10 things to do in Paris (see locations on a map)
- Musee du Louvre
- Notre Dame
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)
- Moulin Rouge
- Arc de Triomphe
- Place de la Concorde
- Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris)
10 Suggested Paris Restaurants
- Le Meurice
- Le Grand Véfour
- La Table du Lancaster
- El Mamounia
- Citrus Etoile
- Bel Canto Restaurants
- La Tour D'Argent
"Musee du Louvre has more than 300,000 works of art on display - including the Mona Lisa"
More on Paris
Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. Paris has many nicknames, but its most famous is 'The City of Light' (La Ville-lumière), a name it owes both to its fame as a center of education and ideas and its early adoption of street-lighting.
"Modern" Paris is the result of a vast mid-19th century urban remodelling. For centuries it had been a labyrinth of narrow streets and half-timber houses, but beginning in 1852, the Baron Haussmann's vast urbanisation levelled entire quarters to make way for wide avenues lined with neo-classical stone buildings of bourgeoise standing; most of this 'new' Paris is the Paris we see today.
Theatre traditionally has had a large place in Parisian culture. This still holds true today, although, perhaps strangely, many of its most popular actors today are also stars of French television. A few of Paris' major theatres are Bobino, Théâtre Mogador and the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse. Some Parisian theatres also doubled as concert halls.
Paris' culinary reputation has its base in the many origins of its inhabitants. With the early-19th century railways and ensuing industrial revolution came a flood of migration that brought with it all the gastronomical diversity of France's many different regions, and maintained through 'local speciality' restaurants catering to the tastes of people from all.