Four things to do in Paris

Jenai Laignel / 21 October 2014

Whether you're seeking culture, romance or gastronomic delights, Paris really can offer something for everyone. Here are four ideas to get you started...



Sacré Coeur Montmartre

Once home to artists such as Picasso, Montmartre is the bohemian heart of Paris.

The steep streets – featuring many cafés, bars and boutiques – can be a challenge; but you can always take the cable car, and reaching the Sacré Coeur ('Sacred Heart') basilica at the top is more than worth the effort – you'll be rewarded with stunning views over the city.

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To Market

The Marché aux Fleurs flower market is situated on the Île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine. It's open to visitors every day, but is particularly special on Sundays when there are also cages of exotic birds.

Foodies should head to Boulevard Richard Lenoir in the eastern Bastille district. Every Thursday and Sunday morning the street becomes one of the most acclaimed food markets in the city, offering everything from oysters to local preserves.

If the weather is fine, pick up a fresh baguette and a couple of cheeses, and head to the nearest park for a truly Parisian al fresco lunch.

 

Musée de l'Orangerie

Located in the Tuileries gardens, this spacious and beautifully presented gallery is home to Monet's Water Lilies (Les Nymphéas) project. Afterwards, take a stroll through the gardens themselves.

Consider buying a Museum Pass if you plan to visit two or more museums a day – even better, most museums are free on the first Sunday of the month.

 

Ladurée

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Ladurée for one of their famous macaroons. Flavours range from vanilla to salted caramel, and you can enjoy tea (or champagne, perhaps) in their decadent tearoom.

There are now a few establishments in the city, including one on the Champs-Elysées – but our favourite is on the Rue Royale.

 

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