14 Bucket List Worthy Things to do in Paris

Discover unique things to do in Paris!

One of the most amazing things about Paris is the number of things to do (and eat & drink) in the city. We all know that Paris is renowned for Notre Dame, Champ Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower. But that’s not all there is to the City of Lights…there are so many unique things to do in Paris, that I put together a lovely guide for you. While these aren’t “off-the-beaten-path” recommendations, they are unique ways to experience the city outside of the typical museum hopping and walking tours.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(1/14) Bring a Sunset Picnic the Eiffel Tower

Instead of taking the elevator up the Eiffel Tower, buy the picnic essentials—baguettes, cheese, and wine—and camp out on the lawn to watch the sun set behind the Eiffel Tower. I kicked off my first Parisian evening this way, and it actually gave me goosebumps. As cheesy as it sounds, it was when it truly hit me that I was in Paris. (Side note: it’s ok to laugh, I can be super corny sometimes very frequently.)Discover unique things to do in Paris!

(2/14) Become a French Pastry Chef (for the day)

I attended a French Desserts class with Cook’n With Class and it was seriously out of this world amazing. During our three hour class, we made chocolate lava cake (my fave!), crème brulee, blackberry soufflé, madeleines, and a gorgeous strawberry cake.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

In case you’re wondering, yes – you do get to use the torch to make your crème brulee, and yes—you get to eat all of your amazing creations when you’re finished! Chef Eric Fraudeau opened Cook’n with Class 10 years ago, so I can attest to the fact that they have perfected their recipes. Plus, while I was there, I learned of a second school they run –Cook’n With Class Uzès…anyone up for an adventure there with me?

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(3/14) Have a Photo Shoot in Rue Cremieux

Rue Cremieux is one of the happiest, most colorful spots in Paris. A street of rainbow colored houses with pastel colors, Rue Cremieux is basically Instagram heaven. Even if you have to awkwardly approach strangers for photos, it’s definitely worth a stroll.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(4/14) Scour the city for the cutest cafes

Paris is known for their adorable cafes (and croissants)! Do yourself a favor, and keep a lookout for the most charming ones. Please report back to me! I found plenty, but am always on the lookout for more!

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(5/14) Eat a plate of escargot

Full disclosure: I never planned to ever eat a snail in my life. I typically stay away from gross, slimy things that crawl on the ground, but I decided to make an exception in Paris…and let me tell you, it was worth it. The snails mostly tasted like delightful clams with garlic. Also, it sounds very fancy when you say you’ve dined on escargot in Paris, so I’d go for it if I were you!

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(6/14) Snap Polaroids of Paris

One of my favorite unique things to do in Paris was to take a Polaroid tour of the city with Paris Polaroid Tours. I did the Classic Tour and saw the city’s most beautiful monuments while learning about Parisian history.

 

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.The guide was so knowledgeable—she told stories about the mixture of cultures, ancient revolutions, and rulers who shaped the history of France’s capital. The really cool thing about the tour is that you leave with Polaroid photos as souvenirs…and they won’t even clutter up your house!

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(7/14) Wander through Montmartre

If you’re in Paris for more than a day, you have to spend time in Montmartre. It had some of the most adorable cafes in all of Paris. Plus, I ate dinner there one night and you basically had to force me to leave. I basically wanted to move into the restaurant and never leave…it was that good.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(8/14) Visit Sacre-Coeur at Night

While you’re in the Montmartre neighborhood, climb up to the Sacre-Couer and take in views of Paris at night. From the top of the hill, you can see why it’s called the city of lights! The night I visited, there was a spontaneous little concert…definitely one of the most unique things to do in Paris.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(9/14) Splurge on Fine Dining

So maybe this isn’t so unique, but you still have to splurge on fine dining in Paris. Paris offers everything from escargot to duck confit to foie gras…plus many, many more. Try something new one night, and take your taste buds out of their comfort zone! Also, the typical croissants, baguettes, and cheese are world renowned for a reason…they may not be famous, but they’re oh so good. Looking back, I may have eaten some combo of bread & cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner one day… If you’re interested, you can also take a private food tour of Paris.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(10/14) Catch the Eiffel Tower Light Show

