Best Things to Do in Paris
Paris, also known as the City of Light, is the capital of France (Language: French, Currency: Euro) and the most popular tourist destination in the world with more than 42 million foreign visitors a year.
The city is located to the north of France in the center of the Parisian basin and is crossed by the river Seine.
You can access the city using The Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) located in the north-east of the city and the Paris-Orly Aerouport that is located south of the city.
Another option is to arrive by train to one of the three main stations in Paris: Gare Du Nord, Gare de L'Est and Gare de Lyon. Gare Du Nord is the best known station thanks to EuroStar, the high-speed train that connects London with Paris in just 3 hours and crosses below the English Channel.
Paris has several monuments and emblematic buildings, the most famous of course is the Eiffel Tower which is also symbol of Paris and France. The Eiffel Tower was built at the end of the Camp de Mar on the banks of the River Seine for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris, its height is 300 meters and has an antenna with which reaches 324 meters. It is the most visited monument in the world with 7.1 million tourists each year and without a doubt the most famous postcard in Paris that I highly recommend admiring both day and night.
The Arc de Triomphe would be the second most important monument of Paris and France, this one is on Place Charles de Gaulle in the western end of the Avenue of the Champs Elysees. The Arc was commanded to be built by Napoleon Bonaparte to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. At his feet is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War I with a continually burning flame.
The Champs-Elysees Avenue runs from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and is a meeting point to celebrate the New Year and the French Revolution. This avenue is renowned for having several shops of luxury and fashion brands, two areas for which Paris is also world renowned.
Notre Dame Cathedral is another of the most popular monuments of the French capital. It is a Catholic cathedral with a Gothic style and is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, located on the small island of the Cité, surrounded by the waters of Seine river.
The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur is another famous church and from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Paris. It is located on the top of Montmartre hill.
The French Monarchy left several Palaces that can be visited and of which stands the Luxembourg Palace located in the garden of the Luxembourg, in the VI District of Paris, France. The palace is now home to the French Senate.
The most famous palace to visit would be the Palace of Versailles, which is located on the outskirts of the city in the municipality of Versailles. Louis XIV left Paris and decided to build Versailles as a small city away from problems, it is an immense domain with its three palaces, its gardens and its park. I recommend a whole day from very early to visit the Palace and its gardens as it takes quite a long time to walk through it and of course the best time to do it is already in the spring and summer.
You can also visit the Grand Palace of Paris located in Champs Elysees, The Grand Palais began to be built in 1897 to host the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and currently functions as a museum with different temporary exhibitions.
And of course you can't miss the Palace of the Tuileries, built in the 16th century and where the world's most famous museum is now the Louvre Museum. The Louvre is the national museum of France dedicated to the pre-impressionism art, fine arts, archeology and decorative arts. It is home to the La Gioconda or Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the Venus de Milo of Ancient Greece and the Napoleon Bonaparte Apartments among many other works.
Certainly the museums are one of the major attractions of Paris and in addition to the Louvre we can find the Musée d'Orsay, which occupies the old building of the Orsay railway station and houses the largest collection of Impressionist works in the world, with Masterpieces of painting and sculpture such as Van Gogh's Self Portrait or The Dance at the Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
And depending on your tastes, other options of museums to visit in Paris are the Center Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art or the Rodin Museum.
There are many tourist attractions that we can find in Paris, but it is also the city itself a marvel to walk in its different neighborhoods with amazing architecture, lights and gastronomy.
Among my recommendations of Parisian neighborhoods is Montmartre where the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located, but it is also considered a red zone with cabarets and here you can go to a show in Moulin Rouge at night or during the day also enjoy a cafe and a crepe.
To enjoy a delicious dinner or local wines in very nice bars I recommend visiting the Latin Quarter, this is area has a lot of nightlife and is also highly recommended to stay in the area.
A very picturesque neighborhood and with many options of restaurants and young atmosphere is the Canal Saint Martin, in summer is the best time to visit this neighborhood.
If you wish to visit the best restaurants in Paris and the best nightclubs, you will undoubtedly find them in the Champs Elysees area along with the Louvre and the Royal Palace. My favorites are L'Arc and VIP Room, but remember "dress to impress".
One of my favorite cuisines is the Vietnamese food, which you will find in the Asian Quarter which impressed me for how big it is and this is one of the cheapest places to stay and eat in the city.
And finally my favorite neighborhoods for walking are Les Halles, Odeon, Saint-Michel, Odeon and Saint-Germain; One does not get tire of the beautiful buildings, public gardens and cozy places where to have a coffee in these zones.
French cuisine and pastries are recognized as some of the best in the world, so you can not miss the opportunity to taste French wines and cheeses, local cuisine (onion soup, orange duck, lamb, escargot, seafood), Or fine pastries in Laduree. I must admit that the quality of the food and French cuisine are a delicacy to the palate, an entire work of art.
In addition to being known as the City of Light, Paris is also recognized as a City of Love. A favorite destination for lovers to either propose marriage, have your honeymoon or simply show your love.
I say goodbye as always with a video in 4k of this wonderful city made by Stéphane Legrand. Au revoir!