The heart of the Grande Nation
One of the world’s most popular travel destinations
With its leafy boulevards, quaint cafés, cobbled lanes and bell-tinkling cyclists, Paris succeeds at the impossible: making a major European capital feel like a cosy provincial town. How does it do it despite being graced by more famous landmarks than any other city and despite the legions of tourists who visit? Perhaps the secret lies in its reverence of tradition, its love of the past and the unerring rhythms of its less showy backstreets where local cafés, new wave bistros and markets still serve their local neighbourhoods.
Cosmopolitan Paris has an eclectic and fun nightlife scene ranging from Champagne swilling on the Champs-Élysées to basement jazz clubs, kicking cabaret halls, secret supper clubs and sweaty DJ dens. With a diverse immigrant population and lots of vibrant subcultures, the music scene is particularly rich. And foodies hot-foot it to Paris for good reason. This gourmet capital has everything you could want from chandelier-lit palaces to historic bistros and immigrant-driven world cuisine. Make sure to book ahead for weekend dining.