Thinking about heading to the city of lights and love? We share 10 reasons to visit Paris, along with the best things to do in Paris too.
Paris is one of the most visited destinations in the world, full of charm, style and sophistication. Whether you are travelling with friends, family or as a couple, there are many reasons to visit the city of lights on your next vacation.
Why you should visit Paris
When you think of Paris, you undoubtedly think of the Eiffel Tower. This is an iconic landmark recognised around the world but is just one of the fabulous landmarks in Paris. Don’t forget the Arc De Triumph, Notre Dame and The Louvre. Fun fact about Paris; the Eiffel Tower was originally meant to be a temporary structure!
Diving into the French cuisine is a must when visiting Paris with baguettes, cheeses, macarons, Croissants, crepes, escargot (s-car-go) and Steak Tartare. But it is not just the food that is enchanting, the cafe culture is Paris has a stylish ambience you can’t ignore, making it the perfect addition to a romantic getaway. Make sure to spend time on your trip trying the best food in Paris and sample the wine too!
Art lovers will love Paris. With famous galleries and museums holding masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, you can spend days appreciating art in and around the city.
Head to The Louvre to see over 38,000 pieces and of course, the Mona Lisa, or visit Musee d’Orsay for impressionist paintings. If you are a lover of Modern Art, head to the Centre Pompidou.
Paris is a city of fashion and trends, with international and luxury brands sprawled across the streets of the city. Even if you aren’t looking to spend a tonne of money on luxury brands, there are still some great shopping experiences to be had; visiting the cute boutiques or intriguing antique shops in the city or getting lost in the vintage markets and picking up a unique souvenir.
The city of Paris has a lot to offer but what if you fancy escaping the crowds and exploring a little more of France. There are some great day trips from Paris including the Luxembourg Gardens, The Palace of Versailles and of course, Disneyland Paris.
Another reason to visit Paris is the budget-friendly options available to all travellers. Unlike other cities in Europe, Paris offers many ways you can save money and travel on a budget. Visit the museums during their free entry days (often the first Sunday of every month), buy a Paris Museum Pass, use the buses, trains and bikes and take advantage of the cheap hostels. Read our cost of travel in Paris guide to budget your trip.
Getting around Paris is easy; with a fantastic metro system, buses, boats, rent a bike options and walkable routes, navigating around Paris couldn’t be easier, making it just one more reason to visit the city.
The location of Paris is ideal for Europe travellers. If you plan on travelling around Europe or living in Europe, Paris is an easy and convenient city to get to. Jump on the Eurostar from the UK and arrive in just over 2 hours, Catch a high-speed train from Brussels in just an hour and a half or relax on a 3-hour train from Amsterdam.
We know that Paris has amazing food but did you know it has 70 Michelin-starred restaurants; including 10 with three stars? Celebrate a special occasion at one of the amazing restaurants in the city for a meal you won’t forget.
Something for everyone
Lastly, Paris is a city that everyone can enjoy. With defined culture, fascinating historic sites, beautiful parks, quieter hidden gems, busy markets, high-end stores and fun experiences to try, there is something in Paris for everyone; making is a great destination for all types of travellers.