Paris Travel Planner   What to See & Do in Paris, France
A thousand pleasures, from famous sights and world-class museums to people-watching in a Parisian café....


Here's what to see and do in Paris. (Here are hints on how to plan your days most efficiently).


1. Passe Sanitaire

Until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, you will need to show a French Passe Sanitaire or other acceptable validation of vaccination, negative test or recovery from the disease for entry into any significant Paris sight, event, or café-bar-restaurant.

2. Date/Time Reservations

You should also look at the establishment's website to learn if a reservation is required. Many prime sights now require that you make a reservation for admission on a particular day, at a particular time. You may want to purchase your ticket(s) online as well to speed your entry.

3. Security Checks

Before entering all major sights and museums, you will pass through a security check and metal detector. Do not have with you anything that could be looked upon as a weapon: no pocket knife, metal fork or knife, scissors, screwdriver, etc.

At the entrance to the Eiffel Tower is a box filled with sharp metal items taken from visitors, including dozens of Swiss Army Knives. They will not be returned to you when you depart.

Top Sights of Paris

The places everyone wants to visit: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée du Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle, Montmartre & Sacré-Coeur. More...

Panoramas of Paris

Sure, the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is spectacular, but so are many others...with lower costs and shorter (or no) waiting lines, such as from the Arc de Triomphe, the La Grande Arche de la Défense, and the Tour Montparnasse. Below, a lovely view from the towers of Notre-Dame. More...

View from the Towers of Notre-Dame, Paris

Historic Churches of Paris

Religious monuments, yes, but also superb works of architecture, art and history. More...

Tours of Paris

Guided bus tours, walking tours, bike tours, Segway tours, boat tours on the they are.

The Pleasures of Paris

Here are some of the most fun things to do in the world capital of joie de vivre: offbeat sights, markets, café-sitting, covered passages, free nightlife, how to flaner (saunter). More...

Top Museums of Paris

Some of the greatest in the world: Louvre, Orsay, Cluny, Picasso, Rodin, Carnavalet and dozens of others. More...

Parks & Gardens of Paris

True pleasure gardens for a stroll, a rest, some people-watching, some culture, a light meal or snack. More...

More Paris Sights

There's plenty more to see: the River Seine, Palais Garnier (Paris Opéra), Hôtel de Ville, the Sorbonne, artist-filled Place du Tertre, and on and on. Here's a list to help you decide. More...

Paris at Night

Here's what to see and do at night, for free and for a price, in the city that virtually invented nightlife! More...

Shopping in Paris

From flea markets to covered passages, from department stores to the fashion houses of Avenue Montaigne, from food markets to market streets... Paris is a shopper's paradise. More...

Excursions from Paris

Versailles, Chartres, Le Château de Fontainbleau, Disneyland Paris, châteaux of the Loire Valley, even the D-Day beaches of Normandy—they're all within a day's outing from Paris. More...

Excursions from Paris

Planning Your Time in Paris

Finding Your Way in Paris

Paris Museums

Paris Parks and Gardens

Paris Transport

Paris Hotels

Paris Apartments/Flats

Paris Restaurants


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Top of Tour Eiffel, Paris, France

Above, Visitors at the top of the Eiffel Tower
(Tour Eiffel) in Paris, France.

Carrots and Beets at a market, Paris

Fresh produce at one of
the many markets of Paris.

Paris Girls Secret Society, the new novel by Tom Brosnahan

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