Paris aka the city of lights is one of the top visited destinations in the world. Attracting families, solo tourists and groups of friends, it lures people with charm, style and sophistication. The extraordinary combination of culture, trends and history, from the old to the new, and traditional to contemporary does everything, but if you need some concrete reasons to visit Paris, we have listed our favourites things to do and places to go.
It is worth mentioning though that Paris is the type of destination where you would do well to explore without a map or scheduled agenda. Every street throws up exciting surprises, and every neighbourhood has distinct characteristics that make it stand out from the rest.
Reasons to Visit Paris
World Famous Landmarks
Landmarks are plentiful, but no article about Paris would be complete without mentioning the internationally famous Eiffel Tower. Queues are long so book in advance, but it is worth it, to see the fantastic city view from the summit.
The Seine boat ride is a terrific way to take in many landmarks from a distance but other famous landmarks of Paris include the Arc de Triumph, built to honour Napoleon’s French Imperial army, and the Notre Dame cathedral, which was the setting for the novel, the hunchback of Notre Dame. It is one of the most elegant displays of Gothic architecture in the world. For more amazing views, also visit the pantheon, that was initially a church and now a necropolis for prominent deceased citizens.
The Most Delicious Food in the World
Culture is one of Paris most luring characteristics and top of our reasons to visit Paris. From the food markets to just learning the language, it is hard to ignore the stylish and often romantic ambience. Delving into French and partisan cuisine such as cheese, and baguettes are by far the most exciting cultural trip and with more Michelin starred restaurants than is possible to remember, you are also tasting the work of some of the world’s most famous chefs. Then, of course, the café culture is what Paris is all about. Think coffee and pastries that will keep you coming back repeatedly.
Stunning Theme Parks and Gardens
Mention the word city and the hustle and bustle springs to mind. The fast-moving pace can put people off, but Paris also has a fantastic choice of idyllic parks and gardens for admiring nature and relaxing. The Luxembourg Gardens belonging to the palace of the same name are Paris’s second largest park and appeals to families because of its children’s pool and ample amount of space.
For the best in keeping excited kids entertained, head slightly further afield to Disneyland Paris, which is modelled on the Orlando version. The 25-hectare Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is likewise one of the most romantic and beautiful spots in the city. Think waterfalls, bridges and caves as well as an impressive range of flora and fauna.
Shop till You Drop
Even if you are not a fan of handing over your hard-earned cash, ignoring the shops of Paris would be a crime against your wardrobe. The city is the centre of fashion, the forward thinker of trends and fashion. With international, and luxury brand names adorning the streets, it would be quite easy to bankrupt yourself.
There are also some delightful boutiques, antique shops and vintage markets so even if there is no more room in your suitcase for clothes, you can always take home a unique souvenir, of the best shopping experience in the world.
Art Collections to Blow Your Mind
Lastly, out of the countless reasons to visit Paris, art must feature. Anyone who calls themselves an artist or fan of art would be missing out should they neglect the art scene. The art scene stretching back centuries can be viewed in the many famous galleries and museums including the Louvre, holding more than 38,000 pieces and some great masterpieces including the Mona Lisa.
The Musee d’Orsay displaying impressionist painting sits nearby, and the Centre Pompidou will interest lovers of modern art. Alternatively, African and Asian art is prominent at the Musee du Quai Branly.