It could be the delicious fare, fabulous fashion, stunning architecture or sparkling champagne, but it's so easy to fall in love with one of the most romantic places on Earth. From world-renowned attractions to local favorites, discover all that Paris has to offer.
Paris, France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe, and for good reason. Delicious food, beautiful artwork and architecture, high-end fashion, and entertainment are just a few of the offerings that Paris, France features. Highlighted below are some of our choices for the top attractions, restaurants, shopping areas, and nightspots in Paris. If you are looking for a place to stay nearby any of these attractions, Best Western has over 70 hotels in Paris from which to choose.
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Musee du Louvre
Paris features attractions of all sorts from famous artwork at the Louvre and Musee D' Orsay to beautiful monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe. We've highlighted several of the more popular area attractions, but visitors to Paris should definitely try to see as much of Paris as possible.
Eiffel Tower - One of the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower has become an icon of France for many people. The Eiffel Tower is the largest building in France and over 200 million people have visited this world famous attraction since its construction.
Louvre Museum - One of the world's most popular art museums is also a historic monument and a national symbol. The Louvre contains nearly 35,000 pieces of art displayed over the structure's 60,000 square meters. Some of the more well known works contained within the museum are the paintings Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People, as well as the famous sculpture of Venus de Milo.
Musee D' Orsay - A unique art museum housed in a former train station located on the left bank of the Seine River. The Musee D'Orsay contains mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914. Best known for holding an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces such as works by Renoir and Monet.
Notre Dame Cathedral - A Gothic cathedral whose name means "Our Lady". Considered one of the finest examples of French-Gothic architecture, Notre Dame is still used as a Roman Catholic cathedral and is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris. Also famous for the Gargolyes atop of the Cathedral.
Arc De Triomphe - Famous monument in Paris that stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle. Built to honor the Napoleon kings, the Arc De Triomphe features the names of generals and the wars fought inscribed on the inside and top of the arc. Underneath the Arc De Triomphe is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.
Bike Tours - Numerous bike rental companies in Paris offer guided tours of this beautiful city. Bike About Tours and Fat Tire Bike Tours are just several options. The more adventurous are welcome to tour the city with a Segway, which will definitely prove to be a unique experience.
Museum Pass - Visit http://www.parismuseumpass.com/en/home.php to read more about this great deal. Purchase one pass that will gain you entrance to many of the more popular museums in Paris for a reasonable price. At some attractions you can even move to the front of the line for entrance.
Batobus - For easy transportation through out the city, visitors should consider the Batobus. With eight stops along a circular route that covers both the left and right banks of the Seine you can move easily around the city and catch great views of Paris. http://www.batobus.com/english/8escale.htm.
Paris is known for its fine dining and gastronomical delicacies. Be sure to bring a full stomach as well a full wallet to take full advantage of the cuisine Paris has to offer. Reservations are a necessity at many of the restaurants mentioned in this article.
Guy Savoy - One of the most famous restaurants in Paris, Guy Savoy's restaurant provides fine dining for those willing to wait. The menu features spectacular dishes such as the signature truffles and artichoke soup.
Pierre Herme - Pierre Herme is noted as the "Picasso of Pastry" and what better way to sample his art than to try a delicious macron at his Paris boutique. Pierre Herme also features chocolates and other sugary specialties for those with a refined sweet tooth.
Pierre Gagnaire - Gagnaire's, along with Guy Savoy, is touted as being one of the finest in France, specializing in 'Modern French' cuisine. Pierre Gagnaire's menu features dishes that often blend three or four surprising tastes and textures into a single dish.
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - A very small and extremely popular restaurant that offers a very popular 'tasting menu' which feature around 10 courses drawn from Chef Robuchon's greatest hits.
Sandwich Stands - Sometimes you just want a sandwich, and in Paris you are in luck. On just about any main avenue or street, and in higher concentrations in more populated areas like the Latin Quarter, you can find a boulangerie, patisserie, or sandwich stand. The budget conscious will surely appreciate the offerings without sacrificing taste. A Parisian sandwich (while simple) features: a thin, foot-long (at least) baguette, with one or two ingredients and butter. Simplicity at it's finest.
Crepe Stands - While in Paris, visitors should run, not walk, to the many crepe stands throughout the city. The best crepes are from takeaway stands that fold the circular crepes in half, and then again into thirds forming a conical shape. Usually the stands with the long lines of Parisian natives are indicative of excellent crepes.
Berthillon - Makers of decadent ice cream. They have a shop on the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris and have been a local favorite for more than 50 years.
Aux Trois Mailletz - This nightclub features a piano/jazz bar on the ground floor and a cabaret on the top floor. Aux Trois Mailletz is a very popular nightspot that captures the time-honored atmosphere of the Latin Quarter.
Batofar - Here's something you don't see every day, a night club on a boat. Definitely a unique experience to tell your friends about, Batofar is a lighthouse boat located on the bank of the Seine River that features progressive musical programming and after hours festivities. During the day, Batofar is a community gathering place that serves as a restaurant and café.
Moulin Rouge - known more as a tourist destination, this cabaret was made popular again by the 2001 film of the same name. Moulin Rouge offers musical dance entertainment for adult visitors from around the world. Much of the romance from turn-of-the-century France is still present in the club's decor.
Since there are so many places to shop in Paris, it would be best to outline several of these areas by district. Below you will find several of the top districts for shopping. However, some of the best shopping is found by wandering around and getting lost on one of many side streets in Paris.
Faubourg Saint-Honoré - This district is home to the high fashion design of Versace, Hermes, and Yves Saint Laurent. Main streets nearby are Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré, Rue de la Paix, and Place Vendome.
Paris department stores - this district is located on Boulevard Haussmann. The department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps extremely popular locales for the shopping needs of those in Paris.
Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées - Chanel, Dior, and Vuitton are just a few of the names lining the streets of Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
Paris, France is one of the more decadent places to visit in Europe. Some of the most beautiful artwork, delicious food, and breathtaking architecture call this wonderful city home. Make sure you allot yourself a reasonable amount of time to soak in all that Paris has to offer and be sure to bring a full wallet or purse.
Best Western makes it easy to customize your vacation with unique tour packages. There are many tour packages to choose from including: touring the sights of the city by water or land, a photography workshop or cycling around the city.
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