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Things to do in Paris

Often referred to as one of the greatest cities in the world, Paris oozes timeless allure and effortless cool that attracts tourists from around the world.

With so many things to do in this fabulous city it is unsurprising that people love it so much.

Whether you want to wander around the high-end designer boutiques, take photos in front of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, or tuck into delicious French cuisine with a glass of wine, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Paris during your visit.

You can reach the City of Love with ease when you sail to Calais with us, and if you travel with your car you could be exploring this great destination less than four hours after you arrive at the port, so don’t hesitate and start planning your trip today!

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Things to do in Paris

Inner City Paris

The centre of Paris is where you can find the majority of its most famous landmarks, and you will discover many of these by wandering around and exploring at your leisure. Alternatively, you could opt for a bus or boat tour which will show you all of the sights with less walking, which may be preferable if you only have a limited amount of time in the city.

No trip to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower, which is quite possibly one of the most recognisable structures in the world. One of our top things to do in Paris is to stand at its base and admire it from the ground, or pay to go up the tower which will give you the opportunity to see the whole of Paris. You could even choose to eat in one of the Eiffel Tower restaurants if you are looking for a meal with a view!

Other sites that are certainly worth visiting include the Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame Cathedral. You will find the Arc at the end of the Champs-Élysées and can enjoy an impressive view of this famous and beautiful avenue from the top. A fascinating example of Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame Cathedral also offers a fantastic view from the top of its towers and you are sure to love the famous gargoyles that form part of its design.

For those searching for a bit of culture, the Louvre is the place to be. Named as the most visited museum in the world, this striking landmark is home to the Mona Lisa and thousands of other classic and modern pieces that are sure to keep you occupied for many hours.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Romantic view of Eiffel Tower

Eating and Drinking in Paris

From beef bourguignon and coq au vin to escargots and platters of cheese, French cuisine offers something for everyone, and you are guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy eating and drinking in Paris.
 
There are over 70 Michelin star restaurants in the city which offer plenty of choice if you are looking for a fine dining option. Alternatively, you may prefer to have your meals in a cosy bistro, or to choose something delicious from a street food stall if you are on the move.
 
One of our top picks of things to do in Paris is have Lunch or dinner river cruises through the city, offering a fun and different way to eat your meal as you can watch the city from the water as you enjoy your food and drink, and don’t forget that eating up the Eiffel Tower offers a fabulous experience too.

Top Paris Shopping Spots

Paris is an absolute haven for those who love to shop, so whether you have money to spend or would like to pass some time window shopping you’ll find that visiting designer stores and boutiques is one of the more luxurious things to do in Paris.

Start your shopping trip on the Champs-Élysées, which links the Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde, and you will find stores from brands such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Longchamp. This street is also home to Guerlain, one of the oldest perfume brands in the world, so you can pick up a stunning French fragrance which is sure to bring you great memories every time you use it.

For lots of French clothing brands, head to the Rue des Francs Bourgeois in the stylish Marais neighbourhood which houses stores such as Maje and Sandro in stunning old townhouses. The perfect destination for shopping and a spot of brunch, you’ll find that this is a very beautiful place to spend some of your time in Paris.

Woman Shopping in Paris

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Castle at Disneyland Paris

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Theme Parks Near Paris

You will find a number of theme parks near Paris which you can easily take a trip to for a little bit of thrill seeking. The most famous of these theme parks is Disneyland® Paris where dreams come true no matter how old you are! With rides that the whole family will enjoy, immerse yourself into the world of Walt Disney and enjoy meeting your favourite characters, watching the famous parade, and eating in one of the many themed restaurants.

Alternatively, take a trip to Parc Astérix [link] which is located just 30km outside of Paris to try out their 40 attractions and watch the daily shows that are sure to entertain you. Based on the comic book series Astérix, this theme park has rides for all the family plus some scarier options for the bravest of explorers!

With so many things to do in Paris it is the right time for you to book your Dover to Calais crossing and explore this awesome city for yourself, so don’t delay and pick a sailing that suits you today.

No trip to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognisable structures in the world

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