After the sun goes down, the Eiffel Tower lights up on the hour and plays a light show. Honestly, a picture can’t capture the sparkling lights, so you should probably just go in person. If you want to see the whole city lit up at night, check out this 1 Hour Paris Illuminations Cruise.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(11/14) Find the Love Locks

The love locks used to live on the Pont des Arts Bridge, but started to create a problem as the weight of the locks grew. In 2015, the city removed them section by section, but you can still find love locks in the city (with a beautiful view).

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(12/14) Get Lost in a Bookshop

I’m a (not so secret) book nerd, so I love finding cute little bookshops and wandering through. Let me tell you, Paris did not disappoint in that regard. Cafes, boutiques, and bookshops were all over the place, and I was in heaven!

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(13/14) Drink too Much Wine

France is known for its wine, and I love wine (obviously), so I made sure to do this step to the fullest. Wine goes great with dinner, lunch, your afternoon baguette, you name it! Paris offers tons of options for wine tastings if you’re unsure where to start.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

(14/14) Take a Nap in Tuileries Gardens

Sometimes all that wine can make you sleepy, so invest in a nap in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. The Gardens are also a beautiful spot to bring lunch or a book and relax all afternoon. They’re right in the middle of everything, so whenever you decide to rejoin the hustle and bustle, you’re right there. Also, there’s a goat that lives there (not sure if that sways you one way or another, but figured it would be good to mention).

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

Logistics

Cheap flights: I’d recommend checking out Momondo. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and let you filter by cheapest, best, and shortest. Another good one to check out is eDreams.net —they often feature special flight deals.

Hotel Deals: My top choice is probably Priceline.com —I’ve found some insanely cheap (beautiful) hotels. Other sites I check are Expedia.com  and the Hilton (for points). If you’re looking to avoid hotels and go the hostel route, I recommend checking out Hostelworld – there are plenty of options in Paris! My personal hostel recommendation is St. Christopher’s Gare du Nord…awesome location by the train station, good prices, and a fun hostel bar. If you’re traveling with friends, another good option here is to do an Airbnb. (Use my link for savings on your first stay!)

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So, I hope you found this guide on unique things to do in Paris helpful. If you haven’t been, it should definitely be on your bucket list!  Tell me—have you visited Paris and loved it as much as me? What are some of your favorite things to do in the City of Lights? Let me know in the comments!

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Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

Discover unique things to do in Paris! Make sure you add these must-do activities to your Paris bucket list.

15 thoughts on “14 Bucket List Worthy Things to do in Paris

  1. Love that sunset you captured at the Eiffel Tower! Last time I was in Paris, we got up for the sunrise, only to see a fog that enveloped half of the Tower. Still a beautiful sight, but not what we were expecting. Great recommendations all around – I would love to do a cooking class in Paris one day!

  2. ispyprettyplaces says:

    Loved number one on this list! I’ve been to Paris quite a few times, but you’ve certainly given me a few more things I’d like to do there.

  3. trilingualtraveleram says:

    I’ve been to Paris a few times, but never thought about taking a class like that! That’s such an amazing idea!!! And I’ve never heard of Rue Cremieux before, but I definitely need to check that out next time I’m there =)

  4. I’m happy to say that I did 13 of the 14 from the list! Gah, I LOVE Paris! I’ve been a few times already – but I never get tired of the city. Always something new to explore! Great post!

  5. Really awesome list of things to do in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. There is so much to see and do and you’ve managed to squeeze so much in! It’s a city just made to wander and eat around! Loved escargot too!

    • Thanks Tracy! I was a little nervous going in, since I had heard other people say that it also wasn’t their favorite. I’m really happy I went though since I ended up having a ton of fun 🙂

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