It may be known as the city of love, but Paris, France has a lot more to offer than romantic strolls along its picturesque boulevards. When you think of Paris, your first thoughts are likely of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral. But, this city is a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. No matter what your taste, this city has it all. From romance, to shopping, to satisfying your taste buds, you won’t leave this city disappointed. But to help you make the best of your trip, we’ve narrowed down some of the best places – the creme de la creme – to visit while exploring the city of love.
1. Musee D’Orsay
The galleries of the Musee D’Orsay are housed under one of Paris’s grand old Beaux-Arts railway stations and contain the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist works by artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh and Gaugin. You can take a guided tour of the museum to make sure you don’t miss anything and dine at one of the two cafes or in the restaurant.
2. Palais-Royal Gardens
If it’s peace and quiet you are looking for, this visit is a must for you. The jaw-dropping gardens and upscale shops are tucked behind the walls of a 17th-century palace. So beautiful is this area, it’s considered one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. You will get to stroll along the manicured gardens and shop in some of the best designer boutiques, such as Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney.