Top 10 things to do in Paris
6. Moulin Rouge
At the base of bohemian Montmartre, not far from the bawdy shops of Place Pigalle, the brightly lit red windmill of the Moulin Rouge has been a beacon for entertainment-seeking revelers for more than a century. Today, this classic cabaret is one of the best places in the city to catch a show in a totally romantic, fin de siècle setting. Can you see the can-can here? You bet you can!
Paris is home to a more than 200 museums that showcase everything from architecture to carnival rides, and most people only visit one of them (ahem, see above). While you might not have time to hit every exhibit in town, you should make a detour to the Left Bank to check out the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art at the Musée d’Orsay. Under the soaring ceiling of a former Beaux Arts train station, works by Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin, and Renoir truly shine. Plus, the space itself is spectacular—all sunlit hallways, giant clocks, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Seine.
8. Walk (or drive!) the Champs-Elysées
Glitz, glamour, and the height of 19th-century Parisian city planning collide on the Champs-Elysées, touted as the most beautiful street in the world. This grand avenue parallels the Seine from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, a dignified and imperial monument that aligns perfectly with the matching arch in front of the Louvre. With its wide, tree-lined sidewalks and collection of brand-name and designer shops from around the globe, the boulevard offers sightseeing and people-watching opportunities galore. Grab a macaron at Ladurée as you wander, or take on the boulevard in real Parisian style with a guided drive in a 2CV, the seminal French automobile.