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Top 10 Must-See Parisian Destinations for the Cultural Traveler
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Top 10 Must-See Parisian Destinations for the Cultural Traveler

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Updated: 18 December 2017
Located on the Seine river, the French capital is considered the international reference for fashion, gastronomy and art de vivre. Used as the decor of many movies and books historically and globally, such as Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Le Père Goriot written by Honoré de Balzac, travelers come everyday to the French capital to discover some of its most emblematic landscapes and iconic sites. Here are our Top 10 must-visit locations.
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Le Musée d’Orsay

Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, le Musée D’Orsay is a former train station which became a museum in 1986. Since then, this museum has gathered masterpieces created by various artists from all around the world like Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne. The architecture of the museum presents clocks which enables visitors to see Paris through them.This museum is also a fine art symbol in the center of the French capital, which is used every year as the decor of movies or hosts mainstream fashion shows.

Le Musée D’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007, France, +33 1 40 49 40 14

Le Pont Bir Hakeim

The 16th arrondissement of Paris hides many historical places and monument, similar to the Pont Bir-Hakeim. This bridge is more than a century old, however, it still offers an exceptional view of the world’s most famous monument and its areas. People can come and see Paris through the bridge which, today, is the link between the 15th and the 16th arrondissement of the French capital: two typical Parisian district which gather various shops, restaurants and cafés.

Quai de Grenelle, Paris, France


Maud Caillet / © Culture Trip


Maud Caillet / © Culture Trip

Le Panthéon

Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, in the Latin district, le Panthéon today gathers graves of men and women who changed French history throughout time such as Voltaire, Emile Zola or Marie Curie. Similar to a history book, le Panthéon tells its visitors French history through the eyes of historical figures like Victor Hugo or Jean Jaurès. This symbolical place of French culture sometime hosts exhibitions during 2014. In the neighborhood of Saint Germain des Près, le Panthéon is surrounded by historical cafés, Notre Dame de Paris and the finest fashion creations Paris can offer.

Place du Panthéon, Paris, France, +33 1 44 32 18 00

La rue Mouffetard

La rue Mouffetard is located next to le Panthéon, in the 5th arrondissement of the city of love. By walking down this street, cultural travelers have the opportunity to enjoy French culture by seating down at a typical parisian café, eating at a french restaurant, or going to bars and clubs. This street is situated near some of the most famous universities, such as La Sorbonne or Assas. It is definitely the place to be for young people to enjoy what the capital can offer.

La rue Mouffetard, Paris, France

La Madeleine

The area of La Madeleine gathers iconic buildings, church, streets and monuments represented on postcards and history books all around the world. This district is the perfect place to discover Paris and its culture by looking at the refined, elegant people walking down the rue Royale (75008). During a summer afternoon, walking down the Place de La Concorde is the best way to enjoy the creative atmosphere and the symbolical landscape that Paris can present.

La Madeleine, Paris, France

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Le Passage de Brady

Le Passage de Brady takes place in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. The particularity of this path is that it provides individuals with the feeling of being in India. People have the ability to live two different cultural experiences in one place, surrounded by both French and Indian influences at the same time. This place gathers exceptional restaurants, shops and people from all around the world.

33 Boulevard de Strasbourg, Paris, France

L’Arc de Triomphe

L’Arc de Triomphe is positioned in the 8th arrondissement of the French capital. This symbol of unity among French citizens is also a a tribute to French soldiers killed during past wars. However, this historical monument is famous all around the world for its location, enabling travelers to enjoy one of the most romantic Parisian landscapes. It offers a 360° view showing the champs Elysées, the Avenue Montaigne, Montmartre and many other symbols of the French culture.

Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris, France, +33 1 55 37 73 77


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La rue Quincampoix

La rue Quicampoix is located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissement. This street gathers trendy shops, art galleries and masterpieces from various French and international up-and-coming artists. Concentrating innovative spirits from all around the world, this quiet and creative neighborhood is where people usually come to discover the young and artistic aspect of Paris.

La rue Quicampoix, Paris, France

La Place du Trocadéro

La Place du Trocadéro is located in the 16th arrondissement of the city of light. This square gathers cafés and restaurants that offer a breathtaking view of the capital. From there, people can admire the beauty of the landscape and Paris’ identity with the Eiffel Tower, the green and wide gardens, and the Seine river.

Place du Trocadéro, Paris, France

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La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower is the one of the most visited monuments in the world. Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Iron Lady offers the most majestic view of the capital, showing different aspects of Parisian culture. Individuals from all around the world come everyday to this internationally famous monument to admire the beauty of the capital and to observe other typical neighborhoods or districts from the top.

5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France, +33 892 70 12 39


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By Harold Nakam