Paris has long been one of Europe's leading centres for culture, history, gastronomy and romance, renowned for its breathtaking architecture, unfailingly chic style and power to inspire artists, writers and other creatives down through the ages. The legendary City of Light boasts so many enchanting attractions that you could easily spend weeks exploring its charms; yet the French capital is also a prime destination for those in search of a romantic weekend break with a fabulous mix of culture, shopping, dining and relaxation.
For many, the best way to experience Paris is to stroll its broad boulevards and admire the spectacular views of world-famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Wander the banks of the Seine and cross the Pont Neuf to visit the beautiful medieval cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, or spend some time perusing the quirky stalls along the Left Bank selling vintage books and prints. Fashion lovers can explore the Champs Elysées, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, which is home to high-end designers such as Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. It is also a brilliant place to sip a coffee at a stylish outdoor café and watch the world go by.
Culture vultures are absolutely spoilt for choice, with an impressive selection of museums and art galleries to explore, starting with the endless riches of the Louvre and the Impressionist masterpieces of the Musée d'Orsay. History lovers will be intrigued by Les Invalides, home to an outstanding collection of medieval arms and armour, as well as the haunting Catacombs beneath the city streets. You can also experience world-class opera at the Opera Garnier, or explore the Père Lachaise Cemetery, final resting place of celebrities ranging from Oscar Wilde to Jim Morrison.
Paris is also one of the world's best destinations for foodies, with a vast assortment of high-quality dining establishments, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy neighbourhood cafés and bistros. While your evening away in the atmospheric bars of Montmartre, Saint-Germain-des-Prés or the Quartier Latin – neighbourhoods whose names alone seem to evoke all the fabled romance of Paris – and perhaps catch some live jazz or even a cabaret show that will transport you into the spirit of an earlier age.
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