5 reasons to visit Paris – for those who need convincing

Up until now, I haven’t heard of anybody not wanting to visit Paris – this place needs to be seen at least once in a lifetime. Buuut, for those of you who still aren’t convinced, here are 5 reasons to visit Paris. These were pretty important to me when I decided to take my mom to visit Paris (ok, these and the fact that she really wanted to go :P)

In Paris, you can drink champagne at any time of day (and night!)

I am sure I don’t need to tell you many things about champagne. This magnificent French drink is known worldwide. In France, drinking champagne is like drinking water! So, nobody will look at you strangely if you find yourself ordering champagne at 10 am in the morning. You can, of course, buy yourself a good bottle of champagne, from a local épicerie (this is some sort of grocer’s!) and just enjoy a glass (or two!) before heading out for a nice sightseeing tour.

And that’s not all – if you do not like to drink just champagne, there are a lot of champagne based cocktails. My personal favorite is Kir Royale – here is the link on how to prepare it yourself (you’re welcome! 😊). I had this the first time I came to Paris, in June 2016 and it has been a favorite ever since. You can easily do it at home (and I certainly don’t mean the hotel room!) or you can order it – most of the bartenders will know what you are talking about.

There are a lot of bistros (and they have happy hours!!)

So… wherever you look around Paris, you will for sure find a cute little bistro to sit at. Look for the ones where you see a lot of locals hanging around -those are the best! Whenever I go somewhere, if I see a place that the locals frequent, I tend to choose that one, rather than any place Trip Advisor or any app would recommend. The reason is simple – if a local would eat there, then it’s definitely not a tourist trap.

Most of the bistros in Paris have happy hours during the evenings. Don’t be afraid to sit down, order a glass of champagne (or a glass of whatever, if you’re not into champagne) and relax yourself after a long day of walking around. If you add a small plater of fromage or charcuterie (cheese or meat products), your evening will be perfect. I was surprised to see how many people were out in Paris, laughing the evening away and simply chatting and enjoying themselves.

You get to eat all those fancy French sweets

Who hasn’t heard of macarons? This French desert is so known, I am convinced that you have already had one or two in your days. But why not try the “original” ones? Macarons can be found at any confiseries (cake shops) or even in  pâtisseries (pastry shops) and there are around 1 EUR a piece. Of course, in the more fancy cake shops they can go for 20 EUR for 8 pieces. But, more often than not, it is more worth to buy them from smaller cake shops and help local small business grow.

Apart from the macarons, there are so many other sweet treats that you can dive in. And you don’t even need to count the calories. With how much walking you are getting done in Paris, I am sure you’ll burn off whatever you eat 😊

The Parisian buildings are heaven for the architecture lovers

With me being one of those (architecture lovers, I mean!), I took so many shots of buildings that it was hard for me to choose some to put on the blog. The architecture in Paris has a history of its own and I was amazed at how well preserved older buildings are, especially in the residential areas. I particularly loved those Beaux-Arts style apartment buildings, with little balconies made out of wrought iron, decorated with flowers. Some of these were so small that only a chair and a tiny round table would fit, but that would be enough to make them even more chic and to make you want to go ahead and buy an apartment directly in the middle of Paris. Bad news for anyone who has plans of moving to Paris after seeing these photos – the apartments in Paris are very expensive and there is a lot of paper work to be completed in order to qualify to be a home owner in Paris.

Nevertheless, when you do travel to Paris you can always gaze (free of charge!) at all the exquisite buildings. Just watch your step – I can tell you from personal experience that, with your eyes always up to discover some new architectural details, you might trip and fall (:D:D:D).

There are so many history rich spots to visit in Paris

France, in general and Paris, in particular, are full of history and, for the connoisseurs, they are a heaven to visit. There are so many outstanding spots that you can visit in Paris, that you need to take enough time for everything.

Of course, if you travel to Paris only for the week-end, like I did, here are all the spots that I visited while I was there – maybe it gives you more ideas on how to spend a week-end in Paris 😛

Did I convince you? If not, I am not sure what will. But, if yes, enjoy a glass of champagne for me on a bistro terrace in Paris 😀

18 comments

  1. I was always convinced and you did a good job of re-enforcing the fact that one needs to visit Paris – now I am waiting only for my Paris travel stars to align and take me to this lovely city.

  2. You don’t need to convince me to visit Paris! I’ve been over 5 times, and still can’t get enough. I also love champagne, and really appreciate it the older I’ve become. And who doesn’t love macarons?! I could eat at least 10 🙂

  3. Champagne…not so much for me but yes for the bakery! And yes the buildings are soo beautiful! And I am happy you didnt mention the Eiffel tower! Its cool but there are so much else to do and see in Paris! I have heard another great reason to visit Paris is the language. Some really love french or when a guy speaks english with his sexy french accent..

    1. To be honest, I am preparing a post with more “touristic” spots, for those who enjoy them 🙂 but, like you, I prefer anything that is not that touristic 🙂 🙂

  4. Ha ha! These are great reasons but, like you said, who would really need convincing?! Paris is one of my favorite cities for all these reasons. Those pastries are enough to get me packing now!

  5. I have a love/hate relationship with Paris (mainly due to the excesive tourism and how pricy it is), but I agree with your points, the bistros and th sweets are my favourites! I have been twice to Paris and still haven’t made up my mind, so I think I’ll give it another go =)

    1. I have the same relationship 🙂 But I have to admit if you don’t count those touristic places, you might enjoy it 😛

  6. Ok, well, here you have someone who doesn’t want to go back to Paris. Yes, I was curious about it, then I went there and decided that I would be happier without going back. Why? you could ask… Well, because there are a lot of the Natives. It doesn’t matter how nice the city is or how amazing their sweets are, it does not compensate with their rudenes… So yeah, I agree with all the topics you mention here but you should add the other one to compensate hahaha

    1. I totally understand it! My mother kept complaining of the same things.. I honestly just started being as rude as they were, because they would’ve kept continuing :D:D

  7. I visited some bistros during my trip to Paris too! Love them. There are many of them around Paris and each has different attraction. I spent lots of time wandering around Paris and observing the Parisian buildings. They are really beautiful!

  8. While I’ve not been to Paris yet, I hardly need convincing. I’ve been raring to go for quite some time now. I think I would particularly enjoy exploring the Bistros of Paris.

  9. Ah, I feel like booking a ticket now! Champagne, history, beautiful buildings… Paris is a dream city. I really love cities with a strong cafe culture, where you can stay out into the evening just sitting outside at a table, drinking coffee or wine and just chatting away. Paris seems perfect for that. I visited once when I was about 14, but would love to go back again now. I’d love to book an apartment with one of those little balconies, imagining I’m in a artsy French film, haha.

    1. Hahaha… booking that apartment is harder to do than you’d imagine 😛 I tried doing it also, but with no luck 🙁 you would love those small bistros and you are sooo right, people would stay until later in the night to enjoy a glass of something 😛

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