Paris – The City of love, history, fashion and food.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to the picturesque Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame. Synonymous with fashion and the home to Chanel, Louis Vuitton , Dior and Cartier. Paris is a city that you must visit one in your lifetime.
Whether you spend a day, a week or a month in this magical city, it will leave its mark on you and craving for you to return.
I have travelled to this city many a time, from a day’s trip to a few days and it has always fascinated me. This city is most enjoyed when you are not in a rush to tick of those must see tourist spots and spend leisurely time walking the streets of Paris. If you are travelling from London like I do, it is only a short train ride away.
The Eurostar is the most popular and convenient way to travel to Paris ,departing from St Pancreas International in the heart of London to Guar de Lyon in the heart of Paris. A 2 hour train journey and if you book well in advance you could get a some great deals with a one way ticket for as less as €35.
Like any other major city of the world, Paris is well-connected with a large choice of airlines flying in from around the globe. The airport is a 30 minute train /tube ride away from the city and a taxi would cost you just over €50. Keeping this in mind if you’re travelling from London or any other major city in Europe I would recommend the train.
The pubic transport in Paris is some of the best in the world, but the best part of it is when you in the heart of the city it is a very walkable city.
Where to Stay
Depending on your budget there is a choice of hotels, apartments and hostels in this city. Airbnb the new kid on the block can land you some great deals so give it a try. Personally I have always stayed around the hustle and bustle the ever so lively Champs-Elysées. If you look around and in advance you will surely find something in this area in your budget.
Cafes and Patisseries
You can’t come to Paris and not spend time in one of the many patisserie /cafes this city is all about. Everyone has their favourite pastry stop in Paris, but it’s up to you to find yours.
For me it’s the Ladurée, the 149-year-old salon which popularly invented the macaron. The current tearoom you see at Champs-Elysées was crucial for the take-off of the Laduree brand. This outlet is a walking distance to Arc de Triumph.
Note: Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world so it is a bit expensive but worth every penny. Be prepared to wait for say 10-20 minutes before you get a seat.
The Baguette – It is safe to say that Paris is the place on earth with the highest density of top quality artisanal baguettes so a must try.
One of the best ways to see Paris if you don’t want to walk is via the Big Bus tour company, popular with its famous open top buses and now an iconic tourism mode in most of the major cities around the world. The other option which I will highly recommend is the boat tours.
There’s nothing quite like seeing Paris from a boat on the Seine. The bateaux mouches offer everything from a gourmet meal, a flute of champagne or just sightseeing with commentary. For 15€ you can hop on or off wherever and whenever you like all day long. Stops include the Musée d’Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tour, Champs Elysées, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is to London: the ultimate civic emblem. French engineer Gustave Eiffel spent two years working to erect this iconic monument for the World Exhibition of 1889.
Today it is the most visited sights of Paris and breathtaking at night, when a sparkling display originally conceived to celebrate the turn of the millennium sparkles through the Parisian sky. The glittering light show was so popular that the 20,000 lights were reinstalled for permanent use in 2003. The tower does its electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1am. You can’t miss this.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
This remains the most famous avenue in Paris and perhaps the world. A mecca for travelers and locals alike and nothing beats a long walk along this. Some Parisians complain that fast-food joints and chain stores have cheapened Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but others are more philosophical, noting that there is something here for everyone. Anchoring the Champs is the Arc de Triomphe, Napoléon’s monument to himself. At the other end, the exquisitely restored Grand Palais.
The most recognised symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the ultimate traveler’s prize is the Louvre. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest art museum and the largest one too.
If you really wanted to see then whole museum you would need more then a just a day for this alone. The most popular piece here is none other than the iconic Mona Lisa.
One of my favourite and looming above Place du Parvis is the symobolic heart of Paris the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Napoléon was crowned here, and kings and queens exchanged marriage vows before its altar. Be sure to arrive early and line up for entrance to the towers to enjoy a fantastic view over the city and see the famous gargoyles.
If designer shopping and elite French brand names set your heart all aflutter,this is the place for you. The favourite haunt of fashionistas from around the he world and the pride of Parisian fashion.
Housed under the soaring roof of one of Paris’s grand old Beaux-Arts railway stations, the recently renovated galleries of the Musée d’Orsay contain the world’s largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin, and many others.
Also known as The Mountain Of Martyrs another one to put on your itinerary when in Paris. A very popular district to go walking in the footsteps of famous celebrities such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and visiting the cathedral.
