The 10 Best Things to Do in Saint-Denis, France

December 23, 2017 Velvet Champine

Discover the best top things to do in Saint-Denis, France including Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Musee d'Orsay, Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Stade de France, Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, Parc de la Legion d'Honneur, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral, Plaine Commune Grand Paris Tourist Office, Eiffel Tower.
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1. Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France +33 1 48 09 83 54
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

The earliest masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, a royal abbey and major pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages, the Basilica Cathedral assumed its principal role as the burial place for the kings of France as early as the 6th century. Despite being ransacked during the Revolution, the basilica houses over seventy royal tombs including those of Dagobert, François I, Catherine de Medicis and Louis XVI. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: Monday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. ; Sunday: from noon to 6.15 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: Monday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. ; Sunday: from noon to 5.15 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. > During some masses. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By Franklin_Kildaire - Lafayette, California

We don't share other reviewers' enthusiasm. A bit of a trek from Paris center. Apparently the basilica Cathedral has undergone successive renovations over the years and has lost luster over the past few hundred years. Renovated exterior interesting, interior left us cold.The necropole of the kings of France occupies part of the premises, and carries an entry fee: interesting mostly for the funerary art.

2. Musee d'Orsay

1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France +33 1 40 49 48 14
Excellent
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Musee d'Orsay

This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914. In 2011, the museum is running a renovation of the top floor (impressionist gallery). Only ground and medium floor are accessible. The top floor will re-open on the 20th of October. Meanwhile, some impressionist masterpieces are not visible.

Reviewed By sargent0 - Swindon, United Kingdom

On our last full day in Paris we visited Musée d’Orsay. We got there early (and thank god we did) arriving at 09:40 just after opening to join a huge queue which stretched to the corner of the block. It took us just over an hour to get in, but it was worth the wait.
Also being the first Sunday of the month, entry was free which was a real bonus though the full price ticket is only €12 per adult.
On arrival we head straight up to the 5th floor to the only cafe which was open at the time. Worth noting that until 11:45 they only serve tea, coffee, cake and desserts so we ordered tea, a pint of cola and my husband had a Belgian waffle. Once lunch could be ordered I had the Salade Parisian and my husband the Fois Grais.
Both of which was very nice and all in all cane to around €45
We started our visit on the 5th floor after our lunch and it is without a doubt the best section.
With a huge collection of Monet, Renoir you would not be disappointed by the majority of Exhibitions. I particularly liked the Sisley collection.
Having arrived at 11:15 we departed around 14:30.
It’s a stunning museum with a collection which I am sure would have something for everyone.
I’ll be honest, I was very surprised by how much of the art work I really liked. I would never have classed myself as a fan of the Impressionists as our personal art collection is very modern day while quite eclectic to say the least but there were a number of the Monet and Sisley pieces which I found quite stunning.
For €12 each you cannot go wrong with a visit to this beautiful museum which in itself is a piece of art, originally an old railway station, this old building is something to be admired in its own right.
Would absolutely recommend if you can stand the queues.

3. Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint Ouen, France +33 1 40 11 77 36
Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Reviewed By Thunderberg - Malmo, Sweden

The biggest (and craziest) flea market in Paris, is the one in Clignancourt. It's fairly easy to get there: just a short walk from the Métro station (4). There are signs to follow, but you could just as easily just "go with the flow". The things you find there is everything from high art, to cheap crap. It's a lot of fun, so wear comfortable shoes, because you could easily spend hours walking about the premises. You might get hungry while doing just that, but not to worry: there are plenty of places to buy (mostly fast) food and drinks.

4. Stade de France

Saint Denis | Zac du Cornillon NORD, 93216 Saint-Denis, France 33155930149
Excellent
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4 based on 925 reviews

Stade de France

Reviewed By Paul B - East Sussex, United Kingdom

Stade de France is a great stadium, easy to get to, a brilliant atmosphere, good views and everything you would want. Except short queues. And decent food. And decent beer. In fact, beer for the whole match would be nice! It took us ages to...MoreHello, thank you for your comment ! For security reasons, there are several searches. Good to know : many food trucks are available around the stadium with a wide variety of meals. We hope to see you again soon :)

5. Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

8 Rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, 75009 Paris, France +33 1 58 05 49 42
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

This performance hall hosts opera, ballet and chamber music Performances.

Reviewed By wiseguy1282005 - Hong Kong, China

Grand looking building both inside and outside, excellent place for photo taking. Just one minor issue regards left behind your ID before you can rent the audio guide. Really? That's a bit strange. I would rather to be asked for higher rental fee for it.

6. Parc de la Legion d'Honneur

Avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
Excellent
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4 based on 40 reviews

Parc de la Legion d'Honneur

Reviewed By TheGlacierist - Windsor, Canada

Saint Denis did not impress me as a neighborhood, but this park come as a breathing lung for it. It is large and well maintained and suitable for a stroll with some relaxing moments.

8 Boulevard du Palais,, 75001 Paris, France +33 1 53 40 60 80
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light,the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st March to 31st October: Monday to Friday: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st November to 29th February: Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. The best time to visit is in the morning from Tuesday to Friday. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December and in case of negative temperatures.

Reviewed By burnsie93 - Salt Lake City, Utah

This is a must see when in Paris. Even on a cloudy day, the glass was brilliant and beautiful. So interesting to even understand some basics about why it was built- to house some of the valuables the king had. However, he spent more on building this small Cathedral to house them.

8. Notre Dame Cathedral

6 Parvis Notre-Dame | Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France +33 1 42 34 56 10
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Notre Dame Cathedral

This famous Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture on which construction began in the 12th century, stands on the Île de la Cité and is the symbolic heart of the city.

Reviewed By davefields73 - Sheffield, United Kingdom

Notre Dame is an unbelievable stucture with some of the largest bells in history. You can climb up the towers to the first floor where there are fascinating gargoyls and great views. You must check out the bell tower and see the biggest bell you've ever seen! If you dare you can go right to the very top of one of the towers and get some great shots of Paris.

9. Plaine Commune Grand Paris Tourist Office

1 rue de la Republique, 93200 Saint-Denis, France +33 1 55 87 08 70
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Plaine Commune Grand Paris Tourist Office

Reviewed By ChrisDCarlson - Woodbridge, New Jersey

This is a place you should go to see. There are books written about the building, up keep and renovations. It is an important church, as you will find when you visit. You may go to see the tombs of Catherine deMedici, Marie Antoinette, St Denis. You may marvel at the architecture or the grandness of the Cathedral stained glass windows. Part with a few franks and pay a visit to the Tourism office. They are warm, inviting and informative. They have books and information in french, English, and dozens of other languages. Go. Look. Be inspired.

10. Eiffel Tower

5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Eiffel Tower

Completed in 1889, this colossal landmark, although initially hated by many Parisians, is now a famous symbol of French civic pride.

Reviewed By xvaleriecontrerasx - Los Angeles, California

Highly highly recommend booking tickets a month or more in advance! If you buy tickets on site please know you’ll be waiting in line for longer than an hour or more. We booked our tickets a month or two in advance and walked right up. Spectacular view!

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