Arc de Triomphe

"The view from the roof is amazing"


"Shopping and landmarks galore — from Louis Vuitton's huge flagship to Zara, theaters to the Grand Palais"

Louvre Museum

"The world's most-visited museum for a reason, with over 35,000 works of art to discover"

Palais Garnier

"From the grand foyer that’s dripping in golden chandeliers to the one-of-a-kind staircase, every spot within this famous opera house exudes elegance"

The Seine

"There are so many options, from an hour-long trip to an indulgent, romantic dinner cruise — they're all a view-fest"

Musée d'Orsay

"On the banks of the Seine, in a former train station, it has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in Europe"


"Don't let it being closed stop you, it's still stunning to see and you can visit the crypts"


"Many artists have called this charming neighborhood home, including Piccaso, Degas, and Renoir, and Montmartre still has an artistic, bohemian vibe"


"At the top of hilly Montmartre, this impressive church is beautiful inside and out — well worth the climb"

Eiffel Tower

"I definitely didn't need to remind you of this one"

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