Far from the noise and bustle, these serene formal gardens and elegant shops tucked behind the walls of a 17th-century palace are a delightful haven and one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. Once a royal residence, the hushed arcades and manicured gardens of the Palais–Royal are now home to world-class perfumers, antiquaires and designer boutiques.
Galeries Lafayette, as one of the world’s largest department stores, and can be a daunting prospect but if it’s to tick off your Paris Bucket List then you can attempt the smaller but more negotiable Lafayette Maison store across the street. In terms of Parisian design and lifestyle, you’ll find it all here. Ever-changing pop-ups freshen the scene, such as the Parisian parfumier Diptyque offering edible-smelling scents for your body and home.
Disneyland Paris is a great day trip for the kids as well as adults. Getting to Disneyland Paris is very easy from the city centre, or if you are travelling to Paris on the Eurostar you can skip Paris and head straight to Disneyland.
It’s about 20 miles outside the city, and you can take a short, 40-minute train ride right to the front gate. From one of the departure stations below, buy a ticket the morning of and get on the RER A (Red) train towards Marne-la-Vallée. Trains start around 5:30 AM and leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in advance over the internet or att the gate the difference is a few euros.
Departure Stations: Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Auber, Chatelet Les Halles, Gare de Lyon, Nation
A Lido Experience
Le Lido, Paris is a legendary venue known for its exotic productions, dancers, singers, ice-skaters and more, the venue has received world-fame and is known as a premier front runner in producing breakthrough cabarets.The spectacle is highlighted by the sumptuous costumes, elaborate visual effects, enchanting pictures and majestic scenery.
Situated at the Champs-Elysees, Le Lido opened in 1946 and has since been the go-to venue for cabaret and burlesque shows in Paris. The cabaret is known for its fabulous shows, each of which takes millions of dollars to develop. What made the Lido world-famous was the revolutionary concept of the Dinner Show. The now-replicated concept originated within the walls of the Lido and played a huge role in propelling the venue to international success.
A night at the Moulin Rouge
Step into the dazzling world of rhinestones, feathers and sequins with an enchanting night at the Moulin Rouge! So much more than just a show, an evening at this famed Parisian cabaret is sure to be an unforgettable experience.Situated in the heart of the lively Montmartre district, the Moulin Rouge is instantly recognizable with its lipstick-red facade and giant windmill. For over 125 years, the theatre has been showcasing the talent of hundreds of actors, dancers, make-up artists, costume designers and stage decorators, including the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra.
Known as the birthplace of the French can-can dance, it has become the greatest venue embracing the art of dance, entertainment and femininity. An early harbinger of female liberation and empowerment, in the world of cabaret, it’s the ladies who lead the show! Since the theatre first opened its doors in October of 1889, the Moulin Rouge continues to evoke the spirit of a festive Paris. With a sensational explosion of feathers, sparkles and colour, witness the French can-can come to life as you sip champagne in one of the most beloved entertainment hotspots of the world.
Paris is for everyone and everyone will find something they will fall in love with in this fascinating city.
Must Do’s in Paris.
Free first Sundays – visit some of the most popular museums and monuments in Paris for free, thanks to the free first Sundays programme.
The Love Wall – Check out this love wall for some slushy, romantic photo opportunities at the Montmartre.
A late night picnic – Get a taste of the real bohemian vibe, make your way down to the Square du Vert-Galant with a bottle of wine in the evening. The cosy park is situated on the western tip of the Île de la Cité and can be reached by taking the stairs down from Pont Neuf.
Free Fashion Show – Getting a seat for Paris Fashion Week might be beyond the means of most visitors, but it’s possible to get a taste of what this city is all about on a Friday afternoon at the Galeries Lafayette department store
Moonlight stroll – Just like in the movies there is something indisputably enchanted about strolling through the Parisian streets and the banks of the Seine in the warmer months.
Rooftop Bars – Enjoy the nightlife scene of Paris by visiting one of the many laid-back, but stylish Rooftop bars for a great night out, as long as you’re not intimidated by fashion-conscious crowds.
Go fall in love with Paris.
This seems like a very fun trip. Great photos as well.
Nice photos! An enjoyable time for sure!
These pictures are really amazing and gives some serious travelling goals..much love!
Loved the post. I can tell you got the full Parisian experience just through this post alone! Makes me wanna go visit Paris (and review it again!)
Thanks for the kind words
Now Paris is on my Bucket list
France is definitely on my travel list for this year. Want to take the kids to Disneyland Paris… x
Must see place Paris.
I loved the alll encompassing tour you gave on the blog. I wish to go there some day. I didn’t know Disney was so close.
