I think the most cliche city on Earth has to be Paris.
Like most people I have always dreamed of going to Paris. The architecture, the pastries, the elusive French women that seemed to have it all figured out. Coming from the countryside in Canada I never really thought it was an option for me to go to Paris. I didn’t have a worldly family and I was the only one who had this burning desire to travel the world. But after some soul searching (and Google) I finally took the plunge and booked my flight.
I have been to Paris twice now. Once with my mom and once with my boyfriend for Valentines Day (cliche ;P) and I can tell you I have done everything on this list at least twice. Some because of Aaron, me being his little guide, and some because they were so amazing I had to do them again. Like The Louvre for instance. I’m obsessed with the statue hall.
Because I am a hopeless romantic and think cliches are cute, I have put together my 10 favourite cliche things to do in Paris.
10 Cliche Things To Do In Paris (That Are Still Awesome)
Go up the Eiffel Tower – Probably the most cliche thing you can do in Paris is go up the Eiffel Tower. It’s surrounded by tourists, the line is long but trust me, the view is worth it.
Eat a croissant with jam – I have my mom to thank for making me try a croissant in Paris. I had no idea that they were a French thing so my mouth was watering as I took my first bite of a croissant in St. Germain. And the best part was I got two little containers of different kinds of jams to try it with. The yummiest cliche there is
Spend a few hours in the Louvre – I wish this wasn’t a cliche. It is so beautiful on the inside and museums and history shouldn’t be a cliche but alas, this is kind of a cliche thing to do in Paris. My favourite part about the Louvre is the sculptures area, particularly “The Kiss,” that features a girl and an angel. It’s so beautiful and lures me in every time.
Climb the stairs of Arc De Triumph – These tight and swirly stairs are congested with people and make me dizzy but the view is so worth it. You can see Sacre-Coeur, the Eiffel Tower and the beautiful buildings of Paris from up here. Worth the climb for this cliche view of Paris and burning off some croissant.
Drink hot chocolate at Angelina – It’s like drinking a melted chocolate bar.
Go shopping at Galleries Lafayette – Probably the most beautiful shopping mall I have ever been in. The design is astounding and you can go on the roof. You’ll find high end designers as well as things that are slightly more affordable for peasants like me in Topshop or Urban Outfitters.
Find the Notre Dame and then climb it – Just outside of St. Germain this gorgeous church has a place in my heart. It always reminds me of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and for the longest time I thought Cuasimodo was real. I wanted to be Esmerelda so bad
Drink wine while people watching in St. Germaine
Stroll among the Seine Rive – And look through the Bouquinistes. I think this is one of the most lovely walks among Paris. The river stroll is even more lovely when the weather cooperates because if anyone has been to Paris you will know their weather is less than consistent. I saw sun, rain, snow and then a heatwave in one day here.
Eat as many crepes as you can – Actually this goes for most treats in Paris. Macaroons, jam, pies.. It’s all delicious. At first I would be sheepish about telling Aaron I wanted another, we had just started dating and I was self conscious about eating more than him. Turns out we were both embarrassed at how hungry we were all the time so getting crepes as snacks became a regular thing, much to my hips dismay 😛
I know there is so much more to do in Paris but these are my favourite things I will always recommend people go do! What are some of your recommendations? Do you like doing the cliche touristy things?