where there isn’t much people, and after dark to see a gold-glittering Effiel Towel.
7. The Louvre
This is where you visit the Mona Lisa. And if you happen to visit on the 1st Sunday of the month, admission is free! We got in free 🙂 I would suggest waking up early so that you can get into the museum by 8:30am. The Lourve only opens at 9am, and even we us arriving at 8:30am there was a long snaking queue. But fret not, we got in within 15 minutes despite the long queue. Anytime after that, I’m not so sure because the museum only allows X number of people at one go.
8. Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette is the shopping mall to visit when in Paris. It is huge and extremely lovely during Christmas – they probably spent a bomb on Christmas decorations. You have your big brands such as Chanel, LV etc. If you are wondering where I stood to get an overview of Lafayette, cross the road over to Sephora.
9. Arc De Triomphe
A national symbol, dedicated to the armies of the Revolution and Empire. The grand structures of Arc De Triomphe is situated close to the end of Champs-Élysées,
10. Les Invalides
We did not have much luck when we visited Les Invalids because there were a whole lot of renovation works going on. If you are into architecture, structures, buildings and simply just love European buildings this is a must visit.
11. Palace of Versailles
Ah, another landscape location! By now you can tell I love landscapes, gardens, and beautiful spaces. You have to see the interior, have to! Look at all the intricate details. We took the first train out to Chateau De Versailles because we heard it would get really crowded by noon. Even with us hopping onto the first train, we were jammed packed like sardines. Ah well. We opted for the self-guided tour, plugged in, and explored on our own pace.
The gardens are so beautiful you have to snap as many pictures as you can!
12. Musee d’Orsay
Art buffs, this will be one of your museum heaven. Plenty of exhibitions!
If you have more to add on to my list, do make a comment below!
Photo: By me.