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March 28, 2019

The Best of Paris

The city of love, the city of light. Paris is known for so many things – its whimsical opulence, glamorous fashion houses, five-star cuisine and priceless works of art. It possesses the unique ability to remain deep-rooted in history and tradition, and yet, it is ever-evolving and pushing boundaries; a clear front-runner for the world’s trendiest city.

Whether you’ve been to Paris a time or two, or have yet to discover this stunning city, we’re calling out a few of Paris’ ‘bests’ to make your next trip one you’ll never forget.

The Best Time of Year to Visit

Spring! As the world warms back up in the springtime, Paris comes back to life. Cherry blossoms are in bloom, the city’s famed gardens are turning green, and sidewalk cafes are bustling. Visit in late April or early May for better weather and far fewer crowds than the summer months bring.

The Best Areas to Stay…

Saint Germain (6th Arrondissement)

Just across the Seine from the Louvre, Saint Germain is sandwiched between two of Paris’ most famous gardens, Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Garden. This area is a great choice for art lovers and for foodies, as many of the city’s best museums and restaurants are just steps away.

Eiffel Tower (7th Arrondissement)

The district surrounding the Eiffel Tower is in the heart of all the action. This area gives visitors easy access to some of the city’s most notable monuments – it’s a great choice for those visiting Paris for the first time.

Le Marais (4th Arrondissement)

Artsy and romantic, Le Marais offers visitors the idyllic Paris that they dream about. This area is great for the return visitor to Paris – someone who has seen many of the must-see sights and is looking to relax a bit more.

The Best Shopping…

If you’re looking to shop, Paris is your city. Though home to some of the world’s most luxurious brands, there is truly something for everyone in Paris.

Check out these great shopping streets:

  • Rue du Rivoli – Best for mid-range shoppers looking for chain stores and boutiques
  • Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – Best for high-end shoppers
  • Le Marais – Best for eclectic finds and vintage stores

The Best Museums/Tours…

Musée d’Orsay

The Centre Pompidou

The Louvre

Palais Garnier Opera House

The Best Photo Ops…

For views of the Eiffel Tower – Trocadero

For Views of the Eiffel Tower – Adjacent to the Carousel

For Views of the Seine – Clock room in Musee d’Orsay

For Views of the City Skyline – Top of the Arc de Triomphe

For Views of Notre Dame – Pont de la Tournelle

The Best Macarons…

No trip to Paris is complete without indulging in a macaron or two (dozen). These sweet meringue-based cookies have taken the world by storm. Here’s where to find the best of the best in Paris…


  • LaDuree
  • Angelina
  • Maison du Chocolat
  • Pierre Herme

The Best Churches…

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Saint Chapelle

The Best Day Trips from Paris…

Château de Fontainebleau

Versailles

Disneyland Paris