Paris is a city that exudes fashion, sophistication, and love. Countless of souls have fallen in love with the city’s charm and excitement. Between the world-class museums and monuments, the rich history, and the amazing food, music, and wine – Paris has a lot to offer. Here’s your guide to exploring the City of Lights.
What to do:
- Get lost in the Louvre. One of the world’s greatest art collections is a must see in Paris. With over a million pieces of art, you’ll never get through it all, but a nice long day here will give you a great appreciation for the masterpieces within.
- Admire the Eiffel Tower. For most people, this is the quintessential must-see in Paris. To escape the crowds a bit, go at night when you can also see 20,000 flashing lights switched on for the first ten minutes of every hour. If you’re heading to the top of the tower, avoid arriving at midday at all costs as you’ll be in line for hours.
- Visit Notre Dame. Go on a Sunday if you can so you can hear the grand organ that plays every Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm (except during Lent). Even if you miss the organ, this amazing Gothic church and accompanying Bell Tower will not disappoint.
- See the Sainte-Chapelle. Perhaps even more beautiful than the more popular Notre Dame is the Sainte-Chapelle with its soaring stained glass windows and stone framework.
- Musee D’Orsay. Located close to the Louvre, some would say this museum is even better. Located in an old train station, Musee D’Orsay houses masterpieces by Delacroix, Manet, Rodin, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
- Climb the Arc De Triomphe. Located at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, the 284 steps of this monument will get you to the top of the arc where you can get information about the city’s history, as well as some amazing panoramic views.
- There are almost an infinite number of other attractions in Paris from the Paris Catacombs, The Museum of the Shoah, the Paris Sewer Tour, the Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée National du Moyen Age, Musée Carnavalet, Centre Pompidou, and even the Palace of Versailles just outside of Paris. You’ll need months to get through all Paris has to offer but start with the suggestions above.
Where to eat:
- Rue Cler. Located near the Eiffel Tower, this street is filled with delicious Parisian cheeses, meats, bread, vegetables, and chocolates. Combine a bottle of wine and food bought here with a picnic on the grass outside the Eiffel Tower and you’ve got yourself a great afternoon.
- Rue Mouffetard: This street is filled with cafés, shops, and an outdoor market. Good and inexpensive restaurants line the streets in this area.
- Some other great restaurants in Paris include: Septime, Huitrerie Regis, L’AOC, Le Stella, and Le Meurice.
Where to stay:
Paris is far from cheap. Backpackers just wanting a dorm room can expect to pay $27-40 per night. Budget hotels range from $60-100 per night, while nicer hotels are easily around $200 and above. Hôtel Ecole Centrale is a nice budget hotel, while Hôtel Mansart is great for those looking for something a little more upscale.
Get lost in Paris. Let the city show you all it has to offer. With so many reasons to love Paris, you’re sure to be coming back again and again.