1. Eiffel Tower
Talk about Paris and Eiffel Tower is definitely in the conversation. It was once the tallest building structure on earth.
Tip: If you're planning to go up the observation deck, purchase your tickets before hand and opt for the 'skip-the-line' option. Queue lines are notoriously long. There's also an option to go up the summit for an extra fee.
Although it can be a bit crowded, the view decks offer beautiful panoramic views of the city. Ensure that you do a 360 degree tour around the view decks.
Spare some time exploring the tower from the ground as well. Admire the steelwork that was used to build this structure.
You may also consider a nighttime visit where the tower is beautifully lit up.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral
One of the most photographed cathedrals in the world and a shining example of a French Gothic Architecture. It is now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was immortalised in the movie Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Tip: There's always a crowd in this popular tourist spot so we recommend that you get in early. If you're constrained with time and would like to get inside the cathedral, consider purchasing a ticket with a 'fast-tracked' option.
There's also the option to get to the Bell Towers but be prepared to walk close to 400 steps. However, you'll be treated with an impressive city view once you get to the top.
While the front facade of the cathedral is popular for photography, try to go for a walk around the cathedral to get different perspective views.
While Notre Dame Cathedral ranks second to Eiffel Tower in terms of popularity, beware of pickpockets when you're visiting. There's a lot of modus operandi and always keep an eye on your belongings.
3. Seine River Cruise
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Paris. This rive basically divides the city into left and right banks. It's located central to the city and traverses almost all the major tourist spots in Paris including Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay, Hôtel de Ville and Place de la Concorde to name a few.
Tip: Seine River Cruise is a nice way to introduce yourself to Paris. It's a very relaxing way of admiring the major tourist attractions in Paris. The river cruise comes in different options like a hop-on hop-off or can do a fancy dinner cruise and watch the Eiffel Tower getting illuminated in the sky.
4. Louvre Museum
A museum that needs no introduction and home to Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It houses a great collection of artwork and paintings and is considered as one of the biggest in the museums in the world.
Tip: Consider a small-group tour with a guide if you're planning to explore the art collection of the Louvre Museum as you'll always expect to see a sizeable crowd. So book your tickets and get in early.
Tour guides always come in handy as they take you thru some brief history of the art collection and guide you straight thru the main displays like Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Else if you have enough time to spare, you can always do it on your own.
While the art collection inside the museum is a bit overwhelming, the museum's glass facade and nearby historic buildings also offer a perfect spots for photography.
5. Arc de Triomphe
It is an imposing yet beautifully detailed arch which you can easily access as you walk down Champs-Élysées, the city's main boulevard.
Tip: Another Paris tourist attraction that offers outstanding city views when you get to the top. If climbing about 200 steps bothers you, the arch already sells itself enough for photography. When you're planning to go up the arch, we suggest you purchase your ticket ahead of time with a fast-tracked option. And make sure you check the weather so you'll a clear view of the city.
6. Tomb of Napoleon
It's probably one of the most significant sights in Les Invalides. While Napoleon was initially buried in Saint Helena, his body was later transferred to this site.
Tip: Its location allows you to have a quick drive thru and photo opportunity of the site. But this is the place to be if you have a keen interest on the tragedies and triumphs of the French military.
7. Try the famous Moulin Rouge Dinner and Cabaret Show
Treat yourself to a night of glitz and glamour while in the City of Lights. It's a classic display of French musical but is beautifully choreographed and fun variety show.
Tip: The show may not suit the under-aged teens as there's a bit of nudity but is however expected in a cabaret show. It's a bit pricey but check for discounted especially if you're checked in to hotels.