Guide to the Top
Paris Sights

Guide to the Top Paris Sights

So much to see, so little time? We can help. History, art, and iconic monuments — über-famous Paris sights include the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, museums, historic buildings, and even the bridges spanning the Seine.

Paris Sights Map

With all the historic and artistic riches, choosing what to do and see can be difficult. But, don't worry, we're here to help.

Popular Paris sights are found throughout the city — the 1st Arrondissement around the Louvre, the Paris Islands, the Marais, the Latin Quarter, Saint Germain des Prés, and the Eiffel Tower neighborhood.

We'll help you narrow down your choices to suit your interests and the time you have available.

Don't forget, if you're going to be visiting museums and monument you should get yourself a Paris Museum Passbefore you leave home!

Paris Sights – The Louvre Quartier


Think of the Louvre as the center of Paris and work out from there. With a Paris Museum Pass, you can visit the Louvre as many times as you would like.

Start your Paris visit with a quick view of a few of the masterpieces of the Louvre and then perhaps end your trip with another Louvre visit to focus on French 16th-century painters or Ancient Greek statues.

Our top recommendation for visiting the Louvre is to skip-the-lines and sign up for a Guided Louvre Museum Tour »

Nearby are the Palais Royal, with its public gardens; the massive and beautiful Tuileries Garden, Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde.

The Islands

The Islands

For a couple of small pieces of real estate there are a lot of historic Paris sights on the city's two islands.

Ile de la Cité is where you find Notre Dame Cathedral, its towers and its crypt; the lacy wonder of the Gothic masterpiece church, La Sainte Chapelle; and the Conciergerie.

You'll also love the shops, restaurants, small hotels and food stores found on the other island, Ile St Louis.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Its Towers & Ile de la Cité Tour

Discover 2000 years of history on the Islands of Paris with an expert guide to show you the way.

The Islands are the original Paris, so there's a lot of interest packed in there. You'll want to visit its famous cathedral as well.

To make things easy and informative for you, we've selected his half-day walking tour that includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and a climb to the top of the bell towers.

You'll skip the line and be rewarded with a gargoyle's view of Paris. It's our very favourite view of the skyline of of our favorite city. Don't miss it.

The Marais

The Marais

The Marais has become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Paris and a favorite place to go for shops, clubs, cafés, and Sunday brunch.

It's also the home to many traditional Paris sights like Place des Vosges; the Pompidou Center; Musée Carnavalet; the history of Paris Museum; Hotel de Ville, the Paris city hall; the Picasso Museum and much more.

The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter

Perhaps the first things you think about the Latin Quarter are the Pantheon and the Luxembourg Gardens and the Sorbonne the oldest univeristy in Europe. Of course it's been the haunt of intellectuals and students for centuries, too.

But it's also where you'll find the Jardin des Plantes, the Grand Gallery of Evolution, the Museum of the Middle Ages (part of it set in the ruins of the Roman baths) and the the oldest zoo in Europe.



The Left Bank neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés was known as the haunt of writers and philosophers. Today it's known for chi-chi shopping, restaurants, chocolate shops and upscale living.

You also find the fabulously lovely Jardin du Luxembourg; Bon Marché and Le Grand Epicerie de Paris, the church of Saint-Sulpice, and Musée d'Orsay.

Paris Insiders Gourmet Tours

We've said it before and it's still true, when you're in Paris you really must take some time to learn more about its culinary culture. And ther'e no better neighbourhood to go deep into food than Saint-Germain in the 6th Arrondissement.

So, while you're there, taste your way along Boulevard Saint-Germain, stopping at the city's best fromageries, boulangeries, patisseries, and wine shop. Choose from a number of different gourmet tours at —

The Eiffel Tower

Paris Sights — Eiffel Tower

Of course you'll want to see the Eiffel Tower, but make sure you get your tickets in advance. The best way is to book a Eiffel Tour Skip-the-Line Tour.

While you're in the neighborhood you might want to visit Museée du Quai Branly, the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art or the Trocadero and its museums.

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