Have you been thinking about Paris for your next vacation? You've made the right choice, because this city, the capital of France and the most visited tourist destination in the world, has a lot of surprises waiting for those travelling through France.
Whether we're talking about visiting museums and historic monuments, tasting upscale gourmet cuisine, stepping out to trendy nightclubs, shopping in prestigious boutiques, or enjoying romantic walks among the city's picturesque scenery, you will never regret choosing this destination for your vacation. Welcome to Paris, the world capital of luxury, fashion, and gastronomy!
A Visit to the Eiffel Tower
You cannot think of Paris without conjuring an image of its iconic monument, the famous Eiffel Tower, which rises 324 metres above the banks of the River Seine northwest of the Champ de Mars public garden. With some 7 million visitors each year, of which 75% are foreigners, the Eiffel Tower is the world's most visited monument requiring an entrance fee.
You may choose to go there for a multitude of reasons. To declare your love for your sweetheart, for thrills, for a sublime 360-degree-view of the most beautiful panoramas that Paris has to offer, to drink bubbly with your lover in a champagne bar, to learn more about the history and construction of the tower, to eat in one of the best restaurants in Paris, to shop for souvenirs, to take pictures in front of the tower; in short, any reason is a good reason to visit the Eiffel Tower on your trip to Paris, so enjoy your stay in the French capital while you're getting there! You will not regret it.
A New Experience: the Transparent Floor
Also note that the top floor of the tower has recently been refurbished in order to provide visitors an experience rich in sensations. It now has a transparent glass floor so that visitors have the impression of walking on air above the city, making it one of the most spectacular and popular attractions in France!
A Cruise on the Seine
Another experience that will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories of your trip to Paris is a cruise on the Seine offering you the best views of the city, including the most important monuments and the chance to admire the majestic banks the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site ... and all of that in the company of fellow travellers in a boat of your choice.
Indeed, dozens of companies offer cruises on the Seine, so you will have lots of choices for your tour of Paris by boat, a real must if you go to the city of a thousand lights!
Stop for a Coffee in Paris
It's hard to think about a trip to Paris without imagining drinking coffee in one of its bistros. Indeed, you can get your caffeine fix on practically any street corner of the French capital, because you are never far from a bistro in Paris!
Among some of the best places, there is the Telescope Café, the Soul Kitchen (which also offers scrumptious pastries), the Café Craft (coffee for freelance writers looking for a cool place to work), and Comme à Lisbonne, to name just a few.
Taste the World's Best Gastronomy
You can't visit Paris without trying out the best French restaurants. Indeed, France is famous for its fine cuisine, deemed to be one of the best in the world – French gastronomy is also on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list – and Paris is no exception to the rule, as this area has a multitude of great restaurants, in almost all the city's districts, where you can taste French gastronomy.
Fine dining does not necessarily mean expensive; you can find great food and restaurants at a reasonable price. Such is the case with the restaurants Affriolé and Les Cocottes in the Eiffel Tower district, Le Chateaubriand on Avenue Parmentier, and Le Pinxo in the Champs Elysees district.
The Most Famous Monuments
You guessed it – Paris is a historical and cultural city, since it is full of monuments that attract millions of visitors annually, such as the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world, where you can see famous works of art from the Middle Ages and ancient civilizations. Located in the first arrondissement of Paris, the collection includes more than 460,000 pieces, including the Mona Lisa and many other legendary paintings; which is to say how much it is worth visiting!
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe will leave you with a great memory of the city of a thousand lights, since you will be able to climb to its 50-metre-high roof, from which you can admire the most beautiful panoramic views of Paris, including the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées.
Erected in the eighth arrondissement, this monument was built during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte and honours the battles and generals of the Empire. It is also the tomb of the Unknown Soldier who died in battle during the First World War and who was laid to rest at the base of the monument after the conflict to honour all those who give their lives in the defence of the country.
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Finally, you cannot miss the most visited monument in Paris, Notre-Dame de Paris, built over 850 years ago in the fourth arrondissement. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre, it is famous for its Gothic architecture and for the richness of its interior. From atop of its 422 steps, visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the city of Paris.