Hi Guys, So finally we decided and booked a flight to Paris at the end of December (8 days). I'm looking for recommendations for sights and attractions inside and outside Paris.
Inside Paris: Restaurants, Bars, Landmarks
Outside: Castles, Parks, Lodges to stay at, etc.
Any General Tips will be welcomed. :)
Viva la France !!!
Trip Plan Details
- La Basilique Saint-Denis1 rue de la Legion d'Honneur, Saint-Denis 93200 Francerecommended La Basilique Saint-DenisJust north of Paris, the Basilica of Saint-Denis is a former abbey and the original burial ground of the French monarchy. The church is the first major example of Gothic architectureDaniel Mason-D'Croz
Lots of interesting history about the early catholic church in France, and of the early French dynasties
- Château de Vaux-Le-VicomteChâteau Vaux le Vicomte, 77950 Maincy, Francerecommended Château de Vaux-Le-VicomteIf you have been to Versailles first and feel like you are getting a bit of deja vu, don't worry, that isn't surprising. Vaux-le-Vicomte in many ways was the inspiration for Versailles. It was a ... read morepalace built by one of Louis XIV's ministers. When he visited it, he could not believe a minister could have a more beautiful palace. So he confiscated it, and then embarked on building Versailles with many of the designers and architects that build Vaux-le-Vicomte.Daniel Mason-D'Croz
This chateau inspired Versailles. It is about an hour drive outside of Paris, and on the way to Fontainebleau. You might get a bit overloaded trying to do both in a day, but it is definitely worth considering.
- Sainte Chapelle4 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 75001, Francerecommended Sainte ChapelleNot too far from Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle is Paris's Gothic crown jewel. I don't know if there is a more spectacular example of Gothic architecture in the world. The stain glass windows are divine. ... read moreSainte Chapelle is an absolute must see among the hundreds of must sees in ParisDaniel Mason-D'Croz
The stained glass windows are spectacular. It was once the royal chapel and is a very quick walk from Notre Dame.
- Musee d'Orsay62 rue de Lille, Paris 75007 Francerecommended Musee d'OrsayThis museum used to be an old train station, which was built in the beaux-art style. This makes the building itself a work of art worthy of the many beautiful pieces inside. The museum is dedicated ... read moremostly to impressionist and post-impressionist artists like Monet, Degas, Gauguin and Van Gogh. It is a must see for the art aficionado.Daniel Mason-D'Croz
Paris has many fantastic museums, and the Musee d'Orsay is one of the best
- Soul Kitchen33 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, France
- MontmartreOff Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 75018 France
recommended le petit luxBrie, fresh greens and honey stuffed into a baguette is the sandwich they serve here that kept me coming back for more. It's a great place to stop and grab a picnic or just desserts to eat in Jardin ... read moreLuxembourg.Katie Pierce
Definitely stop by Le Petit Lux, if you plan on wandering around the 6th or Jardin Luxembourg. It's a tiny place, but the sandwiches are great!
recommended St-Germain-en-LayeGreat trip to get away from Paris. Just take the RER A straight into St Germain to see what an upscale suburb of Paris looks like. Beautiful mansions, cute cafes and, of course, the palace where Louis ... read moreXIV was born! There are great gardens around here and a vineyard on the grounds of the chateau.Katie Pierce
This is another great visit outside of Paris. St-Germain-en-Laye is home to the chateau in which Louis XIV was born. The village is adorable and there is a vineyard nearby as well.
- Palace and Park of FontainebleauPlace du Général de Gaulle, Fontainebleau, Francerecommended Palace and Park of FontainebleauThis chateau was the inspiration for Versailles and it is easy to see why. With extensive grounds and beautiful architecture, Fontainebleau is incredible! If you enjoy architecture, history and ... read morechateaus, Fontainebleau is definitely a spot to check out. The only issue is that (if you do not rent a car) you have to take a cab from the train station to the chateau. It is a bit of a lengthy walk.Katie Pierce
This is a great stop outside of Paris. All the charm of a little village, but absolutely stunning chateau! It's not as amazing as Versailles, but it is still impressive.
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If you don't have a place to stay yet, I highly recommend renting an apartment and daytripping outside the city.
This is high season for most of the city and apartments give you the chance to do some cooking at home instead of eating out all the time.
I've used a company called Perfectly Paris several times and found them to be good value for the quality. You can email Gail to see about availability.
- Palais Garnier - Paris Opera8 Rue Scribe, Paris 75009 Francerecommended Palais Garnier - Paris OperaDefinitely take the guided tour. So interesting and you get so much insight into the design as well as the politics of the era.Recommended for:Local CultureRachel E.
The guided tour is great and I know they have two ballets they're showing at the end of December, Le Parc and Sleeping Beauty.
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There are a few Christmas markets set up this time of year. I found this blog post about the different kinds of markets available if that's your thing.
www DOT expatedna DOT com/2012/12/17/paris-christmas-markets/
- Le Comptoir37 Rue Berger, 75001 Paris, Francerecommended Le ComptoirThis a very popular restaurant and will usually have a line to get in. We went around 2 and the line was short. The food and the service are excellent. It is a small place but it allowed us to talk ... read morewith some friendly Parisians about the selections on the menu. They were very helpful and the food was terrific - good enough to take a picture of. We even had some sausage that is made by the chief/owner. They did have horse as one of the specials but even our new friends don't eat it (anymore - when they were kids it was eaten to help them grow up big & strong).Recommended for:FoodiesLeigh Virkus
We would go here again the next time we are in Paris.
- Père-Lachaise CemeteryRue du Repos 16, Paris 75020 Francerecommended Père-Lachaise CemeteryBe sure to spend at least a couple of hours in this beautiful "city of the dead". You could easily spend an entire day here, roaming this park-like setting with it varied array of elaborate monuments. ... read moreThere is nothing creepy about this place. Along with famous residents such as Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Moliere and countless others, regular Parisians rest here too.Leigh Virkus
A quiet place in the city and the price is right - free.
- Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine1 place du Trocadero et du 11 novembre, Paris 75116 France
- Place DauphineParis, France
- Château de VersaillesVersailles, Francerecommended Château de VersaillesThe chateau is huge, opulent and historic, but the gardens are the real treat. They are perfectly maintained and seemingly endless! You can easily spend a full day here and still not see everything.
- Chez Paul13, Rue de Charonne, Paris 75011 France
- Ladurée75 Champs-Elysees, 75008 Paris, France
- SeineQuai Branly, Paris 75007 France
- Avenue des Champs-ÉlyseesAvenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris 75008 France
- Arc de TriomphePlace Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile, Paris 75008 France
- Notre Dame Cathedral6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris 75004 France
- Eiffel Tower5 avenue Anatole France, Paris 75007 France
- Louvre Museum34 Quai du Louvre, Paris 75001 France
- Moulin Rouge82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France