Paris is the capital of France and the country’s largest city. Paris is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Within its limits, the city of Paris has been mostly unchanged since 1860. It has an estimated population of 2 million and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.
1- The Eiffel Tower
Paris is famous for this landmark, the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is Paris’s tallest landmark, and the structure was completed in 1889. The Eiffel Tower has the ground floor, first floor, second floor, and the top part. On the ground floor, you will find here the statue of Gustave Eiffel, and you can also buy some of your souvenirs at its shop, and you can get a snack at its cafe. On the first floor, you will also find a café and souvenir shops, but you will find here a gallery that has the exhibits about the tower, and also there is a cinema that has a short film that tells the history of the Eiffel Tower.
This is the part of the tower where you can stroll around. This also the floor where you will find the Gustave Eiffel Room, which has a view of the city of Paris, here you can rent this space to cater to conferences, seminars, and so on. On the second floor of the tower, you will find the Les Jules Verne Restaurant, some souvenir shops, internet stations, and the windows with animated scenes. And finally, on the top, you will find there the office of Gustave Eiffel, and there are wax statues that represent him and the other engineers who helped build the tower.
This is the best floor to take a look at the city of Paris in a 360 degrees view. There are guided tours inside the Eiffel Tower; they have these 15-20 persons guided tour and also individual tours. The tour can take you an hour to thirty minutes. The guided tours are available from ten in the morning to seven-thirty in the evening, and the individual tours are available from ten in the morning to five-thirty in the afternoon. You must book in advance when you want to avail of these guided tours. They are always fully booked.
2- Paris Shopping
Paris is the fashion capital of Europe; this is best known for its famous designers, shopping districts, and fashion. Shopping here is heaven; they have here the best buys that any tourist would want. They don’t only have the best designer labels but also have everything you want to have you can find all kinds of shops here; you can also find some flea markets where you can buy cheaper items. It is a matter of where you shop; they have everything here for everyone’s taste.
If you want to buy some designer clothes and shoes, you can find one of these famous shops in the Avenue Montaigne, La Samaritaine and the Boulevard Haussmann. You can check out some of the stores where it sells designer bags, shoes, clothes, and many more in these places. You can find some quality home supplies, such as lighting and parts.
If you love books and would want to buy one, you can check out the Les Bouquinistes near the Seine River, through shopping for books here in France is a bit expensive. You can also buy books at their famous English bookstore, the Brentano’s, Shakespeare, and Co. You can also find some flea markets here. You can find these flea markets along the old part of the city. You can find these flea markets at the Porte de Clignancourt and the Porte de Montreuil.
Aside from the flea markets, you can also find plenty of open markets; Paris can have more than fifty markets around the city. Here you can buy clothes, pets, locally produce flowers, and many others. They are open every seven in the morning and close at one in the afternoon, except for Mondays.
If you want to buy something from the designer labels and expensive shops in Paris, you can get them cheaper if you come here during the time they will have a sale on their items. They have thirty to fifty percent discounts on their items in January and in July.
3- Paris Restaurants
Paris, like you all, know the ones who made the cafes famous. When you talk about Paris, you know that they have good food and wine and fine dining. The bistros or cafes are the ones that are popular in Paris. Although Paris cuisines have been diverse, there have been Asian cuisines and African cuisines that you can see around the city, but still, most of the cafes and restaurants here have cuisines that still have a French twist to it. Here are some of the best restaurants and bistros where you will find in Paris.
The famous bistro that you will find in Paris is the Chez Dumonet – Josephine. This is a national monument for the Parisian; this is the representation of how the old cafes are in Paris. They have here the authentic French food and also have the best and its interiors from the 1930s. Its specialty here is the boeuf bourguignon, foie gras, and the dessert millefeuille. This café is located at the Rue du Cherche-Midi.
They are only open during weekdays, Mondays to Fridays and closes on Saturdays and Sundays. The Aux Lyonnais, this is also a bistro that is also one of Paris best bistros, this is famous for the lightness cooking, their menus here includes the frogs’ legs and some dumplings, and they have the wines here from the Lyon region. The Lyon region in France has a variety of fine wines. They are only open Tuesdays to Saturdays and are close on Sundays and Mondays. You can find this bistro somewhere the Rue St. Marc.
On the other hand, if you want to dine and experience a romantic ambiance, try the Restaurant du Palais-Royal. They have the best risottos here and the steak fries and other fish dishes, but their menus here do change seasonally. There is also the Willi’s Wine Bar, this bar has the widest selection of British wines, so if you want to dine and drink British wines.
4- Paris Nightlife
Paris, with many bars and clubs to go to, its nightlife is as fascinating and as vibrant as its historical and cultural sites. With its numerous cafes and places to see, a tourist should try its nightlife once they are in Paris. The bars and clubs in Paris are for everyone, and there are also bars and clubs for gays and lesbians.
You can find all of these in the city center of Paris, and you can choose which place you like and what mood you are in when it comes to clubbing. Mostly the bars and clubs in Paris do not have a strict dress code; you can go into its clubs in casual like jeans and sweaters; some would dress up nicely. Here are some of the best clubs and bars that you will find in Paris. These bars are the most recommended ones by the locals and tourists who have been to Paris.
The Barrio Latino is open daily from eleven until two in the morning, and this is a very relaxed place. The crowd is a mixture of students and some people who just came from work. Les Bains, on the other hand, has a restaurant upstairs and is open only from Wednesdays to Sundays. This is a gay and lesbian club. The club itself is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, midnight to eight in the morning, and they play all the different genres, such as a house, techno, rock, R and B, and many others.
This is the place where mostly the world-famous, models and celebrities come. One of the famous bars is the Buddha Bar; this is an Asian-influenced bar with an Asian-inspired cuisine, though this bar is a bit expensive but is worth visiting since you are in Paris. There are plenty of bars and clubs in Paris that you will surely enjoy and have a grand time; you have to know what club and most especially you must have enough time to enjoy the nightlife of Paris.