6 Must See Places In Paris

6 Must See Places In Paris

There is no shortage of iconic landmarks to see in Paris but everyone has their special areas and places in Paris to visit. Today, I am sharing my 6 must-see places in Paris for your next trip. This is just a small list of places in Paris but ones I always visit anytime I am in the city of light.

Île Saint-Louis

Exterior of cafe in Paris with red awning.

Located in the 4th arrondissement, this little island oasis is far less crowded than the other island, Ile de la Cité (home to Notre Dame Cathedral). Over the past few years, it has become one of my favorite places to visit in Paris.

It’s almost like a small quaint French village with its markets, bookstore, cafés, and famous ice cream shop. One of our favorite cafés in the city is Le Saint Régis, the perfect spot for a morning coffee or afternoon wine.

You can then stroll around the island and through the charming streets which offer small boutiques, flower shops, cheese shops, and more.

Finish your day with dinner at Les Fous de l’ile, and maybe some ice cream at the famous Berthillon.

Les Puces de Vanves

French dinnerware sitting on a table at a flea market in paris.

One of my favorite things to do in Paris is head to Les Puces de Vanves on the weekend for some flea market shopping. I prefer this flea market over others because it’s not quite as overwhelming.

If you are looking for vintage designer scarves, french dishes, artwork, or other French collectibles then you want to head here. The market is only open on the weekends and you want to make sure to get there early for the best items.

Palais-Royal Columns and Garden

Palais Royal columns in paris, must see places to visit in paris.

Located in the inner courtyard of the Palais-Royal, the columns are a must-see in Paris. The Colonnes de Buren, as they are known is an art installation designed in the 1990s to cover what used to be a parking lot.

Now, the columns are an iconic piece of Paris plus a fun place to let wander and also let kids run around. Walk through the columns into the beautiful garden on a sunny day.

Luxembourg Garden

Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is a place I make sure to visit every time I am in Paris. Everyone has their spot in Paris and this garden is mine. I love it at any time of the day and could spend countless hours here people-watching and lounging.

It’s just as beautiful in the springtime with all of the flowers blooming as it is in the colder months with the bare trees. During the summer months, I love to picnic with the rest of the Parisians on the lawn.

The garden also has numerous activities for children as well, and is a wonderful place to either start your day with a run or walk or end your day in the famous green chairs relaxing.


View looking at Sacre Couer in Paris.

One of the most famous arrondissements in Paris, located in the 18th, Montmartre is full of charming cobblestone streets and lots of history. Located on a hill, the area is known for the Sacré-Cœur and the famous artists (Renoir and Van Gogh to name a few), who used to call it home.

I like to visit the area early in the morning and during the weekday when it’s less crowded, although it’s always crowded. Walk up to the top of the Sacré-Cœur to see an amazing view of Paris and inside the basilica, one of the most beautiful churches.

Take a walk around Place du Tertre, and see all the artists hard at work painting and sketching. Although it’s a very touristy area and one to be careful around, it’s still worth walking around.

You can also visit the Musée De Montmartre and when you’re finished stay and have a glass of champagne in the garden.


La Bonaparte Cafe in Paris exterior with red awning.

Out of all the arrondissements in Paris, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area is my favorite for many reasons. Located on the left bank, it was once home to many famous writers of the 1920s like Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

Today, it’s known for its iconic cafés like Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, as well as its chic shopping, and classic restaurants.

A few of my favorite shops in the area are Buly 1803 and Alix D. Reynis. You can find an entire guide to my favorite hotels, restaurants, and shops here in this Guide To Saint-Germain.

I would love to know your must-see places in Paris to visit and add to my list.

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