“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” So said Thomas Jefferson, reflecting upon his travels to the French metropolis. It’s been several centuries since he set foot in Paris, but the city’s splendor has not diminished — it remains the financial and cultural capital not only of France, but a capital of the world. Here we’ve assembled a list of the Top 10 Must-See Sites to visit during your stay in Paris, the fabled city known around the globe for its sophistication, romance and, of course, light.
The landmark Eiffel Tower rises above Paris
1) The Eiffel Tower
Like Big Ben in London and the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower is Paris’s most identifiable landmark with the numbers to prove it – 7 million visitors per year. Named after the engineer who built it (Gustave Eiffel), the Tower was constructed to welcome guests to the 1889 World’s Fair. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world! Initially many Parisians considered the monument an eyesore; in fact, the Tower was almost dismantled in 1909, but was saved because of its value to transmit radio signals. Today, the Eiffel Tower is regarded as an architectural marvel and is the most frequented paid monument in the world.
There are three levels open to the public, the highest standing at a height of 276 meters or 905 feet. All levels can be accessed by elevators/lifts or stairs (though the latter is not for the faint of heart). On the first floor you’ll find a cinema devoted to the Tower’s history, a souvenir shop, and the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. The second floor is home to the Jules Verne restaurant, where you can sample French cuisine with a spectacular view of the city. At the top floor, walk through a recreation of Eiffel’s office before making a toast at the champagne bar. And no matter how high you travel, the Tower will provide stunning views of Paris laid out before your eyes. The monument stands on the lawns of the Champ de Mars, which is located in Paris’s seventh arrondissement. Check out our guide of the 7th Arrondissement of Paris for more details. Read the entire story here…»
It’s without a doubt one of the most famous landmarks in the entire world: the Eiffel Tower. No trip to Paris can be complete without gazing upon this embodiment of Parisian life. And just imagine waking up in Paris, looking out the window and seeing the Eiffel Tower right there in front of you! In this article, we’ll show you how to make this fantasy a reality. We’ve selected six of our favorite apartments in Paris that offer magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower. Discover what it’s like to vacation in Paris while staying in an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower!
Lovely one-bedroom vacation apartment in Invalides
View of the Eiffel Tower from the balcony of this 1-bedroom apartment in Invalides, Paris
The view from this 1-bedroom apartment in Invalides is absolutely stunning. Not only does it offer a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower directly from the French windows in the bedroom, but also from the fully-equipped kitchen! This means the apartment truly offers an amazing and authentic Paris experience. Tenants can wake up in the morning to the splendid view of the Eiffel Tower, prepare breakfast in the kitchen with the same amazing view, and perhaps enjoy a croissant with a coffee in the living room — or outside on the balcony, offering a striking view of typical Parisian rooftops and the Hôtel des Invalides! The apartment sleeps up to two people, and is located right in the center of the beautiful Invalides neighborhood. Just blocks from the apartment you’ll find the Seine River, monumental buildings, a bustling street market, and of course the Champ de Mars park with the Eiffel Tower.
For some history and practical information about the tower, check out our Visitor Guide to the Eiffel Tower! Read the entire story here…»
The new wave of coffee culture has taken Paris by storm
It’s been a long time coming, but the new wave of coffee culture that’s swept the globe has finally reached Paris! Gone are the days of old, when traditional bistros served mediocre coffee. In the past couple of years, new specialty coffee shops have started to pop up all over the city of lights! This new trend of coffee shops is heavily influenced by some of the leading coffee regions in the world, such as Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Baristas from these regions have introduced Paris to techniques such as pour-over coffee and filter coffee, not to mention fresh coffee beans from the world’s best coffee producers and roasters.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite new coffee shops in Paris. Keep in mind that the Parisian coffee culture is simply bustling right now, so this is definitely not meant as a definitive list. With that said, we’re sure this list of our favorite top 10 coffee shops in Paris will be of use to you during a visit to the city!
