Things to do in Paris
There are so many things to do in this beautiful and elegant city that it's important to plan your trip carefully to ensure you fit in everything that has made your list. With so many varied things on offer however, a trip to the French capital is always unforgettable.
The Eiffel Tower
Nothing says Paris more than this stunning landmark, recognised the world over as an icon for the city. Designed by Gustav Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, this was only meant to be a temporary exhibit but has endured the years and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Many visitors only ascend the first or second levels, although some brave people go up to the third viewing platform.
Shopping in the French capital
This city isn't just synonymous with romance, fine food and art, it's also one of the best places for shopping in Europe. Those looking for high-end buys should head the beautiful Champs-Élysées, where you'll also catch a glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe. Those looking for further designer buys should also pay a visit to the Grand Magasins, such as Printemps or Galeries Lafayette, both found on Boulevard Haussmann. Those looking for more bohemian or eclectic finds should head to the Le Marais Area.
European Centre for Art
The French capital is arguably one of Europe's' most important centres for art, easily rivalling Vienna or Florence. The most well-known piece of art, of course, is the Mona Lisa which can be found in the renowned Louvre Museum. However, don't go just to see Leonardo da Vinci's smiling icon! The Louvre is also home to an astonishing collection of ancient artefacts and other famous paintings. The second most important art gallery is the Musée d'Orsay and then the Musée de l'Orangerie which celebrates the work of the French impressionists. Also worth a visit is the Rodin Museum, the Picasso Museum, and the Musée Marmottan-Monet.
Michelin Stars and Haute Cuisine
Visitors to Paris are blessed with a number of fine dining opportunities. Boasting more Michelin stars than another city in Europe, there are plenty of chances to experience a gastronomic adventure in the French capital. However, all Parisian eateries are passionate about serving good food and even a small street side café is likely to serve a delicious baguette or pastry that tastes better than they do at home. For an memorable evening, try the 58 Tower Eiffel Restaurant located on the first floor of the tower, where you can dine whilst enjoying unparalleled views across the city.
Incredible Day Trips
The areas surrounding Paris are equally full of charming things to do and see. Should your visit be for more than a couple of days, you might want to get out of town to discover some of these further attractions. The majestic UNESCO protected Palace and Gardens of Versailles, can be reached in under an hour by metro from the city centre. For families, Disneyland Europe is just 40 minutes away by train from Paris Gare de Lyon. A third option for a day trip is Monet's house and garden in Giverny, an hour's drive east of the city.