There are so many things to do in Paris that it can be hard to know where to start, especially if you are visiting for a limited time. Not that this is any bad thing perhaps. For many visitors, just wandering the city and stopping often for a coffee or glass of wine at a pavement cafe is luxury enough. For those who are looking for some more active things to do in Paris however, it can help to break things down into the areas where Paris can deliver such memorable experiences. Perhaps four of these can be said to be fashion, food, art and architecture.
Paris can be a fashionista's delight whether your wallet stretches to designer labels or is strictly budget focused. If haute couture is your thing, try browsing the chic stores of Avenue Montaigne or upmarket boutiques along Rue Saint Honoré. Don't despair if your budget is more modest though, as rummaging the second hand shops and flea markets is one of the most fun things to do in Paris. And remember, if you love fashion but have no budget at all, much enjoyment can be gained from sitting in a pavement cafe and judging the fashionable outfits of the superbly turned out Parisian ladies.
Perhaps no other city is more synonymous with food than is Paris and again the city can deliver whatever your budget. A Michelin starred meal in one of the city's great restaurants is for many gourmets the greatest of things to do in Paris. For others with more modest means at their disposal, finding a wonderful little neighbourhood bistro serving simple artisan food will provide a meal to live long in the memory. To take your enjoyment of French food to another level however, learning to cook French cuisine at Le Foodist is a unique experience.
One of the great joys of Paris is to simply walk the city and enjoy the fabulous architecture you find there. You can appreciate the likes of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame without even entering or climbing them. The art galleries may cost a little in entrance fees but one of the most popular things to do in Paris is to appreciate the fine collections in places like the Louvre and the Pompidou centre.