Founded more than 2,000 years ago, "The City of Light" has become one of the top tourist destinations and leading business and cultural centers in the world. As a global hub with international influence, Paris oozes with romance and remains as a focal point for its architectural masterpieces and historical landmarks.
Our Paris professionals, Julie Waucampt of Hyatt Paris Madeleine and Eric Bassompierre of Hotel Du Louvre, appreciate the city's mixture of contemporary culture and historic heritage, as every street has a story to tell and each section of the city is a different transport in time. They're sharing an inside look on where to go and explore in the "City of Romance." For all that the city has to offer, Julie and Eric suggest some easy places to start, especially for first time visitors.
Julie Waucampt, Guest Relations of Hyatt Paris Madeleine
Eric Bassompierre, Concierge of Hotel Du Louvre
Of course, The Eiffel Tower, with easily the best view of the city, is a must-see for all new Paris explorers, as the city's internationally recognized symbol. The Louvre Museum, filled with works of art by history's most famous painters, is a staple for any Paris tourist, as well as Notre Dame cathedral and Avenue des Champs- Elysees, which connects Place de la Concorde and the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe.
Julie suggests exploring Medieval Europe's center of education and living university district of the city, St. Germain. Its original streets are crowded with youthful energy, shops and bars, as well as museums and churches, historic cafes and restaurants. Feeling up for adventure? Eric suggests more audacious travelers explore Montmartre, a 130-meter-high hill in the north of Paris, primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur on its summit.
For travelers that want a local feel, Julie and Eric suggest visiting the market of Les Enfants Rouges in the Marais, or exploring the flea market in the side of Clignancourt. Take a stroll through Ru Montorgueil, a hot spot for Parisians to socialize while doing their daily shopping, or spend an afternoon in Contrescarpe Square, another local Parisian neighborhood that is bustling with favorite butcher shops, bakeries and cafés.
For some local restaurant options, check out Chez Georges, Chez La Vieille, or Le Comptoir du Relais. Other fan favorites include Fontaine de Mars for unbeatable comfort food, Isami for sushi lovers, El Fogon for some ethnic Spanish cuisine, or Fellini for a taste of Italy.
It isn't hard to feel the romance in this exquisitely passionate city, which is why Julie and Eric have a few great suggestions for those that want a truly dreamy day in Paris:
Make sure to stop in and say bonjour during your trip! Bon journée!