Trip to Paris, France: Visiting the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Arc du Triomphe

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Paris is effortlessly chic and aesthetic. Dozens of museums are dispersed throughout the city, showcasing Paris’ finest art, and each city center had a sense of timelessness. There’s so much to see in Paris, but the most famous sites are the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame de Paris, the Louvre, Champs-Élysées, and the Palace of Versailles. Since Paris has so many monuments, museums, cathedrals, gardens, and historical sites, it can be overwhelming to navigate the city in only a few days! Luckily, you can’t go wrong as the sites are beautiful and the streets are filled with fashion boutiques, cafes, and art exhibits.

If you want to read more about Paris, check out my article on the Top 16 Sites to Visit in Paris, France. You can also learn more about Paris’ brasseries and eateries in my article: Café Culture in Paris: Top 5 French Brasseries & Eateries.

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The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic symbol of Paris. Built in 1889, the structure is built out of wrought iron and located on the Champ de Mars, a big greenspace in the seventh arrondissement. At night, you can watch the Eiffel Tower light up from sunset to 1AM.

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The famous Arc de Triomphe is a great site to stop and see. The monument has retained its intricacy and embodies Paris’ beauty.

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To get to the Louvre, you can pass through the Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel. The center square is breathtaking and features giant glass pyramids that were constructed in 1981. I love the architecture of this museum and the restaurants that sit within the first floor of the structure. The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and one of the most memorable historic monuments in Paris. This museum is located in the right bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement. Personally, I loved looking at the French landscape paintings when I visited. The quality and quantity of art in the Louvre Museum is spectacular.

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The Louvre also has amazing statues and sculptures that you can stop to admire. I really enjoyed this section and thought that this room was very beautiful.

These delicious croissants were being sold in Le Voltigeur in Le Marais! I’d highly recommend this cute Parisian coffee shop as it serves delicious pastries and breakfast items! Le Marais also has an old-world charm as it was once a famous area for French nobilities. It’s a very chic area with lots of restaurants and boutique shops. If you can’t make it to Le Voltigeur, I’d recommend trying to stop into Café de Flore in Saint Germain, one of the oldest and most famous cafes in all of Paris. Café de Flore has lots of salads, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts while Saint-Germain-des-Prés, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a great place to shop or walk around.

There is also quaint restaurant called Cafe de L’Homme in Trocadero that is definitely worth a visit. Located within the Palais de Chaillot, the restaurant has one of the most beautiful lookouts of the Eiffel tower in the city. Cafe de L’Homme also has a lovely atmosphere, delicious french cuisine, and plentiful outdoor seating options. I’d definitely stop by the Palais to see the spectacular view!

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Shops, Sites, & Restaurants

  • L’avenue

  • Le Moulin de Rosa

  • Eiffel Tower

  • Trocadéro

  • Champs Élysée

  • Arc de Triomphe

  • Place Concorde

  • L’église de la madeleine

  • Ladurée

  • L’opera

  • Galeries Lafayette

  • Cafe Marly

  • Rue Saint-Honoré

  • Place Vendôme

  • Musée du Louvre

  • Le Fumoir

  • Centre Georges Pompidou

  • Le marais

  • Amorino

  • Jardines des Tuileries

  • Cafe de l’homme

  • Le Voltigeur

 

Paris definitely lived up to my expectations. If you are interested in art, fashion, or architecture, I’d highly recommend visiting. The city is gorgeous, from the Eiffel Tower to the Musée du Louvre, and there’s so much to see and explore. Besides the places I mentioned, I’d also try to visit the Panthéon, Place Vendôme, Pont Alexandre III, Notre Dame, and Le Jardin de Luxembourg! If you have visited or want to visit Paris, let me know what you think of the city in the comments below!

 

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