Want to see and do a little bit of everything in Paris? We've included places to shop, where to have a drink and a couple of landmarks and attractions to get you started. You can spot most of these great places to visit in Paris from the Big Bus tour, and many can be easily accessed from our bus stops.
Jardin de Luxembourg
Spend a whole day exploring the 'garden of the French Senate', with its 23 hectare (23,000 square metre) expanse of neatly trimmed lawns and tree-lined promenades. It’s a great place to enjoy some serenity away from the bustling metropolis of Paris. There are plenty of things to see, including the puppet theatre, the vintage carousel, free musical performances and hundreds of statues.
Location: Big Bus stop 6. Métro stops Odeon, Rennes and Port-Royal
The Musee Rodin is well worth a visit to see over 6,000 sculptures by the famous French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, including 'The Thinker' and 'The Kiss'. There’s also a beautiful garden around the museum with a small lake.
Location: 79 Rue de Varenne. Métro stop Varenne
Marche aux Puces
You could quite easily spend a whole day wandering round this enormous flea market (established in the 19th century) looking at all the wares from over 2,500 stalls. It’s a great place to pick up some vintage items – but most come with a hefty price tag, so unfortunately it's not the place for bargains.
Location: Grandes-Carrières. Métro stops Garibaldi and Porte de Saint-Ouen
Le Marais is one of the city’s hottest shopping districts, filled with individual boutiques, retro stores and pop-up shops - including Free ‘P’ Star, a haven for vintage lovers. There are also a huge number of delicious street food joints to pick up a bite to eat, as well as trendy bars. Marais is home to Paris’ gay district, extending from Rue Vielle du Temple outwards. You can also discover more traditional tourist attractions in Marais, including the Musee Picasso and Place des Vosges.
Location: Big Bus stop 5. Métro stops Saint-Paul, Bastille and Rambuteau (several are located here)
Wander the tightly wound streets and bustling cafes of Montmartre. Take on the hike up the city’s highest hill to be rewarded with views of the white domes of Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Or hop-on the Big Bus Night Tour to discover Pigalle, the area surrounding the foot of the hill - home to the Moulin Rouge.
Location: Montmartre. Métro stops Blanche, Pigalle, Anvers & Lamarck – Caulaincourt.
Cruise along the Seine
A cruise along the Seine is a fantastic way to see the city and the only way to see underneath the river’s many bridges – with fantastic statues and intricate designs. Don't forget, our bus and cruise combo tickets include our open-top sightseeing tour and a relaxing cruise along the Seine.
Location: Bateaux Parisiens - Big Bus stop 1. Métro stop Bir-Hakeim.
Cocktails at Harry’s New York Bar
Feeling thirsty? This bar is over 100 years old, but it’s still one of the best places to indulge in a cocktail or two in the city. As the bar’s history goes, “in 1911, a former US jockey convinced a friend who owned a bar in New York to dismantle it and to shift it to Rue Daunou in Paris”. It soon became a favourite watering hole of writers including Hemingway and Sartre, and some of the world’s best-loved cocktails were created here, such as the Bloody Mary. Try it for yourself and see what you think.
Location: 5 Rue Daunou. Big Bus stop 3. Métro stop Opéra.