Paris is France’s capital and one of the most visited cities in the world, accolades that are well-earned. Millions of tourists flock to this beautiful and cultured city every year to see the famous landmarks, splash out on the numerous and varied shopping streets and sample the celebrated French cuisine.
A city break in Paris is the perfect choice for a weekend away; the city is very compact and has great transport links in the form of the Metro service that make it easy to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break with your loved one or a fun weekend with a group of friends, Paris is the city for you!
A famously cultured city, Paris has no shortage of sightseeing spots. Start at the famous Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of the city, and return at night to see the whole structure covered with twinkling lights. The views from the Arc de Triomphe are also worth the climb, and you’ll find you linger to watch the traffic trying to navigate the chaotic roundabout below. When you finally tear yourself away, head down the Champs Elysées to indulge your inner shopaholic in the range of designer and high street stores.
The beautiful gothic architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral is unmissable, and the Sacré Cœur Basilica is equally beautiful with its striking white stone and huge domed roof. From the Basilica, head into the streets of Montmartre, an old artist’s district that still maintains its bohemian feel with portrait sketchers and intimate cafes populating the cobbled streets.
Art lovers will be spoilt for choice in Paris with numerous galleries competing for attention, but the best are the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, and the Musée d’Orsay which displays a wide range of French art and features artists such as Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.
France is one of the world’s centres of gourmet food, and Paris is the best place to discover this delicious cuisine. Grab a fresh croissant from a bakery for breakfast on-the-go, and for a cheap lunch order a croque-monsieur (cheese and ham toasted sandwich) or a savoury crêpe.
Dinner is the time to splash out! Start with French onion soup or, if you’re feeling brave, snails cooked in butter and garlic, and for your main course try beef bourguignon, coq au vin or duck confit. Finish with crème brulée or a selection of French cheeses, and don’t forget a bottle of local wine.