Often dubbed as the most romantic city in the world, Paris attracts a number of tourists searching for a romantic getaway with an added taste of culture from this iconic city. There is plenty to do, see and of course taste the local cuisine without even venturing down south to the French Riviera or into the countryside if you simply just don’t have the time. The French are known for their distinct style, and carefree way of life so grab a friend and check the following places off from your to-do list!
You can’t visit Paris without sampling some of the local delicacies, right? Local cheese, wine and of course the infamous escargot cannot be passed up during your first trip to the capital of France. During the summer months, a variety of taste festivals are up and running so locals and tourists can sample some of the best food and drink that Paris has to offer.
Many of the buildings around the city centre date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, particularly the Notre Dame Cathedral which was highly influenced by French Gothic architecture at the time. Located in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, visitors can access the cathedral any day of the year for a small fee.
Shopping and fashion
Don’t worry about saving your money for those duty-free airport purchases, head over to the Galeries Lafayette which is one of largest department stores in the city. Opened in 1912 with over 10 floors of shopping, you’re bound to leave with something you like. There are also plenty of specialty boutiques around the city, and also don’t forget to check out the local markets for some hidden gems and one of a kind purchases.
Hop on a bike and cycle around The Eiffel Tower to make the most of your time, then take the elevator (or climb the 600 stairs) for an amazing view of the entire city.
During the summer season, Paris is filled with festivals which attract tourists from all over the globe. Rock en Seine is a popular music festival on the Rue Oberkampf with international and local artists which make up just some of the large line-up. Head over to Montmartre for the annual Grape Harvest Festival which has been running since 1934. Celebrating winemaking, gastronomy and French folk music for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re travelling with children make sure to check out one of France’s most popular theme parks, Disneyland Paris. There are many rides which are unique to Paris, including the Crush Coaster which is one of the best attractions at the entire resort.
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By Felicia Sapountzis