Walk down Champs-Elysees Avenue to get to Charles De Gaulle Square, where you can admire the famous Arc de Triomphe, which was ordered by Napoleon who had promised his soldiers that they would march back home under Triumph Arches. The city’s most well-recognised landmark, the Eiffel Tower stands southwest of Cahmps-Elysees across Seine. Several attractions are located in the surrounding area, with Dome Church being the most impressive, its huge golden dome shimmering in the sunlight.
Saint Germain and Quartier Latin
Two of Paris’ most picturesque quarters, Saint Germain and Quartier Latin are easily explored on foot. Stroll around scenic streets filled with charming bistros, curious shops and lively cafes. Former hub of French intelligentsia, Saint Germain houses major publishers, as well as many cinema theatres. Featuring the University of Sorbonne, Quartier Latin is packed with sophisticated bars and second hand shops, which are popular with college students.
A bit spoiled by mass tourism, Montmarte still carries some of its 19th-century bohemian character. A century ago, the district was Paris’ major artistic hub, bearing an infamous reputation due to the many cabarets and bordellos within its grounds. Strolling around its picturesque alleys, you will still come across dozens of street artists who will sketch your portrait for a few euros, while modern cabaret shows mostly focus on tourists. A couple of interesting art museums, including Dali Museum, are scattered around the area. Several local and international celebrities, such as Francois Truffaut and Jim Morrison, rest at the cemetery of Montmarte.
Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint Louis
Home of popular Gothic Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite receives thousands of visitors every year. This tiny island within Seine River, which has been inhabited for thousands of years, today features an ancient square and two colourful markets. Nearby Ile Saint Louis has only a couple of sights, however hides several scenic corners and alleys.
Northern Bank of Seine (Le Marais, Beaubourg and Tileri)
Seine’s Northern Bank houses some of Paris’ major museums. The Museum of Louvre, in Tileri, needs no introduction. Come here to take an up-close look at some of the world’s masterpieces, including Da Vinci’s painting of Mona Lisa and the ancient statues of Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo. Moving east, you will come across Pompidou Centre, which holds an excellent collection of modern art. Picasso Museum and Carnavalet Museum are located in nearby Le Marais.