Paris is possibly one of the most sought-after cities to visit. There are heaps of fun things to do in Paris; from seeing the Eiffel Tower to finding some of the city’s best markets and secret spots.

Paris has it all.

Now, to keep your trip action-packed, I wanted to share some top places that are easily some of the best and fun things to do in Paris.

As you’ve probably guessed by now. Your time visiting Paris doesn’t have to be filled with the stereotypical macaroons, pretty desserts or seeing the Mona Lisa, not that there’s anything wrong with them, but there’s so much to Paris. 

So, after checking off some of the best things to see in Paris (I’m referencing the Eiffel Tower, specifically) make sure to see some of these unique top spots you’ll love in Paris.

1.) Wander through the Catacombs

Best Things To Do In Paris Catacombs Skulls Visit

Holding the skeletons of over 6,000,000 people, the Catacombs in Paris are one of the most unique (but pretty macabre) spots you should visit.

Who even am I, recommending seeing the skeletons of millions of Parisians? So, caveating here, it might not be up there as one of the most fun things to do in Paris, but it’s certainly unique and a spot you won’t want to miss. 

Let’s be honest, it’s completely different to places like the Eiffel Tower, but not less relevant to the history of the city.

You will usually find a queue to enter the catacombs, so make sure to book these Catacombs tickets in advance. Queuing is never fun, especially when you’re wasting precious time in Paris. 

If millions of bones aren’t your thing, book these Disneyland Paris tickets instead. It’s a totally fun Paris day, especially if you love the magic of Disney.

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2.) Watch the sunrise over Sacré-Cœur

Best Things To Do In Paris Basilica of Sacre Coeur Sacred Heart Montmartre

Sacré-Cœur is pretty well-known but it’s definitely one of the unique spots you’ve got to see. Completed in the earlier part of the 20th Century, Sacré-Cœur might not be too old but it’s still a beautiful spot to visit.

If you want to avoid the crowds, make sure to visit early in the morning. Sacré-Cœur opens every day around 6 a.m. – which is great if you want to see the sunrise over the city.

To make things easier, book this Montmartre guided tour that’s so much fun and really informative. It takes all the stress out of planning your routes and the guides are brilliant. 

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3.) Wander around Chateau de Chantilly

Chantilly Visit From Paris Things To Do

Nestled within the Chantilly Forest, just north of Paris itself is the Chateau de Chantilly. Visiting is one of the totally fun things to do in Paris if you love the region’s gorgeous history.

For me, it’s a totally beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris for the relaxed and grand charm of the commune itself. Though, I’d give it at least half a day to truly get around. 

It won’t take you long at all to visit, especially from Paris. It takes less than 25 minutes on the train from Gard Du Nord Station but feels like a world away from the city.

Just be sure to book these skip-the-line Chantilly tickets before you set off. You won’t want to get there and miss out on entry. 

After arriving, wander around the gorgeous buildings, stop off for some pastries and coffee or even head out on a horse ride. You’ll love this place.

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4.) Grab Cheeses from Marché Bastille

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One of the biggest Parisian Markets in the city is Marché Bastille; a spot you definitely shouldn’t miss if you’re looking for some of the more top things to do in Paris.

The Market itself is open on Thursday from 7 am-2.30 pm; and Sunday, from 7 am-3 pm. However, times can change throughout the year.

Personally, I find this market best to grab some local cheeses and a few bottles of wine for the time in the city. It’s a really great way to ‘taste’ the city and one of the fun things to do in Paris where you can leave with some delicious goodies, too. 

After all, there’s nothing better than having a cheeky glass of vino and a tummy full of cheese.

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5.) See a concert at Philharmonie 

Philharmonie in the Parc de Villette Best Things To Do In Paris

If you love your music, you’ll love the Philharmonie.

Perched in the north-east of the city, within Parc de Villette, it’s truly a unique venue to experience some of the best symphonic performances from across the world.

It’s a total one-of-a-kind venue and one of the fun things to do in Paris that needs a little more planning. Just be sure to check dates and listings for what’s going on before you visit. 

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6.) See the Statue of Liberty

Best Things To Do In Paris See Statue Of Liberty

Yep, you read that right!

You can actually visit the Statue of Liberty in Paris. Though, it’s a little smaller than its big sister across the pond but easily one of the fun things to do in Paris that you wouldn’t expect. 

Head over to Pont de Grenelle and see the gift that the USA gave to France in celebration of their friendship. You can find it at this point on Google Maps. 

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot, you can also see the Liberty Flame, which is identical to the new flame that Lady Liberty holds in New York City.

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7.)Go inside the Museum of History and Medicine

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Well over, 100 years old, is The Museum of the History of Medicine -which is pretty different from the likes of the Louvre. Pop inside.

The museum is housed in a beautiful hall and situated within the previous Universite de Paris-Descartes’ Faculty of Medicine.

It really is one of the top things to do in Paris. Especially when it comes to museums. Though, I can’t say you’ll find it one of the fun things to do in Paris unless you’re really into your medical history. 

8.) View Paris Through A Clockface

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Within the popular Musée d’Orsay is the stunning view through the clock (which was once a train station).

Best Things To Do In Paris Clock Musée d'Orsay

Head to the clock face itself, take a peek through the face and see a view that’s one of the top things to do in Paris… well, for views anyway.

You’ll even spot some of the major landmarks and even the silhouette of Sacré Coeur. It’s totally unique and one of the fun things to do in Paris that no one really tells you about. 

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9.) Find proof that the earth spins

French Mausoleum to visit in Paris

Yup, Paris is home to one of the first Pendulum that proved the earth spins around.

Pop into the Panthéon to see a full-scale copy of the original (now at Musée des Arts et Métiers) and learn more about this experiment.

Best Things To Do In Paris Pendulum French Mausoleum

If physics isn’t your thing, make sure to wander around the Panthéon itself. The building is stunning and easily one of the fun things to do in Paris as you stroll the city centre.

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10.) Walk over an old prison

Crossing the River Seine, Pont Concord Bridge is an unassuming 18th-century bridge that’s got a shed load of history within it.

Literally, the structure itself was made (rather eerily) from the remnants of the infamous Bastille Prison. Meaning that you can walk over the remnants of a historic prison.

After crossing the bridge, make a pit stop at the Palais Bourbon with its classic design. On certain days, you might even be lucky enough to join a tour.

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