Paris would have to be one of my favourite cities in the world. Having recently visited for the second this meant I didn’t have to visit all the regular tourist attractions and had more time to wander and enjoy this spectacular city.
Here are three things you must check out the next time you’re in Paris.
If you’re a self-confessed shopaholic like me, you can’t go past the upmarket French department store, Galleries Lafayette. Sprawled across ten floors, this department store more designers labels you could likely ever think of all in one place. Along with fashion, Galleries Lafayette features a number of restaurants, homewares, beauty and accessories all under one roof. Originally opening its doors in 1912, the department store features a glass and steel dome along with Art Nouveau staircases. Even if you’re not interested in shopping, this incredible department store is well worth the visit.
Galleries Lafayette, Boulevard Hausmass, Paris France.
Whether it’s your first or fifth visit to Paris you cannot miss a night at the Moulin Rouge. This iconic Cabaret first opened its doors to the public on the 6 October 1889 and has been a hit ever since! Labelled the spiritual birthplace of the modern for of the can-can, the Moulin Rouge’s current show Feerie is a toe-tapping, heart-stopping production featuring over 80 artists including 60 Doriss girls, and original music recorded by 80 musicians and 60 choristers. The show which is in its 18th year features an abundance of rhinestones, costume feathers (1,000 to be exact) and combines singing and dancing with tasteful nudity and sexy acrobatics. If it’s your first time at the Moulin Rouge be sure to treat yourself to the three-course meal option which includes table seating closer to the stage. If it’s your second visit, the show is still as exciting as the first time around, but I opted for the late-night show and champagne option. Prices start from $130 per person. Tickets can be purchased from the Moulin Rouge website.
82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Located on Paris’ right bank, Montmartre is a large hill in the city which translates in English to ‘the mount of martyrs’. Perched on the top of this vast hill approximately 130 metres high is the white dome Basilica of the Sacre-Couer. To reach the basilica, visitors need to walk up a small hill followed by a series of stairs – the walk should take no longer than 15 minutes. Once you get to the top, the outlook is stunning! In the early 20th century the area was a very popular location for artists to open studios which is likely to have been because of the views of the city and the serenity the area offeres away from the busy city. Artists who worked in the area included Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gough.
Once you reach the top be sure to walk through the Basilica and explore the picturesque stone-paved squares of Place du Tertre and Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, which feature a variety of artists highlighting the Montmartre’s creative flair.
I travelled to all three locations with Big Bus Paris combining the Classic Red and Montmartre Blue routes. Big Bus Paris tickets can be purchased online via the Viator website with prices start from $46.17 per person.