A guide to Paris: main tourist attractions, restaurants and the best tips

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All your customers need to know about the city of light!

Paris, the City of Light, the most romantic city in the world, and the most visited capital. 

There are many reasons to visit Paris: the iconic buildings, the Eiffel Tower, its history and majesty and the amazing food will make your customers fall in love with the capital of France. 

If you are planning a trip to Paris for your customers, this guide will help you discover everything they need, what they should not miss, and local tips on the best restaurants in the city. 

First things first! When is the best time to visit Paris?

The best time to visit Paris:

Essentially, Paris is a year-round destination. Summer is perfect for its hot weather and long days, although it is the time of the year when the city is most crowded and hotel prices are more likely to be higher. 
May, June, September, and October are arguably the best months to visit Paris as it is not as crowded as in July and August, while the mild weather makes it a very nice visit. 

Winter season is the coldest, but it is but also the cheapest so it is perfect for those traveling on a budget. Winter is also a natural time to see Paris sparkle as the City of Lights, and a great time to enjoy traditional meals indoors with French wine!

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Must visit places:

Paris is full of iconic attractions, amazing buildings, museums and historic places to visit. However, there are five places in the city that are not to miss. Here’s our bucket list!

Eiffel Tower

Probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Paris is the Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s most iconic towers. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, or Exposition Universelle, it is still a must see for every visitor to the French capital, despite it being intended to last only 20 years! The tower is an amazing attraction to visit from below but it also offers incredible views of the city. 

Being so popular, expect long queues to visit the highest public observation in the European Union! Therefore, we highly advise you to buy the tickets in advance for your clients. You’ll save them time and make their journey easier and more enjoyable!

Sacré Coeur Basilica 

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or the Sacré Coeur Basilica is one of the most visited monuments of the city. Built in 1870, the basilica’s stunning architectural style shows different Romano-Byzantine features and many design elements that symbolize nationalist themes.

Make sure that, when your clients visit it, they climb to the top of the dome for one of the most impressive panoramic views of Paris! The Basilica is the second highest point in the city, right after the Eiffel Tower, as it is situated on top of the large hill of Montmartre, so naturally, it offers stunning views, and it also looks great from a distance. 

Louvre Museum

With its photogenic pyramidal glass entranceway, the Louvre is a central landmark of the city of Paris. This museum is both the largest art museum in the world and the most visited, attracting more than ten million visitors in 2018. The Louvre houses some 38,000 objects from prehistory until the 21st century, cover a staggering 782,910 feet of exhibition space. 

Here visitors have a chance to see precious artifacts and famous paintings and sculptures, including ancient relics from Egypt and Greece, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, and Michelangelo’s ‘Dying Slave’. This massive museum offers your clients the possibility to see into the past and glimpse some of the most important artworks ever created. 

Champs Elysées

Considered the most beautiful avenue on earth and crowned with the majestic Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées is another spot in Paris your clients can’t miss. The 1.2-mile-long grand avenue is lined with trees, elegant footpaths, famous cafés, restaurants, and luxury boutiques. 

At one end of the Champs Elysées is the triumphal arch, built in the 19th century and the largest monument of its kind in the world, it proudly situated in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle roundabout.

Decorated with impressive sculptures and engraved with France’s great victories, Arc de Triomphe also features a massive panoramic terrace above that offers yet another impressive view of the capital city of France. 

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Montmartre

Montmartre - The Mountain of Martyrs - is one of the most famous quarters in Paris, known for its picturesque architecture and bohemian vibes. The Moulin Rouge, the Sacré Coeur Basilica and the streets of Rue de Steinkerque are just a few of the many things to visit in this charming neighborhood that was once frequented by many famous including Degas, Mondrian, Modigliani, Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Valadon, and Vincent van Gogh. 

Make sure your clients visit Montmartre when in Paris! Regardless of the season, it is a great place to take a stroll, climb the steps, admire the sights, and enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the many cozy restaurants available. Visitors will fall in love with Montmartre, of the most romantic locations in Paris.

Our hidden gems for foodies

Paris is not only the City of Light but also… the city of food! From traditional French bistros to sophisticated Michelin star restaurants, Paris has a lot to offer foodies. Here are five places your customers shouldn’t miss when visiting Paris. 

  • La Cagoullie - 10 Place Constantin Brancusi

Located near Montparnasse station, La Cagoullie has been offering for 30 years the best oysters in Paris and fine seafood and fish. 

  • Le Temps des Cerises - 31 Rue de la Cerisaie

Fresh and tasty dishes accompanied by a fine selection of wines await your clients in one of the most charming bistros in Paris. 

  • La Crêperie de Josselin - 67 Rue du Montparnasse

Located in an area crowded with crêperies, La Crêperie de Josselin stands out with its magnificent crêpes and galettes served in the cutest, coziest atmosphere. 

  • L’assiete – 181 Rue du Chateau

A wonderful atmosphere, great food and a unique selection of wines are what L’assiete offer to everyone willing to enjoy the experience of a truly bistrot parisien.

  • Garance Saint Dominique - 34 Rue Saint-Dominique

If your clients want a romantic dinner and a true foodie experience, this Michelin Star restaurant won’t disappoint them.

How to Get Around Paris

 

  • By Foot: Paris is a relatively compact city so strolling around is always a good idea
  • By Mètro: It is one of the oldest subways of Europe and one of the most efficient too. It’s cheap, fast and safe. Try to get one of the Metro Passes to save money!
  • By Boat: Not the cheapest but definitely one of the funniest ways to get around Paris is taking one of the many cruises by the Seine!

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