The thought of taking a tour in Paris makes many travelers think of the herds of zombified tourists following a chipper guide holding an umbrella aloft. But Paris is the most visited place on the planet, so it stands to reason that there is a lot to discover – and there are walking tours in Paris for every conceivable interest. Let’s take a look at just a few of them.
In many cities, the smaller boutiques are the “true” shopping experience, while the corporate-run department stores are best left to the masses. But this does not hold true in Paris; sure, the boutiques are exquisite, but its department stores have a rich history, beautiful architecture, and their own character that’s been hard won over the centuries. Yes, centuries. Here are the major department stores in Paris, and what you can expect from a visit to them.
Paris is one of those cities that has you grabbing for your camera at every turn, but what about those postcard-worthy snapshots that can only come from a bird’s eye view? Here are our top picks for the best views in Paris.
Possibly one of the most French things you can do in Paris is to take in the dinner and Moulin Rouge Show. The historic theater located in the Moulin district of Paris at Place Blanche puts on a fantastically French show done in traditional style. The venue holds about 1,000 people and sells out nightly. The VIP Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner and Champagne had us seated in the best views in the house center stage on the balcony. Only 10-12 tickets are sold each show making it an extremely intimate and elegant setting.
It’s hard to believe that after three years in France I had not yet explored the Chateau de Versailles. While I had seen photos from friends’ previous visits and heard that it was a pretty grand place, I had been reluctant to go because of the long lines that surround the chateau and its reputation. Enter the Viator Exclusive Versailles Tour. The only way I was prepared to immerse myself in the opulence of kings and queens was on a VIP tour that skipped the line and had us in the Chateau practically before anyone else, providing us with a private guided tour and all the secrets of the chateau and its history.
From guide books to websites to your friend who just returned from vacation, it seems like everyone is always recommending that you see the food markets in Paris. But, why? What is so special about Parisian food markets that makes people swoon over the mere mention of them?
The Eiffel Tower is the undisputed icon of Paris. It can be seen from many points in the city, and it’s the gathering point for everything from New Year’s Eve to Bastille Day. But when it comes to actually visiting the Eiffel Tower, many visitors balk. It’s too crowded; it’s too cliche; it’s too time consuming. But it really is worth it! Here’s how to make it a highlight of your trip.
Seeing a one-man show in Paris may seem intimidating. Seeing a show in English, for English-speakers, about Parisians, sounds like the vacation version of Freshman Orientation! But with his hit show, How to Become Parisian in One Hour?, Olivier Giraud has found a way to make his audiences laugh at themselves, the French, and Parisians – all while imparting some excellent advice!
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Paris so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Paris!