Find Out Why You'll Love Paris & Why You Should Visit Now
Why visit Paris?
From iconic bucket list attractions like the Eiffel Tower to picture-perfect pleasures like a picnic on the bank of the Seine River, Paris offers something for everyone.
Your first visit may feel magical, but even if you return dozens of times, you will never run out of new things to see and do.
Whether you fall in love with the jewel-like colors of Sainte Chapelle's stained glass windows, the tantalizing combination of steak-frites with a glass of red wine in a cozy bistro, or the experience of stepping back in time as you wander through narrow medieval streets of the Marais neighborhood, you’ll create memories of your own special Paris.
As Audrey Hepburn famously said, "Paris is always a good idea."
So where to begin?
Start with our list of 10 irresistible reasons why you will love Paris - and then start planning your next trip.
1. Thrilling Iconic Attractions (Plus Some You've Never Imagined)
Nothing beats the thrill of seeing the Eiffel Tower and other iconic Paris attractions for the first time.
But Paris offers you a lot more than just the famous sites.
From historic shopping arcades to edgy street art to a Roman arena, Paris is packed with fascinating places to explore. Find out more
The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Centre Pompidou may be the most famous Paris museums - but almost 150 others offer exhibits on every topic you can imagine.
Be sure to also look at art on the streets - everything from classical sculpture to the latest creations by sometimes-edgy street artists. Find out more
6. Delicious Food & Wine
From haute cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurants to the trendiest bistros serving local fare based on what's fresh, Paris will please your palate.
Stop by a bakery for fresh croissants or pain au chocolat, sample macaroons from Hermé or Ladurée, sip tea at Mariage Frères or indulge in a decadently rich hot chocolate at Angelina.
Dig into steak-frites at a brasserie. Savor the couscous in a North African cafe. Find out how good a crepe with Nutella tastes.
And remember - wine and French food are meant for each other. Find out more
7. Beautiful Parks & Gardens
Luxembourg Gardens and Tuileries Garden are famous for their statues and beautiful flowers. Kids love to sail their toy boats across pools, go for pony rides, and even take in puppet shows.
Visit Jardin des Plantes with its menagerie and maze, a hidden Roman arena in the Latin Quarter, the elevated Promenade Plantées, with views high above the city. And that's just the beginning! Find out more
8. Day Trips to Famous Places
Versailles, Disneyland Paris, and several chateaus are less than an hour from Paris.
Go a little farther and you can visit the medieval city of Bruges, famous World War II battlegrounds, Mont Saint-Michel, and even London - and be back in Paris by evening.
After you've seen the most famous Paris attractions, what's left?
Plenty - it's time to explore lesser known market streets, indie designer boutiques, cool bistros and brasseries. Take a ride up Canal Saint-Martin, visit excellent (and uncrowded!) smaller museums, find the parks where Parisians hang out.
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More Recommendations for You
Sainte Chapelle - See the famous medieval stained glass windows and enjoy candlelight concerts
Canal Saint-Martin Cruises - Pass through the famous locks as you head through newly-trendy neighborhoods on your way to Parc de la Villette
Day Trip to Bruges - Have fun exploring the most famous medieval city in Belgium - and be back in Paris in time for a late dinner