Paris is a fantastic city and there are a million things to do in it. We, however, have put together 10 Crazy Things To Do in Paris.
10 Crazy Things To Do in Paris:
1. fly over Paris
No, not like the proverbial Fanera. In Paris’ 15th arrondissement, in the André Citroën park, you’ll find a popular attraction – the Ballon Generali de Paris. This balloon is called the largest in the world! Every day, the balloon rises to a height of 150 meters, giving passengers a panoramic view of Paris. However, the operation of this attraction depends on weather conditions. For more information about the flights, call 01 44 26 20 00.
Address: André Citroën Parc – 2 rue de la Montagne de la Fage, 15th district
Metro: Lourmel and Javel – André Citroën
Opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 20:30
Price: children up to 3 years – free, from 3 to 11 years – 6 euros, adult ticket – 12 euros
2. Admire the women
No, we’re not talking about the Moulin Rouge here. Although you can go there too (check tickets at this link). Here we are talking about other beauties – the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Nike … Paris’ Louver is the oldest museum in the world and certainly the most popular. Take the extra time to explore the museum’s extensive collections, but don’t waste time queuing near the pyramid and go straight to the Louver from the Rue de Rivoli – there are generally no queues there. Tickets are best bought online in advance. The museum has created its own app to help you plan your tour. If you want to take photos against the backdrop of the Louver’s pyramids without the crowds of tourists around, come to the place before 8am or after 7pm – the square is usually not crowded at this time.
Address: Palais Royal Louver, 1st district of Paris
Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre
Opening hours: closed every Tuesday; Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun. – from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wed., Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. The museum is closed on 25 December, 1 January and 1 May.
Price: free of charge for all under 18s and EU residents, young people aged 26, people with disabilities and their carers; for all others the ticket price is €17.
3. walk on the rooftops of Paris
There is a park in Paris at which New York’s famous The High Line simply hides. We are talking about the Coulée verte René-Dumont or otherwise known as the René Dumont park. It is a green promenade running along a closed railway line 10 meters above the city. The length of the Coulée verte René-Dumont is 4.7 km: the path starts at Bastille Square and extends to the Vincennes Forest.
Address: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 12th district of Paris
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 to 17:00
4. Visit the locations where your favorite films were made.
As in most major cities, Paris has also been the setting of many beautiful films. Do you like Amelia? If so, it’s time to head to Montmartre and especially to the Cafe des Deux Moulins (“Two Mills”) at 15 rue Lepic. Did you enjoy Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’? Be sure to visit the Musée Rodin, the Marché Paul Bert flea market, the Musée de l’Orangerie museum, the Café de Flore or the famous Shakespeare & Company bookshop. Scenes from the film Angel-A, directed by Luc Besson, were filmed on the Pont des Arts’ Alexander III bridge. The Pere Lachaise cemetery, meanwhile, appeared in one of the stories in the film ‘Paris in Love’.
5. Learn how to make macarons.
No, it’s no longer the same as it used to be. Macarons (Le Macaron) are a popular French dessert. There are training courses in Paris to teach you how to make these delicate pastries, made up of egg whites, sugar and almonds. Classes are held in French and English for groups of two to eight people. You’ll pay around €100 and during the lesson you’ll be taken to the kitchen of a pastry shop in the center of Paris and there, after two or three hours, you’ll master the culinary secrets of baking macarons. You will leave the workshop with a box of homemade pastries, no worse than those from Ladurée.
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6. find yourself in one place with many personalities from different eras
No, we’re not going crazy, we’re merely inviting you to visit Paris’ famous Père-Lachaise cemetery. Not only is it the most extensive necropolis in the French capital, it is also the largest open-air tombstone museum. It is where Oscar Wilde, Honore de Balzac, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and many, many others are buried.
Address: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, 20th district of Paris
Metro: stops Père Lachaise / Alexandre Dumas / Gambetta
Opening times: 6 November-15 March, Mon-Fri. 8am-5:30pm; Sat 8:30am-5:30pm; Sun 9am-5:30pm. 16 March-5 November, Mon-Fri :00am-6pm, Sat 8:30am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm.
7. Meal at Silver Tower.
The restaurant La Tour d’Argent (literally translated as the silver tower or coin tower) – the oldest in Paris, has been known since 1582! The English King Henry IV once enjoyed dining there, and the number of celebrities who came there throughout its period of operation is incalculable. The view of Notre Dame Cathedral and excellent service are included in the unbelievably high cost of the meals.
Address: 15 Quai de la Tournelle, 5th district of Paris
Metro: Pont Marie or Cardinal Lemoine stop
Opening times: from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 19:00 to 21:00.
Prices: dinner – 120 euros
8. what do you mean without cheese!
After all, France is famous for its cheese! You’ll find a separate article in our website dedicated to the most exquisite varieties of cheese. There are many specialized cheese shops in Paris. In some of them, you can even dine in, enjoying unique varieties of cheese, fresh bread and French wine.
9. Make a note of their addresses:
La Vache dans les Vignes (Canal Saint-Martin: 46 quai de Jemmapes, 10th arrondissement, metro: stop République, Jacques Bonsergent or Parmentier) – a slab of cheese and a glass of wine – around €17.
L’Affineur Affiné (51 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, métro: stop Pigalle, Saint-Georges or Blanche) – plate de 5 cheeses for 1 person – €15, plate of 10 cheeses – €27, €20 – Sunday brunch.
La Coop (9 Rue Corneille, metro: stop Luxembourg or Odéon) specialize in cheeses from the Beaufort genus.
Have a coffee in the place where some of the best writers of the 20th century created, laughed and argued
Café de Flore is located on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît, at one time frequented by artists such as Hemingway, Capote, Camus, Picasso and many other intellectuals. Of course, thanks to the colorful history of these places, the prices there are quite exorbitant, but despite the high demand from tourists, you can be guaranteed friendly service, hot coffee and fresh croissants at Cafe de Flore.
Address: 172 boulevard Saint Germain, 75006 Paris
Opening hours: daily from 7:30am to 1:30am.
Prices: espresso – €4.6, hot chocolate – €8.70, tea – €6.5, onion soup – €14, Caesar salad – €19.50.
10. See the phrase “I love you” written in 200 languages
In Montmartre, in a small park on the Jehan-Rictus square, is the ‘Wall of Love’ (Le Mur de Je T’aime), one of Paris’ most romantic attractions. On this wall in white letters on a dark blue background, the phrase “I love you” is written in more than 200 languages around the world.
Address: Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
We hope you have found some ideas here for you on how to spend your time in Paris!