Perfect Paris: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the French Capital

Everyone dreams of visiting Paris. It’s synonymous with good food, fantastic wine and romantic culture. Little wonder millions of people flock to the French capital year on year. It’s a great place to go with friends, or as a couple. Paris truly has it all. Fine art is in abundance. There is a wealth of fine dining experiences. Paris can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. Visiting the French capital is an experience that all should enjoy at least once in their lives. The city attracts millions of visitors. Typically, UK citizens and US citizens makeup for a lot tourism in Paris. But, there are a wealth of tourists that visit the French capital too. More than 20 million people visit its confines every year. It is a great city to behold.

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.49.51 PM

Travelling around Paris is easy too. The underground subway, or Metro, is a cheap and easy way to travel around the city. You can use buses and taxis, but these are expensive and can take a lot long. In short, Paris is perfect. Here is everything you need to know about visiting the French capital.

 

Paris by Emax Photo via Flickr

 

Hotels and Apartments

 

Paris has more than 75,000 hotels within the cities confines. Many people choose to stay in hotels as it provides reasonable accommodation. However, there are other places that you can stay within the city. Apartments have been popular in the past, but more people are now choosing to stay in the homes of local Parisians. Renting a home for the length of your stay is becoming incredibly popular with all kinds of tourists. According to housetrip.com, an increasing number of tourists are choosing this kind of accommodation. It’s cheap, and you have your creature comforts. What could be better? If you are travelling on somewhat more humble means, you can stay in the wealth of hostels that are in the city. This can be cost-effective, but be prepared to share with strangers. For some, this is the ultimate backpacking experience. For others, this is intensely unpleasant.

 

Luckily for you, in a city like Paris, you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to stay.

 

Attractions

 

Of course, you cannot consider visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. The tower now has a light display adorned on its exterior. At night time, this makes for a magnificent light display. Do be careful not to trip over the vast array of men proposing underneath the ultimate symbol for romance! You can take a tour to the top of the tower and see the vast city in all of its glory. There is a wealth of street carts selling food and beverages within the parameters of the tower too. It’s a great place to visit, morning or night. Do be warned, it’s very busy. You won’t be able to avoid other tourists in this region of Paris! There are many things to see around the Eiffel Tower too.

 

Notre Dame is a beautiful gothic cathedral that is a must see for any ardent traveller. The cathedral is an astonishing sight to behold. With a wealth of gargoyles and figures carved into the brickwork, it is a must see. The stained glass windows are breathtaking. Even for those who are more secular, you cannot deny that the cathedral of Notre Dame is beautiful.

 

With over 50 museums in the heart of Paris, you are spoilt for choice. The Louvre is a firm favourite with many tourists. The world renowned Mona Lisa is within its midst. You can also get up close and personal with Michelangelo’s David. From amazing ancient art, to modern artefacts, the Louvre is jam-packed with things to see and do.

 

Champs-Élysées is a beautiful part of the city. Gorgeous architecture is in abundance, and there is a wealth of shops within the confines of this boulevard. You can also see the famous Arc de Triomphe. The Arc was built to honour the many victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Arc is situated on a busy road. It can be somewhat dangerous to cross, but when you see it, you will be amazed by the sheer beauty and enormity of this amazing monument.

 

Paris is full to the brim of great places of interest. It is a city steeped in a rich history. It is very much the place to be for any culture vulture. Paris is nothing short of magnificent. The architecture that stands within the city is magnificent. Every street flows into another. It’s a pretty, lovely place. You will have a fantastic time seeing the sites in this gorgeous part of the world.

 

Music and Dancing

 

Any visit to any capital means cutting loose and enjoying yourself. After an exhausting day of walking around the streets of Paris, you will probably want to sample the world famous French wine. You can do this in the vast array of bars and restaurants that line every single street in Paris. There is so much choice that you won’t know where to stop first. The famous European cafe culture is evident in Paris. Every street front is lined with shops, restaurants and cafes. You can indulge in excellent wine, or continental beer. You can sip coffees and watch the world go by while indulging in the world famous pastry that France is so well loved for.

 

But, if you want music and dancing, you are best off heading to Le China. This is a Chinese restaurant come nightclub. While this may sound like a bizarre hybrid, there is nothing odd about this club. It’s a great place to enjoy live jazz and indulge in dancing. Le China has live music on every night, and it is free entry too.

 

Le Batofar is dancing with a difference. While you may have heard of party boats, there is nothing tacky about this. Le Batofar is a moored leisure boat with a bar. Dancing the night away has never been more fun. Le Batofar plays a selection of funk, soul and reggae and is a great place to dance the night away. Admission can be costly so do be aware of this.