1. La Caféothèque
La Caféothèque on 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville was one of the first new barista-focused coffee shops in Paris. Barista Gloria Montenegro, who was the former Guatemalan ambassador to France, founded the café some seven years ago. She has a true passion for coffee, personally selecting and visiting coffee growers across the globe. Customers will taste this commitment to quality coffee beans in each drink: the espresso and cappuccino are both brewed to perfection. La Caféothèque is a real Parisian gem: you’ll come for the excellent coffee, and stay for the friendly baristas and cozy interior. Read the entire story here…»
A typical French baguette and bread in Paris
France without bread is like a Paris without the Eiffel Tower. When it comes to baguettes and croissants, there is no equal to France’s famous bakeries, which are better known as boulangeries. It’s important to know the difference between a boulangerie and a patisserie. While a patisserie is a bakery specializing in pastries, and headed by a pastry chef, a boulangerie is a bakery that focuses mainly on baking breads. There’s also a difference between a boulangerie and an artisanal boulangerie: the latter indicates that all the bread is being baked fresh on the premises.
In this article, we’ve gathered our top 10 bakeries in Paris. You’ll find that some are combinations of a patisserie and a boulangerie, while others focus only on baking bread. What they all have in common, however, is some of the most delicious breads in Paris and perhaps even the world! Read the entire story here…»
Colorful French Macarons
Macarons, croissants and chocolate éclairs: if you have a sweet tooth, Paris is definitely the right place for you! The city features hundreds – maybe even thousands – of wonderful pastry shops. These pâtisseries offer the most exquisite selections of tarts, cakes, pastries and more. It’s important to know the difference between a bakery and a pastry shop: while bakers in bakeries only make bread, pastry chefs in pastry shops specialize in pastries and sweets. You’ll find that most pastry shops in Paris have certain areas of expertise, and are often known for a specific type of pastry. It’s not uncommon for Parisians to visit one pastry shop to get a box of macarons, and then travel across the city to buy their éclairs at another place!
In this article, we’ll give you our top 10 pastry shops in Paris. Keep in mind the list is not definitive as there are so many amazing pâtisseries in town. However, all the shops listed here do have one or more specialties that really make them stand out. The following are some of our absolute favorites in the city of Paris. Enjoy!
1. Pierre Hermé
The Parisian pastry shop Pierre Hermé is famous for its delicious macarons
Pierre Hermé is the perfect first pastry shop to try in Paris. It’s got two very French and very delicious specialties that you just have to try during a visit to the city: the macaron and the croissant Ispahan. Pierre Hermé became famous for his delicious macarons: sweet meringues with crunchy outsides and delectable creamy fillings. Try the pistachio, violet, or chocolate. The croissant Ispahan has a topping of rose and glaze, which adds just a pinch of inventiveness to the traditional pastry. Pierre Hermé was once called the ‘Picasso of pastry’, and it’s easy to see why! There are several locations of the brand in Paris, but the best known is probably the Rue Bonaparte flagship store in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This store often has a line out the door, but the pastries are definitely worth standing in line for! Read the entire story here…»
View of the Eiffel Tower and 7th Arrondissement of Paris
It’s a sight that will stick with you for the rest of your life: the first time you lay eyes on the magnificent Eiffel Tower rising above the rooftops of Paris. First-time visitors to the City of Lights often head to the 7th arrondissement as soon as they arrive, as this is where the Champ de Mars and the Tour Eiffel can be found. It’s a shame that some of these visitors don’t take the time to also explore the neighborhood itself, as it is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris! The 7th arrondissement is an ancient and affluent neighborhood that boasts some of the best museums in town, as well as architecture that will absolutely take your breath away.
In this article, we’ll explore the 7th arrondissement in Paris and show you what it’s like to live here as a local!
The 7th arondissement is famous for its tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides, as well as for its many amazing museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin. However, it’s also a very popular residential neighborhood in Paris. Not only because many of the apartments in the 7th Arrondissement provide splendid views of the Eiffel Tower, like this beautiful 1-bedroom rental in Invalides, but also because the area is simply one of the best residential neighborhoods in Paris. Still associated with the French nobility and upper class, this central Paris neighborhood is fittingly shaped like a diamond. It’s bordered in the north by the Seine River, to the southwest by the Avenue de Suffren, and to the southeast by the Rue de Sèvres. It’s very well connected to the other arrondissements of Paris by the Metro lines 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13, and by the RER C. This means it both provides a fantastic base to explore the city during a holiday and an ideally located home for a longer stay in Paris. Welcome to the 7th arondissement! Read the entire story here…»
View of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris
Most visitors in Paris want to experience a bit of everything while staying in the City of Lights: a taste of the bohemian lifestyle, the best Parisian cafes, art galleries, museums, parks and more. Lucky for them, it just so happens that the 6th Arrondissement in Paris offers all of these things! It’s the epitome of life in Paris: home to famous cafes such as the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, the 6th Arrondissement comprises part of the bustling Latin Quarter. It’s also the intellectual center of the city, with its world famous universities and seat of the Senate in the beautiful Luxembourg Palace, right next to the public park Jardin du Luxembourg. The 6th Arrondissement is one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods in Paris. In this article we’ll show you what living in the 6th Arrondissement looks like!
