The magnetic City of Light draws visitors from around the globe who come to see iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. But what travelers really fall in love with are the city’s quaint cafes, vibrant markets and delicious cuisine—and that’s just scratching the surface. For your next trip to Paris, go beyond the typical must-see attractions and check out these five things to love about Paris beyond the Eiffel Tower.
Restaurants Are A Must
Restaurants are an integral part of any trip, and with so many options on offer in Paris it’s easy to spend your entire trip eating. Fortunately, there are a few tasty destinations that are worth seeking out. A hotspot for young artists and foodies, L’As du Fallafel dishes up heaping portions of falafel at a very affordable price. Another popular choice is L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which offers delicious French cuisine in a charming setting. If you’re craving something simple but classic, head over to Le Comptoir General Lafayette where you can enjoy traditional French onion soup or escargot alongside classic cocktails and wines.
Visit Markets to Really Get To Know The Local Culture
To truly immerse yourself in local culture, you need to visit markets and bakeries. The food will be amazing (particularly when washed down with a glass of wine) and while you’re there, you can catch some real insight into French life. Go early or late to avoid overcrowding at most places, but do expect to spend a good chunk of time browsing for delicacies. Try Smaller Markets If You Want A Taste Of Real France: While larger supermarkets like Monoprix offer plenty of authentic experiences, many visitors find that smaller market stalls give them a better feel for how people really live in France. One great option is Rue Montorgueil near Les Halles de Paris – it’s not only home to dozens of charming shops, it’s also where you’ll find what’s been called the best chocolate shop in all of France. If you’re lucky enough to get an invitation from someone who lives in or around Paris, ask if they’d like to show you their favorite market spots. You might just learn something new about their hometown!
Wander Through Parks To Escape The Tourist Crowds
Wander through Paris’s parks. The most famous of these is, of course, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. It’s in northeastern paris and has incredible views of Mount Belleville and lush trees. But there are plenty more green spaces that escape tourists -though they won’t be far from any major attractions! Parc de Belleville (Paris 10) has fantastic views of Mt. Mogador in one direction and massive Mount Valerien in another.
Take Time For Couture Shopping
If you’re a fashion lover, then couture shopping is at the top of your list. The luxury brand has been around since 1858 and made its way into stores in 1910. If you take time for couture shopping, there’s a high chance that you will become an addict yourself. This guide will give you tips on how to dress well and buy fabulous things from boutiques with ease. You can find everything here—clothes, accessories, beauty products and even bags. Many people love shopping here because they can get personalized service.
Do A Street Art Walking Tour
If you’re interested in learning more about modern French art, consider taking a walking tour of some of Paris’ most well-known streets. You can do a free walking tour with Rick Steves or book a custom walking tour with ArtWalking, a company that offers expert guides to walk visitors through specific districts and neighborhoods and share what makes them special. Also, if you don’t want to take a tour, but want to see great street art on your own, check out our guide on how to find great street art around Paris here.
Try A Taste Of France In Montmartre
The most romantic way to try out French food is by visiting one of Montmartre’s renowned cafés, where tables spill out onto streets filled with local life. Sidewalk-side bites are cheap and plentiful here, but if you want an authentic experience, it’s best to order wine (and cheese and bread). With tables squeezed so close together that they’re sometimes attached (and on staircases!), Montmartre is a great place for people watching and street photography.
Take In Some History At Musée d’Orsay
This museum, one of France’s most iconic destinations, displays art spanning many centuries. From impressionist paintings and sculptures from Rodin to Cezanné, you will be immersed in a world of art and culture. Many people forget that there is also a gorgeous garden on top of Musée d’Orsay that offers beautiful views of Parisian skyline while you take in some great art.
Go Wine Tasting Around Beaujolais Vineyards
What’s not to love about a trip through France’s wine country? Tasting France’s most famous wines is a must-do in Bordeaux, but wine enthusiasts should make time for what Beaujolais region has to offer. Travelers can skip out on restaurants and cafes in favor of going straight for French culture by heading over to vineyards where you can learn about winemaking firsthand.