The Ultimate Guide to Fun Things to Do in Paris

The Moulin Rouge at night in Paris.

These must-see sights in the City of Lights have something for everyone.

With a nickname like “the City of Lights,” it only makes sense that France’s capital promises a good time. But that's exactly the problem: when planning a trip to Paris, it’s easy to get lost in the grandiosity of the city's impressive architecture, religious roots, and delectable food (just to name a few). Paris is also home to top tourist destinations that both kids and adults will love, ranging from beloved places like Pont des Arts to world-class chocolatiers. While planning your trip to France, add these fun things to do in Paris to your itinerary for the vacation of a lifetime.

Promenade Plantee

One of the city’s best-kept secrets also happens to be one of the most fun things to do in Paris: Promenade Plantee is a three-mile walkway built on top of an old railroad line. (For New York City locals, it’s similar to the Highline in Chelsea). The pathway stretches from Place de la Bastille to the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The choice is yours: You can walk, bike, run, or jog. No matter what you choose, make sure you take time to stop and smell the roses—literally—since there are a variety of fresh flowers lining the walkway.

Moulin Rouge

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Paris, look no further than Moulin Rouge. Think beyond the movie (although, that’s a great start): the nightly Féerie show brings the glitz, glamour, and entertainment that Paris is known—and loved—for. Throughout the show’s four scenes, the 80-person troupe will give you a dose of history, acrobatics, and of course, spectacle. Depending on your budget, choose from three options: the show by itself, dinner and a show, and the VIP evening. If you’re not willing to splash out on dinner or the VIP evening, head to one of the nearby bars for a cocktail beforehand since the earliest show doesn’t even begin until 9 p.m.  

Chocolate Crawl in St. Germain des Pres

If a chocolate crawl isn’t considered fun thing to do in Paris, then what is? Whether purposeful or not, St. Germain des Pres in the city’s Left Bank has become the go-to spot for quality chocolate over the years. Now, there are more than 20 top-notch chocolatiers with storefronts in this quartier. You don’t need a tour guide to make your way from one chocolate shop to the next. Simply, go where your nose—ahem, tastebuds—lead you. Top spots include Maison Chaudun, La Maison du Chocolat, and Chapon Chocolatier. 

Marché Bastille

Get your day started on the right note by strolling through one of the largest street markets in the city. By far one of the most fun things to do in Paris on Thursday and Sunday mornings, this market has a stall for just about everyone. Here, you’ll find fresh produce, Parisian-style pâté, and made-from-scratch baguettes. If the weather’s nice, fill up a basket with fresh ingredients and then head to Luxembourg Gardens for a picture-perfect picnic.

Boat at Bassin de la Villette

Picture this: You, your travel partner, and a boat ride just for two. Anyone can rent an electric boat at the Marin d’Eau Douce nautical base in the Bassin de la Villette. Hop on board with some snacks in tow (crepes and cheese, obviously) and get a closer glimpse at the largest artificial lake in Paris. The best part? No boating license required.

Le Marais

You might not think that Victor Hugo’s neighborhood is listed as one of the most fun things to do in Paris, but it is. Set in between the 3ème and 4ème arrondissements, Le Marais exudes old city charm with cobblestone streets, breathtaking architecture, and secret courtyards. As simple as it may be, walking around this old-world French setting is an activity in itself, especially if you’re snapping pics and stopping in shops along the way. And who knows, you might even spot a royal: Louis XIV lived in this neighborhood before moving his family to Versailles, so that means the French nobility have a fondness for this quaint area of the city.

Pont des Arts

Regardless if you’re traveling with your significant other, friends, family, or even by yourself, there’s something special about visiting the Pont des Arts to celebrate your love (Self-love counts, too). In the past, visitors were allowed—that’s a loose term—to place locks on the bridge to represent their unconditional love for someone. Even though the city removed the locks, there’s still plenty of love in the air!

Champagne Bar at the Eiffel Tower

As if going to the top of the Eiffel Tower wasn’t enough, you can also raise a glass with your nearest and dearest at the bar located on the top floor. Choose from classic or rosé champagne—and then toast to your Paris adventure while soaking in the city’s breathtaking skyline. For a real treat, reserve a table at 58 Tour Eiffel or The Jules Verne, the attraction’s world-class restaurants. While they aren’t necessarily suitable for young children, 58 Tour Eiffel is a more family-friendly setting.

Ready to check out these fun things to do in Paris? Before you finalize your itinerary, take a look at our private tour opportunities to help you plan the best trip ever. Contact us today and then get packing! Au revoir!

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