The Extensive Guide to Paris, France for First Timers

eiffel tower night light

9th Arrondissement

1. Galeries Lafayette

THE shopping mall to go to if you’re a tourist chasing after branded items. And also the mall to avoid if you hate crowds.


2. Printemps

Another popular shopping mall.

18th Arrondissement

Metro station: Pigalle

1. Sacré Cœur Basilica


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2. Place du Tertre

A square where artists congregate. Plenty of inspiration here to draw from.  *IMG_3895



3. Moulin Rouge

I’d advise you to catch this at night, so that you can catch the best of the red light district. 😉


4. Montmartre Cemetery

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19th Arrondissement

1. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

A tranquil park with a lake and a viewpoint of Sacré Cœur Basilica.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont


2. Parc de Belleville

A little neighbourhood park to catch a viewpoint of Eiffel without the touristic squeeze.

Parc de Belleville

Parc de Belleville

Food to eat:

1. Panorama Gourmand Boulangerie

I chanced upon this very Parisian cafe that serves local pastries and other entrees. A video snippet of what they sell here. What caught my attention was the pastel colours it was covered with and of course, the whiff of Parisian pastries.



I was just sitting on one of these colourful chairs that day, having my sandwich lunch in the chilly air, people-watching. And I’ve never more peaceful.

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20th Arrondissement

1. Père Lachaise Cemetery

Cemetery of the famous. Some of the famous names that have their tombs here include rock star Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and composer Chopin.



9th Arrondissement

1. Palais Garnier

Built in a Baroque style, this 979-seat opera house was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. Yet again, I was blown away by the majestic structure of this opera house. If you’re a student, why not enter it since it’s free to admire the flamboyance that this opera has to offer?


Paris, France

Paris, France

The best part about being in Paris is not hunting down the famous iconic landmarks but rather, getting lost in between alleys and gazing up only to find architectures that are remnants of the Romanian, Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical periods of Paris history.


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7 Replies to “The Extensive Guide to Paris, France for First Timers”

  1. Wow there are so many beautiful places to see! I have always wanted to go to Paris. Hopefully I will soon 🙂

  2. that was an insanely extensive and comprehensive list! I’m heading to Paris for the 3rd time this winter and will definitely take note of your recommendations

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