Welcome to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris
The 6th Arrondissement of Paris includes some of the most famous areas in the city: The Latin Quarter in the northeastern part of the arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the area around the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Odéon area around the Odéon Theatre, the Notre-Dame-des-Champs area around the metro station of the same name, and the Luxembourg area around the Jardin du Luxembourg. Discover what it’s like to walk the streets of the 6th Arrondissement in our Latin Quarter video tour. The 6th Arrondissement is roughly bordered by the River Seine in the north, the Boulevard Saint-Michel in the east, the Boulevard du Montparnasse in the south, and the Rue de Sèvres and Rue des Saint Pères in the west. The neighborhood is easily accessible with the metro, as the 4, 10, 12 and RER B lines run right through it. Read the entire story here…»
A Christmas market near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Holiday Season. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.
Paris is beautiful at any time of the year, but there’s something extra special about visiting the City of Lights during Holiday Season! From mid-November until mid-January, Paris becomes a magical place filled with sparkling lights, outdoor ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets. Furthermore, there’s Christmas shopping at the Galeries Lafayette and an Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris!
In this article, we’ve categorized our favorite holiday season activities, so you can easily create your own travel itinerary for your visit to Paris in the fall or winter of 2013!
Paris Market and Fairs
Paris is known for its many amazing food and antique markets throughout the year. However, come Holiday Season the city steps it up a notch with the Parisian Christmas markets! These amazing outdoor markets feature anything from Christmas gifts to seasonal culinary delights, and can be found all over the city. The following are some of our favorites.
- The Champs Elysées Christmas Market is the largest Christmas market in Paris. It runs from the Place de la Concorde all the way up to the Champs Elysées roundabout. From November 15th to January 5th, you can enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Of course, this is also a great place to get some serious Christmas shopping done. Have a look at Visit the Champs Elysées in Paris for more information about the shops. Read the entire story here…»
A holiday in Paris doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, if you do a little bit of research you’ll be able to see much of the City of Lights for free! To save you some time we compiled a list of our top 10 free things to see and do in Paris. From visiting free museums to discovering the Eiffel Tower up close without paying a dime, we’ve got you covered!
1. Discover Free Museums in Paris
You can visit the Louvre and other museums in Paris for free every 1st Sunday of the month
Fancy seeing the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay for free? You can visit all major museums in Paris for free on the 1st Sunday of each month! Understandably it can get quite crowded in the most popular museums of Paris on this day, so try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You can also choose to visit one of the slightly less famous (but still absolutely fantastic) museums in Paris such as the Musée des Arts et Métiers or Musée Rodin.
Are you a citizen of the European Union and under 25 years old? We have good news for you! You can visit all the museums in Paris free of charge. This applies to all major and small museums and even big attractions such as the Palace of Versailles. Do remember to bring proof of documentation such as a passport or identification card or you’ll have to pay! Read the entire story here…»
Famous for the Champs Elysées, the Galeries Lafayette and more, Paris is one of the best destinations for a shopping holiday in Europe. There’s something to find for everyone: from high-end boutiques to fantastic flea markets.
In this article we’ll introduce you to the world of shopping in Paris, and show you our top 5 shopping spots in the city. We categorized them so you can quickly find the type of shop you’re interested in. Enjoy some heavy window-shopping!
1. Paris’ Famous Shopping streets
The famous shopping street Rue de Rivoli in Paris
We start off the list with some of the world- renowned shopping streets of Paris. Along these streets you’ll find everything from large department stores to small French boutiques.
- The Rue de Rivoli is one of these famous streets that seem to offer everything. The Rue de Rivoli starts at the Place de la Concorde and runs east towards the Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church. Between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, the Rue de Rivoli houses many tourist-friendly stores to purchase souvenirs. East from the Louvre, there are many national and international chain stores, such as Zara, H&M, Yves Rocher, Gap, Mango, the Body Shop and more. Read the entire story here…»