The Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris. Located at the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement, it is celebrated for its famous clientele.
Get up early and start the day with a deliciously creamy hot chocolate and croissant from one of Paris' oldest restaurants. Allow yourself to take a trip back in time with the bow-tied waiters and 1920s decor. If the weather is nice, sit on the terrace and watch the world go by on Boulevard St Germain. This is a place to go for its rich history and ambiance — but be prepared, you will be paying more than at your run-of-the-mill cafe for the privilege.
Pont des Arts
The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre.
Since its appearance in 'Sex and the City' (the scene of Carrie and Big's kiss), and visitors began attaching love locks — padlocks with sweethearts' names on them — to its panels in 2008, the Pont des Arts has become a veritable tourist attraction. Peruse the padlocks and their messages or add your own, and toss the key into the Seine to guarantee that your romantic flame burns for an eternity!
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France.
One of the most iconic buildings in Paris and the setting of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," this stunning cathedral is not to be missed. The original Saint Stephen's Cathedral, which had stood on this site, was nearly as old as Paris itself. Unfortunately this cathedral did not survive all the wars it faced, and was rebuilt in the 12th century as the Notre-Dame. Make sure that you walk all the way around the outside, and don't miss the stunning rose windows on the inside.
Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created by Catherine de Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th century, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed.
Walk along the Seine past Pont Neuf ('New Bridge,' despite being Paris's oldest!), and into the courtyard of the former palace now known as the Louvre. Pop in and say hi to the Mona Lisa if you fancy it, but if you would like to visit more of the museum be sure to put aside a few hours. Otherwise take a walk through the beautiful French Jardin des Tuileries.
The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.
Much more digestible than its huge neighbor (the Louvre), Musee D'Orsay offers stunning collections of art in a wonderfully spacious old train station. Not-to-be-missed is the Impressionists collection on the fifth floor: over-flowing with Monet and Degas sculptures and paintings. Don't forget to look out of the clock-style window at the top for incredible views over Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Walk along the river, or hop on the RER to Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel, and visit Paris's most iconic monument. Walk up the steps of the Trocadero (opposite) for the best view of the tower, or take a lift up to the top and look down on Paris from above.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l'Étoile — the étoile or "star" of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.
Just north of the Eiffel Tower, and at the end of the famous Champs-Elysées shopping street, is the Arc de Triomphe. Built under Napoleon's instruction, the Arc was completed in 1836, and stands over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Walk up to the top for an alternative view of Paris.
Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, France.
The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.
Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.
After the sun sets, head north to see this monument all lit up for the evening. If you are feeling peckish, head to dinner just around the corner at 'Café de Deux Moulins,' featured in the hugely popular film Amelie.
The dominant of this district is the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. There are many other significant sights and museums in the area. In the past, many famous artists had worked in Montmartre, including Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.
Climb up the hill toward the beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica. Enjoy splendid views of Paris from the top, and walk the cobbled streets of Montmartre. Wander through Place du Tertre, where the impressionists once painted and sold their wares, or head to Le Consulat or La Bonne Franquette to drink where they used to drink!