The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame (above) woo visitors instantly. For swoon-worthy views, however, Deal Expert Dan Ascher recommends the steps of the Sacre Coeur at night. "Sit with a beer or a bottle of wine and watch the Eiffel Tower come to life and sparkle every hour on the hour until midnight," he says.
Stroll & nibble.
Bring a pair of comfortable shoes to roam streets where the aroma of fresh-baked baguettes intermingles with the chatter of French locals. "Paris is all about walking through the different neighborhoods and observing the people," says Deal Expert Diego Sanchez. "Walking and people-watching are free and offer endless entertainment."
Marvel at art.
Plan to hit up Paris' world-famous museums? Deal Expert Mary Walker Baus recommends picking up the Paris Museum Pass. "Buying individual tickets for each of the museums I visited would've cost more than double what I paid for the pass," she say. "It also let me skip the ticket line at both Versailles and the Louvre."
Feast & sip.
In a city boasting 12,000 eateries serving everything from escargot to steak frites, dining is an adventure. Deal Expert Mark Fredenburg recommends bistro Le Chateaubriand. "Make a reservation in advance and never before 9:30 p.m.," he says. "I spent a wild night here with the chef and owner. Plan for a cab ride home."
Update your wardrobe.
Paris is typically several months ahead of the fashion curve. Deal Expert Erica Bray recommends updating your wardrobe in these spots: "Saint-Germain-des-Prés, for one-of-a-kind boutiques; The Marais, for trend-setting shopping akin to New York’s SoHo; and Galeries Lafayette, a gigantic indoor shopping center that demands a full day."