By Alexandre De Cardenal
Tourism in Paris is a popular activity but it is easy to get lost! That’s why we have prepared a complete guide for a perfect visit of Paris. We’ll show you the must-see monuments as well as the best places to eat and sleep while sightseeing in the French capital. Get a free flight estimate with the price calculator below to know how much a flight to paris would cost from your location.
After taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre (it will take you 40min if you land at Le Bourget airport) a beautiful walk along the Paris streets by night or day will allow you to see the best aspects of the city and to appreciate the typical architecture of Parisian buildings.
Let’s begin with the Louvre, not too far from the Seine. There you can see the most renowned masterpieces in the world such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and the Venus de Milo. This museum is the world’s most visited and largest art museum. Insider tip: youngsters under 26 years have free accesss to this fantastic museum.
The Arc de Triomphe
After a long visit to the Louvre, a climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe would is a must-do. The day after his victory at Austerlitz, Napoleon I launched the construction of the Arch of Triumph. As a symbol of the French victory and the Great Army. This construction will take place between 1806 and 1830. Thus this monument is still today a symbol of the French capital all over the world.
Go there via the Champs Elysées, the world’s most beautiful avenue. In this avenue of 2 kilometers length you will find the largest and most prestigious stores in the capital such as Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, the Galleries Lafayette and much more.
After walking up the avenue, you can admire a breathtaking view from the top. It’s one of the only spots where you can admire the Eiffel Tower with the rest of the scenery.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Don’t forget to go see Notre Dame de Paris, the most famous Gothic cathedral in the world and most visited monument in France. The Notre Dame was built between 1163 and 1260! It is the place where Napoleon crowed himself emperor of the French in 1804.
Food in Paris
When hunger comes your way, enjoy a nice cruise meal, either lunch or dinner, on the Seine. Contemplate Paris without leaving your seat while seeing features you can only observe from the river.
When you think of France you usually think of typical dishes and food, such as pain au chocolat, croissants, or macarons for sugary snacks. But cheese, wine, champagne, and baguettes are also must-haves when tasting the French cuisine!
For macarons, La Durée is the place to go when you want to taste this delicous sweet. La Durée is world-renowned for its macarons. With an incredible taste, they have the perfect balance of flavours.
Afterwards, any typical boulangerie is a good place to go and try a pain au chocolat or a croissant of which the savoir-faire is only perfectly mastered in France.
If you envy a hot meal, le Bouillon Chartier in Paris is an experience to live for. Visit one of the 3 restaurants across Paris and try the simple French cuisine and old-fashioned French classics.
But if you want to eat in the most famous restaurant of Paris, go the Fouquet’s. This restaurant has a terrace on the Champs Elysée’s side. You can also opt for the George V side, a mythical place which was a place of predilection for French Cinema gatherings in the past. Gerard Depardieu, Marcel Pagnol and Alain Delon were among those who sat at the tables.
Paris, the city of shopping
Paris is probably most known for its fashion industry. Different streets are worldly-renowned. Go and shop in the most famous boutiques on the globe. Fly Aeolus has compiled a list of the most famous 7 streets to shop on in Paris:
- Champs-Élysées Avenue.
- Rue Saint-Honoré
- Triangle d’Or.
- Haussmann Boulevard.
- Rue de Rivoli.
- Boulevard Saint Germain.
- Rue du Commerce.
The Triangle d’Or is composed of Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue François 1er in the 8th arrondissement, right across the Eiffel Tower, the dream of every shopping fan.
As far as accommodation is concerned, Paris offers some of the most beautiful and prestigious palaces in the world.
- The Ritz, hotel, palace and restaurant including the Coco Chanel suite, a mythical room where the icon of perfume of the same name lived a large part of his life. The hotel regularly welcomes world-famous personalities and is known for the wonderful meals you can eat there.
- The Shangri-La Hotel Paris is certainly one of the most radiant hotels in the city. Rooms with a view on the Eiffel Tower and 3 restaurants are included in the establishment. It was the former home of Prince Roland Bonaparte. The hotel promotes an atmosphere between Parisian luxury and typical Asian hospitality. It is important to note that the hotel’s Asian restaurant is the only Asian restaurant with a Michelin star in France.
The city of love
Paris is the city of love par excellence, if you doubt it then let us propose you a small cruise on the Seine with champagne and speakers integrated in the boat thanks to Green River Cruises. The perfect moment to create an unforgettable memory. Boat trips range from 1 to 3 hours to contemplate Paris from the water after having done it from the sky.
If you rather prefer to organize a team building session on the water, Green River Cruises offers cruises from 2 to 12 passengers having a French wine tasting with family, friends or colleagues.
And speaking of love, read this statement from a Frenchman who grew up in Paris for a personal testimonial:
“I was born and raised in Paris, my city of heart, it is impossible for me to talk about everything beautiful and everything that is possible to do. If I had to summarize my city in a few words I would say that Paris manages to combine architectural beauty and rich historical heritage with the dynamism of the modern world. A city that never sleeps. Beyond being a fantastic tourist destination and the capital of gastronomy it is also the cradle of many artistic and business ideas. A lifetime is not enough to discover everything, but you must see with your own eyes what the city of lights can offer you.”
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