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 medieval stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle, the addictive 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!
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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Paris Soon
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 there are plenty of reasons to visit Paris beyond just the famous sites.
Fun Ways to See Top Paris Attractions
2. Fun Things to Do in Paris
Find the coolest spots to see and photograph the Paris skyline - including a few you might not discover on your own.
Cruise down the Seine River, sail a boat in Luxembourg Gardens, relax under the stars at an outdoor summer concert.
You'll never run out of fun things to do in Paris - or reasons why you should go for a visit.
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Check out these iconic and lesser-known Paris scenes:
3. Paris Hotels & Apartments for Every Budget
Paris hotels and apartments are more affordable than you might expect. Spend a fortune or relatively little for a few nights of accommodations - the choice is yours!
Hotels & apartments in every price range can be found in every central Paris neighborhood near top attractions. Check out our guide to Paris hotels
Prefer an apartment? You can choose from budget to luxe.
4. Shopping ... Paris is a Shopper's Paradise
From the dazzling "Golden Triangle" of haute couture to Grands Magasins (big department stores) to trendy boutiques, shopaholics find plenty of places to stock up on Paris fashion.
Paris is a shopper's paradise.
5. Paris Museums & Cool Street Art
Be sure to also look at art on the streets - everything from classical sculpture to the latest creations by sometimes-edgy street artists. Start with a guided bike tour of Paris's urban art museum
And don't forget - check out the many special museum exhibitions in Paris each month.
6. Delicious Food & Wine (Some Say this Is the Best Reason to Travel to Paris)
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 and pain au chocolat, sample macaroons from Hermé or Ladurée, sip tea at Mariage Frères' tea room or indulge in a decadently rich hot chocolate at Angelina. Explore your favorite cuisine and discover new favorites on a food tour.
Try different kinds of French cheese and find your favorites. Order a fromage and charcuterie platter, or stop by a Latin Quarter bistro for the famous melted cheese dish, raclette.
Dig into steak-frites at a brasserie. Savor the couscous in a North African cafe. Become addicted to Nutella crepes.
And remember - wine and French food are meant for each other.
7. Beautiful Parks & Gardens Where You Can Relax and Play
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 watch a puppet show.
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 the almost-hidden Palais Royal Garden. And that's just the beginning of the gorgeous parks you can explore in Paris!
8. Day Trips from Paris to Famous Places
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.
Why visit Paris? Aside from all the pleasures of being there, it's the perfect base for exploring so many other places.
9. Fun Places in Paris for Kids and Teens (& their Parents)
Planning a trip to Paris with kids or teens?
Fortunately, Paris has LOTS of attractions and activities that are fun for the entire family - including teens.
And great news - most are inexpensive or even free for kids under 18.
And of course, kids love Disneyland Paris, just a short train ride from the city.
10. "Hidden" Paris - There's Always More to Explore!
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. Relax on a scenic cruise up Canal Saint-Martin, visit excellent (and uncrowded!) smaller museums, find the parks where Parisians hang out. All of these non-touristy places are even more reasons to go to Paris.
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