Anything and everything about Paris is always so enticing, i can never have enough of it. Good post.
You know i have only JUST been to Paris last month and you’ve made me want to go back!! Lovely photos 🙂
Paris is one of my absolute favourite places to go, this is why I chose this as the first leg of our honeymoon. I love some of your suggestions and will add them to my next trip i never knew about free Sunday so thanks for the tip
Heading to Paris for the first time this summer! Thanks for the tips!
This brings back so many memories! I love Paris, it’s such a beautiful city and your post is very informative. There are some places you’ve listed that I haven’t been to before and it’s great to learn more about them!
Great photos of a great city! Makes me wish I were back there now, smelling the baking bread as I wander the streets! Happy Travels!
Ah, Paris, I’ve been wanting to see this city every since I graduated university and has somehow never found myself booking this trip! Your photos are so wonderful and the details are definitely helpful. I hope to see this city very soon!
We are planning a trip to Paris this year and this post is gonna be very handy.. you have covered some very useful info..have bookmarked this post for our trip planning and oh beautiful pictures
The photos are stunning. It’s giving me serious wanderlust now. Great post
This is such a complete guide to Paris city for first-time travellers. So easy to plan itinerary based on your suggestions.
Paris is such a beautiful city! Now I want to go as well! haha. I have seen a lot of Paris but you gave me new inspiration. Thanks!
It’s a must visit city
Paris always looks spectacular! Especially the Lafayette Maison and the Moulin Rouge! Those are high on my list of must-see if even just from the outside! I’m very thankful for the laduree as macarons are my favorite!!
A must visit city
I’ve never heard of those gardens and I’ve been to Paris loads of time. They look gorgeous. I loved the Musee d’Orsey but my favourite place to go in Paris is the Orangerie museum. It’s a tiny art gallery in the gardens in front of the Louvre jam packed with impressionist painting .
There is so much to do and see in Paris and the more you go the more you find out
There are so many things to do in Paris as it it most lovable city of Europe. Paris is a destinations for all tastes be it a art/sculpture lover or for nightlife lover. Have you visited Palace de Versailles, as it is also very ornately decorated from inside and really gives the glimpse how beautiful and rich was France’s history. Very detailed post Paris visit. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks and yes visited the Versailles but was some time ago.
Loved your post full of details and interesting pointers. Paris is indeed one if the mist beautiful cities in the world but it can be pretty intimidating for first time visitors. Your article definitely helps a lot in planning out things and making the most of the time spent here
Thanks. A must visit city.
I agree with you on using the Seine as the hoho transport to see Paris. Most of those museums and monuments are right along the banks. Plus you get to see those lovely bridges. I even loved those open air cafes in Paris – with the lovely French bakes. Your post has got me all nostalgic about my own visit. Which I hope to repeat to complete all that I could not the last time.
Paris is beautiful whichever way you see it. Hope you can make it there again
I love how you captured the local life in Paris. I guess having a local coffee and reading books would be a great experience 😀 And a huge OMG to visit Moulin Rouge, it is a must!
This is awesome! I have to admit I’ve never wanted to go to Paris but after this post, I might just change my mind.
Paris is nothing less of a dream. It has everything that can make you feel great about being in the city. The architectures, cityscape, food, cafes, and so on. I always love reading about Paris. Someday I will land up.
You should try and visit it someday
I love reading about your post about Paris. I spent a few times there as well, and it always make me smile reading about other people’s experience traveling my favorite city in the world.
I’ve never taken the Eurostar, however. Everytime I tried booking it, the prices were insane – with train tickets costing around 200 euros! How as the experience riding the Eurostar from London to Paris? I’d love to know more- perhaps next time I’ll just get the tickets to have the whole experience myself!
Book in advance that’s the key to Eurostar
It’s been 5 years since my last trip to Paris but you’ve reminded me why I love it so! It is remarkably walkable as you mentioned. I can’t wait to take my spouse to see the Eiffel Tower, ride the bateau mouche and so many other places. Thank you for reigniting my love!
Hope you can make it there with your spouse soon
There is no doubt that Paris is home to so many world renown icons and you have covered many of these so well in this post. I will be visiting the UK, Norway and the Netherlands next year and will try to get time to shoot across to Paris as well. You have reminded me of so many things that one must visit and experience there.
I love Paris and the more you know it the more you love it.
Paris is ❤️ One of the places that i want to cross out in my bucket list. Its really hard to attain a shengen visa though. Stunning pictures! I love it!
It’s a must visit destination
Great photos. Paris has such a magical vibe!
