Renowned for its gastronomy, iconic architecture, wide boulevards, invaluable artistic collections, and top tier shopping, Paris is a city that is simultaneously grand and intimate.
It’s easy to fall in love with the city of love while enjoying a coffee and baguette at a bakery or café, indulging in Nutella crepes from food trucks and sipping on one too many wines... c'est la vie!
Paris is the epicentre of French cooking, the veritable standard of chefs around the world. So it’s no wonder that eating and drinking are such a significant part of the Parisian culture.
Standard French restaurant types include bistros, brassieres, cafes, French fusion, haute French (expensive), modern French and wine bars. Some of the essential eateries to enjoy when in this city include Saint Germain (for macarons, chocolate, Croque-monsieur), Eiffel Tower (for Foie gras, Escargot and Ile Flottante), ASPIC (fine dining, French/European style), Le Cappiello (local cuisine – medium price) and Breizh Café (crepes.)
Wine is practically more popular than water. It’s a staple on any French table. It’s only fitting to enjoy one (or a few) glasses at one of these approachable wine bars: A La Main, Au Rendez-vous des Amis, La Cave de Belleville, La Fusée and Inaro.
The real confessions of a shopaholic come from secret shopping spots in this one-of-a-kind city. These are the must-visit spots for an incredible Parisian shopping experience: Champs Elysées (known as the most famous shopping street in Paris, and possible the whole world), Palais Royal (home to the most eclectic mix of haute couture, celebrated antique spots and independent boutiques), Rue du Commerce (an impressive array of international high-street brands, small independent boutiques and fresh food nooks), Canal Saint-Martin (a mix of effortlessly hip boutiques including The Kooples, APC and Agnès B), Galerie Vivienne (an iconic shopping arcade), Le Marais (offers a balance of casual street style) and Les Halles (mainstream chains.)
Paris is home to the art galleries and museums that set the standard for the rest of the world.
Case in point: the world’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa, hangs in what could be the most well known gallery in the world, The Louvre.
Some of the other top galleries and museums to visit are: Musée d'Orsay, National Medieval Museum, National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris, Jacquemart-Andre Museum, Musée Rodin (For Breathtaking Sculptures) and Musee du Luxembourg.
What started out as a seductive dance by the courtesans is now a hot musical dance tourist attraction. Dare to enter the Moulin Rouge for an evening of quintessentially Parisian glitz and glamour, complete with dinner and champagne.
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