Located in the northern suburbs of Paris, this church served as a royal burial site as early as the 5th century. Its current structure dates back to the 13th century, and you’ll find tombs of past kings and queens. Opening hours: M–Sa (10am–6:15pm), Su (12pm–6:15pm), winter
hours M–Sa (10am–5pm), M (closed). Price: €7.50.
This church was completed in 1657, though the basilica has been around since the 6th century. The church contains the oldest organ in Paris (from 1601), numerous Flemish wood paintings, and is most well known for being the site of a German World War I bomb that killed 100 people. Opening hours: Daily (6am–9pm).
Tucked behind the Panthéon, this church was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt between the 15th and 17th centuries. It’s notable for its wellpreserved stained-glass windows. Opening hours: Tu–F (8:45am–7:45pm), Sa– Su (8:45am–12pm and 2pm–7:45pm), M (closed).
Built between 1532 and 1642, the Saint-Eustache church is a mix of Renaissance era decor and Gothic design. Art lovers will want to make sure they visit this church. Concerts are often played with the church’s 8,000-pipe organ. Opening hours: M–F (9:30am–7pm), Sa–Su (9am–7pm).
This is my favorite church in Paris. I find this Gothic church to be far more beautiful than the nearby Notre-Dame. It’s tiny, but the
(mostly) original interior and stained glass and decor are exquisite, and the stained glass is one of the few remaining examples in the world. There’s usually a long line to get in. Opening hours: Daily (9:30am–6pm), W (9:30am– 9pm). Price: €8.50.
This masterpiece of the French Classical style has become a popular tourist destination thanks to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. It’s a beautiful church, and if you look closely, you’ll find all the symbolism mentioned in the book. The grand organ is considered one of the most beautiful in the city. Guided tours are offered Sundays at 3pm. Opening hours: Daily (7:30am–7:30pm).
Constructed between 1163 and 1334, Paris’ iconic Gothic cathedral is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It’s beautiful, awe-inspiring, and filled with allegorical images. Climb the north tower for views of the city. Free organ recitals every Sunday at 4:30pm. Opening hours:
M–F (8am–6:45pm), Sa–Su (8am–7:15pm).
This basilica is located at the top of Montmartre. It’s a huge,
white basilica with a beautiful, spacious interior. What sets this church apart from the rest are the sweeping views of all of Paris. Parisians come up to the lawn in front of the church to take in the view, have a picnic, and drink wine throughout the day (and night). Opening hours: Daily (6am–10:30pm).
This beautiful garden is famous for their monuments dedicated to French heroes from World War II. The Mémorial du Maréchal-Leclerc is named after the liberator of Paris. While the Musée Jean-Moulin is dedicated to the leader of the French Resistance. There are often temporary art exhibits in the park. Opening hours: Garden M–F (8am–dusk), Sa–Su (9am–dusk). Museum Tu–Su (10am–6pm), M (closed).
Built by the old kings of France, the Tuileries still have a
royal feel, with its organized and expansive layout. The gardens originally formed the front grounds of the Tuileries Palace, which was destroyed in 1871 during the Paris Commune riots. These days, the long rows of manicured trees make for a lovely stroll on your way to the Louvre (or a good place to sit and relax). The western end of the park is the Place de la Concorde, where nobles were guillotined during the French Revolution.
This cemetery is probably the most famous in the world. With its tree-covered rolling hills and endless winding paths, Père-Lachaise is as beautiful as a cemetery can be. You can see the graves of celebrities like Antonio de La Gandara, Honoré de Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Gertrude Stein, and Oscar Wilde. It’s a morbidly cool place to visit. Opening hours: Daily (8:30am–5:30pm), until 6pm in summer.
The Jardin du Luxembourg, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés
neighborhood, is the largest public park in Paris. It contains
over a hundred statues, monuments, fountains, and several restaurants. It’s popular with locals and tourists alike, and
you’ll find people relaxing here at all times of the day. Opening hours: Daily (7/8am–one hour before sunset), varies by season.