Paris is the kind of city which holds a mirror up to the visitor and the best Paris attractions will vary from person to person. Some visitors come to Paris for its art, some for its architecture and some for its fashion and shopping. More still are drawn by the fine food and artists have long been drawn to the city by the unique quality of the light. There is no list of Paris attractions that will satisfy every visitor but perhaps there are some key sights and experiences in each of those areas mentioned which will appeal to most.
Paris attractions for art lovers
Many visitors of course come to Paris for the city's great art collections and none is greater than the Louvre. The Mona Lisa itself is one of the main Paris attractions for many tourists but the collection at the Louvre is vast and worthy of a well-planned day to even scratch its surface. The Pompidou Centre meanwhile, is home to Paris's main modern art collection and new exhibitions are constantly being featured. The Musée de l'Orangerie was created specifically to house Monet's "Les Nympheas" and also hosts other important Impressionist art.
Architectural Paris attractions
The built environment of Paris is often stunning and some of the best Paris attractions can be enjoyed simply by walking in the city. The Eiffel Tower has become perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Paris and a visit to the top is extremely rewarding. The views from the terrace at the top of the Arc de Triomphe are similarly enjoyable and Notre Dame is an incredible sight. Other Paris attractions include the Basilique du Sacré Coeur, atop Montmartre and the Grande Arche de la Défense can be seen from various spots around the city. The OpéraGarnier is one of the largest theatres in the world and tours will show you an interior with roof paintings by Chagall.
Paris attractions for fashion and food
Clothes shopping in Paris includes everything from flea market chic to haute couture. Try Avenue Montaigne or Rue Saint Honoré for top designers. It would be a crime to visit Paris without enjoying the fine food on offer, which ranges from the simple bistro to Michelin starred fine dining restaurants. For a special treat, visit Le Foodist and learn to cook the best French food for yourself, taking home knowledge that makes for the best souvenir of Paris.