The church is all that remains of the 6th Century abbey which once stood in the fields (prés) on this site. It later gave some its lands along the Seine to the University of Paris where the common language of the students was Latin - hence the area would become known as The Latin Quarter.
3 place St-Germain-des-Pres
Métro: St-Germain-des-Pres (line 4)Website|Map
Built in the Gothic style, it is said that the first stone of the Cathedral was laid in 1163. Its address is at the very origins of Paris itself, the ile de la Cité, and remains the geographical centre of the city. It is still a place of worship but for many visitors to Paris it is a symbol of the city itself. Whatever the reason for your visit, its scale and detail are awe inspiring.
6 Parvis Notre-Dame
Métro: Cité (line 4)Website|Map
The Eiffel Tower at night
A Paris icon that you don't actually have to visit as it can be seen from many places around the city. At night, every hour on the hour, it twinkles.
Champ de Mars, 5 avenue Anatole
Métro: Trocadero (lines 6 & 9)
Métro: École Militaire (line 8)
Métro: Rambuteau (line 11)
But only if you can face the hordes. From the metro, follow directions to the funicular which will hoist you up the hill if you can't walk it.
Métro: Abbesses (line 12)
An ex-royal palace, it is now home to restaurants, shops, galleries and apartments which overlook a lovely inner garden and collonaded walkway. A great place to come and slow down for a moment.
6 rue de Montpensier
Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 & 7)
Thankfully a ruling in 1970 to demolish the defunct beaux-arts train station was overruled and it is now home to the world's largest collection of impressionist masterpieces.
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
Métro: Solférino (line 12)
RER: Musée d'Orsay (line C)
Place des Vosges
Stunning buildings and a beautiful collonade surround a lovely square. If you're in the Marais/Bastille area it's a must.
Métro: Saint-Paul (line 1)
Métro: Bastille (lines 1, 5 & 8)
Only slightly smaller than Notre Dame, St Sulpice is a late-Baroque Roman Catholic church. Stop off on your way to or from the Jardin du Luxembourg.
2 rue Palatine
Métro: Saint-Sulpice (line 4)
A beautiful spot at the end of the ile de la Cité. Come to watch the boules or just watch the world go by.
Métro: Cité (line 4)
Métro: Pont-Neuf (line 7)
Jardin des Tuileries
An elegant walk for grownups but if you're a little kid there is a toy boating pond (the kind where you prod a boat with a stick to make it move). It is charm itself.
place de la Concorde
Métro: Tuileries (line 1)
Jardin du Luxembourg
The romantic gardens are one of the best things about Paris, whatever the weather. And for little people there is a toy boating pond, puppet shows, ponies and a fantastic playground.
Métro: Saint-Sulpice (line 4)
RER: Luxembourg (line B)
Île de la Cité & Île St Louis
Islands in the Seine; île de la Cité is both the geographical centre of Paris and its place of birth, while the neighbouring île St Louis has come a long way from its origins as a cow pasture. It's wonderful to stroll round and through both the islands which are now home to Notre Dame (Cité) and some of the most ancient and elegant buildings in the city.
1st and 4th Arrondissements
Île de la Cité - Métro: Cité (line 4)
Île St Louis - Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)
The single largest Monet collection in the world is housed here in a former hunting lodge on the edge of Paris. Blissfully uncrowded, it is a joy to view the paintings without having to compete with 200 other people. The permanent collection is also home to Berthe Morisot among others. Closed on Monday.
2 rue Louis Boilly
Métro: La Muette (line 9)