Paris Checklist (for First Trip to Paris & Second Trip to Paris)

Paris To-Do List

Paris Checklist
Best things to do in Paris Checklist

So finally, you are traveling to Paris! Before your trip, you hardly got a chance to breathe, let alone organize your time on-site. What to do when you arrive in the City of Lights?

With a city spanning thousands of years in the making and a diverse collage of arrondissements and neighborhoods spread far and wide over the whole city, it’d be no surprise if you simply couldn’t fit in everything you wanted to get done during your stay.

But we can help! We have narrowed down a Paris checklist, a list of things to do in Paris with all the must-see attractions and points of interest for first-timers.

Also, there’s a second Paris to-do list for those who have already been to the city and want to go beyond its main sights.

Whether you are visiting Paris for the first time or this is your second trip to Paris, there’s always something for everyone in the French capital, and finding a great day out in Paris has never been easier!

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First Time in Paris Checklist

This is a to-do list Paris for those who are visiting Paris for the first time. This Paris checklist covers the main Paris tourist attractions and popular things to do in Paris.

By ticking most of the items on this Paris checklist, you will get a good idea of what the city has to offer.

At the end of this Paris to-do list, you will also find itineraries to visit Paris in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 days, including most of these Paris tourist attractions.

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Monuments and Museums

Visit Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum (check  here how to visit the Louvre in 2 hours or less!)

Sainte Chapelle

Beaubourg – Centre Pompidou

 Notre Dame de Paris (from outside)

Opéra Garnier

Orsay Museum

The Eiffel Tower

The Panthéon in Paris

Squares, Parks and Gardens

NOT TO MISS: The Royal Squares in Paris

Tuileries Garden

 Palais Royal Garden and the Buren Columns

Luxembourg Gardens

 Place Vendôme

 Place des Vosges

 Place du Panthéon

Paris Walks


 Stroll along the banks of the Seine

Le Marais

Saint Germain-des-Près

Montmartre Walking Tour

Other Things to See & Do in Paris

Wake up with the view of the Eiffel Tower from your room

 Coffee and people watching in a Parisian café

Look for the best view of the Eiffel Tower

Enjoy a traditional meal in a Parisian bistro

Learn about French Wines

Admire Paris’ skyline from a rooftop bar, cocktail in hand

Taste some typical Parisian pastries

Watch a Parisian Cabaret

Enjoy a Seine boat tour

Day Trips from Paris

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace & Gardens (Ile de France)

Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny (Normandy)

Mont Saint-Michel (Normandy)

These are the top things to do in Paris. We recommend visiting these sights in the following Paris itineraries:

Second Time in Paris Checklist

For your second (or third) time in Paris, we understand that you have a good knowledge of Paris’s main tourist attractions.

This is a Paris to-do list for those who want to go beyond Paris’ main sights, for those who are looking for lesser-known or off the beaten path places and activities, perhaps with a more local feeling.

By ticking most of the items on this second Paris checklist, you will discover more about the city, especially about local life.

And if you still want more, then check out the list of 50 best things to do in Paris, with all the iconic things to do and see in Paris.

Monuments and Museums

Galerie Evolution Paris 5

The Arènes de Lutèce

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

Les Invalides – Army Museum

Quai Branly Museum

Catacombs of Paris

Squares, Parks and Gardens

Paris 19 - Buttes Chaumont

 Place Dauphine

 Jardin des Plantes

 Park Buttes-Chaumont

 Père Lachaise Cemetery

Paris Walks

Covered Passages Paris

 Montorgueil /Les Halles neighborhoods

Covered Passages of Paris

 A stroll along Canal Saint-Martin

Ernest Hemingway in Paris

Promenade Plantée /Coulée Verte

Street Art in Paris 13

La Petite Ceinture (we recommend the section in Paris 15)

French Revolution Walking Tour

Other Things to See & Do in Paris

Go beyond Montmartre’s main sights

 Visit a local market or take a food tour

Enjoy a picnic in one of the parks in Paris

 Visit a Parisian flea market for some vintage shopping

Have fun like the locals with a Paris Treasure Hunt

 Visit the Flower Market on Ile de la Cité

Paris canal cruise on a self-drive boat

Enjoy a Paris Food Festival

Day Trips from Paris

Chateau de Chantilly, France

Loire Valley Castles

Champagne Wine Region

Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches

Château de Chantilly

Check out all the best day trips from Paris

Do you Need Last-minute Help with your Paris Packing List?

We have split the Paris Packing Checklist into 4 different guides for men, women, and all the seasons:

» Paris Packing List Spring – Summer for Women

» Paris Packing List Spring – Summer for Men

» Paris Packing List Fall – Winter for Women

» Paris Packing List Fall – Winter for Men

» Travel Day Bag Checklist for Exploring Paris

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