The Iconic Paris Checklist Including The Best Eclairs, Cheap Beauty Products & Skip The Lines For The Eiffel Tower!
Top attractions in Paris you can’t miss!
You can’t say you’ve been to Paris without snapping the iconic selfie with Mona Lisa at the Louvre, having a picnic under the Eiffel Tower or eating a French Macaron from Laudree. Apart from having some of the best designer boutiques, gastronomic experiences and art museums, there’s even the happiest place on earth – Paris Disneyland. You also can’t forget about the cheap beauty products and VAT refunds for all your shopping needs.
We teach you how to check these iconic Paris experiences off your checklist all whilst skipping the queues and saving $70 off! Read on to find out how.
1. Visit the Eiffel Tower
Probably the first thing you think of when it comes to Paris is the iconic Eiffel Tower. While having a picnic underneath the majestic 276 metre tall structure is an experience in itself, one of the best parts of the tower is the panoramic views up top! See all the way across the city, spotting sights like the Sacre-Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe and more.
P.S. Yes, there is a lift to the top.
As with all iconic attractions, you can expect that everyone else will want to visit as well.
Pre-book your Eiffel Tower tickets to skip the lines up to the tower!
Address : 36 Avenue de la Bourdonnais 75007 Paris.
Opening Hours : 9:00am to 12:45am.
How To Get There : Metro Line no.9, “Trocadéro” station OR Line no.6, metro station “Bir-Hakeim” OR Line no.8 metro station “Ecole Militaire
2. See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
The Louvre is an iconic Parisian attraction in itself, with its beautiful geometric structure. When you visit at night, the entire structure lights up, showing off a whole new charm to the place.
What lies within the Louvre just might be more popular than the museum itself. The portrait of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, probably the most popular art piece by the master himself.
Want to avoid a situation like this? Be sure to head there early in the morning before the gates open and pre-book your skip the line access to the Louvre on Tripsle to ensure you beat the crowd!
Address : Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Opening Hours : 9:00am–6:00pm
How To Get There : Metro to Louvre-Rivoli Station or Palais Royal -Musee du Louvre station
3. Walk through the Arc de Triomphe
One of the most iconic figures in French history is the Arc de Triomphe. This monument was built to honor the triumph of the French army in the early 1800s. In order to walk through the Arc and head up to the roof, you will need admission tickets and trust us, the panoramic views from up top are surely worth it.
Be sure to pre-book your skip the line entry to beat the queues!
Arc de Triomphe
Address : Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
Opening Hours : 10:00am-11:00pm,
How To Get There : Take the metros 1/2/6 and stop at Charles de Gaulle Etoile
4. Take the rides at Paris Disneyland
They say everything is more beautiful in Paris, and we don’t know if it’s the Parisian air but Disneyland Paris felt just a tad more magical than usual! Head to the dreamy Sleeping Beauty Castle and await your prince charming or if you’ve already got a bae, explore a whole new galaxy in the Space Mountain Ride where you’re catapulted into space!
Pre-book your Disneyland Paris tickets on Tripsle to enjoy open-dated entry with print-at-home tickets that you can directly enter the park with!
Address : Disneyland® Paris, 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
Opening Hours : 10:00am-8:30pm
How To Get There : Get off at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy station – a 2 minute walk from Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park and Disney Village
5. Have a Laduree Macaron
Laduree is Paris’s most famous patisserie and the inventor of the macaron! Their iconic double decker macaron come in a huge variety of flavours and they sell about 15,000 a day! Our top picks are the Chocolate with Passion Fruit and the Caramel with Salted Butter.
There are multiple outlets across Paris but the outlet near the Champs Elysees, Paris’ famous shopping street, is the most beautiful one of them all.
Ladurée Paris Champs Elysées
Address : 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Opening Hours : 730am to 11pm
How To Get There : Take the metro to Charles de Gaulle – Étoile and it’s a short walk away.
6. Buy cheap(er) beauty products from Citypharma
While Paris has plenty of boutique beauty shops, if you’re looking for deals, Citypharma is the place to look out for. With its cult beauty status, you can expect a crowd for sure, but for the savings you’ll enjoy, you’ll want to bear with it. They open at 8:30 am on weekdays and 9 am on Saturdays so heading there at opening time is your best bet.
Some of the top things to buy include:
Bioderma Sensibio H2O cleanser
Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower
Avene Thermal Spring Water
Skincare from La Roche-Posay
Plus, as a foreigner, when you spend more than 175€, you’re eligible for duty-free. Bring your passport with you and be sure to ask the cashier for the duty-free (detax) paperwork.
Address : 26 Rue du Four, 75006 Paris, France
Opening Hours : 830am to 9pm | Closed on Sunday
How To Get There : Take metro line 10 to Mabillon station.
7. The best eclairs ever at L’Eclair de Genie!
Credit: L’eclair de Genie on Instagram
Apart from Macarons, you’ll find that Paris is home to some of the best tasting Eclairs – L’Eclair de Genie. We’re not talking about boring plain ol’ chocolate eclairs, we mean over the top decoration and flavour profiles like Yuzu, salted caramel, orange pistachio, and even caramel popcorn. They’re like the cool kids of the block you always dreamed of becoming.
PSA: Each Eclair costs $5-8 but they are so worth it!
8. Enjoy the sunset while cruising on River Seine
The Seine River is Paris’ most beautiful avenue and it flows right through the heart of the city. Glide leisurely along the river starting from the foot of the Eiffel Tower pass the Musee d’Orsay, Invalides and Assemblee Nationale.
Pre-book a River Seine sightseeing cruise and be sure to pick a timeslot near sunset for a beautiful gradient sky as your backdrop.
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
Address : Bateaux Parisiens, At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Pier 3, Port de la Bourdonnais – 75007 Paris
How To Get There : Take metro line 6 and get off at Bir-Hakeim Station and then walk for 10 minutes, or take metro line 9 and get off at Trocadéro Station and then walk for 13 minutes
9. Visit the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles
While not exactly in Paris, the Palace of Versailles is well worth a short trip out. Explore the dazzling palace with incredibly ornate halls and picturesque gardens. This huge and luxurious mansion-turned-museum is also home to the iconic Hall of Mirrors.
You can avoid joining the massive queues at the entrance by pre-booking your skip the line ticket via Tripsle!
Palace of Versailles
Address : Meet up location and address: Guidatours Office located outside the Palace of Versailles, 10 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 78000 Versailles, France
How To Get There : Take the RER Line C from Paris in the direction of Versailles Château Rive Gauche. Get off at Versailles Château Rive Gauche Station. The Guidatours Office is across the street from the station
10. Take a day trip to Mont St Michel
Spend a day out of the city at the fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont St Michel! Located in Normandy, a short driver away from Paris, you’ll be greeted by lush landscapes and beautiful rock outcrops.
Head to the top of the island where the Benedictine abbey lies, this Gothic Architecture is definitely a sight to marvel, head to the top of the 3rd floor to marvel at the panoramic views overlooking the sea.
Located about a 5 hour drive away, the journey there is definitely worth it. Pre-book your Mont St Michel day tour on Tripsle and enjoy convenient 2 way transfers on a luxurious air conditioned coach!
Meet up information
Address: PARISCityVISION Agency, 2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris, in front of the Louvre Museum (click here to view map)
By metro: line 1 (Palais Royal or Tuileries station); line 7 (Pyramides or Palais Royal station); line 14 (Pyramides station).
By bus: line 68 (Pyramides – Saint Honoré stop); line 72 (Pyramides – Tuileries stop)