Let Paris Capture Your Heart with 10 Must-See Spots in the City of Love
September 15, 2018
Paris; The City of Love! France’s capital is one of the most iconic cities in Europe, and for good reason. It’s filled with classic art, amazing fashion, delicious food and breathtaking sites. Considering it’s one of the most romantic places on earth, you can’t help but feel the love while you’re there.
But even if you don’t have a special someone to explore the city with, Paris is still just as amazing! There are
so many beautiful places to see, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best. Get your camera ready because you’re going to want to put all of these must-visit spots on Instagram!
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Of course you can't go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower! The iconic structure was originally built for the Exposition Universelle, a world fair, in 1889, and most people in the city at the time actually
hated it! They eventually got over it, however, and accepted the tower as a part of their city. Now, it's one of the most recognizable locations in the world!
The Trocadéro is the perfect place to get a full view of the Eiffel Tower. Snap a pic there, then walk right down to the bottom to get tickets to go up to the top of the structure. Once there, you'll get a stunning view of the city that'll definitely take your breath away!
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The Louvre is the biggest museum in Paris, and it also happens to be the most visited museum
in the world! It's no wonder why Beyoncé and Jay-Z shot a music video there and why Lorde wrote a song about it; this place is iconic!
The Louvre is most famous for being the home of the
Mona Lisa, but there are tons more amazing gems to check out. The Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People and The Coronation of Napoleon are just a few examples of the amazing pieces you can find scattered around the building.
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Montmartre is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris. It's home to the famous Moulin Rouge as well as the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and it's got a rich history. Famous artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh all used to live here, so you know it has to be special.
After you hike up the stairs to the Sacré-Cœur, pause to take in the incredible view. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the cobblestone alleys of this hilled city! There are tons of amazing restaurants, shops and photo opps around.
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The Champs-Élysées is essentially the 5th Avenue of Paris. The street is just over a mile long, and it's got some of the most amazing shopping in the world!
Whether you're a luxury shopper or a Zara kind of gal, the Champs-Élysées has it all. Make sure to stop in the Swarovski store — the crystal staircase will take your breath away!
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Channel your inner Blair Waldorf with a trip to Ladurée. The French pastry shop has been open in Paris since 1862 and is famous for its macarons!
While you're making your way down the Champs-Élysées, stop in to grab one at this delicious bakery. Or, if you're feeling extra fancy, you can book a reservation at the restaurant and have an Instagram-worthy meal.
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Arc de Triomphe
There are a lot of great views throughout Paris, but the view from the Arc de Triomphe is, without a doubt, the best. Built in the early 1800s, the Arc sits at the end of the Champs-Élysées. It's surrounded by a whopping 12 different streets, which shoot out like a web!
We recommend going here at night, after you've spent the day strolling along the Champs-Élysées. Climb up to the top of the Arc and you'll have the best 360-degree view of Paris you've ever seen!
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Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame wasn't just the setting of a Disney movie; it's a real-life place! The cathedral took almost 200 years to complete, and once you see it IRL, you'll understand why!
The outside of the building features hundreds of sculpted figures, which are stunningly detailed. And, of course, there are lots of gargoyles. But don't worry; the inside is just as incredible! The cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows and you can even light a candle to dedicate it to a loved one.
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If you're interested in exploring French art, the Musée d'Orsay is the place to go. It houses work from the most famous French artists in existence, including the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist greats: Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley and Gauguin, just to name a few! Not to mention, there's plenty of Van Gogh (although he's Dutch, not French), as well.
The coolest thing about the Musée d'Orsay is that it actually used to be a train station! It was originally built in 1900, but after it became unusable as a station, it was converted to a museum in 1986. The inside is super cool, and one part of the building might be even more interesting than the art inside of it! On the top floor, you'll find a gigantic clock window. It makes for stunning black and white photos, so we highly recommend stopping to snap a pic!
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If modern art is more your speed, take a visit to the Centre Pompidou. Once you arrive, you won't be able to miss it! The gigantic building is a stark contrast to the old, classic buildings that surround it, but that was the intention of the architects.
The outside of the Centre Pompidou is essentially a jungle of colorful metal, so you can have a lot of fun taking cool photos. And once you're inside, you'll find all sorts of weird stuff. It's modern art, so it might not all make sense, but that's really the beauty of it!
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Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is about 40 minutes outside of Paris, but boy is it worth the trip!
The palace was built all the way back in the 1600s and was used for centuries after. Now, it's open to the public as a historic destination. You'll want to wear comfortable shoes for this outing because the property is absolutely massive! Prepare to spend an entire day roaming the palace and grounds and getting some of the most exquisite Instagram pics you've ever taken.