When it comes to Paris, there is so much to see that you may not know where to visit first. And, with all that there is to do and see, you may not even know where to start. So, here is a list of some of the most famous historical centers and districts in Paris so you have a better idea of what you just can’t miss!
- Place de la Bastille – One of the most historical districts in Paris, this is the square that is most often used for political demonstrations and events. It is extremely beautiful and there are many photo opportunities here that you will enjoy seeing.
- Champs-Elysees – This 17th century garden/promenade was turned into an avenue that connects the Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. This is one of the many great tourist attractions in the city as well as a major shopping street in Paris. It has been called the most beautiful avenue in the world.
- Place de la Concorde – At the foot of the Champs-Elysees lies the site of the infamous guillotine. This Egyptian obelisk is Paris’ oldest monument and you will find two identical stone buildings here: the French Naval Ministry and the luxurious Hotel de Crillon. There are many world famous fashion designers who have their studios and salons in this square.
- Les Halles – Formerly Paris’ central market for meat and produce, this is a major shopping center in an important metro connection station in the city. Even though the historical Les Halles was destroyed in 1971, it was replaced by the Forum des Halles. This is the central market of Paris, and the biggest wholesale food market in the world.
- Le Marais – This is a trendy Right Bank district that is very culturally open and provides entertainment and fun for both locals and visitors.
- Avenue Montaigne – This famous avenue is next to the Champs-Elysees and home to some of the most famous luxury labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Dior.
- Montmarte – A historical area on the Butte, this area is home to the Basilique du Sacre’Coeur. This area has always has a historical value with artists and has many great artistic studios and cafes.
- L’Opera – This is the area that surrounds the Opera Garnier and is home to the cities densest concentration of department stores. Here you’ll find the headquarters of some financial giants, such as American Express.
Of course, there are thousands of other attractions that you can visit while you are in Paris, these are just a few to get you started. And, no matter what it is that you long to see in Paris, you can always find a beautiful vacation rental near the area. Make sure that you check into Paris vacation rentals in the areas that you want to stay in so you can find the perfect one and book it before it’s gone.