It’s indeed magical
Paris has so much to offer. I can see from your article that I still have a lot of places to explore there. Loved the lafayette! So pretty!
I love Paris and always want to go back
I guess Paris didn’t leave quite the impression on me when I visited a few years ago because of the unfriendly people. Yes, the architecture is great, the vibe is nice, Eiffel Tower is a little disappointing but looks good when it sparkles at night and the gardens, the parks and museums are interesting. But I fell in love with other cities way more than Paris, such as Prague. But that’s me!
I find Paris beautiful
Amazing! Paris is definitely a city full of life and activities. I have visited twice but I have never seen the Lido or a show at Moulin Rouge. That is what I need to do next time for sure. Sounds so much fun!
You enjoy Paris more every time you return and taste something new
What a lovely brief guide on Paris. This is city is truly magnificent and one trip is never enough. I could not cover so many places that you have mentioned in your blog but I know that another trip is must to immerse in this city’s. Though Eiffel tower stands out but I liked Louvre the best. This is a very handy guide.
It’s a beautiful city and one you must visit once in your lifetime
Paris is indeed such a fascinating city. I did not love it the moment i stepped into it but ended up exploring this city the most. The light show at Eiffel Tower was indeed the highlight
Thanks for the kind words
I’ve been to Paris twice now for a total of 9 days, and I’ve seen most of what you mention here, but you are right — the best thing to do is stroll the streets and explore the neighborhoods after checking off the must-do tourist spots. I really cherish the time we had to do that in Montmartre and came across the most wonderful flea market I’ve ever seen!
I live strolling the streets and you discover so much more this way.
I am in awe of Paris – its architectural splendours, museums and country sides. I missed the opportunity to travel across France with my hubby owing to my exams a couple of years back.I still envy him for the wonderful time he spent exploring the city and capturing its essence in his cam! BTW…nice to know about the place that first prepared the macaroons 🙂
It’s one of the most beautiful cities you can visit.
So cool, your post brings back so many beautiful memories that I have of Paris. You managed to see so many wonderful spots of this splendid city and there are more than enough to see. Also the Sacre Coeur, the Holy Heart close to Moulin Rouge truly fascinated me, especially the view over Paris from up there. But still I even learned some new spots from your article. Especially the Lido Experience sounds exciting, this is something I will try out on my next visit to the City of Love!
I love Paris and can never have enough of this city
I want to go to Paris SO BADLY. I’m glad to find that Paris is a very walkable town but still has a great public transportation system. The Louvre has been very high up on my list of museums to visit as I’m a huge art history fan, and Disneyland Paris is a no-brainer. Not going to lie, your pictures of baguettes made me drool a little. This was a fantastic list for us Paris-noobs to get a list together before our first visit!
Thanks. Yes I can never have enough of Paris and would recommend to anyone.
I remember when my boyfriend is raving about Disneyland Paris (he like me to take there), but I was thinking of visiting the Moulin Rouge, hahaha. You gave me more reason to visit Paris and hope it will be a good experience for me. At least I have my guide now!
Thanks. Hope you visit soon
Paris is a beautiful city with so many things to do. I visited more than 10 times, and every time I visit again, I discover something new. Even though it’s hard, you managed to capture some of Paris’ highlights in just one article. It was a lovely read, keep up the great work.
I remember my first trip to Paris last March 2017. Tears fell in my eyes the moment I stepped in the French capital. I immediately went to Eiffel Tower and I was crying the whole time. It was 3 years in the making! It was a dream come true.
It is an amazing experience when you first set eyes on the Eiffel Tower
I have to admit, this is the first post about Paris that is very complete for finding information about what to see and do, especially for first timer. Since you’ve been there many times, you wrote it as if you’re a Parisian yourself. I think I will be back as the first timer and follow your recommendation.
Absolutely amazing guide here to this fabulous city! Paris seems like an experience which is complete with history, wonders, architectures, food, tours and so much more. Whenever I see a picture Avenue des Champs-Élysées, it reminds me of India Gate in Delhi. Thanks for putting together a list of must visit recommendations! Its really helpful. A night at the Moulin Rouge would be nice as I loved the movie. Free must do’s look fantastic especially Free first Sundays and A late night picnics
Thanks for stopping by
I had been to Paris several times. However, after the first time, I found it too touristy for my taste. While the attractions, food and vibe is pretty awesome; I somehow detest the army of tourists there. That’s why I alawys use it as a place to get in and get. I love the nearby cities more than Paris. However, your guide is pretty useful for first time travelers. It’s got all the information they would need.
Indeed very touristy but a must once in your lifetime