What does it better than walking in the beautiful city of Paris and get carried away by its magnetism ? Paris Attitude presents you today the bests walks of the capital !
The Musts :
Concorde-Arc de triomphe
If you are visiting Paris for the first time, you have only one desire: to stroll along the loveliest of French avenues: the Champs Elysées. This walk is not the most original but it’s timeless. What’s more, it’s a good opportunity to do some shopping !
Start your walk up at the Place de la Concorde. Here already, your eyes have their work cut out for them. From this square, the largest in Paris, you can get a glimpse of a very large number of monuments in Paris, with the National Assembly on one side of the Seine and the Tuileries Gardens with the Louvre pyramid in the background on the other side, and of course, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Looking somewhat in the distance, you can even see the Eiffel Tower !
Cross the Place de la Concorde to find yourself at the foot of the Champs Elysées, but instead of rushing straight up, turn right at the Avenue to enter the Elysee Palace gardens and enjoy the Champs Elysees away from the hectic traffic. From there, you will pass several very high-end mansions. When you come to the Avenue de Marigny, cross the Champs Elysées to the Avenue Winston Churchill, and get a look at the Petit Palais and Grand Palais, two beautiful Parisian monuments dedicated to art.
To get back to the Champs Elysées, instead of going back the way you came, turn right when you are in front of the Pont Alexandre III bridge, before coming to the Palais de la Découverte, a science museum
From there, you can head back to the Champs Elysees by going up the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, past the Theatre du Rond-Point, or make a detour by the Place François Premier, and take the Rue Montaigne, just to dream a little at the luxury boutiques spread out before you: Dior, Gucci, Chanel, Chloé… all the big names in haute couture are here.
You are now on the Champs Elysees, you can go with the flow of people and the many shops of all kinds (from H&M to Louis Vuitton) on this beautiful avenue to reach the Arc de Triomphe, the highlight of your walk!
It’s convenient, the metro is right under your feet with Charles de Gaulle-Etoile station.
From Invalides to the Eiffel Tower
A former hospital and convalescent home built for wounded soldiers commissioned in 1670 by Louis XIV, the Hotel des Invalides is an impressive, beautiful building. Feel free to visit the courtyard and especially to take a tour of the dome chapel, with its incredible gold dome and the imposing tomb of Napoleon, the Church of Saint-Louis des Invalides, whose all-white nave is adorned with a multitude of flags. Walk on the vast lawns in front of the building, with the golden statues of the Pont Alexandre III in front of you.
Heading back to Invalides, take the Avenue de Tourville and pass the Jardin de L’intendant, a lovely flower garden, then take a right on the Avenue de la Motte-Piquet before coming to the Rue Cler on your left. This pedestrian street is very airy and filled with shops, restaurants and eateries, in other words, it’s perfect for shopping or a refreshing break! Next, take the Rue du Champ de Mars, and then the Avenue Bosquet, to reach the imposing Ecole Militaire. As you explore the Ecole Militaire, you’ll come back to the Place de Fontenoy. Here you have an excellent view of the UNESCO building of and its amazing architecture, in the courtyard behind the building is a large row of flags of all countries and the airy skeleton of a globe.
Finish exploring the Ecole Militaire to come back to the Champs de Mars. From there you can walk peacefully through the great avenues of the park. All the same, consider checking out the Wall of Peace (Mur Pour la Paix); a wall of wood, glass, and steel, built in 2000, featuring the word for peace in no less than 49 languages! You now just have to cross the Champs de Mars to reach the famous Eiffel Tower.
From there, if you want to continue your stroll, you can reach the quays, where you can, among other things, see the Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot. As you continue to the right along the Seine, you can’t miss the striking, modern Quai Branly Museum, dedicated to non-Western civilizations, with its glass façade covered with ivy.
Regardless of your situation: with family, a lover, or some friends, you need to go for a walk in the Marais. From Place des Vosges to the Rue des Rosiers, to the old village of Saint-Paul, the neighborhood is a real treasure ! It’s the ideal place, for shopping, enjoying a drink, or grabbing a bite to eat.
For more details on the Marais: Walking tour in the Marais.
If there’s one walk to take during a visit to Paris, it’s the tour of Montmartre, including the Sacré Cœur Basilica. Let yourself get carried away by the unique atmosphere of Montmartre.
To get there, nothing could be easier, just take the Metro to Anvers, Barbes-Rochechouart or even Pigalle. Then, start your ascent to immerse yourself in the world of Montmartre, which instantly takes you back to another era: check out the Place du Tertre, the Sacré Cœur Basilica, and Saint-Pierre Market, or just wander the winding little streets. Feel free to come back at night to discover a vibrant and even more Parisian atmosphere.
For a more detailed itinerary in Montmartre and to discover other scenery-packed walks, check out our article : Some countryside in Paris.
There is not just one Chinatown in Paris, far from it! The best known are the one in the 13th arrondissement and the one in Belleville.
Of course, you can easily find Asian and especially Chinese restaurants throughout the city. But to for a real cultural journey, check out supermarkets in the area and make a point to visit local restaurants.
In the 10th arrondissement, near the La Chapelle Metro station, you can, for a moment, immerse yourself in the Indian, Pakistani, or Sri Lankan atmosphere, with shops of all kinds: food, hairdressers, clothing, music, etc. For an even more exotic fee, in late August or early September, a procession dedicated to Ganesh leaves from the temple, a great show.
The Arab World
Come explore the Mosque of Paris in the 5th arrondissement to find yourself in the heart of the Arab world, in no time. Here, you can drink a mint tea along with little cakes, all in a charming courtyard. For dinner, you’re good to go for a couscous or a tajine, it’s a real culinary journey.
In the same neighborhood, you can visit the Arab World Institute to learn more about Arab culture or see dance shows, with its terrace overlooking the Seine.
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