Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and one of the most beautiful. It is also one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. This French city oozes culture, history, and romance. It’s an ideal destination for a weekend getaway, a romantic escape, or an exciting trip with the girls. But even if you’re in the French capital for work, you can fit in a few fun experiences. Our suggestion is to extend your work trip and explore the city.
Here are five of our favorite things to do in Paris when you’re short on time.
Visit the city’s top attractions
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of attractions in Paris, but there are a few that absolutely must be seen. Make time to go to the top sights, and leave some extra time to explore the back streets as well.
- The Louvre – Home to the world’s most famous art gallery and an endless source of fascinating exhibits.
- Notre-Dame – One of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, and a beautiful example of French architecture, it suffered a devastating fire on April 15, 2019. It is currently being rebuilt and is not open to the public, but the area surrounding it is a worth the trip, as is a chance to see the the restoration’s progress.
- The Eiffel Tower – If you only have one chance to see this iconic Parisian landmark, it should be at night when it’s all lit up.
Stop by a Parisian pastry shop
Paris is known for its high-quality pastries, cakes, croissants, macarons and so much more. Grab something sweet, add a coffee and an outdoor table and you’ll instantly feel French.
Take a walking tour
One of the best things to do in Paris when you’re short on time is to take a walking tour of the city’s top attractions. There are may offered by licensed guides. Check online, pick a part of the city you’d like to explore, sign up and enjoy.
Stay out late
When it comes to experiencing the magic of Paris, there’s no better time than at night. The city is lit up like no other. In fact it is called The City of Light, a monicker that dates back to March 15, 1667, when Louis XIV ordered that lanterns be placed on every street corner and that shopkeepers and residents were to set out lights to illuminate the night and make it hard for criminals to lurk in the shadows. Today it is resplendent in millions of lights twinkling every evening.
Visit a Parisian neighborhood off the beaten path
You’ve seen the major attractions in Paris. Now try visiting a neighborhood that you haven’t explored yet. Take a bus tour of the city, and when you get off, walk a bit and explore some of the charming streets you overlooked on your tour. Alternatively, simply try a new cafe or restaurant each day you’re in Paris.
Paris is timeless, so don’t so too much
Paris is a beautiful city that always looks good. It’s romantic, vibrant, and full of history. It will always be a part of you and your memories, so make sure you plan ahead and enjoy your time. But don’t worry if you can’t see it all on a short trip. It’ll still be there when you’re ready to return.