The Paris Bucket List: 45 Things to Do Before You Die
Unless you eat, like, a LOT of kale, then eventually you are unfortunately going to die. It sucks, we know. But the good part is that before all of that happens, you get to hang out in Paris, probably the most beautiful and cultured city in the world -- and to make sure you squeeze every last ounce of life out of this glorious place, here are the things you need to do before you leave:
1. Go to the flea marketsYou need to have at least one, ahem "treasure" to take home.
2. Have a Bloody Mary at Harry’s BarIt’s the bar that birthed the perfect hangover cure, so pay a visit.
3. Listen to buskers at Sacré-CœurBeer, live music, and a view of the world’s most beautiful city are hard to find elsewhere.
4. See the Mona Lisa and regret itThose crowds won’t quit, but you have to pay your respects.
5. Stroll Père LachaiseEven death looks stunning in Paris.
6. Wait in line for hot chocolate at AngelinaIt may be touristy, but you need to know what the fuss is about.
7. Take a Bateaux-Mouches boat cruiseEmbrace your inner nautical tourist.
8. Eat a falafel in the MaraisIt’s not French, but it’s so good that no one cares.
9. Spend too much money on fancy chocolatePut Patrick Roger’s kids through college with a few pieces of chocolate-covered ganache.
10. Quietly judge people over a glass of wine at the Les Deux Magots or Café de FloreGuidebooks say they are apparently the only two cafés in Paris, so you’d better try them.
11. Bike ride with a Parisian along the SeinePreferably ride with a striped shirt and scarf waving in the breeze. Baguette in basket optional.
12. Descend into the CatacombesMillions of Parisians’ bones creepily on display for your morbid enjoyment.
13. Picnic, picnic, picnicBy the Seine or in a park, just get some cheese and go.
14. Dine in the Eiffel TowerIt’s the height of cliché and fine dining.
15. Stroll the Champs-ÉlyséesBonus points for doing it at Christmas, when the lights make the crowds bearable.
16. Ride the 3bis Metro lineYou know you’re curious to find out what its deal is. Don’t leave without solving the mystery.
17. Hear an organ concert at a churchYou have your pick of the bunch, so visit Notre Dame or Sainte-Chapelle, among the many others, to hear what those pipes can do.
18. Watch the fireworks from the Champ de Mars on July 14thHuge crowds, sure, but there is no cooler way to see the show than directly in front of the Eiffel Tower.
19. Eat at a fancy, Michelin-starred restaurantIt doesn't even have to be that expensive.
20. Scale the Arc de TriompheUnique views of the Champs-Élysées from up above await you. And there’s a lift!
21. Witness the chaos of the Galeries Lafayette during the salesSave a few euros. Test your agoraphobia.
22. See an opera or ballet at the Palais GarnierPlay dress-up and enjoy a show in arguably the world’s most beautiful theater.
23. See a Monet somewhere (d'Orsay, l'Orangerie, Marmottan)He’s at least once French painter worth checking out, though of course there are probably others...
24. Have a street crepeCheese and ham wrapped in a crepe is street-food perfection.
25. Walk the stars up to MontmartreAfter all that cheese, you’ll need one last workout.
26. Pretend to shop on Avenue MontaigneThey don’t know what the sales are here, but it’s fun to pretend.
27. See a football match at the Stade de FranceYes, the French do more than just eat cheese and baguettes.
28. Ride on a scooter or motorbikeYou need to have that quintessential Paris moment when you’re riding down a ridiculously gorgeous street, wind in your hair, life in your hands.
29. Have a macaron taste-offLadurée vs. Pierre Hermé -- whichever loses, you win.
30. Stroll by the prostitutes on rue Saint-DenisIt’s really, actually very historical. No, really.
31. Take a day trip to VersaillesYou may have been putting it off, but don’t insult Louis XIV by overlooking his legacy.
32. Buy a kitschy Eiffel Tower keychain from a migrant vendorThis way your keys will remind you every day that you aren’t in Paris anymore.
33. See a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge, Lido, or Crazy HorseParis was basically built by topless dancers.
34. Pet the bunnies at one of the oldest flower and bird markets on Île de la CitéWell, it’s better than eating them.
35. Attend a jazz concert somewhere, anywhereThe '20s are still alive somewhere in Paris, right Owen Wilson?
36. Have a swanky club night out somewhere, like Le BaronJust be ready to take an Uber home.
37. Buy the best baguette in ParisThis should be crossed off already. Come on, get with it.
38. Dine or have drinks at Maxim’sIt’s Art Nouveau and it’s Maxim’s. It’s just what you do.
39. Buy a book from Shakespeare and Co.... and understand every English word gleefully.
40. Go up the Montparnasse TowerGet the bird’s eye view of Paris that actually includes the Eiffel Tower.
41. Play pétanque with some grumpy ParisiansWhere else is it actually cool to play the French version of bocce ball?
42. See an outdoor movie in the summerIt's where cinema was invented, don't ya know?
43. Have a drink/tea at a five-star hotelTreat. Your. Self.
44. Dance the tango on the Seine on a summer eveningBecause it will be your last.
45. Drink Champagne along the SeinePop a bottle of bubbly (the good stuff) and bid Paris adieu.
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